Author Archives: Robert Barron

Calling All COBOL Programmers

My first paying job out of college in the early 1990’s was working for a company that made COBOL compilers and runtimes. Even then the language was something of a relic and there were frequent predictions about its eventual demise. … Continue reading

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Basic Azure SQL Performance

In order to consolidate some websites onto one platform I had plans to move my outdoor sites to Azure. None of my sites are particularly large in terms of load so I figured a B1 app instance and a Basic … Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Songs

There are countless Christmas songs available today, and more are being made every year. Many of the popular songs have been re-recorded numerous times. With such a large number to chose from it might seem tough to pick out the … Continue reading

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Emergency Lessons – Don’t Wait

This article is one of a series of posts that emerged due to the 2017 wildfires that ravaged California wine country near our home. Emergencies don’t wait for you to be prepared before they spring up. They have their own … Continue reading

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Goodbye Google+

Well, it’s been on its way out for some time, but I finally got around to removing the share on Google+ button from my outdoor sites (Texas Hiking, Austin Explorer and Hiking Trailhead). It seems like it was only yesterday … Continue reading

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Virtual Geocache Confirmation Page

I made some changes to the virtual cache confirmation page on my Austin Explorer site. The layout is a bit improved. Yes, I know it’s still not great, but I’m not a designer and I don’t have that much time … Continue reading

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Vine Pruning

Since moving to Sonoma, Penny and I have taken an increased interest in wine. We’re not content to merely drink the final product, though that’s fun too. We both took an interest in how and why things are done the … Continue reading

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Index Attribute in ASP.Net Core

I was attempting to add an [Index] attribute to a field on a project I started recently that’s using ASP.Net Core 2.2. Though the number of records in the table for now is not terribly large I was just planning … Continue reading

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Emergency Lessons – Get To Know Your Neighbors

This article is one of a series of posts that emerged due to the 2017 wildfires that ravaged California wine country near our home. Communities usually come together when an emergency hits. There’s safety in numbers and assisting one another … Continue reading

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A Fungus Among Us

Typically, the Bay Area gets a lot of rain showers throughout the winter. The near constant moisture in the air and soil has caused an explosion of mushroom growth in our yard. Are any of these edible? The only safe … Continue reading

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