What is consciousness?

What it is, why we have it, it’s still an unknown and we are a long ways from understanding.

Also ref: Theory of mind

QOTD: Marshall McLuhan

“First we build the tools, then they build us.” – Marshall McLuhan


Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC, was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar — a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communications theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory. McLuhan is known for coining the expressions “the medium is the message” and the “global village”.

For more on McLuhan check out the wikipedia page:

Other interesting reads:

And example of the tools is social media and  has taken over the lives of most of many on a global scale.

My First Uber Experience

So let me share with you my First Time Uber Experience

I’ve taken work trip out to Chicago, IL this week and decided on not renting a car, and attempt using Uber.

Uber is a taxi cab like service with a slight twist,  allowing customers with smartphones to literally summon a car ride to take them to a destination. The drivers are just everyday people who use their own cars to earn money by driving persons from one location to the next. Best of all, the rates are very competitive to the standard car service and is 100% cashless.

So this is how I started my Uber adventure

  • Download and install the Uber app onto my smartphone
  • Registered – After registration you will need to verify a few things such as mobile number, and email address to complete your profile
  • Payment – You just setup payment info such as your personal or corporate credit/debit cards. Uber allows for multiple payment options.
  • Added my photo (not required, but I did this anyhow – why not)

How I got my ride

I just launched the Uber and set my pickup location followed by my destination address; similar to using Google maps. Uber even allows for you to select the types of vehicles you wish to drive in.  I found that to be very impressive.

In under 8 minutes I was in  a car and on my way. Cool this about my wait was I could watch the driver heading to me via the apps built-in map. The driver was very friendly and informative about how he had become a Uber driver which made my drive very interesting. When the drive was completed I was able to give the driver a rating in the form of starts ranging from a single star upwards to five star.


So will I use Uber again

YES! Most defiantly. In fact I can’t wait for the next opportunity to do so. Who knew that paying for something could be rewarding to the point you want to pay.


And how could I end this post w/o sharing my own Uber referral link. I am confident you would enjoy the service as much as I have.



John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 – ManOnTheMoon

Its hard to believe that millions of older people can go up to a month, even more without speaking with anyone. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

These men and women from all walks of life need interaction just like the rest of us. This is why John Lewis has partnered with Age UK on their new Christmas appeal to help raise awareness of what life can feel like for lonely older people.

No matter where you are in the world I am confident a program exists.  I am sharing this to help bring about awareness to do something for someone which you may need done for you later in life.

Be safe, love others, be loved.

The music is ‘Half the World Away’ performed by Aurora, the original song was by Oasis.


Full  YouTube Video of John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 – #ManOnTheMoon

This is the story of a young girl called Lily. Looking at the moon through her family telescope one night, she is amazed at what she finds, a man on the moon.

Lily watches on as our man goes about his chores, all alone up there. She becomes determined to get something to the moon, to send him a message and show him that someone down here is thinking of him.


For more on this advert follow this link

Here is one of the volunteer sites I’ve found:

if you have more please share


Minecraft – Hour of Code

Whether it’s a new technology, or way to do things; Learning is something I love to do.  So much so I share my passion for wanting to know new things with my children, their friends and all I know. In many ways I feel its my life long mission to learn and share with others in hopes they would do the same.

The good people over at Mojang and have come up with another fun way to help kids fall in love with computer science and learning via Minecraft. And I for one am proud to share the announcement that Minecraft is part of this year’s Hour of Code campaign – My kids are going to love this

So to coin something I recall from my youth which has been with me all my life: “each one, teach one…”


Greenlight A Vet

“Because even if we can’t see them, they should always be able to see our support.”

A sign of hope in one green light.

Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

Follow Greenlight A Vet on Twitter

QOTD: What you do…

“What You Do, Speaks So Loudly, I Cannot Hear What You Say” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Extra Gum: The Story of Sarah & Juan

Wow, I am impressed with this marketing. Such a story, unwrapped round s stick of gum.
Watch this story of A girl. A guy. And a stick of gum. So impressive, and touching that I wanted to share it here.

I Broke Down!

The team over at Hammy TV shared a video which was touching to me.

Please share. All proceeds from this video will be donated to Eric’s Foundation.

Unable to open Office Documents, SharePoint 2013 On-Prem


We have recently encountered a strange issue where users get stuck on the Word, Excel, Powerpoint splash logo where it says “Contacting the server for information.”  We have spent several days on this issue and it seems to have impacted a large user base.

I am working with the team here to find a resolution and as soon as I know of one I will share.


We have tested this in several test, demo SharePoint 2013 deployments and are facing the same issue.

Here is something new:  When tested with SharePoint Online the issue does not exist { scratching my head }

Joined in on a thread about this issue, where others are also facing the same incident


Steps taken: with no resolution

  • Attempt to open from SharePoint on another piece of hardware or virtual machine with the same exact versions of Office including updates – issue does not occur
  • Logging in with another use, even when creating a new profile on same affected OS / Hardware install the issue occurs
  • Attempts to remove windows updates, office updates do not resolve the issue
  • Repair or Uninstall followed by reinstall of Office 2013 doesn’t resolve the issue
  • Tested with a new SharePoint 2013, including a pre install contoso installations, the issue occurs


We have workstations running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 all having these issues.


  1. this issue has not affected users who are using Office 2016
  2. this issue has not affected users who using SharePoint Online

No much more is known about this issues cause. The only solution which works at this time is to clean install or system restore to a point prior to this issues occurrence

There is a possibility that an antivirus may be causing this issue the future of the anti virus causing it is still unknown.


In my case this incident was directly related to ESET and its filtering of HTTP requests. Disabling this filtering resolved the issue.

I must note that disabling all security isn’t the best choice so here is some info from ESET to help you filter out and white list requests to avoid such an issue