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Every year the vExpert group is announced, and every year I’m excited to look at the breakdown of where people live, where they work and how the global community has shifted from year-to-year.  I put up a spreadsheet with everyone’s information (as much as we are given by VMware directly in the announcement), and invite [...]

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There are lots of different subtitles this post could have:

Just because a Synology update SAYS it doesn’t need to reboot the array doesn’t mean it won’t… Yanking storage out from under a running MySQL database while it’s live is a bad idea… Backups are a good thing… Setting up health check rules based on [...]

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Right up front, I promise: no predictions!  Ain’t nobody got time for that…  2013 was an interesting year for me, and looking back at it, there’s a lot to learn from it.  There were highs and lows, but every situation brings with it a lesson.  Here are the ones I learned, or am in the [...]

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Sometimes, especially in the tech community I belong to, I feel like the last lone non-Apple guy.  I don’t own a MacBook, I don’t own an iPhone and the iPads are for the kids to play games on.  I own two Windows-based laptops, a gorgeous original Voodoo/HP Blackbird gaming machine, six Android phones (HTC Evo, [...]

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An Object at Rest

On December 4, 2013 By

I have spent 3 years, 1 month and 27 days at VCE.

During that time, I’ve traveled 464,681 miles to 122 cities in 15 countries. I took 161 trips, spent 605 days on the road and 450 nights in hotel rooms. I got to meet with the best customers, work with [...]

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I’m in a strange mood.  I’m struggling to find the motivation I need for the final stretch before VMworld, and a combination of a brutal travel schedule, way too much stuff on my plate and just a general sense of being personally unsettled has me feeling out of sorts.

Personally and professionally, the [...]

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I had never heard of “Rachel’s Challenge” before.  Maybe I should have.  Started by the parents of the first student killed in the Columbine shootings, it’s mission is to reach out to the students who are the victims of bullying and help create safer learning environments.  The organization came to my son’s [...]

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Why I Love My Job

On February 22, 2013 By

Ken Hui and I started with VCE roughly at the same time in mid-to-late 2010.  We were both able to participate in the EMC vSpecialist on-boarding as part of Team05, and he quickly emerged as one of the leaders of the VCE team for that week.  We also had to [...]

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As an unabashed lover of list-making, New Year’s resolutions are something that I love making and yet often lack the discipline to follow through on.  This year, I’m working on defining tasks at the point where technology intersects with the people in my life, finding ways to interact in ways that are more secure, safer [...]

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Wow.  It seems like just yesterday that everyone was getting set to start the 2012 sales kickoff roadshow, culminating in a wonderful week of pinball and pints in London at Cisco Live EU.  Now, I look around and see that we are quickly closing in on 2013 and I’m dismayed to realize how fast the [...]

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I’ve shared this with a couple people, but after having Matt Brender comment on it again at dinner after the EMC Forum in Boston last week I thought I’d share with everyone…

For those of you who don’t know, I played baseball for most of my life.  After moving to Charlotte post-college [...]

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See what I did there?  For a moment I pretended I worked for a bastion of technology news reporting and made up a completely ridiculous title just to attract page views.  Of course, I don’t advertise on this site at all, so I guess the joke is on me…

Anyway, I’m not a Mac guy.  [...]

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So, I’m still working on my Cisco Live write-up, but after five days of walking at the conference and three days of walking through Legoland and Disneyland, I’m going to need a little while to recuperate!  In the meantime, I wanted to drop a few quick thoughts on the awesome community that we (all of [...]

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I’ve had this post sitting around for a while, and I’m still not sure I should publish it.  Of course if you are reading it then I’ve pushed the button and am bracing for the inevitable…

Today, in the technology arena, there is an endless debate that borders on religious at times.  Sides are drawn, [...]

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Last year, when vLaunchPad kicked off the voting for the 2011 Top 25 VMware Blogs, it was a goldmine for me.  As someone who had recently moved from the customer side of the game to a vendor, it was a great way to get exposure to all of the incredible content being [...]

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For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, I beg your indulgence as this post is going to be a little different, and a little personal.  I promise to get back on schedule with the technical/business posts, and I have my 2011 recap ready to go for next week, but this is [...]

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