• Reminder! Windows 7 Beta Expiration

    I just wanted to post a reminder that the Windows 7 Beta is set to expire on July 1st, 2009.  What does that mean?  Well it isn’t going to explode, eat your data or lock you out.  What is going to happen is that the PC will force you to reboot every two hours .  But have no fear there is a way to fix this, simply install the Windows 7 Release Candidate which you can still download...
  • Online Safety is Your Concern

    Are you a father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt have friends, neighbors or know someone with kids?  Chances are you are or do, so when I say online safety is something that should concern all of us, whether you have kids or not, it shouldn’t be a surprise.  One of the challenges is with the technical savvy of today’s youth vs. that of their parents.  Today’s youth have grown up...
  • Busy week ahead – Getting ready for Techdays 2009!

    Hi Everyone, I’m spending some time this afternoon catching up on some emails, reading planning briefs and building out our Fiscal Year 10 plan.  As an FYI – we have a July to June fiscal year.  Starting July 1st we are in our FY10. If  you can’t tell I’m pretty excited about this coming year and amazed by how my team, key community individuals and many others around the country are...
  • Patching – how do you cope?

    Patching is a necessary evil. A lot of IT pros don’t like to talk about patching due to the amount of work it can generate for them in their already PACKED jobs. It came up as a heated topic of discussion at a user group event I attended a while back – so much so, I decided to produce a monthly podcast (“ Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy ” – go check it out!) to help out with “Patch Tuesday...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 6/11/2009

    Three guys got together over pints in February 2009 and talked about how one of the issues facing Technical Professionals today is keeping their systems patched and up to date. This issue was brought up to them at a User Group meeting they were attending ( Ottawa Windows Server User Group ) where we were participating in an “Ask the Microsoft Guy” panel discussion. Over pints at D’Arcy McGee’s ...
  • TechDays advance information! – because you asked!

    Hi Everyone, Thanks for your all your emails.  After my announcement on Monday we’ve had many inquiries from those that need to gain approval, want to get the dates booked in their calendar or just want more information.  I’m sure you understand there is a process we have to follow to get such broad announcements to you, yet from your feedback….it’s going too slow to meet your needs.. ...
  • TechDays Expands to Another city in 2009!!

    TechDays 2008 was such a success that we had many comments and feedback that we should expand it to more cities.  Given our goal to support your development with skills growth, connecting you with your peers and experts to share insights and lessons learned, as well as helping your continued learning journey with the learning kit, it made sense to listen to this opportunity.  We have been...
  • Mark Russinovich Chat on Application Compatibility

    With every new OS release comes some new features, changes to old features, fixes, kernel updates and more. While you might have read about some of these new features you probably have questions and now is your chance to find out more about Windows 7. On Thursday, June 18, Mark Russinovich will host a virtual roundtable for IT pros worldwide to discuss Windows 7 Application Compatibility. This is...
  • Investing in ongoing Skills Training / Development.

    “Is it a school day tomorrow?” I get this question almost every day from my kids. Doesn’t matter if it’s from my kindergarten aged twins or my “seasoned veteran” son who’s in grade 2. It’s on their minds as something they have to do – their task that occupies part of their day. So far – every time when I inquire why they are asking – the stock response is “just curious – I just want to know”. So far...
  • Windows 7 in Action

    Yesterday, Rodney’s blog post reminding everyone that the Windows 7 Beta code will start to reboot your computer every two hours if you don’t migrate to the Release Candidate version before July 1 got me thinking about all of the great people I met during the EnergizeIT InstallFests that we held in many cities across the country.  As we travelled the land, we also asked individuals who were interested...
  • Introducing Bing

    You may have heard about Bing , a new search decision engine, that was recently released. Miguel Carrasco , an MVP from my hometown of Winnipeg, got early access to Bing and wrote up this post on Bing, what it is, how it is different and I hope you give it a try. As always we appreciate your feedback so send us an email or leave a comment! ------------------------- I’ve been following the search...
  • Watch Your Inbox for TechDays Pricing

    Last week when John blogged about the fact that TechDays registration was coming soon, I have received a number of emails and phone calls from folks across the country asking “When can I sign up?” and “Where can I get more details about TechDays 2009?”. I am pleased to say that we have a two part answer for you on this: On the question on “Where can I find out more about TechDays 2009”, my answer...
  • Microsoft Fixit – Fixing Your Problems for You!

      Sasha Krsmanovic from the MVP team is back with another guest blog post on Microsoft Fix It.  I saw this on a KB article a while ago and gave it a whirl and loved the fact that I could run a verified MSI to fix the problem I had rather than editing the registry or making other system changes. ------------------------- Do your family, neighbors or friends consider you their unofficial IT...