David W. Beck | Being Social

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I’m currently working as a Social Media Community Manager on Microsoft UK’s IT Pro and Developer Channels.

I’ve previously worked as a Programmer and Marketing Specialist at iSat Ltd, a satellite communications infrastructure SME prior to working for Microsoft.

I have solid experience in Python development, Targeted B2B Social Media Marketing and management, marketing material creation, marketing strategy planning, and implementation as well as other ad hoc roles and company requirements.

Marketing activities have included creating written copy and graphics content such as brochures ( 1 | 2 ) and promotional banners for tradeshows & events, communicating the press with industry publications, building & designing the iSat website and datasheets as well as the host of other jobs such as purchasing, sales, helping to create, print and organize company tenders.

In my free time, I enjoy painting, writing, going to the gym, computer games – gardening and farming in Spain on a family smallholding. I also love traveling – especially walking holidays and driving around Europe.
I’m also learning the Python programming language and I’m writing a book called ‘Copper Blood‘.

Microsoft developments

I’m currently managing the Microsoft TechNet UK and Microsoft Developer UK Social accounts for Microsoft, Reading. The UK social team has moved over to MRM//McCann UK but I’m continuing my previous role at Microsoft.

I’m using Sprinklr and Opal platforms for content and community management . I’m heavily involved with both a large number of events and individuals with expertise in various technologies.


Here is a handy guide I wrote to add closed captioning to Facebook!

How to add closed captioning to Facebook! (subtitles)

As part of my role I got to attend TechDays Online at the Microsoft Reactor in London where I was live-posting content over the three days.  TechDays Online focused on topics such as Mixed Reality, Containers & Microservices, Data & AI and Quantum Computing.  Here are some of the highlights:

I was also lucky enough to attend the London Tech Week conference at the ExCel in London with an all access pass. I found the talks incredibly insightful and enjoyed seeing the latest technologies on display.



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General Developments

I’ve started developing a Twitterbot called Cuddles_AI – which becomes happy or sad depending on how many followers it has!

Read more here: 

A twitter bot called Cuddles_AI | @AiCuddles

So I thought I would write an analysis of a game I enjoy:

Is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs compatible with Rimworld?

I’ve signed up for four Udemy courses which include:

Machine Learning A-Zâ„¢: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science

Learn to Code by Making Games – Complete C# Unity Developer

Complete Java Masterclass

Modern JavaScript From The Beginning

I would like to gain proficiency in these four powerful languages.  I’m starting with the Python course as this is the language I have the most experience in. I’ve used C# briefly in the past too though I’m new to Java and JavaScript.

I’ve been updating my GoodReads and writing a few reviews – here are some of my favorites:

my favorites shelf: 

David Beck's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (favorites shelf)

Google can often seem pretty ubiquitous on the internet. I’ve written a handy guide discussing alternatives to Google’s products here: http://www.dwbeck.com/escape_from_google/

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Venture into the drylands available on Kindle now.

I have been attending the Gym now for more than a year and my dads been going for 6 months and has already lost a stone and a half. In this post, I’ve shared a few tips on getting started at the gym as well as a diet that works.

I’ve been practicing making videos – this is my latest one!