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  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 6 Training: Plan and Creative in Your Training

    Happy Monday! Week 5 was a solid week of training even with a very busy schedule. During training, I know all of you have had weeks where it seems you cannot get the time or place to run. This is where I found myself coming into this week. I knew it would be busy and training opportunities would be limited...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 5 Training: Songs that Get Me Going!

    Happy Monday! The training so far is going really well, and had a great 7 mile run last week with my good friends Dan and Michelle. It was great having company along and I was amazed how fast the run went on a very humid morning. Overall I am happy where I am at personally with the training and looking...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 4 Training: Listening to your body

    Happy Monday! Last week was not as solid of a week as I would like, but I had a little bit of knee issue creep up (bursitis). I have had this a few times, but now fun when it creeps up. I know I could have worked through the pain and kept my training going. Not a huge deal, but something I wanted to...
  • Blog Post: Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 3 Training: Adding Races to your Training Plan

    Okay so I missed posting last week but I did my training and I am really enjoying the plan! I know this will be a solid plan moving forward. Week 1 and 2 provided some great training and the weather was pretty cooperative. I even got to run in a 15k with my good friend and fellow Dopey trainee, Michelle...
  • 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: 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: A Quick Look at WDS

    Here is a quick screencast looking at how to install and get started with WDS. If you liked it, what other screencasts are you interested in?
  • 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: Want to go to TechMentor or Visual Studio Live? Read More to Register and Save $$$

    Last year I know quite a few of you attended one of these conferences, well they are happening again, and you can save some $$$. So if you are interested take a look below: Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas (March 10-14 2014) Much like outer space, the .NET development platform is ever-changing and constantly...
  • 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: 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: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 8: You Will Hydrate!

    Wow, what a week and what a fun 14 miles.  I ended up having to run the 14 on Friday, and glad I got it in.  Thanks to John and Jimmy for hanging out with me and running, and also had no music.  So this 14 was the longest I have run since my surgery and longest without music.  Fun...
  • Blog Post: Feeling the Need…….

    to run Disney  again, whose with me:
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 16 of 30: Where should the DC go?

    In todays post, and for the next 4 posts we are going to share with you our experiences in building out our local datacenter in California.  Kevin does a great job of writing up a post on where to put the DC.  It all boils down with a little bit of planning, and know how you are going to handle...
  • Blog Post: Cool, I got to post on the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog

    I was asked by Ed Wilson to talk about, what else PowerShell !  In the article I talk briefly about how to automate the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit with PowerShell. Check out the article: Learn How to Use PowerShell to Automate MDT Deployment   Yeah I know it is a bit late, but I have been...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon: 6 1/2 Hours and 27.3 Miles Worth Race Recap

    What a run and what a day, a really long day. I would have liked to say to my time was a faster but being Disney, I also realized I only had 3 goals for this run: Ride Expedition Everest Finish Collect the Bling In this regards I was 100% successful! I even got to meet one of my motivators...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms part 18 of 30: Lessons learned from Private Cloud build out (Stupid cold!)

    As you can see from the last two posts from Kevin and Brian , we are sharing some of our own personal experiences from working with our datacenters. In today’s post John takes us a quick journey to our data center we are building.  It is an interesting trip, and he shares with how to work with and...
  • Blog Post: Going Coast to Coast with the Dumbo Double Dare Training Week 1

    I just did the math and realized I am less than 9 weeks away (60 days) from the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge in Disneyland .  This is challenge were I will run the Disneyland ® 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disneyland ® Half Marathon on Sunday. This is the first time they are doing this event...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Outlook.com

    Really interesting changes and they are already happening, if you have an email log in.  From the main post: Today, we're starting to deliver on that goal with a preview of the new Outlook.com - modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes. Webmail was first introduced with HoTMaiL in 1996...
  • Blog Post: Ed Wilson (Microsoft Scripting Guy) Is Coming Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group July 21st

    Ed Wilson is coming to Columbus to talk all about PowerShell at the Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group on July 21st.   Ed is well known in the PowerShell community and considered an expert.  You can learn more about Ed here: Hey Scripting Guy Blog Learn PowerShell Click here to register...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud on Your Terms Part 10 of 30: Kevin’s Mad House of Cloud

    Sometimes working with all of these technologies around the cloud you want to know how is that done?  Eventually you get to a point where you want to see what is behind the magic curtain.  In today’s post Kevin takes you on a tour of have he put is cloud environment together.  Some of...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet: Matt Hester Interviews Jason Buffington

    I had yet another chance to sit down and chat with my good friend Jason at TechEd in Atlanta.  Jason Buffington, Sr. Technical Product Manager for System Center at Microsoft, discuss the latest Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr 2012). we talk about the  new additions to OpsMgr...
  • Blog Post: Lego Fest 2011 Update Week 2: May the Brick be With You

    This week was a lot of fun and we got a total of 10 sets done which included 5 Star wars Lego kits.  Plus 1 space police and one of the first models we every built, the exo-force (which is the one with the big green wheels and white and orange robot)  Very fun stuff, almost forget how great...