Canadian IT Pro Data Base

The personal ramblings of a data-oriented IT Pro Advisor at Microsoft Canada.

Canadian IT Pro Data Base

  • THANK YOU CANADA!!!

    Today, in Winnipeg, we wrapped up the SQL Server 2005 Launch Tour. It has been an amazing five weeks from where we started at the single biggest launch event in Microsoft Canada's history to perhaps the launch event with the coldest weather. I just wanted...
  • 8 Days, 4 Events, 4 Different Topics

    The last 8 days have been a whirlwind of activity. I have had the priviliege of being involved in four different events, both for Microsoft and our partners, and presented on four different topics in the process. This presented a bit of a challenge time...
  • Damir in Wonderland

    It’s been just over 5 weeks now that I’ve been working at Microsoft and my head is still spinning. The first week I was here we had the team and Microsoft Canada launch events. Then it was off to Atlanta for MGB – Microsoft’s internal sales and marketing...
  • Victoria Kits on Their Way

    I know a number of you that attended the Victorial SQL Server 2005 Launch event emailed me wondering when you would be getting your kits with the software and other goodies (yes, there are other goodies beside the software). I have been told that your...
  • Connect to the Windows Media Stream for the Build '06 Tour Toronto Stop NOW!!!

    One of the things I love about working with the IT Pro team at Microosft is that we get to try new things and see how they work. Right now (1:55pm EST on March 9, 2006) we are streaming the Toronto stop of the Build '06 Tour LIVE on the web. If you can...
  • The F1 Circus Lands in Melbourne with a Qualifying Hodge-Podge

    The land down under hosts the third Grand Prix of the season in the lovely city of Melbourne. I can say that from experience having had the pleasure of visiting the city some years ago. The Albert Park Circuit is also a fun one to watch, thought I've...
  • Excitement Down Under at the Australian Grand Prix

    Wasn't that an exciting finish to the Australian Grand Prix?? I'm not talking about Fernando Alonso winning the race - that was a forgone conclusion as soon as he took the lead. No, I mean the way Jenson Button's Honda engine exlpoded on the main straight...
  • Australian GP Results Update

    Scott Speed of Scuderia Torro Rosso lost his 8th, and final points-paying position, to David Coulthard after the stewards decided he passed Coulthard when yellow flags were waving. As a result, 25 seconds were added to his time losing him the lone point...
  • Imola Qualifying - Tifosi Cheer as Michael Schumacher Captures Pole and Breaks Another Record

    It was the only record that I can think of that Michael Schumacher did not hold - the most poles in an F1 career. Ayrton Senna held it for the longest time with a total of 65 poles in his career and today Michael Schumacher broke it securing his 66th...
  • San Marino Grand Prix Win Signals a Return for Ferrarii?

    I bet Pat Symonds is kicking himself right now. Fernando Alonso was being held up by Michael Schumacher, who was struggling in his Ferrari, so Renault tries to get some faster laps for Alonso by calling him in early. The problem was that Ross Brawn simply...
  • Future of the Desktop Tour Starts Soon!!

    I know I said earlier that I would not have too many technical posts or tour info on this blog, but since I am on the tour I thought it worth posting. On May 25, Bruce Cowper and I will kick off the Future of the Desktop Tour in Montreal. The tour will...
  • Fists Waving and Lots of Fun at European Grand Prix Quaifying

    Giancarlo Fisichella was quite the sight berating Jacques Villeneuve. Fisichela stormed into the BMW Sauber pit lane between the last two sessions of qualifying and looked like he wanted Jacques to step out of his car and go at it mano-a-mano. He was...
  • Tour Puts Damper on F1 Blog Posts

    Sorry folks. I have not been posting on this blog in the last few weeks as I have been preparing and am now in the midst of the Future of the Desktop Tour , which kicked off this week in Montreal. It has been hectic leading up to the tour and now that...
  • Exporting Database Diagrams from SQL Server Management Studio

    A question that arose at one of the stops on the SQL Server 2005 Launch Tour was How do I export database diagrams I create in SQL Server Management Studio to another application? The answer to this question depends on what you want to do with the diagram...
  • Upcoming Tour Info and News About This Blog

    First, I just posted on the Canadian IT Pro blog about the upcoming Future of the Desktop Tour whose content I am responsible for. Check out the post at http://blogs.technet.com/canitpro/archive/2006/03/09/421680.aspx . This leads me to my second point...
  • Friday Free Practive at the Bahrain Grand Prix

    I love the first practice day of the first grand prix of the season. All the drivers are making bold statements as to why they did well or not, but the lap times mean almost nothing. Looking at the lap times for the day you have Anthony Davidson, a test...
  • Bahrain F1 Grand Prix Qualifying

    If Kimi Raikkonen did not have bad luck, he would have no luck at all. Last year he won more races than Fernando Alonso but still managed to lose the championship due to not finishing as many of them. This year looks like it might be starting the same...
  • F1 Season Starts with Some Excitement in Bahrain

    I personnally think that Kimi Raikkonen should start from the back of the grid at every race!! It was really exciting to watch him come through the field from 22nd on the grid to finish third. A podium finish from last place is an accomplishment, so much...
  • Season 6 of The Sopranos Starts with a Bang - Literally!!

    I told you that this weekend had a couple of important milestones for me. The F1 season is underway and I've blogged about the events of this weekend already (see below). The other big event was the start of the sixth (and final?) season of The Sopranos...
  • Malaysian Grand Prix Grid Confusion

    Qualifying with the new double elimination format is very exciting this year. Combine that with the impressive showing of the Williams Cosworth and Nico Rosberg's third place grid position, this is starting out to be a pretty good year in F1. Now Rosberg...
  • You Just Never Know What a Microsoft TechNet Event Can Lead To....

    I got the following email through this blog from Matt Dean, who attended a couple of Microsoft events at our Missisauga office last week. His second event provided more excitement on the way home then he expected. Here's what he wrote me: Hi Damir...
  • Malaysian Grand Prix Proves Exciting but Bad Luck and a Red Bull Strike Kimi Raikkonen

    Sorry for being so late to post about this, but it has been quite a week. After all, the Malaysin Grand Prix was on at 2am Sunday morning here in Toronto. After going to bed a 5am posting to the blog was replaced by family obligations, which took up the...
  • Genuine Windows Gets You a Tim Horton's $5 Gift Certificate

    Check out this promotion for validating that your copy of Windows is genuine!! Everything about your business is genuine: Your approach to your customers. Your integrity. That's why when it comes to your technology, being genuine always makes good...
  • Info on All Toronto User Groups in One Place

    If you live in the greater Toronto area and are not sure which Microsoft product-oriented user groups exist or how to get a hold of them, your life just got a little bit easier. The Toronto user group community (9 groups) created a single, event specific...
  • Don't Miss Val Matison's Analysis Services Presentation in January

    Val Matison, one of our SQL Server MVPs with a wealth of experience in the business intelligence space will be presenting a session on SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services at the Toronto .NET User Group on January 5, 2006. Details on event location and time...