Windows 8 will drop the start menu – is this the beginning of the end for MS OS dominance?

So Microsoft is dropping the start button from Windows in v8… I think this is a silly move – surely one of the things that keep people tied to Windows is the fact that they know how to use it. If they (badly) copy Mac / Linux and force people to re-learn how to navigate […]

Streaming HD content to your TV via a PS3 from a Linux Server (or Windows PC)

Quick post – caveat haven’t had a chance to proof read this one and its late so it will have to do for now! You may not be aware that you can use a Playstation 3 to act as a media streaming/playback client using a system called DNLA (also known as uPNP). This allows you […]

Is “big bang” IT dying? Replaced with iterative approaches and best of breed Open Source?

This is an article I have been stewing on for a while and having recently changed from a consultancy largely working on public sector IT projects back to a private sector IT department its given me several different view points. I also recently attended the excellent Zapthink SOA and Cloud course in Amsterdam – so […]

Preparing a web environment for Security Penetration Testing…

We’ve gone through quite a few security / penetration / web application tests at work (often as part of compliance with HMG SPF / InfoSec standards for UK Government projects) and thought it would be useful to list some of the steps you need to consider (hardening, configuring etc) to ensure your application has a reduced […]

This blog is now running on new hardware & software!

Recently changed the server this blog runs on to a low power Dual Core Intel Atom in a smaller form factor case (mini ITX). In an attempt to reduce my environmental and electricity footprint. Took the opportunity to upgrade Ubuntu Server to 10.04 LTS which comes with MySQL 5.1 and WordPress is now 3.0.1 ( […]

Fix for Windows 7 offline files and Samba

Further to my blog posts involving vista (and the tweaks that can help make Vista/Windows 7 compatible with Samba) I came across a registry setting that needs to be changed to get offline files to work correctly: “Set the following registry key on the Windows Vista client to prevent files from getting pulled down to […]

Recent Tech Discoveries (July 09 edition)

Some Recent Tech Discoveries I thought I’d share: The Good: Windows 7 RC – writing the blog post from it – excellent OS (and that says a lot coming from me!) Ubuntu 9.04 -What can I say – wow – is the OS market hotting up or what? Right when they said the Browser will […]

Options for sending & receiving SMS from web applications

One of my projects at the moment is to look at our options for building SMS enabled web applications (specifically for us around our Zend Framework based apps). Both for data capture (Inbound) and as an alerting / notification system (Outbound). Thought I’d pull together some of my thoughts and reference material [not exhaustive or […]

Running Windows via Linux to improve performance (fixing VirtualBox on Ubuntu 9.04)

Recently I’ve started using Virtualisation – for those who don’t know this is running an Operating System or OS for short (such as Windows) as an application (so you could think of it as running a computer within a computer). I’ve started doing this as I’ve got frustrated with Windows slowing down after being installed […]

Wowed by upgrade to WordPress 2.7…

Have just upgraded to the latest and greatest WordPress and was shocked as it has wowed me again in terms of user interface. The pace of improvement of this Open Source product is incredible. Just as I think wouldn’t it be good if… they’ve done it in the next release (and improved stability / fixed […]