Category: Miscellaneous

July 11th, 2018 by Shawn Cannon

Hello to all of the Blurt-This readers and friends.  My name is Shawn Cannon, aka rolltidega on Twitter. I will be a contributor to this blog going forward. I wanted to do an intro post for those of you that do not know me.

I have been friends with Luigi since my first EMC World up in the Boston area. We met on the Twitterverse and decided to meet up at EMC World.  We became fast friends and I value our friendship.  I live in Hiram GA which is west of the Atlanta area in the great state of Georgia. I have been in the IT field since 1995.  I have been involved mostly in the financial/banking market managing VMware, EMC storage, Dell servers, Data Domain and similar technologies.  I recently changed jobs where I work with Splunk and it has been a great ride so far.  I am a huge college football fan with my team being the 17 time National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide (season ticket holder too). Since I have lived my whole life in the Atlanta area, I am also a huge Atlanta Braves fan (baseball) and Atlanta Falcons fan (football).  You know, the team that choked and let Brady and Company win yet another Super Bowl (I know you enjoy that Luigi).  I am also an avid amateur bowler.  I bowl once a week every week in a league with my wife, Mom and Step-Dad.

I plan on posting my thoughts on my sports teams, some tech related things and just general lifestyle things. I just wanted to say Hello and let you know to expect some Southern flare in some upcoming posts!  The featured picture is of myself, the wife and my girls from 2 years ago on our way to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa AL.  Enjoy!


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Content and Social Media Marketing, Time, Job, change
October 1st, 2015 by NerdBlurt

Today I officially start my transition with-in HP Enterprise to a new role! The last year and a few months has been an interesting ride both personally and professionally as a tech marketing professional. As the title suggests I am evolving into a new role. A role that is more suited for some of my strengths and an area for me to grow more personally and professionally. I am taking on the role of Content and Social Media Marketing Manager for our Information Management and governance solutions under HP Enterprise Software Big Data group. Headed by David Jones.

1726Whats next

Well right now I am in the planning stages of my new role and there is a lot for me to do on that stage. So I maybe quiet over the next few weeks, then the implementation stage will hit and you all will see some more things from me on a HP Enterprise level in my social channels. But have no fear I am still the same Blurt you all have grown to know and love.

Taking this step right now feels so right and I am excited to put into practice some new ideas and helping shape some pretty sweet things for the Tech community and for HP Enterprise.

This Blog

This blog isn’t going anywhere! while it has been very quiet that will change soon too, I will be writing more and on a variety of topics. If there is something you want to know more about or hear my opinion on let me know!

Nerd’s Blurt

It is very exciting to be part of an organization that allows you to grow, I have that with HP Enterprise and my leadership team. They allow me to be me, and that is huge! I was talking to someone the other day and explained how I do not feel like I am working at all, not because i do not do anything but I LOVE what I am doing. Is there stress at times? yes, but that makes it more challenging and rewarding when things come through.

I challenge all of you to do what you love and to love what you do, don’t just settle.

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September 25th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

Monday I was talking to my long lost cousin on facebook and it felt great to catch up. I know she has been going through a rough time recently and was good to see her online and talking.  I’m going to share something really personal with you all here as I just need too let it out.

I made a commitment with my friend Chris to blog at least once a week and this is what’s on my mind the only thing on my mind really.

My Story

Many years ago my mom was once married to my dad, they had three wonderful kids with the youngest being the most awesomeness son in the world (that’s me). Now I was so young I don’t remember much of it really. They separated their ways and that is where I begin.

I knew of my dad and who he was by name but I didn’t know much other then that, what did he do for living? Was I anything like him? Did we look alike? The one thing I heard and vowed to never be was a drunk woman beater. (again this is off of hear say, but it’s what my mom said to me. It is part of the reason I choose not to drink, that fear of being like my dad. Now it is unfair to think that but again I don’t know him or how he was I can only go from what was said to me growing up.)

I still to this day have many questions that can never be answered.

  • Why doesn’t my dad care enough about me and my siblings to be apart of our lives?
  • What did we do wrong?
  • Why didn’t his family want to know us?
  • Am I really that bad of a kid?
  • What really happened between my mom and him?
  • Why, why, why, why…
  • Do I have other siblings?

I kept going back many times growing up asking and wondering, now anything to do with my dad, even mentioning it brought up anger and hate from my mom then pushed to guilt, like “don’t I do enough for you, my love isn’t enough?” This shouldn’t be said to a kid and I only know this because I lived it.

My mom is great and I love her to pieces but she  is bat sh*! crazy at times and I wonder why it was always an issue of me wanting to know more.

I made contact with my dad when I was a young boy playing baseball, my team was in the championship and I called him up ( his name and number was in the phonebook). I still to this day remember every word said during that conversation, the emotions I felt, something you would never forget.

  • me:“Hello, is this Peter Danakos?”
  • him:”yes”
  • me:”it’s Luigi your son” ( I was so nervous I was literally shaking in the knees)
  • Him:”oh Luigi, how are your brother and sister doing? Your mom?” (WTF a$$hole, I’m the one calling you, ask about me!!)
  • Me:”good, well reason I was calling is that my team made championships in baseball and I would love for you to come and watch me play.”
  • Him:silent for few (which to me was like an eternity)
  • Him:” ok, I will be there, where is it and when?”
  • Me:shocked but excited” next Saturday at 2pm at slater park, we are the Pawtucket Marauders and wear gray, can’t wait to see you”
  • Him:”ok, talk with you then” hangs up

At this point I am super excited, I didn’t tell my mom knowing how she would get. Fast forward to game day. I know the other team and all the people there, I know the people for my team, no dad. Never showed up, called or anything. We won and that season was the last time I played baseball again. I love baseball, I played with a broken wrist, you couldn’t get me off the field, I would play any position my team needed to help them. I just stopped after that. And the wall went up.

Now I’m a young adult and still wondering about my dad. Through the years it was always there those questions and all, but I pushed it aside. Let life happen.

I was about to be a daddy and it weighed on me even more.  I got one of those online investigations done and had names an numbers of family on my dads side. I called and lady answered and she hung up when I said my name. I had no idea who she was.  My friend on providence police was going to do some investigating for me but I said no don’t worry about it. He wanted to make sure they weren’t bad people in trouble with the law, talk about a friend willing to do that and look out for you.

After my son was born it was still there, I drive by the address even to this day when I’m in the area, never the nerve to stop and knock.

I did call one of the numbers and spoke with my uncle Nick, he wanted me to go visit him, I let life happen and never went, couldn’t get the nerve up. Few years later I called the same Nick up but this time got my cousin Nicky, he and I started talking, I found out his dad was in and out of the hospital. I went and saw my uncle, the 1st person I could ever remember meeting . He was out of it and didn’t know who I was, but I did have great conversation with my aunt.

Years go by again and I was helping my Uncle Dave out and I get a facebook message from someone with Danakos in the name. Hi I’m your cousin Kristina. Finds out my dad has a brother and he has a daughter who found me on facebook. She had no idea about us.  We talk some I tell her I don’t know anyone on my dads side and she said me either.  She tells me my grandfather was alive still but my grandmother passed away. They were living in Florida with my Uncle. I was thrilled to connect instantly with her. Like we have known each other for years.

Three years later, I never called my grandfather in the hospital, I think while I was happy to hear about him and knew it would cheer him up, but I didn’t call.. I didn’t. I hate myself for not calling! I really can’t get over the fact that what I wanted all those years was right there and I said whatever and continued on with my life. I don’t have an answer as to why I didn’t call.

So this past Monday on September 23rd 2013 I was talking with my cousin and she said our grandfather passed away Thursday. I was sad and then while talking with her more I find out my dad (the man I’ve wanted to know for 33yrs died a few years ago) I think this hit me the most, even now as I write this. I am now beating myself up for the last 14years I could have made contact, I could have done more. My dad did look for us, not successfully but he did at some point wonder about us, reading that sent me in a turmoil mentally. Now I have even more questions.. questions that will never be answered.

Nerd’s Blurt

I love my cousin and someday we will meet. She is going to send me pictures of my dad and grandparents. You have to know where you came from to know where you are going. My dad was 60yrs old when he died, and I wasn’t there, why wasn’t I there, I should have been there, sons are suppose to be with their dads. Now I have many great influences in my life starting with my Poppa and his sons and daughters, who I have special connection with each of them in a separate way. I get a lot of my personality from my poppa and thankfully he is still alive.

My point for sharing is there are going to be things in life that you may not want to do or are afraid to do, don’t be. Just jump, which is what I have learned.

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September 20th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

As if I wasn’t busy enough, I am asking for punishment but hey that’s me right. So I had the concept last year well really for last couple years and now am acting on it. In December I registered a domain (dot com is taken by someone who isn’t using it) it sat there with a shell of a wordpress installation collecting dust. That is until  this week. The site is offically unoffically (that’s right I make up my own sayings) live. Meaning the look and features are going to be evolving over time but content is starting to trickle in.

I am not in this venture alone, I will have writers from all areas covering different teams and sports, while I will mainly be discussing the New England Patriots. So far Shawn Cannon from vTech411 is onboard and writing about the Atlanta Falcons and his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide. My other good friend Michael Letschin will be covering Baltimore Ravens and other teams in the DC area. One cool fact which I razz Michael about all the time is he was a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and was actually on the team when they won a Super Bowl!!

Find us on the web at:

Nerd’s Blurt

I have to keep busy doing stuff and I wanted space to talk about my other passions besides technology, so I created 3 blogs with maybe 2 more on the way. After all Ido own a Media company so might as well put out some killer online publications. So if you are someone I know and are looking to write about food or sports contact me.

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August 19th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

So the other day I was cursing how I don’t like typing much and I need to find a descent talk to text program for this. I know about Dragon by Nuance, but I am cheap and don’t like spending money when i don’t have to. So I put this on my software wish list and will eventually budget for it.

So there I was searching for something in Microsoft word and came across a feature I wasn’t aware of. Dictation.


Last year I got a MacBook Air and I’m new to MAC OS where I was mainly a Microsoft guy. I am still learning the MAC.


I have Word installed on my computer and can only speak about this version

Microsoft Word Mac 2011



So as you can see I am running Microsoft word for MAC 2011 version 14.1.0

If you goto the Edit menu you will see the option to start Dictation. Alternately you can just press fn fn. (it also works in the Internet while I’m writing this blog.)

Now you will see a small microphone pop up.

Dictate option


So once this is opened up, simply just start talking. Once you are finished saying something then hit enter or click on done.

Your talked text will be there.

Now please understand this isn’t perfect. I find myself having to go back and type some stuff as it doesn’t catch everything perfectly. And you also have to have internet connection for it to work.

Nerd’s Blurt

I really was hoping that I would be able to use this without having to pay for a different option but clearly it is not going to be the case. I will most likely do a review of whatever software I get on here.

My biggest downfall was the online only ability. I like being offline to write stuff up. I know hard to believe right, but it’s nice. I do still do a lot of writing with a pen and paper. But maybe this dictate option will work for you. I also haven’t done any more research on the full functionality and if it is standard in mac computers.

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