• Vista on an Eee PC?

    I am sure you have all heard of the Asus Eee PC series of netbooks.  They seem to be the hot gadget lately and not one to miss out on a gadget trend I picked up an Eee PC 901 the other day.  It arrived on Tuesday and I’ve been toying around with it all week.  Before I get any further the specs… 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU 1GB DDR2 (can be upgraded to 2GB) 20GB SSD drive (1x4GB and 1x16GB)...
  • TechDays Virtualization Track Infrastructure

    Well as I look over at my TechDays Countdown gadget I am reading 4 days, 15 hours, 14 minutes and 12 seconds to go before the start of TechDays! About time I got the hardware set up for the virtualization track don’t you think? I’ve been working on getting this all set up and testing the demos and it looks like we are ready to go! Dell again stepped up to provide us with some hardware and with the...
  • TechDays Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

    Time is quickly running out on the Early Bird Pricing for Microsoft Tech•Days Canada 2008 . Make sure to act now before the deadline of Wednesday, October 15th. At this point, you might be thinking, "Why should I attend?" Here are three good reasons: First, we’ve got some of the top developers and IT professionals in Canada delivering presentations at this event; folks like Charlie Russel...
  • TechDays Early Bird Pricing Has Been Extended!!

    Technorati Tags: techDays_CA Hello Everyone!  During this time of global economic instability, It’s important that IT Professionals and Developers remain focused on delivering value, enabling business and increasing the impact it has to across your organization.   From speaking with many of you, without a doubt, the current economic situation is a topic that is on everyone’s mind. In...
  • SecTor Wrap-Up

    Well I spent three days this week attending the SecTor pre-con training on Wireless Hacking and SecTor itself and it was worth every minute! The group behind SecTor put on a great event (I should note I was on the advisory committee) with world class speakers from around the world. I thought I’d provide a quick recap along with some links to help you keep up with the ever changing face of IT security...
  • New TechNet Community Page

    Over the past year you might have noticed some changes going on at http://technet.com and the changes keep coming. The other day the new TechNet Canada Community page went live! This is the page to find out what user groups are in your community, when the next meeting is, read the latest posts from some Canadian tech bloggers as well as meet Canadian MVPs. Be sure to check it out and find out what...
  • Letter to your boss – why you can’t possibly miss TechDays in Canada.

    Dear {Enter Your Manager’s Name Here}, I enjoy my job and have always appreciated how well you manage me. As you know, I don’t ask for much.  The request for a complete rip and replace of the infrastructure came during a moment of frustration after a long stint of binge energy drink consumption. I continue to be a humble employee with simple needs, and I am writing to you to ask if I could attend...
  • Tech-Days 08 - Infrastructure Track, countdown to Toronto.

      Wow!  27 days before the start of  Tech-Days 08 .  And the Infrastructure track is coming along great.  Across the country we will have a team of great professionals presenting and passing on the knowledge and the passion they have for their respective specialty. I’m really looking forward to it. The kick-off in Toronto will be highlighted by such professionals as, Mitch...
  • MVP Profile – Tony Toews

    Between grade 8 and 9 Tony Toews took a free two week course on programming given to local high school students at the local community college. He was hooked. He is a self employed database developer and has been designing and creating business solutions for almost thirty years. He first worked with punched cards but fortunately missed the era of paper tape. Access 1.0 came out in 1992 and he’s been...
  • IT Guy / IT Gal series – Dealing with a Blacklisted email server

    Do you work in a small IT shop or are you the only IT resource that your company has? Are you the "go to" guy/gal for anything to do with technology? Do you (or others) consider yourself a "jack of all trades"? Do you work in a small company with less than 250 PCs? do you spend most of your day reactively fixing and addressing issues that come up and feel like you can't proactively...
  • TechDays Social Networking - Show Your Colours!

    I am taking a couple of minutes of rest to have an diet coke in-between sessions here in Toronto. Man - if I had a pedometer, I'd swear that I had walked a couple of kilometres so far today. I acted as host for our lunch time session and reinforced the opportunity people had to make connections with other TechDays guests who had self identified themselves with the track colours. It's something new...
  • Upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.1

    As much as I like to curse the Canadian mobile Telco's about their rates, sometimes out of date devices and rates I do have some nice things to say about Rogers today.  I was informed by Rick that they (Rogers/Fido) had released the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for my recently purchased Samsung Jack (aka SGH-i616).  Windows Mobile 6.1 is well, a .1 upgrade with a few tweaks, but overall very...
  • Had your Techie Crunch today?

    Welcome to day TWO of the Toronto edition of TechDays 2008 in Canada . As our first two day event, it was a little strange going to the hotel last night, remembering that we had to be back bright and early at the Toronto Convention Centre. I wanted to introduce you to our Learning Kit - A.K.A. Techie Crunch. Instead of a giveaway bag full of marketing material, this box is packed full of learning goodness...
  • Wireless Security Training @ SecTor

    Well this should be fun.  I’ve often shared my opinion that in order to secure your network you need to know what you are securing it from and how attackers might gain entry.  Over the years I’ve tried my best to keep up with things but wireless security has been one area that I haven’t had a lot of focus on.  That’s gonna change on Monday as I attend some hands on wireless security...
  • TechDays 2008 – Virtualization Track Speakers Selected!

    Wow! I must say the biggest challenge I thought I was going to have was with finding speakers for the TechDays Virtualization track. Well I still had a challenge with speakers it was selecting from the huge list of great speakers I had ask to participate! Not a bad problem to have if you are in my position :) So who do we have lined up? Me, Rodney! Yes I will be delivering a few sessions at TechDays...
  • TechDays Toronto - it's a wrap!

    Well, it's a little sad, but we just finished up packing up all the equipment, striking the rooms and even had a post TechDays debrief meeting with all the speakers and event staff to capture our learnings and roll them into the next city and future TechDays. What a conference, what an experience - it was great meeting all the people who took the time to connect and talk with us. We've posted a bunch...
  • Server 2008 AD Free Exams …

    something worth sharing. Registration is open till October 25th for testing New Virtual Lab based Exam 70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring The new pilot exam “70-113: TS: Windows® Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring” tests candidate’s abilities to actually perform tasks and solve problems in virtual lab environment like they would do it normally in a real...
  • As TechDays 2008 Toronto Closes with a bang.....on to Montreal!

    Hi Everyone, I can’t express how excited and how tired I am.  It has been a wonderful journey to bring this type of conference to Canada.  I received some great feedback on how we are going to adjust the experience for the next cities and I'm floored about all the positive feedback that  shows we are on the right track. Here’s a summary from the context of a TechDays guest.  I’ve...
  • Tech-Days 08 - En français, s’il-vous-plaît…

    Bonjours. Juste une petite note pour vous informer de la mise en place du site www.techdays.ca en français. Eh oui. Le site en maintenant disponible en français. Notre plan original devais comprendre les deux langues disponible en même temps, mais la traduction et d’autre facteur ont repousse la mise en place du site français. Pour Tech-Days 08 a Montréal, la conférence sera bilingue. C'est-à-dire...
  • TechDays Opening Event - R U Ready?

    Pierre snapped this picture of me in the hotel bar - finishing off a "rolling deck" for the kick-off of TechDays Toronto in as little as 7 hrs from this post. Our team is ready. The speakers are ready. The venue is ready. Are you? Things look awesome - I can't wait for it to start and see the first people roll in. A two day event, crammed packed with 40 sessions of content and a wicked take...
  • TechDays Toronto is PACKIN' Da House!

    Wow. This place is packed. People are flowing in and out of sessions and breaks, things are running smoothly - it's been a great start to a wickedly cool conference! Don't forget to keep your Registration tags for the entire event   Mine is an all access.   My brothers is an attendee pass. You will need to get scanned to ensure you have a seat in the session you registered for. This is a...