• [Funnies] Thundergize

    If you were at Energize IT 2008 this year you might have noticed a theme hidden behind everything.  Music, that's right!  It all kicked off with Thundergize, another parody written (and sung) by Sean Kearney.  Followed by the American Idol style demo competition in which my team was robbed of the cup.  I'll have video of that demo later on and you can judge for yourself but I received...
  • EnergizeIT is Only 5 Days Away!!

    We are getting so close to EnergizeIT that the excitement level is reaching a fever pitch.  Sean Kearney, the regular Friday Funny Guy is also sharing this excitement.  He put together a little video that I just had to share with you all.  Check it out!!   Stay tuned this week for more details on what to expect at some of the IT Pro-focused tracks like Simplifying IT. If you have...
  • EnergizeIT 2008 Packs the House

    I was going to create a blog post tonight about EnergizeIT , but then I saw that Ruth beat me to it.  She posted the following on the Canadian IT Manager blog and, since we are on the same team, I figure down right copying may be the sincerest form of flattery.  Thanks Ruth!! A couple of additional things of note that are not mentioned in Ruth's blog post are the fact that the MeasureUp offer...
  • The most wonderful time of the year....

    You might hear Microsoft folks talking about the end of the year and wonder what's up, it is only May? Well our fiscal year end is June 30th and when we say year end, we mean the end of the fiscal year. Because of the way the fiscal cycle is laid out, our event and planning cycles follow this same calendar. So June 30th is the year end and Energize is the last event of the year. Make sense? Well our...
  • Heroes Happen {In Your Lab}

    One thing I mentioned a few times on the HHH tour in Canada was the ability for you to download a build guide to set up your own lab and follow the steps to do all the demos on your own in your virtual lab. Well it is finally done! Before I shared it with everyone I wanted to ensure it was right and so I send it out to a few people to check it out and ensure it was. Nelson and Danielle Ruest , a couple...
  • UGTV? Television for User Groups

    I've been hearing rumours of a new monthly webcast aimed directly at user groups leaders, members and anyone interested in online and offline communities. To steal a quote from their intro.... User Group Television (UGTV) is a monthly webcast dedicated to bringing informative programming to User Groups worldwide while providing Microsoft the ability to introduce up and coming informatino to user group...
  • HPC in the Real World - Video Games?

    High Performance Computing has been around for a long time but is starting to make headway into more and more areas.  It is no longer just used in research, scientific and academic areas.  A while ago I showed wrote how some research being done with HPC affects our daily lives ( http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/2008/02/13/hpc-in-the-real-world.aspx ) That is cool and I continue to...
  • MVP Profile - Mat Kimball

    Mat Kimball retired from the Air Force after 20 years with experience in electronics and computers as well as various types of security. All of his family have a growing interest in computers. He has always had an interest in computers as well as an interest in helping others. Security is always a major issue in the military just like it needs to be with computers. It is important to educate people...
  • Windows Home {office} Server ... interesting...

    Graham Jones - MVP (Surrey, British Columbia) Editor's Note: Got this on in the mail from my friend Graham who got it in the mail from our mutual friend Ron Demedash... I've tried to minimize "the telephone game" and kept his email intact as it came to me... It's a rather interesting use for Windows Home Server. I've got the HP MediaSmart system (with a ram upgrade installed) in my house now and...
  • Guest Blogger - Online Communities Meeting Offline

    Dennis Oldis sent me this post to share and I have to say I love the idea.  Online groups getting together offline for some social networking and technical learning. ------------------------- The Minasi Forum Meet 2008 (http://web2.minasi.com/forummeet2008/) took place a few weeks ago in Virginia Beach. If you haven’t heard of the conference yet, you will. If you’re a serious Windows...
  • Simplifying IT @ Energize IT

    You might know that I run a website with Dan Nerenberg called thelazyadmin.com . Another friend and MVP, Mitch Tulloch wrote an article titled Laziness as a Virtue . In the article Mitch talks about how laziness can actually be a good thing! If you want to kick up your feet you need to check this track out. I created a little video to promote the track so check it out….. …..and then be sure to...