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  • Nov.21.2010

    This session will take you through a mix of a technical and end user case study of Envision IT's SharePoint 2010 Intranet implementation.  I will be switching back and forth between the decisions we made, live demo of the results, and diving under the covers on how it was done.  The main flow will be:

    • Vision and Goals for the project
    • Logical Design
    • Service Architecture
    • Physical Architecture
    • Security Plan
    • Authentication
    • Managed Metadata
    • Enterprise Content Management (Document Management and Web Content Management)
    • Social Computing (Profile Import, My Sites, Tagging, Wikis, and Blogs)
    • Enterprise Search (SharePoint People Search, FAST Search with refiners and document previewers)
    • Office Web Applications and multi-authoring
    • BCS connection to Dynamics CRM 4.0

    We'll have a lot to cover in a two hour session, so come ready to learn!  Registration is available on the TSPUG MeetUp site at www.meetup.com/TorontoSPUG/calendar/14804304.

  • Nov.15.2010

    For the third year in a row I had the opportunity to speak at Nick Bontis' KM Showcase for his MBA class on knowledge management and intellectual capital.  This is an award winning course featuring 50 of the brightest students in the McMaster MBA program.

    It's always great to be able to evangelize Microsoft SharePoint, Envision IT, and how we work with our clients to improve knowledge management in their organizations.

    Nick is an amazing speaker, and if you haven't had a chance to see him, you can learn more about him at www.nickbontis.com.

  • Nov.13.2010

    Looking forward to SharePoint Saturday Toronto at the Microsoft Canada headquarters tomorrow (Saturday November 13).  Find out all about it at www.sharepointsaturday.org/toronto.  I have an Extranet session that you can learn more about at www.sharepointsaturday.org/toronto/meetings/20/SharePoint2010asanExtranetPlatform.aspx.

    As well as speaking at the conference, Envision IT is sponsoring the raffle draw.  We are giving away an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle.  If you haven't heard about Kinect, you will.  You can check out my other blog entries at http://blogdevpeter.envisionit.com/Pages/tag.aspx?Tag=XBox

    You can view a copy of the presentation from the session at SPS Toronto 2010 Extranet Platforms

  • Nov.11.2010

    Hoping everyone took the time this Remembrance Day to remember the sacrifices made and the reasons why. I've been working with my wife's principal and staff at Milton District High School on their Holocaust to Hope conference this week. Check it out at www.holocausttohope.ca. A rewarding way to apply my SharePoint skills for a worthy cause.

    It's open to the public this Saturday if you're near Milton Ontario. Pretty powerful stuff.  They've done an amazing job of assembling a powerful group of speakers and weaving a story of how we can learn from past atrocities on how to be much more tolerant of others.

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  • Nov.10.2010

    So you're thinking about getting an Xbox Kinect, and you're not sure exactly what you need?  Or you just got one and you want a few quick tips.  Here's some thoughts to get you started.

    There are two flavours of Xbox Kinect.  If you already have an Xbox 360, you can just get the Kinect for Xbox 360.  This has the sensor, software, and adapter to plug it into the USB port of any Xbox 360.  If you don't have an Xbox, there are two bundles available with the Xbox and Kinect.  The only difference is the size of the hard drive (4 Gb or 250 Gb).  Given where media is going (Zune, Netflix, and others offering streaming and download movies and TV shows) you probably want to get the 250 Gb model, even if you're not a big gamer.  Be aware that if you get the bundle, it doesn't come with the adapter for older Xboxes, so you can only use it on the new models.

    Once you get everything out, clear some space for your play area.  Kinect likes 6-10 feet of space in front of it, so you'll need to move coffee tables and such to have a good play area.  When you fire everything up it takes you through an easy step by step of calibrating and configuring everything.

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  • Nov.10.2010

    For those of you that haven't heard of Xbox Kinect, don't worry, you will.  Microsoft is reportedly spending $500M marketing it.  If you haven't tried it out, you really should, it is very cool.  You can read all about it at www.xbox.com/en-US/Kinect.

    In a nutshell, with Kinect you are the controller.  It features an RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone which provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabilities.  The depth sensor consists of an infrared projector combined with a monochrome CMOS sensor, and allows the Kinect sensor to see in 3D under any ambient light conditions (referenced from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinect)

    Of course being a tech geek I had to get one.  I have two theatre setups in the house. Upstairs is a 42" plasma, and downstairs a Panasonic HD projector and a 170" screen. Kinect works with both, but actually works much better upstairs on the plasma.

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  • Nov.09.2010

    I had a great birthday present this November 9th.  Envision IT was honoured to be presented the 2010 Microsoft IMPACT Award for Community Leadership by Eric Gales, President Microsoft Canada.

    We're very proud of the work we do with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Community Living Toronto, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, UNICEF Canada, CAMH, Central Community Support Services Network, The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, College of Early Childhood Educators, The Hospital for Sick Children and the Toronto Children’s Aid Society.

    You can read more about the award at www.envisionit.com/News/Pages/Envision-IT-Wins-2010-Microsoft-IMPACT-Award.aspx.

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