Microsoft Surface Pro – An enterprise device?

Microsoft is pushing everything to an “As a Service” model. I think that’s great because of – for example – staying in control of licenses and costs. Microsoft recently announced the “Windows 10 as a Service” and “Surface as a Service” services. The Surface Pro 4 is a fantastic device, but in my opinion lacks a couple of essential features to classify it as an Enterprise Device. I worked with large organizations and the first 2 check boxes on the acceptance list are:

  • The device needs a Kensington lock
  • The user needs to provide the BitLocker PIN to start the device

I think those points are really necessary for an enterprise device. Without a Kensington lock, a device can be easily stolen during a short break. (Or do you take your Surface with you when going to the toilet?!) Most organizations require that a BitLocker PIN is needed to unlock the device. It’s possible to use an on screen keyboard during the preboot screen, but I don’t see any business using this. Mark Morowczynski from Microsoft says that this is because an attacker can connect to the machine using DMA or retrieve the secrets from memory. The Surface Pro 4 DMA connector is soldered on the motherboard, but the memory can still be easily stolen without a Kensington lock!

So what do you think? Should Microsoft add the Kensington lock to the Surface Pro 5?

Nexus 7 (2013) is running slowly – the fix!

Speed up your Nexus 7! My Nexus 7 was running very slowly on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. I’ve tried to hard reset the tablet several times, but after a couple of weeks it became very slow again with even 2 apps installed.

I followed the 2 steps from the following video of “Abs Recon -Solutions”. The Dynamic Gesturing option wasn’t available on my tablet, but disabling Gesture Typing worked perfectly fine!

Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta – Here we come!

I’m so happy to tell you that I’m one of the 5 people from Avanade Netherlands that will attend Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta this year! We are all really excited as this is the first time that we attend a big conference like Ignite. Last year I followed a lot of online presentations from home, and the high quality of the presentations makes this the best Microsoft event of the world. Seeing Jeffrey Snover, Mark Russinovich, Satya Nadella and much more people for the first time is amazing! I’m looking forward to meet all my Twitter ‘tweeps’ as well!

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PowerShell Function to Restart a Process

My notebook connects to a Docking Station with access to my receiver with speakerset, 2 screens, power and a KVM switch for my mouse and keyboard. When I lock my laptop, the sounds switches from the receiver to my internal speakers. When I unlock my laptop, the sound switches back but the Spotify application doesn’t play any sound. Closing the application doesn’t solve this problem, because the application will crash and I have to use the Task Manager to force the application to close. I made a PowerShell function that I’ve added to my PowerShell profile.

The Restart-Spotify function looks for any process that ends with “spotify” and stops the process. When all the processes are killed, a new instance of Spotify will be opened and the PowerShell console will close itself.

Even a reinstall of Spotify doesn’t help solving this issue I’m facing for months now. So the above script is a great workaround for me.

Let’s Encrypt leaks 3.125 email addresses

First of all, I absolutely love Let’s Encrypt. It’s a very easy way to protect a website. All WordPress.com websites are protected with an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt as well. I received an e-mail this morning from Let’s Encrypt about their new Subscriber Agreement. Above the message, there is a big list with 3.125 e-mail addresses including my own e-mail address. Looks like they forgot to put those email addresses in the BCC of the email. The e-mail was sent from the Let’s Encrypt mailservers because the SPF record is valid: Authentication-Results: spf=pass (sender IP is 198.2.180.10) smtp.mailfrom=mandrillapp.com;

Dear Let’s Encrypt Subscriber,

We’re writing to let you know that we are updating the Let’s Encrypt Subscriber Agreement, effective June 30, 2016. You can find the updated agreement (v1.1) as well as the current agreement (v1.0.1) in the “Let’s Encrypt Subscriber Agreement” section of the following page:

https://letsencrypt.org/repository/

Thank you for helping to secure the Web by using Let’s Encrypt.

We’re talking about a Certificate Authority here! Hopefully they’ll protect the SSL certificates in a better way.

UPDATE: Official statement from Let’s Encrypt.

Nexus 5X 32 GB vs iPhone SE 16 GB

My current work phone is a Lumia 925. Because it’s 2 years old, I can choose a new phone. This is a very hard choice, because I like the design of the iPhone, but I prefer Android above iOS. It would be an easy pick if I could choose the Nexus 6P, but the iPhone SE and the Nexus 5X are some really good competitors. I’ll use this blog post to help with my decision. Maybe it will help you as well.
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