I guess I should call it the vDM24in30 since I was unable to complete the entire challenge. I was on a good pace until the final week but a few things crept up to keep me from finishing. If it was vDM20in20 I would have been golden.

I’ll be completely honest in saying that the main thing that kept me from completing the challenge was the fact that I simply hit a wall and just couldn’t continue the way I had planned from the beginning. My goal from the beginning was to really push myself and only come up with 15 ideas ahead of time and then write the blog the day of submission and not write anything in advance.Continue reading

I am a published author. When I was writing my first book I thought I would take great pride in saying that. I also thought I was going to make some pretty good money. The money part didn’t happen, and while I do take pride in the fact that I am a published author I find myself looking back at that time in my career with a little regret. I don’t regret writing books, but I wish I would have done it a little differently. It’s the old “knowing what I know now” scenario. Let’s take a look at the process. Continue reading

I attended my first VMUG Conference this year in Indianapolis. I had the honor of hanging out with some old friend and I got to meet some new people that I would like to consider friends now. Shout out to community!

While walking the vendor hall I overheard a group of guys talking about one specific vendor and the “eye candy” that was present at the booth. The quickly made their way over to the vendor to get a better look. I won’t name the company but it was a vendor that I did want to talk to and get more information about their products.Continue reading

When I bought my first computer at the age of 13, my career aspirations never came into mind. I will admit that I knew from a very early age that I never wanted to be a programmer. I rage quit all of that when I would type in programs from the back of my computer magazines only to have a minor syntax error make the previous few hours a huge waste of time. Luckily I had Wizard of Wor, Spy Hunter and B.C.’s Quest for Tires to help me get over it.Continue reading

As my current home lab nears its 3rd birthday, I find myself wanting to upgrade so I can expand the type of work I do in the lab. When I built it in December of 2011, I got equipment that would last for a long time and so far it has proven to be a great setup. The only problem is that it is a single server environment and I can’t do much live migration testing or anything else that requires more than one server.Continue reading

When I bought my first car I didn’t have much money to spend so as a lot of teenagers do, I bought a “beater” car for less money than I’ve spent on one tire on my newest car. It did what I wanted it to do at the time; get me from point A to point B on my own schedule and without having to rely on my older brothers to take me places. I had freedom, but that freedom came with a price. The car was constantly breaking down.Continue reading

A few days ago fellow vDM30in30 participant Gina Minks wrote a great piece on her blog site titled “The First Story I Never Wanted to Leave” and challenged the other participants to do the same. It’s a nice departure from writing about IT and Career stuff.

I would often borrow books from my brother’s room but at my age I would get bored with them or I wouldn’t quite understand them and give up on them very quickly, falling back to my Baseball Digest and Sport magazines. He was in his late teens and into science fiction, fantasy, and all things that I found somewhat boring at the time. Truth is, I just wasn’t ready for them at the age of 10.Continue reading

Every employer wants to have the “team player”. You hear it in interview questions. They are interview buzzwords. Depending on your personality type, your take on being a team player may be different from other people. The general consensus is that playing team sports is a great thing for your career. It builds your teamwork skills and helps you think beyond being an individual. Many good things can come from being a member of a team, but there is one area where it could be bad for you.Continue reading