Category: Interesting Stuff

Chrome 70 vs Symantec Certificates

Chrome 70 vs Symantec Certificates

Chrome 70 is about to dis-trust a whole lot of certificates So you paid lots of money for a “proper” certificate for your HTTPS website after Google gave non-HTTPS sites a hard time? Well, hopefully you aren’t still using an older Symantec issued certificate as Google (and others) is about to stop trusting those certificates. …

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Pressing Pause on Work

Pressing Pause on Work

The French legislation that was signed off in May 2016 and is in effect as of Jan 1st 2017 will be something studied closely by most other countries in the next few years. Part of the law changes (which included other changes to allow employers to more easily dismiss staff) was to have companies define …

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Geo-blocked Content and Business Models

Geo-blocked Content and Business Models

The internet has changed the world we live in dramatically in the last 10 years. This is a fact that no one would dispute. But many businesses are continuing to ignore some of the associated changes that this global connectivity has bought. No longer do the borders of countries matter to data, in that those …

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Personal Data at Work

Personal Data at Work

There’s plenty of information and talk around about the issues of allowing company data onto a personal device, but what about personal data on a work device? More and more of our personal data is stored in “cloud” services like Gmail and Evernote that we access from work computers and company controlled accounts. In the …

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Published Desktop vs Virtual Desktop

Published Desktop vs Virtual Desktop

I’ve recently been involved in a deeper look at the world of virtual desktops (aka VDI) and what options suit different users groups. There are a few different ways to look at the whole desktop virtualisation and most of them depend on what software your business uses and how your users access it. With the …

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Dashboards and Displaying Business Data

Dashboards and Displaying Business Data

From Monolith Software blog, “even the best dashboards are somewhat myopic, and badly designed dashboards can lead to complacency, poor communication and eventually overlooked issues, degradations or outages.” This is something that comes up repeatedly when displaying data from one area to those from the wider business. Data in any form needs to come with …

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Ignore Network Latency at Your Peril

Ignore Network Latency at Your Peril

We all know developers need to consider a few things outside their own backyard. Things like hardware and the network affect software even if there’s not much that can be done to control them (even if you’re Apple). This is especially true for the network if you develop software for mobile devices. So to help …

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Using 7zip in Cron Jobs Fails

Using 7zip in Cron Jobs Fails

For those people tearing their hair out trying to use the 7z util in a cron job, have a look in the Ubuntu forums for the solution. Strangely as soon as you start sending the output to a log file, the 7z part of your script will work. I struck the problem in the Hardy …

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MS Exchange Local vs Hosted vs Google for 10,000 Users

MS Exchange Local vs Hosted vs Google for 10,000 Users

After looking at some comments around Exchange Hosted Services, I thought I might do a quick (and very dirty) comparison between that and Google for 10,000 users. (This is no way reflects on the three options and may not resemble your reality). MS Exchange Hosted Services would cost US$90k/month for company with 10k email users …

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Google Wave Invites

Google Wave Invites

I have 10 Google Wave invites to give away. If anybody would like one, please leave a comment below or DM @mikemcmurray on Twitter. First in first served.