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Implementing security.txt

Two and a half months ago, I checked another item off my ever-growing todo-list; writing and uploading a security.txt-file. I honestly don’t expect it to do much of anything, but at the very least, something now exists. I think having a way to easily contact me about potential issues is important enough that I don’t want people to have to hunt around for it. On the other hand, the amount of traffic to the site is an argument to leave well enough alone.

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A better way of finding users’ group memberships

More than six years ago, I wrote a post, detailing how I could identify users’ Active Directory group memberships. While the method I detailed certainly works, it isn’t as simple as it might have been. Having recently found myself needing to perform that very same task again, I decided to revisit this topic, to show how I did it this time around.

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2021 roundup

The year is very nearly over, and it is time, as I usually do, to look back at the year. Like 2020, it’s been a challenging year. Some of it is down to the Covid-pandemic which continues to plague the world, though that is certainly not the entire picture. Working, as I do, for a service provider to agencies under the Norwegian ministry of health, work has been focused on dealing with the agencies’ needs that arise from the pandemic, while also ensuring continued day to day operations. As a company, we’ve grown from around four hundred employees when I joined in 2017, to over a thousand as of this being written.

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Pricing should be transparent

From time to time, I see a sentence that quite simply pisses me off. What’s that sentence? “Please contact us for pricing”. It’s dismissive, it’s arrogant, and it leaves me with the impression that you are looking to get as much money as possible from any prospective clients. If all you do is customised to the customer, I could understand it. If you’re selling a turnkey solution, there really is no defence.

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I love IM tools, but email isn’t going anywhere anytime soon

I’m sure you, like me, have seen the articles over the years. They come around every so often, with headlines saying “<IM TOOL> is THE email killer”, “Death of email spelled by <IM TOOL>”, and “<GENERATION WHATEVER> says no to email, yes to <IM TOOL>”. I’ve seen these headlines for the better part of two decades. And yet – curiously – email is still around, while many of these tools aren’t. There are a number of reasons why this is so. Some of them are deal with the different paradigms of communication, while others hinge on technological differences

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For everything, there is a season

This past week has been a very Jewish one for me, in so many senses. In Jewish tradition, there is no such thing as joy without the element of sorrow, nor sorrow without the element of joy. The most famous example of this is the breaking of a glass during a wedding, to remind us of the breaking of the temple – as well as to signify that this newly created house is another stone of the rebuilding.

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Review: Polar H10

I’ve written previously about my use of my Apple Watch to track fitness. This summer, I bought the Polar H10 chest strap wanting to add another, and more accurate, metric to the metrics already being recorded by my Apple Watch. The hope was that I could leave my phone at home altogether, and simply take my Apple Watch for a ride or run, preferably recording with Strava.

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