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Accepted as Microsoft Regional Director

Accepted as Microsoft Regional Director

I am excited to announce that I was recently accepted as a Microsoft Regional Director! While I have been aware of the program for a long time, but I had never thought seriously about pursuing participation until this past year. Stephanie Donahue & I had many discussions when she joined the program and based upon her experience I decided I would accept her offer to nominate me and pursue joining the Regional Director (RD) ranks. I am truly appreciative for…

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Updates from isolation

Updates from isolation

When I last wrote an update on my blog I shared news about life changes in the Himmelstein household and described how I was looking forward to making deliberate decisions about our future. Little did I know how the world was going to change between then and now. The impact of COVID-19 on our lives has been profound. We were in Houston at the start of the dudes Spring Break at the Rodeo when the Mayor shut it down. We…

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Change is in the air

Change is in the air

The dawn of a new decade brings some welcome change to the Himmelstein house. In early December I left Rackspace and the timing couldn’t be better. I had been planning to take time off for the remainder of the year to spend time with Jill & the boys, so this allowed me to do so completely uninterrupted. At any other time of year I would have likely jumped right out and started searching for a new job & not slowed…

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Rackspace and the Microsoft ProServe Partner Network

Rackspace and the Microsoft ProServe Partner Network

I have been a Racker for more than 2 years now and during this time I have found that Rackspace has always strived to maintain an amazing group of Microsoft Partners that do Professional Services (ProServe) work. We have phenomenal partners that we send work to today, however we want to broaden our knowledge base of who is out there doing great things in the Microsoft ProServe space. We no longer have teams that do ProServe work, save some migration…

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A new chapter: You can go home again

A new chapter: You can go home again

8 years ago Jill and I moved from Austin, TX to New England as newlyweds to start our new life together. I had just accepted a new job with Raytheon to work on a technology that was completely foreign to me. I had spent the previous 10 years of my career focused on relatively known commodities, but when I jumped into SharePoint it was a total unknown to me. Little did we know then the amazing road that was ahead…

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MVP Award – My new year’s day suprise

MVP Award – My new year’s day suprise

With my vacation coming to a close I opted to spend one last morning with the boys and let Jill sleep in this morning. The day started like any other, Sam (age 3) came into my room and immediately started talking while Max (age 5) was hunkered down in his bed surrounded his books. We went downstairs to start the day and have breakfast, for which they had requested my special chocolate chip pancakes. We finished our breakfast and had…

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#SPSRI Wrap up

#SPSRI Wrap up

The inaugural #SPSRI is now in the books! When I joined the team putting this event on I had a few goals: 1.) select speakers who would elevate the event & give the attendees an amazing learning experience 2.) follow through on Chris’s goal of running the event on a minimal budget & get just enough sponsors to make the budget doable 3.) provide attendees & speakers with an fun, interactive, lively event that would be worth staying all day…

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#SPSNH Call for Speakers Update

#SPSNH Call for Speakers Update

We are now less than a week from closing the Call for Speakers, Wednesday August 7th at 6pm Eastern Time, and we are still looking for speakers to submit. Many people have watched the message that I posted about the video we are asking speakers to submit and I have gotten some feedback that this requires some clarification: The video is NOT a requirement. We are asking speakers to do it and think that it will make things a ton…

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Creating hotkeys for functions in Word 2013

Creating hotkeys for functions in Word 2013

In my previous posts on Enabling the “Mark Comment Done” & “Quick Switching between Review Markup Styles” I made reference to repetitive stress injury inducing activities and how to avoid them, but the biggest single improvement I made to my editing process for the book was creating a hotkey for Approving Comments. I have long been a fan of Office Application allowing me to customize my toolbar and tabs, but until recently I did not realize what I was missing…

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Quick switching between Review Markup styles in Word 2013

Quick switching between Review Markup styles in Word 2013

This is the second in a shorts series of helpful hits for editing using Word 2013.  You can find the first in the series Enabling the “Mark Comment Done” here.  When I first started with the copyedit review of my book I used to go into the Review tab for each chapter and select to show All Markup each time.  This repetitive stress injury inducing activity was not only annoying, but it was counter productive as it made it difficult…

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