January 2008 - Posts
I'll be speaking at DevTeach Toronto that will take place May 12-16 2008.
Here's my topic:
Visual Studio 2008 IDE : Grand tour of the new features
OMG! Check out the awesome speakers list:
Yair Alan Griver
William R. Vaughn
Brad M. McGehee
Paul D. Sheriff
I had a strange problem today with my Windows 2003 64-bit server: it rebooted itself! After it rebooted, I logged in and bang: BSOD! Again and again.
I tried booting in safe mode and I noticed that the system was taking a few seconds to load ACPITABL.DAT. Having no idea what that file is, I did a little search and didn't found answers to my exact problem but found enough info to tell me that it was some kind of hard disk/drivers issue.
I have a couple of external USB drives connected to that server for backup purposes so I decided to turn them off and then restarted the server. Bingo! I was then able to log without problems. I then turned on the external drives again, without problems and no files damaged.
I was able to fix the problem but I have no idea what was the problem or what caused it. Go figure!
In this previous post, I explained how I was able to solve a problem where Outlook was eating way too much CPU.
Well guess what, the problem reappeared. This time two processes were eating CPU like crazy: Outlook.exe and MsMpEng.exe. The later being the Live One Care anti virus engine. As soon as I was closing Outlook, CPU usage dropped to 2%. As soon as I restarted Outlook, CPU usage went to 30-40%!!!
In One Care, I excluded the folder where the PST files are located and it solved the problem.
1. In OneCare, slick Change Settings.
2. Click Viruses & Spyware tab.
3. Click on the Exclusions button.
4. Click on the Add Folder button.
5. Navigate to the specific folder that contains the PST files (usually: C:\Users\xxxxxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook)
6. Click OK to finish.
Fun, fun, fun
My good buddies at ObjectSharp in Toronto are organizing a half day seminar on Visual Studio 2008. If you're in the Toronto area, make sure you register for this event with these VS2008 ninjas.
Looks like the O# designer is having fun with the movies theme ;-)
A certification for Home Theater using Vista and Home Server! How cool is that?
TS: Windows Vista Connected Experience: Home Theater for Technologists
The exam is currently in Beta 'til Feb 15th.Using the beta code PAGHT, the exam should be free. Register at http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp
Just found out about these NET Framework 3.5 Beta Exams.
1. 71-502 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Presentation Foundation
2. Extended through 1/24/08
3. Exam beta code - 502B1
4. Prep guide can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-502.mspx
1. 71-503 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Communication Foundation
2. Extended through 1/25/08
3. Exam beta code - 503B1
4. Prep guide can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-503.mspx
1. 71-504 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Workflow Foundation
2. Extended through 1/25/08
3. Exam beta code 504B1
4. Prep guide can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-504.mspx
Register for these exams by visiting, http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp
Using the provided beta codes, the exams are free.
Marc Filion: SharePoint et le développement d’application Web
Nous discutons avec Marc Filion du développement d’application Web avec la plateforme SharePoint. Entre autres, nous discutons des stratégies pour simplifier la promotion du code des environnements de tests vers les serveurs de production.
Marc Filion est un consultant indépendant qui se spécialise dans les applications Web avec SharePoint. Précédemment, il a travaillé chez MGA Concept. Marc participe fréquemment aux activités de la communauté des développeurs .NET et des groupes d'utilisateurs de Montréal.
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Registration is now open for the Canadian launch 2008. Toronto and Vancouver are tagged has "launch events" (read bigger and larger), the other cities are in the usual MSDN tours format. If you're interested in how you can change/upgrade your career, make sure to register for the Community Connection event also.
Community Connection Events
I don't know why but Derek Hatchard didn't want to return to the magnificent Imperial Palace hotel for Mix08 this year. Yep the Imperial Palace is cheap but it feels like a 70's hotel in desperate need of a refresh. One thing for sure, I won't stay at the Venetian. Even with the conference discounted price, it's still $269/night. Derek found a good deal at the Treasure Island hotel @ $119/night and that hotel is located accross the street facing the Venetian. Nice!
He also suggested that the T.I. would be the unofficial offsite hotel for the Canadians attending Mix.
I don't know if it's because of Mix but the Treasure Island even has a show called "Sirens of I.T." ;-)
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