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TsooRad is a blog for John Weber. John is a Skype for Business MVP (2015) - before that, a Lync Server MVP (2010-2014). My day job is titled "Principal Consulting Engineer" - I work with an awesome group of people at CDW, LLC. I’ve been at this gig in one fashion or another since 1988 - starting with desktops (remember Z-248’s?) and now I am in Portland, Oregon. I focus on collaboration and infrastructure. This means Exchange of all flavors, Skype, LCS/OCS/Lync, Windows, business process, and learning new stuff. I have a variety of interests - some of which may rear their ugly head in this forum. I have a variety of certifications dating back to Novell CNE and working up through the Microsoft MCP stack to MCITP multiple times. FWIW, I am on my third career - ex-USMC, retired US Army. I have a fancy MBA. One of these days, I intend to start teaching. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone.


The Black Swan

Started reading “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (whoever he is).  This item hit my reading list because of a recommendation regarding (believe it or not) BCDR (Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery) discussions in a recent training event.

The “hired gun” was pontificating (and doing very well, I might add) at some BCDR point, when, out came a reference to this book.

I try hard to learn from everything I do; I also admit that I have severe shortcomings in this area - but I work on it.  So when this pontificator spouted this BCDR drivel, I wrote down the name of the book, and we moved on.  However, by the end of the session, I had added the book to my shopping cart on Amazon.

Two reasons.  Numero Uno, Andrew Ehrensing (the hired gun) impressed the hell out of me - if he thought this book was worth reading, maybe there was something to it.  Number 2, the guns’ soliloquy made a tremendous amount of sense - I intend to make reference to it the next time I am in front of a customer. Ergo, I needed to at least skim the material so I could nominally refer to it.

Wow.  I just finished the prologue.  If the rest of this book is as good as the opening, then this is a real gem.

Thank you Andrew!