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

June 2009 Entries

Windows 7 RC – Limited/No Connectivity and Resolution

I upgraded my HP laptop with Win 7 RC, but ever since I’ve run into issues with my wireless and LAN devices. I could connect to my network, but not to the internet. I’d get “limited connectivity” messages and nothing seemed to fix it. It was really weird too, because I’d get internet for a few seconds and then *poof* it would be gone, but then when restarting I’d never get internet…there was never a solid pattern to the behaviour. Others were discovering this issue as well, as one thread on the TechNet ......

CFL 2009 Season Starts Wednesday – Know the New Rules

This Wednesday isn’t just Canada Day, its also the start of the 2009 CFL season! This year there are four rule changes that look to make the game more entertaining for us fans: After a safety, kickoffs happen from the 25 yard line, not the 35 yard line. For many teams, it makes more sense to just give up the 2 points if they’re backed up to their endzone and are facing a punting situation. The idea being that they’d rather save the field position and give up the 2 points. By moving the ball back ......

Canada’s Summer of SEXINESS Begins!

Ah Summer…that time of the year that we all dread as geeks. In the dark and cold of winter we can hide our pasty white skin and our diverse body portionings under layers of clothing. But Summer…summer is when we must come out into the light, like Golem being pulled into the sunlight by Sam and Frodo. Well, this summer my *twin* Daniel Nerenberg and I are going to try and offer some encouragement by leading the charge out of our collective basements writing code and into the light of day! Yes, this ......

Transformers 2 Review – Or – Screw You Roger Ebert!

*Warning: While I don’t give away spoilers, I do mention aspects of the movie that may give away certain aspects of the plot…but its nothing you couldn’t gleam from either the trailers or by reading Robert Ebert’s review. Just sayin’… * I have just come from two and a half hours of visual adrenaline being thrust into my brain through my eyes, and yes the experience *was* as sexy as I just made it sound! I went in to Transformers 2 with very low expectations. For one, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first ......

Adobe User Group June Event – FlashCatalyst/FlashBuilder

The Adobe UG here in Winnipeg has an event tomorrow night (Thursday, June 25th). From their website (which you should visit to RSVP to): Flash Catalyst/Flash Builder Demos Date and Time: June 25, 2009 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm Address: Red River College 160 Princess Street Winnipeg, Manitoba Speakers: Darren Osadchuk Agenda: Adobe recently made beta versions of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder publicly available on Adobe Labs. Come out and see these exciting new tools in action and learn how they integrate ......

Components to enumerate web references aren’t installed and I need to do what now?!

I went to update a webservice reference in a web app and was greeted with a strange and somewhat disconcerting message… The components required to enumerate web references are not installed on this computer. Please re-install Visual Studio. Luckily, I didn’t have to reinstall Visual Studio as was suggested. Instead I just did what Joshua Morgan suggested on the MSDN forums: I ran: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe /resetskippkgs" and it worked for me. And that’s ......

Winnipeg .NET UG Tuesday Night: VS.NET 2010 Preview

Dylan Smith from Anvil Digital will be presenting Tuesday night (June 23rd) on VS.NET 2010! Do you ever deal with bugs that you can’t reproduce? Do you use a lot of manual testing? You won’t want to miss this chance to see how the new features in Visual Studio Team System 2010 Tester Edition can help your team. VSTS Architecture edition has also been undergoing a drastic change, replacing what was a mostly lackluster feature set with some phenomenally useful tools. See how the new Architecture Explorer ......

She’s Just Not That Into You…*Especially* You Access Guy

I had quite the eye-opening series of discussions at a recent conference about how women are treated in our industry. Discussions ranged from how geek guys overstep boundaries to what levels of modesty women in tech should exude. The discussion of women in technology has been ongoing for many years. Major conferences host WIT (Women in Technology) shindigs where people get together to build Lego together and burn bras (oddly enough, I’m only kidding about the bra burning…still don’t get the Lego ......

The Saddest Sight In The World…

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Let’s get that Twitter maintenance done ASAP boys!

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DevTeach Day Threefour

No, I didn’t mean “Three and four”. Saying “Days Three and Four” would suggest there was some amount of time in between that consisted of sleeping that would serve to separate the two days. I mentioned in my last post that the adventure would continue and so it did! Thursday had me lined up for two talks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I slept in on this day, letting myself get up at 8:00 to do last minute tweaks to the presentation. 4.5 hours sleep is a treat at DevTeach. After the ......

Dev Teach Day 1 and 2 – Late Nights and Karaoke

The epicness continues… Dev Teach Day 1 So on Tuesday, it was the *official* start of the DevTeach conference. Good times had by all. My first talk went pretty well I think, and I caught Shawn’s excellent MVVM talk. That night was the speaker dinner at a local Thai restaurant. After that I was talked into heading down to scout out a dance club with a group of friends. We never did dance, but we did learn that 1. I forgot how awesome Centurions and Visionaries were. 2. If you want to go dancing but ......

Dev Teach Recap – Day 0

If the first day of DevTeach is any indication I’m going to be a wreck by the end of the week thanks to a lack of sleep and copious amounts of double quarter pounders with cheese at late night feedings. Flew in yesterday morning pretty early and got to the hotel at like 9ish. Luckily they had a room available and got me into my room. Four Seasons FTW! After meeting up with the usual suspects for breakfast (Donald, Rob, Gary, and my Winnipeg compadre Dylan) and some hang time, we headed to Microsoft’s ......

June Conference Smackdown: DevTeach vs. VS Live

This week brings us two conference events in North America: DevTeach and VS Live. Did you choose VS Live for your conference selection this year? If you did, I’m about to share some information that may cause you to re-think your conference decision for next year. Now a disclaimer: I’ve been attending DevTeach for a number of years, and speaking at the last two (as well as this one coming up), so yes I am biased. However, this will be a Michael Moore-esque post: I’ll give you facts, then add witty ......

Protegra Geek Dinner – Great Success!

We had a great time last night hosting our first ever Geek Dinner at the King’s Head Pub! Phil Mok from Protegra presented on his recent work with the Microsoft MVC framework and we all enjoyed some good food and drinks. Thanks to all that came out, and thanks to Wrox and Phil Haack for hooking us up with some MVC books to give away ......

Vendor/Client Relationship Video

Had some requests to forward a link to this video, so I figured I’d post it here as well ......

Better Serving Community – Interaction over Presentation

John Oxley tweeted Brainstorming ideas on how we can better serve the Canadian ICT ecosystem, any ideas? I was thinking about it…and I’m wondering…are community technology events as we’re doing them going extinct? When user groups first came on the scene there was a very cookie-cutter template that they almost all adopted: Get together, have a powerpoint presentation with demos, eat pizza, give out prizes. The focus was always on bringing in a speaker who was the focal point of the event. But we’ve ......

Book Review – Foundation Silverlight 2 Animation

Foundation Silverlight 2 Animation Author: Jeff Paries On Amazon.com On Amazon.ca Silverlight promises a rich user experience. Of course, that assumes that Silverlight developers are going to take advantage of features that enable the rich user experience to be realized. Developers coming from a winform or asp.net background will more than likely approach Silverlight with the same application biases of what is possible and what the limitations are based on past experiences. This leads to applications ......