Many of you probably think that because I have this great blog that I am smarter than others. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is, sometimes I just research a problem that I am having until I find the solution... I blog about it, and then I usually forget about it. So … Continue reading Helping Others… Helping Myself.
I received an e-mail this week from the Montreal IT Professionals Community (MITPro) inviting me to the 2014 Annual General Meeting. I remembered a day nine years ago in January, 2005. Later in the day I would be heading to the first meeting of the group who had been brought together to build a user … Continue reading Transitions & Changes
It is with great regret that I am told today that I must resign from the Microsoft MVP Program because I am unable to (or unwilling to) help the community. As many of you know I walk a fine line between community leader (Microsoft MVP, MCT) and a member of Microsoft Canada’s DPE team (Evangelist). … Continue reading Resign as an MVP? No…
I am surprised that with all the hype and talk I have been doing about Windows 8, I have not blogged about this yet. Halton Tech TV is a show on our regional cable network in the Oakville/Burlington/Milton area that focuses on different technologies. Hosted by Robert Duvall of RDC Networks, it brings the newest … Continue reading An Introduction to Windows 8: Mitch on Halton Tech TV
This week was a real roller-coaster of ups and downs… in more ways than one. I have been attending Microsoft TechEd for the past five years, and this year’s conference brought me back to where it all began for me… Orlando, Florida. The Orange County Convention Center is not the worst of them – although … Continue reading The Social Side of Microsoft TechEd – My evenings in Orlando
I wrote this article a few days ago, and decided that before I posted it here I would offer it to the CanITPro Team – IT Pro Connection. They published it on January 31st as a guest blog post. I am now republishing it here, so that it can get the most exposure. I have … Continue reading Why We Support Communities
I had no idea when I was scheduled to come to Buenos Aires that I would be here to watch such a momentous event. A month ago Elias Mereb, a fellow MVP from Venezuela, found out I was coming down and introduced me to Daniel Levi, a DPE at Microsoft Argentina. Daniel told me that … Continue reading The Dawn of a New Community
Earlier today a LinkedIn contact asked me a question about Microsoft Office Access. I don’t know a while lot about Access, but here is why I am such a huge proponent of the IT Pro Community. The contact is someone who I met at a community event – an event I did on Windows Vista … Continue reading Defective Microsoft Access? I don’t think so! Ask the Community!
I can’t believe it has been eight years… I wrote this article for TechRepublic while I was still working for IGS Security in Montreal. These articles are the genesis of my career as a computer consultant and IT Trainer and Presenter. The first article tells of how and why I began to transition from a … Continue reading The Genesis of my Career as an IT Consultant and Trainer
A couple of months ago I was in the cafeteria at Microsoft and I came up with an idea for a blog article, which I then gave to Rick Claus for the IT Pro Connection. It was originally titled ‘I am You, You are Me.’ He added the rest of the title, but I didn’t … Continue reading I am You, You are Me.
It has been ten years since I took my first Microsoft certification exam. At the time it cost $100 (USD) for the privilege. Shortly thereafter (I suspect sometime within 2001) that cost increased to $125 (USD) per exam, which is where it is today. Recently Microsoft Learning announced that on July 1st (August 1st in … Continue reading Microsoft Certification Exams Going Up.
I honestly hate saying ‘I told you so.’ For years I have been telling everyone who will listen (and a lot of people who didn’t want to) about the importance of securing wireless networks. I’ve told stories about the possible consequences, and have scared some of them into doing the right thing. Unfortunately far too … Continue reading Cover Your A$$ – Secure Your WiFi Now!
A couple of weeks ago Microsoft released Microsoft iSCSI Software Target for download, and I was thrilled. I immediately decided to write about it, but before publishing what would end up the first of three articles, I decided to ping my buddy Rick Claus, IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft Canada, and ask him if he … Continue reading IT Pro Connection & the TechNet Flash
For the third year in a row the Springboard Bus Tour will hit the road leading up to TechEd. If you have never met the bus you are missing out, because it delivers expert advice, great learning, and huge career benefits to IT Pros. It delivers answers to questions you may have been having about … Continue reading Get on the Bus!
Monday evening I attended the monthly user group meeting of the Wellington Waterloo IT Pro User Group (http://www.wwitpro.com/) in Kitchener, Ontario. The topic for the evening was called Windows 7 Deployment as presented by Sean Kearney (yes, THE Sean Kearney, a.k.a. The Energized Tech, a.k.a. (the former) Friday Funny Guy!) from SWMI Consulting Group and … Continue reading The Student Has Become The Master!