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  • Blog Post: Final Wrapup Video EnergizeIT–TeamEast

    We’re back – EnergizeIT activities wrapped up last week and I finally got around to editing the final video Christian and I shot while on the road. In this one – I decided to capture what it’s like to order Tim Hortons while in Quebec as well as an impromptu wrap up commentary from John Oxley – our boss...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT - Quebec Roadtrip – Shawinigan edition

    EnergizeIT is in “extended” mode this week with sessions taking place outside of “the usual suspect” cities we normally visit. Time and resources unfortunately constrain where we go and who we connect with – but this time we managed to top off at 21 cities across Canada. Team east visited  Shawinigan...
  • Blog Post: Coffee and Code – Quebec City – on now!

    In case you are in the neighbourhood of the EnergizeIT Event this evening at École national d’administration public (dans L’amphithéatre) in Quebec City – Christian and I are having an impromptu Coffee and Code this afternoon.  We found a coffee shop next door and we’re all set up. We’re already...
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT – Quebec Edition – Part 5

    subtitle: Monster of all shapes and sizes. Wrapping up this road trip from Ottawa to Quebec City involves a mix of strange companions: Nudist Camps, Monster Trucks, Dinosaurs and a little weather control. I have to mention the Nudist camps along the route – just because there are at least three of them...
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT – Quebec Edition – Part 4

      subtitle: Donuts and coffee secrets   What’s a road trip without coffee and donuts? it’s unheard of. While on the road out east – we tried to share the secret of keeping your coffee in your cup instead of being spilt on your lap while trying to drink it in a moving car. Since the roads in...
  • Blog Post: On The Road – EnergizeIT Quebec edition Part 1

    Note: This blog is cross posted from the Canadian IT Pro Connection . Quick update – we’re on the road and living large en route to Québec City from Ottawa. Christian managed to get his summer tires on his car in time for the roadtrip. I thought we’d put up some updates along the way as we’re driving...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT This Week

    This week, EnergizeIT heads out to New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Quebec. This Week in New Brunswick Creative Commons photo by Stu Pendousmat. Click here for the original. On Tuesday, Damir and I fly to Moncton for EnergizeIT , where we’ll be doing the EnergizeIT Community Connection presentation. It...
  • Blog Post: Visiting Victoria

    Victoria, Day 1 The day after Damir and I did our EnergizeIT presentation in Kelowna , it was time to go to our next destination, Victoria , by way of Vancouver. The Vancouver-to-Victoria flight is so short that you spend almost as much time taxiing as you do in the air. The actual flying time is 15...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT Goes to Kelowna

    On Tuesday, Damir and I flew into Kelowna to do an EnergizeIT presentation for their software developers and IT Pro types. I must say that the Okanagan Valley , where Kelowna is situated, looks gorgeous from the air: We landed, checked into our hotel, took a quick peek at the conference room where we...
  • Blog Post: “Where ya to ‘der b’y?” EnergizeIT East Coast Update

    (Note: this article was originally posted on the Canadian IT Pro Connection ) 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...
  • Blog Post: Flying to Kelowna

    The view from my seat. Today’s going to be a bit of a whirlwind, starting with a flight to Kelowna by way of Vancouver, with Damir and me doing an EnergizeIT presentation tonight running from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, at least as far as our “body clocks” are concerned. Break out the Jolt Cola! Here’s Damir...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT: Coming to 20 Cities Across Canada

    Whenever you do anything where money changes hands, from getting cash from the ATM to buying anything – movie tickets, groceries, a new pair of shoes or a new car to booking a flight and hotel room, chances are that there’s some Microsoft technology involved. It could be an SQL Server database, an app...
  • Blog Post: RunAs Radio – Rodney Talks about Office 2010

    As part of EnergizeIT 2010 we have partnered with RunAs Radio to produce some podcasts on Office 2010.  The first podcast of this 4 part series was posted yesterday.  If you don’t already subscribe to RunAs Radio I encourage you to do so.  It is a great podcast aimed directly at IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT 2009 is a Wrap!

    I have to admit that the end of March and all of April was a pretty busy time for the team. Considering that EnergizeIT 2009 included events in 16 cities from Victoria to St. John's in a short six week period - it was a bit of a whirlwind... and a really exciting time! We were able to connect with...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Area Windows 7 Installfest

    We held a Windows 7 Installfest yesterday as part of the cross-Canada EnergizeIT tour. The idea is pretty simple: invite developers, IT pros and early adopters of all stripes to the Microsoft Canada Headquarters in Mississauga, provide them with DVDs of the Windows 7 beta, walk them through the installation...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT Academic Event and User Group Connection (Calgary)

    Earlier today, Rodney Buike, Qixing Zheng, and I visited SAIT Polytechnic and the user group community in Calgary as part of EnergizeIT . The academic event at SAIT Polytechnic was attended by students and faculty wanting to hear about the ICT industry and learn a little about technologies like...
  • Blog Post: Road Warrior Office of the Day: London, Ontario

    I’m currently in London, Ontario at the Delta Armouries London hotel , where my coworkers Rodney Buike and Qixing Zheng will be doing a presentation for EnergizeIT later tonight. We’re spending the day polishing our presentations and getting the usual administrivial stuff done. We didn’t want to spend...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT

    Next week marks the beginning of EnergizeIT , Microsoft’s cross-Canada tour where we’ll be talking about some of the new tools and technologies that are coming soon. We’ll be hosting all kinds of things, including: User Group Connection: The Future of the Platform: We’ll show you the upcoming versions...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Laptop To Energize IT!

    On Saturday, May 24 - the developer breakout tracks will explode with a combination of Grok Talks , presentations on online services and many other surprises. Bring your laptop as there will be an opportunity to show off your skills and participate in the Visual Studio 2008 install fest. Requirements...
  • Blog Post: Energize IT: Wild About Services

    Have you seen cool services like Windows Live, FaceBook, Twitter and Amazon? Did you know that you can build amazing applications using these services? In this track, you’ll get the lowdown on the fundamentals of services, how they work, and clarifying some of the myths and acronyms. Then, you’ll discover...
  • Blog Post: Energize IT: Grok and Load Visual Studio 2008

    Sign up for the Grok and Load session at Energize IT! Visual Studio 2008 is a suite of development tools designed to help developers solve complex challenges and create innovative software. This session consists of a three-part series of hands-on and community based activities that you can participate...
  • Blog Post: EnergizeIT - Rock out with PHP on Windows!

    Alright - you've seen the posts about EnergizeIT 2008 which happens in Toronto on Saturday, May 24.  I'm writing this post to talk about the loudest, roudiest, "goes-to-eleven" breakout track at the event.  Of course, I am talking about the PHP on Windows track.  Our theme for...
  • Blog Post: Energize IT 2008 Post-Event Resources

    Here are post-event resources for Energize IT 2008.
  • Blog Post: Get Ready To Be Energized!

    In less than a month, Energize IT will be rolling into Toronto on Saturday May 24, 2008! It's going to be an amazing event bringing together Developers, Students, Designers, IT Pros, and IT Managers (and anyone excited about IT for that matter) under one roof! The event will take place at the Toronto...
  • Blog Post: A Chat with Richard Fung - MSDN Code Award Finalist

    Earlier this week, I met Richard Fung , an undergraduate student from the University of Calgary . Richard is part of a team of developers who submitted an entry for the MSDN Code Awards , which concluded at EnergizeIT 2007 in Toronto. You can check out his team's entry at the following URL: http:...
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