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

February 2012 Entries

Twitter + Arduino + Traffic Light = Awesome!

Check out this video I did with Tyler Dueck and Jason Smith at the Winnipeg Code Camp on how they used an Arduino device attached to a traffic light to allow it to be controlled by Twitter!



The Failing of Technical Education–Too Much Tech

Our Universities and Colleges haven’t gotten it yet, and its producing a disservice to the technical industry and trickling down to every other industry that relies on technical people (read: All of them). I’m talking about the lack of soft-skills, leadership, interpersonal, and professional training that organizations are demanding from their IT professionals. Gone are the days of the stereotypical programmer that sits in a dark room lit only by a computer monitor, with food and requirements slid ......

Announcing Prairie Dev Con Regina, Oct 1–2 2012!

We’re coming home! In October of 2012 Prairie Dev Con returns to where it all began: Regina, Saskatchewan! And while we’re over seven months away, we’re already starting to plan for the event – and we need your help to make it the best Prairie Dev Con ever! We’ve set up a *very* short survey asking what topics and workshops you’d like to see at the conference. We’ll also be drawing from survey submissions on May 1st for a free registration to the conference! Just visit our online survey here to fill ......

2012 Exciting Year in Microsoft Space

We’re only in February, but the rest of the 10 months left in 2012 look to be very interesting in the Microsoft space with products that Developers and IT Pros will find intriguing. Redmond Channel Partner posted a great article outlining what products we can expect to make an appearance this year and when. Some highlights: Windows 8/Windows Server 8 Well we all know this is coming, and that it will be a huge focus of Microsoft’s marketing (once their people are actually allowed to talk about it). ......

NES Fanboi’s Dream–Ryu in Super Mario Bros?!

I came across this awesome video… …and I thought “That was really well done!”. Then I get to the end, which points to ExplodingRabbit.com. So I head over there and…omg…its’ not just a video project – these guys actually *wrote* this! They’ve creating a Flash game of Super Mario Bros, but give you the options of playing characters from other NES games, including Samus from Metroid, Simon Belmont from Castlevania, MegaMan, Link, and (this is freaking awesome) the tank from Master Blaster! And its not ......