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What To Do When Your Water Utility Tries To Rob You

For the last 2 years I have been back on city water after moving from NH to TN and I cannot say how much I miss my well water for the simple reason the local water company Glen Hills Utility District has basically robbed me more than once and I have data to prove it.  Let’s start from the beginning ... Read More »

How To Successfully Work From Home

Last week I found out a community friend came to work for VMware and we started having a discussion about how to be successful working from home 100% of the time.  I also had been interviewing some candidates where the topic came up so someone suggested I  write down some thoughts and ideas on the subject.  As I though about ... Read More »

Back In The Fitness Swing With New Learnings

So it’s no surprise to many people that I have always tried to live a healthier life.  That being said I have also learned a lot recently.  Mainly that 2 weeks of straight travel can pack on 12 pounds pretty quickly.  I’ve also been struggling with fatigue issues, sleep, motivation, depression, and a host of other things.  What that’s turned ... Read More »

A Validation Plan Can Save Everyone Loads of Time

There is a reason why a Validation Plan is part of the VCDX Documentation.  Funny thing is many people don’t seem to take it that seriously either for the certification itself or for actual use in a production environment.  When I was growing up as a young IT boy starting my career, I was taught that NOTHING goes into production ... Read More »

Solutions For Two Common vSphere Network Issues

I have found a couple common issues with vSphere Networking that you may have come across recently.  I have always been a long tim fan of the thinking…”If it looks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, it may very well be a duck”.  That being the thinking below is a few instances and associated KB articles that may ... Read More »

Crashplan Offset Backups For Your Home…Forget Time Machine

Yesterday I realized just how important a simple backup can be….especially when the restore actually works.  Now it’s not like I had to restore something mission critical to my laptop, but that does not matter.  The point that I needed to restore something and it worked was the key.  For over a year now I’ve been running Crashplan Home on ... Read More »

Personal Thoughts on the VCDX Troubleshooting Removal

Breath in…..breath out….okay now that we have all taken a breath I will start.  As I mentioned on twitter there is a lot of good changes coming to the VCDX program.  Like last year many of these changes are being done rapid fire in Q4 so we can institute them in 2016.  That being said I wanted to take a ... Read More »

How To Use The 2016 Tiffin Allegro RED Solar Pre-Wiring

Well, let me start by saying that one would think this is an easy thing to deal with, but as it turns out it’s not quite that obvious.  When we bought our new 2016 Tiffin Allegro RED we had it pre-wired for solar.  We then asked the dealer to install some solar to just make use of the pre-wiring, nothing ... Read More »

What’s Been Going On?

I realized it’s been a while since I posted something and there’s a few reasons for that the last couple of months.  I wanted to just drop a note so that people still know I’m alive and in fact working on a few projects. VMworld 2015 Most folks by now know that I missed the US conference due to a ... Read More »

VCDX Happenings at VMworld 2015

There is actually a lot going on for me this month as it relates to VCDX so I wanted to give a quick rundown with VMworld fast approaching.  Most of this is around some workshops and activities, but these are all things that you might want to get in on. Read More »

Alarm.com Stream Video Recorder (SVR-1000) – What To KNow

I’ve mentioned to a few people on Facebook and Twitter that I am a huge fan of Alarm.com and the features it provides.  When we built our house we decided to use one of their local dealers to handle the installation and monitoring.  They then tied the system into the Alarm.com system for management.  We integrated our Liftmaster Garage Doors ... Read More »

Getting Your VCDX Is Not Life Or Death

Okay, maybe for some it FEELS like it is when you are standing in front of the panel.  I did want to just write something from a personal perspective though about nerves and the pressure of the defense.  I realize everyone handles stress differently, but as I have gotten older I guess I view stressful situations in varying degrees.  Let ... Read More »

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