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  • Blog Post: The marathon is upon me

    I sit here in the third floor of Macy's in dowtown San Francisco while my wife Deanna searches for clothes that can only add to the heft of our suitcases. I am about to write to the president of Macy's, thanking them for the generous and strategic placement of comfortable chairs for guys like me (thanks...
  • Blog Post: Five things you don’t know about mhass

    I know, I know, it’s been all the rage lately, and I kinda find it entertaining and cool to find out things about your favorite bloggers that you didn’t know. Not that I am anyone’s favorite blogger. Here are a five things you didn’t know about me. 1) My parents are both immigrants from Brasil...
  • Blog Post: Staying in shape to work on computers

    Earlier today I exchanged some email with a very popular blogger, and he gave me the advice: "A good blog is passionate and authoritative. Write about what you love (or, love what you write about)." Seems like excellent advice. In that spirit, I want to try and step up the quality and passion around...
  • Blog Post: A High Tech visit to the dentist

    This week I had the chance to catch up on some much needed personal maintenance, including a visit to the dentist. Like most people, I have usually gone to the dentist that my wife or parents have gone too, without much research into the doctor, office, or technology. In fact, out of all medical related...
  • Blog Post: Worldly (Cup) Views

    I was just catching up on some of my reading and saw several people mentioning that they read Al Gore’s “ An Inconvenient Truth ” book. Scoble even went so far as to describe editorials he wrote in college about raising gas taxes by several dollars to encourage Americans to buy smaller cars and get car...
  • Blog Post: Great Advertising, detonate a Ferrrari Enzo

    I am a car lover, in fact we went to the Denver International Auto Show on Friday night with my son. I was there to see the Audi R8, hopefully sit in a couple cool cars, as well as check out updated cars like the Acura MDX and Infiniti M45. But, the bigest news this last week was commedian Eddie Griffin...
  • Blog Post: What did you do over the holidays?

    Man, where do I start? December was absolutely nuts as far as work. I had “real” work to do for customers, training, vacation, holidays….phew. The absolute most exciting thing I did was we took my son on his Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyworld . As many of you that follow my blog know, my son was diagnosed...
  • Blog Post: Second star to the left and straight on till morning

    I had a bunch of stuff to do this morning, so I decided to record our return to space this morning with the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. I just sat down to have a sandwich and watch the recording. I was blown away by the beauty of the launch and got a little chocked up because of it. Why? I...
  • Blog Post: Grayline Tours: Parking Garages of High Tech Companies

    I love coming up to Redmond or going out to Silicon Valley , and not because of the brain power harnessed in these locations. It’s all about the cars. I am a “car guy”, even though my personal cars are not that exciting. I joined Microsoft after the boom years, so I don’t have profits from options and...
  • Blog Post: Someone from Google tried to recruit me

    I got an interesting email from Charles Lenhard at Google wanting to know if I was interested in a position there. What's more interesting is that I have never met anyone from Google and only know a handful of people in the Bay Area. I really have no idea how they got my name and contact info, other...
  • Blog Post: Take a vacation!

    Take a vacation, a long one. Don’t mess around with the 4 day weekend vacations, or even a week. If you are an IT person, you need to take a vacation long enough to make you forget passwords. I just got back from my first real vacation in 3 years, and it was 2 weeks long. I turned off my phone...
  • Blog Post: Thank you: Steve Irwin

    I have been on vacation for the past few days, but have been inundated with information about Steve Irwin’s death. For my family, this was very sad news as we have watched many of his shows and appearances since the late 90’s. Many of the comments from people have been comical from “you knew it...
  • Blog Post: Summer, some good stuff on TV

    I love my Ultimate TV, I won't give it up until I find another interface that is as easy and quick. Sure, I can go buy a Tivo and Frankenstein it by putting in more cache, etc to make it speedy, but my thoughts on AV equipment is it should be optimal out of the box. That is also why I haven't jumped...
  • Blog Post: New Role for Mhass

    So I finally rolled off my last gig, which had occupied me for the last 18 months.  In the last 18 months, I learned a lot about how my customer did business, and thanks to a great account team, learned how Microsoft does business. I liked the business aspect of the job a lot, enough to inspire...
  • Blog Post: Scary day in Philadelphia

    I am here in Philadelphia this week working with Comcast in their towers right across from City Hall. I was walking back from lunch at about 1:15 and there was a massive BOOM in the alley in front of me. Everyone either hunched or screamed, I instinctively moved towards a door of the building I was walking...
  • Blog Post: What it is like to run a 1/2 Marathon with 15,000 others

    I just got back to Denver , and finally have a stable Internet connection. I was in downtown San Francisco , staying at the Renaissance Parc 55, and for the life of the SSTN Highspeed Internet provider, they couldn’t provide me with Internet in my room. So, I did what every good geek would do and mooched...
  • Blog Post: Transformers, go see it!

    The red and blue cab of an 18 wheeler rolls into the center of the dark alley with led's and lights blazing, Autobot logo right on the grill. A bunch of spinning and servo sounds accompany the all too familiar whah-whah-whah-kuk sound of Transformer transformation. Everyone knows that it is Optimus Prime...
  • Blog Post: Zidane: Anger Management

    What a bummer that someone like Zinedine Zidane went out on a bad note. I prefer not to think of him as a bad guy, as much as having a bad day. He has had a career worthy of Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo, Beckham or Ronadinho and deserves his head up on the “Mt. Rushmore” of futbol. In fact, after my home...
  • Blog Post: Moving within Microsoft

    What I have been doing, instead of keeping up on my blog entries? Well,lots. One of the biggest things for me is that we rearranged a few accounts in Denver, where I live. With the help of my manager, and encouragement from local managers, I was asked/encouraged to move to the Desert Mountain geography...
  • Blog Post: Podcasting and excercise

    I grabbed the lastest copy of iTunes, and I have to say that I am addicted to both podcasting and audio books. Since I am now training for the marathon 1.5 hours a day, my music library (pretty big) was starting to bore me. I subscribed to a couple podcasts and grabbed "The Divinci Code" from the iTunes...
  • Blog Post: Comcast Improves, and I finish my home theatre

    So, I decided to get a powered CATV amplifier for my house to see if my loosing picture with Comcast was maybe just the box saying “weak signal”. Well, this has solved the issue of it loosing picture! But, we are still having to power down the settops every couple weeks because it freaks out and I can...