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I'm NOT a Girl!
...but I have been to a Girl Geek Dinner and plan to go to more. As the name suggests they focus on the female perspective of technology. Of course I have no idea how many of you are Girl Geeks - if you are one then you can add your name to the WIKI and join the Geeky Girls @ their next gathering in...
7 Apr 2006
Become a Security Insider! Join the most exciting security community in the World!
I'm the lead Technical Security Advisor for Microsoft's ITPro community in the UK. My role involves evangelising the our security technologies(most of which are built into Windows) to help ITPros deliver real world business benefits - reducing costs by enabling businesses to do more with less risk. Every...
17 Jan 2005
Teaching Security to Developers
Thanks to everyone @ VBUG Birmingham last night for making me so welcome. I was greated with lots of Halloooween pumpkins - one of which was carved with a semi-colon in it rather than a face - a C# joke apparently! I delved into how Malware gets onto machines, how it works and how to avoid it....
1 Nov 2005
Microsoft enjoyed LINUX User Group LUGRadio
Thanks to everyone who made me so welcome at last weekend's LUGRadio Live - it's the UK's largest LINUX User Group get together with hundreds of enthusiastic geeks spending the weekend sharing their technical expertise. There are some excellent write ups including... a great description of what...
11 Jul 2007
User Group meeting covering SCCM Operating System Deployment and SCVMM integration with SCOM
The Windows Management User Group (WMUG) are meeting in a couple of weeks time with the following details as copied from their site : 15th of July 2008 at the Microsoft Cardinal Place London office @ 6:30pm 6.30pm - 6.45pm WMUG Introduction 6.45pm – 7.30pm Rob Marshall Using Microsoft...
2 Jul 2008
The VistaSquad are meeting again in London on the 19th - they have the General Manager of Visual Studio joining them
If you'd like to join the user group meeting then simply browse to the VistaSquad's website to sign up - it's free and will be a great opportunity for you to ask questions and learn from your peers. The following talks will take place during the user group meeting and there will be plenty of time...
7 Nov 2008
Find out more about Microsoft Roundtable at the next LiveMeeting User Group meeting
Chris Dalby is hosting the Live Meeting User Group meeting on the 24th January - as it's online you can of course access it from wherever in the World you are located - simply register ahead of time to join the meeting which takes place at 4pm GMT. Mark Deakin (from Microsoft) is the guest speaker...
4 Jan 2008
Congratulations to the Vista Squad
Last night's inaugural (don't ask me to spell that again!) Vista Squad User Group meeting was very sucessful. Around twenty technical enthusiasts gathered at the Microsoft Campus in Reading. I was particularly interested that the membership (approximately 40 people & it's only been going for a couple...
29 Mar 2007
What should a User Group be? A New Information Security User Group is taking form
Many people at InfoSec expressed great interest in joining a new User Group that's focused 100% on Microsoft Information Security - it's being run by MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). We discussed the essence of the various different successful User Groups including the following: VBUG (a...
29 Apr 2006
TechNet Conversations Podcast Show with Cliff Hobbs talking Management
Welcome to the TechNet Conversations show of the 31st August. It's available as a WMA and an MP3 . This week we are joined by Cliff Hobbs - an expert in management technologies. Cliff is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), a leader for the Windows Management User Group (WMUG) and the author...
31 Aug 2007
Roll up, roll up, Rafal Lukawiecki's in the house...well he will be @ Fest '07 in May
It's not long until the NxtGenUG Fest '07 event - it's taking place on 23rd May at the Microsoft Campus in Reading. Rafal is one of a number of top rated speakers including Oliver Sturm and Lorna Brown who'll be talking about Vista Security, Dynamic languages and 'New Concepts for the Home' respectively...
28 Mar 2007
Where can I find the slides from the security talk at the Sharepoint User Group meeting?
Thanks to the Sharepoint User Group for making me so welcome at their meeting last night in Reading. I was impressed to see both the size and enthusiasm of the audience and glad to see that there was a healthy gathering in the pub afterwards too. I enjoyed listening to Patrick Tisseghem 's talk on...
18 Sep 2007
Talks about Windows Vista Security and how to defeat Malware in Edinburgh in November
The Business Technology Alliance User Group are a very active community based in Scotland. On the 29th November 2006 there will be an evening of technical discussion no doubt including intense technical debate at Microsoft's Offices in Edinburgh. The event is free for all to attend - all the User Group...
24 Oct 2006
Where can I find out more about Management Technologies? The Windows Management User Group are having their first meeting
The Windows Management User Group (WMUG ) are having their very FIRST meeting on the 17th October @ Microsoft's office in London. You are very welcome to join them - it's free - and should be fun. Simply drop them an email to let them book catering and make sure there's a seat for you. WMUG have billed...
5 Oct 2007
Alun Rogers of the IT Pro Security User Group will be speaking @ NxtGenUG's Halloween Spooktacular 2 next week
Join Alun and the folk from the NxtGenUG on Monday 30th October in Birmingham (England!) for a talk about how to deal with Viruses and Malware. Click here to read the details for yourself . Last year's gathering was really good fun and included a technical debate where just about everyone there expressed...
23 Oct 2006
Vista Squad meeting postphoned due to the poxy Tube strike ;-(
I've just spoken to Ray @ the Vista Squad User Group who told me he's been forced to postphone the meeting that was due to take place this Thursday (6th Sept) evening in London . I know many Londoners are finding it very difficult to get to work during the strike and the rate of last minute cancellations...
4 Sep 2007
Would you like to join a security user group in the UK?
I've spoken to many IT Professionals to find out whether there's a security user group in the UK that provides the opportunity to meet peers and share ideas - I've not been able to find one in the UK though have found many active groups in America. Am I missing something here? Do you have experience...
9 Mar 2006
VistaSquad: The Fellowship of the Ring! Join them on the 16th July in London
I really like the way that the VistaSquad User Group comprises both IT Pros and Developers - it makes for a really interesting mix of people and conversations. Following last month's excellent VistaSquad user group meeting they've already scheduled the next one with the following details: Hey Everyone...
26 Jun 2008
How can I join the VistaSquad meeting remotely?
A couple of people have asked me this very question as they live too far away from London to be there in person. The sessions are not yet streamed though the community leaders have thoughfully recorded every session and published them to Vimeo - click here to access all of the recorded sessions - look...
17 Sep 2008
Security Quick Reference - here's a list of security resources for IT Pro, Dev and Consumers alike
Security Quick Reference Guidance The Security Guidance Centers provide the most prescriptive security guidance Microsoft has to offer as well as security tools, security response information, such as security bulletins and virus alerts, to assist in securing your environment. Choose the Security...
6 Apr 2006
How do YOU find the telephone number of your colleagues?
Whilst at a Girl Geek dinner last night I chatted with a friend who recently started working for a multi-national corporation. Neither of us could quite believe how poorly their IT systems had been implemented - particularly given their size and prestige. Simple things like finding out the telephone...
6 Dec 2007
Join the VistaSquad to learn about being a Geek 2.0 and WPF/Silverlight applications
The VistaSquad are meeting again tomorrow night – Wednesday 17th September at Microsoft’s office in London. To sign up (for free) simply head on over to the VistaSquad event page here . Topics this month: WPF/Silverlight Application Deep Dive (Richard Godfrey, iPrinciples) How to be a Geek 2.0 (Viral...
16 Sep 2008
How to implement IPsec between LINUX and Windows Vista: Why use IPsec network security?
I discussed this very topic with several people whilst @ LUGRadioLive 2007 earlier this year - I'm glad to say that the testing is complete and you can save time when securing a mixed LINUX and Microsoft environment by reading the details for yourself. Q)WHY use IPSec? A) IPsec provides the means...
28 Dec 2007
Industry Insiders are looking for contributions
Industry Insiders is the term given to an outreach activity that the team(Microsoft's IT Pro Evangelists in the UK) are engaged in to help bring together technical experts in the ITPro Community and provide a high visibility forum for them to share their thoughts and advice regarding how to make the...
22 Apr 2005
Microsoft Employee wears a RedHat t-shirt on campus following LINUX User Group Challenge at LUGRadio
Redhat provided every delegate to LUGRadioLive with either a track suit top or t-shirt hence many people were sporting RedHat attire both at dinner on Saturday evening and on Sunday. In my earlier post about LUGRadioLive I mentioned that I'd accepted a challenge...it was for me to wear a RedHat t-shirt...
18 Jul 2007
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