A couple of years ago I went to Montreal with my colleague Damir Bersinic to do a presentation at the Montreal IT Professionals Community (www.mitpro.ca). I was born in Montreal, and when I moved to Ontario in 2007 I found it interesting to see the point of view of the ‘Rest of Canada’. Nearly five years after my move and shortly before that visit to MITPro I wrote an article (in response to one in the Globe and Mail) called ‘Does Quebec Have a Future In Canada?‘
If I do say so myself, Damir and I rocked the show. We were discussing virtualization, specifically Microsoft Hyper-V, in the months prior to the release of Windows Server 2012. We were a hit, and that was reflected in our evaluation forms that the packed house submitted after the event… all but one.
One of the evaluation forms that was returned to us had a comment ‘you should blog about IT and keep your nose out of Quebec politics.’ It was actually written in French, and included a number of colourful words to go with it.
Now I should mention here that while I was there as support, it was Damir who was running the show; Damir was the speaker, I was only there for support (and we went for a really nice dinner that night). So why then should he get a negative evaluation from an attendee for something that I had blogged about?
If you enter the search term Quebec into the appropriate box you will find several articles return on my site, but only two have to do with politics – the one I referred to, and one about the Quebec student protests of 2013 (see article). Having recently spent a lot of time in the province of Quebec it is amazing to discover that any blog anywhere does not focus exclusively on the politics of that province, but there you go. Two articles in a decade of blogging.
However if you look at the title of this blog it is not IT According to Mitch, nor is it What Some People Think Appropriate According to Mitch. It is in fact The World According to Mitch, and as such I write not only about computers and IT, but about any number of subjects, from IT and virtualization to airplanes, food, hotel, travel, martial arts, and yes indeed language and politics. It is not only a professional blog (although it is certainly that) but a place for me to express my opinion about things that I observe during my travels through this world.
Starting tomorrow I have a series of articles that concern the politics of the Province of Quebec, as well as my observations of how the people are coping with the upcoming election. It will not all be pretty and it will not all be popular, but it is all according to me, and I thank you for your continued readership!