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
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?
Once again, I find myself sitting at the Microsoft Store in Yorkdale Mall, Toronto. Frankly, if it were not for the snow and traffic, I likely would have dealt with this online, once I got around to it… but Highway 401 through Toronto has a tendency of being congested, so here I sit. Over the … Continue reading Expensive Pieces of Plastic
(NOTE: This article was written December 7, 2016. Not one word has been changed since that date. To understand why it can only now be published, read the article on this site called 107 Days: A Microsoft Security Nightmare. -MDG) For reasons that will become obvious, I am going to delay posting this article until the … Continue reading A Big, HUGE Microsoft Security FAIL.
I have held off talking about something for quite some time. I do not mess around when it comes to security, especially for my critical accounts. When the actual security of an account has been compromised, as was the case with my Microsoft Account, I do not advertise it. On December 7th I sat in … Continue reading 107 Days: A Microsoft Security Nightmare
There is irony in the title of this post… What’s next. I posted on Friday that it was my last day working full time at Yakidoo. I really enjoyed my time there, and am glad that my next venture will allow me to stay on there on a limited basis. This afternoon I am meeting … Continue reading Welcome to What’s Next…
A few days ago I posted a quick post called Free Skype Premium for a year! and I got a few interesting questions about the voracity of the offer. Some of you were worried that it was a scam, and believe me I am the first person to say you should be skeptical. However before … Continue reading Skype Collaboration Project, and quick tips to detect Phishing scams
It looks like this is legitimate, although I will keep an eye out and let you know immediately if it isn’t. Microsoft is giving away Skype Premium for a year. Simply submit your e-mail address, and you will receive a code. Click on the link for more info! http://microsoft-news.com/get-premium-skype-features-free-for-one-year/
Over the past few days I have received an incredible number of you asking what happened, if I am okay, and if I will be alright. I can assure you I am. Let me explain. A great many of you have known me as a Microsoft contractor. I have been for quite some time, first … Continue reading Thanks for your support!
If you are in or around the Greater Toronto Area this week-end then there is no better place to be than the Microsoft Store in Yorkdale Mall. The first international store and the largest in the chain, the opening of Microsoft's newest retail store can only be descried as a huge success, with literally hundreds … Continue reading The Microsoft Store: The place to be this week-end
This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/09/13/the-shoemaker-is-no-longer-barefoot.aspx. For years I have been espousing the need to and value of locking down client workstations in a corporate environment. Part of the SWMI Story – the secure, well-managed IT infrastructure for which I named my … Continue reading The Shoemaker is No Longer Barefoot!
As I sit in my office getting ready to close up, it is a little after 10pm, September 3rd, 2012. That makes tomorrow a very important day in the world of IT. Microsoft has announced that on September 4th, 2012 they will make Windows Server 2012, the newest generation of one of the most successful … Continue reading The Dawn of a New Day
As I fly south from Toronto I am heading to two separate and very different conferences. I am new to neither one, and am looking forward to both. As they are very different conferences, I am looking forward to them both in very different ways. SBS Migration – A Party with a Conference Theme The … Continue reading A Dichotomy of IT Conferences
It is kind of cool when I find out that Microsoft Learning wants to feature a quote of mine on one of their pages. Veronica Sopher and I met in Redmond (well, Bellevue actually) in February and discussed at length some of the steps that Microsoft Learning is taking to engage the community, specifically MCTs. … Continue reading Quoted by Microsoft Learning!