Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #325 "Paul Braren with Updates on VMware, the World’s first look at Intel Optane P4800X, eero and much more!- HGG325"

New podcast episode announced at the averageguy.tv, where you can also listen and/or subscribe: Paul Braren (@paulbraren) joins us to talk about his current work load at VMware and an update on some super fast VM parts that will make his home lab a bunch faster, his home Wifi set up with Eero, a…

Sep 8 2017

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #299 "Paul Braren from TinkerTry, Now With VMware- HGG299"

New podcast episode announced here: Jim Collison https://twitter.com/jcollison was joined by Paul Braren from https://TinkerTry.com for show #299 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. It's been about 9 months since I've had the opportunity to be on Jim's show, and we…

Mar 4 2017

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #259 "Paul Braren, Hands on with the Ring Pro and Echo Star Wars Day – HGG259"

Always an honor to join Jim on the air! When recording this on a very special May 5, 2016, also known as: Cinco de Mayo Revenge of the Fifth World Password Day 2016 I had a lot of topics on my mind, and Jim graciously gave me great freedom to roam off topic constantly. When Jim's good podcaster…

May 8 2016

TinkerTry appearance on Microsoft Channel 9 - Everything You Need To Know About State Of The Art SSD Drives NVMe, PCIe, M.2

Recently, I had a conversation with Dan Stolts of Microsoft, who is also the creator of IT Pro Guru Blog. We've run into each other at various New England User Groups, and always enjoy talking tech things like booting from VHD on an external ThinkPad drive, or using eSATA to temporarily run another…

Mar 30 2016

PC Perspective's Allyn Malventano and This Week in Computer Hardware's Patrick Norton talk storage tech - NASs, NVMe, M.2, StableBit, 3D XPoint, a great listen

Long road trips and podcasts go together nicely, such as my recent 2 hour Saturday excursion to a Microsoft focus group gathered by Paul Thurrott. Boy was I entertained and educated as I drove, and I kept thinking that it would sure seem likely that folks who visit TinkerTry would love to hear this…

Dec 14 2015

Home Server Show Meetup 2015 - My experience and my SuperServer presentation

I'm adding all my photos, videos, and updates under the original post: "The 5th Annual Home Server Show Meetup" in Indianapolis Sep 12 2015 - TinkerTry will be there! John is a guy who actually read my stuff about RAID [4 years ago!], graceful ESXi shutdown, and RDM mappings. Nobody…

Sep 12 2015

"The 5th Annual Home Server Show Meetup" in Indianapolis Sep 12 2015 - TinkerTry will be there!

The stars started to align recently, with an unused personal flight voucher making all the difference, along with finding out some conflicting work travel had shifted. So it was with great joy that I was able to reach out to leader David McCabe earlier today, to coordinate some logistics for a very…

Jul 29 2015

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #211 "TinkertryIT@Home Founder Paul Braren on VMware 6 and Virtualization Options – HGG211"

Always an honor to join Jim on the air, getting to use my new mic for the first time. turns out this podcast might also get rebroadcast on AM radio in West Virginia. Now that's a first for me! Despite my temporary, less-than-optimal Tucson AZ hotel "studio" with efficient lighting and a…

Apr 25 2015

Monoprice 10010 highly-rated active noise cancellation headphones for under $100

I've been keeping my eye on these Monoprice headphones for some months now, especially having spent a lot of time on cross-country trips lately, as well as greatly increased time spent with my snow blower. Of course, there's no SkyMall in flight magazine to peruse these days. So yes, I'll admit…

Feb 22 2015

How I landed on SiliconANGLE TV's theCUBE at VTUG Winter Warmer 2015 to talk about virtualization home labs and blogging

I've never been all that comfortable with public speaking. Which is why I try to face my fears and tackle user group presentations, podcast guesting, and Hangouts on Air somewhat regularly. I know I can teach a group of up to 10 IT Professionals comfortably, having done numerous VMware Jumpstarts…

Jan 16 2015

TinkerTry IT @ home “Hangouts On Air” event Dec 22 2014, asking Rick Vanover “Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE” questions

Showtime at 7pm Eastern time this Monday, December 22nd. View all the event details, and/or join the event LIVE, at: Event is over, and we sure got into the weeds for a bit there. Playback with demo already available right here below: *My backup demo with Rick was using a network share on a…

Dec 17 2014

Superguide: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

TinkerTry's tagline (since January 2013): TinkerTry IT @ home Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... My writings are not done on a whim. This new Veeam beta obviously has my attention as the most interesting product in years, since bare metal restore software for Windows is…

Dec 17 2014

Featured on “Home: On #038 – Insteon Revisited, with Paul Braren”

June 2013: I had the opportunity to talk about my home automation tinkering with my CES 2012 friend Mike Faucher, over on his podcast, BYOB Episode 125 “Home Automation”. Another guest on that very same episode was Richard Gunther, from The Digital Media Zone. Very grateful for that…

Dec 12 2014

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #188 "Catching Up with Paul Braren in Germany, Travel Tech in Europe"

Always fun with Jim, who speaks really good English! It was a joy to talk tech for a bit, after being far away from the comforts of home for some weeks. Took a bit of sneakiness to stay online in my Mainz Germany hotel, including a D-link SharePort Go Mobile Companion DIR-506L and LastPass…

Oct 22 2014

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #174 "Haswell Issues with 32GB of RAM, VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5, OpenVPN, Azure Services"

Always fun with Jim and Christian around, have a listen! Paul Braren from TinkerTry.com (https://tinkertry.com/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/tinkererguy) and Christian Johnson (@TheWizBM) join Jim (@jcollison) and for show #174 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network,…

Jul 5 2014

Password-less secure login with SQRL, disk recovery with SpinRite, and data obliteration with Beyond Recall

Steve Gibson is on quite a roll lately. Over the past few months, I've had the pleasure of witnessing the evolution of his thinking, with the unfolding of his thought process expertly explained to his listeners. His thoughts and ideas eventually become realities. He has a way of engaging his…

May 22 2014

The Virtualization Technology Users Group Spring Ahead April 24 2014

All the details about this event right here, or register for free here. Very much looking forward to this trip up to Portsmouth New Hampshire, a seaside town I'm rather fond of. See also my post last year, Summer virtualization travels to Maine. Yep, it's time for a lobster roll at River…

Apr 22 2014

Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #161 “Using a Chrome Extension for Hangouts, Ditching VoIP with Latency and Climbing Stairs"

Jim Collison invited me back for another fun and hopefully informative podcast, as his guest on Thursday, April 3rd, 2013. Jim (@jcollison) and I (@tinkererguy) discuss Chrome Hangouts Extension, a VOIP issue that finally led me to give up on 3rd party VOIP for now, and finally, some loosely…

Apr 4 2014

Security Now Episode 442 is particularly interesting

Whatever you think of Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson, this is quite the entertaining episode. Leo has a hard time hiding his disdain for Comcast. While I don't (yet) have this cable giant in my town, this episode explores the far-reaching implications of all this, and a bunch of other interesting…

Feb 22 2014

Featured on “The Home Server Show” Episode #249

The last time I was able to join "The Home Server Show" podcast as a guest was episode 155, back in October 2011. A lot has changed since then, with David McCabe in new digs, with fancy gear and great audio and video. It was great fun to be a part of the discussion, as we dove into…

Jan 29 2014

The Virtualization Technology User Group - 8th Annual Winter Warmer 2014 at Gillette Stadium, with >1,000 IT Pros!

A great collection of VTUG Winter Warmer 2014 Videos, thanks Chris Harney! It's cold. It's dark. It's foggy. It's winter, in New England. The perfect time to head on over to the Gillette Stadium to hang out with over a thousand other IT Professionals, and talk about virtualization! C'mon, let's…

Jan 22 2014

Featured on “The Home Server Show” BYOB Episode #138

I'm honored to have been invited back, for another visit with Mike Faucher, to be the guest on the BYOB (Build Your Own Box) podcast. This time, John Zajdler, aka @Dieharder, and I talk about a wide variety of tech, including Windows Server R2 Essentials domain join skipping,…

Jan 6 2014

Featured on "The Home Tech Podcast" Episode #146 "IBM Watson APIs, Cable Modems, Routers, Google Takeout, Please Upgrade Your XP Box and USB 3.0 with Anker"

Jim Collison kindly had be back for another fun and informative podcast, recorded Thursday, Dec 6 2013. Christian talks about cool IBM Watson stuff, and I talk a bit about life at home with 150Mbps downloads, winter preparedness, Anker USB 3.0 hubs, and more. Check it out! Featuring hosts Jim…

Dec 6 2013

GeekBeat.TV meetup in Boston with Cali Lewis and John P., November 2013

Was good fun to meet the crew of GeekBeat.TV at their meet-up near Boston Monday, along with many other fans. The relaxed atmosphere at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square went well with the wide variety of tech talk. The conversations were a lot like attending a user group actually, with many other IT…

Nov 19 2013