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Introducing Lotus Notes 8 ... and how to migrate easier to Exchange
This week, LotuSphere 2007 is being held in sunny Florida, this is IBM's chance to show off all the latest and greatest goings on in the Lotus world. The big news this years is the formal unveiling of Lotus Notes 8. Now the main gripe of Lotus Notes has finally been tackled, the UI. Now I'm going to reserve judgement on whether it really is better until I've actually played with it. So here is a what it looks like ... Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, those tabs do say 'New Document','New Presentation','New ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 10:24 PM

Securing Vista ... with NTL NetGuard, AVG Grisoft, Sophos, Trend, Panda, OneCare and Avast!
Now I have Vista installed I want to protect my installation with some decent security software. NTL NetGuard the free Internet Security software for NTL subscribers which is made by Radial Point is actually very good and meets my needs very well but during installation under Vista an Error 1321!? appears. After speaking to NTL technical support it seems they will support Vista eventually but the operative couldn’t supply me with any dates. Jan 30th I suggested! Another reminder that I would have ......

Posted On Sunday, January 21, 2007 5:57 PM

Oxford NxtGenUG: Introduction to Biztalk
Biztalk is a fantastic piece of software but many I.T. professionals haven't had an opportunity to see it and understand what it can do. Our next session at NxtGenUG is going to one of our best yet as it will be topical with a nugget by Tim Leung about Microsoft latest operating system, Vista, and the main presentation will be Ben Goeltz, 'The Business of Biztalk' which went down extremely well at the Birmingham chapter in November. I can also report that we are now completely and utter SWWWWAAAGGGEDDDD ......

Posted On Saturday, January 20, 2007 10:20 PM

NxtGenUG Business Intelligence Presentation Links
As promised here is a list of the links from my presentation on Business Intelligence at Wednesday's NxtGenUG meeting. Microsoft’s BI website - Microsoft Office BI website - SQL Server 2005 Samples and Sample Databases (December 2006) - Office PerformancePoint ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 5:23 PM

A Lastminute Decision
After nearly 5 years I'm leaving Scottish & Southern Energy PLC. At the beginning of next month I will start in a new position at It's fair to say that I didn't actually go looking for a new job, it found me, they made me an offer I would have found difficult to refuse. The added bonus is that it's 20 mins walk from my house which is big difference to my current 90 miles a day of travel to and from work. All this said and done I have to say that I am a little sad that I will be ......

Posted On Thursday, January 18, 2007 8:03 PM

You do iPhone?
So I’ve just caught up with all the hype about the new Apple iPhone and even the Geek in me isn’t really biting. I’m not blindly in love with Apple so that’s one reason, I did own a Mac at one time, my wife has a Nano, so I’m not anti-Apple either. My view on Apple is they sit at the same level as Dell or HP in my thinking. Apple has a great skill in being able to capture and distil the features that the average Joe (Tech or otherwise) really wants, then create a design that is neat, consistent, ......

Posted On Thursday, January 11, 2007 5:27 PM

5 things you didn't know about me!
Yep, I got tagged, ug! 1) I gave my wife a hamster ball for Christmas without a hamster, I told her that we where going to find out what it feels like to be a hamster ... in water! 2) I like prawns but they don't like me. 3) I like skydiving indoors! 4) I used to sing 'badly' in a choir. 5) I used to 'Fox-Hunt' with cars ... and no furry animals ever got hurt. I'm going to tag C9 & GWB ......

Posted On Sunday, January 7, 2007 7:05 PM

Which Superhero are you ?
Your results:You are The Flash The Flash 85% Spider-Man 80% Iron Man 70% Robin 60% Green Lantern 55% Superman 50% Batman 40% Supergirl 40% Catwoman 40% Wonder Woman 30% Hulk 20% Fast, athletic and flirtatious. Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz... Well I would rather be Spiderman, but the Flash will do ......

Posted On Sunday, January 7, 2007 4:19 PM

Pictures on Flickr
One of my hobbies, a part from this blog, is taking photos. My joint Birthday and Christmas present (I wish I was born in the Summer ) was this. Anyway, I've uploaded some of my Christmas snaps up on to Flickr so please feel free to have a look. Here are a frew ... ......

Posted On Saturday, January 6, 2007 10:48 PM

Vista and Toshiba Satellite P100
Ok, I've been lucky enough to get a copy of Vista Ultimate RTM. Firstly the disclaimer, trying any of the suggestions in this post is taken at your own risk. If you have data you want to keep ... back it up! And don't try this on a system that doesn't first pass the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor test. I had installed many Vista Beta's under VMWare on my machine and they had worked but hadn't exactly been fast enough to be really useable or try features I wanted to check such as Aero so I decided ......

Posted On Saturday, January 6, 2007 9:55 PM

Happy New Year!

Well guys I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year.

Take care,


Posted On Monday, January 1, 2007 9:05 PM

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