Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

February, 2009


February 27, 2009  10:26 AM

Open source: a remedy for IT recession

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Desktop, Linux, Open source, Server, Windows

Recession, job cuts, IT budgets slashed...surely now's the time to think smart, and use free or open source products to drive through new IT projects? For certain applications, I think open source is a viable alternative to commercial software. It's not very good as a replacement for Windows...

February 19, 2009  12:24 PM

Office 2007 Deployment: Results

phughes2 Profile: phughes2
Office 2007, Testing

Now there has been some time between the script being created and tested, let's go through some of the results we had from the testing and what kind of issues did occur as a result of installing Office in this fashion.


February 17, 2009  12:00 AM

GSM World Congress: the mHealth programme for developing nations

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
DataDyne, EpiSurveyor, mHealth, mobile health

Mobile Health is provding health workers with a way to support te population in developing nations. In this podcast, I speak to Claire Thwates, head of Vodafone Foundation and United Nations Foundation...


February 11, 2009  3:59 PM

Patch Tuesday impacts 64 core Windows components

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
bug, MS-09-002, patch, vulnerability, Windows

Microsoft's latest patch includes a major update updates to Windows that affects 64 Windows components. Download the ChangeBase report on the patch here:


February 10, 2009  4:47 PM

Office 2007 Deployment: The Main Script Part 5

phughes2 Profile: phughes2
Office 2007, Security, VSTO

And now we reach the point where we install those Ribbon customisations. Now last time, I left Part 4 of the Main Script entry with the question of what could make the install...


February 5, 2009  11:39 AM

Office 2007 Deployment: The Main Script Part 4

phughes2 Profile: phughes2
Office 2007, VSTO

And so now we come to what some people would describe as the interesting part of our rollout; the customised Office Ribbon we created which links to help files stored. Now the best part of all this is that we have to ensure that .net frameworks 3.5 SP1 is installed on the users workstations...


February 4, 2009  1:48 PM

Office 2007 Deployment: The Main Script Part 3

phughes2 Profile: phughes2
Add-ins, Office 2007

And so after leaving Visual Studio behind for the moment we return to the code within the KIX logon script for the office deployment, now this entry is fairly simple as it just involves adding extra parts to Office, the "Save as XPS or PDF" addin and the Office 2003 Web components which were...


February 3, 2009  11:35 AM

Office 2007 Deployment: Let’s Get Visual (Visual Studio 2008 Overview)

phughes2 Profile: phughes2
Deployment, Office 2007, Ribbon, Visual Studio, VSTO

Monday was exciting wasn't it? Snow everywhere and a fair number of people forced to enjoy themselves in the event transport links ground to a halt. But that excitement doesn't come close to what we are going to look at in this post; Visual Studio 2008

Now the one question you will have...


February 2, 2009  10:08 AM

Snowed in…work from home…if only the network would let me in

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Broadband, home, Mobile, Security, tele-working

This is the view from my home office window this morning, in Hove. Looks like I'm not going to work today...

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