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  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] ITIL Silliness - a little levity for an oh-so-serious season

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada ) I guess I deserved it. Last week, I pulled a few pranks on family, friends, and colleagues on April Fools' Day (I even convinced a few colleagues that Microsoft had patched operating systems to change the value of the mathematical constant...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and What You Need to Know

    It's funny isn't it...you can say the same words to different people and they mean different things. Take "IT Manager" for example. Some IT Managers manage IT projects, others manage IT staff. Some work in large corporations, some in small organizations. So when it comes to something like PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Gadget Guy, Gadget Guy

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) Cross-post from Bringing Closure . So, I have a bit of a reputation as a geek at work. That's not entirely a bad thing, I guess, for an IT Manager. Some of my colleagues poke good-natured fun at me (for the most part) wondering whether there is...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger - Don Spencer

    Don Spencer is an IT professional based in Kitchener, Ontario. He is co-founder of the Waterloo-Wellington IT Professional User Group ( http://www.wwitpro.com ) and is the owner of Artifax Applications, a custom software development business that has been operating in the K-W region since 1993. Don...
  • Blog Post: Access 2007: An IT Manager Kicks the Tires - Part 3

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) On 26-Jun-2007, I published a quick blog entry noting that the developer extensions and the Access 2007 runtime were finally available for download. But the next day, a recall was issued because Microsoft Update would not automatically detect...
  • Blog Post: A Culture of Respect

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Professional) What makes for a productive IT environment? What can a manager do to keep staff fully engaged in their respective projects, collaborating with one another at an optimal level, efficient and effective most of the time? Well, many things, actually. The IT manager...
  • Blog Post: Access 2007: An IT Manager Kicks the Tires - Part 2

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) It's all about SharePoint. Access 2007 and SharePoint are now joined at the hip. While it would be wrong to suggest that the future of both products depends upon the collaborative features they share, it isn't an exaggeration to claim that IT...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Getting IT done...All By Myself

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada ) I'm just a lonely boy... Sometimes I feel like nobody else knows what it's like to be the only IT person in an SMB (small/medium business). I realize, theoretically, that there are many others out there in similar situations, but existential...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Access 2007: An IT Manager Kicks the Tires - Part 1

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Manager of Pano Cap Canada) OK. I have a confession to make. Before crossing the floor to becoming an IT Manager, I was a developer. Some would say, not a real developer, only someone who made his living designing and deploying custom applications in Microsoft Access since...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: Rationale for IT Managers

    Don Spencer (Waterloo, ON, IT Professional) You've heard about it. You've seen a keynote address at EnergizeIT . Your colleagues and staff- and perhaps even your tech-savvy CEO - are talking about it. And they're turning to you for leadership and direction. What now? Your job is "to ensure the streamlined...
  • Blog Post: It's More Than Just a Phone

    One of the neat things about my job is that I'm often given cool technology to play with and review. A couple of weeks ago, I got an HTC 6800 from Bell Mobility to play with and so did my fellow WWITPRO executive member and Canadian IT Manager guest blogger, Don Spencer . Well, we decided to get together...