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  • Blog Post: The Oldham College improves its efficiency with Microsoft SharePoint

    The Oldham College demonstrates how using Microsoft products, including SharePoint, continues to improves efficiency in a learning environment. Gerald Haigh, freelance writer to Microsoft, paid a visit to The Oldham College to then share with us how SharePoint, along with other Microsoft products, is...
  • Blog Post: Do cloud-based datacentres run as fast as your onsite ones

    The Bits blog from the New York Times ran an interesting article a couple of weeks ago called ‘ How Fast Can a Cloud Run? ’ (y ou’re right, I’m still catching up with my reading! ). It talks about a service called CloudSleuth , which measures the speed of response of various cloud services. Our Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: A plain English Guide to Data Protection

    I keep an eye on the Information Commissioner’s Office press releases on their website ( in the hope that we’re not going to see schools appearing too often ), where I suspect they have a busy Press Officer producing a constant stream of news (last 2 weeks : Recruitment firms fined; mobile phone customers...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help FE colleges – Part Two – Stop people doing silly stuff

    We both know that although our users are very sensible people, sometimes they do incredibly dumb things with their computers. It can be caused by ignorance, or it can be because they are so keen to get on with their jobs, that they throw caution to the wind. Here’s a quick Vox Pop Quiz – see how many...
  • Blog Post: A question of security

    I was at a conference yesterday (sadly covered by Chatham House Rule so no juicy snippets) which looked at security of public sector ICT systems, and there was a session which was about malware. Although it was delivered in a matter-of-fact deadpan way, it left me feeling just a little bit nervous (and...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker’d up

    To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out * I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM chip in it, and even though it doesn’t contain...
  • Blog Post: Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

    I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. Obviously that’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information Security. ( I was going to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Information Security Symposium Event

    The steam roller of Information Security continues to run down the hill towards education. Becta’s in the driving seat, and they haven’t really started the engine. By the time the new term begins, there will be new guidance on what you should be doing ( read my previous posts on the Schools Blog ). So...
  • Blog Post: Darwinian Databases on video

    The Windows Server launch team have made available the video of the Cambridge University team, who are using modern database technologies to solve a centuries-old data analysis problem. If you're into databases, and their uses, then this is a good video to watch now. But if you're like me, and the mysteries...
  • Blog Post: Talking with College Principals

    We held a briefing today for a small group of college principals, following on from a focus group meeting we held last year. The aim of the day was to share some of our work and thoughts on how technology could support the learning and business processes of an FE college, and to allow the principals...
  • Blog Post: Is your data at risk?

    2008 hasn't really started any better than 2007 finished - a laptop is stolen from the boot of a car, containing 600,000 personal data records - heaping data disaster upon data disaster . Reality says that laptops will be stolen, even when we think they are secure. I've had a laptop stolen from a hotel...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: SQL Server 2008

    Yes, I know you might still think of SQL 2005 as a new product, but SQL 2008 is nearly with us and there are many reasons why people are looking to upgrade. Here are a few notes I took during a session today at IT Forum. Some of the main points of the session were: Managing massive amounts of data on...
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