Night of Defiance

Five years ago I was flying home from London just in time for the first Passover Seder.  I wrote an essay which I ended up delivering as a guest sermon to my synagogue the following year before Passover, and I have read at my family’s Seder every year since (for reasons I will not go … Continue reading Night of Defiance

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Stay out of politics!

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 … Continue reading Stay out of politics!

How Many Changing Rooms Do We Need?

In January Christina Blizzard of the Toronto Sun published an excellent piece called Political Correctness Shouldn’t Trump Common Sense.  I heard her interviewed on the radio, and was impressed.  She took the Ontario Human Rights Commission to task.  It seems that she had been in the changing room at her health club, and a ‘woman’ … Continue reading How Many Changing Rooms Do We Need?

The World… for the World According to Mitch.

Somalia. Greenland. Vanuata. Montserrat. Cook Islands. Samoa. Mali. Sierra Leone. Burundi. Federated States of Micronesia, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, Djibouti, British Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands. What do these sixteen nations have in common?  Certainly not geography – some are tropical islands, others African nations, and of course Greenland should, by all rights, be its … Continue reading The World… for the World According to Mitch.

The 1%…

Last year when people were occupying anything they could pitch a tent near we started hearing a lot about the 1%… the ones who control all of the wealth, the ones everyone else was supposed to be supported by.  I did some quick calculations after checking my banks account and credit card statements and realized … Continue reading The 1%…

Windows 8 – Coming soon to a screen near you!

It was nice to be in the room for a change. For nearly two years now I have been counting down the #EndOfDaysXP on my Twitter feed (@MGarvis) and encouraging users and corporations to migrate to Windows 7. Since the Developer Preview for Windows 8 was released in November of last year I have been … Continue reading Windows 8 – Coming soon to a screen near you!

Another Scam… and another article on Oakville.com

I have been a bad boy.  I am usually a monthly columnist for http://www.Oakville.com, but of late I have been a little delinquent… deadlines being what they are, and I have to find the inspiration.  I have, as a result, missed a couple of months. A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a … Continue reading Another Scam… and another article on Oakville.com

An Instant Windows 8 Convert

Ever since I showed my teenage son Windows 8 he hasn’t stopped talking about it.  Combine that with two factors – his old Dell laptop is falling apart, and he just graduated Grade 8 and is going into high school in the fall – and I decided to give him a surprise today. Theresa and … Continue reading An Instant Windows 8 Convert

Can you convince your boss to let you get certified? UCA!

One of the benefits I get from conferences like Microsoft TechEd is reconnecting with friends and colleagues that I only see at these shows.  David and I have been friends for a couple of years, and when we discovered that we were  both staying over an extra night we decided to splurge and drive a … Continue reading Can you convince your boss to let you get certified? UCA!