August 27th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

So I am an ambitious person and I try to do as much by myself as I can. Themore you do not have to rely on others the better. Don’t get me wrong I love working with others and as part of a team. What I mean is I have a million ideas at any given point and a lot of energy. I average 4hrs of sleep a night.

My dilemma is I need some stuff coded and no budget to outsource my concepts. While I am aware of the added value in having something developed in matter of days or months over few months. For this particular project I am so eager to make it happen I am starting it myself. I am a n00b when it comes to programming but I can understand the code and how it works. This isn’t my 1st time with programming either, I hobby programmed some back in 2002 and had a class couple semesters ago. I made a lottery program to select powerball numbers (reasons I don’t care for slot machines). There are a million resources online and who knows where to start.

learn to program google


As you can see there are over 2 million results for term “learn to program”. Where do you start? What language do you learn? C+, C++, Scala, Java, the list goes on. I had to narrow it down and want something more then a WSWYG type (for record I would and have used one). So I follow Sir Richard Branson on twitter and had favorited one of his tweets

Branson Tweet Code.orgSo I actually stumbled upon this while looking for a different tweet I thought I favorited.

Think it was ment for me to stumble upon this at this exact moment when I am trying to find resources to program what I need.

Their main vision is to bring computer science to all schools and kids. It is backed by a lot of power house names in the industry and surprising some athletes. Even I forget that athletes are people and aren’t just into sports.

Our goals include:

  • Bringing Computer Science classes to every K-12 school in the United States, especially in urban and rural neighborhoods.
  • Demonstrating the successful use of online curriculum in public school classrooms
  • Changing policies in all 50 states to categorize C.S. as part of the math/science “core” curriculum
  • Harnessing the collective power of the tech community to celebrate and grow C.S. education worldwide, to change culture, especially among women and minorities

Coding, teach, learn

You have the option of a few different learning ventures here

I chose Code Academy

The main interface is pretty simple and straight forward.


You can see right off that it’s clean and simple. They suggest you start with web fundamentals. Which if you never programed it’s a great starting point as you can start to understand the concepts from web development (where I got my 1st look at coding).

I chose the PHP track as i want to make something in php and have some experience already with it.

The learning section is again straightforward and easy to understand.


Just go through the lessons and you will be coding in no time.

This is as far as I got as I wanted to share this with you all and help spread the word.

Nerd’s Blurt

I love, love, love this idea and website and the concept behind it. If you want to do something with your kids have them go here. I plan on doing this with my kids (know my son will love it). If you are a developer and want to give back contact them and say I want to help give back and help influence the future.

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May 29th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

Have you ever wanted to start a blog, but didn’t know where to begin? Rest easy and join a BlurtCast live Monday June 10th from 8 – 9pm EST. Our topic will be blogging 101.

What will we cover

We will cover how to set-up a word press site, and go over creating a 1st post. We will also touch on some good techniques and some best practices for the beginner blogger.


This presentation is geared for the beginner blogger.

Register Here

Nerd’s Blurt

This is a great 1st webcast. Seeing how I get asked all the time for some advice on how to start blogging.

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May 24th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

Few months back I was talking with Chris Harney from the VTUG. He said it would be a great idea if I did a webcast similar to the #vBrownbag but for social media stuff. I wasn’t even off the phone and was emailing my good pal cody Bunch of Professional VMware and creator of  the #vBrownbags on the idea. The positive response from the team working on the #vBrownbags has been great. Now this is separate from Cody & team’s webcasts, they are acting as advisors and allowing me to utilize there webcast system. Which I can not thank them enough for doing that for me.

Yesterday it was solidified that I will officially be launching in June.

BlurtCast- Community Engagement, Social Media Tips & Tricks for engaging with Communities


What to expect

Anything! After all it is going to be a webcast on ways to better engage with the community.    The schedule will be bi-weekly. Time hasn’t been determined yet but it is close to be finalized.

Where to find

Simple you can find all BlurtCast information on this blog the official home to BlurtCast, All recordings will be posted here and on iTunes, along with Vimeo and Youtube channels.

Check out the BlurtCast page


I Luigi aka NerdBlurt will be the primary Host & presenter, however I intend on getting as many guest presenters on as possible.

Nerd’s Blurt

This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the community and share some techniques. This isn’t just geared for the newbie, but for everyone. If you want to see a topic covered send us an email or Tweet us using the #BlurtCast hashtag

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May 15th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

I have to thank 1st and for most the vBrownBag Team for allowing me to showcase BlurtCast and present on Social Media.

I was sitting there chatting with my good friend Jonathan Frappier and he sent me the tweet of the EMEA vBrownBag gents looking for someone to present yesterday. I pinged Gregg Robertson and he said YES! That was the start of the frenzy Monday. I had a conversation just last Thursday at the VTUG Spring Ahead about Community Engagement and doing more presentations on Social Media & the Community.

One thing in the video I give one of my tips to winning stuff via Twitter!


Luigi Danakos #socialmediatipsforthetechie presentation from EMEA vBrownbag on Vimeo.

Nerd’s Blurt

This was a great opportunity for me to practice my presentation. I enjoyed the experience and have seen how I can improve this presentation. I hope you enjoyed it and please send me your feedback.

If there is a topic you would love to see covered please send it to me and I will do my best to get it done.

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May 6th, 2013 by NerdBlurt

This year marks  the 1st time in 3 years that I will not be attending EMC World in person. I’m not going to try and hide the fact that I do wish I was there. There is  a lot of great content there. Best of all you get to meet and talk with your peers. That is what attending any conference is really about, the chance to meet up with your peers from around the world. EMC World is always going to be special to me as back in Boston 2010 it was my very 1st major conference That I attended. I made so many great friends that still to this very day I am in regular contact with, and the impact & influence they have made in my life can’t be measured by any dollar amount. This is the true value of industry conferences.

If you are like me and partaking in the event remotely here are some great ways to get involved.

EMC World Virtually

Now EMC has made it possible to participate remotely, while the experience isn’t the same as being there in person it is great step in allowing the community to be involved.

1. Twitter – This is my major medium to engage with people online. Partaking in the ongoing conversation during an event can be done remotely as well. There are a number of twitter clients that allow you to search hashtags. #EMCWorld is the official hashtag.

EMC World 2013 Hash



2. EMC Community Network vPass – This is the official online hub of all things happening at EMC World that you can participate in remotely. Just login to your ECN account and start engaging.

EMC World vPass

3. EMC RAMP – RAMP is EMC’s gamification for the community. It launched at  EMC World 2012.  Here you can partake in some online missions to get your community engagement virtually.

EMC World RAMP vPass


4. facebookThe social netwok everyone loves but hates at the same time. Interact with EMC staff and keep up on your friends and this industry event.

EMC World vPass Facebook


5. YouTube– Catch all the great video and highlights on our favorite online video site.

EMC World vPass YouTube


6. Flickr– For all you photoholics out there.

EMC World vPass Flickr


7. TheCubeWikibon and Silicon Angle – Join the Analysts from Wikibon and silicon Angle while they interview and discuss the happenings of EMC World. Here is schedule of their live broadcasts.

EMC World The Cube Schedule 2013


Nerd’s Blurt

These mediums should keep you pretty busy and engaging with EMC World remotely. So if you are not there join me in one of these ways. I know the sentiment when I wasn’t going was that now others can win something. But what they don’t realize is I already won the best thing of all. Friendship. The relationships made around conferences will always be my favorite part.

*added the TheCube resource to the list.

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