Guy Barrette

Freelance developer and Azure MVP in Montreal, Canada

Engadget's Distro

I subscribe to multiple magazines in different media: paper, pdf, iPad.  The ones I get from Zinio are usually the plain and simple "turn the pages" PDF type.  At the opposite side of the spectrum, Wired is a complete multimedia experience.  You swipe and touch everywhere an
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Kobo Desktop App Update Infinite Loop

Today, the Kobo desktop app warned me that there was an update available.  I proceeded but sor some reason, after the update was installed, it continued to prompt me to install the update again and again and again.  Looks like this is a common problem with this software and the soluti
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The style formely known as Metro

Well, looks like Microsoft will have to come with a new name for its tiled based UI (see this InfoWorld article). I fear that Microsoft will come up with something like this: Windows Professional Visual Interface Style Manager Multi-Touch Enhanced.  May I suggest this instead?  Window
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Noontec Zoro headphones

I was looking for a new pair of headphones when I saw this CNET review: Noontec Zoro: A new high for $100 headphones? I'm no audiophile but one thing I don't like is the emphasis on bass in some of the popular brands right now so when I read in the review that "The sound is neutral, so the
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Bricked Nokia Lumia 900

  I have a bricked Nokia Lumai 900 and I'm not happy about that.  Problems happened after the phone software was updated.  I powered off the computer and the phone and in the morning, the battery was totally drained and it’s just impossible to recover from a drained batter
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Canadian Tour: Windows 8 Hackathon!

Microsoft will tour Canada this summer with its App Building with Windows 8 Hackathon!, a free full day trainaing for developers where you will: Spend 8 hours (see what we did there!) with other developers and designers learning about creating apps based on mini-scenarios from Microsoft evange
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Wireless issues with my iPad

I upgraded my router to a D-Link DIR-857 yesterday.  Setup went smoothly but I had an issue with my iPad.  For some strange reason, I could browse the Intertube in Safari but no app would connect.  Turns out that the issue was that I selected WPA2 as the WPA mode.  Selecting
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Moving my blog to Azure Virtual Machines

I was using dotnet-host.com, an "el cheapo" $5/month hoster to host my Website and my blog. They were hacked a few weeks ago and got back online but last week, they simply shut down with no warning at all so I decided to move my stuff to Azure. My Website is very simple, it's a static one page busin
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