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

February 2013 Entries

High Schools Get Failing Grade in Computer Science

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer…because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs That’s the starting frame of a fantastic short vid introducing the code.org website. Check out the video below: There’s been a lot of drum beating around the lack of STEM enrollment (that’s Science-Technology-Engineer... at universities and colleges. Computer programming is part of that, and it’s definitely still an issue. As the video shows, we’re heading to a huge gap ......

MVP Summit 2013

I got back on Thursday last week from the Microsoft MVP Summit in the Seattle area. MVPs are tech community leaders who are awarded annually by Microsoft based on their contributions and leadership. They throw a big party conference in the Seattle area every year for MVPs, who come from all over the world. It’s like a big geeky Folklarama. MVPs are slotted based on a Microsoft product group. I’m in the ASP.NET/IIS group, others might be in the ALM (TFS) group, Windows Phone, Languages, Office, etc. ......

Microsoft’s MVP Program–Evolving, not Dying

Thomas Larock blogged about the impending uncertainty/doom of the MVP summit; the topic isn’t new, as all of us as MVPs can remember the various glory days of only a few years ago compared to today. For instance… 2008 2013 $150 MS Store Credit Yup Nope Keynotes (Ballmer, Toby, etc) Yup Nope Cross-MVP Group Access Yup Nope Hotel Location Seattle Bellevue Session Locations MS Campus Hotel/MS Campus Prod Group Event Dedicated Day Combined with Attendee Party Yup, we used to get Steve Ballmer delivering ......