[email protected] and Cisco on Cisco: Two great IT resources

Two great resources for IT Professionals from two of the largest IT companies in the world: Intel and Cisco.

[email protected] and Cisco on Cisco are mini-sites designed to showcase how each company handles and deploys their IT internally, with emphasis on best practises and Return On Investment. Check them out:

Add a Hibernate button to your Shut Down Menu

Over Christmas, I noticed that Jade‘s Dell laptop had a fourth Hibernate button on the XP Shut Down Menu. Ever since, I’ve been wanting to add it to my laptop, but somehow never got around to finding out how to do it.

Luckily, YaronM over on AskTheAdmin, has posted an article showing how to go about adding that Hibernate button to your Shut Down Menu.

It sure beats holding shift, and makes it much easier for less IT-savvy people to hibernate… maybe even saving the planet a little in the process. 🙂

Adding Calendar functionality to Mozilla Thunderbird

In a business environment, people who switch from Microsoft Outlook to Mozilla Thunderbird often miss having the calendar/task features in Outlook. Fortunately, you can add Calendar and Task functionality to Thunderbird with the Lightning add-on.

  • Go to the Lightning download page
  • Right click on the download link and Save As… (If you don’t, Firefox might try to install the add-on itself.)
  • Open up Thunderbird and click on Tools > Add-ons
  • Install the Lightning file you just downloaded
  • Once you’re done, restart Thunderbird, and start using your new Calendar feature!
  • If you need Holiday calendars, you can get them here

Daily Links: 2007-08-21

Today’s post marks the start of what I hope to be a regular feature: A summary of the links I found most interesting today. There’ll be a heavy tech focus, but I’ll also be wandering into Science and other diversions as this progresses!

Anyway, on to the day’s links…

Technology

Firefox address bar tweak (Stops ‘Highlight URL’)
When clicking on the address bar in Firefox, by default, it highlights the entire URL. As a web-developer, nothing is more annoying than having to click multiple times on the address bar to modify a URL. This tweak solves that problem, allowing you to get cursor focus where you need it, first time.

3 launches tenner-a-month data
About time… the cost of mobile data in the UK has been astronomical until now!

Monster.com attack steals user data
Major security breach at Monster.com – around 1.6million records stolen.

Wikipedia Spin Tracker
Very clever use of publicly available data to work out who’s spinning what, from where.

Business

Tech-savvy young lack basic literacy skills
This article highlights some things that I believe anyone wishing to stand out from the crowd needs: An understanding of business operations (and how IT facilitates business), and a grasp of basic language skills (particularly writing, spelling and grammar). No one in business is going to take you seriously if you ‘tlk lyk dis’.

It’s official

DisplayLink Logo
I’m pleased to say that, on the 17th September 2007, I will be joining DisplayLink as a Systems Administrator.

It was a tough decision but, ultimately, DisplayLink offered everything I was looking for in a new role:

  • Great benefits.
  • Relaxed dress code.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • A commitment to support personal and technical development.
  • And finally: I like the company, and I like what they’re doing.

It’s got me thinking… What made you choose your current position? 🙂