You should connect your Active Directory to the cloud

Sound scary?  Well it’s not, but it’s critically important in spurring cloud adoption in your organisation and therefore a set of key skills for IT Professionals.  We have a technology toolset called Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS 2.0) that uses a set of secure protocols like SSL and Public Key encryption to provide Single Sign…

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Arc Touch Mouse: Flat and touchy

A couple of days ago I received the beautiful Arc Touch mouse through the post from our company store.  Got to say it lives up to what it says on the tin, it’s an Arc, it’s got touch sensitivity and it’s a mouse.  Hardware does something that not all software does in my mind, it…

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How to make a wireless router

You’re trapped by snow, you tried to escape in the car but hit some ice and and skidded into the curb at less than 10 mph and bent your wheel axle.  There’s limited mobile reception.  There’s internet but only directly connected by cable to one PC.  You’re a geek who needs to work and that…

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How many desktops do you support?

My buddy @deepfat and I were just having a chat and we thought we’d see if we could work out how much kit you guys are huggin.  So we’ve produced a couple of posts, mines on the desktop…his is on Servers.  So here’s my magical poll….   How many desktops do your IT Pros support…

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Lync 2010 SDK + Christmas lights = AWESOME!

I first saw this earlier in the week and thought it was a brilliant project, but I didn’t take much of a look under the covers as it was embedded on someone else’s site, might have been my boss’s blog.  Anyway this project uses the Lync 2010 SDK and that makes is super amazing because…

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More Power = Less Power

Hi I’m Andrew Fryer and I have hacked into Simon May’s blog, to show you how more power uses less power.  I was checking out the latest technical goodness on the Dell stand at TechEd and I noticed they had a couple of their laptops hooked up to power meters one of which was a…

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IE9 will control who can track you

When you hit a web page you send lots of requests to lots of places to get all the content for the page be it images, scripts embedded videos or adverts.  When that request happens the people who you’re requesting that stuff from also get to learn what you’re viewing when you send the request…that’s…

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Why not Gmail?

I was just surfing about our sites as you do and happened across this rather interesting little video that covers some of the reasons that Outlook is better for business than Gmail.  As an ex Gmail user I wasn’t thinking about this stuff when it was just me using Gmail on my own but it’s…

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Why trust your data in the cloud?

One of the top cloud questions I get asked when I’m out and about is “how secure is my data in the cloud”.  It’s a simple question with a complex answer that spans dimensions, physical security, data redundancy, data protection, service levels and an underlying reliance on everything being trusted because it’s out of your…

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The future of Silverlight is tomorrow

  Tomorrow Scott Guthrie (aka ScottGu) will be donning a red shirt and revealing the future of Silverlight.  There’s also the chance to pose questions to the Silverlight team directly and to get some training.  It’s a one day event streamed live and direct to your desk / coffee shop / IT dungeon. The event…

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