Feedly it is, the Google Reader Replacement

A few weeks ago I posted on a subject that is coming to an end. Google Reader will close by the end of the month. I searched and tried quite many alternatives but none of them seemed good enough. Google Reader’s power lied witihin its’ open API and almost every client out there supported it one way or another. I didn’t want to go along with one client and be tied to it and thought that somebody should see the opportunity of the millions of Google Reader users’ souls.


Then came along Feedly with Project Normandy. Project Normandy is a replacement for Google Reader’s API so all the clients should work with only minor changes. My favorite client, the NextGen Reader is already updated with Feedly support both on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The migration from Google to Feedly was just a one-click procedure, thumbs up for that to Feedly too! The web interface is as smooth as it can be, way better than the good old Google Reader.

So, from now on, I’m a happy Feedly user.

My takeaways from TechEd North America 2013

wendysTime to head home, TechEd North America 2013 is over and done with. Good times, long days and a flu from the North American nightmare that they call “air conditioning”. It was 35 degrees outside with humidity of 95% in the Big Easy and inside the venue the cold wind was blowing to the point that even I had to wear a sweater. And some people wonder what’s up with that so called “global warning”, hmmm… In this post I thought I’d share my 2 cents from the conference. Continue reading

Breaking Good News from TechEd North America 2013

TechEd_SurfaceTo smooth out the disappointment caused by my previous post I went and grabbed my Surface devices. One for myself (the Surface RT 64GB  for $99) and one for work (the Surface Pro 128GB for $399). Those suckers cost four times that much at the retailers so money well spent. It was an offer for all TechEd North america Attendees, here’s a link.

I can’t wait to start messing around with the Pro as it is a small (domain joinable) PC after all.

Breaking Bad News from TechEd North America 2013

I went and took my chances on the 70-414 exam (Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure) and I failed. 🙁 I guess I should’ve trusted my insticts not to take it as I was a little bit insecure on some of the covered topics. Shame on me as they were the some might say “easier” ones (ADFS and ADCS). I mastered the HA and Hyper-V stuff though, so that’s gotta be good.

Anyways, no MCSE for me yet, gotta go learn more…

TechEd North America 2013 starts with product announcements

Hi from the Big Easy, or NOLA, or New Orleans for us visitors. I arrived on saturday, did some tourist stuff on sunday and now it’s Conference time.

TechEd Sign

TechEd North America 2013 kicked of with Brad Anderson’s Keynote. He threw a quite solid and well built show with guest speakers from different product groups. The keynote included  announcements of new product versions including Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 and Visual Studio 2013. Microsoft is obviously speeding up it’s product release frequency. Maybe to compete with competitors (Apple with the new OS release every year?).

Now, it’s time to hit the sessions, hands-on labs, practice tests etc. Later!

Configuring SharePoint 2013 Central Administration with Kerberos authentication

When you install your first SharePoint 2013 (or 2010) server the first thing that the Configuration Wizard asks you is the authentication method of the SharePoint Central Administration Web Site. It offers you two options to choose from, NTLM and Kerberos. The experienced administrator in you says that kerberos one of course because it’s the more secure and modern one, right? The wizard warns you that there might be more configuration to do, but you continue anyway. The wizard completes successfully and you head on to the Central Administration Web Site, but it won’t open claiming that you don’t have permissions to it. What’s that all about, you ask? Well, that’s the topic of this post so read on… Continue reading