My Thoughts On IT…

Brian Lewis's Thoughts on all things Information Technology related

I have been traveling around the Midwest and presenting on “the cloud” and there are always questions on the details of Office 365. Today I came across several whitepapers that address many details of the Office 365 offering. If you are one of those wondering about the details including: security, continuity, and compliance – then take a look at the link below:

Whitepapers: from the Office 365 Product Group
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6c6ecc6c-64f5-490a-bca3-8835c9a4a2ea

· Microsoft Office 365 Security, Continuity, and Compliance This comprehensive document describes the security, continuity, privacy, and compliance policies and controls for the Office 365 services at general availability.  Learn about how Microsoft helps comprehensively secure Office 365 services by applying the Microsoft Security Management approach.

· Microsoft Office 365 Identity (Beta Service Description) This paper discusses the design, policies, and best practices related to Office 365 identity, including the creation of user accounts, password policy, co-existence, directory synchronization, and identity federation (single sign on). 

For general info on Office 365 hit the main page: www.microsoft.com/office365

I am speaking at the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro User Community this Thursday evening. Come join the fun!

Thursday April 28th, 2011 @ the Waukesha, Microsoft office, N19 W24133 Riverwood Drive, Suite 150, Waukesha,WI 53188 Starting at 6:00 PM

Brian Lewis – Microsoft Online Services

Cloud computing is emerging as a promising IT service delivery vehicle. But is the question “To cloud or not to cloud”? For IT professionals and your IT organizations, it is crucial to recognize the opportunities and play a key role in the transformation from existing infrastructure-focused IT into a service-oriented, user-centric, and IT-as-a-Service environment. Instead of having to worry about the plumbing, the public cloud gives IT the power to focus on the business, and gives you the ability to scale up or down resource capacities based upon business demands. With a pay-just-for-what-you-use business model, IT won’t be wasting money on providing services you once thought you might need but never got around to using. We will be going through two of Microsoft’s current public cloud offerings: the Windows Azure Platform-as-a-Service, and the Office365 software-as-a-service.

Meeting Format

6:00 – 6: 30 pm Social time – Pizza provided
6:30 – 7:00 pm – Members open discussion on what tech they use and how they use it.
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Presentation

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computer_iconIt feels that malware, viruses and spyware, is prevalent. Just ask yourself what you think the percentage of infected machines is. Would you believe it is 50%? When that number was stated many did believe that; however the real infection rate is not near that high. The actual number worldwide it is about 1% of machines are infected with spyware. 

Stats taken from this article:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-prevalent-is-malware-on-windows-pcs/3148?tag=nl.e589

One really good resource for information on what is going on in the computer industry is my blog. wink. When it comes to trade magazines information Week is one I read.  I have canceled most of my subscriptions to these trade rags but Information Week is one of the few I keep. It has been a good non biased magazine with articles that are worth my time. They have asked me to share this opportunity with friends and colleges, so I thought why not blog it and share it with you.

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big-viewer-WIFI-04-lrg__V188696053_I had to get a Kindle because it is a technical work of art. It weighs only 8.5 ounces and has an amazing display. After two months I have only needed to charge it about every four weeks! That isn’t marketing – that is real world usage. It has some very cool experimental features too. One is, “Read to me”, a text to speech feature that absolutely rocks. It reads the book to you! Another great experimental feature is a web browser based on webkit.

There are a few areas for improvement.  One disappointment is that the square mouse on the bottom right is clumsy. It is small and hard to get to do exactly what you want. Another big disappointment is that it lacks an RSS or blog reader. You can subscribe to a large list of blogs but they want you to pay for it. Bummer. I would also like to see more applications. There are a few games you can download but that is it.  An SDK for developers would also be nice. I am sure people could think of some great things to do with this device. Hopefully it will have it one day. This device has the potential to have iPad type success but they need to open things up just a little for that.

I have found it to be the best electronic device for reading that I have ever used. Even thought it is only black and white; the quality of the display makes you think it is one of those printed plastic screen protectors that you peel off when you first buy something. The clarity of the display is so fantastic that it often fools my eyes into thinking it is that printed plastic. The biggest benefit for long reading is that my eyes don’t get tired on this type of display. Unlike on an iPad or computer display.

You can pick these up for as low as $114 from amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Special-Offers-Wireless-Reader/dp/B004HFS6Z0/ref=amb_link_355949422_3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1STBVHZDF919TRS7YG5S&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1293701242&pf_rd_i=507846

big-viewer-WIFI-04-lrg__V188696053_I had to get a Kindle because it is a technical work of art. It weighs only 8.5 ounces and has an amazing display. After two months I have only needed to charge it about every four weeks! That isn’t marketing – that is real world usage. It has some very cool experimental features too. One is, “Read to me”, a text to speech feature that absolutely rocks. It reads the book to you! Another great experimental feature is a web browser based on webkit.

There are a few areas for improvement.  One disappointment is that the square mouse on the bottom right is clumsy. It is small and hard to get to do exactly what you want. Another big disappointment is that it lacks an RSS or blog reader. You can subscribe to a large list of blogs but they want you to pay for it. Bummer. I would also like to see more applications. There are a few games you can download but that is it.  An SDK for developers would also be nice. I am sure people could think of some great things to do with this device. Hopefully it will have it one day. This device has the potential to have iPad type success but they need to open things up just a little for that.

I have found it to be the best electronic device for reading that I have ever used. Even thought it is only black and white; the quality of the display makes you think it is one of those printed plastic screen protectors that you peel off when you first buy something. The clarity of the display is so fantastic that it often fools my eyes into thinking it is that printed plastic. The biggest benefit for long reading is that my eyes don’t get tired on this type of display. Unlike on an iPad or computer display.

You can pick these up for as low as $114 from amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Special-Offers-Wireless-Reader/dp/B004HFS6Z0/ref=amb_link_355949422_3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1STBVHZDF919TRS7YG5S&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1293701242&pf_rd_i=507846

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This is my favorite graphic for helping explain the IAAS, PAAS, and SAAS paradigms and what it means to IT Pros. Here you can see what you need to manage in the different parts of the stack. As a side note today I have not seen a way for you to avoid managing the local workstations, local networks, and internet connections.

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This is my favorite graphic for helping explain the IAAS, PAAS, and SAAS paradigms and what it means to IT Pros. Here you can see what you need to manage in the different parts of the stack. As a side note today I have not seen a way for you to avoid managing the local workstations, local networks, and internet connections.

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Writing a phone applications has never been easier thanks to AppMaker! This is total coding for IT Pros! Appmaker is a website that enables you  to build a custom rss reader application for the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone platforms. It is a web based wizard that you step through and have it create your application. I created an application for this blog site.

The first screenshot is of my application running in the Windows Phone emulator. The next screenshot is of the wizard that I used to create the application. Click on them for a larger view.

RSSreader (Mobile)appmakerwizard (Small)

I will be adding my application to the Windows Phone Market Place so if you have a Windows Phone you can use it! I will be adding a link to my main page once it is posted to the market place.

You can write your own custom RSS reader using AppMaker for free. All you need is this link to the AppMaker website: http://www.appmakr.com/

Enjoy!

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Writing a phone applications has never been easier thanks to AppMaker! This is total coding for IT Pros! Appmaker is a website that enables you  to build a custom rss reader application for the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone platforms. It is a web based wizard that you step through and have it create your application. I created an application for this blog site.

The first screenshot is of my application running in the Windows Phone emulator. The next screenshot is of the wizard that I used to create the application. Click on them for a larger view.

RSSreader (Mobile)appmakerwizard (Small)

I will be adding my application to the Windows Phone Market Place so if you have a Windows Phone you can use it! I will be adding a link to my main page once it is posted to the market place.

You can write your own custom RSS reader using AppMaker for free. All you need is this link to the AppMaker website: http://www.appmakr.com/

Enjoy!