Friday, May 28, 2010

A Comment Regarding BlogcastRepository.com

I have continued to receive e-mail from readers asking about what has happened with BlogcastRepository.com and the video tutorials, etc. Rather than continue to respond to each one, I wanted to post something for all so that it clarifies things a bit.

I was approached by Brian S. Tucker back in late 2007 via email to join his collective venture to provide tutorial videos and blog posts about various Windows Server platform products and technologies.  My role was to record and post 15-18 videos on WSUS 3 and Windows Server 2008, which at the time were either still in public "beta" or only recently RTM/RTP.  My videos were posted and registrations began ramping up.  Brian enlisted a few more authors to cover other products like SQL Server, App-V/SoftGrid, and he continued handling SCCM and SCOM.  Things were good.

Brian S. Tucker (there are other Brian Tuckers out there so I still use the "S." initial to avoid confusion) passed away in August of 2009, while working on a project at a client site in Northern Virginia.  The obituary is posted below.  I'm afraid I do not know a lot of details about how he passed away, nor about his remaining family, nor the status of the web site.  I have e-mailed every contact address I had to try to find out what is/was going on with the web site, existing accounts and pending registrations.  I have not been successful in getting a single response to any of my e-mails.  I do not know if anyone is currently minding the shop, or if anyone is planning to assume the management of it in the future.  I just don't know what's going on at all.

If you have more information about this, please share with the rest of us if you can?

Thank you!  And may he rest in peace.

[original obituary…]

Copied from http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=comments&op=Reply&pid=25962&sid=8661&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Fairfax, Va. - Brian Straehley Tucker, age 38, of Glen Carbon, died on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, in Fairfax, Va., of circumstances related to a heart condition. He was born in New York, N.Y., on Oct. 21, 1970, the son of Joyce Hudson of Kiawah Island, S.C. and William S. Tucker, Jr. of Charleston, S.C. and step-son of Martha Tucker of Charleston, S.C. and W. Thomas Hudson, Jr. of Kiawah Island, SC.

Brian graduated from Summit High School, in Summit, N.J., and attended Southern Illinois University, in Edwardsville.

Brian served in the U.S. Navy from 1990 - 1994 and in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1994-1998 and was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal for his service during the Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm.

Brian was employed as a Computer Systems Engineer for Intrinsic Technologies, LLC of Lisle, Illinois since 2005.

Brian was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed traveling with family and friends.

Brian was a loving and devoted father and is survived by his daughter, Chelsea C. Tucker of Edwardsville; parents and step parents; sister, Lynsey Tucker of New York, N.Y.; grandparents William S. Tucker and Vivian O. Tucker of Blytheville, Ark., and Eleanor K. Casato of Lakehurst, N.J., step-sisters, Lynn Matthews of Charlotte, N.C., and Lisa Grasing of Kansas City, Kan.; step-brothers, Judson Matthews of
Charleston, S.C.; Will Hudson of Portland; and Matt Hudson of London, England; loved ones, Julie A. Tucker; Joshua P. Lager; Brian L. Lager and Chad N. Lager of Edwardsville; and many devoted friends and colleagues. A family memorial service will be conducted in Chelsea, Vt.

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