Help Protect Your Friends And Family From Scams – Part 2

Hello Folks, A while back Chris Di Lullo wrote a piece on protecting your friends and family from phone scams.  Well the bad guys must have been reading our blog because they have updated their “Modus operandi” or method of operation. Instead of calling and pretending to be from Microsoft offering to help “fix your…

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What was I thinking???

Hello folks, Today my daughters helped me realize something.  they convinced me to stop watching videos and reading “howto” articles and actually strap on the snowboard and go to the hills with them. You see…  I’ve been contemplating learning to Snowboard. I went out I bought a board, boots, a helmet, the whole kit and…

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Where do you get your “In Person” fix?

My team is in the midst of our planning cycle right now and a question came up that has me scratching my head. “What conferences or face to face activities do technical professionals in Canada attend in order to get training and keep up to date on what’s out there?” Times have changed – there…


Cloud Services and IT Professionals – the prequel

I’ve opened a can of worms with a post a couple of months back (ok – a LOT of months back – was it REALLY February?) about should IT Professionals care about Cloud Services yet and what type of cloud service would have a direct impact on IT Pros daily lives. That post had over…


Networking – oldstyle. What’s you’re approach?

Part of our visit to Quebec City, Shawinigan and Trois-Rivières included driving and walking around the city to get to events and places in between. As you might have noticed – the traditional construction of most houses include outside stairs access to the upper floors and balconies. Christian was telling me stories of him growing…


Services in the Cloud. Should you really Give a Crap - yet?

(Thought that title might get your attention) Over the last month or so – I’ve had my head in the clouds working away on creating a scenario based demo for EnergizeIT that leverages the scalability of the cloud and “transportability” of existing .net code and “n” tier architecture. I’ve been living the life of an…


How to Work the Room at TechDays

Can I work a room or can I work a room? Why Work the Room? If you’re attending TechDays (or any other tech conference this year), you should keep in mind that while we spend a lot of energy on the presentations and sessions, the opportunity to meet and talk to the other people there…

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Fixing Technical Support

www.toothpastefordinner.com “Let’s try rebooting your computer” If you have ever provided or asked for technical support these words are familiar.  I recently had an issue that required some technical support and as I went through the process it reminded me of things I used to say and highlighted how frustrating those things are to the…

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How does your IT Department run?

I recently had the privilege of holding a piece of Canadian history (photo credit, Mark Blevis from Podcasters Across Boarders). Well, actually 64 pieces of history – in the shape of the SixStringNation guitar. I was at a conference this past weekend and the keynote was from Jowi Taylor – the mastermind behind the ambitious…


Security: Hype vs. Reality

Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading a few stories on vulnerabilities found in various operating systems.  You might have seen the headlines like Attack Sneaks Rootkits Into Linux Kernel or Security Team Shows Unfixable Windows 7 Hack or First Mac OS X Botnet Activated and while all are valid (both as exploits and…

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