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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Windows Phone 8 Secures #3 Spot in Smartphone Market

While I've been writing about the emergence of Windows Phone, the recent analytical data has shown Microsoft’s commitment to the platform is starting to pay dividends. This point was further reinforced by various articles about Phone 8 taking over...



Saturday, August 17, 2013
Biblical Emergency Numbers - Part 3

Part three regarding my posts of uplifting Bible verses for those feel they are weak, suffer from low faith and seek forgiveness.



Friday, August 16, 2013
Biblical Emergency Numbers - Part 2

Part two regarding my posts of uplifting Bible verses for those in need, with emphasis on worrying, fear and saddness.



Thursday, August 15, 2013
Biblical Emergency Numbers - Part 1

I was searching through my old files and came across a document that listed Bible verses that pertains to various human emotions. I found them to be interesting and I wanted to share them. Hopefully people find these quotes uplifting.



Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Family and Community

In my previous blog entry, Independence vs. Dependence, I covered how we can become more independent through our dependence on Christ. While looking to expand on that topic, I’ve noticed a quiet trend...



Thursday, July 18, 2013
Independence vs. Dependence

If you live in the United States or another country in which the population elects its leaders, you are familiar with the term Independence. In the US, we have various rights based upon local, state and federal laws...



Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Sticky Faith – Letting Go

This 8th blog entry marks the last and final installment that highlights the countless hours of research and thought put into the Sticky Faith book. Evangelizing the story has helped me come to a better understanding of how to develop a lasting and persevering faith in my children. I pray...



Monday, July 8, 2013
Sticky Faith – Building Bridges

As we venture into our seventh entry of Sticky Faith, the authors’ primary focus of the seventh chapter addresses graduating teenagers that move onto college. While many of the ideas presented in this chapter cover just this period in time, I feel using these same concepts...



Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Sticky Faith – Biblical Justice

In my sixth blog entry discussing the various methods of Sticky Faith, I tackle the difficult meaning to the word ‘Justice’. Please don’t confuse the traditional definition of justice, one that revolves...



Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Sticky Faith – Create a Sticky Web around all Kids

One of the paramount tenets of Sticky Faith is inclusion. Inclusion in the Kingdom of Christ, inclusion to a strong family unit, inclusion into a loving and deeply involved church family. Children develop a deeper relationship with Christ when other people than their parents take a sincere...



Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sticky Faith – Conversations with Your Kids

During the course of a week, how many times have you, as parents, spoken to your kids about faith in Jesus Christ? Outside of church and church activities, it’s probably not as high as we’d all want it to be. In this fourth installment of Sticky Faith, I’ll explore...



Saturday, June 29, 2013
Sticky Faith – Who am I?

Growing up our children will struggle with the question "Who am I?" and "What defines me?" While they remain in the confines of home, we as parents will shape those answers. Then, as high school, college and adulthood become a reality, it will be up to our kids to answer...



Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Sticky Faith – Trust vs. Obeying God

In the second installment of the Sticky Faith discussion, the authors wanted to focus on the difference between having our children obeying Christ’s word and trusting Christ. Taking a snippet out of the book, “Trusting God is the call of the gospel, as...



Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Sticky Faith – Parents Influence on their Kids

I’ve always loved the old saying, “Do as I say and not as I do.” Every parent knows this and many, if not all, have expressed this to their children. In continuing with our discussion of Sticky Faith, one of Chapter 1’s primary objectives expresses the influence parents have over their...



Monday, June 24, 2013
Sticky Faith

Recently at Bakerstown United Methodist Church, we started a small group studying the effects of teenagers retaining their faith...



Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Let Summer Begin!

Ok, I know that summer starts on Friday and today’s Wednesday. Who wouldn’t be excited to look forward to summer after an extended winter wiped out most of...



Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Windows Phone 8 continues to rapidly gain market share

With the recent reports of smartphone market share beginning to pour in, Kantar Worldpanel data reports tremendous growth year over year (YoY) for Windows Phone...



Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Xbox One

I remember the first day that I got my Xbox 360. I remember longing for the days of playing HD games without having to constantly upgrade my PC with expensive...

Friday, May 3, 2013
Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 sales surge in Q1 2013

With the first quarter sales coming out, there happens to be a lot of good news for the Softies from Redmond. IDC has been reporting that Windows Phone 8 has outsold...


Thursday, April 25, 2013
Brandon Saad deserves to win the NHL Rookie of the Year

The Calder Memorial Trophy is the annual award given to the NHL Rookie of the Year. It has a long history of illustrious winners including Alexander Ovechkin (over Sidney...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Windows 8 WiFi connectivity issues

Read on if you are struggling with Windows 8 connectivity, here’s my story as to how I fixed mine. I’ve been playing around with Windows 8 since its first public release...


Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Create Beautiful Dynamic UI’s using DataTemplates

In yesterday’s post, I talked about MVVM and how easy it is to start building composite applications leveraging this innovative programming paradigm. Until today, I was...


Monday, April 8, 2013
Demystifying MVVM (Model View View-Model)

If are new to programming or haven’t used modern design and development patterns, MVVM could be a confusing acronym that makes no sense to you. If you are familiar...


Thursday, April 4, 2013
Is Silverlight development dead? Far from it!

Silverlight started out as a boutique development toolkit that originally only supported JavaScript with vector based graphics. It was Microsoft’s attempt at stemming the...


Sunday, March 31, 2013
Easter - The Greatest Day in History

The week of Passover started with Christ’s highly celebrated entrance into the city of Jerusalem. A culmination of three years of ministry, Christ came to the city of Prophets...

Friday, March 29, 2013
Good Friday

One of the pinnacle moments within the Christian faith occurred on Good Friday. Marking the culmination of three years of ministry, highlighted by the Passover (and...





Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Leveraging Live Tiles in your Windows Phone 8 App

There’s no question that Live Tiles are one of the marquee features of Windows Phone 8. Live Tiles are a clear differentiator to the current UIs of iOS and Android...


Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Holy Week

The Jewish rite of Passover, also celebrated by Christians and Muslims worldwide, happens to be iconic tale of freedom from slavery. As many of you know, the story of...


Wednesday, March 20, 2013
First day of spring

Today is the first day of spring. By now, all your New Years resolutions are in the past, Easter is around the corner and you're probably wondering what's new on the upcoming...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Microsoft Surface Tablets Sales

The media outlets have made the recent news of Microsoft Surface sales sound like it's doom and gloom for the infant device. If you haven't heard, there have been 1.1 million...

Monday, March 18, 2013
Prequel to Holy Week

As we approach the upcoming, and early Easter celebration this year, I'm reminded once again about the overflowing grace the Lord God bestows upon us. Grace, being...

Monday, February 25, 2013
Windows Phone 8 Development Tips and Tricks

Change your application title as it appears on the phone app list. Go to the WMAppManifest.xml in the Properties folder and edit the Title attribute in the...


Saturday, January 12, 2013
Windows Phone 8 doesn't need apps, it has it all!

I’ve found the entire experience of using my Windows Phone 8 to be superior to my nearly two years using Android. The biggest knock on Windows Phones are they don’t have as many...



Tuesday, January 8, 2013
When you compare the Apple iPhone and the Android

When you compare the Apple iPhone and the Android phones out there, you get a lot of interesting comparisons and in many cases, high quality products. The iPhone set the stage for...


Sunday, January 6, 2013
Welcome back NHL!

There were times in the last few months that I was more confident that the NHL lockout was going to cancel the 2012/13 season than be settled. My confidence was at the...


Wednesday, January 2, 2013
New Year's Blessings

Well we are one day into the New Year and I'm sure many people have broken their resolutions while others look forward to a bright and wonderful future. I never put any...



Monday, December 31, 2012
Did Noah take dinosaurs on the ark?

I get this question a lot from people. If the world was only 6000 years old, then Noah would have surely taken dinosaurs onto the ark. I won’t claim to know if they were considered clean...

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Blizzard

Well Pittsburgh saw today another rain storm that would turn into a blizzard. In the last few days we've accumulated nearly nine inches of snow. While we don't have the...


Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Day After Christmas

In Matthew chapter 2, we find the wise men approaching Herod and ultimately the baby Jesus after his birth. In this time, his birth caught many people by surprise. The chief...

Monday, December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve

In Luke chapter 2 verses 1 through 7, we learn that Caesar Augustus decided it was time to institute a new tax on all the lands ruled by the Roman Empire. In order to ...