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Going away for a while


From Friday 12th December 2008 until early January 2009, I’m taking a break from everything. There will be no blog posts, no community forums participation, no website updates etc during this time. I hope to come back totally refocused and energised for the New Year. I already have plans for a few things in the new year and will announce them in 2009.

If you have anything waiting on me, then send me an email directly so I can attend to it before I go.

Hoping that everyone has a great Christmas / New Years break and gets to spend time with their loved ones – just as I will be doing.

Category: Personal
Published: 8/12/2008 7:17 AM

Pay peanuts – you get monkeys….


So I’m trying to help promote the SMB Pre Day for TechEd Australia on September 2nd and I thought I’d reach out to two community leaders Susan Bradley and Vlad Mazek for some extra help in getting the message out.  My request – simple – help let the community know about the event so we can drive registrations and get the latest/greatest.  So both Susan and Vlad decide to take matters into their own hands with the results of their blog posts below 🙂


Vlads –



Susans –



Susan, Vlad – thanks guys – you crack me up, I appreciate helping get the word out in such a "different" way 🙂

Category: Personal
Published: 13/08/2008 8:58 PM

Baby Born on Twitter – a first?


Ok – so congratulations to Vlad and Katie Mazek on the birth last night of their first baby Tim Mazek 🙂  For those that don’t know him, Vlad is the CEO for Own Web Now – a Florida based company that has done heaps to aid SMB resellers worldwide.

Guys  you won’t know what’s hit you now because for the next 20 years you’ll be looking after this little guy feeding, changing nappies, teaching him to grow up.  Having two kids of my own I can only say it is both stressful and amazing at the same time.  Our two kids are 15 and 9 yrs old now – pretty independent, but they constantly surprise me.  So what was interesting was watching Vlad and Katies twitter feed over the past 48 hours.  Copy below… is this the first baby "born" on Twitter? What’s cool about this (aside from the insight to Katie’s thoughts) is that the variety of methods that Katie was able to update her twitter account, she used both the web and SMS to send updates to the twitter.  Think of the possible uses that this could have in business to give quick status style information not just about a person, but an object such as a feed to your customers about the status of your web servers or something similar.


Well – congratulations.  What’s even more impressive is that baby Tim already has his own twitter account – go ahead and make friends with him @timmazek watch him grow over the coming days and months and his view of his amazing parents.

PS Vlad – you can have the password to the account when you cry uncle 😉

Category: Personal
Published: 2/05/2008 11:36 AM

Stopping to smell the roses


Have you recently gone AWOL without any form of communication for a few days?  I have to say I’ve not done this in many many years.  I’ve always had a mobile phone within reach, or an Internet connection handy – even if it is just GPRS.  This weekend, I’m going AWOL.  No laptop, not mobile phone, about the most technological thing I’ll have is my wristwatch (and that’s analogue too!).  I’m taking a good old fashioned pen and paper for anything that I need to write down and think I can’t remember.

In this day and age, we take many things for granted, technology is one of those things, and I think it behoves us as responsible individuals to sometimes take a few steps back and look carefully around us to see where we are, what we are doing, where we are going and how we are going to get there.  The same holds true for all aspects of our lives, our relationships, friendships, business plans, everything.  We need to stop and think.  Ask questions.  Smell the roses.  If you don’t you might find out too late that you’ve missed something really fantastic.

In a related note, I’ll be away while EarthHour happens – this is a fantastic demonstration on how reliant we are on technology and how our use of that technology affects the entire globe.  So tomorrow night at 8pm, wherever I am, whatever I am doing, you can rest assured that I’ll be in the dark 🙂

Category: Personal
Published: 28/03/2008 8:46 AM

Proud Dad!


imageYup – that’s me and this has absolutely NOTHING to do with IT or the SMB market.  My daughter is a very talented young lady and her artwork is one of them.  She’s had some of her artwork online for a while now and has been pretty private about it, but last night decided to share the URL for her site with me.  I’m pretty impressed with the things she has done at such a young age and wanted to share it with you.  So here’s her gallery.  This is just some of the great stuff that she has done.  If you care to leave a comment, I’m sure she will be impressed 🙂

One of my favourites is one she did on Christmas Day here on the right.

Anyway – heading off to the Windows Server 2008 Launch today and what I think is kind strange is that Microsoft are using cartoons to advertise a pretty serious topic.  Heroes Happen.  There – got it back on track to an IT topic 🙂

Category: Personal
Published: 28/02/2008 6:48 AM

Geek toys I want :-)


imageMy 40th birthday is coming up in March and well yeah – I’m getting old 🙂 

I know that your all asking yourselves, just what can you get for me – the geek who has almost everything.  Well one of the guys in the office came across this cool toy.  I want one!!!






imageHere’s another idea that is kinda cool too.  A living fly trap. Environmentally friendly too!  I’ve had a venus flytrap before and that was cool – but this one has 10 different plants in one!







image How about an Ant Colony – this one has technology from the 2003 Space Shuttle missions in it.  I don’t have to feed it which means it’s hard to kill too 🙂  Ideal for a guys toy.







Now this one is REALLY cool – a remote control surveillance robot. It’s got a wireless remote control and links back to your PC!








So who’s going to buy one for me 🙂

Seriously though – do I think anyone’s going to buy anything for me – no.  I thought they were cool and worth sharing with you all.

Do I think these are cool toys – for sure!

Just incase anyone does decide to give me a birthday present, send it to

PO BOX 6329,

Baulkham Hills DC,

NSW, 2153


Category: Personal
Published: 27/02/2008 7:36 PM

MVP means you are invulnerable… NOT!


A fellow MVP – Kathleen Anderson has reminded me of a spoof video that Microsoft did a few years back for an MVP summit. The video suggests that the instant you become an MVP that you’ll have hordes of loyal followers, beautiful women throwing themselves at your feet and you become invincible. If only it were true! In reality, becoming an MVP often means that you have a target painted on your back as people try to take you down a peg or two in the belief that you might think your better than everyone else. I’m here to tell you – that from my perspective anyway, being an MVP is at times a curse as much as a reward. Imagine you’ve been shown a glimpse of technology that is 3 years ahead of its time, and your not allowed to discuss it with fellow workmates. Imagine the long hours spent beta testing the latest things from Microsoft for zero pay. Imagine the lost time with family as they wonder just what the heck has gotten into you that you want to spend MORE time in front of that #$%#$%#$ computer.

Still – it’s not all bad. You get to meet some great people from all over the globe, and really discuss things that can affect the long term direction of the product. But as I said – it’s not all it’s made out to be.

Category: Personal
Published: 7/10/2007 10:24 PM

MVP Once More


MVP’s are nominated to Microsoft from various sources based on the work they have done in the past 12 months to assist the community. It so happens that my award cycle is from October through to September, and today I was fortunate to receive "the email" confirming that Microsoft believed my community contributions worthy of the MVP award. This is my 6th or 7th year to be awarded – I forget which actually as I was not really keeping count. To me – the MVP award does not make me better than anyone else in the community – I know that some think that an MVP can do no wrong, or that an MVP knows everything there is to know about a product, but I’m here to tell you that it just ain’t true. I know there is a stack of stuff about SBS that I don’t know, have not experienced, or don’t feel qualified to speak on. My goal over the next 12 months is to continue on with the support I’ve been trying to give in the community, the efforts I’ve been making to try to get Microsoft to better understand the needs of the SMB IT reseller community and to better communicate back into the community where I am able to.

Thanks for the support of you out there in the community – the people working along side me, helping me to do what I do. Anyone who continually contributes to the community the way I see some people do are all worthy of this award in my view.

Category: Personal
Published: 2/10/2007 5:24 PM

What – no blogging for today?


Ok – I confess that I was not at work today. Instead I took the day off and did something much more important for my teenage daughter – I went to school with her. She invited me to come to a special festival day today and help out. I cooked a BBQ (along with 3 other dads) for 1100 teenage girls. They got the best burgers we could cook. I got some downtime to chat with a few other dads, that had zero related to IT and that was great. The day was fancy dress for the students, but those that know me know that I would not resist a chance to join in the fun too J I wore the loudest T-Shirt I had and a Willy Wonka hat to boot. They had a cool rock concert after lunch which played some tunes from when I was at school. Back to work now for me – I have a conference to organise.

Many students and teachers asked me if I was her father – apparently, the word spread. I don’t think I embarrassed her, but it was good to spend some time with her. It’s actually something I try to encourage others to think about, the chances that they miss out on by being totally work focused as I have been for so many years. It’s a hard habit to break and one that I am working on myself, but the rewards are there. How can you put a price on having your daughter come up and in front of other students give you a hug?

Category: Personal
Published: 5/09/2007 3:36 PM