• Sysadmin Appreciation Day

    The last Friday of July is “officially” Sysadmin Appreciation Day .  The day to pat your self on the back and receive the accolades you all deserve for keeping things running and maintaining sanity while dealing with complaints such as “The Internet is down”. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!  So take some time, enjoy the day, laugh at one of my favourite videos from DeadTroll...
  • TechDays 2010 Session Abstracts & Local Flavours Submission Guidelines Now Available

    Over the last few weeks I have been getting more and more emails from individuals wondering when the abstracts for the 50+ sessions available at TechDays 2010 will be posted. The wait is over! You can view all of the sessions and their abstracts at www.techdays.ca/sessions - remember to click on each track to see the sessions that are available in that track. I am really excited about this year’s...
  • Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy - Episode 18 - July 2010

    Over pints Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and Rick Claus decided they would put together a concise and timely podcast each “Update Tuesday”. The object is to keep it simple by letting you know in plain non technical language what the updates are, what they resolve and why you should care. Have a listen directly from the embedded Silverlight player OR subscribe to the feed and download it...
  • Cloud Services and IT Professionals – the prequel

    I’ve opened a can of worms with a post a couple of months back (ok – a LOT of months back – was it REALLY February?) about should IT Professionals care about Cloud Services yet and what type of cloud service would have a direct impact on IT Pros daily lives. That post had over 22 comments (albeit a big number from “mike”) prodding for more information about Privacy and...
  • Getting serious about OS Deployment with MDT 2010 Update 1

    Over at the Windows team blog – Stephen Rose wrote about the new RTM update of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 to what’s known as Update 1. For those of you familiar with MDT already – this shouldn’t be a surprise to you – it’s an incremental update that has been in the works for a while. For those of you who are NOT familiar with MDT – it’s our FREE...
  • Thinking of moving to the cloud? Get free compute time with Windows Azure

    Are you a developer looking to launch your new web application? Or perhaps you are an IT Pro or IT Architect trying to understand what “the Cloud” means to you.  Or maybe you have a need for some compute time to run some computations. Regardless of who you are, or why you are thinking about the cloud, Microsoft is making it easy for you try out Windows Azure as well as SQL Azure and AppFabric...