A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

February, 2009

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    Internet Safety - Microsoft Canada and Youthography Online Safety Survey

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    << This is a repeat of a post from our new Microsoft Canada Corporate Citizenship Portal >>

    Internet Safety - Microsoft Canada and Youthography Online Safety Survey

    Posted Feb 24 2009, 11:00 PM by Microsoft Canada Co.

    Filed under: Internet Safety, Protecting Canadians Online

    As part of Microsoft Canada’s commitment to helping children stay safe online we conduct ongoing research into the online habits of parents and youth.

    On February 25, 2009 Microsoft Canada and Youthography released a new survey that provides insight into the way young Canadian ages 9-17 use the Internet.

    Education and Awareness

    In this, Microsoft Canada's fourth iteration of online safety research, we found that youth rely on the Internet to communicate with friends and family, research information for homework and play games. We also discovered that parents are becoming more engaged in their children’s online activities and take measures to ensure their kids are safe online, such as locating the computer in visible locations like the family room or kitchen, rather than in a child’s room.

    Despite this high level of awareness and parental engagement, some youth still engage in risky online behaviour including posting personal information, seeking out adult content and cyberbullying.

    Microsoft uses research like this to strengthen our many programs to educate Canadians about the incredible benefits of technology and the Internet, and to help parents and children help keep youth safe online. To view press materials from the launch of the Microsoft Canada and Youthography online safety survey, please click here.

    To see a comprehensive list of the Microsoft Canada and Youthography’s research findings, please download our fact sheet: Microsoft Canada - Youthography Survey Fact Sheet.pdf

    To watch coverage of the resarch findings on CTV's Canada AM this morning click here and select "Microsoft rep on how kids use the Internet" under the CTV VIDEO PLAYER section.

    Video commentary on the survey results:

     

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    Skydrive & Hotmail storage updates

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    Over on Ryan’s blog he details some news about the new 25GB storage for Skydrive (our personal storage in the cloud service) and an update on Hotmail’s storage limits (now gone!)

    Check it out at his post:  Did you know Skydrive is now 25 GIGABYTES of free online storage and Hotmail is now “ever growing”

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    Announcing EnergizeIT: From Client To Cloud – Anything Is Possible

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    Energize IT : Anything Can Happen

    Damir Bersinic

    Hello Canadian IT Pros and Developers,
    Current economic realities are putting pressure on all of us to utilize technology in new ways. From increasing productivity, reducing costs, and providing clear benefit to the business, each of you play a key role in making this real. Your ability to understand the technology possibilities to help solve real-world requirements is more important than ever and is where you can make a difference.
    EnergizeIT 2009 is a national series of events to support you in learning what's possible. From sharing innovative solutions, connecting with peers and local experts you will learn how technology can help and in turn gain direction to take advantage of the Microsoft platform from the client to the cloud. You will see how Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 will provide a richer platform for Developers and IT Professionals, along with new virtualization options helping you solve key application compatibility issues.
    To see what's possible, connect and share, register now for one of the EnergizeIT 2009 events in your area!
    Sincerely,
    Damir Bersinic
    Senior IT Pro Advisor, Microsoft Canada
    Email me: energize@microsoft.com

    Seating is limited. REGISTER NOW for each event you plan to attend.

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    It’s time to get creative

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    If you haven’t already, check out the Ontario in the Creative Age report released last week by Richard Florida and Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Management. It’s focused on Ontario, but it applies to every major city in Canada.

    It’s fascinating stuff, but also in-depth. Simply put it discusses how Ontario needs to develop an economy based on creative industries, and focus less on traditional, “routine” jobs. To get there, Florida and Martin say we must follow the 3T’s – tolerance, talent and technology.

    Hard to argue Canada’s diversity, so in their view we have the tolerance part covered. When it comes to talent we’re better than average, but “Ontario trails leading peer states by a wide margin” on education attainment, according to Florida and Martin. They point out that 37 per cent of people in Massachusetts, for example, work in creative occupations, versus 30 per cent here. So good, but not great.

    On the flipside, Ontario shines in technology – at least to a point. High tech employment numbers here are among the biggest in North America. But we still lag in innovation, as seen by the relatively low number of patents. As the report states, talent attracts technology, and vice versa – so both are crucial to building a revitalized economy, and it’s hard to excel in one without the other.

    I agree with Florida and Martin – we need to focus continue focusing on innovation. The changes have already started, and it’s time to get ready.

    The report also puts a whole new light on the Ignite IT Awards (have you nominated yet?). Making Ontario – and Canada – a better place to live starts with showcasing our creativity. Looking forward to seeing this year’s submissions, and celebrating creativity.  Here’s one great example – a solution that helps track wildfires .

    To play our part, my team and I remain focused on supporting innovation and building skilled talent.  This includes the work we do with schools like Waterloo, at events like Mesh, supporting startups with BizSpark and with our programs like EnergizeIT and Techdays.

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    My Slides – Toronto Cloud Conference

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    Here are my slides for the Cloud Conference.  I wish I had more than 15mins, but I will take what I can get.  Let me know if you have questions.

    I will be posting additional notes, answers to questions and key links after the presentation.

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    Getting Ready For My Cloud Conference Talk – Ray Talks Azure

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    I am speaking in the morning at the Cloud Conference in Toronto.  I’ll be posting my slides later tonight, but in the meantime – here is a little background info on our cloud efforts to get things started.  Azure is the cutting edge of the work being done to create a true OS in the cloud.  This is a major pillar of our Software + Service strategy and represents a new era in how software will be built.

     

    More to come.

     

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    I’m A PC & I’m 4 1/2 :-)

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    <a href="http://video.msn.com/?playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:533e05d2-9f12-4a86-bdda-efd0455fcd36&amp;showPlaylist=true" target="_new" title="Kylie">Video: Kylie</a>
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    Phil Sorgen (my boss) discussing the current economic climate

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    <br/><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=99640a98-303d-4210-9067-9f714b3662dd" target="_new" title="Microsoft Canada Phil Sorgen Discusses Canada&#39;s Economy">Video: Microsoft Canada Phil Sorgen Discusses Canada&#39;s Economy</a>
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