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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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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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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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Reminder! Windows 7 Beta Expiration

Reposted without* permission from the Canadian IT Pro blog. I just wanted to post a reminder that the Windows 7 Beta is set to expire on July 1st, 2009.  What does that mean?  Well it isn’t going to explode, eat your data or lock you out.  What is going to happen is that the PC will force you to reboot every two hours.  But have no fear there is a way to fix this, simply install the Windows 7 Release Candidate which you can still download. While an upgrade isn’t supported, and I strongly recommend a clean install, you can…

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Microsoft and the Antitrust Browser…A Decade in the Making

It seems just like yesterday that some government was telling Microsoft that the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows was unbecoming of an industry leader, because it screwed other web browsers out of market share. The European Union has made a decision stating Microsoft cannot bundle Internet Explorer with Windows anymore, if they want to sell in any European countries.  This decision was the result of Opera Software ASA, the people behind the Opera browser.  The complaints are two-fold. Market share is nearly seized completely by IE because it comes preinstalled with Windows, which is the dominant operating system. Because…

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Windows LiveID Almost OpenID

The Windows Live team announced a few months ago that their Live ID service will be a new provider for the OpenID system.  The Live team was quoted: Beginning today, Windows Live™ ID is publicly committing to support the OpenID digital identity framework with the announcement of the public availability of a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Live ID OpenID Provider. You will soon be able to use your Windows Live ID account to sign in to any OpenID Web site. I saw the potential in OpenID a while ago, long before I heard about Microsoft’s intentions.  The…