Today is my first day at VMware!

Dear TinkerTry Readers: Today, January 9th of 2017, is my very first day at VMware. As a Commercial Systems Engineer, my role will include demonstrating the benefits of a Software Defined Storage strategy, specifically focusing on vSAN for eastern US customers. My region is the Eastern US, with a…

Jan 9 2017

Thank you IBM, for 21 amazing years!

Today, December 31 2016, is my last day at IBM. It's been quite an adventure! It's fair to say I don't change jobs all that often. That said, IBM has afforded me numerous opportunities to dramatically change my job roles inside the company, and this article highlights some of the (hopefully) more…

Dec 31 2016

TinkerTry Highlights 001

TinkerTry Highlights New tech evolves quickly, TinkerTry's agility reflects that reality My ongoing home tinkering tends to bring new insights to previously published topics. As I explained here, when the technical updates below articles are significant, I'm pulling together a curated list of those…

Oct 19 2016

TinkerTry Highlights 000 - Introduction

TinkerTry Highlights New tech evolves quickly, TinkerTry's agility reflects that reality My ongoing home tinkering tends to bring new insights to previously published topics. When the technical updates below articles are significant, I'm pulling together a curated list of those changes in this…

Oct 19 2016

Camtasia 9 video editor finally arrives with a new UI, 4K support, and 64 bits on PC or Mac. Worth the wait?

Backstory Last year, I wrote: I do hope TechSmith goes forward with plans to develop a truly 64 bit version of Studio Finally, it's here, Camtasia video editing, in 64 bits! OKEMOS, Mich. – October 12, 2016 - TechSmith Releases New Version of Camtasia: A Powerful Platform for Making…

Oct 14 2016

Summer 2016 is heating up with ecobee3 and Ring Pro Video Doorbell updates, mesh WiFi tinkering, quiet 10GbE switch, 1TB M.2 NVMe, and falling DDR4 prices

There's a lot of great content coming up soon. To keep up to date, subscribe to the TinkerTry Weekly digest. My home's ecobee3 smart thermostat, 1 year later After Nest, what came next? The ecobee3 thermostat, with remote room motion and temperature sensors. Here's my latest updates on my 1 year…

Jul 13 2016

TinkerTry's Fifth Birthday, June 1, 2016 - momentary pause for self-congratulatory backslapping and prognostication

The title of this retrospective post is inspired by this long-time listener of David McCabe's Home Server Show and Jim Collison's Home Gadget Geeks podcast. It has to do with a bit of hilarious listener feedback they received about one of their celebratory milestone episodes, stating that it…

Jun 1 2016

Welcome to 2016, here's a peek into the future...

I've done such "what's ahead" pieces before, but it's been a while. Why not kick off this fresh new year by giving TinkerTry fans a glimpse at the sorts of topics they can expect to see coming up soon? Things change constantly in any successful home lab. Surprises, discoveries, and life…

Jan 1 2016

My hometown of Wethersfield Connecticut - settled in 1634 - nestled right between Boston and New York City

Lucky Lou's & First Church in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut on Oct 20 2016 by Paul Braren. Map created on ZeeMaps.com For a while now, I've been wanting to share a bit about my beloved hometown of Wethersfield. How nice to recently discover that a real author has already done all that legwork…

Dec 23 2015

TinkerTry's Fourth Birthday, June 1, 2015

It's become an annual tradition for me to take a moment to look back once a year, before I charge forward, with 578 articles published so far. These past 365 days were good, as were years 3 and 2, but not so much year 1. Those early days were lean days, with very few readers. Glad I stuck with it…

Jun 1 2015

Coming up next for June 2015, stay tuned!

There's been a lot happening these past few weeks, and there's a lot of articles that'll be arriving soon, starting in June, including: a June 1st anniversary restrospective, TinkerTry's first 4 years why TinkerTry.com went [SSL/HTTPS/HSTS for all content (hint - speed) why TinkerTry.com enabled…

May 31 2015

TinkerTry Top 10 Most Popular Articles of 2014

This year saw a lot of growth for TinkerTry IT @ home, with a whole lot of focus on adapting datacenter technologies for the home. Curious what struck a chord with listeners the most this year? Why, it's the articles that help the most people, naturally. This is your annual peek under the hood!…

Dec 31 2014

My 6 hour visit to Germany’s Insel Föhr, that special little island where my paternal grandparents were born

Photo Album here. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to help with a VMware-related software project in Germany from September 18th to October 18th, 2014. Weekday work at IBM’s European Storage Competence Center (ESCC) in Mainz was challenging and rewarding. On weekends, I was free to roam about…

Dec 31 2014

TinkerTry's Third Birthday, June 1, 2014

It's been three years since launch already! Wow, time continued to fly by, fast, like my fingers at the keyboard. Yeah, I did say something like that last year, and the year before that too. But now, I've now published 447 articles total, over these last 156 weeks. The growing list of goodies…

Jun 1 2014

TinkerTry's Second Birthday, June 1, 2013

It's been two years since launch already, wow, time flies fast, like my fingers at the keyboard. Yeah, said something like that last year too. But I've now created 311 articles total, over these last 104 weeks. That's about 3 articles per week! The new 'Superguides' button helps with deeper dives,…

Jun 1 2013

TinkerTry's First Birthday, June 1, 2012

1st year Statistics: It's been a year already, wow, time flies. It would seem my fingers have been flying too, with 58,728 words typed so far. Yep, I guess I've written a book. In addition to the fresh screenshots above, here's some more Google Analytics data, from June 1st 2011 through March…

Jun 1 2012