The problem with Microsoft…

Some rights reserved by Nick, Programmerman Gary Rivlin at Fortune Magazine has some recent articles about Steve Ballmer and Microsoft senior management (The problem with Microsoft… & Why insiders think top management has lost its way). The articles make great fodder given the rise of Apple to be larger than Microsoft in both market capitalization and […]

Canadians, Canadians, Canadians

Steve Ballmer is coming to Toronto. He’s speaking at the Can>Win initiative presented by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The event is focused on helping to “define strategies to secure Canada’s global advantage”. The effort is publishing 16 one pagers from thought leaders (there 8 published as of Oct 15, 2009) in a dialogue on […]

Getting ready for PDC

I’m starting to get ready for another trip to Los Angeles for Microsoft PDC. PDC08 was a great trip, however, it ended really poorly for me. I arrived home from LA and spent 5 days in Toronto General Hospital after complaining all week about chest pain. It turns out that after a heart attack, they […]

Knowledgeworx – Junior Developer – Microsoft/.NET

Toronto, ON Hi – I’m Brent Ashley, independent DemoCamp sponsor and Ajax Pub Nite host.  I am a Senior Developer and one of the founding partners at Knowledgeworx. Knowledgeworx ( is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure services, technology asset management and networked device monitoring to the retail sector.  Our products and services are built […]

Software, support & visibility

It’s funny, I’ve asked about startups building on .NET in the past. And with the development of programs like BizSpark the continued support of events like StartupCampMontreal and Founders & Funders, and yesterday’s funding announcement at Xobni, there a number of new opportunities for startups to get access to free software and exposure. “Microsoft Blue […]

Blogging Azure

Microsoft released the initial details about the cloud computing platform at PDC in October. The platform is roughly a 3 layered approach. Best I can figure it’s very similar to an existing server configuration. Just like I have operating system and server topology in a data center design, I need to do the same in […]

Improving the mobile browser

The latest set of announcements at PDC have focused on improving the end user and developer user experiences. Windows 7 is a continued evolution of the desktop user experience. Internet Explorer 8 is a web standards compliant browser. There is a gaping hole in the browser on Windows Mobile.  Why does a browser on mobile […]

Give customers choice

Mark Relph has been talking about Choice and Flexibility (part 2) for customers. Today with the announcement of Windows Azure you can start to see how Microsoft is trying to offer the rich user experience choices and the choice of infrastructure, on premises or in the cloud, for developers, IT Pros and ultimately consumers. What […]

PDC kicks off tomorrow

Getting ready to head to LA for Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (which begs the question as a non-professional developer what am I doing at PDC?). I’m preparing for a week of some in depth Microsoft experiences and announcements. Next to the coffee or the bourbon, the keynotes are the best part of a conference. I’m […]

Mix09 <3 Your Web

PDC is less than a week away, and it appears that the Mix team is busy announcing plans for Mix09 in Vegas. Agenda & Speakers There is a great list of the usual suspects and the some new faces including: Lou Carbone (check out Lou’s previous Mix sessions) Dan Roam, Digital Roam Luke Wrobleski, Yahoo, […]