Guy Barrette, Microsoft, Regional Director, Montreal, Canada, Visual Studio, .NET Expertise Guy Barrette

Guy Barrette

Microsoft Regional Director, Montreal, Canada
Better Wi-Fi coverage with the D-Link ANT24-0230 Antenna

I was getting a somewhat OK wireless signal from my D-Link DIR-655 router in my backyard but I wanted a stronger signal.  I looked at a few possibilities and ended up trying the D-Link Xtreme N 2.4GHz ANT24-0230 Antenna.

It’s easy to install, just unscrew the router’s antennas and screw the cable in.

The antenna doesn’t boost the signal but let you locate it in a better place.  I was able to get a far better signal.  On the downside, the antenna cable is not very long at just over a meter long.

Posted: Jul 31 2011, 05:45 PM by guybarrette
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DevTeach for the 1st time in Ottawa

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DevTeach recently announced that their next conference will be held for the first time in Ottawa on Nov 2-4 2011.

From the Website:

For the first time, DevTeach will be presenting a conference in Ottawa (November 2nd to 4th). This event will include Pre-Conference workshops and 2 days of main conference.
The venue (Ottawa Convention Center) will have three main themes:
ITProTeach will present 12 sessions for IT Pro, SQLTeach will present 12 sessions for DBA and DevTeach will have 24 sessions for developers. All the track’s content will be announced soon.
 
Take advantage right now of our low prices. If you register to the main conference before August 1st , the price is $349.00. That’s only $174 per day. This event is limited to 350 attendees. Register early!

Compared to the larger conferences, it’s easier to meet, talk and even have a beer with the expert speakers.

Posted: Jul 27 2011, 07:33 AM by guybarrette
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Build

Microsoft will unveil it’s Windows 8 development strategy at the Build conference this September in Anaheim.  Microsoft already said that HTML5 and JavaScript will be used for developing apps but I don’t believe this is the whole story and more will be announced prior or at the conference.  See you there!

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http://www.buildwindows.com

Posted: Jun 16 2011, 07:40 AM by guybarrette
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3 Screens

Looking at the Windows Phone 7, Windows 8 and Xbox screens, it’s now clear that we have an unified UI strategy.

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Posted: Jun 16 2011, 07:29 AM by guybarrette
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Microsoft to aquire Skype: impressed by the press coverage

So now every in the world knows about Microsoft intention to acquire Skype.  It’s huge but what impressed me was the coverage in the non technical medias.  The local newspaper has a front page feature plus extensive coverage.

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BTW, it has begun…

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Posted: May 11 2011, 07:58 AM by guybarrette
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Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft announced the release of Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Official MS Blog announcement

Windows Phone info
Wade Wegner’s blog
Windows Azure team blog

iOS info
Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android and Windows Phone
Windows Azure team blog: NOW AVAILABLE: Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS
Wade Wegner’s blog: Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS
Screencast: Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS

Posted: May 11 2011, 07:48 AM by guybarrette
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Try Windows Azure for free, no credit card

If you’d like to test Windows Azure and don’t want to use your credit card, Microsoft has created a free 30 day pass that does not require a credit card.

Head here and use Canada as you country and CDNDEVS as the promo code.

Posted: Apr 29 2011, 07:25 AM by guybarrette
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AzureFest Montreal

CloudPower

What's AzureFest About?
Welcome to AzureFest! Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud operating system. Developing for Azure leverages your existing ASP.NET Development Experience and provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications in the cloud through Microsoft® datacenters or even hybrid off/on premises hosting models.

Come to AzureFest and let us show you how developing and deploying Azure Applications is fast and easy. You will learn how to set up your Azure account and how to take a traditional ASP.NET application and convert it for Azure. Publishing Applications to the Azure Developer Portal is a breeze. You'll learn how to set up the Azure SDK and Azure Tools for Visual Studio.

What You'll Learn
How to setup your Azure Account
How to take a traditional on-premise ASP.NET applications and deploy it to Azure
Publishing Applications to Azure Developer Portal
Setting up the Azure SDK and Azure Tools for Visual Studio

We Provide
The tools you will need on your machine to prepare yourself for Azure
Hands on instruction and expert assistance
Power and network access
Snacks and refreshments
Post event technical resources so you can take your skills to the next level

You Provide
Your own laptop
Your experience in building ASP.NET Applications and Services

Note that the event will be in French.  For more info and to register,  click here.

Posted: Apr 29 2011, 07:14 AM by guybarrette
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Solving a corrupt .OST Outlook file

I had a problem with my .OST Outlook folder last week.  First, Outlook reported a problem with that folder and asked me to run the repair tool (SCANPST.EXE).

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I ran the tool and was able to access the folder again but that folder wouldn’t synch while all the others are fine.  When that folder was selected, Outlook showed me this in the status bar:

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All the other ones showed this:

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Now what?  My .OST file is corrupt and running the repair tool doesn’t solve the problem.  A quick search in the InterTubes lead me to this article and a simple solution: quit Outlook, delete/rename the file and restart Outlook.  Since everything reside on the Exchange server, Outlook will simply create a new .OST file and download all the emails again.  Note that this only works for if you use Exchange ant for .PST files.

Posted: Apr 18 2011, 07:16 AM by guybarrette
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IE10 Platform Preview

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Announced yesterday at Mix11, the IE10 Platform Preview is now available for download.  This faster release cycle is a change for MS and it’s understandable because of the moving sands that is HTML5.

Posted: Apr 13 2011, 07:18 AM by guybarrette
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