Category: Blog

A Guide to Practical Unit Testing – Shift Left

Testing Early to Reduce the Cost of Bugs  Testing is a topic that has been written about in-depth. It is well understood that bugs in software are very costly. Cost can be measured in many ways, but the key metric we will look at in this blog is time (developer time, testing time, support time, etc.). Over the years, many people have attempted to quantify the exact time-cost of a […]

Fully-managed Passwordless Authentication for Azure SQL Database

Six Steps to Eliminate Password Storage Managing the server administrator passwords for your Azure SQL Databases can be cumbersome and insecure. To that end, password authentication to a database is difficult to audit and represents a single point of failure in your company’s security posture, especially when it comes to production databases. The allow-list-based firewall […]

PowerShell Video: Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Learn to configure computers using PowerShell but with better syntax, less effort, and fewer errors. When configuring remote systems using PowerShell, it often can involve lots of hands-on time settings up environments, spinning up cloud instances, and running various scripts. This is not the only option! You can automate PowerShell processes. IntelliTect senior software engineer, […]

Mastering Virtual Greenscreen with OBS and Microsoft Teams

Crafting the perfect stream through OBS using creative backgrounds  As exciting as it is to stream or record your content with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), it can be even better with other participants in the video stream which can be done by using a greenscreen. In my last blog post, I talked about ways to share your content through OBS using a virtual camera. […]

Online Presentations: Showing Video while Screen Sharing

Refine Your Streaming Skills on Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio using FFmpeg for the Best Presentation Possible Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio is one of the most popular software solutions for streamers. With the significant rise in online meetings, many have begun using OBS coupled with FFmpeg for their various streaming presentations. OBS is an […]

Power BI: A Detailed Examination of Data Importation

Clarifying the Use of Queries and Methods for Data Importation with Power BI Power BI is an industry leader in self-service analytics. This service delivers large-scale business intelligence into the hands of the end user by leveraging familiar tools found in Excel and Analysis Services into a single streamlined application. Power BI takes advantage of […]

Demystifying Economic Stereotypes with Factfulness

How Accurate is My Perceived Worldview? While traveling overseas before COVID-19, I had my family read Hans Rosling’s book, Factfulness, Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. Before we began reading, each of us took the Factfulness Quiz – an activity I highly recommend. Consider taking […]

Developing Countries: Struggling to Survive the Pandemic

Aid Organizations Adjust to Shifting Health Guidelines: How You Can Help New economic challenges, social upheaval, political turmoil, and rising untold health problems are the new normal for many in the Western World. In spite of these difficulties, most of us are still living fairly comfortable lives. We have enough food, our water is clean […]