Fire(wall)fighting Lync and Service Bus

I once went to a security conference presentation where the speaker explained that blocking ports in your firewall was fine, but developers simply get round this limitation by making everything work over HTTP through port 80. And it seems, in most cases, he was correct. However, I sometimes encounter situations where something that should just…

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There Is No Good News…

Don’t you hate it when someone says “Do you want the good news or the bad news?” and then, when asked for the good news, replies “There isn’t any”. I really do try so hard to avoid inflicting this on people I know, but sometimes it’s inevitable. And usually it’s when they’ve asked me to…

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Gone OOF the Radar

As I very rarely actually go anywhere, and even more rarely by train, I’m not an expert on the current digital device habits of rail travelers. However, the attraction of a nice comfy seat and table in some wonderful air-conditioned, piped music for free, even has a power socket railway carriage is that you can…

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Additional Integrational Hybridization

For some unaccountable reason, my semi-coherent bluster a couple of weeks ago wandered across the topic of integration when discussing Windows Azure hybrid applications. Since then, I’ve been delving deeper into the whole area of hybrid application challenges as we fine-tune our thoughts on the third of our series of guides about designing and developing…

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Seven Heaven, or Wait for Eight?

There’s lots of comment at the moment about the “post-PC age”. Seemingly everyone will just use some Internet tablet or device that installs the O/S and applications from the cloud, keeps all of the data in the cloud, and uses only services running in the cloud. No need for a fast processor, hard drive, or…

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