Imagine Cup Canada 2012

Hey students!  Think you can solve some of the world's toughest problems through technology? It's time to prove it!  
The Imagine Cup, the premiere worldwide technology competition, is back! This year students like you are being called on to solve some of the world's toughest problems through technology. Are you up to the challenge?
It's a great opportunity to apply some of the knowledge you've learned in the classroom to help solve some real-world problems. It could be anything, from famine or accessibility to education to traffic safety or environmental sustainability - the problem you choose, and solution you come up with, are up to you.

Students can form teams of up to four, and each team can have a mentor to help them through the process. Mentors can help answer questions you might have, and give you guidance throughout the competition.

In addition to the global categories, there are two local categories that you can enter in this year:
• Software Design
• Windows Phone 7 Game Design

Why should you join?
Besides making the world a better place, you could also win a trip to Toronto for the Canadian Finals, a trip to Sydney, Australia for the Worldwide Finals, cash grants and amazing prizes.
I'd like to urge you to seriously consider joining the competition this year. This is your chance to get recognized for your achievements on an international stage. Use your passion, use your knowledge, and make a difference!

Visit the Imagine Cup website to learn more


Kinect for Windows now available


Microsoft has finally released its Kinect for Windows hardware and SDK today.  You can get all the info on the Kinect for Windows blog.

From a quick read, the SDK is free and the sensor will retail for $249.  Althought using an Xbox sensor should work, it is not recommended.


Mix no more

Tim O’Brien, General Manager Developer & Platform Evangelism at Microsoft, announced today that there will be no more Mix conferences.

Over the years, Mix has shifted from a "72 hours conversation" between developers, designers, media and publishers to a standard Microsoft developer focused conference loosing at the same time it's edge.

TechEd, PDC, Mix...Was there too much Microsoft conferences at some point?  I think so.  We'll now have to wait to see what kind of developers event(s) Microsoft will plan for 2012 and beyond.


SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event


Microsoft announced the virtual launch date for SQL Server 2012 (codename Denali).  The free online event will take place on March 7th, 2012.

More info and registration info can be found here:

So Long, Farewell

After 17 years leading the various incarnations of the Microsoft developers’ user group in Montreal, I decided to limit my activities and my involvement in the group starting now.  The main reason is that I need to spend more time with my family, my mother having Alzheimer’s disease and my father needing help.  I won’t be very far and will be helping during a transition phase.


Great video explaining PIPA/SOPA

I found this video on the Website that does a great job explaining how PIPA/SOPA could wreak the Internet.

Lightroom 4 will not run on Windows XP

So Adobe announced that Lightroom 4 will not run on Windows XP.  Good thing IMHO.  At some point software developers need to look ahead, not 10 years back.

SendGrid : free SMTP solution for Azure


Looking for a solution for sending SMTP emails from your Azure app?  SendGrid is offering a free 25,000 emails/month plan for Azure users.  Note that I haven't used their service before so I can't comment on that at this point.

Check the offer here:


Testing SocialPublish for BlogEngine.Net

Testing SocialPublish for BlogEngine.Net

New year, new blog

Hello!  I decided to change the blog engine (DasBlog) that I've been using for some time now to BlogEngine.Net and at the same time, change the URL from to  I also decided not to move all the old posts and keep as an archive.

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