D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

January 2009 Entries

Ignite Your Life: Reaction – Opportunity is Constantly Knocking

This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). This morning (if you’re reading this early enough) or tomorrow morning, I want you to do a little experiment: Get your morning paper. Go through it cover to cover. As you go through it, take a pen or marker or some writing instrument. Read the stories. see the advertisements, peruse ......

Ignite Your Life: Relationships – Learn To Deal With People

This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). In the last two Relationship segments, we discussed how we need people and relationships as well as the importance of finding our tribe. In the final segment before we move on, I want to turn the tables a bit. We talked previously about the reasons why we can be apprehensive or ......

Windows 7 – Adding Password to Compressed Folder Missing

This is my Super Secret Stuff folder. It’s a zip file, and I need to pass on my super secret stuff to some super secret person who will be the only person knowing the super secret password to open it. So I open the zip file in explorer and…um…where’s my “Add Password” option in the file menu?! It’s GONE! It’s also not under any of the other menu items. I’m going to chalk this up to it being a beta, but still…shouldn’t this have been part of Explorer since its been a mainstay in Windows XP and Vista? ......

Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

I came across this feature in Windows 7…its small, but kewl nonetheless. If you go to your Network, you’ll see that your router is listed along with other computers and devices on your network. If you right click, you’re given the option to open the device webpage. This is awesome if you want a quick way to get to your router’s admin page without having to click through your network connections or run ipconfig to get your gateway IP. Now, I realize that you could also just create a shortcut in your ......

Windows 7 – Home Networking Done Right

Remember how annoying it was to get two computers on a network to share files between each other? I don’t mean on a domain or anything, but on a typical home network where you don’t have a domain controller or anything at that level, and at most you had a workgroup value assigned to each machine. With Windows 7, getting your computers to talk to each other is SO SIMPLE. In fact, the least amount of work you have to do to get it working is entering a password. Here’s how it works. Homegroup When you ......

Vista Stops Recognizing Optical Drives

I noticed something odd last week…I tried to install something on my older HP laptop that had Vista running on it. No biggie, except that the optical drive wasn’t showing up as an option. I ignored it and moved on to a different route (made a VM instead of installing directly on the metal…details not necessary for this post). Anyway, point is that the optical drive wasn’t showing up. Today I went to put Win7 on my laptop. I use Daemon tools to mount ISO’s, and I attached my Win7 iso without a problem. ......

Rewarding Employees – Don’t Ask ‘How’, Ask ‘Why’

In the current issue of Inc. Magazine, Joel Spolsky discusses something that many businesses face: how do you measure and reward performance. He discusses in the article the young intern who came up with an idea that brought in a million dollars (almost all profit) for 4 weeks of work. Pretty good ROI for sinking 4 weeks of salary. But even in the shadow of this obviously huge feat, Joel still struggled with whether to compensate the developer. He writes: How do you properly compensate an employee ......

BOF Submissions for Tech Ed 2008

BOF stands for Birds of a Feather. They are open discussion sessions that have become a regular part of Tech Ed conferences and have been great successes in the past. The idea is that you propose a topic, and then have people who are also interested in discussing it get together for a town-hall type of shin-dig. If you're interested in submitting a BOF, or just want more information, head over to the Birds of a Feather page on the Tech Ed site. D ......

Office 14 Screenshots Leaked

The Good News: We have the first leaked screenshots of the next Office suite on the web (view here).

The Bad News: Groove is going to be part of the next offering.

The Hopeful News: Maybe the Groove MVP's won't clog up the mic's at the MVP summit Q&A like last year begging that Groove not go away. ;)


New INETA Speakers FINALLY Announced!

The list of new INETA speakers has finally been announced on David Walker's blog. I've included the list with links below as well though. Let's get those speaker requests in and start putting these guys to work! 1. Chris Williams 2. Keith Elder 3. Jason Bock 4. Claudio Lassala 5. Rachel Appel 6. Andrew Dunn 7. Chris Love 8. Cory Smith 9. Tim Rayburn 10. Jim Wooley 11. Rob Windsor 12. Amanda Laucher 13. Adam Machanic 14. Stuart Celarier 15. Pete Brown 16. Steve Andrews D ......

Winnipeg Claims Best Small/Medium Sized Business to Work For in Canada!

The Globe and Mail released their top 50 best small/medium sized employers (employees of 50 to 400), and not only does Winnipeg have 4 in the top 17, one of our own also took top spot in the rankings: Protegra! From a tech community point of view, Protegra employees have been active in our local .NET User Group, supporting our code camps, and providing speakers for our events. They've been building themselves up as a great community citizen, and congrats to them for earning this fantastic award and ......

Winnipeg SharePoint UG – January Event

http://www.sharepointgroups... Event Sponsors Juan Larios presents Inside SharePoint Workflows Date: January 20 (Tuesday) Time: 5:30 PM Location: One Lombard Place (Richardson Building), 17th floor conference room. Pizza and drinks to be provided To register, click here: https://www.clicktoattend.c... Presentation Abstract SharePoint workflows are a great tool for automating processes. This session will give you a closer look at what workflows are available ......

How 6 Ounces Changed My World View

The world is a vampire, sent to drain. Secret destroyers, holds you up to the flame. And what do I get for my pain? Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game. ~ Smashing Pumpkins, Bullet with Butterfly Wings I had a horrible world view in 2008. I embraced everything negative, unjust, and unscrupulous that I saw around me, experienced, and remembered, and viewed the world through glasses tainted with bitterness, anger, jadedness, and defeat. Hope had no place in my world and I formed a barrier of ......

That DevTeach Discount

Remember that 50% off Dev Teach code I mentioned? Some have asked why it only gives a discount of $324 when you enter it in.

The regular price for DevTeach is $1249. The code is good for 50% off of THAT.

Currently the early bird rate is $949. So to get the 50% off discount means that you only pay $625, or the early bird price minus $324.

So in a nutshell, its still a good deal folks. :)


Dev Teach 2009 – 50% Off Rebate Code

Need another reason to help convince your boss that Dev Teach is a great, worthwhile experience and that he or she should absolutely send you to it?

Well, here it is: Use this rebate code to get 50% Off your DevTeach registration! The catch? This code can only be used 30 times! So get going already!



A New Year, A New MVP Cycle AND New INETA Speakers!

January 1st for many people is simply New Year’s Day. But there are those that continually monitor their inbox waiting anxiously to see if they receive a gift from Santa Ballmer. That gift is a Microsoft MVP award for 2009. There are multiple award cycles and days of renewal, but mine lands on Jan 1st and I’m very honored and pleased to report that I’m once again an MVP for 2009! But the purpose of this post isn’t to gloat about my MVPness (say it a few times…you’ll get it). There are many that are ......