Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy SysAdmin Day

Today - July 30, 2010 (Last Friday Of July) - is the 11th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day.

Have you hugged your SysAdmin today?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Thanks for getting so many young people hooked on reading.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Spinal Tap?

No, that's some of the team at the House of Blues.

But I did win an golf shirt at the VOIP Road Show at the House of Blues on Thursday because I knew the name of the band that turns their amps up to 11. Spinal Tap, of course.

I also learned about the latest VOIP fatures and technologies.

Details at GreatLakesGeek.Com

Monday, July 19, 2010

Move from Miami to Cleveland

Did you hear about the superstar who left Miami and came to Cleveland? No, I don't have it backwards.

Dr. Berkman left Miami and is now the president of Cleveland State University. Cleveland State University is crucial to the health of the city. As an urban university it has particular challenges and opportunities.

Dr. Berkman addressed these in a presentation at Corporate Club at Landerhaven.

The Great Lakes Geek asked Dr. Berkman about the proposed International Welcome Center at 18th and Euclid. You will also learn about the exciting new international degree being offered.

Listen and read about Dr. Berkman and CSU

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mini-Olympics at JCU

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission hosted its fifth annual Continental Cup, now known as Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival.

The opening ceremony was like a mini-Olympics with thousands of young athletes from about 20 countries marching in.

Photos and videos from the 5th annual Continental Cup

Best ever quarter for Intel

"Strong demand from corporate customers for our most advanced microprocessors helped Intel achieve the best quarter in the company's 42-year history," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

"Our process technology lead plus compelling architectural designs increasingly differentiate Intel-based products in the marketplace. The PC and server segments are healthy and the demand for leading-edge technology will continue to increase for the foreseeable future."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Russian Spy at Microsoft

Apparently one of the Russian spies worked as a software tester at Microsoft.

Insert your own joke here.

"The man, Alexey Karetnikov, entered the United States in October and was living in the Seattle area, where he worked at Microsoft, according to federal officials and the company. Karetnikov, a Russian citizen in his early-to-mid-20s, had been held on immigration violations because there was insufficient evidence to charge him with a crime, the government officials said."

Lou Gellos, a Microsoft spokesman, confirmed that Karetnikov had worked at the company for about nine months as a software tester."

The Washington Post article

Thursday, July 08, 2010

How do you spell Anamika?

Cleveland has a world champion. No matter what LeBron James decides, we can celebrate the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Anamika Veeramani.

14 year old Anamika lives in North Royalton and goes to school at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights.

People who never imagined they would watch a spelling bee found themselves nervously pacing the floor as Anamika and the others competed that Friday night. We all seemed much more nervous than Anamika. Congrats to Anamika, her family and teachers.

Photos and videos of Anamika Veeramani at the FICA tribute dinner at the Saffron patch.

Mahima Venkatesh and Anamika Veeramani

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

BACtrack Personal Breathalyzer

On a hot day like we've been experiencing, a lot of people will grab a few cold ones to try and cool off.

Of course, when your summer drinks include alcohol, you have to be careful. Drinking and driving is bad, wrong and stupid. So is trying to beat the system. But that's not what BACtrack is all about.

BACtrack is a personal breathalyzer that quickly estimates your blood alcohol content (BAC).

Besides trying the BACtrack on my own (I wonder if I can write off that beer purchase), I brought it to a picnic and to a volleyball game. See what happened at

Sunday, July 04, 2010