In May 2014, I stopped publishing blog updates via my email newsletter in favor of curating stories and articles relevant to my interests. The decision to shift my focus away from 100% tech content was to allow friends and followers to get to know me on a personal level and discover mutual interests.
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It's rare that I'm able to share my passions on such a grand stage like the Internet. I'm grateful for the opportunity and I hope to meet many new faces along the way.
The (official) Apple Commercial Playlist
One night, while I was following a Wikipedia rathole, I came across an article documenting the songs used in various Apple product commercials At the time I was a heavy Spotify user, I searched for a playlist that had the music, but I came up empty-handed. In a moment of frustration, I decided that if no one else wanted to create a playlist for it, then I would. After an initial three hours, I had a good chunk of the music noted on the Wikipedia post added to the Spotify playlist.
Since its creation, the list has undergone three revisions to both add songs, delete duplicates and find better versions with appropriate album art. You can subscribe to the playlist here. You can also look at the latest revisions to the list in PDF or Excel format. The lists include links to the videos on YouTube, if they exist.
TestOut Network Pro Certification
On December 15, 2012, I earned my second professional certification - TestOut's Network Pro. This was obtained after a successful completion of CINT 121 Networking Fundamentals. This validated 15 years of working hands-on with all sorts of crazy networking equipment, including 1- and 4-pair wiring bundles, coax drops, punchdown blocks, wiring terminations, Ethernet and wireless network hardware/software configuration. Need a network built? Yeah, I can handle that.
Apple Certified Associate - Mac Integration 10.7
On December 8, 2011, I earned my certification in integrating Macintosh computers in a Windows corporate environment. What this means is that if you're using Active Directory servers and you want to add Macs to your network without spending thousands changing your existing infrastructure, I can help you with that. Small businesses, meet BYOD.
Started in 2009, IndyGeek.net provided reporting and commentary on all things technology throughout Indianapolis. As the Editor In Chief, I managed a staff of 10 and together we rose to the forefront of technology news reporting in the midwest. We were not a corporate-owned media outlet, so the latitude we had in reporting on industry events and items was broader than most. Sadly, due to the financial constraints, IndyGeek.net was ceased publication in 2011 shortly before its second anniversary. A fully-functional archive of the site can be found at www.indygeekarchive.com (You can view my posts here.)
New Media Designs
Back when I first started doing web media, decided to start my own business. New Media Designs, LLP was founded in 2009 as a consulting business for web publishing and photography, servicing businesses mostly in the West Indianapolis area. At its height, NMD provided community news under the website West Indianapolis Today, and global audio podcasts with such shows as Mac After Dark, The Tech Geek and The 2.0 Show. Eventually NMD was spun off into its flagship product, IndyGeek.