Vista SP1 – Get more free space after installation

I recently applied Vista SP1 on my laptop running Vista X64.  I must say that I noticed the improved file copy performance, although I also fully appreciate the changes made to it as nicely described in Mark R blog here:http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2008/02/04/2826167.aspxI also noted that my available free space reduced by quite a bit after the install. …

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Unified Communications

A few months back I wrote about getting leverage from your investment in the technology platform.  In this column, I will cover one specific topic that demonstrates this.  One of the most notable inventions of the late 1890s was the telephone, it allowed people to communicate over long distances instantaneously.  Over the last few years…

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System security beyond the firewall

System security is an interesting topic and as most readers of this publication would appreciate, there is always a trade off in security.  Security by default introduces overhead.  The way we commonly decide the appropriate level of security to apply is to think about the amount of risk we are willing to take. One of…


The Architecture Journey

In an Organization, there are usually more than one computer systems connected to each other via computer networks.  In a networked corporate environment you will find two types of computer systems: clients and servers.  Clients usually referred to as Desktops, interact directly with the user.  Servers are usually maintained by the IT department and most…

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Enabling BitLocker on Removable Drives (USB Flash drives, USB Hard Drives)

  There is a way to encrypt removable drives.  Prior to attempting to enable BitLocker on your removable drive you need to ensure that the drive is formatted using the NTFS file system and you have backed up the data inside in case things go wrong and you cannot unlock your drive.   This link…

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Interesting and free resources

I took a venture out to codeplex to browse through what new interesting tools, components etc that people are developing.  It always amazes me how much good items are out there.  Below are some that maybe of interest: 1. Sharemap – this is a framework that allows the use of custom graphics and arts and…


Defense Industry Related Resources

 DoD (Department of Defense) IT Acronyms http://www.dacs.dtic.mil/databases/acronym/acro.php?beginAcronym=A http://www.fas.org/news/reference/lexicon/acronym.htm C4I Center of Excellence.  This will also link you to their specification projects.  One of the more interesting one is the BML (Battle Management Language), which is project that focuses on standardising the commands and syntax for command control.  http://c4i.gmu.edu/ Network Centric Industry Consortium: http://www.ncoic.org/home/


How to get started on SOA

Its amazing how travelling on a plane can help the thinking process (assuming you can have peace and quiet). I had a reflection back on what I have observed on companies that have embarked the SOA bandwagon over the last several years.  There were a lot of disillusionment on the promise of SOA.  I think…

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SOA for beginners

The term Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is now used frequently and it is usually associated with providing better agility to the business capabilities.   In most instances, this has not translated into reality.   So what is SOA, how can it really help your business and what are the caveats?  SOA is a concept.  The concept…

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