A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

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  • Blog Post: RIP Floppy Disks

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/26/sony-shutting-down-japanese-floppy-disk-sales-by-march-2011-kil/ Sony gets out of the floppy disk business… the end of an era along with Polaroid film…..
  • Blog Post: Changes.

    I love my job.   I really do.  Not everyone gets to say that with as much passion as I can, so it’s a special privilege to be in this position (particularly in this economy). I believe that my role here at Microsoft Ca nada is one of the best in all of Microsoft.  The mission of the job...
  • Blog Post: In The News: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3; Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution

    Another good Canadian focused article coming out of MIX09 is in the news: Microsoft releases Expression Blend 3 - Canadian-based solution provider uses Expression Blend tool for Canada Post office outlet solution 3/19/2009 10:11:00 AM By: Maxine Cheung “During its MIX09 conference held in Las Vegas yesterday...
  • Blog Post: ‘Tis The Season To Think About Backups

    Digital cameras and music players are likely still high on many people’s gift list despite the economic situation.  Even if Santa doesn’t have one of these heading for your stocking, I bet you already own one in your family.  As more of our world goes digital we all benefit from how easy it...
  • Blog Post: An Accordion, A New Addition, A Great Team and Big Challenges

    I like to think I have one of the best jobs at Microsoft Canada.  There is 2 equal reasons for that.  I am lucky enough to have an amazing group of people on my team (I’d go so far as to say the best group at Microsoft Canada). I love our team’s mission What’s our mission, you ask?  There...
  • Blog Post: Rick & Christian on Channel 10

    Over the last few months there has been a Microsoft-wide contest to encourage people to “improve the art of the demo”.  Two of our team – Rick and Christian – came in second place.  Not bad!!  The video is now up on Channel 10, check it out……. The art...
  • Blog Post: Well, this picture sums it up for my Leafs…..

    @ TSN.ca
  • Blog Post: MIX08: The real lesson learned.....

    I'm on the flight home, reflecting on the key take-away from MIX08. What is it that Microsoft has shown real commitment to standards in IE8?  No. What is it that the momentum behind Silverlight in tremendous?  No. What is it that Windows Server 2008 is the best platform for PHP?  No.  ...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates - Creative Capitalism

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx   Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008 Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation World Economic Forum 2008 “A New Approach to Capitalism in the 21st Century” Davos, Switzerland Jan. 24, 2008...
  • Blog Post: Valentines Post: My New Rig - a wicked Dell XPS M1330

    I have the pleasure of now carrying the new Dell XPS M1330.  (Thanks to our friends at Dell Canada) This is my showcase machine.  4GB RAM, 200GB Drive, thin, powerful and red.  I am developing a healthy crush on this machine, just in time for Valentines Day :-) I am moving apps and data...
  • Blog Post: Air Canada Mobile Check-In: Let's Try This Again.....

    A few weeks ago I attempted to use Air Canada's mobile check-in.  I've been jealously watching the Blackberry carrying passengers walk onto the plane after a quick flash of the screen of their device.  My first attempt did not go well.  Despite the service as being advertised as working...
  • Blog Post: Congrats to David Crow - named Toronto's best Web & Tech Evangelist!

      Way to go David !  Our very own community advocate / design guru / *CAMP coordinator / snappy dresser David Crow was voted " best web & tech evangelist " by the readers of blogto.com .  We were extremely pleased when David decided to join our team at Microsoft and since...
  • Blog Post: In Good Fun - Our Sometimes Painful Conference Calls :-)

      A couple of MSFT folks in the US made this....... poking fun at our conference call system and culture.....especially the hold music that every MSFT employee hears almost everyday :-)
  • Blog Post: Air Canada: No love for Windows Mobile

    Seriously?  Rogers is selling Windows Mobile devices like mad, so it's not like Windows Mobile phones are rare.  I am flying to Ottawa in the morning and when I was prompted to try this during my web check-in, I thought "wicked....no paper" But, alas, it doesn't support my phone ...
  • Blog Post: New Look And Feel

    Check out the new look and feel!!  Thanks to our Co-Op Mark for helping to re-brand my blog.  It now shares the same look and feel as all of our Community Connection Blogs.  (The links are provided on the right-hand bar).
  • Blog Post: Mystery Pics On Vista DVDs?

    Ok. This goes in the strange category. I mystery picture has been discovered on the Vista DVD in the hologram. Easter Egg? (no, I have no idea who they are). http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/06/who_are_these_three_guys.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890
  • Blog Post: Mr. Crow's First Ten Days.

    Ok, he doesn't like the stickers (just kidding David) and Windows Mobile needs to grow on him, but David had some fun. He outlines it here . David and I are keynoting at EnergizeIT - we will be talking Community!!
  • Blog Post: Wow - MatchIT.ca hits 600+

    We had high hopes for MatchIT.ca when we launched a few weeks ago. There are now 600+ technical folks registered and 55 organizations. Amazing. Right now the matching process is taking place and I hope to hear about the great work that gets done over the next few months. Also - watch for some future...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Tech Week Video

    Mia at High Road Communications (note: our PR firm) keynoted the Tech Week kickoff. They asked me to be a part of a video about Toronto. It also featured super-investor Ken Nickerson (my old boss from MSFT days of old) and Jay Goldman (Toronto web guru, Torcamper and entrepreneur) "Toronto Technology...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: MatchIT - Connecting Canada's Technical Community with Charities In Need

    On behalf of the Developer, IT Pro and Community Affairs Teams here at Microsoft Canada I am pleased to announce the launch of MatchIT . This is a new Canadian online initiative designed to help bring together charities and non-profit organizations who have IT needs with Canada’s Technical Communities...
  • Blog Post: Everyday Heroes

    On Microsoft.ca we just launched a set of stories about an amazing set of people and the amazing work they are doing in the community. Truly some incredible people. Want to be inspired? Read their stories: Maureen Jones - Keeping sick kids connected to friends and family Heather Sant - Promoting skills...
  • Blog Post: Searching For Search

    Well, this is interesting :-)
  • Blog Post: Northern Voice - Photography With Kris Krug

    Back in February the Northern Voice Conference was held in Vancouver. Here is a cool clip from one of the sessions on good photography.
  • Blog Post: Heli-Boarding Photos From The Holiday Break

  • Blog Post: We Are Now Bullfrog Powered

    It's the end of our billing cycle with our old provider and we have now switched over to Bullfrog Power at home. This means we are now running on 100% eco-friendly power. Which, given the size of my Vista Media Centre and 56" TV is a good thing :-) It's an amazing idea for a company and it makes me proud...
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