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With the upcoming onset of the GDPR, many companies are seeking to leverage their cloud services for GDPR compliance. The Microsoft Office Modern Workplace episode, ‘GDPR: What You Need to Know’ includes outlines to make this process painless.  Companies want to ensure that those cloud services in use are compliant.  The GDPR places a higher burden on companies storing data on Europeans, and for many businesses, this data resides in the cloud.  Some important GDPR compliance considerations include building support for the consent requirement, rights to erasure and data portability,…

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the latest in a host of rules designed to protect privacy.  It is significant because it affects companies that do business in Europe or collect data on Europeans.  GDPR’s wide-ranging scope ranks it right at the top of significant regulations, sitting beside well-known requirements such as HIPAA and PCI. Your business may be doing quite a few things required by GDPR already because GDPR has similar goals to other regulations.  While HIPAA is designed to protect patient information in covered entities and business…

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If we have learned anything over the last few years about data breaches, it is that they are likely to happen.  However, data breach frequency can be reduced and its impact minimized with some key strategies. Both response and prevention efforts are greatly impacted by organizational culture.  Organizational culture is formed over years as certain values and behaviors are reinforced or discouraged through a series of successes and failures.  Security is seen as important and vital to organizational success in positive security cultures while it is ignored or even discouraged…

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You probably remember Microsoft’s announcement for their augmented reality hardware called HoloLens which occurred around the announcement of Windows 10.  For those of you who did not see their popular promotional video, look below. Microsoft has requested ideas for uses of their HoloLens hardware so I submitted an idea called FashionLens which I am also posting here on my blog. Try on clothing virtually! There would be two modes to this functionality. First the program needs to get detailed body measurements and then you could choose products from participating stores…

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Shortcuts, as the name implies, are key combinations that you can press with your keyboard to perform semi-complex actions.  These shortcuts can save you many clicks and a lot of time.  Windows 10 utilizes many of the shortcuts that were present in previous operating systems such as Ctrl + C to copy, Windows Key + M to minimize all windows, Alt + Tab to toggle between open windows, Windows Key + L to lock the screen, and Ctrl + A to select all.  Here are some of the new shortcuts…

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Microsoft officially launched its successor to Windows 8.1, Windows 10, on July 29, 2015, and millions have already downloaded this free upgrade or utilized Microsoft’s queued digital delivery system. Windows 10 offers users many new features including a new browser and integrated Cortana search which essentially means that your operating system is integrated with the cloud. However, don’t let all these features and launch celebrations distract you from its security, which is somewhat in the fine print. By default, Windows 10 collects information from your microphone, location, camera, handwriting, and…

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I watched the XBOX One launch video today on my XBOX 360 console dashboard.  It is impressive in some ways but I am really disappointed that they are going to charge you if you buy a used game.  I only buy used games so this made me quite upset.  Actually, I got so angry at Microsoft that I cancelled my Xbox live subscription so it will end in January and I will not renew it.  They will only be hurting themselves.  A minority but still significant portion of people who…

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For those of you using Microsoft's Data Protection Manager and Exchange Server 2003 x86, you will definitely want to check out this blog entry.  We followed the Microsoft guides for using DPM with Exchange 2003 but the guides give you the wrong information and you end up with consistency errors.  This blog tells you the fix. 
Microsoft released one of the greatest gaming controllers with the Strategic Commander back in 2001.  The controller fits perfectly in your left hand so that your right hand can still use a mouse.  It has six programmable buttons and three shift keys for 24 possible combinations.  Beside the buttons is zoom bar that allows you to zoom in and out.  The entire unit swivels on a base so that you can change orientation in a game.  A toggle switch on the side allows you to change modes.  Three modes can…

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I have been struggling with some ASP AJAX code.  I moved the site from Server 2003 32-bit IIS6 to IIS7 on Server 2008 64-bit.  After a lot of searching and banging my head against the wall, I found a blog on MSDN that told me how to add a binding redirect to my web config file so that the code would use the AJAX built into .NET 3.5.  Here it is.   <runtime>     <assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1">       <dependentAssembly>         <assemblyIdentity name="System.Web.Extensions" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35"/>         <bindingRedirect oldVersion="1.0.0.0-1.1.0.0" newVersion="3.5.0.0"/>       </dependentAssembly>     </assemblyBinding>…

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