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  • Blog Post: VIDEO: Crypto Primer, Understanding Cryptography, Certificates, Public/Private Key and Digital Signatures

    I wrote a cryptography post quite some time ago which has proven quite popular. I thought I’d make a cartoon video of it so you could just sit back and enjoy it without having to take an active part in “reading” it… You can always just go through the previous post in your own time absorbing each of the...
  • Blog Post: Posterous is shutting down on 30th April. Use these click-by-click instructions to move your Posterous Blog to your own private Wordpress web site.

    Posterous was bought by Twitter on the 12th March last year and is about to be shut down on the 30th April this year. If you have a blog on Posterous Spaces, you have until the 30th April to move it. After that date, your content will be gone and it will no longer be possible to get hold of it. If you...
  • Blog Post: Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

    Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital...
  • Blog Post: Video: TIGA Gaming Conference: Games plus Cloud. Rob Fraser’s talk.

    I was at the TIGA gaming conference with Rob Fraser who was a speaker addressing “realising the opportunity afforded to games developers by exploiting the cloud”. I took a couple of FlipCams and screen capture software to edit together this talk. A couple of rough edges here and there, but very watchable...
  • Blog Post: Event: Fresh round of Windows Azure Camps announced in the UK

    We’ve just announced a fresh round of free one-day hands-on camps in the UK for Windows Azure developers and IT Pros.     Windows Azure Camps for developers: Join us at a developer camp which focuses on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) features of Windows Azure. Mostly this means Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Event: Don’t forget the free UK Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro, 27th Sept.

      This camp is aimed at the IT Pro. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro - UK

    Yes – we’re now looking after the IT Pro with Azure! If you just want to register – go here : If you want more info – have a read of the text below, or go to http://azurecampsuk.azurewebsites.net for the same. Here is a video to give you a feel for what a camp is like.   UK Windows Azure Camps We...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps

      Just a reminder that the first of the latest round of free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps kicks off next week in our London Office in Victoria. The Windows Azure Developer Camp will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having deployed a simple application to the cloud and...
  • Blog Post: Video: Another of my “cartoony” videos, this time explaining Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

    A description of the new elements in the Virtual Machines features of the Windows Azure June 2012 release, all done in that cartoony format that the original June Release Azure Video was done in.   Planky
  • Blog Post: Video: Cloud Services Talk from UK’s Cloud Day: London, 22nd June

    Anybody who was there knows the demo in the talk I gave timed out. So I’ve done it again and added it to the talk using the magic of video editing! With all the excitement around the IaaS features such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Network, and then the added cool of Azure Websites, it seemed to me...
  • Blog Post: Article: Windows Azure June 2012 Training Kit available

    I just heard from James Conard in our corporate headquarters that the June 2012 version of the Windows Azure training kit has been officially released. The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features.  Some of the highlights...
  • Blog Post: Video: The most common issues support sees for Windows Azure

    Markus McCormick, an escalation engineer working in Microsoft support in the UK talks about the most common support issues they see coming in to the support centre. He gives advice on how to avoid these pitfalls. If you are new to Windows Azure – don’t deploy any service in to production without watching...
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows Azure Connect: a real-world solution

    K3 Retail are the UK’s biggest Microsoft Dynamics partner. They’ve built a system that allows them to expose on-premises applications and data such as Dynamics, SQL Server Reporting Services, Email and File-Servers to a cloud-based IIS web application. This video show how they are doing this in the real...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Bootcamp: Online

    We’re going to be running an online version of the popular Windows Azure Bootcamp on the 21st May. We’re very aware that the London and Liverpool bootcamps due to run in Early May are now full so we thought by running a similar, slightly shortened version of the bootcamp through Lync, anybody who didn...
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows Azure: How Retail Manager Solutions changed their business

    Jim Chapman, CEO of Retail Manager Solutions, talks about their move from on-premises software to the cloud and then tells us how Windows Azure has changed their business. Sales cycle times have been dramatically reduced, customers save money and there is less work to do to get a solution up and running...
  • Blog Post: Video: How one company migrated to Windows Azure

    At The Races were running a high-volume website in the UK that was characterized by very peaky predictable bursts. They kn ew when the peaks would occur (specific horse-races in the calendar) and they had a good idea of the numbers of additional users they’d have to handle. What an excellent...
  • Blog Post: Event: UK Windows Azure User Group – Mark Bower, CTO of Cube Social speaks.

    The next UK Windows Azure User Group meeting is on the 8th May and will feature Mark Bower, CTO of Cube Social talking about how they built a scalable, highly available social CRM system on the Windows Azure Platform. Their video is here. Cube Social are part of a startup programme run by Microsoft UK...
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows Azure Online Conference Track 3: Case Studies

    Charles Young, Principle Consultant with Solidsoft and Dan Scarfe, CEO of DotNetSolutions presented case studies and shared their experiences of working on real live WIndows Azure projects. If you’d like to watch the recorded video, it’s here. Also the slide decks: Charles Young’s...
  • Blog Post: Video: Running an illegal website? Use the cloud to check it…

    John Mannix from Governor Technology talks about http://cookielaw.org , a service that used crowd-sourcing to farm cookies from volunteers who installed an agent on their machines and provided later analysis and gave advice on whether a particular site's cookies existed within the limitation of the EU...
  • Blog Post: Video: Phone developers should use the cloud

    When you think about the monetization (awful word!) of apps for the phone, you can narrow it down to either: The app is free – it was fun building it, I don’t want to be rich. The app is paid for and entirely standalone. It doesn’t rely on any service that is firmly rooted in terra firma. The app is...
  • Blog Post: Video: Cloud Computing Platforms Actually Make Businesses More Agile! Find out how…

    As technologists we tend to talk a different language to business people. Trying to give non-technical examples of how, in this case, cloud computing makes a business more agile and able to respond to things that happen in the market, in the industry, with competitors – that kind of thing – can be difficult...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Security Standards-Video 2

    Pete Satchwell continues the discussion, moving on to other standards not usually directly associated with cloud computing and also putting clarity around and giving examples of things like the EU DPD 9546 EC and PCI DSS. Cloud Security Standards Video 2   Planky – GBR-257
  • Blog Post: Cloud Security Standards–Video 1

    In this video interview, Pete Satchwell from Microsoft talks about cloud computing security standards and puts some meaning around all the numbers. WHat does ISO27001 actually mean, how can you apply it in some meaningful way to your business and are the standards addressing the things you need to be...
  • Blog Post: Marx and the Mac

    If we’re thinking “Windows Azure”, we also tend to think “Visual Studio” in the same brain clock-cycle. But it’s not the only tool or the only way to create code for a Windows Azure application. In this video, Steve Marx explains how he uses his Mac for developing apps on the Windows Azure platform as...
  • Blog Post: Security and Compliance–Not the Same Thing

    It isn’t really an issue of “is this a secure platform on which to write this code”, it’s more an issue of “does this platform comply with a standard that has been created by somebody else in an attempt to make my life easier by doing all my thinking for me ”. When a standard, certification, accreditation...
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