Vittorio Bertocci

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  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Azure Access Control Service Cmdlets: Modules, Continuation and Backup/Restore!

    As promised yesterday, here there’s one of the deliverables I mentioned. About one month ago we published the first release of a set of PowerShell cmdlets for ACS : wrappers for the ACS management APIs, which allow you to easily script tasks such as wiping a namespace, adding an OpenID provider , automating...
  • Blog Post: Ch-ch-ch-changes

    [ Dave , forgive me for lifting your headline it’s just too good a fit for the occasion] As anticipated during a recent CloudCover episode , tomorrow it’s going to be my first day as Principal Program Manager in the identity product team . I’ll be looking after the developer experience for our identity...
  • Blog Post: Thank You, Kim!

    Working with one of your idols is one once-in-a-lifetime privilege; getting to be friends, even rarer. Kim Cameron does not need introductions, no sirs, especially if you are reading this from an Internet-connected device. His contribution to how we think about identity cannot be overestimated ; as...
  • Blog Post: 8 Years of Blogging

    As it is by now tradition, here there’s my annual checkpoint on blog activities (former years’ digests: ( 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 ). This is my 514th blog post, which sounds like a pretty unbelievably high pile of blabber… until you look at the numbers of certain overzealous tweeters...
  • Blog Post: Detachable Lenses Give Your Smartphone the Gift of Supersight

    [Yes, another non-identity and non-cloud related post about gadgets: after all, it’s Saturday! But the next one will be a serious post, I promise] Being able at any time to pull out from your pocket a phone capable of capturing megapixel pictures & videos is awesome, but oftentimes I do miss the...
  • Blog Post: Intervista con Giorgio sul Corriere

    Eccomi all’aeroporto di Seattle, dove sono giunto dopo una guidatona all’alba. Nevica da ieri sera, e spero proprio che l’aereo che mi accingo a prendere riesca a portarmi in vacanza come da programma (un paio di giorni a Honolulu per il Thanksgiving, dopo i quali andro dritto a Pechino per la keynote...
  • Blog Post: Unboxing of the Zotac ZBOX ID34

    [warning: no identity or technical content here] It’s so long that I don’t write a post about gadgets that the term disappeared from my tag cloud. Well, tonight after dinner I took a break from the usual grind and decided to pay homage to this ceremony that gadget lovers seems to have grown accustomed...
  • Blog Post: The First Dead-Tree Copy of the Book is Here!

    [I know, you must be sick of book -related posts: please bear with me just a bit longer, I think we’re almost done :-)] [UPDATED] YES! I just found under the door mat – wait for it - the very first printed copy of Programming Windows Identity Foundation ! Considering that exactly...
  • Blog Post: 7 years of blogging

    The anniversary is in fact in April, but every year ( 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 ) I am drifting forward. In fact I am tempted to skip this altogether, but a tradition is a tradition… So, let’s make a quick digest of the notable posts from last year. The very first Identity Training Kit...
  • Blog Post: 6 years of blogging

    Usually ( 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 ) in April I “celebrate” the anniversary of my blog creation with an anthology of posts from the last year. This time it just slipped through the cracks, April was an insanely busy month, hence i am doing it late and in reduced form; since i am doing it mainly...
  • Blog Post: Identity pun

    Sorry guys, this will make you cringe but I can't help myself: this came out while I was reharsing a presentation just minutes ago. Ah, and you'll get it only if you're identity-sick :-) A passive client enters a shop, and starts looking around. A salesperson approaches: "Sir, can I help you...
  • Blog Post: Bookshelf

    [warning: you won't find any useful identity related info in this post] I recently moved to a new apartment, and while unboxing the books I had to decide on a criteria for shelving them in our wonderful black billy . Hierarchies sucks, because they force you to choose a single criteria for slicing...
  • Blog Post: How did you get started in software development?

    [I suggest my usual readers to skip this post altogether, you won't find anything useful here :-)] Romeo tagged me with this "How did you get started in software development?" quest. I was already feeling guilty, because given how swamped I am I knew I was not going to have time to reply to the tag...
  • Blog Post: 2 new great reviews for our book, and status after 1/2 year of availability

    It's since April that I don't write about the book (at the time we released the entire Chapter 2 on MSDN ). Last week I received notice that 2 new reviews were published: one is from the Denver Visual Studio User Group , the other is on Paul Van Brenk's blog . Both reviews are extremely nice, for which...
  • Blog Post: 5 years of blogging

    2:35AM. I landed few hours ago in Seattle, back from a successful week in Kuala Lumpur & Singapore , and of course I am totally jetlagged and I can't sleep at all. Hence I'll kill some time writing the customarily post I do every April for this feed's birthday (former installments: 2004 , 2005 ,...
  • Blog Post: Evangelizing the Identity Metasystem in culture-conscious fashion

    Before presenting in a country I never visited I always try to read about the local culture and understand the basic do's and don'ts. Besides being IMHO a basic form of respect for your hosts, this helps you avoiding VERY embarrassing situations that you'd never ever figure out on your own. If you ever...
  • Blog Post: RSA Wrapup

    Well, I really really enjoyed going to RSA. As I foresaw, more than the event itself I really appreciated the chance of meeting with very smart people: the Concordia and the OSIS events were truly exceptional in this sense. Axel captured some of that spirit here . Just to mention a few notable encounters...
  • Blog Post: Book Signing at RSA

    After a remarkably quiet flight I landed in S.Francisco: the city of the Golden Gate , the Italian consulate and the theater of this year's RSA conference . I just unloaded on the bed all the swag from the conference bag (very original BTW, love the Turing theme ), and I was going through my agenda so...
  • Blog Post: (Re)Focusing

    I am delighted to announce a slight change in my role: from now on I'll focus on identity architecture, especially in the context of S+S and cloud services. YEEEEEES!!! If you are a regular reader of this blog you may have gotten the impression it was already the case. Actually, for the last three years...
  • Blog Post: Voting for the Italian government election via mail

    It's that time again. Few months ago the Italian government fell, and as a good citizen I am called to the right-duty of casting my vote for electing the new one. There's a little detail, though: while in the past that meant taking a short walk through my scenic little home town and meet few old friends...
  • Blog Post: Perspectives.on10.net: podcast interview with Jon Udell on identity & "Understanding Windows CardSpace"

    Jon Udell recently launched a new interesting format on the website perspectives.on10.net. Perspectives is a series of in-depth conversations with passionate innovators. Most work for Microsoft; some work elsewhere; all are advancing the state of the art in areas as diverse as robotics, digital identity...
  • Blog Post: CardSpace & surveillance

    Well, don't get fooled. I'm not going to make any big philosophical considerations about technology and privacy (though I may do that in the future), but I will talk about the little project I've put together after three gintonics & the MIX party at TAO . I am often on the road. When I am homesick...
  • Blog Post: The entire chapter 2 of "Understanding Windows CardSpace" published on Code Project

    Few days ago I've been notified that the 2nd chapter of our book "Understanding Windows CardSpace" is now available for free online , on the pages of Code Project (takes some time to load from my connection, don't give up). That's a very big chapter, for architects and business decision makers, focused...
  • Blog Post: CardSpace on IlSole24Ore

    [synopsis for the English readers: a financial newspaper in Italy published an article about CardSpace ; I make some considerations about it] Cari lettori italiani, e' parecchio che non scrivo un post nella lingua natia... come e' parecchio che non trovo il tempo di pescare qualche collega italico...
  • Blog Post: Published

    I know, with all this new distribution channels, new media, CTPs, rough cuts & similar the moment of publishing something blurred, hence lost a bit of its ceremonial aspect; and yet, it's a very important event for a book ... also because it is the moment from which the availability of printed copies...
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