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Automatically detect intranet network?

Posted by Steven Kennedy on March 25, 2009

With IE7, and presumably IE8, Microsoft changed some things. One of which was a setting called ‘Automatically detect intranet network’ which seems to have had an effect on users when they access SharePoint sites.

It would seem that with the ‘Automatically detect intranet network’ check box checked, which happens by default, under ‘Tools.Internet Options.Security.Local Intranet.Sites’. Microsoft defines a local (intranet) site as one who’s name does not include a period ‘.’. As most of our SharePoint sites have URL’s that include periods these would be considered Internet sites, not Intranet site. They would therefore have the more restrictive IE security settings applied.

By un-checking the ‘Automatically detect intranet network’ box and instead checking the three sub boxes, as shown below, it removes this limitation and should now pickup Intranet sites that are listed under the ‘Advanced’ button.





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Posted by Steven Kennedy on March 11, 2009

I was recently going through some old papers when I came across some cartoons. They date back from circa 1987, before I came to the United States, At that time I worked for one of our predecessor companies, GEC-Marconi in Rochester. This is now part of Platform Solutions. I’d recently moved from Avionic projects, specifically the Nimrod MR2 project, in to what is now termed IT. At the time most engineering work was carried out on VAX mini-computers, still in use today within some parts of Platform Solutions. The maker of these computers was called DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation), which was first taken over by Compaq which in turn was taken over by HP. Every year DEC held a large DEC User group meeting called DECUS, one in Europe the other here in the United States. This one year I asked if I could go. My then boss, Andy Mitchell, didn’t think I had any chance of the request being approved by the divisions management so he was quite willing to approve and forward the request. He was more than a little put out when management agreed to send me. Mitch apart from being in charge of the computer facilities, for our division – IND – Inertial Navigation Division, was also something of a cartoonist, as you can see below.

Copy of DECUS - Rome - Collosium

DECUS - Rome - Pope

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Kindle 2

Posted by Steven Kennedy on March 3, 2009

Okay, so I caved and went and bought a Kindle 2. As there was no order backlog I received mine within two days. Now I never used the original Kindle, just contemplated purchasing it a time or two, so I cannot say from personal experience whether or not Kindle 2 is that much better than the original. What I will tell you is what I think about the Kindle 2 and how I got on with it.

First off, it’s small and pretty light, just like they say. What was surprising is the size of the screen. With all of the talk about the Kindle being the size of a paperback book, and lighter, you tend to lose sight of the fact that the display screen is going to be smaller. In fact the display screen is on 3.6″x4.8″ (6″ diagonal) in size. According to Wikipedia paperbacks come in a number of standard sizes, the smallest of which is “A Format” at 4.33″x7.01″ (110mmx178mm). So while the Kindle itself is roughly the size of a “C Format” paperback, the screen is quite a bit smaller than even the smallest paperback.  So when reading a book a ‘page’ on the Kindle isn’t equivalent to a page on a paperback book. It is true that you can change the font size so you could go to a smaller font and hence get more words on a ‘page’ but even then, not as many as a paperback. I’ve included a photo of my Kindle, with a page from one of the books I purchased, below.

Copy of Copy of Kindle 010

Having said all that it’s not so bad, having a smaller page with less text per page. Page turning is done at a press of a button. A momentary pause, flash of the screen, and the new page is displayed. Unlike a book you don’t have to try and keep the pages down, if you’re reading while eating – which I do.

When I got my Kindle I went on line and purchased a couple of books. One a Science-Fantasy, part of a series that I’m reading, called The Lord-Protector’s Daughter by L. E. Modesitt. It cost me $9.99. I also got a couple of IT books, but they’re more expensive; Mastering Active Directory for Windows Server 2008 @ $34.01, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Unleashed @ $17.59 and Power One Note: Unleash the Power of One Note @ $7.96. I also subscribed to magazine, to try it out. The magazine is Technology Review, the first 14 days are free, after which the monthly subscription is $1.25/month. I probably wont keep this subscription as it’s not a magazine that I’d normally read.

 Gray scale pictures

The Kindle 2 went from the 4 levels of gray, of the original Kindle, to 16 levels. As you can see from the images below the graphics aren’t to bad. However, technical documents, especially with complex diagrams, are probably going to suffer.

Copy of Kindle 001 Copy of Kindle 009



I’ve been using the Kindle to read one of the books I purchased and so far it’s been fine. I haven’t tried reading for more than 30-45 minutes at a stretch so far. I’ve also connect the Kindle to my home PC, it shows up as a USB disk. I was able to drag and drop files to it but couldn’t read them – the Kindle only supports specific formats to be able to be read on it. I did test the free service to convert a Word document (.doc) file to the Kindle ink file. Basically you email the Word document to your kindle account You then receive back an email, to your registered account, the ink version of the file that you then drag-and-drop from the PC to the Kindle, just like it was a USB thumb drive.

I’ll probably add an additional post in a couple of weeks once I’ve had more time with the Kindle but so far I quite like it.

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