Displaying articles for: 09-09-2012 - 09-15-2012
I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today for a few reasons -
- Earlier in the week, Ray Smelek - the man that brought HP to Boise - died at the age of 78. I didn't know Ray personally but in my early days of working in HP Storage, I was in reviews with Ray and did meet him several times. I also often saw him driving to or from work as we lived on the same side of Boise.
- I was at the HP Boise site earlier today and saw an article about an HP disk drive manufactured in Boise that was introduced in 1986. Not many people know that HP Storage used to be centered in Boise.
- While at the HP Boise site, I also saw HP's first laser printer (the HP 2680A) that I used to work on when I worked in the field for HP and was also designed and manufactured in Boise.
These all have had a major impact on me personally and are very much related so I wanted to touch on each.
Last week, Microsoft announced Windows Server 2012; Just after the Microsoft's web event, my HP TechCast co-host Jeffery Powers and I had a panel of Microsoft experts to discuss the announcement. On the HP TechCast were:
- John Obeto (@johnobeto) - John blogs at www.absolutelywindows.com and is the CEO of Logikworx a managed service provider that heavily utilizes Microsoft technology.
- Jason Lopez (@jaylpz07) - I met Jason at the Nth Generation Symposium and he is focused on Microsoft-based solutions. He's also looking to start a blog soon.
- Hans Vredevoort (@hvredevoort). Hans blogs at www.hyper-v.nu and is a Microsoft MVP.
You can also download or listen to the podcast on Jeffery's website. The discussion we had was interesting and given the expertise of the panel, well worth your time. You can also check out the other videos, and podcast I have focused on Windows Server 2012.
Wow - I don't know how else to begin this blog post but by saying "WOW"! I've had an incredible weekend as a guest of the Tampa Bay Rays. I was invited along with my 13 year old son Cameron to Tampa by the Director of IT, Juan Ramirez. On Saturday, we went to Tropicana Field - the home of the Rays - and had a fantastic time.
We went up to Juan's office and chatted for a while and then went to visit the suite of Andrew Friedman, the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Rays. As impressive as getting Josh Hamilton's autograph was, meeting Andrew and talking to him for 15 minutes was incredible. Later that night when Cameron called my wife, he recounted the discussion saying that Mr. Friedman asked him about playing basketball (his passion) and reminded him before we left to focus on his defense. Cam was impressed that Mr. Friedman was genuinely interested in talking to him.
(This summary is an excerpt from the full blog post - go to the article to read the whole story and listen to the very interesting podcast with Andrew Friedman).