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August 22, 2009

For All You Mecha Lovers Out There

Smith & Tinker are the uber-cool folks who bought the FASA licensed properties back from Microsoft. Which really means only one thing…

Gigantic fighting mecha action!

This is REAL MechWarrior. Not that warmed-over Xbox crap version!

Check out the whole trailer for MechWarrior 5 right here. Yummay!

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June 21, 2009

The Ripple Effect AKA Women In Technology

Here’s what I’ve been doing this Father’s Day weekend…

Mindstorms NXT enters the Funlab AKA the kitchen table. Robotics FTW!

Apple of My Eye and Cute as a Button and I spent most of yesterday working in our brand-new Mindstorms NXT laboratory building, programming and testing robots. So far we’ve built the TriBot, Alpha Rex, and Spike AKA The Scorpion. Both of them dig getting the robots to do their bidding, altho CaaB’s reactions have been roughly akin to that of a diabolical robot horde overlord.

Where did this come from? Really from four things… read more…

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April 30, 2009

And These. These Are My People….

After dinner last night, the entire Career Express team headed to Target. It was just like a Susan Bradley Mountain Dew run, except without any Mountain Dew in any of the carts at all.

Christopher and Elese, pondering the cornucopia of awesome that is Target.

What were some of the things people did get?

  • Water…lots and lots of water
  • Candy
  • Trail mix
  • More candy
  • Music

And because it was Target, there’s a whole other level of affectation required…

This reminds me of a joke I heard once. Wanna hear it?

But while we were waiting for everyone to finish checking out, I noticed something that, quite simply, take this bus tour to a whole other level of kickass…

What's Ken got in his cart right there?

Of course, I had to know…

Awwww HELL Yea! Sweet Home!

Drunk with our newfound scores, we promptly got lost in the economy-sized elevator…

How in the world did we manage to get lost one floor away?

You know why? Because we’re the creme de la creme, that’s why!

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April 23, 2009

I’m Getting On The Bus!

It’s officially official…

GotB?

MS Learning picked me as one of the six winners of a free trip to Tech-Ed 2009! Not only that, but I’m taking the road trip option. That’s right…cross-country via bus. Atlanta to L.A. in 11 days, with tons of stops in-between.

Here’s the current itinerary for the Career Express tour, straight from MS Learning’s kickass Born to Learn blog…

  • Friday, May 1st: Atlanta GA
  • Saturday, May 2nd: Atlanta, GA to Greensboro, NC
  • Sunday, May 3rd: Greensboro, NC to Philadelphia, PA
  • Monday, May 4th: Philadelphia, PA to Cincinnati, OH
    • Philly TechFest 2009 at Springhouse, 8:00am – 10:00am
    • Antonia Pantoja Charter School, 7:30am – 9:00am (private event)
    • Edward W. Bok Technical High School, 10:45am – 12:00pm (private event)
    • MCP “Tweet-up” in Columbus (be sure to follow us on Twitter for details!)
  • Tuesday, May 5th: Cincinnati, OH to Indianapolis, IN
    • MAX Learning Luau at MAX Technical Training in Cincinnati, 11:00am – 1:00pm (featuring Windows 7 previews, lunch, drawings and more!)
    • “Bring a Friend” Night at LANTech Training, Indianapolis, 5:00pm – 7:00pm Bring a friend interested in starting a career in IT, and you both might win a TechNet Plus subscription (and your friend might win a laptop, too!)
  • Wednesday, May 6th: Indianapolis, IN to Kansas City, MO
  • Thursday, May 7th: Kansas City, MO to Denver, CO
    • MCP Study Break, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO, 8:00am – 10:00am (featuring live rounds of “Are You Certifiable?” and Windows Server 2008 exam prep sessions)
    • Ask the Experts at Ameriteach, Greenwood Village, CO, 4:30pm – 8:00pm (featuring live rounds of “Are you Certifiable?” sessions on Windows 7, SQL Server, OCS and more—delivered by stellar MCTs!)
  • Friday, May 8th: Denver, CO to Santa Fe, NM
    • Get Off the Bus! Free day for our intrepid but tired riders—come join us as we explore Santa Fe (follow us on Twitter to see where we’ll be!)
  • Saturday, May 9th: Santa Fe, NM to Phoenix, AZ
    • Glendale Community College, 8:30am – 10:30am (details coming next week)
    • Microsoft Technology Round-Up, Training to You, Phoenix, 12:00pm – 3:00pm (featuring Windows 7 previews and Windows Server 2008 certification sessions—register here)
  • Sunday, May 10th: Phoenix, AZ to Las Vegas, NV
    • “How to Thrive in Your IT Career” at Netcom, 2:00 – 3:30pm (featuring Windows 7 preview)
  • Monday, May 11th: Las Vegas, NV to Los Angeles, CA

That’s a whole heaping lot of places where you can come get your learn on with us. We’ll be delivering technical intros and overview, career talks, and all kinds of stuff that’ll be so amazing, you’ll think you were stealing something. So if you’re within striking distance, I hope that you’ll come say “Heya” at one of our stops!

All that’s really just the start. The Career Express will also be at Tech-Ed 2009 with an “Are You Certifiable” booth where folks can play live rounds of the game for prizes. More details on all that later.

And you can bet I’ll be documenting the whole trip, right here at the Funcave. So stay tuned.

|| posted by chris under community, freebie, hardware, it pro, mid-market it, mobility, more cowbell, thumbs up, time, travel, virtualization, webcast || comments (11) || ||

January 24, 2009

Come Get Your Mid-Market On

Are you really gonna say

Anybody who’s interested in Essential Business Server from a technical or business perspective should run, not walk, over to YahooGroups.com and sign up for the EBS Virtual UserGroup AKA EBSUserGroup.

Founded by Amy Babinchak, this virtual user group focuses on (surprisingly enough) Essential Business Server and all the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious goodness it includes.

Right now, there’s a live poll for EBSUSerGroup members to indicate which topics they’d most like to hear about in upcoming webcasts. Stuff like:

  • EBS Migration
  • EBS and Data Protection Manager
  • EBS and MOSS/SharePoint
  • Selling EBS
  • EBS Troubleshooting Tips
  • SCE Management in EBS
  • EBS and Virtualization
  • EBS and Mobility
  • EBS and TS Gateway
  • EBS Licensing

So if mid-market’s your thing, or you want it to be, this is a darn good place to start getting your feet wet.

|| posted by chris under business, community, freebie, hardware, it pro, mid-market it, migration, mobility, webcast || comments (0) || ||

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