The Business Value of Vista – another event held by VANTUG

If you are looking at rolling out Vista, this event on March 29 may be of interest to you. I received the following email from Graham Jones regarding another VANTUG event.


When new products are launched we typically get inundated with technical material which of course is important to all IT Professionals. However, today it is increasingly important for IT professionals at all levels in an organization to relate new product features to the business and not simply view it as a new piece of technology to learn. Expect that trend to continue in the future. Becoming business savvy as well as technically savvy will pay dividends in your career.

We are fortunate that Charlie Russel, MVP has offered to come and talk to us about the Business Value of Vista. Be assured this is not a “marketing” talk. Charlie is a techie through and through. It will be technical in nature but will take new features of Vista and relate them to where they can provide added business value. For example, security, deployment, 64 bit (Charlie’s favourite topic), etc..

Charlie is a much sought after speaker and regularly writes white papers for Microsoft on a wide range of topics such as SBS, Longhorn, Vista, etc.

The event will be held on March 29 (welcome time 6pm) at SportBC, 1367 West Broadway, Vancouver (welcome time 6pm). Please note that since this is not an event directly sponsored by MSFT no pizza and pop will be serverd. Since space at SportBC is limited make sure to register early. Please use the following link to register:



Graham Jones
President, VANTUG

Daylight Saving Time changes in 2007

You are probably aware of this but in case you aren’t, daylight savings time has changed in 2007.

The standard dates for North American Daylight Saving Time (DST) change in March 2007. Previously, DST began on the first Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October. As of March 2007, DST begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Please read link below:


The link above explains what you should do if you are a home user, IT Professional, Developer, Small and Medium business.

If you own a handheld device please visit

SUNDAY, March 11th, 2007 2:00 AM

VANTUG Community Event coming up on Tue Feb 20, 2007

This was emailed to me by Graham Jones, President of VANTUG

The VANTUG Community Launch has been scheduled for 6:30pm (welcome time 6pm) Tuesday, February 20th at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver. It is very important that we make this a successful event. A lot of kudos is associated with these events when it comes to MSFT. So encourage your friends and colleagues to attend.

There will be 4 topics:

Vista (Jose Pereira)
Exchange 2007 (Doug Cowie)
Framework 3.0 (Sergio Aquino)
Sharepoint 2007/Groove (Ciarana McAuliffe)

Each session will be roughly 40 mins with approx. 20 mins devoted to presentation/demos and 20 mins to Q&A/discussion. This is a community event so I would like to see as much audience participation as possible. Although we have presenters I want us all to benefit from the entire knowledge/experience/interest in the room. The presenters will be largely responsible for the presentation content but since this is a “community” event, if you wish, I would like you to reply to this email with content suggestions for any or all of the topics and we will do our best to incorporate the most popular.

My target attendance is a minimum of 150. Let’s show MSFT and Culminis that we are worthy of the high standing that we have with both those organizations.

To register please use the following link:



Graham Jones


PS Don’t forget to register for TechFest 2007 on February 24th at BCIT

Merry Christmas

Merry Xmas to all our clients. 2006 has been a year of catch-up, where we helped you keep what you currently have running smoothly. Unfortunately, we should look at being more proactive instead of reactive. For next year, we hope to see some major changes. Some clients may be upgrading their infrastructure to Microsoft-platform instead of Linux, while others make the jump to the Office 2003 package. I hope we have been good business partners in all your business ventures. We look forward to serving you again in 2007.

ASP.NET with C# course at BCIT

We finally completed this 12-week course and am I glad it is over. The major assignment was about an online shopping application and it involved using ADO.NET, master/theme pages, best practices, data sanitizing, security by using membership roles, authentication/authorization controls, and many other exciting features. I learned a lot and would definitely like to spend more time putting this technology to use.