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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V in the Lab

    I met Mohamud Ashoor in my travels to Vancouver at various VanTUG events and we regularly chat on IM as well. A few weeks back he was telling me about his home lab setup and how he uses it to sharpen his skills, keep up with technology. In our discussions the topic of a blog post came up as Mohamud has...
  • Blog Post: To use a .Local or real internet DNS name for SBS (Small Business Server)

    I while back I got into a debate with a good friend of mine – Mitch Garvis – President of the Montreal IT Pro user-group . He’s a hands on Small Business Server guy with plenty of practical real world experience with the product and with various customer requirements. We were having...
  • Blog Post: “Where ya to ‘der b’y?” EnergizeIT East Coast Update

    People I chat with wonder what it is we do when we’re on the road with a series of activities that encompass a number of events like EnergizeIT. I’ve been peckin’ away at this post while were were on the road a week or so ago and finally made all the pieces fit and reordered in a chronological order...
  • Blog Post: TNX: TechNet Exchange - Vancouver Edition

    Damir and I had a great time out in Vancouver - and we brought the sunshine with us. The clouds parted and dry weather prevailed for the two short days I was in town. To recap the events: VanTUG User Group Meeting: After taking a cab from the hotel to the SportBC venue, we arrived in time to setup...
  • Blog Post: TNX: TechNet Exchange - Calgary Edition

    After Vancouver, Rick and I split the TNX:TechNet Exchange Tour into two parts - he went to Ottawa and I headed for Calgary. First stop - the Calgary IT Pro Community user group session at the Sandman Hotel. The venue had to be changed from the usual meeting place of the Calgary IT Pro Community to a...
  • Blog Post: TNX: TechNet Exchange Tour - Ottawa (YOW)

    I thought I would try something a little different. I wrote this post on my Windows Mobile 5 UTStarcom 6700 smartphone from Telus Mobility while en route to Toronto. While I wrote this post on the plane, I am now offstage at the Toronto event watching Damir present on Sharepoint and Sharepoint Portal...
  • Blog Post: Mobile 5 devices, locally issued cert, .local dns domain with SBS 2003

    I got an email from Kenrick Robertson a week or so ago about problems he’s been having trying to get Active Sync working with his new Mobile 5 device and his companies Small Business Server 2003. I knew the problems related to the self signed cert pointing to the common name (fully qualified) of a host...
  • Blog Post: Back from internal training and jazzed about Windows Mobile 6

    As you have heard, the team was in transit back from an internal training conference called TechReady. Tons of sessions and content on things like Longhorn server, Windows Server Virtualization and Windows Mobile 6. I was catching up on my RSS feeds while I was stuck in Toronto due to some AirCanada...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: What a Launch, what a week! Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007

    Man - what a week! Light on the blog posting material? Where have we been? In case you were sleeping under a ROCK someplace, Microsoft Canada is currently full swing in our Business Value launch for Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Vista and Exchange 2007. Let me recap some chronology for ya... Rodney...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2007 - Ottawa day of event arrival

    Ugh... When you travel - it is easier to get out of a hotel bed and off the the venue nice and early then it is to do it when you are in your home city. It was really hard getting out of my nice warm bed to get here in time to setup my systems for the rest of the day... All systems go... all hardware...
  • Blog Post: TNX: TechNet Exchange - Toronto (YYZ)

    So here we are, the next day after the event in Toronto and I’m already in the next hotel in the next city writing a blog post. I’m working in my mobile state with Outlook 2003 working in Cached Mode using RPC over HTTPS to connect back to my Exchange server in Redmond at mail.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile 5 Emulator and .bin file Images from the tour

    Damir and I are in the process of personally reviewing each and every feedback and comment you provided to us through the evaluations. Yup - we said we reviewed them and we aren't joking. Our plan is to have the bulk of the questions addressed in a subsequent blog post or two (three, four …) One of...
  • Blog Post: Telus mobility and Windows Mobile 5 AKU 2 / MSFP Update report

    For those of you who didn’t know – up here in Canada, Telus Mobility was the first Canadian based mobile operator to offer a Mobile 5 device to their regular walk in clients / web store patrons. A while back (it was the launch of this blog in January) Damir and I did the TNX: TechNet Exchange...
  • Blog Post: User Groups Kicking Off Another Season

    Part of what I like to do is go and hang out and chat with members of user groups. I do this every time I go on tour and I also do it whenever I am in town with groups local to the Toronto-area, or close to it. I don't always present at every session (thankfully) but I do get a chance to talk to members...
  • Blog Post: TNX:TechNet Exchange Q - Will Push Technology work with my RSA Secure ID solution?

    One of the questions that came up at least once in each of the cities was from someone who had an RSA Secure ID device attached to their Keychain/Passcard holster: “Will Direct Push mail delivery with MSFP work with my implemented RSA Secure ID solution?” The answer at the time was...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Series: Now That’s More Like It!

    Note: I was very excited to learn more about the new Windows Phone 7 Series launch that happened on Monday. So much so – I tethered my Samsung Omnia II phone to my laptop in order to browse around and find out more details while I was up at the cottage. In case you missed it – My colleague Joey Devilla...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server in Depth resources (Exchange 12, Exchange Services, Mobility ...)

    An interesting thing came into my inbox over the weekend – a link to the public side of Technet Exchange in Depth landing page of webcasts, both on demand and upcoming live events. At first I was thinking this was just an announcement about a series of webcasts, but in fact, their landing page...
  • Blog Post: [Review] Samsung ACE Mobile 6 Device

    Every once in a while we end up getting hardware to take a look for and try out.  The latest gadget to cross our path was the Samsung ACE Mobile 6 device from Bell.  I asked Paul Laberge on our team to take it for a spin and share his impressions.  Check out his blog post on the Canadian...
  • Blog Post: [Review] HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Device from Bell

    One of the cooler parts of my job is being able to take a look at different hardware and software that our partners provide us with and then share my impressions with you.  Recently, Bell provided me with an HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 device to try out and use as my every day mobile phone. ...
  • Blog Post: We have a definition for AKU!!!

    Thanks to Dwayne Lamb of VisualByte in Toronto for digging up the definition of the term we have been using a fair bit on the TNX:TechNet Exchange Tour. The acronym AKU stands for Adaptation Kit Update , which is a set of code sent to OEMs to update Mobile 5 devices. Like we said on the tour, you...
  • Blog Post: Final City Report - TNX: TechNet Exchange (YUL - Montreal)

    I can't get away from posting the final report on the last city on the TechNet Exchange tour. Montreal . It was last Thursday with over 300 attendees who came to eagerly see the tour and experience the power of collaboration with Sharepoint, Live Communication Server and Exchange on the mobile platform...
  • 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: Follow Up Q - What Mobile 5 Devices in Canada should I choose?

    I got a number of emails and comments on the evaluation forms asking for more information around what Windows Mobile 5 devices have I used and what do I recommend. This is both an interesting and hard question to answer. On the one hand – you can do a feature comparison and select a device that...