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  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 1 Training: Here I Go Again!

    Enjoy this 80’s interlude and this is an all skate song: I have decided to run in the happiest place on earth again . My main motivation for running this year, is that it is the 10 year anniversary of the Goofy challenge, and the medal looks great! As always Disney does a great job on their medals. However...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Microsoft Events: Do you want to stay informed?

    Whether or not you choose to believe me, here are a two things that I know to be true: Microsoft takes your privacy and preferences very seriously, and Microsoft wants you to stay “in-the-loop” about what’s coming. Often our marketing and operations people send out notices about up-coming events, such...
  • 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: Are you ready to begin the Quest of the Cloudwalker?

    Hark beleaguered IT Professionals! We know of the evils which plague you daily—mountains of help desk tickets, crashing computers, ridiculous requests from management, and far, far worse. But fear not, for we have felt your misery and despair, and created a fantastical world where you can use your hard...
  • Blog Post: Another Year of Running, Another Year in My Altra’s!

    So I know this is very late, but wow what a year! I had a great year of running in 2013, and all of my runs in my Provision 1.5 by Altra, still the best shoe on the planet. As you can see from my bling board I did a lot of running. One thing I really focused in on was my form this year, and still...
  • Blog Post: Top Local Apps: Two Fun Games to Flag for Your Weekend Munchies

    So as we are heading into Christmas and the holidays, and I thought I would have a little fun with this Fridays post. So I decided to take you through two games I have been having some fun with. The first is a game called Bug Muncher . Very simple game you have a frog and your job as the Frog to eat...
  • Blog Post: Top Local Apps: The Bible YouVersion App

    I enjoy reading the Bible and I try to read it daily. When I am home I use the Life Application study bible , and it is a great Bible that has helped me tremendously! The only small downside is the Bible is fairly large and when I am traveling I do not always have room in my bag. I know there are...
  • Blog Post: Me and My New Router Part 3, the conclusion.

    Was the storage link the end of the story?  Nope we still had funding and I had an idea. So where are we: New Router Working: Check! New Storage Link Working: Check! All Hester Networking problems solved: Failed! So what else could I need?  That's right you guessed it a new network ready printer...
  • Blog Post: So it Begins…Lego Fest 2011

    So My son and I love Lego , and I was asked to clean the following up, so I decided to build all the kits.  Anyone want to join me? 
  • Blog Post: March, where do I get to go in March?

    Can you believe it my manager told me for my first event in March I am going to have to travel ~4000 miles. My first event is on March 1st and is the last launch event for Microsoft Across America. Did I mention that the event is in Honolulu? :-) I know what you’re thinking tough life. In reality I have...
  • Blog Post: Thank You Veterans!

    I cannot say it enough to the veterans: Thank you! Thank you for all of your support and sacrifice!  Thank you to my Dad, Barry, Carla and Bill (still active Duty) for being a proud group of Navy Veterans for our country!  Please take time today to thank a Veteran in your life!   I also...
  • Blog Post: Breaking into Vegas! The Code Room Episode 3

    Have you ever wanted watch the White Hats and Black Hats battle for the security of Las Vegas? Well guess what you can! The 3rd episode of The Code Room is going to show just that, and answer the question what happens when a Hacker gets in and how to defend against it! The Code Room: Breaking Into Vegas...
  • Blog Post: Another Perspective on Search

    A lot of you know that I am very passionate about search products and Microsoft. I have published a few articles on the topic: Find Anything With Desktop Search Find It All with SharePoint Enterprise Search I also feel as a company we have a tremendous roadmap for the future search technologies. Well...
  • Blog Post: Goofy Training Jet Lag free and back on track

    Hola!  Sorry I missed last weeks post but I was way out of town in Barcelona!  I was asked to deliver a breakout session at IT Forum in Barcelona, it was my honor to do so.  It was a lot of fun and my training took a back seat to this opportunity.  At least for a couple of weeks but...
  • Blog Post: The Last Interview and Huge Personal Announcement!

    Well folks, it almost brings a tear to my face.  Here is the last Matt and Keith video interview for a while.  We are both getting ready to move into our summer schedules, Keith will be at TechEd and MMS.  My huge announcement below will give you some insight into my immediate future....
  • Blog Post: Visual Search check it out on Bing

    Hopefully you have been using Bing a lot lately, if not check out the new visual search beta.  Click on the screenshot to see how it works!
  • Blog Post: Book of the Month May 2008: The Singularity is Near

    Good day everyone, this book of the month was recommend by one of you !  Thank you so much, however, I did get rid of the email with the name,  Please email me and I will give you some recognition! The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil   is an interesting...
  • Blog Post: How much do you love your Avatar part 2?

    Previously I posted an article about how a divorcee killed her ex-hubby’s avatar.   Well now it seems people love their avatar wives more than their real counterparts: UK couple in real-life divorce
  • 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: Do you want to win* a Lenovo T61P ThinkPad or Xbox 360 Pro with 60 GB?

    Are you a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) ? Do you want to win * some great prizes just in time for the holidays? How does a 8GB or 120GB Zune sound or an Xbox 360 Pro? What you want something bigger, okay how about a: Lenovo T61P!!!! Okay do I have your attention now? First off...
  • Blog Post: Launched Office 365…Read all about it!

    NEW YORK — June 28, 2011 — Today, at media events around the world, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft Office 365 , the company’s newest cloud service. Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, and it brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Free Xbox Live Game --- Undertow --- Hurry Expires in 24 Hours!

    I just noticed from Keith's blog that there is a free full version of Undertow available for the next 24 hours on the Xbox live arcade.  Hurry this offer expires on:  11:59 p.m. PST, Sunday, January 27, 2008! For more details about the offer visit Keith's post:  Free Xbox LIVE Arcade game...
  • Blog Post: Interview: The WORLDS FASTEST SERVER!

    Can your server do 121mph?   Well the server from the folks at hostmysite.com can!  Wendy and I were walking around the floor of SXSW, we saw a drag race motorcycle on the floor.  Upon some investigation, we found the bike was actually a server, and 100% electrical.  They are also...