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UKFast is Building Online Britain

26.5.2010 by Lady Penelope

UKFast has been a pioneer of online growth and innovation since its inception ten years ago. Our primary focus is to help our customers accelerate their online business, because if our customers grow, so do we. New research by website optimisation software firm Aptimize has shown that websites of even the top UK brands are lagging behind their US counterparts in terms of speed. With Google's recent announcement that speed will be a factor in the ranking algorithm this is a worrying statistic.  As well, web users are now spending more time on social networks than before, which means online…

Having Fun is all in a Day’s Work at UKFast: The Sequel

21.5.2010 by Lady Penelope

Since last commenting on the fun and friendly atmosphere in the UKFast offices we have had in-house fancy dress themes of Hawaiian tropics, pyjama parties and St George's Day (which included some rather fearsome dragons). The team has also been…

Server Memory Investigation Tool

20.5.2010 by James Crawshaw

If you ever had any desire to work out what was loaded in to memory or what the breakdown of memory usage is, then this new tool by the MS Sysinternals team will certainly set you on the right track.…

May 2010 Security Bulletin Release

12.5.2010 by James Crawshaw

As mentioned in the previous post on this months security bulletin releases, there are confirmed to be only 2 bulletins this month. Both have a severity rating of critical and an exploitability index rating of 2 - see below for…

Beginners Guide to Firewalls

11.5.2010 by The Brigadier

Most of us understand that the firewall in your solution is there to protect your hardware and valuable data from outside interference. What is not necessarily understood by the less technical amongst us, myself included, is what the published features…

May 2010 Security Bulletin Release Advance Notification

7.5.2010 by James Crawshaw

This 'Patch Tuesday' - for May 2010 - sees the release of 2 Critical bulletins addressing 2 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Exchange. In addition to the bulletins Microsoft also announced that in the wake of the recent…

A More Global Internet

7.5.2010 by Mother Superior

Today marks a milestone in the history of the internet as ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has rolled out a system that allows full domain names with no Latin characters in them. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and…

Is This the Social Media Election?

6.5.2010 by Stephen McNamara

As the nation takes to the polls for the closest election in a generation, the true winner of the first digital election has already been identified as social media. Following its influential role in Barack Obama's 2008 US election campaign,…

Speed and Security Change Browser Landscape

5.5.2010 by Stephen McNamara

A recent study by NetApplications has revealed that Microsoft's Internet Explorer is continuing to lose market share while Google Chrome has seen a sharp rise in popularity. Experts are largely attributing the shift to the security concerns surrounding IE, combined…

MS SQL 2008 R2 availble to download on MSDN and technet

4.5.2010 by James Crawshaw

Following the recent release (April 21) of the flagship Microsoft Database server, SQL 2008 R2, this has now been made availble for download via the Technet and MSDN sites.   Subscribers can access the 2008 R2 editions of Enterprise, Standard, Web, Workgroup…