Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Guess who's a newly minted Microsoft MVP?

Dear Gregory Duncan,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Visual Studio ALM technical communities during the past year.

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Woot! I've coveted this award for a long time, and it was only through the help and support of others that made it happen. Brian Keller, Martin Woodward, Esther Lee, my employer and most importantly all of you. Thank you again for your support these past years!

Now comes the really hard part, working to continue to deserve this award... :)

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remember...

13 years seems like a long time, and it is.

My son was 7. He's now serving in Afghanistan. His entire generation has been impacted, changed, warped by what happened 13 years ago. He's never been on a plane without going through TSA. His only memory of the World Trade Towers is of them burning and falling. He doesn't really remember a time before the wars...

Today, let's remember what happened then and lets not let it happen again. One generation of 11'ers is one to many...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

[Personal] Special Microsoft This Week on Channel 9 Shout Out to Jacob

This week on Microsoft's Channel 9, This Week on Channel 9 show, the team really came through for me and helped me deliver a special tribute to me son...

Thank guys!

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(Link, which if it doesn't work, it's a 11 minutes, 20 seconds into the show)

We're on the way to a special unit deployment ceremony now. If I get any good pictures...

 

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[Personal] Supporting my son in my own weird little way...

Monday, February 17, 2014

[Personal] Supporting my son in my own weird little way...

My son's unit, the 730th Transpiration Company (PLS) begins to deploy to Afghanistan this coming Saturday, February 22nd. He will be at Ft Hood, TX for a month or so and then it’s boots down in Afghanistan. He’ll be there for 9 months or so and then it’s back to Ft Hood for another month’ish, then, finally, home. So pretty much he’ll be gone a year, a very long year for all of us.

To show my support, I vowed to shave my head and keep it that way until he’s back home. This past Saturday was the day to fulfill the vow…

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Yeah, wow.

Welcome to the new Greg, same as the old Greg (just with less hair).

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Yes, I know "Breaking Bad"... LOL. And yeah, I think I'm going to grow the goatee, and then we'll really see :)

Anyway, remember, our freedom is not free. It's paid by the blood, sweat and tears of those who serve and their families. God bless them and God bless the USA. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creepy 3D Printing Project of the Day: Turn a 3D sonogram into a 3D printed baby at 3D-Babies.Com (I kid you not)

technabob - Your Unborn Baby, Immortalized in a 3D Printed Figure

Technology has made it easier for prospective parents to see what their child looks like, even before he or she is born. There’s ultrasound (to get a rough outline), 3D imaging, and even 4D ultrasound so you can clearly see your unborn baby’s face and physical features in real time.

Now there are 3D printed figures of your unborn baby.

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3D Babies

Imagine holding your baby before he or she is born.

New Years Special!

Use the coupon "30-OFF" to get 30% off the price of your

Halfsize (4 inch) or Mini (2 inch) 3D Baby.

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Enough said I think...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"How to React to Enemy Contact" if you're an 88M, 730th Transportation Company Shows How...

730th Transportation Company Trains on How to React to Enemy Contact

730th Transportation Company training at Fort McCoy, Wis., during the Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) 86-13-01. The unit is rehearsing a combat maneuver called the wagon wheel. Video by Staff Sgt. Jerimiah Richardson, 366th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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This is my son's unit when they were at their annual training this past summer... Not really sure why the video's category is Comedy. :/

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank you for your thank you's, a veteran's day note

As a veteran I want to thank you for your thank you's. To thank those people and businesses going out of their way today to honor and thank those serving and who have served.

Thank you for remembering that freedom is not free. Thank you for thanking those who help defend that freedom, paying with their blood, sweat, tears and lives. And thank you for thanking the family, spouses, children and parents of those who serve and have served.

Without the support of our friends, family, and you, our service would be a thousand times tougher. It's YOU, your thoughts, prayers, support and thanks that help making serving bearable.

We don't "serve" for freedom or the flag. We do it for you, our friends, family, co-workers, brothers, sisters, kids and community. So Thank You's from those same mean a great deal, more than many can express.

Thank you...

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(Image Credit - Domestic Divapalooza, 11-11-11 Happy Veterans Day!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

It's [going to be] a girl!

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My favorite Daughter (well, she's my only daughter, but she's still my favorite) and my favorite son-in-law (well, he's my only... you get the picture ;) are finally ready to let the world know that early next year they are going to be the proud parents of a baby girl!

Making me (OMG, OMG, OMG) a grandparent! (Pappy Greg, is what I'm thinking... ;)

Erica and Garrett, your life journey only new truly begins. Congratulations and I think you're both going to be great parents! (But please, I don't want to be a Great Grand Pappy for many years yet... ;)

 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remember...

Remember

How we came together. How we put aside the little stuff and felt part something bigger. How the shared grief, broke down all boundaries for while

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Remember and never forget, those then and those now. Those in Towers, in the Pentagon, a field in Pennsylvania, the planes.

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Those on that have been on the front lines and still are, sacrificing their blood, sweat and tears. The ones left home.

Remember

Remember

And never forget

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Image Credit: Mike G - Tribute in Light

Monday, September 09, 2013

Remember 9-11, Los Angeles Events

LAFD News and Information - Public Invited to Remember 9-11 in Los Angeles

In many ways, it is hard to believe that twelve years have passed since our nation was savagely attacked on September 11, 2001. While time moves forward, it in no way lessens the resolve of firefighters who loudly pledge:

We Shall Never Forget!

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to stand with them in fulfilling this pledge, as they gather for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance events on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at five separate locations.

All are welcome to these solemn yet uplifting public ceremonies:

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Never forget...

Thursday, August 08, 2013

10 Years... My blogging is now in the double digits! (wow)

Thanks, thanks and more thanks. It's your comments and support that help me keep going. And it's not easy. Ask any compulsive blogger or  feed reading addict, a good percentage of our day is devoted to our news gathering, scanning and blogging. And we don't do it for the big bucks, that's for sure. We do it at first for ourselves, but later because of you and your support. A person can only yell into the wind so long on their own...

So thank you (I think... LOL ;)

BTW, it's you and your support that has helped me expand to beyond this little blog and into a number of other blogs and podcasts too.

Check out these other opportunities you've all helped me become part of;

One last thank you and let's see about another 10! (That kind of hurts even thinking about that...)

 

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Four Year Blog-aversary
Three Year Blog-aversary...
Two Years and Counting...

Three million thank you's!
A million [visits] in review...
Two million... visits... Thank you!
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“One Million…” visits… Thanks!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

[Bucket List item checked off] I'm the DZone Featured MVP of the week!

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How cool is that? I'm the Featured MVP of the Week! Thank you DZone and thanks to the DZone curators who have been picking up my stuff recently (Does that make them Curators++? :P ) Here's more info about the DZone MVP program.

Man, I really need to update that picture... lol

Monday, October 29, 2012

My //build/ Monday Schedule

Just a quick note about where you can find me this afternoon & evening (if you also happen to be there and all that... ;)

  • //build/ registration: 3pm to 4'ish
  • DXTREEME Party at //build/: 5 to 7'ish
  • Nokia & Windows Phone Team Dinner: 7:30 to 9'ish
  • Deep Fried Bytes //build/ party: 9 to 12'ish

If you're at any of these, say Hi! (Or ola or howdy or just buy me a beer... ;)

Al this social is going to either kill me or make me stronger (or both? :| )

 

That said, for everyone dealing with Sandy, my thoughts, fingers, eyes and legs are crossed for you...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BUILD! If you see this guy at BUILD, say Hi!

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I'm going to be up at "The Campus" all next week attending Microsoft's BUILD 2012 event. Flying in Sunday, out on Saturday, so I have the full week to hang out, geek out, dev out and generally just enjoy myself with 2k (+ ##k Microsoft'ies) of my closest friends. My plan is to be at the many after hour events, from the DevEx bash, Phone 8 Dinner, Deep Fried Bytes Bash on Monday night, to the Blogger Bash Tuesday night, the attendee party.... oh and some sessions during the day too. :P

If you see me, please stop me and say Hi. I'm paying for this conference and trip, so I've got no specific agenda, no plans, no must attends, etc., it's all about you! (well actually, it's all about me, but that's kind of rude to say...lol). Lets chat, eat, drink and be dev geeks... 

See you all next week!

Monday, October 08, 2012

An Interview with Unity Technologies CEO, David Helgason

I don't usually cross-post or mention the posts I do on the Microsoft Channel 9 Coding4Fun blog or the Coding4Fun Kinect Gallery, but this post was different and something I thought cool and I wanted to share it here in case you missed it (not that that would happen, as you all follow the awesome stuff happening on Channel 9, right? But just in case....)

Due to my past posts on Unity 3D, I had a chance to speak with the CEO of Unity Technologies CEO, David Helgason. Here's the result, An Interview with Unity Technologies CEO, David Helgason

Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Day...

Last day's are always interesting. The run up from turning in your two week notice, the spike of transitioning everything and then the run down to your final work hours can be interesting and bitter sweet.

if you haven't guessed yet, today's my last day with my current employer. I've been in the same building for 13 years now, on the same project for 11 and with the same company for 10. I've been in a fairly unique position where I was able to take a product line from inception to retirement, while helping birth its replacement. Also I've seen some amazing growth in my business segment, where when we started the project there was no such thing as "EDD" or "ESI" whereas now it's everything (in the litigation part of the world at least). We've gone for a paper on glass world were scanners and printing were king to today, where it's all electronic data. I've been in a great position, in the right place, at the right time, where I helped my company in that transition, providing a product that started as a proof of concept to one that helps keep the lights on. And along the way meeting a number of interesting people, many of which I am still in contact with today...

Now though I move on to another company, a small private firm that's young, vibrant and has a will and drive to grow and cut out a segment for the market for itself. With a opportunity that could be another position of a lifetime. Who cool is that?

Am I a little scared changing jobs after being in one place for so long? Where now I'm the new guy and have to prove myself again. Oh yeah, you bet.

Am I excited that I get to start fresh and help build something new and exciting? Oh yeah!!! :)

The thing to remember is that a "last day" is really just the day before a "first day" and the start of a whole new adventure...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Forget...

Today is the day we remember, the day our generation will never forget. Let's take this day to not forget the truly important things in our lives, the important people, our loved ones, to not forget that we can pull together and that it doesn't have to take something like 9/11 to make that happen. To not forget those on the front lines and those in the back supporting them, we it our Military, Fire, Police, Nurses, Doctors, Teachers, you and me...

Let's not forget that it IS our business, that our freedom is each of our responsibilities, that freedom is not free.

Never Forget

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

No, I'm not dead...

Nope, I'm not dead nor is this blog... My son's graduating Army Basic Training this week and so we're here is sunny (yeah, no so much...) Fort Jackson, South Carolina for Family Day tomorrow and Graduation on Thursday. So with travel and all, I've barely been able to scan my feeds, let alone blog them.

Anyway, time for a last of the summer break, isn't it? :)

Go Army and Go PFC Duncan!

BTW, there's some great pictures and stuff on his Training Unit's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/charlieROCK134

Monday, August 20, 2012

Living with 8, my 8 days with a Windows 8 upgrade - Day 2

Saturday, August 18th 2012, I decided that the only way I could really look at Windows 8 was to make it my primary OS and live with it day in and out on my primary personal notebook. Sure I've been playing with Windows 8 since the Developer Preview, but always on a secondary machine, a PDC 09 Acer 1420p convertible, and always doing a clean install every time. While that seemed to work well , it wasn't the same as using it live, using it "for real."

So I bit the bullet (and was bored, looking for something to do) and jumped into Windows 8 with both feet with an in-place upgrade. Not being stupid, I did do a complete system image backup first, just in case. With past upgrades this has saved my bacon, so there was no way I was going to upgrade my main without doing it.

Once the system image backup was complete, which took a few hours, it was upgrade time. Again, my choice was to do an in-place upgrade, leaving apps, settings, files all in-place just upgrading the OS to Win8 Pro x64, from Win7 Home Premium x64. I didn't want to have to worry about drivers, printers, app's, etc, I just wanted to get the goodness of Win8 with a little other installs as possible.

Taking my Win8 bootable USB stick (created with the Win8 Pro MSDN ISO and the Windows 7 USB DVD Download utility), I ran the setup.exe in the root. After some initial entry, like the product key, etc, my drive spun and I got a report back saying that a reboot was first needed and that I one unsupported driver that had to go, my Intel Wifi driver.

Removing driver concerned me a little, without wifi I would be up a creek. Then I thought about it and realized that that driver, or a newer one, HAD to be included in the setup and every time I've setup Win8 on any system the networking, including wifi, always seemed to just work and work well.

So I nuked the driver, rebooted and restarted the Win8 Setup.

Like a dummy, when the Setup asked me if I wanted to start off where I left off or start over, I said start over. So I had to go through the initial setup again and the system checking/report stuff again. This time though, I was given a clean bill up upgrade health. I took a deep breath and clicked ok.

I won't bore you with the upgrade details, but it took a while. Hours. A clean Win8 install is amazingly fast, so I kind of expected an upgrade to be fast too. Not seconds or minutes fast, but still fast. Well... um... Upgrading is hard and it's doing a great deal of work and copying of the old Windows files, etc., so my expectation was off. Now it wasn't days long or anything like that, just hours'ish (I tweeted the entire time, so I could get better time numbers, but... yeah).

How did the upgrade story end? Once the upgrade was complete, I ran through initial setup/personalization and that was it. Done. Upgraded.

I quickly ran through my critical apps, and low and behold, everything pretty much just seems to work. And in some cases some long standing bit-rot issues were fixed too. Network/internet? Check. Printing? Check, App's? Check. Check. Check.

Problems? Sure, there are a few driver issues. The Action Center suggested a number of apps/drivers need to be re-installed. The primary driver issue for me is a video driver issue. The system in an Alienware MX11r3 (yes, my main is an 11"... I'd love a 17/18 but this is SO much more portable and was SO much more affordable...) and it has the cross Intel/Nvidia video adapters. And while the upgrade found the Nvidia adapter and installed drivers for it, it looks like it used "standard" drivers. So the swapping between in integrated and Nvidia doesn't seem to be working. I'm sure this will be fixed when Win8 RTM Nvidia drivers become available (but I do wonder if Dell will provide any driver support or if I'm going to have to skip the OEM and go with drivers direct from Nvidia? I hope Dell comes through...). This means some games might not be as uber until new drivers area available, but my current addiction/games seem to work 'ok' so I'm going to see if I can live with this for now...

Also I swear the system is running hotter than before. With Win7 it would run hot, but usually only when the Nvidia kicked in. Now it's not that hot, but does seem hotter. Might just be dust build-up. Once I hunt down a can of air, I'll give that a go and see if it helps.

So living with Windows 8...

Yesterday I took a break and mostly just used the system lightly. The thing was that it just seemed to work. I would sometimes forget I was on Win8, until something Win8'ish reminded me (like the lack of Aero, a notification, etc). Everything launched, was were I needed it, just seemed to work...

My thoughts so far?

So far, Win8 feels like a cleaner Win7. A Win7 but with bonus of mostly optional Start/Modern UI capability. A Win7++, a better Win7...

Windows 8, the worse of both olds? No, I say it's the best of both! You get what you have today (actually better), BUT you also get an onramp to the future too.

Will I stick with it for now? Not sure. The video drivers (and related heat issue?) do concern me and might have me rolling back while I wait for updated drivers. But then again, I'm really starting to get used to it... I'll give it a week and we'll see.