• Great article on the top 20 things that make Windows Vista great!!

    I get a lot of e-zines and other information sent to my inbox on a regular basis. Most of the time I have to be honest and say that I just skim them for anything that is relevent or catches my eye. Many times the scan results in a deleted email but once in a while something really interesting appears. Such was the case today when I scanned one of these e-zines and fell upon an article called Visual...
  • Why I Did EnergizeIT and What I Got From It (and why you should get involved)

    I got this “guest post” from Rod, whom I invited down to step up and present a session at EnergizeIT. He had “put up his hand” to say he was interested in helping out last time he came down to meet with the team so I took him up on it. Here’s his post. ————— I recently had the pleasure of attending and presenting at EnergizeIT '06 in...
  • EnergizeIT Post event DVD Package update - Missing Longhorn KEY

    If you attended one of the events in person, you got your hands on one of the Resource DVD sets. We had so many moving parts involved in a tight timeframe that one or two little things slipped by and have been brought to our attention. Since the Resource DVD kit was “my baby” to ensure it got done – I’ll have the updates posted here. Here’s what I know so far after talking...
  • Energize IT 2006 - What A Weekend!

    It’s now Monday. The event was struck Saturday evening and packed into cars and trucks on Sunday Morning. All the attendees are back at work, school or home and are now reviewing the post event materials DVDs and checking out the post event webpage. I can now blog a bit about the event itself and how it unfolded. I honestly thought I would have time to blog during the actual event – but I honestly...
  • EnergizeIT Social Networking Area will be LIVE on Saturday!!!

    I can’t wait. I’ve wrapped up mastering a resource DVD set as well as helping the team to plan the logistics and event flow for EnergizeIT these past couple of weeks. What a time it has been. We plugged the EnergizeIT event during the live Toronto Future of the Desktop tour stop and I’ve already gotten some feedback and questions regarding THIS SATURDAY. I’m in charge of the “excitement” and logistics...
  • Thought I would share my LiveMeeting setup for the FoD tour live stream in Toronto...

    I took a snapshot of my temporary office space I used for staffing the LiveMeeting Q&A and streaming feed that wrapped up a while ago with the Toronto event. As you can see I have my tablet PC (running Windows XP) on the left, to test the XP experience of the stream as well as have a communication channel (office communicator) up to Bruce and Damir on stage. The middle laptop is running with...
  • Live Streaming the Future of the Desktop tour Toronto Stop! Awesome!

    Wow… here I am in Ottawa (in my home office), connected to one of the three live streams (one in Ontario with ColdFusion, one in BC with RackForce and one in the UK with Internet Technology Products inc) to watch Damir and Bruce put on the Future of the Desktop tour live in Toronto. To be different, I decided to connect up to the UK stream to test the performance across the pond – so far, the quality...
  • Would you show your security stuff to the largest BlackHat conference?

    Talk about an acid test… I’m on side with it. Who was it that said “keep your friends close and your enemies closer?” Apparently Stephen Toulouse (a Senior PM at Microsoft) submitted a track of session to the annual BlackHat conference in the states and we’re one of the first software vendors to present a complete 5 session track on pre-release software (Windows...
  • SQL Server Migration Assistant CTP for Sybase and Access Now Available

    TechEd is always a great time to stay tuned for new and exciting announcements from Microsoft and this year is no exception. Earlier in the week we announced the Microsoft Forefront family of products, a comprehensive set of security-related products that include the Antigen line of anti-virus and anti-spam products acquired from Sybari, as well as Internet Security and Acceleration Server . Information...
  • Is Security your thing? Ever wonder about Windows Vs. Linux security and marketing FUD?

    I just got through reading a bunch of posts on one of my new favourite blog sites http://blogs.technet.com/security/ which is contributed to by Jeff Jones, Director of the Security Technology Unit at Microsoft. Wow… interesting read. I get questions on this sort of stuff all the time. He goes through and quite adeptly answers a number of the ones that are attributed to marketing FUD or industry...
  • Don't Miss Out - Sign Up for the Windows Vista Beta Today!!!

    I"m not sure if everyone is aware of this, but the number of Windows Vista shipments and downloads for the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program is limited. I hve heard rumours that we are getting close to the maximum number of betas we will be issuing so if you have not signed up to get the Windows Vista beta yet, do so now . To sign up for the Windows Vista Beta, visit the Customer Preview Program...
  • Telus mobility and Windows Mobile 5 AKU 2 / MSFP Update report

    For those of you who didn’t know – up here in Canada, Telus Mobility was the first Canadian based mobile operator to offer a Mobile 5 device to their regular walk in clients / web store patrons. A while back (it was the launch of this blog in January) Damir and I did the TNX: TechNet Exchange tour around mobile devices and collaboration using the Telus provided UTStarcom 6700 Windows Mobile...
  • Build your Own or Buy? To boldly go….where relatively few have gone before

    I had an email conversation with Graham Jones - President of the Vancouver Technology User Group around Build or Buy your own PC. It's something that we as IT Professionals get asked by peers and by family members all the time. I'm from the Build mindset myself, mainly because I like to tinker. That being said - I recently went the BUY route, just because of lack of time and a good price on a Dell...
  • Answering Questions and Taming Gremlins in Quebec City and Edmonton on the Future of the Desktop Tour

    This week I criss-crossed the country with the Future of the Desktop Tour events in Quebec City and Edmonton. Capacity crowds filled the theaters in both cities, which was amazing to see and really made me feel good. However in both cities demo gremlins struck, though in different areas. I have tamed both of them but want to share the cause with you. In Edmonton some of the Windows Vista demos behaved...
  • Team Edition for Database Professionals…

    Adam Galant is a great guy to know when it comes to Visual Studio Team System… He works in my group in Mississauga on the Developer Tools side of the house and maintains his own blog . I asked him to write up a post specifically about Tem Edition for DB IT Pros in response to a press release and announcment at TechEd next week. ————— OK, so this isn’t...
  • Need the Bits for Windows Vista? Beta 2 download now available...

    One of the most asked questions on the Future of the Desktop tour is when can I download the bits for Windows Vista Beta 2. The best way to stay informed on the 3 major Betas being released in the near future (Office 2007, Vista 2007 and Exchange 2007) is to stop by the Windows Beta Central page . If you check that page right now – it still says “coming soon” for the availability...
  • Future of the Desktop - Ottawa stop!

    Ottawa is always a fun stop on any tour... not just because it gives me a chance to pop in and say hi to Rick Claus and his family, but because we always get such a great turn-out. What impressed me most was the number of questions and interest of the attendees! Several people asked me similar questions at the User Group meeting with the Ottawa Windows Server User Group ( www.owsug.ca ) and the...
  • Future of the Desktop Tour Rolls into Quebec City and Ottawa (and BitLocker and Office 2007 Questions Answered)

    Bruce and I are doing a double whammy tomorrow with him doing a Future of the Desktop Tour event in Ottawa and me in Quebec City. Sitting here in my hotel room in Quebec City reflecting on last week's two stops on the west coast - Vancouver and Calgary - wondering how a Quebec audience will take to an anglophone, I remember some questions I got on BitLocker last week. As Bruce and I showed during...
  • Windows Networking info for IT Pros on TechNet (NAP, Domain Isolation, Secure Wireless etc...)

    I noticed there is a new resource out there for IT Professionals looking for info (evaluate, plan, deploy, maintain and secure) on Networking with windows operating systems. It has info on: Network Access Protection with “Longhorn” server Domain Isolation using IPSec Setting up secure wireless networks IPv6 Scalable networking It has content ranging from introductory...
  • What do raccoons and Malware have in common?

    They both can make a big mess of your environment and you will eventually have to deal with the issue head on. I had to take them both on this week. On the raccoon front, I’ve had problems with them for a while – getting into my garbage and rooting around making a mess of things. I finally got annoyed enough (and had time enough) to get a live trap and remove the first of what I am sure...
  • EnergizeIT 2006 conference/un-conference

    After attending some of the latest technology conferences and hearing comments from my team, friends and lots of input from our events... it seems everyone is in agreement that it's time to try something new. Well… here we go! We decided that now was the time. We took in all the feedback, ideas and comments from some very passionate people and we decided to try, a more focused event on the individual...
  • Work / Life Balance in a Mobile Messaging / Mobile Lifestyle Workshop for DPI Professional Development Week.

    I wanted to share some thoughts on a little bit of a different event I presented at last week. I was asked to come and deliver a workshop on “Mobile Messaging – Changing the way we work” to 100 or so Public Sector employees at their DPI Professional Development conference . I’m one of the Windows Mobile 5 enthusiasts on the team and I live and breath the Mobile worker lifestyle...
  • Canadian ISV (90 Degree Software) featured in www.seewindowsvista.com

    I hope you have heard about this cool site called www.seewindowsvista.com talked about on the blogsphere and on the Internet. Tom Skerrit (probably dating myself, but I remember him from Top Gun) guides you through a number of ISV offerings working on Vista solutions TODAY. Nice site – interesting interface. Great showcase of what people and companies are already doing / planning to do with...
  • Kim Cameron, InfoCard and Identity Management with a quote from Lawrence Lessig?

    I have been a busy guy of late. With the other team members doing their various national tours – I was holding down the fort with local work. The past two days were busy with the second anual Canadian Public Sector Security Summit here in Ottawa. I’ve got a post or two with additional resources in my drafts folder – I’ll be publishing them later today. This post is a simple...