2015: A Year In Review And A Look Ahead

With 2015 coming to an end I thought I would quickly reflect. As you may recall, I entered the year with two goals:

  1. Blog three times a week
  2. Blog twice a month about fitness

I am happy to announce that with this blog post I have reached my first goal of blogging three times a week. Now to be fair, it is more that I blogged 156 times this year as some weeks I did not blog three times and other weeks I blogged more than three times. Of the 156 post, 101 were about Log Insight — a product I am honored to be a part of. The remaining posts were a combination of fitness, home projects, system administrator and other stuff I thought important to share.

Of course this brings me to my second goal of two fitness posts of month. Unfortunately, I only made it to half of my goal. Midway through the year I experienced a set back based on things going on in my personal life. I am happy to announce that as of Tuesday the setback has been addressed and I started CrossFit again!

With 2015 almost behind me, I also thought it important to reflect on 2016. One change for me will be around blog posts. I love to blog, but it does consume a large portion of time. I have other goals that I would like to achieve and reprioritizing is the only way I will be able to achieve them. While I do not have a number of blog posts in mind for 2016, it will not be three times a week for sure. For now, I will just say this will be my last post for at least two weeks while I recharge and decide what I want to accomplish in 2016.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful 2015 and I look forward to what 2016 will bring. Happy New Year!

Review: Coin Part 1

I finally received my Coin and had a chance to try it out so I thought I would share my experiences to date with a three-part series. In this post, I will start with some background on the product and my experiences before receiving the product. My next post will cover my impressions after using the product. My final post will talk about competitors and my overall impressions of the Coin product.


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Review: Sococo

I recently had the opportunity to demo a tool used to bridge the gap with remote teams. The tool, Sococo, provides a virtual office where people can collaborate in a more traditional office environment. Objects such as offices, departments, and conference rooms are built into the tool to allow for easy collaboration. Just like in real life you can listen and talk to colleagues as well as message them and call them on the phone. In addition, screen sharing, white-boarding, and dash-boarding are all possible. In my mind this tool is the evolution of tools such as Skype, enriching the communication experience. For those of you who have not seen the tool, my first impression was that I was playing The Sims at work. The only real differences were the avatar being a circle with items added to it based on how you were connected (e.g. headphone, microphone, and eyes) and that you could only interact with the environment and not really change it.

After using the tool for several months I formed some opinions that I thought might be helpful for others considering the tool. The information that follows is based on my opinions and what I heard from others who have tried the tool.

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