September 2013 – tecivo BLOG

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Month: September 2013

End of long term contract – sad to go but looking forward to new challenges

After a more or less solid 4 years with HP Enterprises and Aviva in Norwich I’ve finally finished this week.

I’ve been lucky enough to work on a number of projects designing, building and migrating users in various different XenApp environments with the added bonus of working with some great people making close friends along the way. I’ll miss them day to day but hopefully can keep in touch and see them regularly. (How else will I keep my pool arm working).

Along the way there have been lots of stresses as well as lots of successes and it’s a little sad to be moving on but when I left permanent employment in 2006 part of the plan was always to take the opportunity of working in lots of different places, with different people and technologies.

Have been very lucky to find work with Norwich Union/Aviva, then HP right on my doorstep in and around Norwich, though I suspect the next contract won’t be so close to home. Will be interesting to see what the future holds…though first up is a new kitchen – don’t want to be away while that’s going on.

 

Apple’s iWork, iPhoto & iMovie free with all iOS 7 devices

iPhone5S_launchOther than the new finger print scanner, everything else launched by Apple on Tuesday seemed to be the usual interim ‘S’ model

component upgrades. Even the ‘new’ iPhone 5C is essentially just the iPhone 5 in new pyjamas.

Along with the usual facts and figures on sales and usage we had another walk through of iOS7 and detail on some of the hardware upgrades for the latest and greatest iPhone.
However, the significant revelation as far as I could see was the announcement that the mobile iOS versions of Apple’s iWork suite – Numbers, Pages and Keynote – along with iPhoto and iMovie, would be available for free for all new iOS 7 device purchases.

iPhone5S_launch2

Where previously each of these would be separate purchases totalling about £27, Apple are now going to give them away.

A quick look at the App Store Top Paid App listings shows that these are pretty popular apps which have no doubt made Apple a fortune in their own right since launching a couple of years ago, so why decide to give them away now?

Apple certainly aren’t short of $’s in the bank so it seems a good move to make (what in their words is) the most tablet popular productivity suite available for free with the hope that users will be tempted from waiting for Microsoft’s Office suite to be released for the Windows 8 based tablets.

iWork_Free_1It certainly looks like Microsoft are pinning their hopes on the familiarity of Office being the killer app for their Surface devices thereby providing them the kick start needed to take off and compete with Apple and Samsung in the tablet space as well as to supposedly get traction in the business area with better integration with enterprise systems.

When Apple start to have iWork deployed to all iPads sold with iOS 7 they’ll have the opportunity of getting these applications in front of millions of users who likely have never tried anything other than Office. Apple can then demonstrate how good these apps are on iOS and from there temp people to try them on a nice shiny new Mac.

Of course making iWork available through iCloud along with existing online document storage features can only improve the overall experience and further draw the user into the Apple ecosystem.

It’s often quoted that Apple are a hardware company and not about software, and this sort of strategy would seem to support that. The software side of things is about drawing the customer into the whole Apple experience and to purchase multiple (high profit margin) devices. And with Apple’s cloud services set to be expanding further with iWork and iRadio it makes sense to demonstrate further added value by making the rest of Apple’s iOS offerings available for free.

More iWork users = more Mac and iOS device buyers while at the same time the added benefit of undermining Microsoft’s tablet adoption supported by Office.

iWork_iOS

 

How to…Create a custom Citrix AppCenter MMC plug-in

MMC 1

  • Click File-Add/Remove Snap-in

MMC snap-in 1

  • Select Citrix AppCenter, click Add then click OK
  • Right click on Citrix AppCenter and select New Window from here

MMC snap-in 2

  • Enable Skip this screen in the future

Config AppCenter discovery 1

  • Adjust components as required

Config AppCenter discovery 2

  • Add LOCALHOST (Means that the console will discover the XenApp farm irrespective what server it’s opened on. Needless to say it won’t work if you use it on a non-XenApp server).

Config AppCenter discovery 3

  • Enable Close this wizard when discovery is successful

Config AppCenter discovery 4

  • Edit the console as required – customise the View settings to remove menus that aren’t needed etc.

MMC 2

  • Adjust the Options – add a name for the console, add an icon, make read only, etc

MMC 3

  • Then click File-Save As to save the .msc file somewhere accessible to all users

(File-Save will write to local profile (%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools which you’re likely to lose at logoff if you’re not retaining user profiles).

 

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