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Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control

Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Has a client ever had you working for months on features they don't really want?
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Don't let change (mis)manage you! :)
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Genie turns freeze-dried capsules into super-quick meals (Wired UK)

Genie turns freeze-dried capsules into super-quick meals (Wired UK) | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Genie is a food 'replicator' that aims to recreate any meal from a freeze-dried capsule in minutes
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It's all gone a bit "Star Trek"...
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Scottish Borders awards CGI £92m digital services deal

Scottish Borders awards CGI £92m digital services deal | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

This offers a once in a generation transformational opportunity for the Borders

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Borders Council sign a 13 year contract.
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Flash – aaah-aarrgh! Patch now as hackers exploit fresh holes

Flash – aaah-aarrgh! Patch now as hackers exploit fresh holes | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save everyone's computers
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Flash is holed below the water-line. Again!
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Bexley signs up Northgate for five year IT partnership - Government Computing Network

Bexley signs up Northgate for five year IT partnership - Government Computing Network | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
London Borough of Bexley has signed a five year partnership contract with Northgate Public Services targeting £11m in savings through curbing IT spend and trying to improve efficiency.
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Includes managing the migration of data centre services, providing the council with network and infrastructure services, service desk management, and business applications.

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Microsoft hoses down Windows Server hardware support change fears

Microsoft hoses down Windows Server hardware support change fears | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Microsoft's issued an interesting post in which it says it is making no changes to hardware support for Windows Server.
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Back in January Microsoft announced it would not support Windows 7 and 8 on new CPUs, thus herding users to Windows 10. Users were worried this would also be applied to servers...

 
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HappyHolidays from Boston Dynamics [video]

Happy Holidays from Boston Dynamics
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Robotolph the Red-nosed Reindeer...

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Sagrada Familia CIO picks up award for micro data centre installation

Sagrada Familia CIO picks up award for micro data centre installation | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, the 133-year-old Gothic magnum opus of Catalan architect Andoni Gaudi, has won an award for its micro data centre which the project's CIO said offers "adaptable and scalable infrastructure in a period of transformation".
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Dorset County Council rejects outsourcing

Dorset County Council rejects outsourcing | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Council decides against outsourcing back-office services, including IT, because it lacked flexibility.
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The citizens of the South West don't seem to like outsourcing very much. See earlier story re: Cornwall.

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

An IT manager in Manchester, England, says thieves stole his bikes after a smartphone cycling app pinpointed the location of his garage.

 

 

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"I'd come back from a ride around the Saddleworth hills, which I tracked on Strava," Leigh told the newspaper. "I locked my bike in the garage next to another one. The following morning my garage had been cleverly broken into and they were gone."

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No £160m for you: BT to receive outsourcing termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

No £160m for you: BT to receive outsourcing termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

The High Court has ruled in favour of Cornwall Council's decision to ditch its 10-year £160m outsourcing deal with BT, following moves by the telco provider to stop the authority canning the deal.

 
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The judgement confirmed that BT Cornwall had been in material breach of the contract due to their failure to carry out services to the required contractual standards and, therefore, that the Council was justified in reaching the decision to terminate the contract.

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Hampshire launches £75m cloud customer platform tender

Hampshire launches £75m cloud customer platform tender | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Authority hopes its largest ever cloud solutions tender, which will incorporate CRM and eCommerce functions, will become exemplar for other councils
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That's a whopping £15meeelion a year!

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Council IT chiefs outline plans to create London-wide supercloud for local authorities

Council IT chiefs outline plans to create London-wide supercloud for local authorities | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Plans are afoot to build a regional cloud that London councils can use to access common apps and services
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SuperCloudy with a Chance of Shared Services

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Sagrada Familia CIO picks up award for micro data centre installation

Sagrada Familia CIO picks up award for micro data centre installation | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, the 133-year-old Gothic magnum opus of Catalan architect Andoni Gaudi, has won an award for its micro data centre which the project's CIO said offers "adaptable and scalable infrastructure in a period of transformation".
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If you simply HAVE to work in an IT Data Centre, this has to be a good gig!
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Peterborough City Council goes for Google Apps over Microsoft in cloud push

Peterborough City Council goes for Google Apps over Microsoft in cloud push | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
“It was the ideal time to review what we were doing as an office suite of products, and with the way the council is moving to wanting staff to be more efficient," he said. "We want them be able to work remotely, work from various locations."
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Google Apps and Chromebooks for all!
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Can you use the Raspberry Pi 3 as your work PC? - TechRepublic

Can you use the Raspberry Pi 3 as your work PC? - TechRepublic | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
We spent a week working on the Raspberry Pi 3, to see how the $35 machine matched up to laptops costing more than 10 times its price.
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Well, in times of budgetary challenge, can you?
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90% of SSL VPNs are ‘hopelessly insecure’, say researchers

90% of SSL VPNs are ‘hopelessly insecure’, say researchers | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
Nine in 10 SSL VPNs use insecure or outdated encryption, putting corporate data at risk in the process, according to new research.
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Secure VPN encryption turns out to be, er, insecure.

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Alleged Anonymous hacker rescued off Cuba by Disney cruise ship

Alleged Anonymous hacker rescued off Cuba by Disney cruise ship | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

A man sought by the FBI for his alleged involvement in an Anonymous hacking campaign has been arrested after being rescued at sea. By a Disney cruise ship.

 

FBI: It's a small, small world (after all)

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Disney seem believable... 

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

"Hackers made a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it, and managed to hack our website to point to it," said Clem Lefebvre, creator of the Linux Mint distribution, in a blog post dated February 21.

 
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The Mint with the Hole?

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How to hack any Linux machine just using the backspace key

How to hack any Linux machine just using the backspace key | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
A rather embarrassing bug has been discovered which allows anyone to break into a Linux machine with ease.
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Doh! Indeed!

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The world's first website just turned 25 years old

The world's first website just turned 25 years old | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

On 20 December 1990, Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at the CERN research facility in Switzerland, turned on the world’s first website. 

 
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How to log into any backdoored Juniper firewall – hard-coded password published

How to log into any backdoored Juniper firewall – hard-coded password published | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

The access-all-areas backdoor password hidden in some Juniper Networks' Netscreen firewalls has been published.

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*facepalm*

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Western Digital pushing archive data ideas

Western Digital pushing archive data ideas | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it

Western Digital corporation, or WDC as we must get used to now, has joined the Active Archive Alliance to help promote the disk archive idea.

 
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Monstrous Storage!

 

With 10TB drives, an Active Archiving System array could scale to 5.875PB. And with 12TB helium drives slated for 2016, we could see a a 7PB single rack system.

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
The catastrophic service outage at Glasgow City Council's data centre, caused after its IT systems servers were taken down by a fire suppressant accidentally going off, is continuing to cause widespread havoc for staff and the public.
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Glasgow CC lost many of its key systems, including email, their social work client database, plus their council tax and benefits systems.

 
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Large IT vendors collaborating with SMEs is 'vital' for innovation, says Fujitsu chief

Large IT vendors collaborating with SMEs is 'vital' for innovation, says Fujitsu chief | The ICT Crowd v 2.0 | Scoop.it
'No one company has all the answers or has the monopoly on good ideas,' says Michael Keegan, chairman of the UK & Ireland region for Fujitsu
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