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February 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Unveiled

Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Mobile 7 today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Let's start with...the Start screen.

First off, it’s got a new naming convention: Windows Phone. Second, it has a brand-spanking new UI…finally!

Keep reading!

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January 29, 2010

Got R2 Haiku? Last Day To Vote!

R2 Haiku

The voting in Microsoft’s kickass R2 Haiku contest ends today. My entry about DirectAccess ended up being one of the nine finalists, which means I’m still in the running.

So if you don’t mind, take a second to hop over to the voting page and toss a vote my way.

To vote, just click the VOTE button under my entry (shown above). Login to Twitter when prompted, and then check that it recorded your vote by turning the VOTE button blue. Easy peasy.

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August 26, 2009

Changing The Future

Channel@Work was really an amazing program. Kudos to all the folks who really made it happen!

Last week, I had the good fortune to attend CMP’s XChange’09 event in Washington, DC. As a vendor-centric show, this kind of event gives solution providers like my company the opportunity to see new offerings from various vendors, give feedback, and forge business relationships that can mutually benefit our companies.

But this year, one of the initiatives taking place during XChange’09 really made me, and a whole lot of others, sit up and take notice.

CMP Media partnered with Microsoft and the Framsyn Initiative to sponsor Channel@Work, a program that sponsored a large group of young people from all over the country who expressed an interest in IT careers to attend XChange. The goal was to give them an opportunity to be mentored by industry veterans, and give them a boost into the IT field.

The boardroom I was assigned to for vendor appointments was located directly across the hall from the Channel@Work workroom. The level of hardware they were working with was really impressive. Plus, they all got to keep the machines they built. 

Activities included team-building, computer-building, direct interaction with executives from IT companies, and the ability to engage with the rest of us delegates. At breakfast one morning, I got a chance to talk with a young man named Che. He told me about his job as a junior network administrator, the kinds of things he’s learned how to do from that job, and his goals for the future. I talked to him about the importance of keeping both his resume and skillset current, of picking and choosing certification exams that give the most options for huim in the future, and the importance of learning not just a given product release, but really understanding the underlying concept about how and why something works.

As part of this program, these young people were working toward completing Microsoft’s 70–653 exam TS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuring, which earns not only an MCTS, but also a Small Business Specialist designation. Both of those achievements will immediately give those young people value to potential solution provider employers like me who focus on the SMB segment.

When the video above was played during the ARC awards dinner on the final evening of XChange’09, I was literally moved to tears. Seeing those kids so eager to learn and hungry for knowledge took me back to when I first started my IT career, and it made me remember how thankful I was and still am to all the people who first believed in me and gave me an opportunity in the industry, within which I’ve thrived for the last 15 years.

I truly believe that if the IT industry is to improve as a whole, it will come from mentoring programs like Channel@Work and others like it convincing young people that an IT career is one that can offer them the kind of fulfilling, rewarding life’s work that we all hope to find, and giving them the initial opportunity to find success.

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July 15, 2009

Too Hot To Handle

Hot burn you!

That’s right. 3 out of the last 4 slides on my deck submitted for my last session at WPC were deemed “unsuitable” and “too risky.” Other words bandied about were “copyright,” “lawsuit” and “knuckle sandwich.”

In other words…

You really won’t want to miss this one, folks.

So if you’re at WPC and wanna see what all the fuss it about, make plans to be at session SMB012 – “The Business of Your Community” TODAY! It’s at 5p in Room 218–219.

To make it easy for you to remember, here’s a handy .vcs file which will put session SMB012 right on your calendar for you.

We’ll be talking about ways that you can build and market your business, all while being be a shining example of a corporate citizen at the same time. I almost named this session “Do Well By Doing Right.”

Hope to see you there!

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June 10, 2009

People Are Buzzing About Brand-New Emily

If you told two friend about BNE, and they told two friends, and they told two friends...see how that would be totally awesome and we'd love you forever?

Ginger already has a slew of reviews and blurbs collected from various folks on her new site at gingerrue.com, which is all part of the whole “PR and release” process.

But since the book’s come out, it’s been really super cool for her to see the responses from folks who’ve bought and read Brand-New Emily. Here are just a few examples of what’s coming in over her author page on Facebookread more…

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