I’ve known the guys behind and many of the delegates for Network Field Day for quite some time now.  In fact, the Network Field Day guys were kind of instrumental in helping me get Engineering Deathmatch off the ground.  I’ve even attended some of their smaller events, but this week I will be attending my first Network Field Day event as a delegate.  I’m pretty excited about this as it helps me continue to pursue my goal of g...

As I posted last week, I have started studying some items related to AWS with the goal of attaining the associate level solutions architect certification.  In an effort to do that, I’m blogging about some (not all) of what I have learned.  This week I’m going to try and do a high level fly by of the services that AWS offers. Just looking in the AWS console you can see that there are a TON of things that you can select from with ser...

I was looking back over my career recently and considering how long I have been focused on unified communications (voice over IP, collaboration, whatever you want to call it) in general and Cisco UC in specific.  It was a really long time.  We’re talking 16-17 years.  It really got me thinking, and I’ve decided that I am going to work at branching out a bit more.  With that in mind, I am starting a course of study to learn more abo...

My son has gotten to the age where he doesn’t know that he wants for Christmas and is resorting to just asking for money (he’s saving up for a new computer).  I’ve never really liked just giving money to the kids, but I wanted to give some money to go towards that new computer, so instead of just giving it to him I created a scavenger hunt.  And because we are both nerds, I had to integrate some technology into the scavenger ...

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Code / June 8, 2016

When I first started out messing around with Engineering Deathmatch, I had two primary goals.  First, to help keep my skills sharp and expose me to new areas of technology.  Second, was to promote the engineers that were contestants on the show. As part of that second goal, I’ve wanted to promote the EDM contestant’s blog posts through the Engineering Deathmatch Twitter feed.  This is one of those tasks that I needed to a...

IT Will Steal Your Job (Title)
Uncategorized / February 16, 2016

Lately I have been thinking about some of the interesting terminology that IT professionals have in their job titles.  I have been wondering if professionals in other non-IT career fields get pissed off at those of us in IT for stealing their job titles.  While I haven’t ever been confronted about this myself, about a year ago my brother-in-law was joking with me that he couldn’t compete in Engineering Deathmatch, despite...

Unity Connection – Your Name’s Too Long!
Unity Connection / February 3, 2015

File under things you shouldn’t see too often: A few weeks ago I was supporting Greg Casas, an engineer at our company that was working on upgrading a customer’s Cisco collaboration environment.  Everything was going well until he started upgrading Unity Connection. The upgrade of connection would get through the refresh upgrade portion, but would fail after it rebooted and started working on the rest of the upgrade.  Aft...

It’s Hip to Be Squared
Uncategorized / December 18, 2014

A few weeks ago at the Cisco Collaboration Summit Rowan Trollope made several announcements of new products coming out from Cisco in the realm of collaboration.  One of them was a we service called Project Squared.  Rowan’s description of the service went kind of like this (HIGHLY paraphrased): Everything that you have typically had in an office or conference room in the past has been replicated in the digital world.  For insta...

Mega Time of Day
Communications Manager / July 7, 2014

You know when you have a customer requirement and you have to spend a little time thinking about it and when you figure out the solution you feel quite a bit triumphant?  I had that recently and I’m going to write about it here.  Mainly so that I don’t forget what I have done several years down the road, but you may run into one of these niche cases at some point too! Requirements The customer is a school district and wan...