It's a productionline here at deployment central.
So, here we are, on the cusp of deployment of Windows 7 when the first PCs will be deployed with the thin-build installed. There have been a couple of false-starts along the way as last minute ...
- Managing Editor 03 Nov 2009
In the second part of this three-part series, Greg Lambert, Technology Director, ChangeBASE AOK, reviews the results of the company's analysis on App-V application compatibility issues for Windows 7.
- Managing Editor 30 Oct 2009
In the first of a three-part series, Greg Lambert, Technology Director, ChangeBASE AOK, looks at some of the application compatibility challenges in getting applications to work on the Microsoft ...
If things are not quite right when you install Windows 7 it is worth checking you have the latest ATI or Nvidia graphcs card drivers from their respective web sites. Similarily, Creative Labs and ...
- Managing Editor 20 Oct 2009
It has been on the cards for some time, but this week sees the launch of Windows 7. In the months leading up to the launch, Microsoft has made substantial efforts to ensure that existing ...
- Managing Editor 05 Oct 2009
Customers want simplification to reduce costs; our shareholders want simplification without price decreases, says Steve Ballmer
The deal could boost Dell's enterprise credentials, particularly among those large businesses that have standardised on Dell hardware. It will be interesting to see how Dell's famous direct sales ...
People really need to go on a training course on email dos and don'ts. Storage costs money and sending large email atatchments means that someone will have to store it. There is an environmental ...
The first step was to identify where the master phone socket was located in the house. The socket needs to be a split type NTE5 master socket. Thinkbroadband has excellent instructions on ...
- Managing Editor 04 Aug 2009
Intel has built a peer-to-peer computing application to enable Facebook users to donate their computing power to a good cause.
Twitter screwed up. What do you expect from a freebie service? It's about time people woke up to the fact that free stuff on the internet can be pretty naff. It's crazy to think anyone would try to ...
- Managing Editor 23 Jul 2009
CRM systems puts Tamiflu in the hands of NHS call centre operators.
- Managing Editor 13 Jul 2009
The computer systems that helped put man on the Moon were among the mostadvanced of the time. Certainly, no more complex public software projecthad been undertaken before the Apollo programme.
Apple needs to prepare a suitable successor to Jobs
- Managing Editor 23 Jun 2009
In September Warner Bros is releasing the 70th anniversay edition of The Wizard of Oz on BluRay. Digital didn't exist in 1939. But in September we'll be able to experience the best version of the ...
TNS's Mark Hobart has written a piece for Computer Weekly that contends the netbook will disappear, squeezed between smarter smartphones and shrinking notebooks.I thin he's got it wrong.
Intel looks like it is trying to kill off NetBooks with its new ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor. Hopefully, some smart manufacturers will use the processor to power NetBooks.
- Managing Editor 20 May 2009
The Royal Holloway Information Security Group has identified a fatal flaw in OpenSSH v4.7 running on Debian Linux, which causes 32-bit encrypted text to appear as plain text.
Wolfram Alpha looks like it's still in beta. The searches we tried today left a lot to be desired.Wolfram Alpha is certainly no Google killer.
- Managing Editor 23 Apr 2009
There are now four major suppliers of IT, namely HP, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Through their acquisitions, these four take up a large chunk of the major IT purchases businesses make. CIOs have ...
- Managing Editor 20 Apr 2009
Oracle doesn't need another Java application server; it doesn't need MySQL and it certainly doesn't need Sparc-based hardware, given that the whole world is moving wholesale to x86 commodity servers.
- Capgemini 14 Apr 2009
Although trimmed down to a single day, this year's Salesforce.com conference, Cloudforce at the ExCel centre on Tuesday 7 April, was proved to be as interesting and vibrant as ever.
- Managing Editor 09 Apr 2009
Don't be fooled into thinking the NetBook isn't particularly powerful. They are not as fast as a state-of-the art laptop, but I think they do most things reasonable well. Okay, so the screen may ...
One of the major selling points of SaaS is 'faster ROI'. But do SaaS projects really offer faster project delivery timelines?
Adopting an on-demand delivery model for software and platforms offers a now well-publicised array of business benefits. However a degree of culture change is required to unlock maximum benefit and ...
Unless you start planning your Windows XP migration now, you'll run out of time.
One of the interesting things about the challenges of Software as a Service (SaaS) brings is not necessarily that new technology brings new problems, but that it offers new spins on the problems we ...
- Capgemini 20 Mar 2009
In this economic crisis - I believe we are already past downturn - CIOs' budgets are under increasing pressure; yet, ironically, the pressure on CIOs and their IT departments to deliver solutions ...
- Managing Editor 19 Mar 2009
Making ActiveX work with IE8
Sun/IBM: I'm not too sure where the hardware fits. IBM already has the Power family of risc processors. It doesn't need Sparc, nor does it need another family of Unix servers and workstations.
- Managing Editor 11 Mar 2009
No big hiccups with Patch Tuesday. See compatibility report here.
Many mobile phones include a 3G modem that allow you to connect your laptop to the internet. But the operators want to sell you a 3G dongle with a separate contract. Why?
- Managing Editor 05 Mar 2009
Enterprise apps that use a web browser user interfaces may not work on Internet Explorer 8.0, if they need downloadable components like ActiveX controls.
Microsoft may well have shipped many copies of Vista, but I think few corporates are buying it, and fewer believe it will run their enterprise apps. This is the true cost of its trustworthy ...
On the server side, where we don't have to worry about end users, why not use open source products.
Testing results and the sample code for the logon script can be yours in the final installment of the Office 2007 deployment diary
- Managing Editor 16 Feb 2009
Podcast interview with Claire Thwates of the Vodafone Foundation and United Nations Foundation partnership about how mobile health is provding health workers with a way to support the population in ...
- Managing Editor 11 Feb 2009
Microsoft's latest patch includes a major update updates to Windows affecting 64 Windows component files. Click here to download report >>
- Imperial College London 10 Feb 2009
In this installment learn how to get round installing Office Customisations without having to manually allow it to proceed.
- Imperial College London 05 Feb 2009
Before we try to install the custom Office ribbon files via the logon script we need to put on a couple of prerequsites...
- Imperial College London 04 Feb 2009
We return to the KIX logon script for the Office 2007 rollout to explain more on what we are doing...
- Imperial College London 03 Feb 2009
After the excitement of the snow this week, we take a break from the logon script to discuss Visual Studio 2008 and how it fits into our Office 2007 plans...
- Managing Editor 02 Feb 2009
Our IT security policy - like many businesses - prevents me from accessing the corporate intranet unless I have a security token and VPN software installed on a company-approved PC. I'll try and ...
- Imperial College London 30 Jan 2009
Part 2 of the Main script we are using to deploy out Office 2007...
- Imperial College London 29 Jan 2009
In part 1 of the scripting section, we'll go through the opening section of our script which will be used to deploy Office 2007 out to user's workstations...
This is my tenth Lotusphere and I have to say that the energy and buzz this year has been high. Higher than it has been for many years. So, what's behind it?I do not think there is one single thing ...
- Managing Editor 22 Jan 2009
Microsoft has been hit hard by the downturn as businesses cut back on upgrading their IT during these tough economic conditions.58 staff from Microsoft UK, representing 2% of the UK workforce are ...
Read about day 2 at Lotusphere and how IBM listens (sometimes).
In this exciting episode, we look at some of the project planning issues which could arise with software deployment.
- Shireburn Software Ltd 19 Jan 2009
Lotusphere always kicks off with the Opening General Session (OGS) a 2 hour event that sets the tone for the whole week. IBM lays out its main strategy and product directions and the main themes of ...
- Shireburn Software Ltd 18 Jan 2009
As IBM's Lotus Software division launches into the annual Lotusphere event in Orlando, what happened in Business Development Day, the day dedicated to partners prior to the opening of the main ...
Weighing in at 638g, the cost of Sony's P-sreies NetBook works out t £1.33 per gram, which at least is cheaper than coke.
- Imperial College London 12 Jan 2009
Something which we've yet to talk about is the rights to actually install Office in the first place. What can we do if we are in an environment where users are limited to what they can do?
For over a decade Microsoft has attempted to go its own way on the internet. It looks like with Windows Live, it is finally acknowledging that the internet is about sharing and linking.
- Imperial College London 07 Jan 2009
Now the mystery of the Office Customization Tool is revealed as part of the final sets of preparation before the moment of truth...
- Imperial College London 05 Jan 2009
Here we find out the exciting world of Office 2007 caching...
The software that Microsoft writes has far too many links to the internal workings of Windows. If IE was a third-party application, we wouldn't be faced with such a major update. But Microsoft ...
- Imperial College London 16 Dec 2008
Now we've left it a few days and got the scans we wanted, what do we do now with all those cab files?
- Imperial College London 15 Dec 2008
In this exciting post, discover how to discover any potential problems you may have with legacy files from deploying Office 2007
Analyst Gartner is saying that unless we allow FaceBook in the workplace we won't be able to attract the best new thinkers out there. Oh really?
- Imperial College London 11 Dec 2008
An introduction post to the MediaEdge Office 2007 deployment diary.
On December 9th 1968, Doug Engelbart demoed personal computing, collaboration and video conferencing. He used a wooden mouse to click through documents like hypertext linking today. So this week ...
The latest annual survey from the UKOUG shows people are very happy with Oracle. Call me a twisted, old hack, but I do actually find this somewhat hard to believe.
Fees aside, Musion Eyeliner means we no longer only get the people who are prepared to travel to the venue. The speaker can stay at home and have his or her hologram transmitted by high definition ...
If VMWare is successful, it will be able to provide a hardware and network independent architecture for creating platform independent mobile applications
- Managing Editor 29 Oct 2008
There may be a few people who use MS Office fully,features; but heavy users probably need a more complete document management product
What's the point in Outlook Web Access if it does not work on any browser.
- Managing Editor 14 Oct 2008
MacBook for $999. Whoopee...Steve Jobs ould have really gone to town with a super lightweight sub notebook, a bit like the sort of thing we are seeing from Asus, Advent, Packard Bell, other cheap ...
The refund was finally put back in my PayPal account, on the 9th October, 12 days after I had been refunded (eight working days). It is now going to take a further five working days before the ...
It looks like PayPal has gone bonkers. It has Buyer Protection, so why is there a need for an additional barrier, which prevents legitimate users from getting timely access to their funds
I've had several PayPal moments over the last few days. Here's the first. Having sold a few items on eBay, PayPal informed me by email: PayPal is required by law to comply with European Union ...
It's not yet possible to build a mobile PC that is both light and powerful, and has incredible battery life, and a massive hard disc and an amazing display. Personally, I accept this compromise:
Maritz oversaw Microsoft's attack on NetWare and Unix in the server market and the datacentre. The VMWare virtual data center operating system announced this week lat VMWorld looks like Maritz' ...
Admin staff simply tick a box when installing Windows, and the Microsoft Hypervisor is enabled. That means more people will use virtualisation through Hyper-V to run several server applications on ...
- Managing Editor 28 Aug 2008
web slice allow web users to keep track of things that interest them, using the Favourites menu ba
Faster browsing, a quick URL competion tool and visual serach are among the tools Microsoft has inckuded in IE8 beta2 to make web browsing more intuitive.
- Managing Editor 22 Aug 2008
$100m MS is spending $100m on Linux interoperability. That's like Steve Balmer's loose change. MS probably spends more on its campus canteens per year than this.
"good enough software" is a bit like a one-star hotel. It's all about managing our expectations.
The really clever thing about the online car tax renewal system is that it somehow links together data from car insurers and MOT testing stations to the DVLA. I suspect it is based on some sort of ...
- Managing Editor 29 Jul 2008
A lack of basic networking and comms, just 45 minutes' drive from Marseille. Amazing.
Facebook is today's version of the conversation by the water cooler.Why are we so hung-up on the security issues of social networking sites?
- Managing Editor 16 Jul 2008
With a manufacturer price of under £850 for the basic Vaio, IT departments could soon find a stampede, as users demand sexier laptop models compared to the dull grey and silver HP and Dell machines.
BA puts flight info app on iPhone
The green mainframe argument simply states that it is possible to replace hundreds of physical Linux-based PC servers with a single mainframe.
While Oracle probably would be loathed to lose customers, its strategic roadmap says very little about the Aqualogic product family.
At the moment businesses pay a nominal admin fee to obtain a block of 255 addressses.. But as numbers dwindle, market forces, supply and demand could lead to users paying large feess for IP addresses.
- Managing Editor 23 Jun 2008
I guess it is fair to say you have made computers easier to use - but lack of ease-of-use is my biggest issue with Microsoft software.
Oracle increase database fees
- Managing Editor 18 Jun 2008
The internet needs to move from IPv4 to IPv6 in order to fuel the predicted explosion of internet connected devices. Every man, woman, child and device will need to run IPv6
Vista seems too unwieldy and has many feature.
For enterprise IT, the software development kit on the iPhone 2.0 platform could be significant, because it will allow users to integrate the iPhone into corporate IT and run third-party applications.
Asus has developed a new generation of eeePC with technology it claims will improve battery life to 7.5 hours.
Still, I thought it would be possible to find an undelete program on the Internet and use that to recover the file - as files aren't really deleted are they? So I did a Google serach for Free ...
I don't think people are buying it for the great new features Microsoft promotes in Vista. Adrian Davey, head of IT at Tube Lines, for instance, says "By having a standardised platform, in terms of ...
Few companies see a genuine business benefit of Web 2.0. Oracle is looking at Web 2.0 in the enterprise and Phillips wanted to discuss what would make Web 2.0 useful to businesses.
- Managing Editor 15 May 2008
While in the mobile industry, devices are churned out very quickly, cars take several years from design to the day they appear on a forecourt.
It seems that manufacturers have failed to implement the full UPnP spec in their devices and conveniently forgotten to mention this to consumers. It means that you have to use the cruddy remote ...
Assuming users do not incur a surcharge on legacy applications and Lehman Brothers has a fair and balanced approach to measuring net power consumption of applications, then, this model, I think ...
Any IT manager attempting to replace desktops when trading conditions are poor, must be mad, or a genius, or both. No one their right mind should be looking at refeshing the desktop unless the ...