Raspberry Pi-based music player with Rune Audio

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Raspberry Pi-based music player with Rune Audio

I have recently had some fun setting up a Raspberry Pi-based music player – in fact it took me longer than I was expecting: it took a while to find a music player that I was happy with, and I also found that the tags

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Great read: a fascinating book about the battle for the North Atlantic during the Second World War

Book reviews Misc

Great read: a fascinating book about the battle for the North Atlantic during the Second World War

I have just finished reading A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Won the War by Simon Parkin. As it says on the dustcover: “1941. The battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships ferrying vital food and fuel

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VMware ‘Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine’ error

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VMware ‘Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine’ error

I had been running VMware Workstation version 14.1.7 on my Windows 10 laptop quite happily, until after a recent Windows update when I attempted to run a guest virtual machine I got an error ‘VMware Workstation cannot connect to the virtual machine. Make sure you

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Setting up integration between Secret Server and IBM Security Identity Intelligence and Intelligence

IBM IBM Security Secret Server ISIGI

Setting up integration between Secret Server and IBM Security Identity Intelligence and Intelligence

I did some work recently setting up integration between IBM Security Secret Server and IBM Security Identity Intelligence and Intelligence (ISIGI) using the Adapter. This enables ISIGI to manage user accounts within Secret Server. In the process I made a few discoveries!

At the

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Great book: a fascinating true story about spying in the time of the cold war

Book reviews Misc

Great book: a fascinating true story about spying in the time of the cold war

I recently read Ben MacIntyre’s latest book The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War. I have read a number of his books and found them highly enjoyable, and this is no exception.  John Le Carre describes this as ‘The

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IBM Policy Manager – implementing file blocking on Mac OS/X

IBM Privilege Manager

IBM Policy Manager – implementing file blocking on Mac OS/X

I’ve recently started working with IBM Privilege Manager (from Thycotic), which enables organisations to remove local administrative rights from endpoints, or ‘implement Least Privilege and Application Control. Among other things you can specify the name of an executable file which you want blocked. (In fact you

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Privilege Manager configuration errors…

IBM Privilege Manager IBM Security Secret Server

Privilege Manager configuration errors…

As I wrote back in May, I’m delighted that IBM Security is OEMing Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology. IBM Security Secret Server is a brilliant product, and I’m still getting my head around it. One little ‘gotcha’ I discovered: I had all the software installed, or so

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IBM Security to OEM Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology

IBM IBM Privilege Manager IBM Security Secret Server

IBM Security to OEM Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology

I’m delighted that IBM Security is to OEM Thycotic’s Privileged Identity Management Technology. As part of this agreement, IBM Security will now offer a new privileged access management solution, IBM Security Secret Server, powered by Thycotic’s technology.
There’s more information about this at https://thycotic.com/company/blog/2018/05/15/thycotic-announces-ibm-security-oem-privileged-identity-management-technology/ and https://www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/secret-server

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My iPhone Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

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My iPhone Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

I recently succeeded in putting my Sudoku Solver iPhone app on the Apple App Store, so if anyone’s interested you can find it just by searching for ‘Vaughan Harper’ in the App Store app on an iPhone. It does include the capability to solve Sudoku

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A gotcha when installing IBM Security Directory Server on Windows 2012 R2…

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A gotcha when installing IBM Security Directory Server on Windows 2012 R2…

If you are installing IBM Security Directory Server on Windows 2012 R2 then ensure you disable User Account Control (UAC) by doing the following:
1. Go to Control Panel -> User Accounts -> User Accounts, click Change User Account Control settings, then select Never notify.
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