IT Pro Top FAQs –October 08

Q) How do I downgrade? A) As an end user you have the right to downgrade as set out in your Software Licence Terms. Example: You’re buying a new computer system and it needs to run the same operating system as your existing 10 systems — Windows XP Professional. Pre-installed Windows Vista Business and Windows…

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The best free TechNet UK swag competition

Alex & I stomped around the exhibition area of TechEd EMEA in Barcelona a few weeks ago collecting all the swag we could possibly squeeze into out suitcases on the way home. Alex ran a competition in the newsletter and the winner of the TechNet swag bag is: 1. …my blue TechNet squeezy from the…

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Power Management Settings for Compliance and a Reduced Footprint

Great TechNet Magazine from the US here  Microsoft offers a number of solutions that can help IT Professionals reduce the energy footprint of their infrastructure. In this installment of the Sustainable Computing column, we want to discuss how features available in Microsoft operating systems, various IT tools, and system management solutions (such as Microsoft System…

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Computer Weekly calls out mobile computing as key for SMEs to beat credit crunch

Research found that that 84% of SMEs feel that technology becomes more important in a slower economy and as a result 47% have considered implementing a flexible working policy within their organisations as a means to reduce overheads to meet the challenges of the slowing economy. An identical number feel under more pressure from employees…

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Cutting IT costs

With the news that the Daily Mail and General Trust had a recent IT shake-up which meant the centralisation of 2 IT departments into one under a single CIO, it has become apparent that with the current climate IT is under the microscope Paul Michaels on silicon.com has written a good article about how to…

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One small step from Microsoft, one huge leap for PC security

I was ecstatic when I read this – the key line to this article for me was: Microsoft decided to switch to a free product because there are still so many PCs out there that lack any antivirus software. It shows Microsoft made the right decision, for the right reason Microsoft to offer free consumer…

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Windows Azure – it does exactly what the DPE guys demo in the gym

I’m not sure that title did what it was supposed to do – in my head the latter bit rhymed with a well known DIY brand whose strapline is “it does exactly what is says on the tin” Anyway, Windows Azure or previously codenamed Red Dog” was a big topic at an internal conference a…

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virtualization.info Adoption Survey 2008

Fifteen days ago virtualization.info launched a web survey to try to understand the state of the union for hardware virtualization. In just three days they collected over 500 responses, and have now surpassed 750.  The emerging picture is surprisingly interesting. They are aiming to get 1000 responses before stopping the survey and after that will…

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Top 10 tips for green IT

 IT PRO has published a great list of top tips for GreenIT. Interestingly, most should help towards day-to-day cost saving too 1. Teleconferencing 2. Ditch Paper 3. E-documents and online tools 4. Consolidated data centres 5. Virtualisation 6. Home Working 7. Server rooms 8. Desktop rooms and the grid 9. Turn it off 10. Think…

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The greatest Tech Sites around the globe

I loved this article on silicon.com My favourite was the Parkes Observatory – a 64-metre radio telescope in Australia that transmitted some of the first images of the Apollo 11 moon landing to the world.

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