Book Review: Enterprise Directory and Security

Enterprise Directory and Security Implementation Guide: Designing and Implementing Directories in Your Organization (The Korper and Ellis E-Commerce Books Series): Charles Carrington, Tim Speed, Juanita Ellis, Steffano Korper: 9780121604523: Amazon.com: Books. So this was written in 2002 and for its time it was good and helpful. However since technology moves on, this is nothing more than a historical reference now. Avoid.

What is interesting is that LDAP historically has been little used compared to Active Directory. The perception that AD was easier to use always gave Microsoft an advantage. I used LDAP at a few companies I worked at and I found it easy to use. I like the Open Authentication of the Mac OS Server as well. I thought that was even easier than Active Directory. I hope that we can retire AD soon. The days of having local windows servers seems like it should have been over a decade ago.

The main problem with having local IT services and hardware is that there is a tremendous cost to companies to maintain all of that infrastructure. With the low costs of cloud computing it doesn’t make sense anymore. Take for example Amazons unlimited data backup storage for $60 they recently announced. No IT company can compete with that. So it would be foolish not to use it. I am not going to use it because I don’t trust Amazon with my data, but other people might be much better served by that. With all the free plans and offerings by companies, you can almost exist without paying anything to anyone anymore for any computer services. It is really incredible how competitive computer services are.

Want a PC laptop close to a Macbook or MacBook Air?

Review: High-PPI Toshiba Kirabook goes after Retina MacBook Pro | Ars Technica. You will want to get a Kirabook. I have a friend who bought one and I helped him set it up this weekend. It was amazing. Beautiful crisp screen that was a pleasure to read, great sound from Harmon Kardon speakers, fast i7 processor. It was like having the best qualities of a MacBook and a MacBook Air.

It has the size and lightness even lighter than a MacBook Air. It has the retina screen which was way overdue for the Macbook Air and only available for the Pro. Unfortunately it has Windows 8.1, but if you are using it to watch movies or YouTube, or even play simple flash games, it will be a beautiful experience. Surprisingly it also offers WiDi, or wireless display. I helped him set it up with his Samsung Smart TV and it worked great. It wasn’t simple, but it does work.

This review is from a 2 years ago, but it is mostly correct. The price went down and for $1599 you get a computer that in some respects is better than a MacBook Pro. If only Apple would allow OS X to be licensed again. This laptop would put a serious dent in their sales.

The only downsides I see is when the computer is under heavy use, the fan can have an annoying sound. I was playing “testing” a flash game and after playing for 45 minutes the fan came on and was noisy. It was on my lap, and the fan turned off once I put a cooling pad underneath it. One of the great and impressive qualities is that the laptop is surprisingly cool most of the time. Most laptops get hot in use, but the Kira book stayed cool with the default settings. It only got hot when playing flash games for a long time. Everything else it did very cool and quiet. Playing YouTube didn’t cause it to be loud since it probably was using HTML5 rather than flash. This is not a gaming laptop, but could probably play older games well.

This computer has some serious power and can do lots of work. It can crunch numbers and hang favorably with the competition in testing. However due to its obvious consumer charms, I bet that more people use it as a relaxing/gaming/surfing machine than anything else. The smaller screen although it has a high-resolution, doesn’t have the best video card so doing design or high-end work would probably be disappointing. I hope this laptop is the first in a series where more power and battery life outperform the Mac. It is wonderful that the Mac finally has some high-end competition. Keep up the good work Toshiba!