A Class Act!

I wrote an article that went live earlier called “Do You People READ?” that was inspired by someone who reached out (through an automated tool) on LinkedIn.  I even admitted in the article (a word that I seem to be having tremendous trouble typing today on this damned ‘ergonomic’ keyboard) that I was having a … Continue reading A Class Act!

Do You People READ?

“Hi Mitch, Looks like you run the marketing system over at Taos. I’m in a similar state here at Fannit; running marketing channels for both our clients and for ourselves. It can feel a bit like being on a treadmill, isn’t it? I’d like to connect and swap stories sometime.”I received this message this morning … Continue reading Do You People READ?

Happy Birthday WWW, and Thank you TIM!

According to this morning’s Google Doodle, today is the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.On this day thirty years ago – March 12, 1989 – Tim Berners-Lee turned on his first web server at the CERN labs in Switzerland.  In doing so he changed the world.Tim had a few thoughts about what to call … Continue reading Happy Birthday WWW, and Thank you TIM!

Azure Exams: Different?

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?

Am I Being Watched? Possible, unlikely…

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…

Azure Fundamentals

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

Another Way To Scam You…

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…

The Safety of Ottawa…

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…

Electile Disfunction

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

PowerISO: Doing it right

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

Surface Pro Battery Woe

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

The Dangling Control Panel

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