I have not found a perfect solution yet – but you might want to check out CryptSync (http://stefanstools.sourceforge.net/CryptSync.html). It replicates a folder encrypted using 7-Zip. This compresses and encrypts your data in a proven secure way. And as an added plus, you can decrypt using 7-Zip if you do not have CryptSync or if the project goes dead.
After MS is going all-in on ist Office 365 Cloud offering, dropping the previous high limit of 1 TB per subscription to unlimited, you can get unlimited cloud storage for as low as 5,75€ (Office 365 Personal, 1 year plan for 69,-€).
The problem is you will need to transfer all your files to MS, which will open up to the NSA and anyone else capable of listening in. Now I am wondering if the following app exists, or if not if someone is developing it:
Provide a layer on top of any given cloud service (interface via WebDAV or other protocols) that will transparently encrypt / decrypt the files in a streaming fashion, so that the cloud holds either one or several large files, or the file is encrypted as well (so no file name/directory name or file properties, incl. size) will stay the same. This might mean padding small files to a uniform larger size and splitting large files to a set of uniform smaller files.
The application should be transparent, so that on a PC it works like a file system (aka drive letter on windows). For phones it would need to have a separate application. Direct access to the files via web would not be available anymore, as it would not be possible to do that in a secure way.
Is there something like that?
A ridiculous article by Matt Burns complains that the start button for Windows 8.1 is not a start button (http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/26/windows-8-1s-start-button-isnt-a-start-button/). And then he goes on by saying that right-clicking on it shows a non-customizable admin menu.
Well, Matt, use Windows 8 and right click the start menu corner and: You get the same menu! Of course the Start Button is a start button, clicking on it opens the full screen start menu of Windows 8.1. It works better than the old Windows 7 start menu, it has:
Larger targets for your mouse to hit, so you can use it quicker.
Direct search (just start typing, same as in Windows 7 btw)
Grouped entries, but now even all of them visible at once.
Active tiles that give you info directly
A sortable all programs menu (you can sort by name, group, install date, frequency of use)
The only thing I see missing is the recent documents. Well get over it, and create a short cut to the explorer search and “PIN IT TO THE START MENU”.
TL;DR; TC & Matt Burns write stupid nonsense articles
@CharlesTBetz, @IanClayton and the @ITSkeptic were just tweeting about the difference between the service catalog, requestable services and their instances. Since I would like to add some of my 2 cts to that and I am not satisfied to discuss complex data modeling issues using just 140 characters I decided to quickly write up this post.
For me there should be a strong separation between models or types and instances, even if a given instance of one type can be the model for another. For me the service catalog describes all services that are available to a customer, just as the skeptic says – these are not per se available to a user. Someone with money has to order them. If they order these, the services are instantiated as a service (level) agreement. I put the level in parentheses because right now that is not the focus of the discussion.
In addition to this, each service has a list of 0 to many request types. These are the things that a user (for which the organization has ordered the service) can request. So if a customer agrees to a service (level) agreement, the users associated with that customer (named Person in the image) may request the service1.
Each service level agreement (here identified by a ServiceInstance) also contains a list of these request types along with some more customer individual specifications like cost or service level2, called RequestTypeInstance. This is an entity that is both an instance and a model.
A user may then put up a service request (labled RequestInstance), which refers to all the RequestTypeInstances, so provides all the details needed for approving, executing and monitoring the request. Each request will contain multiple RequestTypes as in real life no one will put up with having an “Order” just containing one item at a time.
My idea of some of the needed entities for a Service Catalog
Next time you think about a simple thing like “Service Catalog”, “SLA” or “Service Request”, please think again. The standards are not helping a lot here as they confuse matters more by not being explicit enough in their definitions.
1 This may be more complex than it sounds as the individual request may require formal approval from the client as well, since each request type may incur cost, or other restrictions may apply, e.g. Licensing issues.
2 If the service level should be defined in the Service Catalog or in the list of Service Level Agreements is open to discussion. In my experience any provider with a larger list of customers will have individual service levels per customer, so putting these in the catalog is not useful. In contrast, providers that standardize more should put these in the catalog.
Are you prepared? What happens to your IT and to your business if there is a power outage, a flu epidemic or if your main network provider goes out of business? What happens if your cloud provider is closed due to piracy allegations?
noventum consulting helps with your planning. http://www.continuitymanagement.de/
I really like the Windows 8 enahncements to the Windows Explorer interface. The ribbon feels natural to me and the idea of having it minimized initially gives you a lot of extra screen real estate. It allows me to show the Details Pane on the right as a standard setting as most screens are 16×9 or 16×10, so wide.
But I have one minor tweak to suggest, since I often want to quickly switch between the Details and the Preview pane, why not add a small button to both switching to the other? Here is a small mockup:
I know I can add the commands to the QAT, but having them in place feels much more intuitive.
I must admit one thing: I really enjoy tinkering with new software. So I know I am a bit of a geek in that area. So what did I do when the Windows 8 Developer Preview came out? I installed it in a virtual machine (Oracle Virtual Box). I did not play around with it much as it could not fully utilize my system. So what did I do when the Consumer Preview came out? I did not want to have the trouble of virtualizing it again, so I tried to upgrade my work notebook.
Here are some of my ramblings about that experience. Read More…
A little unusual post today, but I figured out how to make iTunes accept a longer ringtone – it is iTunes that limits the ringtone length, not the iPhone itself. And the best thing, you need no extra software and no jailbreak.
So how to do it? A few steps:
- Create a short ringtone for your iPhone
- Make a snippet of one of your favorite mp3 files or use the iTunes Information “Option” settings to Start/Stop quickly
- Use iTunes to convert the mp3 to AAC. You might have to set the CD import settings to the AAC codec, if you have set the Start/Stop time this will only convert the snippet
- Rename the file extension from .m4a to .m4r (ringtone)
- Drag & Drop the file onto your iTunes library
- Now you have a ringtone
- Sync ringtones to your iPhone – I set it to sync all of them
- Now you have the short ringtone on your iPhone
- Make an AAC version of the longer file, either resetting the Start/Stop time or using a different mp3 file.
- Replace the existing (short version) of your ringtone with the new longer one. It might be needed to have the exact same tag information (I have not tested that)
- Disable the sync in iTunes and apply
- The ringtones will be removed from your iPhone
- Re-enable the sync and apply
- iTunes will now gladly sync your new extra long ringtone to your iPhone
I have a full length song on it right now, so I don’t know what the upper limit is. Enjoy!
In a project started at noventum we were set on making the performance of an IT department or company measureable. We embarked on an interesting journey along with 8 brave students from the DBIS group at the Westfählische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, for whom this was their masters project seminar. I will post more on this project later, just one remark, they did a fabulous job.
What framework to base measurement on?
Most other participants in the project came from the business intelligence side of things, so I was the main responsible in deciding what kind of measurements framework should be used. As I am quite firm in the ITIL® arena I could immediately dismiss the initial idea of using ITIL® as a reference for measurements. I had only used COBIT as a reference in order to find proper target definitions as well as control objectives and activities for processes and it worked pretty well at that. Many in the IT service management arena prophesy a nearing war of the frameworks in which COBIT 5 “the delayed” might take on ITIL v3 2011 “the snobbish” (what is the penalty for heresy in castle ITIL®?). So why not check out the challenger and see how he performs in close combat?
Well at first the proposal of using COBIT was great. Instead of the long bullet lists with generic information COBIT has proper tables. COBIT is much more concise in its description and it has a structure for measurement in it. Read More…