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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: 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: Windows 8.1 for Business: Oh Start menu, how do I miss thee…or do I?

    One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my Start menu. These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our Start menu. I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally understand your frustration...
  • 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: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 4: Running with Someone

    Happy week 4!  This is going to be a great week of training and I am just jacked up and ready to run this week.  While I know I still have a long time to go until the run and several longs week in front of me, I feel good about this week!  I think what is helping me this week (and really...
  • 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: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 17: Part 2

    Okay, so this is supposed to be week 18, but I do not know how to count, so this week 17 redo.  I also realized I had signed up for a run called the New Years double, which I had committed to running a 1/2 marathon on New Years Eve and again on New Years Day.  Again I do not know how to count...
  • 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: Goofy Training In LA and running around PDC

    Well the training is hitting the road for the next two weeks.  This is a fun thing but also my travel schedule is going to prevent me from getting my long runs in for the next two weeks.  This is a good thing and a bad thing.  It is a good thing from the sense my legs, I think, can use...
  • Blog Post: Fun TED Video, who was General Tso, and why does it taste so yummy

    I was checking this fun little video out of a talk delivered by Jennifer 8. Lee, and she talks about the mysteries of American Chinese Food.  I found out an interesting fact that in the United States there are more “Chinese” restaurants than there are McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and KFC, combined...
  • Blog Post: Podcast: Episode 1 of The Triathlete and the Fat Guy: Our Story

    My good friend Brian and I will sharing with you tips and tricks on how we have changing our lives for a healthier lifestyle.  In this episode we talk about our story, what motivates us. -->   Comment if there are particular topics you would like us to cover...
  • 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: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 13: Ole, Lucky 13

    Well maybe not so lucky this week for me.  Not only do I have my really last hard running week (this is the week I was dreading)  I have to adjust my schedule to allow my lovely wife a vacation over the weekend.  So on the bright side no running on the weekend.  I do have to mention...
  • Blog Post: Cool New Download HealthVault for Windows Beta

    I was checking some new downloads and I caught this beta for a program called HealthVault which seems to be a one stop shop for your health needs, I am going to take a look at this week and see how it all works but wanted to share it with you.  HealthVault Connection Center provides quick and easy...
  • Blog Post: I am not nuts, I am just Goofy

    So it begins….  This week marks the beginning of training for my next big adventure: The Goofy Challenge! Now you may be wondering what the Goofy challenge is?  It is part of the Disney marathon weekend, and the Goofy Challenge involves running a half marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday and a...
  • 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: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 13: All About Confidence

    Okay so really it is closer to 6 because I do not know simple math and the calendar.  So here we are on what I like to call the confidence building runs.  For me, this is normally the part of the training I dread the most.  I really dread the mental aspect of the mileage more than the...
  • 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: Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge Training Week 8: A New Week

    Wow what a difference a week makes! I had a really solid week of training and was pleased with the 16 early on Sunday morning.  This was really the first long run I felt like I prepared for not only the morning of, but the the days leading up to the run.  I try to look at each week as a separate...
  • 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: Going Goofy….Again!

    If you have read my blog for the last few years you are probably thinking, Matt has really lost it, to go through all the training again.  Well I kinda have lost it, but that is what Goofy is all about losing yourself.  For those of you new to the blog, maybe wondering what in the heck am I...
  • Blog Post: Goofy Training 6 Weeks down and headed to Cleveland to watch Monday Night Football!

    Last week was a great week of training and I am looking forward to the next 2/3rds of my training as the mileage begins to ramp up This week is going to be great fun, my runs during the week are increasing and I have my longest run on Sunday at 16 miles.  There is a small hiccup, I am headed to...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 2: Hooray Bling!

    So it has officially begun, technically it began last week, I was just a bit behind.  Life can get crazy like that.  I am running the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon.  You may be asking two questions, first you might have the sane question, why not goofy?  Well...
  • Blog Post: 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Training Week 5: Running with Technology

    So this is a fun post for me to write and the technology for running has come a long way from Pheidippides    I think most of us run with a GPS watch, heart rate monitor, and music,.  That does even include the technology built into our clothing from shoes, to wicking fabric, socks….etc...
  • Blog Post: Holiday Gift Giving Guide --- A Digital Wonderland for your DVDs

    Does anyone have a spare 10k that they want to lend me?  Well if you do then I can buy the Kaleidescape System .  This is a fantastic gadget that will allow me to digitize my 300 + DVD collection (Including the complete seasons of Buffy and Angel) and stream it to any room in the house. ...