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Achieving Your VCDX Is Not A Team Sport

I’m going to stay with the “Not Your Dad’s VCDX” theme a little longer here.  I actually started this post before Julie wrote her guest post, so the interesting thing is we think along the same lines.  Back when I was a young boy, twenty-five plus years ago, in high school I was not much into sports.  I rarely worked out ... Read More »

How Learning Styles Have Changed The VCDX Defender

This is a guest post by Julie Colotti who asked if she could use my blog to put down some of her own personal thoughts on the recent VCDX conversations.  Who am I to say no? The past 24 hours have been an interesting in my home, and I felt it was time that I weighed in on the VCDX process. ... Read More »

My Personal VCDX Journey

It dawned on me today that I never actually talked about my personal journey to VCDX.  Some events of they day made me realize it because it was actually long before I had a blog.  Long before many things actually that have come out of the program.  I realized that there are some people who think we have all had ... Read More »

Guidance For VCDX Candidates Submitting The Same Design

Is it better to do your #VCDX design alone or together with a partner? — James Brown (@jbcompvm) February 9, 2015 There is no rule that says multiple candidates cannot share a VCDX design and submit the same design for a defense.  In fact this past week we saw exactly that in the defenses at PEX.  That being said, I ... Read More »

Is Team Beachbody On Demand an Epic Fail?

Literally for YEARS now I’ve been swinging at the fences about getting Team Beachbody programs digitally.  I’ve even asked the CEO in person at Q&A sessions when this was going to happen, and a couple of weeks ago they announced Beachbody On Demand.  At one point I had a blog post talking about ripping DVD’s for personal use so when I traveled ... Read More »

The Newly Designed Official VCDX Directory

For a few years now there has been an online web page that listed the various VCDX holders around the world.  What I can say is it was a great idea to have a place where everyone could be validated as holding a VCDX.  As I joined the program, I saw that maintaining this page was very cumbersome and manual. ... Read More »

VCDX Panel Discussion – VTUG 2015 Winter Warmer

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the New England VTUG Winter Warmer for the fourth or fifth time.  As always the Patriots were practicing on the field for the third year in a row, which was cool.  The session I did was a panel discussion with some local VCDX holders to talk a little about how and why ... Read More »

The Apple Airport’s Dirty Little Secret

As part of the massive effort to build a new house I started trying to figure out the data network that we needed.  As most people know, you end up with a LOT of devices on a network these days.  Mobile devices, Whole Home Audio, Laptops, Thermostats, DVR, Televisions, DVD Players, just about everything.  Some things in my house were ... Read More »

2015 VCDX Defense Dates Announced!

Many have asked for them, so here they are.  Yesterday Karl Childs posted the remaining 2015 Defense Dates on the VMware Community Forum.  The defenses roughly follow the schedule from 2014.  For each date, there will be concurrent sessions held in Palo Alto, Frimley, and Singapore.  Like last year the locations and dates will run in a simultaneous fashion, so ... Read More »

Legrand NuVo Whole Home Audio Review

Most people that follow me know by now I’ve been building and finally moved into a new house in Greeneville, TN.  Something I researched and decided on early on in the process was installing a whole home audio setup throughout many of the rooms.  I looked at two options with NuVo and Sonos, and ultimately decided on the NuVo P-Series ... Read More »

No VCDX Design Is Perfect

I wanted to quickly talk about something from my own personal VCDX experience that may help people a little bit that was in my head today.  There are very few IT Professionals that are NOT perfectionists.  It’s true, admit it, we are all very Type-A and with that comes a need to do everything as perfect as we possibly can. ... Read More »

Thoughts On The New Community VCDX Mentoring

Yesterday I posted on VMTN about the new VCDX Mentoring Process.  I wanted to post a quick not about this change and see what people are thinking.  Honestly I have not gotten any feedback, good, bad, or indifferent, so I guess no news is good news?  Here is some of my personal feelings on the change and why I truly ... Read More »

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