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How to: migrating from GMail to MyKolab – part 2

How to: migrating from GMail to MyKolab – part 2

Alastair Aitken October 21, 2013 2

The previous article in this series outlined the reasons for migrating to MyKolab from Google Apps GMail. In this article I’ll outline how to migrate contacts and calendars from GMail to MyKolab, and also how

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How to: migrating from GMail to MyKolab – part 1

How to: migrating from GMail to MyKolab – part 1

Alastair Aitken October 15, 2013 0

During the reign of Nicolae Ceauşescu a sample of every keystroke from every typewriter in the country was kept by the Romanian state. Should any subversive literature appear, the typeface on the offending documented would be

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Never attempt IT security on an empty stomach

Never attempt IT security on an empty stomach

Alastair Aitken October 7, 2013 0

It’s easy to knock government workers, there’s a belief that the combination of below going-rate salaries offset by better than average pension benefits somehow equates to substandard staff. Unfortunately, when I took a short

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Don’t write software, buy it

Don’t write software, buy it

Alastair Aitken September 30, 2013 0

Unless you’re being paid an obscene amount of money. Unless you’re working in a start up with a unique business proposition. Unless you’re a software house. Do not write software. Buy it If your

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Sometimes you just don’t need computers

Sometimes you just don’t need computers

Alastair Aitken September 23, 2013 0

Recently I received an email from a friend’s company; it had been sent in error by one of his recently-employed offspring. The excuse given for the error was, “it was sent by someone else

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Whatever happened to Software Factories?

Whatever happened to Software Factories?

Alastair Aitken September 19, 2013 2

It is with clarity that I can recall the day that I decided I would no longer be developing software using Microsoft products. I was listening to a podcast about “software factories”. For those

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Voice over IP with FlyNumber, VoIP.ms, Acrobits

Voice over IP with FlyNumber, VoIP.ms, Acrobits

Alastair Aitken September 10, 2013 0

[Addition on Nov 21 2013: On Tue Nov 19, 2013 I was informed by FlyNumber that they had cancelled the number that I had with them. There was no prior warning and the terse

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Working with legacy code

Working with legacy code

Alastair Aitken September 4, 2013 0

To the best of my knowledge, Michael Feathers has only authored one book, Working Effectively with Legacy Code, which was published way back in 2004. But if he never writes another tome again then his

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Service companies: when does lobbying become corruption?

Service companies: when does lobbying become corruption?

Alastair Aitken August 27, 2013 0

Having lived in a country where seemingly blatant corruption is accepted as part of doing business, I used to perceive Anglo-Saxon countries as notionally being above that kind of thing. A native friend pointed

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5 email providers that value privacy more than Gmail

5 email providers that value privacy more than Gmail

Alastair Aitken August 19, 2013 1

If a large chunk of modern life is carried out online then surely handing over some of that chunk to another party means surrendering part of that life, perhaps reflecting the message of the

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