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I Left Outlook for Gmail, and Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Back
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I Left Outlook for Gmail, and Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Back

In the time B.G. (before Gmail) I was an avid Outlook user. As a Microsoft employee then my passion around Outlook was strongly encouraged. Yet as in any relationship there were times of endearing love and times of hate filled shouting and swearing. Actually, come to think of it, there was a lot more of the latter with Outlook, but…

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Spotify – An Almost Perfect Music Service You NEED To Try
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Spotify – An Almost Perfect Music Service You NEED To Try

In the last few months a slew of new cloud music services have been announced from some heavy hitters. Google Music (invite only beta), Apple’s iCloud (still in development) and Amazon Cloud Player (released) are the three most recent to join the likes of Pandora and last.fm. There has been much fuss made about Spotify, the music service that is wildly…

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CloudFlare – Bad timing, great service, and a hack discovered
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CloudFlare – Bad timing, great service, and a hack discovered

Update: I spent the morning debugging the issues I mentioned below with CloudFlare, and was stunned by two things: Firstly, the service from CloudFlare was amazing! As I was leaving the service I sent them a note to let them know what had happened. Less than an hour later I got a thoughtful and thorough response. I replied, and while…

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Running WordPress on EC2 with a little help from Bitnami
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Running WordPress on EC2 with a little help from Bitnami

Recently I upgraded a few of my WordPress websites to run on Amazon’s EC2, thanks in no small part to Dan Ackerson’s wonderful guide on how to migrate your WordPress blog to EC2. This is probably the point where I wax poetic about the wonder of cloud services, and how Amazon has enabled even a small team of a few…

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Big Corporations Learning a Thing Or Two From Politicians
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Big Corporations Learning a Thing Or Two From Politicians

Yesterday Microsoft posted an ‘interview’ with Computer World where they claimed Google was failing to win over the enterprise with their cloud services. A few hours later, Appirio – a Google reseller – posted a clever rebuttal.  It strikes the tone of a teacher patiently correcting a student’s mistakes. Snarky ads in the tech world aren’t anything new, as Apple…

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