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  • Blog Post: My Ford Sync (powered by Microsoft) Experience

    I got back into the office yesterday and in the course of a number of " Happy New Years " and other conversations, I was also asked what I did over the Holidays. Besides spending some well-deserved time with the family (I probably travel more than my kids would like), the most exciting thing we did was...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Advisor on Vacation - Getting My Geek On!

    Rodney talked about his vacation and fishing in Winnipeg in a previous blog post . Now, not all IT Pro Advisors go fishing. In fact some of us actually continue to be geeks even while on vacation!! That's not to say that geekiness is all that my vacation was about. I did things like take the kids to...
  • Blog Post: Help Protect Your Friends And Family From Scams – Part 2

    Hello Folks, A while back Chris Di Lullo wrote a piece on protecting your friends and family from phone scams .  Well the bad guys must have been reading our blog because they have updated their “Modus operandi” or method of operation. Instead of calling and pretending to be from Microsoft offering...
  • Blog Post: Ignite Your Career - IT Pro Style

    I've been on the road now for 6 weeks - connecting with IT Professionals and IT Managers across the country (literally - St.John's to Vancouver). One of the questions that come up in almost every stop over the last 3 years of working on this team has been a question around "career". These are more general...
  • Blog Post: How does your IT Department run?

    I recently had the privilege of holding a piece of Canadian history (photo credit, Mark Blevis from Podcasters Across Boarders ). Well, actually 64 pieces of history – in the shape of the SixStringNation guitar . I was at a conference this past weekend and the keynote was from Jowi Taylor – the mastermind...
  • Blog Post: Hmmmmmm, Safari for Windows?

    So Apple released Safari for Windows to public beta (a new OSX version too of course) and listed a dozen reasons why I am going to love it. Now I use IE7 roughly 90% of the time with Firefox filling the other 10% because there are some very cool extensions (CSSEdit rocks and is available for Safari)...
  • Blog Post: What was I thinking???

    Hello folks, Today my daughters helped me realize something. they convinced me to stop watching videos and reading “howto” articles and actually strap on the snowboard and go to the hills with them. You see… I’ve been contemplating learning to Snowboard. I went out I bought...
  • Blog Post: Legislate or Educate?

    With all the tours, Energize IT and other travel out of the way for a few weeks I had a chance last week to catch up on some reading. I came across a lot of articles on a new law enacted in parts of the US and being considered here in Canada by some . It is called Payment Card Industry Data Security...
  • Blog Post: Networking – oldstyle. What’s you’re approach?

    Part of our visit to Quebec City, Shawinigan and Trois-Rivières included driving and walking around the city to get to events and places in between. As you might have noticed – the traditional construction of most houses include outside stairs access to the upper floors and balconies. Christian...
  • Blog Post: A Sincere Thank-You

    Today is World Teacher's Day . If you have never heard of this it is a UNESCO backed day to "represent a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development." We have all had teachers in our lives...
  • Blog Post: Fixing Technical Support

    www.toothpastefordinner.com “Let’s try rebooting your computer” If you have ever provided or asked for technical support these words are familiar.  I recently had an issue that required some technical support and as I went through the process it reminded me of things I used to say and highlighted...
  • Blog Post: Security: Hype vs. Reality

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading a few stories on vulnerabilities found in various operating systems. You might have seen the headlines like Attack Sneaks Rootkits Into Linux Kernel or Security Team Shows Unfixable Windows 7 Hack or First Mac OS X Botnet Activated and while all are valid (both...
  • Blog Post: Interesting thought of the day...

    I was walking my 3 kids to school this morning - it was blowing snow and cold. Somehow the conversation turned to my work and I was explaining to them (6.75 son and twin 4.5 year olds) what it is that I do (connect with ICT Professionals, share stories of their success, help them develop skills etc)...
  • Blog Post: Dell Chooses Ubuntu

    I have to say I am a curious individual. If I was a cat, I'd probably be dead, but I am not a cat and I have a blog. So I am curious about what you think about certain things and because of this I have created a new category on this blog called Commentary where I'll share my thoughts and ask for your...
  • Blog Post: How to Work the Room at TechDays

    Can I work a room or can I work a room? Why Work the Room? If you’re attending TechDays (or any other tech conference this year), you should keep in mind that while we spend a lot of energy on the presentations and sessions, the opportunity to meet and talk to the other people there is just as important...
  • Blog Post: Where do you get your “In Person” fix?

    My team is in the midst of our planning cycle right now and a question came up that has me scratching my head. “What conferences or face to face activities do technical professionals in Canada attend in order to get training and keep up to date on what’s out there?” Times have changed...
  • Blog Post: $5 Security

    So I spent $5 on what is one of the most secure ways to do any online logins, in this case my PayPal account.  PayPal now offers a one time password token (OTP) to give its users a more secure login methodology.  Now instead of a username and password you must also provide the current passcode...
  • Blog Post: Services in the Cloud. Should you really Give a Crap - yet?

    (Thought that title might get your attention) Over the last month or so – I’ve had my head in the clouds working away on creating a scenario based demo for EnergizeIT that leverages the scalability of the cloud and “transportability” of existing .net code and “n” tier architecture. I’ve been...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Success in Uncertain Times

      Stuart Crawford (Calgary, Alberta) Are you excited about what the future has in store for us? Or are you one of those types that chose to run and hide when the hiccups occur? There is a tremendous amount f change occurring in today’s flat, global economy. Where does the average IT professional...
  • Blog Post: Hooked on Facebook

    Hello my name is Rodney and I am hooked on Facebook. At first I wasn't keen on Facebook but everyone I work with was doing it. I signed up and at first it was cool, I could add people I work with as friends, "poke" them, and laugh at their silly high school pictures. I then started adding some real...
  • Blog Post: Meet Sean - He's much more than just a PC

    I'm sure many of you have seen the I'm a PC ad campaign that we have ben running over the last little while. The most recent ad starts out with a what looks like the PC guy from the Apple Mac/PC ads saying "Hello, I'm a PC and I've been made into a stereotype". Those words are not uttered by an actor...
  • Blog Post: Sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/HDD2

    As you may have read I recently jumped on the netbook bandwagon and have been playing about with the Asus Eee PC 901 for a while now. For the past few weeks I’ve been using it as I travel for TechDays as an email and web surfing machine but decided I should put some music and videos on there to watch...
  • Blog Post: Connecting with Students - Grabbin' a pint with future ICT Pros!

    As an IT Professional who has worked in the industry collecting a salary for over 17 years (man I am dating myself) I am psyched to have a job where I have an opportunity to connect with students who have already made a commitment to train and work within IT or are on the fence and contemplating "jumping...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The 4 Obsessions of an IT Pro

    Stuart Crawford (Calgary, Alberta) IT Professionals are a strange and unusual bunch. I know - I have been one for a number of years, almost 12 years working as an IT Professional in many different lines of work across many different industries. I started working with Banyan Vines based networks in...