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Michael Sampson

Inflame

A terror attack in Christchurch on March 15, 2019 left 49 precious souls dead, and families devastated as a consequence. The city was in lockdown for hours as the police restored order. Peaceful hearts may take longer.

Why No Lessons Learned Microsoft?

Last week saw the first major service disruption to Office 365 in several years. A severe storm in Texas impacted the cooling system at the US South Central data centre, which resulted in protective systems in the data centre switching into containment mode and shutting down servers to […]

Rotten from the Core?

Along with many others, my late 2017 Apple MacBook Pro suffers from a problematic keyboard. While I have had the laptop since before Christmas last year, I haven’t used the keyboard very often, since it is usually connected to a large screen and external keyboard in the office. […]

Protecting Mobile Devices

Mobile devices as endpoints to corporate information have taken the world by storm. The “mobile first” mantra refers to the preferential use of a mobile device before a desktop or laptop. Have phone, will work (or even run the company). The potential of the device to enable new […]

Spoof Intelligence in Office 365

Microsoft added Spoof Intelligence for email security earlier this year (January 2018 I think). This was included as a feature of the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan, as well as a feature of the Advanced Threat Protection add-on for non-E5 customers. Spoof Intelligence provides visibility into who is […]

Email Security

The prevalence of email (addresses, services, checking behaviours) has made it a key vector for hackers, attackers, and others devoted to maleficence. There are many varieties of bad email: – spam – unwanted email messages, normally carrying a commercial offer. Annoying and productivity draining at best; may carry […]

Excel for Mac Plus Excel MVPs

Excel Table Talk Episode 6 Back in the early 1990s, the first client project that paid decent money (NZ$25 per hour, which my client described as “charging like a bull”) required the use of a massive spreadsheet to analyse cost flows in a small manufacturing firm. I spent […]