Some upcoming events

Taking Your Business to the Cloud – May 6th‏

From embracing big data with IBM and marketing automation with Constant Contact, to leveraging client management tools with Salesforce and using cloud productivity applications with Google, this full-day event will be sure to help give your business a boost.
Use the link to get a $10 discount

For IT Professionals, By IT Professionals.



Includes all keynotes, breakout sessions, vendor sessions, networking receptions and exhibit area access.


  • Speak one-on-one with vendors, all in one place
  • Discover new cutting edge products and services
  • Network and meet new people in the industry
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends
  • See technology in action through demonstrations
  • Attend conference seminar sessions
  • Research information needed to enhance your IT strategy
  • Local event right in your backyard!


  • CIO/CTO’s
  • IT Directors/Managers
  • Network Architects and Analysts
  • Data Center Managers
  • Network and Communications Managers
  • Systems Software Managers
  • Security and Recovery Specialists
  • Storage Architects

Use this VIP code: VIP15 when registering, to waive the registration fees.

Use this link to Register

Software documentation survey

What kind of documentation do you use when you’re programming? How useful do you find it? If you have three minutes to fill in a very short survey on the topic (it’s literally half a dozen questions), we’d be very grateful for your feedback.

$10 million Open Screen Project Fund announced by Nokia and Adobe

The $10 million Open Screen Project Fund, announced by Nokia and Adobe, awards grants to help developers create exciting new applications and content over the next two years up to December 2010. The fund also provides marketing and educational support for the Open Screen Project, which aims to establish cross-platform runtimes, remove development and distribution barriers, and innovate through industry collaboration.

More information here

GIVEAWAY: 1 FREE TICKET TO #DemoCamp Toronto 20

I, as a sponsor, am entitled to 1 extra ticket and I am giving it away: send me an e-mail (the address is on Contact Me page) or leave a comment here telling me why you want to go.

Find information on Democamp here.

Microsoft, PHP, Open Source and free food!

Information courtesy of Joey DeVilla:

Garret Serack is a Calgary native who joined Microsoft two years ago as a software developer and program manager – working exclusively on open source at the Microsoft Open Source Technology Centre in Redmond. Garret’s current role at the lab is making PHP run faster on Windows,as well as working closely with the Open Source communities on similar projects. He’s going to be in Toronto on Tuesday, May 12 at Kultura Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. for an informal session to discuss his role at the lab over appetizers and drinks.

Kultura is at 169 King St. East (just east of Jarvis).

If you want to attend, drop a line to Joey DeVilla:

Free Microsoft software for startups

The Linked .Net Users Group (LIDNUG) is now a BizSpark Network Partner.

BizSpark program run by Microsoft gives you access to all kinds of Microsoft software for development, test and production. There is no cost to enroll and you pay just USD$100 when you exit the program.

LIDNUG is now a BizSpark Network Partner. To get access to BizSpark, send an email, and LIDNUG will respond to you with a code you can use to register.

For more details about what you get through the program, please visit “What Do I Get”.

Startup Eligibility Requirements

An eligible startup must have the following characteristics at the time of joining:

* Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business
* Privately held
* In business for less than 3 years, and
* Less than US $1 million in annual revenue