Upcoming Speaking Engagement at Algonquin College

Upcoming Speaking Engagement at Algonquin College

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Usually I spend my time engaging with IT Pros at large scale events and user group meetings. I don't usually visit colleges or universities right now - it's something that I have been planning to do for a while, but I was lacking the proper introduction to someone responsible for such things.

Then that changed.  A colleague of mine introduced me via email to Algonquin College and eventually to Nancy Côté (Student Support Coordinator - Computer Studies) who asked if I would be interested in presenting a session to students and faculty. We finally met up last week and nailed down a date for an event which has just been confirmed.

I am very excited to say that I will be presenting a session that I've entitled "Windows Vista - What's in it for me and what's in it for an enterprise?" at 10 AM on Tuesday April the 10th. I'll be pulling stuff from a variety of sessions I have done in the past in order to combine both a student/consumer side with some of the business value for enterprises. I wanted to try something a little different and I think this will fit the bill for some ideas I've had over the last while.

In addition to some of the demos I already have planned - I wanted to have this post up NOW so that individuals who might attend on the 10th can either post a comment here or click on the EMAIL link at the top of the page. I am very interested if there is anything that you are SPECIFICALLY interested in seeing or any questions you would like to have answered during the session.  Click on the comments link at the end of the post and let your voice be heard.

I look forward to hearing from you and I look forward to visiting Algonquin College.

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  • I'm not fully up-to-date on recent changes to the Windows EULA; so,

    please correct any errors I've made below.

    1.  The Windows EULA is not a personal license.  When I buy a computer

       with Windows, the license ties the use of Windows to that specific

       piece of hardware, and that specific hardware configuration.

       As an experienced IT professional, I am constantly upgrading to

       different hardware and software configurations.  The hardware in my

       computer may change monthly (or even daily!).

       How does Vista address the needs of IT professionals?  How can we

       use Vista in an environment where hardware changes rapidly?

       Will we be able to license the product to a person or to a company,

       not to a specific piece of hardware?  (Solutions that require

       the complete removal and re-installation of the software and all

       applications aren't workable here.)

    2.  The Windows EULA requires me to pre-authorize Microsoft and partners

       to permit future unannounced modifications to the software on my

       machine (e.g. to update such things as DRM licenses and firmware).

       Does the new Vista have features to protect me from changes to my

       O/S environment that I do not specifically request?

    3.  The EULA says that if Windows is unable to "validate", it may stop

       working.  Depending on my firewall and security environment, I may

       not be able to let my Vista machine make unauthorized connections

       to the Internet.  Does Vista have features that let me use it in a

       secure environment like this?

    These are issues that most people don't need; but, that I find essential.

    My Linux operating system continues to run on changing hardware without

    re-installation, I am not required to pre-authorize any changes to my

    system, and it doesn't have any validation that it needs to perform.

    Tell me about the Vista features that give me the same functionality.

  • During the "business value for enterprises" part of your presentation, will you be addressing some of the issues raised in "30 Days with Windows Vista" at http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTMxOCwxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

    It sounds like there's a negative rate of return for the time+cost+effort in moving from XP to Vista, and that Vista has relatively little to show for the the ~6 year wait since XP.

    From the conclusions page:

    "Windows XP Service Pack 2 is a very good operating system because it is stable, works with most hardware, and is easy to use.

    I say this to impart that this is not a thoughtless slam or heedless rant against Microsoft, which can often be an inviting target.

    Based on my personal experiences with Vista over a 30 day period, I found it to be a dangerously unstable operating system, which has caused me to lose data. The 64-bit version is slightly better (which, frankly, surprised the hell out of us and makes us wonder if Microsoft didn't make a mistake in choosing to only distribute Home Premium 32-bit in the retail channel), but it still has stability problems.

    Any consideration of the fine details comes in second to that one inescapable conclusion. This is an unstable operating system."

  • I got my lovely email reminder that my mailbox was rapidly approaching my max. When I get one of these,