• You know you are a geek......

    If you can identify various cell phones by model by their unique sounds (And are visibly irritated when you CAN'T!) Setting up the Bluetooth system to tie the GPS, Laptop, MP3 player and hands free system is a piece of cake.  Changing the tire isn't. If you had to genuinely think twice about paying for that new gadget or paying your hydro bill.  REALLY had to think. When your kids were born...
  • Community Connection Event Resources

    A while ago Rick posted an entry about the Community Connection events being held during the Heroes Happen {Here} tour in Canada. First off... they are being put on as a partnership with User Communities / Professional Associations that serve as LOCAL resources to you. This includes CIPS , ICTC and UserGroups that we work with like WITPRO, VANTUG or SQLPASS. This is a social event (i.e. FUN...
  • Defend the Flag

    If you have ever played Halo 3 you are probably aware of the Defend The Flag option in which your team goes against another team with the goal being capturing the other teams flag before they capture yours. Well how about the same concept but with the challenge being you security skills as the test?  That is exactly what is happening on March 24th and 25th (minus the guns and ammo) in Vancouver...
  • [Guest Blogger] Success in Uncertain Times

      Stuart Crawford (Calgary, Alberta) Are you excited about what the future has in store for us? Or are you one of those types that chose to run and hide when the hiccups occur? There is a tremendous amount f change occurring in today’s flat, global economy. Where does the average IT professional turn who wants to flourish in business today? What can we do to take our businesses to the next...
  • MVP Profile - Les Connor

    Les Connor has worked in a small business environment all his life. He especially enjoys Small Business Server for the positive impact it has in enabling small business to do more with less. Les was first awarded SBS MVP in 2002, and is a 2006 Impact Award Finalist - Community Leadership Award - for his work with Special Olympics Canada Games and SBS. Les is active in MS public SBS newsgroups, and...
  • Vista Q&A With Mark Russinovich Now Online

    A few weeks ago I posted an entry with some information on a web cast being held with Mark Russionovich around Vista and deployment.  Mark was joined by a group of experts and IT Pros who have already deployed Vista and they took your questions throughout the sessions.  You can view a snippet below or.... .... you can view the entire 90 minute video and take a listen based on the experiences...
  • Toronto - ICT Skills Shortage and Declining Interest in ICT Careers

    Main Discussion Points: Tech companies should help educational institutions keep current as many have hardware/software that is years old Students already outdated when they graduate since they are taught using outdated products Geek image needs to be changed and those in IT are not helping Mentoring programs for those in IT need to be expanded to help folks stay current and relevant...
  • Toronto - Software Plus Services and the Impact on the Industry

    Main Discussion Points: Trend towards consolidation – taking in-house apps and co-locating them Concern about security and control of hosted apps, as well as co-located ones Details Observation: One company was forced into it - Main Reason: integration Challenge: Web != Security - Security and Infrastructure Key Challenge: How do I get tools talking together? Managing...
  • Toronto - Importance of Security - Data, Management, Privacy

    Main Discussion Points: Most organizations have policies but how to you ensure they are enforced and not just on paper Important to understand the cost of security and of not being secure/caring about it Physical device security is also important and it is not just about malware Executive acceptance and leadership by example is necessary for success Training and resources often not...
  • Toronto - Application Lifecycle - Upgrade, Migrate, Rebuild, etc.

    Main Discussion Points: Tracking multiple projects and having tools to help manage multiple projects is important and a challenge Release management presents issues and impacts delivery. Tools and processes needed to help. Here are the list of specific concerns from those participating in this learning circle. There are: Lack of solid lifecycle management Requirement Change...
  • Toronto - Impact of Virtualization on the IT Industry

    Main Discussion Points: Licensing and understanding how to license software in virtual environments is a challenge How do you deal with backups of virtual environments and how can disaster recovery be enhanced Understanding how to work with old and new environments (physical vs. virtual). The participants present at this learning circle (approx. 30 or so) were still 'dabbling' in...
  • Last Chance to Vote!

    Well the US elections are still a way off (and we can't vote anyway) and our own elections are no where in sight we are still trying to mobilize and get people out to vote for the TechNet Innovation Awards. With over 100 team and individual submissions we are happy to announce the finalists for the third annual award (drum roll please). The TechNet Innovation Awards Finalists in each category are...