One-Handed Computing

Your mind probably went someplace saucy as soon as you saw the phrase “One-Handed Computing”, but in this case, I’m talking about what Jason Kottke is talking about — those times when you use mobile technology while your other hand isn’t free because you’re: Eating Drinking Carrying or feeding a baby Walking the dog Carrying…

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TechDays Halifax / Halifax Coffee and Code Next Week!

TechDays, Microsoft’s cross-Canada conference for developers and IT pros took a break in October, but returns in November to complete its tour of the five remaining cities, starting in Halifax! I, along with the rest of the TechDays team will be in Halifax and places nearby starting this weekend and for most of next week:…

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Canadian MVPs Contribute to Free Developer eBook

From the Microsoft MVP Award Program blog earlier this week: Canadian MVPs Contribute to Free Developer eBook! Nine MVPs recently contributed to the Developers, Developers, Developers, IT eBook. The eBook was created by Canadian MVP Derek Hatchard and Dirk Primbs. It contains 17 articles by developers for developers and is available as a free download…


WinMoDevCamp Toronto: Wednesday November 11th at Microsoft’s Mississauga Office

WinMoDevCamp, the worldwide series of development workshops for Windows-based mobile phones, is coming to Toronto on Wednesday, November 11th! If you want to learn how to develop applications for Windows Phone (the mobile operating system formerly known as Windows Mobile), this full-day workshop will give you the opportunity to get some hands-on training and experience….

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Azure/Silverlight Hallowe’en App

Archetype have put together a cute little Hallowe’en pumpkin-carving application built with Silverlight and hosted on Azure. It lets you “carve” a pumpkin, complete with backlit glow from the candle, and send the resulting image to a friend. Give it a try! To get started with Silverlight, visit the Silverlight site’ “Get Started” page. To…

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Jumping the shark – and the cloud

Interesting news from Gartner last week. According to the research firm, cloud computing now leads the list of the top 10 strategic technologies for 2010. That may come as a surprise to some, but it’s consistent with what industry observers have been saying recently. It was Gartner that earlier this year predicted that cloud services…

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Is Your Code a Candidate for “There, I Fixed It”?

There, I Fixed It is a hilarious photoblog that catalogs kludges, jury rigs and hastily-improvised duct-tape repairs and modifications to everyday objects. The photos below are a sample of some of the quick fixes shown on the site, each one somewhere on the spectrum spanning “clever and thrifty” to “cheap, shoddy and frightening”: (Regarding the…

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Stack Overflow DevDays Toronto

On Friday, the Stack Overflow DevDays travelling conference, which covers ten cities in North America and Europe in a month, took place in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The sold-out conference was packed enthusiastic developers from both the Toronto area as well as cities within driving distance as well as a large number…

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27 Takes on Windows 7

If you’ve got customers wondering if they should upgrade from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7 and are looking for testimonials, go to Gizmodo’s article, 27 Takes on Windows 7. It features quotes from 27 reviews of Windows 7, which include the following seven: CNET "Windows 7 presents a stable platform that can compete…

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Mississauga SharePoint User Group Inaugural Meeting – Monday, October 26th

You can learn about learn about SharePoint 2010 – the upcoming version of Microsoft’s enterprise information portal platform — at the inaugural meeting of the Mississauga SharePoint User Group taking place this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Microsoft’s Mississauga office. Rob Windsor from ObjectSharp will lead a session covering SharePoint 2010 with a particular focus…

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