Shameless Self Promotion

Last year, Pirasenna Velandai Thiyagarajan (Piras to his friends) and I co-presented a webinar titled ‘Federated Identity, Access Control, and Single Sign-On’. The webinar covered

  • – the basics of single sign-on and access control in the enterprise
  • – a simple example of SAML cross domain single sign on, with code samples
  • – a more complex example of identity aware web services using the Liberty Web Services Framework (WSF)

If you’re wondering what I sound like, click the link above to find out.

Piras and I later teamed up with Marina Sum to write a technical article on the same topic.

These are great resources for anyone getting to grips with SSO and federation – but then, I would say that, wouldn’t I 🙂

Look out for another technical article later this year, showing step-by-step how WSF can identity-enable a simple web service.

Got my DVR!

Well, we’re probably the last people in Silicon Valley to do so, but we finally got a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). We’ve had cable (TV and internet) from Comcast since we arrived in California, but only got round to adding the DVR box last week.

So far, I have to admit, I’m impressed. It ‘just works’. I especially like the way that, if we’re a few minutes into a show, and something comes up (with a 3 year old and a 6 month old, something always comes up!) I can press record and it records the show. From the beginning – great!

As far as I can see, it doesn’t guess what you like and record it for you (like the Tivo box), but I’m not so sure I like that anyway. I don’t have time to watch the stuff I record myself, let alone someone else’s suggestions 🙂

Anyway – I’m off to catch up with Desperate Housewives – bye for now!

First post!

OK – so I’ve joined the weblog revolution. Some of this will relate to work stuff – federated identity and Sun’s Java System Access Manager product – and some to my ‘outside’ interests – single malt scotch whisky, my favourite toys and my observations on being a Brit abroad in Silicon Valley.

So – sit back and enjoy the ride 🙂