• Road Trip Diary, Part 4: More Big Apple

    (originally posted on blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs by Joey DeVilla) Some more photos from the Big Apple! Here’s their pie menu: The Big Apple is an apple-shaped three-storey building with an observation deck on the roof. Here’s a shot of Damir beside the Big Apple: Here’s a close-up: Inside the building is an apple museum. We were all rarin’ to go inside and take photos of the various...
  • Road Trip Diary, Part 3: The Big Apple

    (originally posted on blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs by Joey DeVilla) When people in Toronto and area refer to “The Big Apple”, we’re usually not talking about New York, but the Big Apple in Coburg, Ontario . It’s one of the must-visit stops on that stretch of Highway 401 that spans the Toronto-Montreal corridor: roadside rest stop, mini-amusement park, apple pie facvory, apple museum and giant apple...
  • Road Trip Diary, Part 2: The Blogging Rig

    (originally posted on blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs by Joey DeVilla) Here’s the blogging setup I’m using from within the Ford Flex as we drive to Montreal: my laptop with a Rogers stick and carte blanche to use as much bandwidth as I need to continually post from the road. Damir’s at the wheel, I’ve got my seat moved all the way back, my own set of climate controls and Raw Dog Comedy on the satellite...
  • Road Trip Diary, part 1

    (originally posted on blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs by Joey DeVilla) Damir at the wheel, looking for an opening on the Don Valley Parkway. I’m blogging and tweeting from the road today! My coworker Damir Bersinic (IT Pro Evangelist) and I have been loaned a Ford Flex equipped with Microsoft’s Sync and I’ve got my laptop hooked up to a Rogers internet stick. The photo above was taken just before noon...
  • So Then What is App-V?

    The other day I wrote a blog post explaining the difference between Desktop Virtualization and Virtual Desktops (aka VDI) and based on the emails I got it answered they question and cleared up the confusion. It also lead to another question “what is App-v?”. Microsoft Application Virtualization (aka App-V, formerly known as SoftGrid) is an application virtualization and streaming platform. In a...
  • Virtual Desktops vs. Desktop Virtualization

    Virtualization is and will remain a hot topic for a while yet. There are many types of virtualization, which can lead to confusion, and the most notable confusion I’ve been asked to straighten out is desktop virtualization vs. virtual desktops. So let’s clear the air and set things straight! Desktop Virtualization Desktop virtualization is probably the most common form of virtualization you are...
  • Curious About Windows Azure?

    At PDC last week Windows Azure production dates were released and the service was made available for you to try. What is Azure? As Ray Ozzie put it, think of it as “Windows in the cloud”. Still confused? I don’t blame you as it is a shift from what we traditionally know or think about cloud computing. This video does a great job of explaining Azure. There is a lot of opportunity with Windows...
  • Office 2010 Beta is here!

    Woke up this morning and as is my usual custom I started reading my RSS feeds before starting the day.  And what do I see?  Office 2010 Beta, SharePoint 2010 Beta and more is available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers! That’s right, if you have a TechNet and/or MSDN subscription you can head on over and download the first public beta of Office 2010!  Have you been to TechDays? ...
  • Thinking About Anti-Virus

    The other day this blog entry came through my RSS reader and got me thinking. Security technologist and author Bruce Schneier wrote a post called Is Antivirus Dead? He summarized his post with “Bottom line: antivirus software is neither necessary nor sufficient for security, but it's still a good idea. It's not a panacea that magically makes you safe, nor is it is obsolete in the face of current...
  • “Security Bulletins for the regular IT guy” Podcast – 11/10/2009

    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 ...
  • Ignite Your Career - 2009 - E4 - Developing your Leadership Qualities

    The Ignite Your Career webcast series was created as a result of your feedback that technical professionals needed help to develop those critical personal and professional skills that Technical Professionals so often neglect. We partnered with IT World Canada and the Canadian Information Processing Society – in order to bring industry experts and thought leaders together for a radio talk show chat...
  • Ignite Your Career - 2009 - E3 - Selling Yourself

    The Ignite Your Career webcast series was created as a result of your feedback that technical professionals needed help to develop those critical personal and professional skills that Technical Professionals so often neglect. We partnered with IT World Canada and the Canadian Information Processing Society – in order to bring industry experts and thought leaders together for a radio talk show chat...
  • Ignite Your Career - 2009 - E2 -Internal vs External training

    The Ignite Your Career webcast series was created as a result of your feedback that technical professionals needed help to develop those critical personal and professional skills that Technical Professionals so often neglect. We partnered with IT World Canada and the Canadian Information Processing Society – in order to bring industry experts and thought leaders together for a radio talk show chat...
  • Ignite Your Career - 2009 - E1 - Industry Insights and Trends Podcast

    The Ignite Your Career webcast series was created as a result of your feedback that technical professionals needed help to develop those critical personal and professional skills that Technical Professionals so often neglect. We partnered with IT World Canada and the Canadian Information Processing Society – in order to bring industry experts and thought leaders together for a radio talk show chat...
  • Impromptu Windows 7 Demos

    I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you a little story about my trip to the Halifax edition of TechDays 2009. The reason why it’s interesting is the fact that all IT pros at some point need to “demo” or talk about certain solutions. So we must always be prepared. So here i am on Sunday morning trying to get quickly through security with 4 laptops, 3 external hard drives, a wireless access point...