• Office Tip of the Day

    Remember Clippy? That (not so) loveable little feature in all versions of Office previous to Office 2007? How it would appear with helpful little hints on how to get more out of Office? My impression is that this is the most often turned off feature in older versions of Office, mostly because of the poor timing. Nothing is worse than having something appear on screen in the midst of the final rush...
  • Southern Alberta Microsoft User Community

    User communities are a vital part of the IT industry.  Whether they are online communities like forums, newsgroups and blogs, or offline communities like user groups and professional organizations they are a place for anyone to go and give or get help with issues they are faced with.  I got my start with Thelazyadmin.com and later got involved with the Winnipeg IT Pro User Group and learned...
  • Comics Happen Here?

    Over the weekend I was reading through the comments that needed publishing and found one I didn't want to get lost in the shuffle. It was made on the recent post by Rick on upcoming launch activities. Sean Kearney wrote.... Hey everybody, if you didn't see it on the site? There's a comic Microsoft and Seagate are sponsoring! You're stories from the field (devs and ITs and geeks) can help drive...
  • [Funnies] I'm Using Powershell

    (Sing it alone to 'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC) It's so easy, and it's free Download it now it'll take no time Get it in, use it now For to not would be such a crime Shell of Power, Pipes of Dreams Kiss your last wasted minutes away Party now, let's get down I can't wait to start this day I'm using Pow-ow-er-shell Pow-ow-er-shell Cruisin' with Pow-ow-er-shell Pow-ow-er-shell No Batch Files, Wasted minutes...
  • Heroes Happen Here, eh? What's going on up north for Launch 2008 Activities.

    If you remember way back - I posted the initial confirmation and tickler that Canada was having a major event on February 27th to mark the Launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL 2008. As you have probably read online over the last little while or so, the US have stepped up their marketing activities talking about what's going on all over the States. We just opened our Canadian Launch...
  • Open Value Subscription and You

    On New Year’s Day at 8 AM Pacific time, Eric Ligman (Microsoft US Senior Manager Small Business Community Engagement) announced on his blog that Microsoft will be launching the Microsoft Open Licensing Subscription Program across Canada and the United States. I asked Stuart Crawford from IT Matters, a Calgary based small business consulting firm (and small business owner) to explain what this...
  • [Funnies] Thank-You

    A thank you note to all of the spammers I would like to send a special thank you this year to all of those spammers who have been trying to reach me.   Your efforts have not gone un-noticed.  Because of all of your stock tips and the various lotteries, I am now richer than Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and that guy that own's Virgin combined. Thanks.   It's helped about the office...
  • MVP Profile - Mitch Tulloch

    I know Mitch personally as he was a HUGE help when I started writing. He is a great mentor, a great friend and a great MVP. I am glad to have him as the first MVP we are highlighting for 2008. Chances are you have one of his books on your bookshelf and it is great to see a Canadian IT Pro having such success. Mitch Tulloch is a well-known industry expert in Windows administration, networking and...