It's not that I don't care about the upkeep of this site, it's just that I'm exceptionally dedicated to laziness.

I will modify the menus to actually link to pages at some stage, but it's only a blog, and I don't have a lot of spare time :)

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You know it. I know it. Everyone hates Internet Explorer.

To be fair, the browser itself actually isn't as bad as it's been made out to be and the latest iterations have come a long way. Microsoft have even put some thought in to how Enterprises that leverage web apps might be impacted when it ends support for legacy versions of the browser on January 12, 2016, in the form of Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer which allows a user, or SysAdmin to make pages emulate previous browser versions.

Nifty huh? It works really well, and makes complete sense. Finally, Microsoft is showing Enterprises some love...


...sort of...

Enterprise Mode is only installed through Windows Update (installing the latest cumulative update will do it), and the installation package available from Microsoft's website, is not patched. Microsoft, this is still your flag-ship browser, regardless of whether or not you're trying to distance yourself from it. Show your consumers some love! If you don't care about IE, at least try to care about the security of your users.

Why it's unpatched is unfathomable (arguably, this is commercially negligent), but over and above this, it's reasonably frustrating as even the all-singing-all-dancing IEAK11 will not install EmIE.

At the moment, I'm considering a few different strategies, but loosely the only way to deploy this properly seems to be via task sequence, or by using WSUS/ConfigMgr Software Updates.

Either method is going to require at least a couple of reboots, and the update to introduce EmIE won't install until you've restarted to complete the IE11 installation. Trying to install before rebooting will be about as useful as an un-useful-thing.


If you have an alternative strategy for deployment, I'd love to hear it!
Google's all important corporate logo has been looking a little tired for a while now.

In keeping with current web-aesthetics, Google has gone for a simple flat (notibly sans-serif) logo with a simplified typeface.

Did they get it right? I think so!

This is the sixth iteration of branding for the search giant, and heralds the period of change that Google are about to embark upon under the watchful eye of their parent company, Alphabet.

What do you think of the new logo? Would you change it to something better? I'd love to hear your feedback.



Tech that I'm excited about this week

WinMagic SecureDoc Enterprise Server:

It's definitely not a new concept, but the adoption of SED's in HP's EliteBook range has me all hot-under-the-collar.

Anyone who's used BitLocker in the past knows that this is pretty arduous and the perception of security provided by a TPM module is just totally ridiculous.

I've been working on meeting the requirements of a device which complies with the New Zealand Information Security Manual, which outlines the requirements of secure devices for use in the context of National Security.

Part of these requirements require the protection of disk drives, preventing the theft of data should the device fall in to the wrong hands.

WinMagic SecureDoc is a brilliant out-of-the-box solution that compliments the use of SED's included in the HP EliteBook range. The encryption is always on, and is disk based, rather than relying on a TPM, which can be easily bypassed/disabled.

This is awesome by itself, but coupled with the centralised administration features of WinMagic SecureDoc Enterprise Server, this becomes a really good option without needing to invest thousands in an enterprise encryption management suite.

GoDaddy.com's $1.25 .com domains:

Yep; that's the whole reason this domain exists. Valid until the end of December, and great news for people who want to start a website on a budget. 

Discountunicornmeat.com? IAteABigRedCandle.com? You won't be able to buy imavegan.com - presumably some vegan somewhere is already telling the world that they're a vegan.

Now the only thing you need to figure out is what you want to say to the world!

The promo code is CJCRMN99U (thanks retailmenot.com). 

Windows 10:

Those who know me, would probably be quick to learn that I'm an apple fan. Right now, I'm typing this post away on my iMac, which is charging my iPhone.

As I look around my room, I can see no less than three other Apple Devices, plus another two in other areas of my house in varying states of repair.

Believe it or not, I am (however), vendor agnostic. I believe in the right tool for the job.

My position for the last couple of years has been that Apple make a better cohesive solution for the Internet-of-things at home (seriously, what's not to love about iCloud, Apple Music etc), but I will happily admit that for most out-of-the box solutions in the Enterprise, Microsoft solutions represent excellent value for money and provide relative stability.

My experience at home with OS X server has acted as a serious deterrent for recommending an OS X server for SMB's going forward. It's just too complex to set up, the time investment to maintain isn't sustainable and it's not realistic for people to manage these solutions without some fairly strong infrastructure knowledge.

So how is all of this relevant to Windows 10? Microsoft have listened. Finally, they have really listened to the feedback from all of their POSIX loving counterparts, who have yearned for some of the newly introduced functions like an enhanced command shell (10 years behind pasting into the bash shell is better than not at all), or perhaps recognising the need for multiple desktop spaces.

True to form, Microsoft have released an OS that users and administrators alike will love.
It's enough like it's predecessors that it won't make those accustomed to Windows 7 feel too alienated, but will still make Windows 8.1 users feel appeased, and provide enough opportunities to keep people learning.

My initial experience with the OS is that it's been a bit like replacing your favourite pair of shoes with the same ones. You'll be slipping on something entirely familiar that you know you'll love, but it won't feel truly comfortable for a few weeks yet.

So how risky is early adoption of Windows 10 in the Enterprise, or at home for that matter?

Initial indicators look good, but we really won't have the full picture until waiting a few months. Unless Windows 8.1 is really killing your vibe, hang in there.

So what about you?

This IS Jim, but it's not all about me! Leave a comment below, and tell me what's revving your geeky engine at the moment. 

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