February 9th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

One of the most dreaded things for me is dealing with budget, more so when I do not have visibility into the budget. So many times have I requested something and been told “it’s not in the budget”. Has this ever happened to you? What if your job is the budget? Are you using a bunch of tools to keep track or a custom excel sheet?

IT Budget TemplateYou are a small IT shop or small business, and IT budgeting is new to you, where do you start?  Have I got good news for you, the folks over at turbonomic have created a FREE IT budget template. I personally love starting with templates as they give me a starting point and save me time.

This IT budget template was developed between turbonomic and some of it’s customers, meaning the real world value is there. I have seen other templates before and I have to say this one is a great starting point.

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As a small business or even figuring out finances for a home lab setup here are some things to keep in mind.

Things to Consider

Software Licenses – Software is the pinnacle of IT spend, There are some with yearly support costs, initial buy pricing, yearly renewals. Keeping track of this will help you maintain and plan your spending. More importantly you may find that you are over spending on licenses that you are paying for and could result in a savings.

Infrastructure – The cost of buying servers and storage is definitely something you want to plan for in your budget. Not only do you have to account for the cost of the infrastructure, you have to plan for the support contracts on that.

Training – The most important part of your finance to plan for and most over looked. The best way for your company to get the most out of both your software and infrastructure investments is deeper understanding on how to utilize it to it’s full potential.

Download the IT Budget Template 

Nerd’s Blurt

Staying on track of your budget is vital, I wanted to share this free template from turbonomic with you all, as it can help you. Did I mention it was free? I love that part and yes I downloaded it myself and will say it is done very well. Simple to understand, if you are a beginner or just want a better way give it a look.

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January 6th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

It is the beginning of the New year, and with-it many make resolutions they ultimately end up breaking. The number one is I’m going to the gym, you see influx of people in beginning of January and then by Feb it’s back to business as usual. Well my resolution is to write less! Wait, what?!?!?! Why are you making a resolution to write less? Great question! As my title suggests I am breaking that resolution by actually doing more!

I love this site and writing and being creative, so guinea pigs this year you will see more, either from myself or other contributors. Not only will there be guest bloggers, but various topics, I have few great posts and other things lined up, so check back often.

So what resolutions are you making or breaking?

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Las Vegas
June 6th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

I travel to Las Vegas almost every year for a conference or two or three at times, I have been there many times and thought with HPE Discover going on right now I would write quick note on the Top 5 things I do when I go to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas

Top 5 things to do in Las Vegas.

  1. Eat great food!
    1. I always make a visit to Grand Luxe Cafe in the Venetian Hotel and Casino. One thing that has me addicted to this place? I go for the Buffalo Chicken Rolls – They are on the Appetizer menu. These delicious must eat buffalo chicken treats are made with buffalo chicken, cheese rolled in like an egg roll wrapper and are nice and crispy. They are so good I eat these multiple times! Also note this place is great for an early morning/ late night food fuel up after being out in Las Vegas after hours scene.
    2. Hash House a go go – This place is unique and oh the food is oh so yummy! I have gotten the Sage Fried Chicken and waffles and
    3. Buffet – You have to eat at atleast one buffet while in Vegas. I found that I like the Buffet at the Rio and Wynn the best.
    4. Steak – One of my favorite places to get steak is Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak House located in the Mirage. I always get the Filet and Duck fat fries!
    5. Burgers – I heart burgers in Venetian/ Palazzo
    6. Circle Bar – Palazzo Casino – This is great for meeting spot and to have a night cap or two followed up with food from Grand Luxe.
  2. PoolSide – You have to take some time and enjoy the many pools located out in Las Vegas. I enjoy just soaking in the rays of the Mirage pool or in the Venetian. Now there are some Toptional pools if that is something you are into. Just set some time during your stay to enjoy the water
  3. NYNY Casino Hotel Roller Coaster – I love this ride, I usually stay on the strip so it’s not to far for me to walk too or I can take a quick cab ride to it.
  4. Strip Hotel shows – These are the free shows they put on at night from Mirage, Treasure Island, Belliago. They can get crowded but usually run atleast every hour. Just keep an eye on your personal items and watch for pick pocketing.
  5. People Watching – I love to just stroll the strip and watch the people, even just sitting in the Casinos and watching all the people that go by.

I understand there is a lot of things to do besides this small list but After a night of partying or a Long conference day having some food, and good laughs is the best medicine.

Nerd’s Blurt

I hope you like my list as these are some of my favorite things to do. I was not compensated for mentioning any of the establishments, i just really like the food or services. Enjoy Las Vegas!

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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.

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February 10th, 2016 by NerdBlurt

Life is full of different directions and as things come at you, you must adapt, do the same thing or stop doing things. I am the type of person that adapts to many different situations, professionally, personally, I just do. There are many times I get frustrated, lose my cool, slam the punching bag a bit but I always take time to self reflect. I think in life it is good to have people you respect help guide you in certain ways.

Portugal 430Enter Cody Bunch into my life about 5 years ago, never would I have thought where this friendship would have taken me. Let me tell you this, it has been on one awesome ride! Cody is one of my mentors, a close confidant that I can go to with work, home or just crazy ideas. Zero judgement, but what I get is a mutual respect, a respect that was earned in truth and being a great listener. Truth be told I have many mentors in life; Jonathan Frappier, Matthew Brender, Sean Thulin, John McArthur, Stu Miniman, Jonas Rosland, Chris Harney, Nick Weaver, Scott Lowe, Stephen Spellicy, Damain Karlson, Jeramiah Dooley, Stephen Aldous, James Penta, my best bud in the whole world Daniel Cardosa, I can go on and on. There are so many great qualities that these gentleman bring out in me. Knowing I can go to these guys with just about any question and not be laughed at, but understood and listened to.  The conversations had with many in my life today is crazy, but motivating.

This past year Cody has been my official mentor in his #vSensai program, this program has altered my thinking and philosophy to certain situations! But at some point I have become a mentor to a couple of people. It didn’t hit me until i was talking to Cody tonight about how truly awesome it is to have someone respect you enough to ask for your guidance.

So Kendrick Coleman, I am taking a tip from you and doing a Top x number post 😉

Tip One – Stop doubting yourself

As a Mentee, we have constant doubt. Stop it! Have confidence that you know what you are talking about. If others are coming to you for advice it is because they see something in you. Know it’s there and be awesome with it.

Tip Two – Listen

The best tip is to actually stop and listen to those asking you questions. That moment I realized I knew what i was talking about and doing things right helped me with my first tip! I currently have two mentees that look to me for guidance, I listen and sometimes they answer their own questions just from asking me. Being a person someone can vent or brainstorm to is sometimes more powerful then giving advice.

Tip Three – Guide them don’t dictate or order them around

This is probably the biggest tip, as a mentee we are looking for direction, an outlet, free expression. As a mentor you have to know how to use your experience to get a mentee to understand the answer they are seeking.

Power of persuasion and understanding people is key, if you come at someone hard you are seen as a controlling, yes even if they came to you. So combining listening and sharing your experience in similar situations can go along way.


Nerd’s Blurt  

I have mentors for different things, but one thing is certain they will be always in my life. Helping me with construction, making videos, or just brain storming crazy program ideas. I can only hope that my time as a mentee will help me be a better mentor.


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