There are a number of dark areas in Windows that do not work quite right. MAXPATH anyone? But here is another one that I have only recently become aware of.
If you use applications such as Mozy, OneDrive (Business or Personal), Adobe Creative Cloud, Tortoise (a developer utility) or Dropbox, you will be familiar with
…continue reading The battle to own Windows Explorer shell overlay icons, or why your OneDrive green ticks have stopped working
For many years I have used the Adsense program provided by Google to serve ads on websites that I run. In fact I was one of the earliest users. I have not earned a huge amount but have seen a regular flow of income, more than enough to provide my hosting costs.
Today I received
…continue reading Dear Google, since you provide no contact options, here is my problem
Microsoft has announced its latest financials, and I have made a quick table summarising the year-on-year comparison for the quarter. See the end of this post for what the confusing segment categories represent.
Quarter ending June 30th 2016 vs quarter ending June 30th 2015, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business
…continue reading Microsoft financials April-June 2016: on track but continued drift away from consumers
I have seen this a couple of times recently, both cases where Outlook 2016 is installed. You start Outlook, it loads plug-ins, then presents a dialog that says “Processing”.
It does this for a long time. What is is processing? Who knows. Will it complete in its own good time? Not sure, but for
…continue reading What to do when Outlook is stuck on “processing”
I attended day two (the developer day) of the Amazon Web Services Summit at the ExCel conference centre in London yesterday. A few quick observations.
It was a big event. I am not sure how many attended but heard “10,000” being muttered. I was there last year as well, and the growth was obvious. The
…continue reading AWS Summit London 2016: no news but strong content, and a little bit of Echo
Some time ago I wrote a simple web application which runs on Microsoft Azure and uses Azure Active Directory for authentication. The application is used constantly and has proved reliable; however yesterday it stopped working. A quick debug session showed that the problem was an Azure AD permissions error.
In order to use Azure AD,
…continue reading The case of the disappearing Azure AD application registration
Outlook broke on my laptop the other day. Well, it still received mail, but many operations threw up an error, “Not Implemented”.
It was particularly annoying that the error affected sending emails, but the error dialog only showed when I tried to force a send and receive. Therefore, emails were stuck in the outbox with
…continue reading Office 365 users: beware Outlook’s mysterious Not Implemented error
How do you monitor a Windows server over the internet? This one is not in Azure but an actual server, running Hyper-V of course, and the requirement is to monitor both the Hyper-V host and the VMs for things like free memory, disk space and CPU usage.
There is a nice solution called Cacti which
…continue reading Using Strongswan as a VPN client – and a Windows Firewall gotcha
Microsoft has announced its most expensive acquisition yet, taking over LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close later in 2016.
Why? It’s about combining data from Office 365 with LinkedIn’s data on who works where. According to Microsoft, it’s “the word’s first economic graph, a digital mapping of the global economy,” said
…continue reading Microsoft and LinkedIn: some early thoughts
Prompted by a piece on Charles Arthur’s Overspill blog I took at look at LeakedSource which has a database of leaked usernames and passwords.
There are two main ways for passwords to leak. One is that a web site had its user database hacked and stolen. The other is that malware on a user’s machine
…continue reading Passwords: time is being called