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Dana Epp on the Landscape of Risk

I don’t get to say it enough, but I really love my job. I get to work on a pretty awesome product and I get to work with a bunch of really smart people. One of them is my boss Dana Epp. Without sounding like a kiss-ass, I have to say I really like working for Dana. There’s so much I learn from the guy, and his presentations rock. I wanted to point out a presentation he did last week at the Kaseya Connect 2012 conference in Las Vegas on The landscape of risk. Go watch it. He starts at…

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More Changes to this Site

Due to the fact that the hosting provider I was using for Syfuhs.net was less than stellar, (names withheld to protect the innocent) I’ve decided to move the blog portion of this site to blogs.objectsharp.com. With any luck the people subscribing to this site won’t see any changes, and any links directly to www.syfuhs.net should 301 redirect to blogs.objectsharp.com/cs/blogs/steve/. As I learned painfully of the problems with the last migration to DasBlog, permalinks break easily when switching platforms.  With any luck, I will have that resolved shortly. Please let me know as soon as possible if you start seeing issues….

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Act II: New Opportunities

Sometime last week I sent out an email to quite a few people: As is the way of things in the tech industry, jobs change.  More specifically, mine. Sometime around October 1st this email will be turned off as I am starting a new position with ObjectSharp working with some of the brightest minds in Toronto.  If you need to get in touch with me after that date you can do it through a few channels.  My personal email is steve@syfuhs.net, which gets checked more often than it should, and my O# email will be ssyfuhs@objectsharp.com. Cheers Steve Syfuhs, MCP…

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Data as a Service and the Applications that consume it

Over the past few months I have seen quite a few really cool technologies released or announced, and I believe they have a very real potential in many markets.  A lot of companies that exist outside the realm of Software Development, rarely have the opportunity to use such technologies. Take for instance the company I work for: Woodbine Entertainment Group.  We have a few different businesses, but as a whole our market is Horse Racing.  Our business is not software development.  We don’t always get the chance to play with or use some of the new technologies released to the…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Event – Application Lifecycle Management

Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the ALM presentation later this afternoon, but luckily I was able to catch it in Montreal last week. When I think of ALM, I think of the development lifecycle of an application – whether it be agile or waterfall or whatever floats your boat – that encompasses all parts of the process.  We’ve had tools over the years that help us manage each section or iteration of the process, but there was some obvious pieces missing.  What about the SQL?  Databases are essential to pretty much all applications that get developed nowadays, yet…

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Visual Studio Step Up Promotion…The Headache

A few months ago some friends of mine at Microsoft told me about a step-up promotion that was going on for the release of Visual Studio 2010.  If you purchased a license for Visual Studio 2008 through Volume Licensing, it would translate into the next version up for the 2010 version.  Seems fairly straightforward but here is the actual process: So we upgraded our licenses to benefit from the step up.  Problem was, we couldn’t access any of the applications we were licensed to use (after RTM, obviously).  After a week or so of back and forth with Microsoft we…

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A Stab at a New Resume

While I am definitely not looking for a new job, I was bored and thought I would take a stab at a stylized resume to see if I could hone some of my (lack of) graphics skills.  It didn’t turn out too badly, but I am certainly no graphics designer. What do you think?

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Putting the I Back into Infrastructure

Tonight at the IT Pro Toronto we did a pre-launch of the Infrastructure 2010 project.  Have you ever been in a position where you just don’t have a clear grasp of a concept or design?  It’s not fun.  As a result, CIPS Toronto, IT Pro Toronto, and TorontoSQL banded together to create a massive event to help make things a little more clear.  To give you a clearer understanding of how corporate networks work.  Perhaps to explain why some decisions are made, and why in retrospect, some are bad decisions. Infrastructure 2010 is about teaching you everything there is to…

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A Trip to the Microsoft Store

While I was in California last week I decided to visit the new Microsoft Store in Mission Viejo.  While there, the managers graciously allowed me to take pictures of the store.  Frankly, they probably thought it was a little creepy.  But nevertheless, they said go for it, and I did. Now, Microsoft did one hell of a job making it known that the store existed while I was at the mall.  While I was grabbing coffee in the food court, these stickers were on each table: Following that, as you head towards the store you see two large LCD screens…

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Security, Security, Security is about Policy, Policy, Policy

The other day I had the opportunity to take part in an interesting meeting with Microsoft. The discussion was security, and the meeting members were 20 or so IT Pro’s, developers, and managers from various Fortune 500 companies in the GTA. It was not a sales call. Throughout the day, Microsofties Rob Labbe and Mohammad Akif went into significant detail about the current threat landscape facing all technology vendors and departments. There was one point that was paramount. Security is not all about technology. Security is about the policies implemented at the human level. Blinky-lighted devices look cool, but in…