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08
Jul
2009

iPoo

What will those crazy folks at Apple think of next?

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05
Jul
2009

BlackBerry Tour

2009-07-01_083947_270x355 I'm still in watch and wait mode - being torn between the iPhone 3GS and a BlackBerry device. I partly want to own an iPhone just to be part of the iPhone phenomena - not to mention use the device that has totally changed the landscape of mobile communication. I also really admire the BlackBerry devices. I noticed a few reviews for the new BlackBerry Tour - and thought 'oh that's nice'. Great specs - a refinement of the BlackBerry World Edition and Bold all rolled up into one - and then the bottom fell out. No WiFi. ? WTF? Here’s a good review of the Tour. Still waiting and watching....
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Charles Petzold’s book, Applications = Code + Markup - received some critical press for not being very pretty. And it’s true that there’s a lot of text and code listings but (and as you’ll see below), he was methodical.

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Yet another great feature of IIS7  - declarative static content cache settings. It took a little detective work to find the settings for this feature – including a helpful post from Jörg Jooss.

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20
May
2009

MSc in Information Security

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Whew – well after a tough few months I’ve finally completed the coursework towards my masters degree in Information Security - taught by the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway,  (via the University of London External System). The online syllabus is available from the external system and the ISG also provides an overview of the programme here. In addition to the syllabus and ISG’s introduction - I thought that a personal summary might be useful for those considering the programme.

As per the syllabus – there are four compulsory modules, two optional modules and a final project. A module is really a course, composed of roughly ten units, and lasts the full academic year – from October to the final exam in May.  Here’s a description of the compulsory modules (accurate as of 2008/09 academic year) along with my two chosen optional modules.

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windows7

Well I figured since the RC was generally available – I’d test the upgrade process from Windows Vista to Windows 7. I chose my ThinkPad T61p as the victim. This is my fully loaded portable dev environment including BitLocker encrypted volumes - and I was a little sceptical at first. A new OS usually means re-paving the machine, but I thought I’d try the upgrade and see how it went.

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10
May
2009

RFIDs on the Brain

Speechless really. I’m not often lost for words – but this presentation by Patrick Dixon of Siemens leaves me speechless.

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I’d previously created a compression processor for dynamic content – using this excellent post for QValues by Dave Transom.

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This is weird – was looking at some of the reports in the Webmaster Tools I use from Google – and there were a lot (several hundred) Web crawl 404 not founds.

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