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LaundryView – Technology Being Used in Home Appliances
Internet Connected Appliances In a recent IT Time TechNet Radio interview last month I mentioned my condo building was in the process of updating the laundry room with new, INTERNET connected washer/dryers. That’s right!! Washers and dryers connected to the internet. Why...
9 Jun 2011
Wi-Fi in the Sky......
Since I live in Atlanta - Delta's headquarters - practically every flight I take is on Delta, so you can imagine how pleased I was to see this article: Delta To Offer Wi-Fi Across Its U.S. Fleet . I REALLY like the idea of Wi-Fi access on the plane, but do I need it? No, not really, I can...
6 Aug 2008
Unified Communications helping Road Warriors: My laptop is now my phone!!!
My teammate John Weston has created a couple of great screencasts talking about how we use Unified Communications (UC) in our day-to-day work to keep us productive, especially when we're on the road. Everyone in the team has a UC phone number which means no matter where we are, if you call our phone...
6 Nov 2008
Indian Restaurant: Bangkok & Bombay - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Last week I was in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a long weekend visiting my friend Jose. We had just been to an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant in Old San Juan for lunch and were driving over to the beach, (yeah the beach in late December - its sunny and 85F (29C for you metric types) can you say...
23 Dec 2008
Indian Restaurants: The start of my series of reviews of Indian restaurants on my travels
Being English I have a penchant for Indian food, in fact, much to the chagrin of many of my road warrior buddies, I would go as far as to say I have to have it at least once a week... MINIMUM. When we're on the road doing live events, we usually travel in groups of 3 or 4. Most times we try...
8 Aug 2008
Where in the world is this?
Thought I'd crop some of my pictures and see if anyone can work out where it was taken. Here's the first. Pretty simple one... any guesses?
12 Aug 2008
A Big Mac and Wireless Access Please: McDonalds Internet Lounge
Last week I was looking for a quick bite early one evening and decided for some reason to go to McD's. I don't know why, maybe it was a burger and fries craving and I just didn't want to drive anywhere. It's probably the first time I've been to one in years, so I don't feel too bad about going, even...
13 Oct 2008
Replacing My Kitchen Faucet Saga
Note: This is NOT computer related, but merely a cathartic rant about my faucet saga. While cleaning up some dishes I noticed my feet were getting wet. Couldn’t understand how that could be as I wasn’t splashing the water out of the sink. I opened the door under the sink and...
5 Oct 2011
Indian Restaurant: Indique Heights, Chevy Chase, MD
On a recent trip to our Washington DC office I had the opportunity to go to the Indique Heights Indian restaurant for dinner. This is not your usual Indian restaurant, a little more high end, with an eclectic menu that includes some interesting Street Snacks and appetizers as well as some slightly...
23 Nov 2010
Home wireless networks: Why is everyone still only using WEP?
It always amazes me how some people buy a wireless router for home and just plug it in and setup the basics; no security, default SSID (usually the manufacturers name like Linksys), default user and password (try user: admin, password:admin ). "Hey, I'm set - its works right? I get access to the Internet...
9 Aug 2008
How would you like to live in a shipping container?
Here's a strange article I came across. You know those shipping containers that come from China with all the stuff we buy? OK, maybe not just China, that's just a dig because 95% of what I buy now is made in China J . Even some of the food I'm buying is from China, but I digress. I guess it had to...
29 Aug 2008
Indian Restaurant in Jacksonville, FL: Cilantro
I'm in Florida for a TechNet event tomorrow at the Wyndham Hotel in Jacksonville. Tonight JJ, TS2 presenter, and I went to an Indian restaurant called Cilantro . We had originally intended to go to one called Shalimar, but it appears its been closed down. I asked the guy at front desk if there was an...
19 Aug 2008
Indian Restaurant: Moghul - Edison, NJ
I was on the road this week doing our Windows 7 Deployment Firestarters in New York City and Edison, NJ. Luckily for me my colleague Blain enjoys Indian food so we took advantage of the offerings in Edison with its large array of choices. We had been told by several people the best...
7 Nov 2010
Hand Made Lamborghini: Built In the Basement
This has got to be the most crazy or most impressive project I've ever seen. Mr. Ken Imhoff saw the movie Cannonball Run seventeen years ago, I saw that same movie and in my case it nearly took away my will to live J , in his case, he fell in love with a car in the film - the Lamborghini Countach. ...
21 Oct 2008
Are You Certifiable?
Fun and certification? An oxymoron? Not at all!!!! Are you looking to test your expertise? If you’re an IT pro or a developer considering certification, or if you simply want to sharpen your skills, then you may be interested in checking out “Are You Certifiable?”, a new online...
6 Feb 2009
Indian Restaurant: Madras Cafe – Pompano Beach, FL
I haven’t written about my road trip Indian restaurant visits in a while. So I’m here in Ft. Lauderdale, FL for an Angelbeat event tomorrow and thought I’d try one of the local Indian establishments and tell you all about it. Rather than looking up restaurant reviews to choose where to go...
23 Feb 2010
End of an Era: Sony to stop manufacturing 3-1/2” Floppies
Really? Come on, own up!!! Who’s still buying these in 2010? I can’t remember the last time I saw a computer with a floppy drive. Although I have to admit a family member recently tried to give me a file to work on that they had put on a floppy, much to my chagrin and amusement...
26 Apr 2010
Windows Live Sky Drive: 5GB of FREE Online Storage!!!
Yes, as you can see from this and the previous post, I've been discovering stuff that you can get on Windows Live. This time its 5GB of FREE online storage. (I'm actually using it to store all these pretty pictures in my posts). So What Exactly Can You do with this Space? Go to Windows Live...
8 Aug 2008
Windows Home Server Technical Brief for Remote Access
Following on from yesterdays post about Home Networking with Windows Home Server, I thought this Technical Brief on how to remotely access your system would be useful. The thing is I'm not just talking about you remotely accessing the shared folders on the Windows Home Server, but you being...
24 Sep 2008
Is someone stealing your Internet access?
I did a post at the beginning of the month called Home wireless networks: Why is everyone still only using WEP? I suggested if you hadn't done it already, you should secure your wireless network. I also suggested that if you were already secure using WEP, to update that to WPA...it's better. Since then...
23 Aug 2008
Drought in the South: Lake Hartwell on the Georgia/South Carolina Border
I was up in South Carolina with my daughter last weekend visiting with my ex-in-laws at their condo on the lake. I hadn't been up in a few months and was shocked at how low the lake had dropped. They had been out of town for a few weeks during which time the lake had dropped and left their boat stranded...
17 Oct 2008
Everyone Hates Layovers, But Here's Something To Do If You're Stuck at the Atlanta Airport
Zimbabwe - A Tradition in Stone If you fly in the United States, you've probably had to go through a hub airport at some point and spend a few boring hours waiting for your connecting flight out. There is only so much bookstore browsing, coffee drinking and fast-food eating you can do when...
19 Sep 2008
Windows Home Server Technical Brief for Home Computer Backup and Restore
This Technical Brief describes how you can you use your Windows Home Server to automatically do daily backups all of your home computers, up to 10 of them. Obviously you'll need a decent amount of disk space on the server to do this but what you'll end up with is backups that you can recover your...
25 Sep 2008
Time To Reboot - Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA
Thought this was an amusing picture. I was driving past my local mall the other night and saw the information display showing their system has just finished running CHKDSK, successfully I might add, the C: volume is CLEAN!!! OK folks, its time to reboot or turn the display off!!
24 Oct 2008
IT Time Radio–Microsoft Home of the Future Interview
Microsoft Home of the Future Today we’re talking about the future and your hosts Blain Barton and John Baker welcome Jonathan Cluts, Director of the Strategic Prototyping Group here at Microsoft. Tune in as we take a sneak peek into some of the technologies that we may see 5-10 years from now, as we...
6 Sep 2011
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