Just started my next adventure in infrastructure IT at Pivot3 as an HCI Solutions Architect!

It's a special kind of awesome when you find a company who needs your strengths. Even better when there's meaningful work to be done that will likely have an even greater positive impact that my prior roles, coupled with an opportunity for career advancement. NVMe, baby! Yes, I've mentioned NVMe…

Jun 17 2019

Thank you VMware, for two and a half awesome years as an HCI Systems Engineer!

In late May of 2019, I gave polite 2 weeks notice to VMware management that I had an outside offer and that I had just accepted it. I also emailed my resignation at that moment. Yes, June 12 2019 was my last day as an employee. The separation was amicable and completely cordial, which is about as…

Jun 17 2019

TinkerTry's Eight Birthday Milestones

Luck would have it that TinkerTry passed several milestones, all in the past week! I've always been rather transparent at TinkerTry, and figured I'd share some private stats that aren't really easy to determine from public sources. May 31 2019 - How to build your awesome virtualization home lab…

Jun 7 2019

TinkerTry IT @ home gets into Top 25 vBlog list!

I had to miss Eric's live broadcast today, but I just heard the news moments ago, apparently TinkerTry IT @ home has broken in to the Top 25 vBlog list. It's quite and honor, I'm super happy about this, and very grateful to the vCommunity who voted. Special thanks to Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) at…

Mar 21 2019

My 1,000 blog post at TinkerTry IT @ home

You can see them all at: TinkerTry.com/archive Let me confess that articles like "TinkerTry's Fifth Birthday, June 1, 2016 - momentary pause for self-congratulatory backslapping and prognostication" tend to be my least popular of all. That's just as well, since my focus and my joy in…

Feb 28 2019

Sneak peek at what's cooking at TinkerTry in 2019

Wondering what's the hopper? Wonder no more, here you go! TinkerTry Studio Stock photo of workbench for now, with plans to share actual photos of my work bench. My dedicated space now includes a 4 foot by 8 foot Global Industrial Maple Butcher Block Workbench that I sanded and stained, adding…

Jan 16 2019

Tesla Model 3 known-good accessories

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. This article will keep track of the Model 3 accessories I've TinkerTry'd, featuring a detailed walkthrough video, in 4K!. I'll be detailing why I'm keeping most items, and returning others. I encourage you to revisit and refresh for the latest…

Jan 5 2019

Tesla Model 3 replacing my 13 year old Honda Civic Hybrid, let's see how that goes. So far, so good!

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. At the start of this video this video, Roadshow's Tim Stevens proclaims: What you're looking at is the most anticipated car of all time. With more than a half million pre-orders on the books, the Tesla Model 3 has piqued the interest of more…

Dec 23 2018

Supermicro, Amazon, and Apple respond to Bloomberg Businessweek's "Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies" article

TinkerTry is not a news site, but I have written a lot of how to articles about Supermicro systems based on Intel's versatile Xeon D-1500 SoC motherboard. They all have a BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) for management, as do most servers. The particular BMC chips used for Xeon D-1500 is the…

Oct 4 2018

Experiencing the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch from 7 miles away, the most powerful rocket to launch since Apollo 17 in 1973!

Falcon Heavy Animation Click the infographic to view it full size at space.com Caption from SpaceX Channel's YouTube Video above: When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons…

Feb 5 2018

VMware volunteers help families in Houston Texas whose homes had been flooded by Hurricane Harvey

VMware EPIC2 What's the 2nd C in the VMware acronym EPIC2 stand for? Community Give More. We are all connected. We approach each other with open minds and humble hearts. We serve by dedicating our time, talent, and energy, creating a thriving community together. I was at an internal meeting in…

Oct 4 2017

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 commercial customers, with a mix of travel to…

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