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  • Blog Post: Join Early Experts: Enhance Your Skills And Career For Free!!

    In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform , adding Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2008!

    Okay, after the whole Brett Farve saga, and Green Bay I think you made a huge mistake! I decided to write a fun post for Friday, my 5 bold predictions for the NFL this year. They have come from much thought and debate. (BTW I also made a new category, football) So here are my 5 predictions: ...
  • Blog Post: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2011

    Aright everyone it is that time of the year again for my annual bold predictions for the NFL 2011 Season!  Before I get started lets recap:   Last year was my best year, while I was technically inaccurate with the lockout, I had a solid 3 out 5 correct.  So what is in store for this...
  • Blog Post: Proud Dad Moment: Mitchell’s first TD

    Here is a proud moment I got to witness and extremely lucky one of the team moms (thanks Liz!!!) was video taping that day.  BTW the voice you here in the background yelling go, is little ole me.  I was very excited.  Go Mitchell!
  • Blog Post: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2013

    Happy NFL opening week everyone! Welcome to my annual post and by now most of you will already know what one of my predictions will be. We will save that for later. So let’s recap my predictions from last year (you can find them here: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2012 ). I just missed my prediction...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet, Brandon Covert and I talk IT and the Cleveland Browns

    As most of you know my favorite team is the Cleveland Browns.  As you most of you I also love technology.  Well in this Bytes by  TechNet I get the best of both worlds.  I got a chance to interview a friend of mine, Brandon Covert, Director of IT for the Cleveland Browns.  Brandon...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 9: Tipping Point Week

    This is the halfway point week, at midweek I reach half way through the training.  So on Wednesday it becomes 8 weeks down and by weeks end 8 weeks to go! This last week was an interesting week of training, and I surprised myself a bit.  My 17 miler on Saturday was interesting, I decided to...
  • Blog Post: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2010

    Wow, almost miss this post before the season starts tonight!  So last year I did better and I got 2 out my 5 right you can take a look here: Matt Gets Better: Recap 5 bold NFL Predictions 2009 So with the reason right around the corner, I will try to do better!  So here are my 5 predictions...
  • Blog Post: Evaluation Downloads for Virtualization, Management and Training Resources

    One of the fun things I get to do everyday is point people to products and resources.  With IT there seems to be an ever changing world and transformation on the tools and resources we use almost happens daily. have a had a few folks ask where can I get the tools and resources to test some the new...
  • Blog Post: Update to a Book of the Month from August 2008

    I blogged about the book The Blind Side in August which followed Michael Oher a football player and how he grew up.  Very interesting book, you can check out my post here: Book of the month August 2008 The Blind Side Well Michel Oher is considered one of the top 5 tackles in the NFL draft right...
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month for September 2009: On Being Brown

    Good day all my fellow football and Cleveland Browns Fans!  This months book is dedicated to the being a Browns fan.  The book is called On Being Brown by Scott Huler .  I normally try to pick books with appeal to everyone, but this month I went for something different.  I get teased...
  • Blog Post: OFFICE 2010, SharePoint 2010 Launch events REGISTER NOW, seating is limited!!!!

    We are coming to a city near you and we want to see you at the events!  We are going to talk about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  Come out and spend some time hearing how these products can rock your world!  Here are just a small sampling of the cities we are heading to, we are going...
  • Blog Post: Cleveland Browns Think Pink: See you Sunday, and Please Wear the Ribbon!

    One of the most touching and powerful experiences I have gotten to do , on and off, for the last few years is pass out pink ribbons at Cleveland Browns stadium. This is part of Think Pink month to help promote awareness and prevention of Cancer. I am really looking forward to helping again this year...
  • Blog Post: Matt’s Best Year Yet: Recap 5 bold NFL Predictions

    In the three years I have been doing this I rocked this year and nailed 3 out 5 predictions.  Although one is still TBD here is my recap and results: Total 3/5 San Francisco 49ers will make the playoffs .  When you look just at the division they are in, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams. ...
  • Blog Post: Go Browns: Peyton Hillis wins the Cover of Madden NFL 12!

    Pre-ordering my copy now!  Go Browns!
  • Blog Post: Students Are You Up for a Challenge? Enter the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge NOW!

    Well we the Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge is back again and I have just one question for you?  Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, do you know a student or are you going back to school and can you answer a question like this then your ready for Round...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not That Important

    We have all been there, your driving, you hear your cell phone ring, ding or beep, trust me it is not that important and here is why (please take a minute to read the article): Child killed in 3-car accident in Columbia Heights It is probably like hundreds of other similar stories you have seen. ...
  • Blog Post: Recap (A Down Year): 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2011

    Well this year was not nearly as good as last, and is really a bummer year for my predictions.  I am getting a better understanding of what is the trends are, so look for some better predictions next year!  On the bright side I did pull a Chuck Woolery with my results this year: Total 2.2 Cleveland...
  • Blog Post: Matt Gets Better: Recap 5 bold NFL Predictions

    As we draw closer to Super Bowl 44, I have to go back and take a look at my 5 bold predictions for 2009 .  I actually got better, and I look forward to having an even better next year.  So how did I do: 2 out of 5  NOT BAD, considering last year! Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells will win Rookie of...
  • Blog Post: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL 2012

    Well it is that time of the year again!!!  I almost forgot but it is time  for my annual bold predictions for the NFL 2012 Season!  Before I get started lets recap: Last year I took a step back a bit, still got 2 out 5 correct. So what is in store for this season. By now you already know...
  • Blog Post: Check Out Talk TechNet every Wed. and Friday!

    Talk TechNet is a twice weekly, one hour radio show for IT Professionals hosted by Senior Program Manager Keith Combs and myself.  Each episode focuses on a specific product or technology. Listeners are encouraged to call in and discuss the topic for the day, or ask questions to help unblock a deployment...
  • Blog Post: Unbelievable Moment from Texas Stadium High School Football 1994

    As I was on the tread mill this morning I saw this highlight.  I remember hearing about this.  So here is the situation there is a 1:30 left and Plano East is down to John Tyler by 10.  The play by play call is priceless. So coach what do you do? Correct, onside kick, score, onside kick...
  • Blog Post: Heartland IT Pro User Groups

    One of the great aspects of my job is I get to work with a lot of different user groups and meet lots of people from the IT Pro community.  Well I did my best to get a list of all the IT professional  user groups I work with in the Heartland territory (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee...
  • Blog Post: The hard-luck life of a Browns fan

        Had this article forwarded to me, thanks John! Hard-Luck Life of a Browns Fan   Go Browns!
  • Blog Post: Book of the month February 2009: Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe

    With the NFL season officially over, and Arena Football canceled, what now?  How is one supposed to get a dose of Football to get them through the long off season?   My suggestion?  Check out the book of the month for February: Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe...