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  • 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: Halo + Bruce Lee + The Matrix + Spiderman = Master Chief Rocks!

    I had a good friend of mine, DaryllMC send this video to me. Before proceeding I have to ask you a question: Do you like any of the following?: Halo Bruce Lee The Matrix Spiderman Video Games (pong included) If you said yes to any of those then you need to check out this video, when they all get combined...
  • Blog Post: What is most important to you?

    As the holidays role around we always ask ourselves what is important in our lives. This is a great conversation to have and to celebrate the answer. Well a good friend of mine Brian LaMee asked that question and is in a dilemma. Brian does triathlons and loves new bicycles. Now I did some research these...
  • Blog Post: Matt's Recommend Usage for Vacation Days

    Okay so you have extra days of vacation and your wondering how to use them? Well I have a few suggestions for everyone on how to get the most out of your vacation time and locations. :-) September 7 - 10, Cleveland, OH --- Browns vs. Steelers What a better way to kick off the NFL football season then...
  • Blog Post: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer - Randy Pausch

    I was sad to find out today that Randy Pausch had passed forward into a better life. I was deeply moved by his speech and the way he lived. You can read the full article here: 'Last lecture' professor dies of cancer For those of you that have not scene the last lecture it is worth your time. ...
  • Blog Post: Simply Amazing, Randy Pausch reprising his "Last Lecture"

    If you have never scene this talk, I highly recommend it, it is about 10 minutes long and worth every second.  I guarantee it will touch you.  It is an shorter version of a full lecture that he gave, and you can click on his name to learn more and see the full lecture.  Thank you Randy...
  • Blog Post: Attention Ohio Area IT Pros, Register Now for Dayton IT Pro Camp Wed., Jan., 18, 2012

    The Dayton IT Pro Camp is a FREE , daylong Camp for IT Pros featuring Microsoft Cloud Technologies. During the day, we will have presentations on Hyper-V, SharePoint, Office365 and Azure. In addition, we will have a cloud security presentation and presentations from the Vendors who have agreed to support...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Revealed!

    I was just checking out the press release for the E3 forum and I ran into this sweet little tidbit. A Halo 3 is announced: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/news/events/e32006/articles/halo3.htm It looks like it will continue the same great story. CLICK HERE FOR THE HALO3 TRAILER . For more on...
  • 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: Kinect: Augmented Reality..Amazing

    The Kinect sensor is a pretty amazing device allowing you to be the controller and has potential even beyond some of our wildest imaginations.  Steve Clayton posted a recent TED Talk from Marco Tempest who used his magic and Xbox Kinect.  It is pretty amazing technolody and even more equally...
  • Blog Post: Happy 10 Year Anniversary Halo!

    What were you doing 10 years ago, I was taking a day of vacation and saving the planet!  Looks like I have another day of vacation in my near future!
  • Blog Post: 2008 U.S. Imagine Cup Finals National Winners Announced!

    If you have not heard about this wickedly cool contest!  It is a fantastic contest for students, and they just held the US National Competition in Los Angeles earlier this week.   The winners will compete for the Imagine Cup 2008 World Finals in Paris, France this July 3-8. To see all...
  • 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: 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: Interviews from Dallas Windows Server 2008 Launch Event

    It was great when Keith and I got to do the Dallas event it was right in our back yard!  What is even better we got to see familiar faces.  One in particular was a fellow Xbox and soccer parent Matt.  Matt and I met during our sons soccer game and then we found out we were both addicted...
  • Blog Post: How to avoid crying and a big told ya so for only $49.99!

    A few months ago I went to my Xbox 360 and turned it on and saw red lights. For those of you un-familiar with Xbox 360 the lights, affectionately called the ring of light, are supposed to be green. Green Good...Red Bad So being a good techie, I held my breath said a little prayer and turned the Xbox...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich demystifies Steve Gibson's claims of an intentional WMF backdoor.

    Good afternoon Everyone. I have been receiving a lot of email's on this one. While I was looking at some great utilities at www.sysinternals.com , I discovered that Mark Russinovich commented in fantastic technical detail of the recent WMF vulnerability. The bottom line of Mark Russinovich’s...
  • Blog Post: See the Beginning of Natal

    Here is a great little video from CES  highlighting the beginning of Natal
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is Coming to your Campus: The Great Techxploration

    The Great Techxploration Campus Tour is a back-to-school tour travelling across the U.S. this fall!  We hope that you will join us for a fun day of Web 2.0 tech & Media Center gadgetry. We hope to demo & distribute Tips & Tricks cards to help students use technologies like Office Live...
  • Blog Post: Interview: No one is safe when Mongo and KingCobra have their Cameras

    So we were hanging out in Atlanta and who came walking by our camera?  Rodney Clark, the general manager of Microsoft Across America, read that as our boss’ boss boss boss.  :-)  We had a lot of fun talking with Rodney.  We talked about his bicycle trip to the Switzerland and how...
  • Blog Post: Continue the Quest now: Server Quest II

  • Blog Post: Another Great Video about the Future of Video Games

    I subscribe to the TED.com speech feed and I came across an very interesting and thought provoking speech from video game designer David Perry.  David talks about what will be the most important aspects of video game design.  BTW, although Video and Audio are important, they are not what will...
  • Blog Post: Best Damn Band in the Land Ohio State Marching Band

    Just enjoy, my wife and kids loved it!
  • Blog Post: What does Microsoft have to offer Students?

    My good friend Sarah (aka: the codinggeekette) just recently wrote this great post.  If you are a student, know a student, or just interested in seeing some of the great resources Microsoft offers students you need to check out Sarah’s fantastic post:: Why Microsoft + Being a Student = Awesome If...