Message Azure from an Internet of Things Device

Connected appliances, baby monitors, smart smoke detectors, and home security systems are just a few examples of the burgeoning “Internet of Things”, usually abbreviated just “IoT”. Of course, there must be centralized servers to collect the data from these devices, make some sense of it, and put that information to good use. Not surprisingly, Microsoft […]
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We Learn A Lot From Our Mistakes

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein Most people don’t like to make mistakes, including me. It may come from parental reprimands where we were very young or from school where good grades were important and mistakes led to poor grades. In any case, we generally work hard […]
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More Bad Password Advice and More Good Password Advice

As I was writing this, Conan the Sysadmin tweeted about passwords and the need to use secure ones. His message was simple: “Passwords and secret signs are crucial #cybersecurity defenses. Craft good ones, and use them well.” This is excellent advice and the gist of what I have shared on this blog in the past. […]
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Mozilla To End ftp Support. What Are the Alternatives?

In March of this year, Mozilla followed in the steps of Google and announced the upcoming end to support for the ftp protocol in its browser. That is a very good thing! The ftp URI is the mechanism for browsers to use FTP (the File Transfer Protocol) to send and receive data from servers supporting […]
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Microsoft Teams and SharePoint: Working Together

Question: Do we still need SharePoint if we start using Teams? Short answer: Yes! SharePoint is a vital part of Teams. Long answer: A few things happen when you create a new team in Microsoft Teams. First it creates a new Microsoft 365 group (formerly Office 365 group) which contains the team of people and […]
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