Category: Tech

September 16th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

Monday September 19th things are going to be a little bit different on Twitter, the much anticipated change to tweets is happening! Back in May Twitter announced some changes and they are finally happening! I for one thing it is long over due, for me the Twitter handles not counting is the best part of this update. I have longed for this feature since I started tweeting.

twitterLook at what is changing Monday the 19th

  • Media (images, GIFs, videos and polls)
  • Handles at the beginning of replies
  • Sadly Links still count

If you are a regular user this change will be minimal and you will most likely go about your tweeting as usual and not really notice. However if you are a business this impacts you the most as you now will have more characters for creating those social posts.

Nerd’s Blurt

I know I have been wanting this for awhile and am excited that it is finally here! It has only taken 6 years, but it will be here soon! Those group tweets are going to be better now and you can include others, I’ve been in many chats that have multiple people in it and limited the conversation.

What are your thoughts on the changes?

Posted in Tech Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

August 17th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

What was once VMTurbo is now turbonomic. The company has decided to shift focus away from the VM and focus more on the turbo in it’s name that is! I feel this is a great way to be agile like the customers are around you. Businesses today are not just focused on “VM” anymore there are more layers and technology coming into play. I am fortunate to be involved in blogger briefings from the company over the last few years.


turbonomicIt is all in a name right? Would Taco Bell be Taco Bell if its name was something different? I think if you take a look to back in the day when they use to ring a dinner bell and peoples love of tacos this was great brand strategy by Taco Bell. turbonomic took a slightly different approach but yet similar, by morphing “Turbo Speed, “automatic control” and “Economic Principles” and forming turbonomic. Not only did they incorporate what their customers are facing today, they implemented the concept and thinking of making the management of your environment as autonomic as your heart beat.

Understand that they do a little more then that, the green circle in the logo represents the green circle community. turbonomic has always been a great supporter of the community with it’s participation in vBlogs, bloggers, user groups and virtual design master, etc so to have a piece of that represented in the logo is awesome.


Nerd’s Blurt

This is a bold statement and great transition period for companies like turbonomic, to be established then try and shake things up can be rewarding but also have it’s troubles. I am hoping for the best for the turbonomic team while they start this new adventure. If you check their twitter stream you can see it has given some fun spirits to the employees. They are keeping the community, it’s users, employees excited. In my opinion that is what a company should want to do. While I hope they do not change the name again nor does this work for all companies, but turbonomic hit the nail on the head with this move in my book.

Posted in Sponsored, Tech Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

HPE Verity
June 8th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

Last week Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced HPE Verity. Now I work for HPE in the business unit and am responsible for the social media. To me it is exciting to see the behind the scenes of what happens when you are launching a product or an update with new features, to be able to finally talk about something you have known about for months. Today is that day I get to talk to you about HPE Verity.

What is HPE VeHPE Verityrity?

HPE Verity is a next-generation, unified IM&G framework that provides a single source of truth

  • Information management & governance applications and services are integrated within a common framework.
  • Built on a SaaS architecture it can be deployed in virtually any geography to support data sovereignty requirements
  • With native, in-place analytics information is not moved from application to application but is available directly within Verity

HPE Verity’s set of applications and services will uniquely help organizations comprehensively manage, govern, and extract actionable insights from enterprise information.

So really what you are looking at is the start of what HPE is touting it’s Next-Gen Information and Governance framework, the stepping stone to many new products. Now working for the group I have insider knowledge and the greater vision but I like paying my bills so I will only talk about what I can when I can.

In a session during HPE Discover the company’s Semi-annual conference David Jones and Stephen Spellicy gave folks a closer look at HPE Verity. You can read a recap of that session here

Nerd’s Blurt

I am excited for for is to come! I will also be writing some more posts hopefully on here on some of the things I am learning about in the information governance space. I am going to stop here now as I want to write up a quick day one recap of HPE Discover from Las Vegas.

I would also like to note I wrote this on my own as HPE is my employer this is my blog and any writing on here is solely my own opinion or that of any guest writers.

Posted in Tech Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Skype Business keep adding draft messages
May 24th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

I had an issue recently where I was getting an absurd amount of draft messages into my Outlook Client. The message was one that I already had sent to a co-worker over a week ago. I had already deleted over 400 messages from my drafts to this point. I tried running the Skype for Business tool to see if it would clear the cache of temp files and hopefully stop this from happening.

No dice, I restarted my computer multiple times and the Skype for Business application itself. The problem still persisted.  I then did what most people today, I complained on Twitter.


I felt vindicated briefly, but the problem was still there, then having a few free minutes I went to the Googles.

Skype Business keep adding draft messages

That is where I found the answer! User Jordan Nolan pointed another user to the solution and right location of the culprit file!

How to Fix Skype for Business Draft Message bug

  • Exit out of Skype for business
  • Navigate to the following location on your computer – %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Lync\{sip_id}\History Spooler\ 
  • Delete all files in this Directory
  • Close out of Folder and Restart Skype for Business

Skype business history file location

Why does this happen?

It is not really clear as to why this happens, One thing I did observe is the user I was interacting with had just moved to Office 365, I am still on Exchange. I like the other users are in a mixed application shop meaning, I installed the latest version of Skype over an older install. There maybe some bug I am unaware of that doesn’t play nice with the different versions

Nerd’s Blurt

This was a simple fix, and I am hoping it doesn’t happen again as it is more annoying then anything as a user to have to do this. I do not like hundreds of drafts in my draft folder and seeing that number made me cringe every-time.

Posted in Tech Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

November 30th, 2015 by NerdBlurt

The thought to be connected to a mobile device or electronic device is here, I do it, my kids do it, friends, strangers all do it. We are connected more ways today then ever and it’s bad for us. Ask yourself when is the last time you took time to just yourself? When is last time you were out and the table had a bunch of people or worse just you and one other and you are sitting there and the other person or yourself is on your mobile device? I’m guilty of this all the time. It’s wrong though on so many social levels, this thought of always being connected.

I often wonder why or exactly how we became this way, people are like Pavlov’s dog with mobile devices. Our devices go off and we react instantly, or worse someone else who has a similar ringtone goes off and we check our phones. My wife has texted me and if i don’t respond i get the “HELLO” messages then subsequent 6 phone calls, and then some nasty voice messages. Why? Because i just happened to leave phone somewhere or was cooking and couldn’t answer. We as a society are screwed, we tether ourselves for constant power, because we can’t let our batteries get past 99% as we need to stay connected.

Now I enjoy the interactions with others via electronic communication, but more and more i am cutting back. I have left my phone at home, weekends I take time to do no work. I also have been responding to others slower, un-training myself and to the condition we have been brought too. The majority of the world have become zombies. But it is more than that, I am raising four kids who right now my youngest son is in a committed relationship with his iPhone and watching live video game streams..all the time! My daughter is always facetiming or snapchatting with her girlfriends, to the point of crazy hours. But what does always being connected do to relationships? It destroys them!Group On phones

I’ll give you a few examples where kids these days are too connected.

Take a boy and a girl back in the day, you can only talk either in person and for certain hours on your home phone. No biggie, you would chat or hangout then go home and have time to digest and time to yourself! We knew all our friends phone numbers, how to get to their houses without GPS, but we were able to grow as people.

Same situation today with a boy and a girl – You are connected via six forms of social media, text, call, video chat, 24/7. If the other doesn’t respond right away you can guarantee an argument, let’s then add in you liking or commenting on someone else’s post. World War 6 would be prettier.

That is where we are today, our kids and even us do not have the chance to grow in an unconnected way. I can say that I have at-least 4 ways to contact 98% of the people I consider family and friends. My wife has 100 ways to contact me.

Being connected is good, but it is one of those things that can be to good after a while.

Nerd’s Blurt

I will probably go on in other posts about this same topic, it is something I think of often and wanted to share my ramblings here with you all. So what are your thoughts?

Posted in Tech Tagged with: , , , , ,