Friday Apr 18, 2008

Welcome Matthais

Please give a warm welcome to our Virtual Desktop Engineering team member, Matthais Müller-Prove! Matthais is filling the role of our first ever usability architect for all things VDI, Sun Ray, SGD and the like.  While he didn't have me at "hello", he sure got me with this line "...sooner or later both 'remote' and 'virtual' will become obsolete concepts for the end user."

Avatars for Autism

If you're into the whole themed avatar movement, consider supporting Autism by creating an avatar with a puzzle piece in it.  April is Autism Awareness Month.


Unintentional Sabotage?

Just an observation if you are always hungry.  I see candles that smell like sugar cookies, shaving cream that smells like tropical fruits, and lotions that smell of chocolate.  Something to think about if you are having trouble sticking to your nutritional goals.

Friday Apr 11, 2008

7 Leading Corporate Social Media Evangelists Today

w00t!  Our very own Linda Skrocki (Not one to brag, but a personal friend of mine!) is being called one of the "New Scobles" by TheReadWriteWeb. Congrats Linda!

Sunday Apr 06, 2008

Please Watch This Video

Via Linda on Twitter

General Motors is donating money to Autism Speaks if you watch a commercial for the new Chevrolet Malibu.  Please watch, every penny counts!  (Yes, I've found my cause).

Wednesday Apr 02, 2008

World Autism Awareness Day


Today is the first ever World Autism Awareness Day as designated by the United Nations.  CNN is doing a really good job with coverage of family stories, doctor interviews, and (my favorite) grilling of insurance companies who refuse to cover treatments for autism.  The personal stories give you hope and pull at your heart (and for some reason are making my eyes leaky).

Learn the Signs, Act Early

Tuesday Mar 25, 2008

The worrisome sound of silence

Bad things are often afoot when normally noisy kids go quiet.

What are these?

Lincoln Logs?

Like a good dad, I sprung to action (i.e. grabbed the nearest camera) after hearing her starting to hum the Barney Cleanup song.

And when you take away the "toys", you can get the tantrum to stop by letting them play with computer games on the computer...desk.

Her new perch

Steak Fried Rice

Steak Fried Rice

Fried Rice is probably at the top of everyones list when it comes to favorite Chinese food items.  The problem with it in most cases is that it's really unhealthy.  Here's another healthier spin on a classic.  It's also a great way to use up leftovers.


  • 4 Oz Cooked Lean Steak, cubed.
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 Teaspoon of Fish Sauce (substitute Soy Sauce if needed)


  • Cook Egg whites in a non-stick pan, breaking up with a wooden spoon
  • Add steak, rice, and fish sauce.  Mix together and bring up to temperature
  • Add frozen peas and cook for additional minute or so.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 525
    • Protein: 50g
    • Carbs: 44g
      • Dietary Fiber: 5.4g
    • Fat: 16g
Note:  This is one serving for me.  Depending on your nutritional requirements, you might make this two servings.

Monday Mar 24, 2008

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is going global this year with a whole bunch of cities turning non-essential lights off.

I've got a better idea. Turn off \*AND\* unplug non-essential computers.

And while you've got them off, replace them with a Sun Ray that uses less power than your PC in powersave mode.


Sunday Mar 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Monday Mar 10, 2008

Your secure mobile desktop just got mobile-ier



Matt works in Sun Fed.  Matt works with many three letter agencies.  Matt has such high security clearance, the process to get it would probably cause most of us to have a nervous breakdown.  What would happen if Matt lost or had his Accutech Gobi8 Sun Ray laptop stolen?  Nothing.  It's a nice door stop for the person who uses it next.

Sun Ray @ VoiceCon

If you are heading to VoiceCon in Orlando next week, be sure to stop by the Mitel booth and check out the latest on the Sun/Mitel partnership.  Unfortunately VoiceCon interferes with our Spring Break and we have vacation plans already.

Friday Mar 07, 2008

Screen Savers

Why You Buy Protective Screens

If any salesperson ever tries to upsell you on protective coverings for sensitives screens, do it.  Especially if you have kids and or crayons lying around.

Thursday Mar 06, 2008

I Have A Dream...

Maggies Dream

"My dream for a better place is to not have guns, kidnappers, or robbers.  They are all very, very, very horrible things or people.  People I think, need to have a very good life without any violence.  I wish there were no bad things."

-Maggie Bender (Age 7)

P.S. Note the chinposin.

Chin Up Old Chap!

Now that there is some authority!

Do you Twitter/Jaiku/Pownce/Flickr?

Does your avatar live in an authority vacuum?

Do you wish people took you more seriously?

Then join us, the Chinerati.  It's a Friday thing. 

Wednesday Mar 05, 2008

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This is a low carb/healthier adaptation of a Tyler Florence recipe.  You'll want to make sure that you make the Roasted Salsa Verde that I adapted as well. 


  • Assortment of Peppers
    •     1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
    •     1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
    •     2 Jalapenos, chopped
    •     2 Serranos, chopped
    •     2 Anahiem Chiles, chopped
  • 1 Large Onion, chopped
  • 8 Chicken Breasts, baked and then shredded
  • 4 cups of Roasted Salsa Verde
  • 2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese


Cook up some peppers and onions until the onions are translucent.

Spicy Peppers and Onions

Shred the chicken breasts.  I find it's best to let them cool and just go at it with your hands.

Shredded Chicken

Mix the chicken with the peppers/onion mixture.  Add two cups of the salsa and mix together.

Mixin' it up

In a glass baking dish, spread about  1 cup of the salsa on the bottom then pack in the mixture.  Top with another cup of salsa.

Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Cover with two cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese. 

Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Into the a 350F degree oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese starts to brown

Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Let rest for about 15 minutes. 

Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Serve with sour cream and additional salsa.  Enjoy!


My Favorite Omelette

Crab and Swiss Omelette

Crab and Swiss omelette with roasted tomatillo salsa.  Nom, nom, nom, nom.

Tuesday Mar 04, 2008

Fitness for Geeks

Here's my attempt at explaining fitness to smart people.


Monday Mar 03, 2008

Real World iPhone Commercial

iPhone:  Because bringing your laptop in the bathroom to check on twitter is just. plain. weird.


Saturday Mar 01, 2008

Low Carb Philly Cheese Steaks

I wish the photo turned out half as good as the meal.  Yum.

Low Carb Philly Cheese Steak


My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.


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