D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

September 2008 Entries

Microsoft Canada Tech Days 2008 Registration

For those of you wondering when you’ll be able to register for the TechDays events, I heard through the grapevine that the site (which you can reach here) will be open on Monday morning next week. D Technorati Tags: TechDays_CA ......

Envision – Declare – Invoke: My Life As A Case Study

In the first part of my Ignite Your Life series of posts there were a few key ideas that I tried to get across. Envision Choose your illusion…don’t focus on what you aren’t or who you are now, but focus on what you want to become, where you want to be, what you want to do. Create a detailed vision of the you that you want and set that as your goal. Declare Once you’ve created your vision, you need to declare yourself as that vision. You need to cement in your psyche that you will be the fulfillment ......

Microsoft Canada Tech Days Sessions and Schedule

If you’re wondering what the schedule and sessions for the upcoming Microsoft Tech Days 2008 events are, you can get all the info here. D Technorati Tags: TechDays_CA ......

PDC Goodies!

Post on Channel 9 talks about attendees to PDC getting 160 GB external hard drive which will include all the bits from the conference! Check out the associated video that talks about the topics covered at the link below: http://channel9.msdn.com/po... ......

By The End Of Today, What Would You Wish To Happen

It’s a question that Benjamin Reece asked 50 people in New Orleans. He recorded what they replied with and posted it as a digital short documentary-style video online (view it here). The people in the film had varying responses: A pregnant woman wanted ice cream. A young lady wanted a million dollars. Another young lady wanted a loved one in jail to be released. A gentleman wanted to meet an attractive lady in a cigar store and share a smoke. Some mentioned housework to be magically done. One man ......

Ignite Your Life: Relationships – Find Your Tribe

This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). Ok, so we’ve established that we need relationships. But how do we go about fostering them…creating them even? For some of us making connections with people isn’t a big deal, but for many the idea of meeting people, interacting with people, and just making small talk is scary…foreign…bizarre. ......

Winnipeg BizTalk User Group Event

First Winnipeg BizTalk User Group Event! Agenda "Getting Started with BizTalk" - Darryll Sum "Unit Testing with BizUnit" - Shona Helstrom Rountable Discussion Location 1700 Richardson Building 17th Floor, One Lombard Place If you arrive after 6pm, you must speak with the front desk guard to obtain access. Date / Time Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Food and Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register for the event, check out our WBTUG website at http://www.btug.biz/Home/Wi... ......

Microsoft Canada Tech Days ‘08

That’s right friends! Coming to a city near you* this October to December, its the Microsoft Tech Days 08! And the reigning members of Microsoft’s in-house wrestling team, The Nation of Domination**, are EXPECTING you to come out and LEARN, INTERACT, GET FREE STUFF, and LEARN EVEN MORE! Don’t be caught in the cross hairs of Sasha “The Rock” Krsmanovic’s eyebrow raise, ‘cause you know the MVP Elbow is just around the corner! Ok, so seriously though…Microsoft is going to be coming through Canada between ......

NFL Week One Results

Well I was on the mark for the most part…only had a few games overall that threw me: Titans over Jaguars Chicago over Colts GB over Vikings Denver over Raiders Chicago over the Colts was probably the upset of the week, with the GB/Vikings game a close second. Vikings looked very green for a team that’s supposed to threaten the NFC North. Raiders was my emotional pick for the week…they’re like the Tiger Cats of the NFL: you just can’t not root for them. Falcons are starting the next dynasty! Bring ......

Announcing the Winnipeg BizTalk User Group!

Winnipeg has had a successful .NET User Group for many years, and building on that we’ll be providing a new offering starting this fall: The Winnipg BizTalk User Group! When and Where October 9th at 5:30 17th floor Richardson Building (where we currently hold the .NET User Group meetings) What will be discussed? Introduction to the group, introduce who’s involved, etc. Shona Helstrom from EDS will be presenting on using BizUnit for unit testing BizTalk We’ll conclude with a roundtable discussion ......

Are We Ready For Some Football!?!?

The Redskins/Giants game aside, we’re now less than 30 minutes away from the beginning of the NFL season! Of course, its really just an exercise to see who will lose the Superbowl to the Atlanta Falcons, but still…we have so many storylines and drama that this will be an excellent season of “As The NFL Turns”. So week one…what are we going to see… Falcons over Lions The Falcons put the past behind them and start with their new look…well, everything. Lions, still the same look. Jaguars over Titans ......

Ignite Your Life: Relationships – No Man Is An Island

This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). I’ve been fighting with how to start this post…some witty anecdote, some deep insight, some metaphor that drives the point home. But none of those are formalizing so let me just be blunt: You need relationships in your life for it to be successful. Out of all the ideas and concepts ......

Branching Guidance and Feature Crews

Interesting article up on CodePlex about how Microsoft organizes “Feature Crews” to organize development (also has to do with how they structure their branching). If you’re familiare with FDD (Feature Driven Development), then there’s alot here that will seem familiar. Interesting to see how Microsoft has formalized the concepts though. D ......

Desklighter – Making Desktop Silverlight Apps

Desklighter is a new offering from blendables which lets you create stand-alone Silverlight applications that don’t require a browser to run…very much like how you can have stand alone Flash exe’s executable from your desktop. It’s a neat idea, although they raise a good question in their own FAQ: We have WPF, so why would we want to make Silverlight (intended to be a web technology) work from a desktop? Their response was a little confusing: WPF requires that you need to have the .NET Framework ......

First Reaction to Chrome

Normally I’d look at any new announcement from Google like a kid unwrapping a present on Christmas morning: they’re typically cool, and at worst good for 10 min of attention until I put it aside to focus on something else. But their announcement of Chrome made me want to pick up my iMac and throw it out the window. One of the biggest banes to a web developer’s existence has always been the plethora of browsers that we have to test our applications against. Keith Elder recently blogged about how CodeZone ......