Apple: iOS is not like iCloud

While Apple seems to think leasing their iCloud services and granting usage of their iOS operating system on your device is similar, they are not. There is one big difference between the two environments. Apple iCloud is a set of services that runs in the cloud. It consists of software and hardware that is purchased

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IIS AppPool and Azure Active Directory Integrated

As part of migrating IIS virtual machines into Azure (IaaS) and migrating SQL Server databases into Azure SQL (DB or Managed Instances), we use the following steps so the websites can access their associated DBs without putting credentials into the web.config or appsettings.json files. This is inline with the existing SQL connection strings using integrated

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Microsoft Build 2021

Microsoft is hosting their premiere developer even, MSBuild, virtually on May 25-27, 2021. If it is anything like Microsoft Build 2020, Ignite 2020, or Ignite 2021, it will be full of great technical training, technical trends, “some” sales pitches on Azure, and an opportunity to connect with others in the industry (and let’s face it,

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Run Windows Terminal as Administrator by Default

Windows Terminal is a nice command-line tool, supporting PowerShell, Command Prompt, Azure Cloud Shell, Windows Subsystem for Linux (can open Linux prompts), etc. One major issue is that it is a pain to regularly open Windows Terminal as an Administrator. It requires right-clicking on the launch icon and selecting Run as Administrator. Ugh! With Command

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Azure Pipelines States Wanted: Skipped, Expired

Today, there are two states with Azure Pipelines: Successful, Failed. The last state includes a problem within the pipeline (failure within a script, a step, etc.), the stage expiring, or the stage being cancelled. This state negatively, and incorrectly, increases the failure rate displayed by Azure Pipelines indicating a problem. Quite often, we cancel a

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Windows 10 Resource Managing

One of the features Apple has incorporated into iOS 14 is indicating via popup when the clipboard is being accessed and the source of the content that is being accessed. Great! This feature is needed in Windows 10. Naturally, there should be a configuration to disable such potentially noisy notifications. In addition to popups, provide

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Apple Event: iPhone 12, HomePod Mini

HomePod Mini Major product announcement 1 of 2. Apple’s latest smart speaker, focusing on: Amazing Sound: the 360 degree sound via the S5 chip is intriguing, especially if space is limited and you are on the Apple ecosystem. Making it so it allows combining multiple devices into multiple sound sources is nice. Intelligent Assistant: Siri

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Microsoft Ignite 2020: Virtually (Mostly) Amazing

Microsoft successfully completed their two-day virtual conference early this morning. There were incremental improvements compared to Microsoft Build and Microsoft Inspire conferences. They did a nice job explaining navigation and resource usage on the website. Their sessions were short (typically 30 minutes long) with a number of Teams-based sessions for smaller groups (more personal). For

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Windows 10: Pin Batch File to Start Menu or Taskbar

To pin a batch file (*.bat or *.cmd) file to the Windows 10 Start Menu or Taskbar: Right-click on the batch file and select Create Shortcut from the context menu. Rename the shortcut to the desired name that will appear in the Start Menu. Right-click on the newly created shortcut and select Properties. In the

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