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A Word from Microsoft Canada

Earlier this week I was asked if I could help out the Canadian DPE Team at Microsoft by letting my readers know about some important information coming down the pipe. For those not in Canada you may not be interested, but still take a look because there’s a lot of great resources listed. — The team at Microsoft Canada is focused on ensuring that they help set you up for success by providing the information and tools you need in order to get the most out of Microsoft based solutions at home and at work. Twice a year, Microsoft sends…

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Change of Scenery

Every once in a while you need to make a life-altering decision. Last night I sent an email to the ObjectSharp team telling them I had resigned (I had spoken to the bosses in person prior). Boy, talk about blunt, eh? Every once in a while you are offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something pretty amazing. I’ve had three of these opportunities. The first was Woodbine Entertainment where I got my start in the Toronto development world. The second was ObjectSharp where I have been able to learn so much from some of the brightest minds…

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Top Canadian Security Threats in 2010

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report for 2010 was released not too long ago.  It is a report on the threat landscape seen across 600 million systems worldwide. This report has a summary for quite a number of countries (170 and counting), and Canada is in the list.  Here are the stats they found: Microsoft detected malware on 4.2 of every 1,000 computers scanned in Canada in 4Q10 (a CCM score of 4.2, compared to the 4Q10 average worldwide CCM of 8.7). The most common category in Canada in 4Q10 was Adware, which affected 35.6 percent of all cleaned computers, down…

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Managing Identity in SharePoint

Yet another presentation on the docket!  I submitted an abstract to SharePoint Summit 2011 and they accepted!  I will be presenting on SharePoint and how it manages Identity.  More specifically, how SharePoint 2010 uses WIF to handle Claims based authentication and Federation. Here are the details Event: SharePoint Summit 2011, January 31st 2011 – February 2nd, 2011 When: 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. February 1st, 2011 Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto Abstract: Managing identities within an organization is relatively easy. However, as business changes, we need to be able to adapt quickly. Identity is something that often gets overlooked in…

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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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October 15th Evening SQL Server DBA Event: Disaster Recovery – Edwin Sarmiento, MVP for SQL Server

October 15th Evening SQL Server DBA Event: Disaster Recovery – Edwin Sarmiento, MVP for SQL Server Speaker: Edwin M. Sarmiento, MVP for SQL Server Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2009 Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Venue: Microsoft Ottawa Office RSVP: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=142063 Session 1 (6:00 PM to 7:10 PM):  Understanding and communicating business-orientated disaster recovery  concepts and objectives So you have a database maintenance plan that does a backup of your databases and you’re pretty sure that it works fine. But is that really enough? Are you sure that you will be able to meet your service level agreements if and…

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Pictures from Techdays and FailCamp in Toronto

After getting my camera back from Mitch Garvis after Techdays and FailCamp in Toronto, I decided to upload photos from the events, and to my surprise there were some pretty good shots.  Here is what I came back with:

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Presenting at Techdays 2009!

Still working out session details, but it looks like I will be presenting in Ottawa and Montreal for Techdays 2009.  I will be loitering around at the Toronto event soaking up all the techie-goodness, so come find me at any of the three events.  We can talk shop, shoot the breeze, or just mill about having a good time. I promise I won’t embarrass anyone.  Except maybe myself.  But that’s a warning for all occasions. Here are the dates of the events across Canada.  Buy your tickets before the early-bird deal runs out! City Date Venue VANCOUVER SEPTEMBER 14-15 Vancouver…

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Poor Quebec, This is Terrible

Microsoft certainly isn’t to blame here, it’s a law in Quebec that prevents contests from happening.  Better chance for me to win it though!

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Techdays 2009 – VIP Pricing

As budgets get tighter, Tech·Days is the perfect way to get the Tech·Ed experience without the travel expense, with two days of skill-strengthening education to help you position yourself for success by: Learning the technology—with a customizable agenda from over forty sessions across five technical tracks on both current technologies and new products, like Windows® 7 and Microsoft® Exchange 2010; Connecting with Experts and Peers—with Birds-of-a-Feather lunches and the new Windows 7 Zone, you’ll have lots of opportunities to share your ideas with those who know the products best; and Apply what you learn—with a Learning Kit packed with products…