Enabling Digital Society

Using the Cloud and Mobility to enable citizens to take part in their world!

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    Maybe Windows really is the best OS in the world.

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    All over the internet and blogshpere there are varying opinions, bordering on religious fanaticism, of which OS is the best. I obviously have my opinion too. There has been a lot of work done around trying to quantify what constitutes the best way to...
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    Bitlocker Broken/Cracked… NOT!

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    Ok, I’ve been trying to keep my cool on this whole thing but enough is enough. A few days ago ars technica ran a hype-story called “First commercial tool to crack BitLocker arrives” (no, I’m not going to link to it because they don’t deserve the traffic...
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    Windows Azure in Australia! How does that change your security outlook?

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    We are bringing our world class Windows Azure data centres here to Australia. Microsoft has a long history of bringing industry leading technologies to the world. Windows Azure is no different. Today we announced that we will be adding more data centres...
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    Bitlocker To go

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    Well with Windows 7 coming up, there’s been a bit of talk around Bitlocker To Go.(BTG) BTG is essentially Bitlocker for external drives. It’s full volume encryption for all your USB drives. Jeffa and I have been talking about it quite a bit recently...
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    Another try with OneNote 2010 as a Blog Writer

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    I'm a Windows Live Writer fan by habit. It works well and does everything I need. But now that I'm on Office 2010 , I want to see how well OneNote works. I use OneNote a lot at work and for client meetings. It's great for any research and interviews...
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    Turning off GeoTagging for you phone photos to protect your privacy!

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    Recently there has been a video doing the rounds from YouTube on how smartphone pictures can be a privacy risk . It’s no joke. Most smart phones, have GeoTagging turned on by default for photos that you take with the phone’s camera. What this does is...
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    The Vicious cycle

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    In the IT Security area there seems to be this lack of belief in the old adage, It Can Happen To Anyone . Normally, before a company will get off their collective butts and do anything about their software security, they have to experience an incident...
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    Jesper Johansson At Tech Ed

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    Well it's been a crazy few weeks for me. But I've managed to get Jesper to agree to come down for Tech Ed. That makes the list of cool speakers grow to: Steve Riley Kai Axford Jesper Johansson Corneliu Tusnea Yours Truly and more great...
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    “there is no bigger attach vector than with a parameterized sp” NOT!!

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    I recently posted an article on our ACE Team blog (you can read it here if you are interested) There were a few comments about the use of Dynamic SQL that made me realise that not everyone “get’s it” yet. Here are the comments that started the discussion...
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    Follow-up from previous SQL Injection post.

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    So first off, Thank you to Jim Manico for his comment on my previous post which lead me to create this post. I will includes quotes from Jim’s comment for reference here. JM : “ I think you are terribly wrong, and its important we clear this up .”...
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    Against the Clueless

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    A while ago I went with a work colleague of mine when he presented at a user group meeting.  To cut to the chase, there was a Mac bigot there. Of course, as all Mac fanboys, he felt he had to attack us because we work for Microsoft.  Now I'm...
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    Learning SQL Server 2012 with labs built in Windows Azure IaaS VMs

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    Hello again, Well now that the dust has settled it’s time to seriously blog again. In any event, as some of you may know I have changed roles and I’m now a Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure and SQL Server / SQL Database .  What I’ve learned...
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    New Preview Features for Windows Azure Active Directory

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    New features available in preview for Windows Azure Active Directory Support for OAuth2 for delegated directory access An updated Windows Azure Authentication Library (AAL) designed to work with Windows Store applications. New Authentication Options:...
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    Happy Anniversary Microsoft Open Technologies Inc

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    This month MS Open Tech ( http://msopentech.com/ ) enjoyed it’s one year anniversary. At MS Open Tech they build open source code, create interoperability bridges, contribute open standards specs. They also work with a variety of standards organizations...
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    From OneNote

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    I've been working through all the new features of Office 2010 and discovered that I can blog from OneNote…. Now THAT is a feature I can abuse. Of course, it means I have to have time to actually post to my blog more. Although with any luck, that will...
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    Azure Access Control Service Client Patterns Part 1

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    One of the very cool features of the Windows Azure AppFabric , which is now commercially available as of the 12th of April 2010, is the Access Control service. This service provides authentication services for not only your Azure based cloud services...
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    Session Schedule

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    Well we’re getting the schedule ironed out. My sessions are listed below. You WILL come to them won’t you!   SEC402 Federated Identity in the Cloud Wednesday, August 25  13:45 - 15:00 Rocky Heckman Does this sound like you: You want to provide...
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    What do YOU want to know about UAC?

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    Well I was polishing my UAC session for Tech Ed this year. It occurred to me that there are bound to be a lot of actual questions about it. So what I thought I'd do is ask you for your questions. So tell me, what do you want to know about UAC? Post your...
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    IT Around The World - Vietnam Part 1

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    Recently I was invited to participate in a workshop that was put together by the Ministry of Post and Telematics in Vietnam ( http://www.mpt.gov.vn/ page in Vietnamese ). MPT is a government organisation that is progressing IT in Vietnam. I was asked...
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    ACE Threat Modeling Links

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    I've been asked several times where to get the new ACE Threat Analysis and Modeling tool. You can find this and more information about ACE Services here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/security/aa570413.aspx Have a look. We're working on getting...
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    Tech Ed ANZ '07 - Security Track

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    Well this year Andrew Coates is in charge of the content for Tech Ed ANZ. Andrew has always been a big thinker so I'm I'm sure it will be an event not to be missed! He's started a few Tech Ed Posts on his blog that you'll want to keep up with. In another...
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    Debian Visits Microsoft

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    Ian Murdock is going to visit Microsoft to give some presentations on Open Source projects. It is great to hear this kind of work. Here's a bit of information. The Debian Project is widely considered one of the most successful and influential...
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    Stop Looking At Me You’re Invading My Privacy!

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    NOTE: The views and opinions expressed herein in no way reflect those of my employer or colleagues. They are all my own and I take responsibility for them. I read a little article recently about a guy name Rob Spence in Canada who plans to install a camera...
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    Threat Modeling Hands On Lab Prizes

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    Hello everyone!! Well it's Tech Ed Eve for me. I'm Ready to head up and Make My Mark! I wanted you all to know about the Threat Modeling Hands On Lab. It almost didn't make it but Kyle and Corey from HynesITe did a great job of getting it loaded at the...
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    Tech Ed 08 Security Track

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    Well it's that time of year again. We're just about to Tech Ed and we'll into the planning stages.  I have the honor of managing the Security Track again this year.  I thought I'd run my proposed track sessions past you and see what you thought...
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