This post was originally a reply to an email thread on the ITMEL mailing list, discussing Google to Microsoft migrations and Microsoft Teams. Ended up being somewhat comprehensive so figured I’d record it (slightly edited) here. Perhaps may discuss some of these topics more at some stage.
I dropped my phone just before Christmas :(. I was visiting family in Sydney and decided it was a nice night for a run. As I wove through the streets of Balmain I felt my large phone was secure in my pocket. I was wrong.
In July 2018 I bought an iPad (see post: Why iBought an iPad). Here are some of my thoughts six months on.
I’ve never been a big user of Apple products. Like many people, I find the higher prices a barrier for entry to the revered “ecosystem” (especially when I can buy a Lenovo ThinkPad Edges series for a fraction of the cost!) There’s no doubt they create a great user experience, through the marriage of quality hardware with tailored software, but I’ve never felt the need to enter into that world – until now.
My goal: achieve a high-quality digital inking experience for minimal cost.
On my personal machine, I use Office 365 licensed by my university. Upon recently performing a fresh install of the OS, I noticed that their ICT department has set the default update channel to Semi-annual. Here’s how to switch to the more frequent Monthly channel on your local machine.
Here’s a quick script I’ve been using to do in-place upgrades to build 1803 on some shared trolley machines these holidays. It uses the setup exe in the VLSC ISO. I used a batch file as, unlike a PowerShell script (unfortunately), its quick and easy to launch from the Run dialogue.
We recently upgraded to a 100Mbps WAN link at my current school. Along with the provision for additional/enhanced online learning opportunities, I wanted to see whether the new link could support Windows Updates delivered from Microsoft.
There are plenty of paid options out there to manage Office 365 email signatures, but what if you could do it for free?… PowerShell to the rescue! This post is collation and adaptation of what I’ve found online when implementing staff signatures in my environment. Note: the focus here will be on applying signatures in the Outlook Web App, although these signatures can be deployed to Outlook desktop applications when placed in the right userprofile folder etc. Might do an update down the track.
As an IT pro with a “functional” PowerShell knowledge, I hunted around a bit online looking for a way to do this. None of the solutions I found were doing what I wanted so I thought I’d share my simple solution. In this case, I was looking for a solution to quickly and easily reset and document bulk passwords for restricted student exam accounts.
Harness the power – gee, what a phrase. I think we can pull quite a lot out of those three words, especially if we consider them in relation to technology. Continue reading “Harness the power”