Replacing diacritics in strings using FIM sync rules and PowerShell


One of the common scenarios when importing HR data from a data source using Forefront Identity Manager (FIM), is the need to “normalize” diacritic characters in strings such as name data.   Here is a simple way to accomplish this using only declarative sync rules.

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PowerShell or Die

Such a strong title, but I think it sums up my view on the question of “Should I bother with PowerShell?” quite nicely. I know I’m late to the PowerShell party, but in the last 3 weeks I’ve really made learning PowerShell my main focus in hopes of making up for lost time. I really have come to the conclusion that if you are an IT professional who works with Microsoft products, that you need to really learn at least how to use PowerShell, or I suspect it will be your career that is going to be the thing to die.
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Google+ Chrome Browser Extensions List

Below is a list of known Chrome browser extensions to enhance your Google+ experience.  It’s amazing how people in the community are coming out of the woodwork to really improve what already is shaping up to be a great service.  I’ll update the list as I find new ones.

This was an original list I had posted on my Google plus stream, but I thought I would cross post it here.

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How to use hidden web proxy settings on Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets

One of the first issues I had with the Motorola Xoom tablet, running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was the lack of HTTP Proxy settings for use on corporate intranets.   I had posted about using http proxy settings on the Xoom, which required you to grab a separate proxy app from the marketplace.

Since then,  I saw a discussion (I apologize that I can’t find the original post to credit the author.) around using an existing Android activity to get access to the proxy settings, even if they were not present in the settings menu structure.  There are several apps on the Android marketplace which allow you to create shortcuts to activities,  but these steps are done with the AnyCut app.

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Motorola Xoom SunSpider Results

I saw a post touting the Ipad2 SunSpider JavaScript test results which mentioned wanting to run the same tests on the Motorola Xoom running Android Honeycomb.

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Using the Motorola Xoom tablet keyboard

One of my biggest reservations with a potential tablet was the preconceived notion about using an onscreen virtual keyboard for text input was the primary typing mechanism.  I decided to test drive the Xoom to see if it is indeed a usable device for casual keyboarding, or if it’s too frustrating to be of much use other than consuming content.   I had started with the default Honeycomb keyboard, and also tried some of the alternate keyboards that are available, and came to my own conclusions below on how usable the Xoom would be for myself.

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Motorola Xoom: HTTP Proxy Support with Android Honeycomb

Like many this week, I decided to check out the new Motorola Xoom tablet running the Honeycomb release of Android.  I have been conflicted as to whether I really “need” a tablet when I already have a Android smartphone, and a laptop to use on the go.   Needless to say I was curious how a tablet fits into my digital life, so I am giving it a whirl over the next 2 weeks to determine if indeed a tablet is worthwhile.   I’ll create a follow up post on what I think of the Motorola Xoom tablet and of Android Honeycomb at that point in time. [click to continue…]


Be Set Free with Bluetooth headphones

While recently making a return the gym,  I had decided to forgo my usual Zune for music, and decided to utilize my Motorola Droid2 Android phone.   It seems more and more I’m opting to use my phone for music, videos, and podcasts since I always have it with me.  I was pleasantly surprised that the interior of my gym provided excellent coverage, so I was able to listen to live music streams out of Germany while working out instead of needing to sync media to the device ahead of time. [click to continue…]


How to use Emoji SMS with Android and iPhone

Have you ever used or seen emoji (emojicons) used on Japanese cellphones?  The iPhone has supported it for quite awhile, but now with a new release a popular SMS app, emoji can be used on Android phones.  Here is some examples of the new application in action on the Android powered Droid2.

Entering Emoji in Handcent SMS on Android

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Mobile Security with NFC on Android

A few years ago I was looking for a cheap, portable and easy to use secondary authentication system for personal use.   I had stumbled upon the “YubiKey” from Yubico, which could potentially fit the bill for my own personal use case.

The Yubikey is a durable key fob that looks a bit like your standard USB storage drive.  It works by Yubico RFID and NFC generating a very long string of characters and the Key ID,  which is sent to the Yubico authentication server on the internet for authentication.   The Yubikey has 2 slots on device to allow you to use 2 different multi-factor authentication providers (Public and Private?) with the supplied management software.  This provides a scenario where you authenticate with a known password, and a the device key One Time Password (OTP) as a secondary form of authentication which helps to mitigate you from password stealing techniques.

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