Professional Development Is An Investment

There was a recent announcement yesterday about an increase in cost for the VCDX Certification.  This has resulted in a rash of posts and tweets talking about how it’s unfair, and now too costly.  I won’t get into the fact the information was pre-released irresponsibly by a VCDX Community member himself.  Well maybe I just did…..  While I may agree ... Read More »

QNAP False Advertising Of Hardware Transcoding

I have uncovered something that some people may or may not care about, but it is worth mentioning about the fact that QNAP says they can do hardware transcoding in certain devices.  In particular I purchased a TVS-671 which boasts this claim.  Now I am also using Plex Media Server which currently does not take advantage of the built in ... Read More »

Hands On With The Plex Cloud Beta

It finally happened.  I got the email that I was chosen to participate in the Plex Cloud Beta last week.  I was excited to get going even though I have had some initial issues fundamentally thinking about the storage challenges with such a deployment.  I’ve moved forward with my local installation which has been working great so now it’s time ... Read More »

What Exactly Is VMware Cross Cloud Services?

It’s been a while since I have written about something VMware related, but hey sometimes we need something to write about.  Part of the reason I’ve been a little “Blog-Silent” with respect to things VMware is because I have been working on this thing called “VMware Cross Cloud Services”.  What is that you ask?  Well to be honest I will ... Read More »

How To Build The Ultimate Plex Media Server

When I decide to jump into something those that know my know I have a saying that ‘Chris doesn’t do anything small’.  I also research, plan, read, and prepare for things quite a bit.  So when I decided to jump into the PLEX arena I did a lot of reading, and thinking about how I wanted to run the application. ... Read More »

How Beachbody On Demand Continues To Disappoint

I’m a technology person as well as a fitness person.  Obviously combining the two brings me great joy…most of the time.  When Beachbody On Demand first came out I was pretty underwhelmed by the technology and the offering itself.  Since then I have still continued to use it while also re-ripping all my DVD’s to host locally on my own ... Read More »

Plex Cloud Sounded Great…..Until….

So about a month ago I jumped on this bandwagon.  I figured….why not.  Everyone else is doing it.  Not because I wanted to cut the cord.  Mostly so I could enjoy my media library on multiple devices and share it with friends and family.  I built a couple of test servers locally using some old NAS gear.  Now, most people ... Read More »

The Multilevel Marketing Frenzy From John Oliver

So I saw this video trending on FaceBook and on YouTube and I decided to watch the entire thing and provide some of my own opinions on it.  Albeit this is hysterically funny to watch this is a horse that’s long been beaten to death for years.  That being said I did want to pipe up with a few things ... Read More »

Eff You Cancer Shirt

We all know someone that’s been touched by cancer. Although this shirt may not be politically correct, it’s one that makes a crystal clear statement. If you have have been or know someone touched by any kind of cancer order one of these.  Limited color availability to minimize printing costs. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO VARIOUS CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS ... Read More »

VMware Fusion 8 macOS Sierra Disk Sleep Issues

So here is an interesting issue I landed on in the last week or so after upgrading an iMac with a 1TB Fusion drive to macOS Sierra.  The use case for this iMac is that is needs to run 3 windows virtual machines for StitchTek to run the embroidery machines, so they are sort of important.  It’s been running for ... Read More »

How To Properly Deal With Poorly Handled Warranty Claims

Never let it be said you cannot get something done when people are playing games with you.  There is a right and wrong way to deal with these situations and in my life I’ve had to go to the extremes in cases to get something done.  This is just my take on how I was able to finally get something ... Read More »

How To Automate Small Business Processes

Many people know that some time ago my wife Julie started her own business called StitchTek Services, LLC when we lived back in New Hampshire.  Since then having moved to Tennessee, the business has started to grow and she has been posed with some challenges.  Most of those were many of the small business tasks that one person needs to ... Read More »

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