Since I started working on Microsoft Azure certifications, I have noticed a lot of things that are quite different from what I am used to. for instance, the single, non-technical AZ-900 exam does give you a certification (Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals). Okay, I passed that exam... but when I went to start looking for courseware … Continue reading Azure Exams: Different?
I received this e-mail - apparently from myself - earlier this week. I have actually gotten many of these e-mails over the past few months. On the surface, my e-mail has obviously been hacked - after all, how else could the sender send an e-mail from my own account? Here's the problem... it was not … Continue reading Am I Being Watched? Possible, unlikely…
Last week my company launched a certification challenge. Yes, they would be rewarding employees who passed certification exams, but they also asked if I would be able to teach a class. My pleasure... but before I teach it, I'd like to pass the exam. I decided that the best way to light a fire under … Continue reading Azure Fundamentals
I know, I went dark. It has been more than a month since I posted a blog article… and that was just a sample to show my friend Jeff how to do it. To put it mildly, the last two months have been a whirlwind. I will try to start from the beginning. A little … Continue reading Ch–Ch–Ch–Changes!
If you have tried to log on to Facebook over the past couple of hours and have not had any luck, do not try adjusting your set. The company is experiencing very widespread outages across the Americas. According to http://www.downdetector.com, the outage is greatest on the east coast of North America, but Brazil and Peru … Continue reading Facebook Down?
This morning I got this text message: There is only one problem: I do not now, nor (to the best of my recollection) have I ever banked with Scotiabank. Don't look now folks, but the bad guys have found another way to try to steal your money. Text Message Phishing. This one is easily spotted. … Continue reading Another Way To Scam You…
Yesterday MacLean's Magazine posted their index of the most dangerous (crime-related) cities in Canada. Ottawa, where I currently live, placed a comfortable 145th on the list. I'm good with that - I do not expect to be jumped by a group of marauding bandits when I walk down the street. What I found interesting about … Continue reading The Safety of Ottawa…
Tomorrow our friends to the south (I'm in Canada... for the more geographically challenged, I am referring to the United States of America. Yes, I know about Alaska being part of the USA and being to the north... can we just get on with it? Thank you.) are going to the polls. The mid-term elections … Continue reading Electile Disfunction
It is that time of year again. The debate over when to put up Christmas decorations has begun. The minute Halloween is over, people rush to put them up. Within a few short days, we go from Orange and Black with spooky melodies to Green and Red with cheerful melodies. I hate it. I have … Continue reading Remember
If you would have asked me in the late 1990s when CDs (remember CD-RW?) were starting to replace floppy drives as the primary storage method for desktop PCs and servers if we were ever going to see a day when they were obsolete, the short-sighted young adult that I was would likely have said no. … Continue reading PowerISO: Doing it right
Friday afternoon I had a Skype meeting, and as I was settling into the board room at my office for quiet, I realized the battery on my Surface Pro 4 was at 0%. I plugged it in, and got the feedback: "Plugged in, Not charging." Okay, I would be careful to not yank the power … Continue reading Surface Pro Battery Woe
Once upon a time, the Windows Control Panel was an easy to navigate set of icons that consolidated in one place all of the administrative tasks we would need, both as an end user and as a desktop administrator. Things change, systems evolve. The Control Panel that we knew in Windows XP evolved, through Windows … Continue reading The Dangling Control Panel
Yes, it has actually happened. The title of this article is a callback to The Sounds of Music. My ex-girlfriend (who will not be reading this article) would be proud. On October 4th I wrote an article called Windows 10 1809: What's New. I was all excited. Two days later I wrote 1809 Recalled. Microsoft has since … Continue reading How Do You Solve a Problem Like Windows 10?
By now, it is likely that I do not need to explain to you that a hardware driver is a piece of software that allows your computer (through the operating system) to communicate with a hardware component. You know that, right? Good. You are ready to install a new operating system on your computer. You do … Continue reading Drivers? Drive Me!
You were all excited to upgrade your existing Windows 10 installation to the Fall 2018 update. On October 2nd you downloaded the bits to Version 1809. You installed it, using the same in-place upgrade process you have been using for years. You realize that you have lost data... crucial data... a lot of it. You … Continue reading Does Microsoft Listen?