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Avoiding Mistakes with ITIL

Avoiding Mistakes with ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) ITIL is best practice advice and guidance. It is a common mistake to take as prescriptive. Needs adapted/customised to be organisation specific. So is not a silver bullet. Not a standard. You cannot

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VAT flat rate scheme 11.5% rather than 13% from 1st December 2008

The Value Added Tax rate we invoice at drops from 17.5% to 15% on 1st December 2008. If, like me, you are on the small business flat rate VAT scheme for IT consultants, then the rate we pay VAT out

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SQL Injection for parents

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Of course this would never happen in the real world

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Of Goats and Porsches: A Monty Hall Paradox Simulator

The Monty Hall Paradox can’t be right, or so I thought. Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say

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Death March

What is a death march project? What makes IT organizations create such things? Why would anyone in his right mind agree to participate in such a project?To many grizzled IT veterans, these are rhetorical questions. Everything, in their experience, is

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