Entity Framework 6 default app.config

I recent installed entity framework in a new VS 2015 project.  I was trying to integrate a csproj project with an xproj project.  Because of this configuration, Nuget did not run all the configuration scripts for Entity Framework.  This is what the app.config file should look like after a default install:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <!-- For more information on Entity Framework configuration, visit http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=237468 -->
    <section name="entityFramework" type="System.Data.Entity.Internal.ConfigFile.EntityFrameworkSection, EntityFramework, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" requirePermission="false" />
    <supportedRuntime version="v4.0" sku=".NETFramework,Version=v4.5.2" />
    <defaultConnectionFactory type="System.Data.Entity.Infrastructure.LocalDbConnectionFactory, EntityFramework">
        <parameter value="mssqllocaldb" />
      <provider invariantName="System.Data.SqlClient" type="System.Data.Entity.SqlServer.SqlProviderServices, EntityFramework.SqlServer" />
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2016 Time for a new phone

Now that we have moved out of 2015 and into 2016 I have decided to upgrade my life a little bit.  (At least I really hope so)

I have had an iPhone ever since the iPhone 4.  Every year I have gotten the new upgrade until now.  For the last 5 months, I feel like my iPhone 6 has been my bane.  I feel like every day I have a new problem.  The largest of my issues is that the phone decides that its battery is dead at extremely random times.  Sometimes my phone is happy at 60% battery, but recently it has decided that 80% is just not enough.

So I have decided that 2016 is my time to lean in the other direction.  In fact, I chose not to compromise even a little.  I have jumped all the way from the left-sided iPhone to the right-sided Windows phone.

So Goodbye Apple:


And HELLO Microsoft:


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Google Time (My on site Google interview)

I know it has been a little while ( a big while…), but here is my experience interviewing at Google.  Sorry that some of this telling is kinda vague because of the Nondisclosure Agreement.


I flew into the San Jose airport on Thursday afternoon where I picked up a rental car and had my first experience driving in California traffic. The drive to the hotel was about a 5-mile drive that took about 45 minutes. Although I had heard lots of stories about how driving in California traffic is stressful and difficult, I actually enjoyed it a lot. I got to the hotel and checked in. When I saw my room, it blew me away. I have not had a lot of hotel experience, but I know that this was a NICE hotel room; I mean it had a living room. I spent the evening watching Pluralsight videos (because that is what I do for fun)

The next morning I woke up, ate a biscuit and drove out to the Google campus. When I arrived, I met the recruiter that had been working with me through the process so far. She was very nice and she did a great job making me less nervous. She told me that throughout the day I would have five separate 45 minute long interviews, three before lunch and two after lunch. Then we chatted for a couple minutes until my first interviewer arrived.

During my first interview, I was super nervous. I think that I answered all the questions correctly though. I feel that in this interview, I did not do spectacular, but I also did not do too bad. Since it was the first one in the day, hopefully the interviewer gave me some bonus points.

My second interview was bad. There I said it; I did BAD. Fortunately for me, I did not realize that I did bad until I reflected upon it later. I received a question that was very easy. It was something that I had specifically practiced for and it was the only of the five interview questions that I received that day that I had actually been asked before. But like I said, I did BAD. For some reason I had a total brain fart here. During the interview, although I talked through all my reasoning and thought I knew the answer, I floundered for the full 45 minutes. A question that should have taken me 5 minutes to talk through was unsuccessfully answered at the end of my 45 minutes.

Like I said I was fortunate here because I didn’t realize how bad I must have looked until later that evening. Therefore, I moved on into my third interview of the day. The third interview went well (I think). The interview took the 45 minutes and we talked about many different things.

Next came lunch. Another Google employee met me and we talked about the culture at Google. I told him I wasn’t super hungry so we ate quickly and then I got a tour of the campus. I was enthralled by the aura. I felt amazing. This was the first time that I felt that everyone around me is super smart and they could all help me learn new things.

After lunch, I had my two final interviews. I felt good during both of them and I think that the interviewers enjoyed their time as well. I don’t really have much more to add, I just think they went well.

And that is pretty much the story.  After the final interview, I returned to my hotel with a pizza and spent the rest of the night watching more Pluralsight 😉

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Email Unsubscribe Ranting

I want to complain about the current unsubscribe process that some email has.  About once a month I log on to my GMail account and click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the emails that I don’t care about.  During my monthly process I make sure not to click on SPAM links of acknowledge my existence to unknown services.

This week I decided that I was unhappy with some of the emails.  Most of the mail I get has a casual and friendly “just click here to unsubscribe” and they don’t even ask for an email address.  The internet in 2015 is smart enough that it knows who you are any time you open a webpage or click on an email.  I understand this and happily take my part.  I know that there are about twenty email addresses that make it into my primary GMail mailbox, and I don’t want the responsibility or work associated with unsubscribing from all my email.

So, to the point.  I have recently signed up for the 7-11 rewards program.  This program allows me the get a free drink after I purchase 7 of them.  (#regards to 7/11 for giving me something after 7 instead of 10 purchases).  Anyway, during my unsubscribing process this month I noticed that the 7/11 unsubscribe link acted like a 2008 link.  It accepted my request and said (my paraphrasing) “We will make sure that we don’t email you anymore, but this may take up to two weeks”.

I accepted the response and moved on… until I noticed that since that unsubscribe request, I have received 3x more email from them.  I mean come on.  It has been less than one day, but I have gotten four emails.  Clearly you have received my request and then adjusted your email rate.  Unfortunately the adjustment went up.  7/11 stop listening to customer requests and then totally reversing what they want.

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