Does Microsoft Listen?

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?

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Expensive Pieces of Plastic

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

A Big, HUGE Microsoft Security FAIL.

(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.

107 Days: A Microsoft Security Nightmare

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

Skype Collaboration Project, and quick tips to detect Phishing scams

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

Free Skype Premium for a year!

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/

Thanks for your support!

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!

Exchange Issues with iOS 6.1

There has been a lot of chatter over the last few days about the most recent update to the iPhone’s iOS 6.1. I have been saying for years that Patch Management is one of the most critical steps to protecting your infrastructure, both on the server-side and on the client-side.  However I have also stated … Continue reading Exchange Issues with iOS 6.1

The Microsoft Store: The place to be this week-end

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

The Shoemaker is No Longer Barefoot!

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!

The Dawn of a New Day

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

A Dichotomy of IT Conferences

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

Quoted by Microsoft Learning!

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!

Where Do Ethics Fit?

As a longtime supporter of Microsoft and a believer in and advocate of its products, I have often been confronted by others about the evils of Microsoft, ranging from how historically Microsoft has bullied or bought out competitors to how expensive and flawed their products are. The products that Microsoft releases are now considered some … Continue reading Where Do Ethics Fit?