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What’s in the bag?

Inspired by a post by Michael White at https://notesfrommwhite.net/2016/11/11/whats-in-the-bag/ – I thought it would be interesting to share what’s in my laptop bag as well. And I bet those of you who know me have been curious before – my satchel is definitely my trademark.

As someone who travels pretty much endlessly, the items in this bag have been refined over many trips to be maximally useful with minimum bulk. Everything must have a purpose or there’s just no room for it.

First up is the bag itself. I see this leather beast as a long time friend and companion – it’s toured the world with me and I can’t imagine a journey without it. It’s a Saddleback Medium Original Briefcase, and yes – it’s heavy as hell. Weighs almost 8lbs empty. My one vice when it comes to the “pack light” mentality.


The bag is organized into two main compartments, with a few small pockets inside. It’s nowhere near as full as it looks; plenty of room for more if and when necessary. Usually I’ll wad up a sweatshirt or something in there too.


Inside the bag are the following items:

  • My trusty 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (+stickers, of course)
  • iPad Pro 9.7″ in a Waterfield Designs case
  • Cable and Dongle bag (more on that below)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bluetooth Headphones
  • VMware ID
  • Olight Smini Baton Ti flashlight
  • Fjallraven card case for business cards, status membership cards, vouchers, etc
  • Flowfold wallet
  • Bose QC20i headphones
  • Big Idea Design aluminum pen (with UniBall Jetstream ink, since I’m a smear-prone lefty)
  • Leather notebook cover with Field Notes notebook
  • Kindle Paperwhite


The iPad is a mini-computer in and of itself, thanks to the keyboard case, Pencil and VMware Horizon 🙂


And inside the cable and dongle bag are the following:

  • Zolt Charger and cable (charges my MacBook and has 2 additional USB charging ports – much lighter and smaller than an Apple charger and a bunch of additional USB chargers)
  • Bundle of lightning, micro-USB and Fitbit chargers
  • Spare wired headphones
  • Little fold-out USB hub from Palo Alto Networks (one of the most useful giveaways I’ve ever gotten – great for charging all those little devices at once)
  • 32GB and 16GB thumb drives
  • VMware vCloud Air battery pack
  • Apple Watch charging cable

That’s pretty much it! Thanks again to Michael (follow him @mwVme) for the fun idea.


And, of course – this post was brought to you by Saison Dupont’s Cuvee Dry Hopping series. A unique yearly spin on the classic Belgian Farmhouse that allows the brewer to experiment with dry hopping. This year’s version used Brewer’s Gold hops and came out delicious – sweet and bitter with that famous Saison Dupont brettanomyces tang.

A thank you to all my peers and customers

I’ve been with VMware for just about 18 months now. It’s been one of the most rewarding, challenging, utterly fantastic experiences of my life. We work hard – and we play almost as hard. I’ve taken great pride  in my work with my customers and with my peers throughout the company.

This past week, I received a call from my manager informing me that this work had been recognized and rewarded with a promotion from a Senior SE to a Staff SE. This is a real honor for me, and one that reminds me that while I may have come a long way, I still have a long way to go.

I’m also reminded that none of this would have been possible without all the great and honest feedback from my customers and the various teams throughout VMware that I work with every day. It’s with that that I send out a thank you to all my peers and customers for placing your trust in me. In return, you have my commitment that I will continue to provide the best possible service and support that I can!


Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete post without some kind of celebratory beverage. This photo was taken at a local establishment just a few minutes after I received the good news. Track Seven’s Panic IPA is a stellar brew, made with Amarillo and Simcoe hops front and center, rather than the more common Citra and Cascade varieties. The result is a high-hop flavor (70 IBU) without the face-shredding pucker factor. Lots of citrus and floral notes explode with every sip. Don’t let the can fool you, this is a top-shelf local craft beer. Check out Track Seven next time you visit me in Sacramento!

Cheers, and thanks again.

What do Alt-rock, local beer and EUC have in common?

Normally I wouldn’t have much insight on the subject of EUC (End-User Computin,), but my current trip home for the holidays has presented a pretty cool opportunity to highlight this amazing technology, even if it is outside my area of expertise.

We haven’t been home in few years, and it was my first chance to talk to some of the family in a while. We decided to go out one night to see my cousin Drew play with one of his bands, The Loveless. Here’s an action shot of Drew on bass.


This performance was paired with two amazing local beers – Loganberry Wit by Resurgence, and Live Pale Ale by Southern Tier. The Live Pale Ale is just a beautiful American style pale ale, with perfect hop character. But the Loganberry Wit was a real treat – those of us who grew up in the Buffalo area already know this, but for the uninformed, Loganberry is a berry widely used for punch-like drinks throughout Western New York and is a true regional flavor.

Anyway, by this point I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth all this has to do with VMware EUC. Well, as it turns out, Drew is part of a team of talented VMware administrators at Erie 1 BOCES (the Erie County Board of Cooperative Educational Services) who, in conjunction with the City of Buffalo, just implemented a tremendously successful VMware Horizon- based remote educational computing environment that has enabled Buffalo public school students to take their education with them to libraries and beyond.

Read more about the City of Buffalo’s success story at the following links: