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Posilan achieves Nominet Accredited Partner status

Nominet Accredited partnerWe are pleased to announce that we are amongst the first companies to be awarded the new Accredited Channel Partner status by Nominet, the UK domain name registry.

This new accreditation was achieved by Posilan meeting Nominet’s strict criteria and by demonstrating our high standards of customer service and data quality. This should help to give our clients reassurance of the levels of service to be expected from us at all times.

You can register over 200 types of domain name with Posilan, and if the domain extension you require is not listed on our website, please contact us for pricing details.

To register a new domain name now, simply visit our domain name page.

Christmas & New Year opening hours 2013

Please see below for a list of our Christmas and New Year opening times.

 

  Christmas and New Year 2013
Date Opening hours
Monday
23rd December 2013
08:30 – 17:30
Tuesday
24th December 2013 (Christmas Eve)
Closed
Wednesday
25th December 2013 (Christmas Day)
Closed
Thursday
26th December 2013 (Boxing Day)
Closed
Friday
27th December 2013
10:00 – 16:00 Emergency support
Saturday
28th December 2013
Closed
Sunday
29th December 2013
Closed
Monday
30th December 2013
10:00 – 16:00 Emergency support
Tuesday
31st December 2013 (New Years Eve)
Closed
Wednesday
1st January 2014 (New Years Day)
Closed
Thursday
2nd January 2014
09:00 – 17:00
Friday
3rd January 2014
09:00 – 17:00
Saturday
4th January 2014
Closed
Sunday
5th January 2014
Closed
Monday
6th January 2014
08:30 – 17:30 (normal hours resume)
We continue to monitor our network and servers as usual 24/7/365 including over the whole festive period – urgent tickets will continue to be dealt with at all times as usual.

We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Posilan team.

So long, Altavista – and thanks for all the (Babel)fish

Back in the early days of the World Wide Web, in a time before Google, there was quite a lot of competition for web searching with a few small search engines fighting for market share.

In my early days on the web from about 1992 onwards, the web experience in the UK was dominated by the likes of online service providers such as CompuServe and AOL or one of the first “true” ISP’s such as Demon Internet. If you wanted to find websites, you would have to know the web address or look though online directories.

Things started to change around 1994 when a new range of search engines started to appear such as WebCrawler and Lycos. These sites helped to find what you wanted on the web with largely relevant results. Then in 1995, newcomer AltaVista was launched.

AltaVista’s search results we more relevant than ever and became one of the most popular search engines on the web. As well as crawling the web, AltaVista also became a popular portal and also added the massively popular Bablefish translator which meant for the first time you could easily translate text via the web simply by “cut n pasting” the text.

AltaVista began to lose ground rapidly when Google launched in 1998 and in 2003 it was bought by Overture and in turn Yahoo!.

Yahoo! announced yesterday (28th June 2013) that AltaVista would finally be no more from 8th July 2013, recommending that people use Yahoo! Search instead.

Many will argue that AltaVista “died” many years ago when Yahoo! first took it over. Even today, in the days before it’s plug is pulled forever, it’s little more that a rebranded Yahoo! search.

So long Altavista – and thanks for all the (Babel)fish.

 

Windows 8.1 preview video

Jensen Harris from the Windows Team shows some highlights of what to expect in Windows 8.1 coming later this year as a free update for Windows 8 customers

Microsoft unveil Enterprise enhancements in Windows 8.1

Today at TechEd North America in New Orleans, Microsoft announced several new features available in Windows 8.1 that deliver benefits for business customers. Windows 8.1 will be available for public preview on June 26th.

Below is a list of some of the new and updated features, according to the Windows Blog, when Windows 8.1 Preview becomes available later this month.

B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) Enhancements

  • Workplace Join – A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not. If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms. This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing access, allowing a user to work on the device of their choice and still have access to corporate resources. With Workplace Join, IT administrators now have the ability to offer finer-grained control to corporate resources. If a user registers their device, IT can grant some access while still enforcing some governance parameters on the device to ensure the security of corporate assets.
  • Work Folders - Work Folders allows a user to sync data to their device from their user folder located in the corporation’s data centre. Files created locally will sync back to the file server in the corporate environment. This syncing is natively integrated into the file system. Note, this all happens outside the firewall client sync support. Previously, Windows 8 devices needed to be domain joined (or required domain credentials) for access to file shares. Syncing could be done with 3rd party folder replication apps. With Work Folders, Users can keep local copies of their work files on their devices, with automatic synchronization to your data centre, and for access from other devices. IT can enforce Dynamic Access Control policies on the Work Folder Sync Share (including automated Rights Management) and require Workplace Join to be in place.
  • Open MDM- While many organizations have investments with System Center and will continue to leverage these investments Microsoft also know that many organizations want to manage certain classes of devices, like tablets and BYOD devices, as mobile devices. With Windows 8.1, you can use an OMA-DM API agent to allow management of Windows 8.1 devices with mobile device management products, like Mobile Iron or Air Watch .
  • NFC tap-to-pair printing – Tap your Windows 8.1 device against an NFC-enabled printer and you’re all set to print without hunting on your network for the correct printer. You also don’t need to buy new printers to take advantage of this; you can simply put an NFC tag on your existing printers to enable this functionality.
  • Wi-Fi Direct printing – Connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1 device, forming a peer-to-peer network between your device and any Wi-Fi enabled printer.
  • Native Miracast wireless display – Present your work wirelessly with no connection cords or dongles needed; just pair with project to a Miracast-enabled projector through Bluetooth or NFC and Miracast will use Wi-Fi to let you project wire-free.
  • Mobile Device Management – When a user enrols their device, they are joining the device to the Windows Intune management service. They get access to the Company Portal which provides a consistent experience for access to their applications, data and to manage their own devices. This allows a deeper management experience with existing tools like Windows Intune. IT administrators now have more comprehensive policy management for Windows RT devices, and can manage Windows 8.1 PCs as mobile devices without having to deploy a full management client.
  • Web Application Proxy - The Web Application Proxy is a new role service in the Windows Server Remote Access role. It provides the ability to publish access to corporate resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as apply conditional access policies to verify both the user’s identity and the device they are using resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as verify the device being used before access is granted.
  • RDS Enhancements – Enhanced VDI in Server 2012 R2 which delivers improvements in Management, Value, and User Experience. Session Shadowing allows Admins to view and remotely control active user sessions in an RDSH server. Disk dedupe and storage tiering allow for lower cost storage options. User experience for RemoteApps, network connectivity and multiple display support has been improved. Administrators can now easily support users with session desktops to provide helpdesk style support. Administrators now have even more flexible storage options to support a VDI environment without expensive SAN investments. End users will find RemoteApp behavior is more like local apps, and the experience in low-bandwidth is better, with faster reconnects and improved compression, and support for multiple monitors.

Mobility Enhancements

  • VPN - Support for a wider range of VPN clients in both Windows and Windows RT devices. Microsoft have also added the ability to have an app automatically trigger VPN connections.
  • Mobile Broadband – At Windows 8 launch, the devices had embedded radios that were separate components within the devices.  Windows 8.1 supports embedded wireless radio, which gives you increased power savings, longer battery life, also enables thinner form factors and lower cost devices.
  • Broadband tethering – Turn your Windows 8.1 mobile broadband-enabled PC or tablet into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing other devices to connect and access the internet.
  • Auto-triggered VPN –When you select an app or resource that needs access through the inbox VPN – like a company’s intranet site – Windows 8.1 will automatically prompt you to sign in with one click. This feature will be available with Microsoft and third-party inbox VPN clients.

Security Enhancements

  • Remote Business Data Removal - Businesses now have more control over corporate content which can be marked as corporate, encrypted, and then be wiped when the relationship between the corporation and user has ended. Corporate data can now be identified as corporate vs. user, encrypted, and wiped on command using EAS or EAS + OMA-DM protocol. This capability is requires implementation in the client application and in the server application (Mail + Exchange Server). The client application determines if the wipe simply makes the data inaccessible or actually deletes it.
  • Improved Biometrics - All SKU’s will include end to end biometric capabilities that enable authenticating with your biometric identity anywhere in Windows (Windows sign-in, remote access, UAC, etc.). Windows 8.1 will be optimized for fingerprint based biometrics and will include a common fingerprint enrollment experience that will work with a variety of readers (touch, swipe). Modern readers are capacitive touch based rather than swipe and include liveliness detection that prevents spoofing (e.g.: silicon emulated fingerprints). Access to Windows Store Apps, functions within them, and certificate release can be gated based on verification of a user’s biometric identity.
  • Pervasive Device Encryption – Device encryption previously found on Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 is now available in all editions of Windows. It is enabled out of the box and can be configured with additional BitLocker protection and management capability on Pro and Enterprise SKU. Consumer devices are automatically encrypted and protected when using a Microsoft account. Data on any Windows connected standby device is automatically protected (encrypted) with device encryption. Organizations that need to manage encryption can easily take add additional BitLocker protection options and manageability to these devices.
  • Improved Internet Explorer - Internet Explorer 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, enhanced pinned site notifications, and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs. Internet Explorer 11 also now includes capability that enables an antimalware solution to scan the input for a binary extension before it’s passed onto the extension for execution.
  • Malware Resistance –Windows Defender, Microsoft’s free antivirus solution in Windows 8, will include network behaviour monitoring to help detect and stop the execution of known and unknown malware. Internet Explorer will scan binary extensions (e.g. ActiveX) using the antimalware solution before potentially harmful code is executed.
  • Assigned Access- With Assigned Access, a new feature offered in Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise, you can enable a single Windows Store application experience on the device.  This can be things like a learning application for kids in an educational setting or a Customer Service application at a boutique, Assigned Access can ensure the device is delivering the intended experience.

Modern UI experience

  • Variable, continuous size of snap views – You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor depending on resolution.
  • Boot to Desktop - Microsoft have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.
  • Desktop and Start screen – Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.
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