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RISC OS source code to be relicensed under the Apache open source license

The Iconbar - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 20:40
Hot on the heals of the reveal that RISC OS Developments had acquired Castle Technology and with it the rights to RISC OS 5, more news on the future of RISC OS has emerged this week: RISC OS Developments are working with RISC OS Open to relicense RISC OS under the Apache 2.0 License, a popular and fairly permissive open-source license.

Although some the OS's components were already available under permissive open-source licenses such as the BSD and CDDL licenses, ever since RISC OS Open's inception the primary license has been the Castle License, which came in commercial and non-commercial flavours, neither of which satisfied all of the requirements that the OSI deem necessary in order for the code released under that license to be considered "true" open source. So although the "shared source" Castle License was better than nothing and certainly played a big part in RISC OS's survival post-Iyonix, many people have also felt that it's been holding the platform back. ROOL and ROD hope that by relicensing the OS under this new license, developer and user interest in the OS will increase, and the OS will be kept free to grow and evolve into the next decade and beyond.

More information about what this means for RISC OS and what ROD's and ROOL's plans for the future of RISC OS are will be released at the London Show this weekend.

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Are Smart Phones Too Expensive?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 05:30

Opinion Piece: Are smart phones too expensive? It’s a question that has many layers behind it – but for the top end smart phone costing US$1000 and up, I wanted to look at who was still handing over their own cash to get the latest and greatest. Having my own preconceived ideas, I decided to […]

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More Acorn Magazine nostalgia

The Iconbar - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:20
In a previous article, we covered some of the online resources for reading online some of the magazine from past years.

Now you can also enjoy the whole of The Frobnicate collection online. There has also been some lively discussion on the magazines online in the ROOL forums.

There is also some good content (especially technical articles) from ">Acorn User.

And if you want something right to to date, we should see new editions from Archive and Drag'n'Drop around the London show.

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WEM 1808 UPDATE AVAILABLE

Wag the real - Alain Assaf blog - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:20
Intro Fall, my favorite time of year. More so now that Citrix has released the next version of WEM. The version numbering system in now in line with other newly released Citrix products. This version is 1808. You can now download the new version here (requires Platinum licenses and login to Citrix.com). I’ve provided the […]
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Standard Notes: a Note-Taking App with Client-Side Encryption

Helge Klein - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 00:26

Note-taking is one of those topics that appear to have been solved long ago, yet offer plenty of opportunity for new contestants. There are multiple reasons for that, but for me the number one is encryption. The major players, Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Google Keep, store your thoughts and ideas in plain text on any synchronized device as well as their cloud servers. In the age of hacks, leaks, and exploits it does not take much to conjure up scenarios where those thoughts become public knowledge all of a sudden.

If that creates an uncomfortable feeling: you are not alone. Luckily, others had it before. And at least one of them was a talented software developer. Thus came about Standard Notes. The following is a summary of my experiences with it. But let’s start with a quick recap.

Why Look for an Alternative Note-Taking App? Client-Side, Zero-Knowledge Encryption

I already mentioned this, but it cannot be stressed enough. Client-side means that the encryption happens on the client – unencrypted plain-text never leaves your device. Zero-knowledge means that the app vendor does not have access to the encryption key.

What Else is Missing from OneNote, Evernote and Keep?

Microsoft OneNote used to be a full-fledged member of the Office suite. That stopped with OneNote 2016, which is the last version of the full-capability desktop app Microsoft is going to release. Going forward, only the UWP app available on the Windows Store remains.

Evernote I have never used personally, so I cannot say much about it.

Google Keep is a little too simplistic for more than the simplest of requirements.

Important Standard Notes Features

This is a quick summary of what I believe are the most important features of Standard Notes:

  • Client-side encryption
  • Automatic (encrypted) backups, e.g. to Google Drive. A JavaScript-based decryption tool is saved along with the backup so the content is still accessible even if the vendor has gone out of business. This requires the Extended subscription.
  • 2FA: two-factor authentication via TOTP (e.g. Google Authenticator, Authy). This requires the Extended subscription.
  • Tagging system similar to the labels in Gmail. This is much more efficient for organizing (and finding) notes than a system where a note is stored in a folder hierarchy.
  • Built for longevity
  • Clients are available for all relevant platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Web, Android, iOS
What’s Missing from Standard Notes

Currently there are no keyboard shortcuts for navigating the app (the editors do have keyboard shortcuts). Support is planned, though.

Usage Tips for Standard Notes Choose Your Editor Wisely

The free version comes with a plain text editor only. Rich text and Markdown editors are reserved for the Extended subscription.

Once on the Extended subscription, there are several Markdown editors to choose from. The Advanced Markdown Editor partially formats Markdown code in-place and provides easy access to formatting options by way of an icon bar and keyboard shortcuts. Alternatively, if you want to be able to switch between plain Markdown code and a preview of the formatted result try to the Simple Markdown Editor.

The rich text Plus Editor works similar to Gmail. When used in the web app version of Standard Notes, it overrides Chrome’s CTRL+number keyboard shortcuts, though, which can be irritating (instead of navigation to the first tab CTRL+1 now formats the current line as a headline). This is not an issue with the standalone app, of course.

You may want to select your preferred type of editor early on: even though switching between editors is easy, the formatting is not converted between Markdown and rich text.

Useful Extensions

The Folders extension lets you nest tags (create a hierarchy of tags as you can do with Gmail labels). the Quick Tags extension lets you choose from existing tags when adding tags to a note.

Smart Tags

Smart tags create virtual tags that display notes matching certain criteria (documentation). This requires the Folders extension. The following example creates a tag that only lists notes without associated tags:

`!["Untagged", "tags.length", "=", 0]` Sharing Notes Privately

Standard Notes comes with Listed, a publishing service. After installing Listed you will find the menu item Publish to Private Link in the Actions menu. Private publishing basically decrypts your note, uploads it to Listed and publishes it under a cryptic link like https://listed.standardnotes.org/6tGUB6WrPw. It is important to note that private publishing does not give others access to your note directly. Instead, it makes a read-only copy of your note. Therefore, private publishing can be used to share information with anyone who has the link, but it does not allow for collaboration.

Importing to and Exporting from Standard Notes Exporting a Markdown Note as HTML

To export a note formatted in Markdown as HTML (e.g. for reuse in a blog post) switch to the Fancy Markdown editor. It lets you switch to HTML next to the Preview button in the upper right corner.

Exporting a Rich Text Note as HTML

To export a note formatted in rich text as HTML (e.g. for reuse in a blog post), click the code view button in the Plus Editor’s toolbar. You may want to beautify the resulting HTML code with one of the many online HTML beautifiers out there.

Importing Notes from OneNote

If you have been using OneNote before, like me, you would probably like to transfer your existing data over, preferably without losing too much of the formatting.

The bad news: OneNote is not very good at exporting to formats that are useful for migrating to other services. The other bad news: nobody seems to have filled that gap with a script or tool.

Here are some ways I found to get existing content from OneNote to Standard Notes.

OneNote to Standard Notes HTML

This is easy. The downside is that you have to migrate each page individually. Instructions:

  • In OneNote press CTRL+A followed by CTRL+C to copy all the page contents
  • Navigate to Standard Notes
  • Switch the editor to Plus Editor
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the copied page

In my tests, this resulted in a pretty faithful representation of the original OneNote page. Of course, you are limited to page contents Standard Notes supports.

OneNote to Standard Notes Markdown

The following only brings a rough approximation of the original formatting across from OneNote to Standard Notes. If you have a better workflow please let us know in a comment.

  • In OneNote press CTRL+A followed by CTRL+C to copy all the page contents
  • Open Notepad++
  • Select Edit -> Paste Special -> Paste HTML Content
  • Select the text within the body tag and press CTRL+C to copy
  • Navigate to Standard Notes
  • Switch the editor to any markdown editor
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the copied page
The Standard Notes Android App

Standard Notes’ Android app is superbly rated. It is basically the same as the web app with UI adjustments to the smaller mobile device. Everything is synchronized very quickly, including the choice of editor. This makes it impossible to switch to an editor with good preview on mobile while leaving your PC’s app settings unaffectecd.

One thing I do not quite “get” is navigation. When I click a note it opens the note’s configured editor. When I press the Back button, however, I get a Compose screen and need to press Back a second time before I am really back in the list of notes.

Standard Notes Online Demo

A fully-featured demo of Standard Notes is available online.

The post Standard Notes: a Note-Taking App with Client-Side Encryption appeared first on Helge Klein.

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Dynamic Software Update Rings in Microsoft Intune

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 02:27

Microsoft Intune provides management of Window 10 Update Rings to enable Windows as a Service, via the Software Updates feature. This enrols a Windows PC into Windows Update for Business to manage feature and quality updates the device receives and how quickly it updates to a new release. As you scale the number of devices managed by Microsoft Intune, the need to manage the software update or deployment rings is key to adopting Windows 10 successfully. Being able to do so dynamically and empowering end-users by involving them in the process sounds like an idea that’s just crazy enough to work. This article details an approach to achieve dynamic software update rings.

Dynamic Groups 

Azure AD Premium includes Dynamic Device and User groups whose membership can change, well dynamically. This feature enables us to apply software update rings to dynamic groups where the membership can be based on just about any user or device property that suits our needs.

In most cases, applying Windows 10 Update Rings to devices, rather than users, is the best approach to ensure that updates can be better tracked across specific hardware and software combinations. I don’t necessarily want a user moving between PCs and have devices move back and forth between update rings. Basing update rings on dynamic device groups is then likely the better approach.

Software Update Rings

For the purposes of illustration, I’ve created a basic approach to update rings with the 3 rings show here:

  • Semi-Annual Channel – we need a catch-all ring applied to All Devices. If our dynamic groups that are based on a device property don’t catch a device, it won’t get the correct update ring applied. This approach ensures that by default, a device is treated as generally production ready be being enrolled in the Semi-Annual Channel to receive well tested updates. This ring is assigned to All Devices, while excluding Azure AD dynamic groups assigned to all other rings
  • Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) – here devices are enrolled for a pilot ring so that the latest Windows 10 release can be tested before rolling out the majority of PCs. This ring applies to a specific Azure AD dynamic group
  • Windows Insider – to preview upcoming Windows 10 releases it’s important to be enrolled in the Windows Insider program. This ring applies to a specific Azure AD dynamic group

My update rings in this example are quite simple, but the approach can be customised for specific environments and needs.

Update Rings configured within Intune Software Updates

Assigning Devices

To assign a device to an update ring, we need to leverage a device property that can be dynamically set. Here, Device Category fits this bill in a number of ways – here, the administrator can view the device category and therefore the device’s update ring, by viewing the device properties in the Intune console. If device category is not set (it will be set to Unassigned), our catch-all update ring will ensure the device is set to a production ready state.

Device properties in Intune

The device category can also be viewed in the Intune Company Portal, thus making it easy to view this property from multiple locations. This visibility makes device category a good choice for managing our update rings.

Device properties in the Intune Company Portal

The Intune Administrator creates device categories in the console. As you can see in the image below, I’ve chosen Production, Pilot and Preview as the device categories that provide, hopefully, clear indication as to what each category is for.

Intune Device categories

Here’s where the choice of using Device Category for assigning update rings is possibly a bit out there – the end-user chooses the device category! When enrolling their device or launching the Intune Company Portal for the first time they see the device category choices:

Setting a device category in the Intune Company Portal

There’s no replacement for end-user education, so it would behoove an organisation to include instructions on which category to choose, but in my mind it’s obvious that most users should choose Production. Having device category descriptions displayed as well would help, but they don’t at this time. Device categories are only shown once and the user cannot change the category after enrolment. Bulk changes to or reporting on categories can be achieved using the new Intune PowerShell SDK.

Dynamic Software Update Rings

Now that we have Update rings in place and an approach assigning them via Dynamic Device groups in Azure AD, we can create those groups based on membership rules that query Device Category. I’ve created two groups – Devices-Pilot and Devices-Preview that use a query where deviceCategory equals Pilot or Preview respectively. A Devices-Production group can also be created, but isn’t required because the production update ring applies to All Devices. A production devices group would assist with reporting.

Dynamic group membership rules

For these devices groups, the membership rules are:

  • Devices-Production: (device.deviceCategory -eq "Production") -or (device.deviceCategory -eq "Unknown") 
  • Devices-Pilot: (device.deviceCategory -eq "Pilot") 
  • Devices-Preview: (device.deviceCategory -eq "Preview") 

We can take this a step further and account for corporate vs. personal devices. Where users can enrol personal devices and you would prefer not to deploy Software update policies to them, membership can be filtered further. Using an advanced membership rule, update the group membership with:

  • Devices-Production: ((device.deviceCategory -eq "Production") -or (device.deviceCategory -eq "Unknown")) -and (device.deviceOwnership -eq "Company") 
  • Devices-Pilot: (device.deviceCategory -eq "Pilot") -and (device.deviceOwnership -eq "Company") 
  • Devices-Preview: (device.deviceCategory -eq "Preview") -and (device.deviceOwnership -eq "Company") 

With these groups created, assignments for my Software update rings are:

  • Semi-Annual Channel – assign to All Devices and exclude Devices-Pilot and Devices-Preview. 
  • Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) – assign to Devices-Pilot
  • Windows Insider – assign to Devices-Preview

When a category is assigned to a device, the dynamic group will update at some point and the policy will apply on a subsequent device policy refresh.

Dynamic Software Updates

The same approach can be used for deploying applications that provide preview channels similar to Windows. Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is an obvious choice – we can create Office application deployments using Update Channels with assignments using our Dynamic Device groups.

Office 365 ProPlus apps in Intune to manage update channels

The update rings I’ve implemented in my test environment include:

  • Office 365 ProPlus Semi-Annual Channel or Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) that is assigned to All Devices and excludes Devices-Pilot and Devices-Preview, we have a catch all Office deployment package that will go out to the majority of devices
  • Office 365 ProPlus Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) or Monthly Channel assigned to the Devices-Pilot group to receive the latest updates
  • Office 365 ProPlus Monthly Channel (Targeted) assigned to the Devices-Preview group to test Office Insider updates for testing upcoming features

Office 365 ProPlus then updates itself on the end-device based on the assigned channel. This actually works quite well for this application as you can pretty seamlessly move between channels as required.

Wrapping Up

In this article, I’ve shown you how to enable dynamic Software Update rings for Windows Office in Intune using Azure AD Device Dynamic groups. This uses what may be a controversial approach – devices category chosen by the end-user. Modern device management forces us to rethink our engagement with end-users and involving them more directly in the testing process can help make IT more personal.

For more controlled environments, the choice of category can be overwritten by the administrator, especially for users who may need to roll back to a more stable release.

Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

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October 2018 Windows Update Pulled After Deleting End User Files

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:30

As IT professionals, we often have backups of all of our critical systems. Whether it be a file server, an application server, or even a Microsoft Exchange server, we always make sure we back these servers up, and test that our backups are valid. Because we are so used to this as part of our […]

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RISC OS London Show 2018

The Iconbar - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 08:00
This year's London Show is due to take place on Saturday the 27th of October, at the usual location of the St. Giles Hotel in Feltham. The show runs from 11 AM to 5 PM, with tickets being £5 at the door (and under-16's free). Exhibitors this year are set to include:If that's not enough, there's also likely to be a full set of theatre presentations, from presenters including CJE, R-Comp, RISC OS Developments, and RISC OS Open.

Be sure to visit the show's website for up-to-the-minute news in the run-up to the show.

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vMotion for vGPUs

Theresa Miller - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:48

The introduction of vMotion for vGPUs was one of the exciting vSphere features announced at VMworld US this year. The announcements included a new vSphere edition (vSphere Platinum) and version (vSphere 6.7 Update 1). Security is the key feature of vSphere Platinum. It provides security at the hypervisor level with encryption in flight and at rest, TPM 2.0 (including virtual TPM 2.0). Access security […]

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September News round-up

The Iconbar - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:57
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?

Orpheus Internet hits crowdfunding target.

Elesar offering a free 128GB SSD drive promotion with a new Titanium bought before 8th October.

Some packaging confessions and advice on running RISCOS OS directly on Linux The RISC OS Blog.

A video of ARM's 1992 presentation to Apple about the ARM610 - YouTube / Centre for Computing History

Reminder there is a show next month....

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Visualising ConfigMgr, Intune and Windows 10 Releases

Aaron Parker's stealthpuppy - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 15:11

I recently presented a session titled ‘Modern Management Methodology Imaginarium‘ at the xenappblog.com Virtual Expo September 2018 event. In this session, I discussed my thoughts and approach to modern management, primarily for Windows 10. The session provided a bit of background, some definitions for what makes up the modern desktop and a high-level approach to implementing it.

The Modern Desktop

While the ‘modern desktop’ is most certainly a popular topic in the EUC space today, how to implement a modern desktop approach I think, is not yet widely understood. Organisations are looking to solve the same desktop challenges we’ve had for the past 20 years, in a more efficient and secure manner. Implementing the modern desktop requires defining a methodology that follows the same basic process followed for any desktop project – discovery and assessment, design, build, test, pilot, deploy (rinse and repeat). 

Successfully adopting the modern desktop requires leveraging analytics which is easier to achieve with current cloud-based toolsets (Microsoft has essentially made this free). Whilst analytics show you where you are, it’s important to understand where you need to get to, or at least what the journey will look like.

Faster Release Schedules

Software vendors have changed their approach to releases and more regular smaller releases are common. I posit that the effect of this on our methodology or approach is seen primarily in the design phase – a design document can be out of date a week after you’ve written it. Thus we should ensure that we document design principles and business outcomes rather than get bogged down in the details.

In my session, I demonstrated this with current Microsoft products – System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Intune and, of course, Windows 10 itself. The pace of releases has increased, which while great for innovation, can out pressure IT groups implementing and managing these products. Microsoft Intune has weekly updates!

Here’s the slide I created to visualise this theme.

Visualising ConfigMgr, Intune and Windows 10 Releases

Download the Slide

A number of people have asked about using the slide, so I’m making it available here for download to use in your own presentations. Download here in PowerPoint format: Visualising ConfigMgr, Intune and Windows 10 Releases.

Note that this is covered under the same license as all content on this site – a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you use the slide, please keep the attribution intact. I welcome any updates or improvements you might have.

View the Session

Eric should making the recordings from last week’s Virtual Expo available soon, so you should be able to see my session in full.

Photo by Alex Litvin on Unsplash

 

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Diagnose any kind of problem in your Virtualized Environment with Goliath Technologies!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:15

Virtualized environments are complex with many moving parts that include storage, networking, server hardware, hypervisors, and more. If you have ever dealt with an IT technical problem that became a major incident, then you know how complex troubleshooting can become. Then consider a complex problem that isn’t what it seems; where at first glance the […]

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DDE tools updated to DDE28c

The Iconbar - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:00
Over the summer, ROOL quietly slipped out another update to their DDE toolset. We saw an update in April and the July release of DDEc is another incremental release.

There are some changes to !C++ and !CC applications and existing users can update just by copying the existing files onto the existing release. New copies on the ROOL store are using the latest release.

While there is no real features, it is really important to see such a critical tool being maintained and updated.

ROOL also mention in their release email the bounty to add ARMv7 inline assembler to the C Compiler. If you are interested in contributing to this bounty, details are here.

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MFA with Microsoft isn’t Scary

Theresa Miller - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 05:30

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and the eventual abandoning of password based authentication is just around the corner. Of course MFA is available on many services right now, but saying goodbye to passwords is still a work in progress. The state of MFA with Microsoft isn’t scary at all, and it could be time to dip your […]

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