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The Mike O’Meara Show

I enjoyed the Don & Mike show when I lived in DC, when it was on the air many years ago. I made it to a live show one time, but mostly listened on my drive home from work. A few years back I discovered that Mike had his own show now and I’ve been listening on and off ever since, especially when driving long distances.

I sent an email to the show one time and forgot about it. Because I only listen periodically, I never heard if they read on the air it but recently decided to look for it.

image1In short, the story was that I had purchased an audio file expecting an episode of the show and got a two second clip of Mike simply saying “Asshat”. Because it ended up in my iTunes library and my car plays songs in alphabetical order by default, it actually played quite frequently.

Thanks to how good indexing of email is now, I was able to search several years of email in a second and found the date of the message I had sent. I then went into Spotify and scrolled back to July of 2017 when I had sent it and listened to a couple of episodes following that date. Thursdays were the weekly mail segment of the show back then, so it wasn’t much effort to find it. To my pleasant surprise I was able to hear that they did read my letter and it was fun to hear their reaction. Find it at time index 13:27, episode 1813 (also here on Spotify).

Atmosphere 2018

I caught Atmosphere touring for there great new album Mi Vida Local in Charlotte last week and was happy to get a great spot up front where I could shoot the show while barely looking down at my phone. I enjoy recording shows, but being up front I didn’t want to hold my phone up at all. The result is very little zooming but it wasn’t really necessary given my position.

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SCUP Catalogs vs. Software Vulnerability Manager

With the addition of SCUP to SCCM, a lot of people are looking to a SCUP catalog as a way to address the challenge of application patching. After answering the same question about the differences between Flexera SVM and this SCUP catalog capability, I decided to sum it up in this blog post.

In summary, SCUP does not provide any amplifying information to help prioritize, the patches cannot be customized, it only know about what is included, and what is included is likely less than 10% of what you care about. In the end it is a good way to address a very select few applications but is in now way “patch management”.

Product Insights (Video Series)

After a brainstorming session about the fact that sites need to quickly, simply and easily provide answers that may be on the minds of visitors, this Product Insight series of videos was born. I wrote out the questions and answers and I got some people to join me in recording these short videos that answer the questions I think people may have when considering the product I run, AdminStudio.

 

 

 

Spoon at the Orange Peel

An amazing show and a great performance, I was very lucky to be right up front in the middle. I always enjoy recording shows, but this one was especially worth recording as I’ve already watched it many times myself.

Eleven songs in total:

  1. Do You
  2. Whisper I’ll Listen to Hear It
  3. First Caress
  4. Do I Have to Talk You Into It
  5. Underdog
  6. I Ain’t The One
  7. Rent I Pay
  8. Don’t You Evah
  9. Stay Don’t Go
  10. Can I Sit Next To You
  11. Camera

Application Book Forward

I first got a copy of The Application Book by Tim Mangan as an early look of something I would review online. It was outstanding. Having edited several books in the past, I was compelled to provide lots of unsolicited feedback which he happily accepted. Later Tim asked that I provide a forward for the book which I was honored to do.

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Beer Blog

I’m a big fan of craft beer. I don’t get excited about food– in fact, there is a ton of food I don’t like (or won’t even try). I know, not very mature of me but that’s just my thing. Anyway, beer is the one thing I am adventurous about. In fact, if there is a beer of a style I like that I’ve not had, I will always choose it even if one of my very favorites is available right alongside it.

This blog is largely about professional topics, but I’ve been working in some music and concert info for a while and have decided to make it about anything I’m interested in and not just work. So, I’m expanding it to talk about some of my favorite beers and breweries. I’m in the Charlotte, NC area so the focus will mostly be on this region.

Right now I like sour beers most. I enjoy most wheat and fruit beers and have gown to appreciate most all styles with the exception of anything very hoppy (which excludes most pale ales), smoked or containing rye. My latest favorite style I’m on the look out for is a dry-hopped sour.

I was a big fan of Wicked Weed until they sold out, some favorites of the moment are  Burial, Fonta Flora, Salud Beer Shop and a few others. As for places, or the spots where one can get these tasty beverages, I decided to take it a big step forward and produce a new website on the topic!

Miike Snow at the Fillmore Charlotte

I record a lot of concerts and have for many years. I started with a point and shoot camera that took video and it was relatively good for video but lighting was a problem and audio was often quite bad. I’m so impressed with how each new iPhone handles the very load bass of a live concert better and better. The last show I recorded was one of the best I’ve managed and that was Spoon at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC a couple weeks ago.

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AppDetails Recommendation Services Explainer Video Project

The idea of offering recommendation services for products and services is a bit of a new concept for many. It walks the line between an analyst service and a kind of free third-party pre-sales service. Explaining this clearly while also letting people know it is free can take a lot of reading. I was not convinced people were bothering to digest my offering and so I decided to have an explainer video produced.

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