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2018

eco-x: MMTR 2018

Mountain Masochist Trail Run (MMTR) is a point-to-point 50 mile course of roads, jeep trails, and single track with perfectly timed aid stations to help support as you travel through George Washin...

Great Smoky Mountains

Wow! It has been a long time since I’ve posted a photography article only! I didn’t do any image modifications (Curves, saturation, vignette, etc) to these pictures as I wanted to keep the beauty ...

USAT National Championship 2018

For the past couple of years I’ve been doing pretty well in the local triathlon races by placing 1st or 2nd in my age group (AG), which qualified me for the USAT Age Group Nationals Championship ...

CMS: XTERRA Charlottesville 2018 Race Report

This is a race report for the XTERRA Charlottesville Sprint. I chose the sprint distance as I was also traveling for work to Costa Rica and wasn’t sure how well the hotel gym accommodations would...

XTERRA Myrtle Beach 2018 Race Report

After having a great time completing the Pocahontas Run and Ride, my Speed Sherpa teammate asked me if I also wanted to register for XTERRA Myrtle Beach. This was definitely not in my 2018 race pl...

Adventure Enablers: Pocahontas Run and Ride 2018

It’s another race weekend and once again I find myself participating in a well organized Adventure Enabler event! The weather was MUCH better when compared to 2018 Early Mountain Vineyards cold ne...

Adventure Enablers: Resolution Trail Run 2018

Short Race report, as I was able to participate in Adventure Enablers’ Resolution Run for the second year in a row. The original goal was to run with the family like last year1, so I wasn’t thinki...

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2017

IRONMAN: Louisville 2017 Race Report

It is impossible to describe the feeling when crossing the finish line of your first IRONMAN. The sense of accomplishment is obvious, along with the overwhelming joy of finishing a race. There is...

Reston Century Ride 2017

On Sunday I completed my first Century (100 mile) ride! Just one more step closer to getting ready for my long race this October, but has boosted my confidence that I may actually complete the ra...

Rev3: Sizzling Sprint 2017 Race Report

Rev3 Sizzling Sprint is the last sprint race hosted by Rev3, and my last Sprint for 2017. I was hoping to have an improvement since May where the Salute Sprint was held and is the same course, pl...

Rev3: Williamsburg Sprint 2017 Race Report

Rev3 Williamsburg Sprint was a VERY last minute addition to my race schedule as I officially didn’t register until Wednesday July 5th for a race that was on the 8th. I originally paid for four Re...

Rev3: Montclair Sprint 2017 Race Report

Rev3’s Montclair is the only race this year that I have previously participated in 2016, which make it a great opportunity to compare and see how I am improving. Training has been going well for t...

Rev3: Salute Sprint 2017 Race Report

Rev3’s Salute to the Military Trithlon is the second race of the 2017 Rev3 Virginia Sprint Series. Sprint races that allow a quick recovery fit in perfectly as short fun events, as my two main go...

Rev3: Westfields Sprint 2017 Race Report

The 2017 race season has officially started!!! This one was close as it almost didn’t happen. Ever since Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run my left calf has not been the same. Then, when you combine a ...

Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run 2017

In preparation for some longer events towards the end of this year, I decided to sign up for a couple of fun non-triathlon events to get myself mentally ready to endure what my mind may provide whi...

Adventure Addicts Racing: ‘the Chill’ 2017

It was great to get back into Adventure Racing as I wasn’t able to do any in 2016. This time I stepped outside my comfort zone and registered for a race that was local vs. being dependent on my b...

Adventure Enablers: Resolution Trail Run 2017

For the past few months during the triathlon off-season, I’ve been drawn to running and biking outdoors in trails around the area to just “have fun”. I knew I needed a break from racing and simply...

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2016

Harpers Ferry Photography

Over the weekend my parents decided drive the 600+ miles to visit us in Virginia. When my parents do make the trip, we usually visit one new tourist attraction and one new winery to serve as subtl...

New Site Redesign

Over the past week I’ve been fighting an infection that was draining all of my energy, rendering me incapable of working out1. This left me with some extra time on my hands to address that this si...

Wisdom Oak Winery Sprint 2016 Race Report

Last year I had such a great time at Wisdom Oak Winery Sprint Triathlon that I decided to do it again this year in hopes to podium at least one more time this racing season. Once again, Race Dire...

Culpeper Sprint 2016 Race Report

This is event number five on the 2016 VTS/MTS Series which brings me to be competitive for series points awards at the end of the year. Any events done after this race will either be ignored or ma...

Colonial Beach Sprint 2016 Race Report

Colonial Beach Sprint is the only race this year where I get to compare myself and see my accomplishments for the amount of training I have done since December, as this is the only race that I hav...

Rev3: Montclair Sprint 2016 Non-Race Report

After last week’s poor swim performance at Jamestown International, I decided I need more opportunities for Open Water Swim (OWS) to get out of this head funk I have for swimming. Fortunately ther...

Kinetic Half 2016 Race Report

There are simply too many words to describe the past couple of months, but the final result is I finished my first “Half” (70.3 mile) triathlon. Mental toughness is required, as the numerous temp...

Smithfield Sprint 2016 Race Report

Apparently VTS/MTS races and myself have an issue, and the issue is RAIN! Similar to last year’s Colonial Beach Sprint (although not as bad of a downpour and no open water swim with gasoline fuel ...

Reston 10 Miler 2016 Run Report

This is a long over due race run report for the “Reston 10 Miler” as this took place on March 5th, 2016. The primary goal for this event was to get my legs used to a long run for the upcoming tria...

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2015

Reston Triathlon Olympic 2015 Race Report

Amazing what one year makes; for the good or bad. This is the second time I’ve raced the Reston Triathlon, so I’m going to compare my numbers to see where there was any improvement.

Colonial Beach Sprint 2015 Race Report

I know my usually audience is not interested in Triathlons, however, still not sure how to incorporate knowledge gained at my new job to my past audience. So, to make sure everyone knows I’m still...

New Adventures

Some of you may have seen on either Twitter or IRC that my consulting company and I parted ways at the end of February. It has taken me six weeks to find new employment and I’m very excited about ...

MacDMV Regex-101 Presentation (Part 2)

NOTE: Again, I was going to give this presentation for MacDMV this month, however, due to unannounced circumstances I won’t be able to present. Here is what I was going to post immediately followi...

MacDMV Regex-101 Presentation (Part 1)

NOTE: I was going to give this presentation for MacDMV this month, however, due to unannounced circumstances I won’t be able to present. Here is what I was going to post immediately following the ...

Google Domains Now Does Dynamic DNS

So I was really hoping for some invite codes from Google Domains while it was still in private beta. This way everyone would shower me with love and affection, and in return for I would provide my...

Migrating From Octopress 2 to Octopress 3

I’ve been using Octopress 2 since February of 2013 and I’ve learned a little about ruby (not that I’ve programed any), updated my knowledge about current website frameworks, and have seen what it t...

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2014

Bonk Hard Racing: The Perfect 10 Rogaine 2014

This is a much delayed postmortem race report after noticing that I did publish an article about the Berryman race in 2013, I should only do the same service to The Perfect 10 Rogaine in 2014! Unfo...

Policies 101-Unleash the Power!

For those who wanted a copy of my Policies 101: Unleash the Power! talk at JAMF Nation User Conference 2014, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format.

New binaries in Yosemite

Every year I like to dig a little around some default paths to see what new binaries will be available to assist in deployment or troubleshooting. I use a simple easy script that generates a list ...

DEP and VPP Notes from MacDMV Group Meeting

On May 1st, MacDMV’s second “tech” session took place covering Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and how it relates to JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, a little about VPPMD (because once you sta...

Working with VPP and DEP Apple IDs

These are notes about getting the Apple IDS and their two-step verification authentication ready for Apples Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP). WORST case give you...

Using .p12 or JKS files with OS X

My test CrashPlan PROe (CPPe, a.k.a “Black”) environment has been troubled with this VMware Fusion bug where linking a shared folder has some issues with read/write. The result was anytime a clien...

VPP 2.0 Presentation

Yesterday I was able to present to the local DC, VA, MD Mac User Group MacDMV on VPP. I felt it was a great success for our first knowledge focus event, and glad things are now in-gear. As I ment...

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2013

MacDMV: New DC, MD, VA Mac Admin Group

Last Friday I was feeling a little jealous of the San Francisco area Mac Admin’s group Macbrained on getting a group of individuals together to discuss new items in the Apple world (Mavericks and i...

Bonk Hard Racing: Berryman Adventure Race 2013

Over the weekend of September 28th, 2013 I had the opportunity to do the Berryman Adventure race with my Brother-in-law Shawn which is a multi-sport race for Run, Bike, and Canoe… BUT you have to t...

Updated XProtectWatch now with terminal-notifier

XProtectWatch 1.1.0 (now with terminal-notifier support) I have updated XProtectWatch to now utilize terminal-notifier “a command-line tool to send Mac OS X User Notifications, which are available...

JAMF Software Casper Suite in an Amazon EC2 Cloud

I had the interesting opportunity of installing the Casper Suite on an Amazon EC2 Cloud server and wanted to post my findings on the subject for other future “cloud” users. Overall the process is ...

XProtect updated - 2013.02.26

On Feb 19, 2013 11:48 PM Topher Kessler releases his article for CNET that New Mac malware opens secure reverse shell is out, “but has not yet been determined to be much of a threat”. His article ...

‘The Switcher Chronicles’ - Screen Shots

Confession, I FORCED my wife to be a “switcher”. Yes, I forced her to start using OS X, because Christmas 2012 I purchased a new laptop for her at her request (she didn’t specify a brand… and um… ...

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2012

Flying TSA Pre Check

The TSA Pre Check program is the background security checks performed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for their Trusted Traveler program. This “Trusted Traveler” is the key because the ...

MacIT 2013 Sessions

For my fifth year in a row, I’ll be presenting at Macworld MacIT conference in January of 2013! I’ll be presenting on two topics this year:

Spearville and Mullinville; With a Dash of Pink

time since I’ve posted any photography pictures as lately I’ve been traveling without my DSLR. These photos were taken with my iPhone 4s because they were completely unique I HAD to pull over and s...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: What Changed?

I’ve posted several docs already on what I see as big changes from a Server Admin point of view which includes moving the rest of the supported applications from Server Admin to Server.app. With th...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: Websites and Wiki

Websites (f.k.a Web) and Wiki have already been moved to Server.app when Lion Server was released, so I didn’t expect much to change, but upon review there is a twinkle of Advanced option for Mac A...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: Software Update

In the beginning of Mt Lion, there was a large scare that Apple was going to remove the current process of Software Updates (where in an enterprise environment has control of which update is made a...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: Open Directory

The concepts for installing Open Directory is exactly the same as previous versions of OS X Server. Select whichever you want (Master or Replica) and walk through the assistant to get your ODM/ODR ...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: NetInstall

From a pure functional standpoint, I don’t see any major difference between what is available in prior versions of OS X Server in terms of NetBoot service to the Mt Lion version; other than it is n...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: Install

When first viewing Mountain Lion (MT Lion) Server, you can understand that Apple had a long-term goal of making the most common things VERY easy and simple to administer. Consolidating service func...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: File Sharing and FTP

In terms of File Sharing, there is really nothing different from Lion to Mt Lion. There is a bonus for iOS users in EDU in that you can now create a WebDAV “DropBox” for students submitting their a...

10.8 Mountain Lion Server: DNS

You have just installed Mountain Lion Server, now what!? Going on the assumption you are staring at Server.app right after a clean install, the first thing that needs attention is DNS!

Macworld 2012 Recap and Review

Wow, I can honestly say that this year’s Macworld was awesome!  The fans and sponsors were great, but I must give my biased applause towards the speakers and MacIT Advisory Board for their superb j...

Configuring IPv6 DNS on Mac OS X Server

Over the past several months, my company has been dealing with AD/OD integrations with Lion 10.7.2 and the customer’s environment is using “.local”. If you are not familiar with the history between...

Working With IPv6 and Mac OS X

I don’t feel that anyone reading this in 2012 has never heard of IPv6. The easiest way to put it it’s a combinations of HEX values to make a big ugly “thing” that represents your computer. IPv4 was...

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2011

MacTech Conference 2011

Wow… I’ve been slacking off on writing posts.  I know I’m highly overdue on S/MIME on iOS, I’ll be working on that soon… just finding a few snags and using MDM deployments.  For now here are severa...

Kiana and Buckland Alaska

During the week of November 14th, 2011, through the combination of Qivliq Village Partnerships and the NANA BWISE program I was able to visited two villages within the Northwest Arctic: Kiana and B...

Niagara Falls

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in Niagara Falls, NY for a client. I have never seen the falls or have been to Canada, so it was fun to check both of those items off my life’s to-do list, a...

Remove Diginotar CA Certificate

First, I want to say thanks to Edward Marczak for his original post on how to remove the Diginotar CA Certificate, and his forward thinking about how to do this from a System Admin perspective. I w...

Using S/MIME With Apple Mail

Most likely you have already figured out how to use your new email certificate in Mail as my article on How to get a free S/MIME Certificate was posted almost a month ago.

S/MIME Email Certificates in-Depth

We have discussed the basics of S/MIME in my post What Is S/MIME Email and Why Should I Be Using It, and from the last article Acquiring a S/MIME Certificate for Free you should have your S/MIME ce...

Acquiring a S/MIME Certificate for Free

From the last article, I hope you are now wondering “where do I get this awesome thing called S/MIME certificate!”, and the other kicker “What’s it going to cost me?” Well you are in luck because e...

Santa Catalina School

I spent two days working at Santa Catalina School, (Monterey, CA), and at the end of the second day I went out and capture some pictures of their facilities because I have never seen a K-12 school ...

Hey Look… This Thing Works!

I have had intentions for some time on using my site for something other than announcements of Macworld/MacTech sessions, photographs while traveling for my job, and a simple resume placeholder. No...

Squirrel River

This set contains pictures during my Alaska trip in 2011. My Alaskan family flew me out (along with a camera crew from National Geographic) out to their camp down the Squirrel River. It was a wonde...

Sunrise in New Mexico

I was recently in Las Cruces, NM for two days for work. On the first day while driving in to the clients location, I was amazed with the beautiful sunrise over the San Andres Mountains. I left the ...

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2010

Palm Roses

While walking around Savannah, GA after a Podcast Producer Installation, I found a guy making these palm roses and was immediately impressed with his craftsmanship. I took this picture, then purcha...

Kotzebue Breakup

I returned to the Northwest Arctic to assist in additional server updates, create a Podcast Producer Lab, and mentorship… and to my luck I was able to watch “Breakup”. This is the quick period of t...

Northwest Arctic Alaska Vista

This picture was taken while traveling to Kiana, AK to perform Teacher Laptop and server updates from Leopard to Snow Leopard. This picture only captures a small fraction of the beauty in this regi...

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2009

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