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On treating IT as a cost centre

From what I know/have seen/have heard, generally, companies see IT departments as cost centres, rather than something that adds business value.
I liked this quote on joeware.net:
“[Computers] will just get more and more important and if you intend to simply coast on whatever talent you get for some poor pay, you deserve everything that … Read more »

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How do you settle on a notebook supplier for your Company?

I’m curious about this. How does a company come to settle on a specific brand or specification of laptop – or any PC for that matter?
Lately, I’ve gone for Dells, as they make it nice and easy. I can call or email my account manager, give him a base unit reference from their website, ask … Read more »

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TrueCrypt 5.0 released

TrueCrypt 5.0, the open-source, multi-platform encryption suite, is available for download. New features for Windows include improved write speeds (up to 100% improvement) and Full Disk Encryption. They’ve also released a long-anticipated Mac OSX version 🙂
Why did I embolden Full Disk Encryption? Because UK companies and Government organisations are losing laptops left, right and centre … Read more »

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Forging a Good Company Culture

A friend of a friend just started work at Red Gate in Cambridge. I’ve heard about them before, when they won a Best Small Companies to Work For award last year; and from looking at their website, it’s clear to see why.
Here’s some things that stand out for me (and that a lot of companies … Read more »

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What a fantastic idea

Instead of wasting money on greetings cards which will, ultimately, end up in the bin, Matrix Communications sent out Merry Christmas e-mails and donated the money they would have spent on cards to MacMillan Cancer Support.
Brilliant, and also quite ‘Green’ 🙂