Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Summer Roundup

As summer concludes, and a wedding is on the horizon, now would be the perfect time to download pictures from my new iPhone and see what fun has been captured on the bits and bytes of digital media. The iPhone includes awesome-yet-creepy GPS location embedding, meaning you can actually see where each picture was taken on a Google Map. Enjoy!

Indiana Dunes & Summer Roundup

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

MCITP: 2/25/08 - 8/12/08

This morning, I polished off my last exam to earn my goal of MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. The MCP professional certification series was redesigned with the recent release of Server 2008 (the previous server release was Server 2003). I officially started studying on February 25, so this represents six months of studying and four separate exams. Here's the rundown:

4-8-08: Passed 70-648: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist. I scored pretty low on this one as it covered a wide variety of topics and improbable scenarios that you would rarely see in the real world (actually, most of the exams are like this).

5-20-08: Passed 70-620: Configuring Windows Vista. This one was a cakewalk. If you've used Vista and you have a history of configuring Windows-based PCs, you should have no problem.

7-14-08: Passed 70-643: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure. This one was fun. I learned a lot about the cool technologies that are available in Server 2008 - including the new Terminal Services, IIS 7.0, and new remote access features.

8-12-08: Passed 70-647: Professional Series: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator. What is an Enterprise Administrator? According to Microsoft, someone capable of designing, implementing, and maintaining a Windows infrastructure that covers multiple connected locations with thousands of users and hundreds of servers. This one was also fun because of the emphasis on design.

After this morning's exam, Jessica treated me to a gold medal ceremony, complete with the star-spangled banner:



And then I treated myself to my customary post-exam Wendy's Baconator celebration meal, complete with artery-clogging goodness:



Thanks very much to Jessica, who supported me all the way through six months of waking up early to study, going to the coffee shop every weekend to study, and quizzing me on topics. Now I guess we should get married or something.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Let's go Mountaineers



Every year, I'm asked to contribute a season prediction for WVU's #1 fan site, WeMustIgniteThisCouch.com. Here it is:


In an historical final showdown against South Florida on December 6, 70,223 people cram into Mountaineer Field, breaking the previous attendance record by one person (Pat White's mojo is legally considered to be a second individual). The game is a barn-burning back-and-forth battle for Big East supremacy that rages until the fourth quarter, when fisticuffs ensue on the 30 yard line. The referees consider ejecting three members of both squads, until it is agreed that all involved parties will attend Christmas dinner at the Bill Stewart household for a stern talking-to and a round table discussion on family values and the true meaning of Christmas. The Mountaineers win it by a field goal, and go on to bring the National Championship home.

Prediction: 13-0, Pat White for Heisman and #1 pick in the NFL draft, Stewart for governor.