Duane Newman

Entrepreneur, Coder, Speaker, Consultant

Bluff v1.1 hot off the presses

26. March 2016
I had a little time today to work on Bluff, my extension for Sony Vegas Pro. Over the last couple weeks I’ve done several things to the project, including: Converting the project to .NET 3.5 (from 2.0) Converting the UI to WPF (still a little cleanup to do on that UI, but it is a lot easier to work with now) Add a new command called Arrange Events By Created Timestamp that spaces the events out on the timeline relative to each others created timestamp Changed the Vegas DLL reference to a v8 dll (to provide better compatibility form Vegas Pro 8 – 13) And last, but not least, I added a WIX based installer to the project If you just want grab the latest version jump over to the GitHub release page. If you’d like to hear a little about what I did, then stick around for a minute. The new Arrange Events By Created Timestamp command is a very useful script I originally wrote years ago to patch together video from three cameras, one of which was continuously running, a... [More]

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Merging GoPro Segments Into a Single File

24. March 2016
If you have ever done a long recording with your GoPro you know that you will end up with several ~4 [More]

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Diving the Bay Island of Guanaja, Honduras (Part 1 - Packing)

22. March 2016
In January my wife and I took our first real scuba diving vacation with our dive shop, The Playgroun [More]

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Generating Authenticator QR Codes

18. March 2016
I’ve taken to saving my Authenticator secrets so that I can recover from a lost, damaged or replaced phone with less pain. After actually replacing a phone and having to re-enter all my codes I decided there was a better way then pecking on the phone’s keyboard one letter at a time. I thought that they deliver them to me as a QR code I can scan in the first place, surely I can generate my own to speed up the process. [More]

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Xamarin Build Errors: Please Install Package Xamarin.Android.Support.v4

16. March 2016
I was out of active Xamarin development for a couple months and recently wanted to jump back in and work on a couple new project ideas. I fired up VS2015 and created a project. It was then that I realized I had not installed the official Xamarin tools since I got my new Surface Book. So I decided it was a good idea to install that latest Xamarin Tools before I did anything else. [More]

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Bluff: An OSS Extension for Sony Vegas Pro

9. March 2016
Yesterday, my business Alien Arc Technologies, LLC announced the release of version 1 of an open source project I’ve been tinkering on recently, called Bluff. This is my first OSS project and I’m excited to have created something that I hope others will find useful, and better yet, will contribute their own ideas to. [More]

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Installing Chocolatey behind a corporate proxy

22. January 2016
Recently I was working at a project at a new client and needed to add some tools to my development machine. So I turned to one of my favorite tools for getting the apps and tools I need, Chocolatey. The only problem was that I was getting an error installing Chocolatey using the command on their website. Exception calling "DownloadString" with "1" argument(s): "The remote server returned an error: (407) Proxy Authentication Required."At line:1 char:47+ iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString <<<< ('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : DotNetMethodException After some google-binging I found a useful article on Stack Overflow that got me the hints I needed. I had to modify the command to force the WebRequest to use (of all things) the Default Credentials for the proxy setting. I didn’t have to add username/password info or anything. This is what s... [More]

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Speaking on DevOps at St. Louis Days of .NET 2015

25. September 2015
I've been selected to speak at the upcoming St. Louis Days of .NET (STLDODN) on November 12th-14th. I will be presenting my new talk on DevOps, Double Down with DevOps, and am excited about the opportunity to give this topic some attention. [More]

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Heartland Developers Conference 2015

24. September 2015
This was my first year speaking at the Heartland Developers Conference in Omaha, although I’ve atten [More]

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Kansas City Developers Conference 2015 Recap

3. September 2015
In preparation for my fall conference lineup I thought I would take a minute to reflect on this year’s Kansas City Developers Conference. Once again, I am impressed with the quality of conference that the KCDC crew puts together. Kudos go to Boone, Jon, and Lee for nurturing a small weekend event into what is, today, one of the top conferences in the Midwest for developers (of any discipline). I’ve had the opportunity to go to some of the “BIG” (and expensive) developer conferences out there and experience what they feel like, and to me KCDC has that same polished feel of conferences that cost 10x as much to attend. It is great to be able to attend a developer conference of that caliber without ever leaving town. I’ve enjoyed every year that I’ve attended KCDC, but this year was my first time as a speaker and it was the best conference experience to date. As a speaker, it felt like a huge success. The workshop that Brent and I provided was well attended, and pretty much went exactly... [More]

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