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Do you talk shop at parties? But you’re in IT; boring!

Do you talk shop at parties? But you’re in IT; boring!

Alastair Aitken May 6, 2014 0

My previous family doctor joked that when attending a party he would never tell anyone else exactly what line of work he was in. If he did, the response more often than not would

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Getting started on StartMail – part two

Getting started on StartMail – part two

Alastair Aitken April 29, 2014 0

Email encryption Setting up encryption on a native email application is a bit convoluted and, frankly, beyond the perseverance of the average user. And is it actually possible to do this in a web

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Getting started on StartMail – part one

Getting started on StartMail – part one

Alastair Aitken April 21, 2014 0

Six months ago, due to privacy concerns, I migrated my domain’s email hosting from Gmail to MyKolab (you can read about how to do that here) and very happy with the results I’ve been too.

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Getting started on StartMail – part three

Getting started on StartMail – part three

Alastair Aitken April 20, 2014 0

This is the third part of a three-part series. Contacts At the time of writing, StartMail’s contacts implementation and contacts import functionality has yet to be completed. However, the following fields are currently shown

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Curse you Google and your excellent Chromecast

Curse you Google and your excellent Chromecast

Alastair Aitken April 13, 2014 0

If you had suggested to me a couple of weeks ago that I would shortly be engaging in financial intercourse with both notorious tax innovator Amazon and “Don’t Be Evil” privacy-annihilating behemoth Google, I

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Are you the only person who doesn’t read your email?

Are you the only person who doesn’t read your email?

Alastair Aitken March 24, 2014 0

Which planet does Microsoft’s marketing department live on? Planet “Don’t Know What’s Going On”? Microsoft is still running a campaign that taunts Google over the lack of privacy offered by Gmail. That campaign has

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Google mergers and Facebook acquisitions

Google mergers and Facebook acquisitions

Alastair Aitken March 11, 2014 0

When a company you’re involved with talks about mergers and acquisitions, it really is prudent to listen to the alarm bells ringing in your head. It’s a struggle to recall a time when acquisitions,

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IBM makes a Big Data statement with Cloudant purchase

IBM makes a Big Data statement with Cloudant purchase

Alastair Aitken March 6, 2014 0

Time was that if you didn’t want to be sacked then you bought IBM. That IT department maxim became anathema in the 1990s when IBM looked like it was going to go the way

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The Great Firewall of Britain

The Great Firewall of Britain

Alastair Aitken February 27, 2014 0

There’s an irony to the introduction of the Great Firewall of Britain that the authorities are indubitably aware of but choose to ignore. China, the 21st century bogeyman of western geo-politics, was roundly condemned

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Free Network Attached Storage with NAS4Free

Free Network Attached Storage with NAS4Free

Alastair Aitken February 17, 2014 0

Working with non-profits has exposed me to a wide range of technology. Technology that is often ancient. In fact, the technology in employees’ pockets is almost always far superior. I found this out after

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