What is work? Is it something you do or a place you go?

Here’s a picture of the office I work in: I go there to collaborate with other members of Microsoft and to meet customers. Microsoft measures my worth by the results I achieve. I have clear objectives. If I waste time and fail to do my job then I’ll be the one who suffers. They do not…

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Bitlocker: what happens if someone leaves the company or locks themselves out?

Many of the questions I’ve been asked recently regarding Bitlocker are covered on the excellent Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Freuqently Asked Questions. For me the most important thing to consider is how on Earth to deal with the “the dog ate the USB key used to unlock Bitlocker” or “I can’t remember for the life…

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Microsoft Roundtable: a cool way to collaborate by video

Finally after months of hearing about them we have Microsoft Roundtable devices deployed at our Microsoft campus near Reading. I’m sure Viral will go into much more detail over the coming months as he’s the lead evangelist for Roundtable in the UK. You can think of the Roundtable device as a replacement for your conference…

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Why don’t Green IT / sustainability conferences stream their content?

There was recently a really interesting conference held in San Franciso and another held in London on the very topic of sustainable IT – neither of them provided the means for remote participation for those of us who either couldn’t afford to fly there or didn’t want to pollute the atmosphere by travelling. This seems…

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How to measure the power consumption of electrical devices

Following my how much power do each of my household applicances use you may be wondering how to measure the power consumption of your own devices both at home and perhaps at work too. I used a device very similar to the plug-in main power and energy monitor as advertised at the afore mentioned link…

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How much power do each of my household devices use?

Finding out how much power my own household applicances uses has been an interesting experience for me. If you haven’t tried it then see if you can guess which of the following three devices use the most power: a) a 37″ LCD TV b) a 26″ CRT TV – sadly no image to hand but I’m sure…

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I’d love to hear from you if you’re into Green/Sustainable IT

For the last six months I’ve been turning my attention to ways in which I can both reduce my (negative) impact on the environment and help others to do the same. I have no wish to preach to other people and my journey to date has shown me that being environmentally responsible is hard. Embracing…

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What does it do?

My Grandmother was wise. She asked me the question back on 25th December 1984. “What does it do?” After lunch on Christmas day like many other twelve year olds I was keen to share my excitement of the amazing things I could do with my computer. My poor old Grandmother patiently sat through a twenty minute…

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How do Microsoft manage their physical security?

There’s a great new white paper detailing how Microsoft Manage Physical Security across our enourmous estate. Our enterprise comprises 670 sites with 150,000 active holders of access cards and 20 million physical security events each month. Our physical security arrangements enable our people to work flexibly and efficiently whilst reducing the risk of exposure to an…

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How to reduce information leaks from your organisation

Information leaks from most organisations to some extent or another. One way it does so is by employees (perhaps who are about to leave) taking it out of the door on the removable storage device of their choice. Access controls can be used to segment access to reduce who is able to gain access but…

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