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

January 2010 Entries

Telus: Great Customer Service…well, for a cell phone company

Today I broke up with my Windows Mobile phone. Well, it wasn’t so much that I broke up with it as much as it became defective and unusable…which makes me sound like a jerk when I use a “breaking up” context, so let’s just forget that…and save the gory technical details for another post. The main point: I have no usable phone and I need a usable phone. So I went to my local Telus store to see what could be done. The guy I spoke to (Darnelle sp?) was awesome and knew quite a bit about Blackberry’s ......

D’Arcy’s Book Club – The Dream

That’s right: January isn’t over and I’ve already plowed through not one, not two, but three books on my way to a record year for devouring tomes of the written word! Now some of you might be thinking that, while you enjoy reading my technology posts or announcements of community events, or shamefully plugging the Prairie Developer Conference, really all you want is *just* my book reviews. Well I have good news: I’ve setup shop over at Blogger and you can read *just* my book reviews at http://darcysbookclub.blogs... ......

Winnipeg SharePoint January UG Event – POSTPONED

Due to unforeseen technical issues, we’re postponing the January SharePoint event originally scheduled for tonight.

We’ll be rescheduling Rob Windsor to talk on SharePoint 2010 in February.

Sorry about the inconvenience!



D’Arcy’s Book Club – When All You Have Is Hope

Welcome to another instalment of my book review blog posts! It’s only the middle of January and I’ve already blazed through the second book of 2010! Before we get to the review, I wanted to mention that if anyone has recommendations for books I should flip through, please send them my way! Alright, on to the meat of this post… When All You Have is Hope Frank O’Dea (For more information about Frank, check out this ‘About’ page on his website which includes a great interview on CBC’s The Hour) Links ......

Announcing the 3rd Annual Winnipeg Code Camp!

The Winnipeg Code Camp is going to be held Saturday, February 27th at Red River College’s Princess St. campus! We’ve had such a response from people wanting to speak that we’re using 4 rooms this year, meaning we’ll have 40 sessions at this years camp! In addition to fantastic local talent, we also have Donald Belcham coming from Edmonton and Evan Hutnick from Telerik’s Boston office to present! To get more information and to register, visit the code camp website. I’m posting more session abstracts ......

FireFox 3.5.6 is JUNK (especially for viewing Silverlight)

So after updating the Prairie Developer Conference website with my snazzy Silverlight component with sweet fades, I get an MSN from my buddy Chris Williams. I see a tan gradient background with a huge white box in the middle. No Silverlight. Weird. I fire up Firefox on my machine and the Silverlight bit comes up fine! We start troubleshooting. Version of Silverlight? A-ok. Version of Firefox? He’s running 3.5.6 while I’m running 3.5.7. But, c’mon…that .1 couldn’t make *that* much of a difference ......

Announcing the Prairie Developer Conference 2010!

www.prairiedevcon.com I am VERY thrilled and excited to announce a new Canadian software development conference scheduled for 2010: the Prairie Developer Conference! The conference will be held June 2 – 3 in Regina, SK at the Delta Regina Hotel and Conference Center. It will feature 40 sessions spread over 4 tracks: - Web and Rich Internet Applications - Development Foundation - Application Lifecycle Management - Database and Business Intelligence I’ll be announcing registration pricing later this ......

Word 2010 – Heightened Security Not Just for Airports

It would appear that one of the biggest threats to our digital security has been exploits in Word documents. Or at least, from the extensive security features built into Word 2010, one would come to that conclusion. I came across an odd issue tonight while testing a Silverlight application. I had a Word document (a .doc file, not .docx) on a webserver, but when I tried to access it I got this: To which I said “Yes”, but when Word 2010 opened up, I got this message: I thought maybe there was an issue ......

My Silverlight App Was Fine Until Chrome Came To Town

I put the final touches on a small Silverlight app that I had been working on over the weekend, and was doing some final testing of it. The app is pretty simple: it just displays stuff and has some buttons that take you to other web pages, launches the local email client, or downloads documents from a website. Simple tasks. I ran into a weird issue which I’m pretty sure is Word 2010 related (not the focus of this post, more on that another time). I asked a buddy of mine to access the SL app on my ......

My Mix 10 Community Vote Ballot

So with Mix 10 approaching, and the voting for the community submissions open, I’m sure you’re wondering “D’Arcy, who are YOU voting for?” since obviously my recommendations and backing is GOLDEN. So this can either be seen as a boost to the submitters, or the kiss of death to their hopes of speaking. I prefer to think the former, but hey, enough chit-chat, let’s look at my ballet pics! SketchFlow for Real Software Development David Wesst Vote For This Talk! There are a few SketchFlow talks scheduled ......

Silverlight Killed the HTML Web Site…or DID IT?!

Silverlight, behind the daunting visage of spinning video buttons and deep zoom images, is a lover…not a fighter. While some bemoan the death of traditional web development in favour of Silverlight, the truth is that Silverlight itself wants to reach out and interact with HTML and its web site constructs. Do you want to witness the capability and potential that adding Silverlight to your new or existing website can bring? Do you want to understand Silverlight as an option in part to your web development, ......

D’Arcy’s Book Club and 1st 2010 Review: The No Asshole Rule

That’s right, Oprah isn’t the only hottie to have their own book club! One thing that I didn’t get a chance to do as much of last year was read. I have a pile of books sitting on my night table, but with our daughter being born in July I haven’t had a chance to plow through them. Now that life has settled into a schedule, I want to get back into these tomes of business and technology wisdom. What better way to help ensure I do that then by creating a semi-fictitious book club! I say semi-fictitious ......

Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinner Group Launches

Winnipeg has its own Girl Geek Dinner organization kicking off in 2010! The “Geek Dinner” idea has been around for a while now, providing an opportunity for geeks to get together over a meal or drinks and talk tech, sci-fi, or whatever geeky topics come up. The Girl Geek Dinner movement is meant to provide a forum for the fairer-geeks to get together and network with other femme-geeks. From the Winnipeg GGD page: Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinners is an offshoot of the London Girl Geek Dinners, started by ......