• [Review] Samsung ACE Mobile 6 Device

    Every once in a while we end up getting hardware to take a look for and try out.  The latest gadget to cross our path was the Samsung ACE Mobile 6 device from Bell.  I asked Paul Laberge on our team to take it for a spin and share his impressions.  Check out his blog post on the Canadian Developers Blog to find out more.
  • Hyper-V RTM'ed - what you need to know.

    I am a little stoked right now. I've just finished up reading all the announcements on Hyper-V that RTM'ed today and I thought I should share some of that excitement with you - in small relevant chunks. You can get it from Windows Update starting on July 8th. Existing Windows Server 2008 systems configured with Windows Update will see it as a download.(Exact package name&number to follow). Note...
  • Windows Client Roadmap

    [Cross post from http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/archive/2008/06/23/windows-client-roadmap.aspx ] Today a letter from Bill Veghte, Senior VP of Windows at Microsoft, has gone out to all Windows customers about the “end of sales” date (June 30) for Windows XP and what that means as well as an update about Vista and Windows 7. You can read the full letter here . I’ve outlined some of the key...
  • [Guest Blogger] Microsoft takes the correct approach with Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

    Just in case you missed it - Windows Home Server has an Release Candidate 4 edition of PowerPack.  Three big things in it for me - x64 home client connector software (a must for my x64 Vista boxes) file corruption bug fix (something that never affected me - even with 15000 photos stored, edited and rotated on server) and speedier filecopy to and from WHS from clients.  Like Graham, ...
  • MVP Profile - David Elfassy

    David Elfassy began his career in IT in the early 90's; delivering Microsoft Official Curriculum, specializing in Microsoft Exchange Server since 1997. He worked as project lead on many migrations and implementations of Microsoft infrastructure technologies for governmental and corporate organizations. Migrate, migrate, migrate… Always helping organizations migrate to the new versions of Microsoft...
  • What's Your Digital Lifestyle?

    The digital lifestyle has been one that most readers of this blog have probably been living for quite a while. We all seem to be up on the latest gadgets, tweaks and using technology in every part of our lives. About a year ago we saw this video at an internal Microsoft event and I see they released it publicly a while ago. I thought I'd show it to you and ask what is it about the digital lifestyle...
  • Virtualization solves issues at CDSBEO - Part II

    This is part two of a two part discussion of technology in use at a local school board here in the Ottawa region. As I mentioned in the previous post - I love discovering how technology is being used to help support the delivery of education. While I was at a virtualization conference put on by IDC a while back, I met James Proulx, Director of IT at the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario...
  • Aspiring to be an Architect? This webcast series is for you!!

    When you talk to many folks in the industry about the role of an architect in an organization, very often the conversation switches to a development focus. Things like "architects are the folks that design the applications our developers write" or "architects ensure the developed applications meet company standards", and so on. The reality is that there are many different types of architects out there...
  • SQL Server 2008 RC0 Available For Download on TechNet

    Yesterday the SQL Server team reached a key milestone with the release of SQL Server 2008 RC0.  SQL Server 2008 provides a comprehensive data platform that is secure, reliable, manageable, and scalable for your mission critical applications. With it, developers can create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device, enabling your users to make informed decisions...
  • Jean-Philippe on Vista Deployment

    Jean-Philippe Breton is the Infrastructure and Desktop Deployment Team Leader for Alphamosaik , a Microsoft Gold Certified partner located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  He and his team recently lead a 10,000 seat deployment of Vista with SP1 for a major Canadian transportation company with offices around the globe.  I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jean-Philippe about how tools...
  • Can You Create a Slogan?

    If you are like me, or anyone else I know, you like to personalize your notebook. We like to show of our personalities, spice up the look, promote your favourite sports team or cover up cracks and scratches. You might have seen my notebook.. ..and I've seen many notebooks that look similar. Heck you might even have some of these stickers on your notebook! The GEEK sticker was a popular one that...
  • Ain't it the Truth - family tech support

    As soon as you embark on a career in IT - you get classed as a free technical support resource for all your friends and family - it's the norm.  I got this email from a friend of mine (Richard Hagemeyer - a prof. in CompSci at Algonquin College ) who got roped into a support call while visiting family on the return trip from EnergizeIT in Toronto. Has this happened to you? Do you cringe when you...
  • Virtualization solves issues at CDSBEO - Part 1

    This is part one of a two part discussion of technology in use at a local school board here in the Ottawa region. Being a father with one of three children in the school system and two more about to join in, I am always curious as to how technology is used to help delivery quality education. While I was at a virtualization conference put on by IDC a while back, I met James Proulx, Director of IT at...