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Welcome to my blog. This is mainly about IT, information management and Cyber Security with occasional forays into general technology, science and maybe even politics and beliefs.

You may find quite a few errors and formatting issues right now. That’s because I’ve just moved from a self-hosted WordPress blog to a cloud hosted Hugo blog. I’m still sorting out the finer details. Please use the contact form if you spot anything.

There are 276 pages currently on this site. 230 blog posts, 39 knowledgebase pages, 6 about pages and 1 project pages.

Latest posts and knowledgebase articles

DSC vs. GPO vs. SCCM vs. MDM (Intune)

Microsoft Windows administrators now have a number of ways for managing their estates. Group Policy (GPO) Allows very fine-grained control over every aspect of Windows. Primarily aimed at Windows desktops. Requires Active Directory (AD) and very careful configuration. Requires well trained specialist staff to get it right. System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Allows central control over software delivery. Also requires AD. Configuration of delivery packages can be complex and very careful change control is required.

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Home Broadband

This page shows data about my broadband connection. Current ping results 2018-05-01 06:58 2018-04-30 20:31 Other Tests ThinkBroadband Labs Ookla Speedtest

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Hugo Snippets and Code Examples

A somewhat random collection of code for Hugo so that I don’t have to keep looking things up all over the Internet.


📖 Posts | 📎 Windows | 🔖 apple, itunes, windows store

iTunes Finally Hits the Windows Store - What Does it Mean?

iTunes on Windows has always been a horrible application. It is highly intrusive, installing many background services. It also has a terrible UX/design. So, now that it is available in the Windows Store, is there a difference? Improvement?


📖 Kb | 📎 Development, Microsoft, Software | 🔖 microsoft, office, outlook, vba

Macro to open a web URL from Outlook

Many of us spend most of our work time in a few applications such as Outlook (email) and a web browser. This example macro for Microsoft Outlook will let you add a button to the Outlook Ribbon that will open a specific website URL.

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📖 Posts | 📎 Development, Microsoft, Software | 🔖 couchdb, microsoft, office, outlook

Outlook 2013 URL Protocol Handler

Outlook has a custom URL protocol that allows interaction with different elements such as folders, mail and calendar items and contacts, Since Outlook 2007, this has been restricted for use only within Outlook itself but there are some tremendous opportunities for use from simple web systems. This post explains how to turn it on, even for Outlook 2013 (Office 365 version). It also gives pointers to other articles on how to use the protocol.

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Privacy Policy & Disclosure

Privacy Policy for it.knightnet.org.uk This privacy policy is valid from 1 April 2018. If you require any more information or have any questions about this privacy policy, please feel free to contact us via the contact form. You can also contact Julian Knight via Twitter (@knightnet). At it.knightnet.org.uk, the privacy and security of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by it.

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📖 Posts | 📎 Software, Windows | 🔖 exif, iptc, win7, xmp

Windows 7 supports IPTC in JPEG Picture Files! (Not quite – Adobe XMP actually)

Update 2018-04-22: Reformatted after move from WordPress to Hugo. Wow! I’ve just discovered by accident that Windows 7 beta supports a few IPTC XMP attributes in picture files. At last, Microsoft supporting standards! Above is a screen shot from the properties of a test picture. The Description and Origin sections seem to be standard IPTC fields and I checked them out using iTag. In iTag the Title attribute comes out as both the Title and the Description.

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📖 Posts | 📎 Windows | 🔖 batch, configuration, scripting, vista, win7

How-to show a Message of the Day (MOTD) at the Windows Command Prompt

One of the features available under UNIX is the Message of the Day (MOTD). This is run every time you start a command prompt and displays the content of a file. In addition, the UNIX shells allow all sorts of stuff to be run and configured every time you start a new prompt using the .profile and .bashrc command files. Windows users don’t generally expect that kind of flexibility from their command prompts.


📖 Posts | 📎 Blogging | 🔖 hugo, hosting

Migrated from WordPress to Hugo and Netlify

The migration from WordPress is now completed. This blog and the new Knowledgebase are generated using Hugo and hosted with Netlify.