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?

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July 24th, 2015 by NerdBlurt

I can’t describe it any better then a funk to write over the last few months. I have had several conversations and the desire to write something just hasn’t been there. But i enjoy writing so why have I not been doing so? I have at least four partial drafts for work blog posts.

Let me ask this fellow bloggers.. how do you deal with this funk?

I am motivated to learn new things as I’ve been playing around with learning coding stuff, just because I want to make something I think is cool and useful to me, maybe I should write about some of that and the challenges there.  I’ve thought of writing about my transition to my role over the last year at HP and that has been a whirlwind of goodness but such a professional and personal maybe I will share some of those tribulations and trials.

Desk of Blurt

Nerd’s Blurt

This is just a quick post to start to get back into the swing of things, think i might do more of these random little thought posts…

Blurt out

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April 6th, 2015 by SThulin

keep-calm-and-let-s-find-a-new-jobSome of you may already know this, but I am no longer at EMC.  It’s been a great 5 years and I have had a blast being a part of the EMC Elect program.  Yes, I had been keeping this somewhat secret, not going public while reaching out to a few people and applying to positions listed online.  This however has taken a bit of a toll on my social presence and personal brand.  As I look around, I see a lot of great inspiration from others similar experiences within the community and I think it might be best to communicate out in hopes that it might make this process go quicker.  So I’m taking a page right from Keith Townsend’s playbook and blogging about it in hopes to attract additional opportunities.

One of my biggest struggles so far has been figuring out exactly what I want for a new role.  There are so many types of positions that I haven’t done before, but I’ve seen so many others succeed in those areas.  Presales has been a curiosity for me as well as design and implementation.  My earlier years were spent on the post sales side of the house and I’ve always thought that I could make customer’s lives easier if I applied that experience to creating new solutions.  My experience in social media marketing has given me a great appreciation for the culture and made me think I would be a good fit for Technical Marketing.

In reading over Keith’s review of his whole process, I immediately noticed a lot of similarities between his situation and mine.  Just like Keith, we were both trying to go back to a more technical role after taking 2 years in a less-technical position.  This of course can cause a disconnect as my CV may not communicate this effectively based on my recent job experience.  I know I can do the work and pick things up quickly, but having not been a Systems Engineer or Solutions Architect in a previous role might be getting me filtered out automatically when approaching this through a job board.

So I’ve turned to the community for assistance in finding the next step in my career and exploring new opportunities.  It’s hard to say exactly what I want because I believe there are so many options that I might be good for.   Since it won’t hurt, I’m going to continue to seek out new options through traditional methods, but I welcome anyone who wants to talk about my future and see if I might be a good fit for what you are looking for.  You can reach me here, on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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November 14th, 2014 by SThulin

montyThis post goes out exactly 1 year since my last post, and on this anniversary I want to make the statement that this blog is not dead yet, it’s just been in hibernation.  Writing has always been a struggle for me, dating back to my child hood.  I took great pride in what I had accomplished on this blog, not just in giving back to the community, but in being able to put together a regular cadence based on an activity I find challenging at times.

You’ve been gone for a year, what has happened?

So yes, over the course of a year a lot can happen and I’ll try and cover it at a high level.  Shortly after my last post, we underwent some changes on the team I worked on..  I inherited the responsibilities of the EMC Elect program from the departure of my close friend Matt Brender.  With the continued help and investment from Mark Browne, we kept the momentum going and finished judging and announced the elect class of 2014.  The program has continued to expand in size year over year.  With the addition of Dennis Smith to the team, we plan to continue this growth next year and beyond!  Nominations are currently open for EMC Elect 2015!

I found that these added responsibilities combined with my increased travel schedule and my existing initiatives did not leave me a lot of time for blogging, so unfortunately it fell by the wayside.  I know that some may say that is just an excuse, but while some people may be able to blog quickly, I end up staring at a computer screen for a long time struggling to get the words down.  The time just wasn’t there when I could be using it for other things (like moving to a new home).

Why are you back and what can we expect?

That is another good question.  I’ve been seeing all sorts of inspiring things going on around me that get me wanting to blog again.  Recently,  I’ve seen friends participating in a 30 blog posts in 30 days initiative.  I’m no wear near ready for that, but I do want to be able to do that someday.  I also am turning my life around personally.  I’m going to be setting up a new home office / workspace and expanding / revamping my home lab.  I think those will inspire some great blog posts.  My current role within EMC affords me a wealth of information.  Since I’ve taken over the responsibilities of EMCs blogging program (at a high level), I should lead by example and write about what we’ve been disseminating to our blogging corps.  I appreciate the 100 or so people that visit this site each day, and I hope to increase that number with new content.  I hope you are all looking forward to this as much as I am.

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September 4th, 2014 by NerdBlurt


BlurtCast was originally started awhile ago for social media webinar topics. I didn’t give it a lot of time to gain any traction and let it fall down on the priority list. The new focus on BlurtCast 2.0 is pretty simple, to help me and others be better presenters. To conquer the little challenges of presenting who better to practice with then your peers or friends.

Now I have been to ToastMasters meetings in the past and loved it, but I also love the PechaKucha presentations or otherwise known as 20 x 20. I will attend a Pechakucha night yet! They host one in Providence area which isn’t to far from me.

I was out at VMworld talking with Jonathan Frappier about this, now he has heard me talk about this for at least 6 months now, the original thought was for group of people to join an open hangout which is recorded and broadcast live via On Air Hangouts then saved to a YouTube channel. Whoever is present selects a presenter and then we screenshare a desktop and go to slidshare and select a random presentation. Then presenter presents the deck. Jonathan said a good thing if we are focused on Tech presentations why not use just tech ones. Now this is where the community comes into play and the ……


Help us improve and send us presentations! Pretty simple and straightforward! Email me ldanakos at them

  • How long do they need to be? Any size really, but presenters are only going to do a max of 20 slides whether there is more to present or not
  • What topics? ANY!
  • Do they need to be complete presentations? No!! just between 15-20 slides
  • Content must be something that can be shared with the world, don’t care if they are old decks or something you just finished, or are working on.
  • No the decks will not be shared with anyone besides myself (NerdBlurt, and guests on show)
  • Age on decks does not matter either, we all have something laying around so put it to use!

Also note that this is also for us to have some fun and laughs through out the whole process, to help ease the stress of speaking.

Nerd’s Blurt

I will do a separate post on the first BlurtCast and how you can join in and participate. I’m really excited to be doing this as I want to be a better presenter. I know others want to be better presenters

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