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A huge THANK YOU to all who donated and supported us on the coast to coast challenge.
We smashed the target we had set and in the end raised nearly £3’500 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House. The ride was quite an epic through some challenging conditions. We rolled out of Morecambe at 6am in warm sunshine however as we started heading over to Settle the clouds rolled in as the wind picked up.
Two of the biggest climbs of the day came straight out of Settle and then 10 miles further on as we headed over towards Pateley Bridge with constant gradients of over 20%. From there we raced into Ripon to take cover for half an hour while a thunder storm rolled over us with torrential rain. It was then a wet windy ride down to York before turning East for the final section to Bridlington.
The final big climb at around 145 miles was Garrowby Hill, 1 mile of 16% gradient certainly made the already tired legs sting! We arrived at Bridlington seafront around 20:30 after clocking up over 11 and a half hrs ride time. We had to tweak the route to stay on the tarmac after the heavy rain which increased the amount of climbing from the original planned route so by the end we had covered 165 miles and climbed over 11,000ft but successfully completed the coast to coast challenge!
Microsoft has announced that the end of life date (EOL) for Windows Server 2003 is 14th July 2015. From this date there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New threats won’t be addressed and your Windows 2003 systems will become a security risk and compliance nightmare, the Microsoft Product Lifecycle page provides information on End of Support dates for Server 2003 products.
There are still many customers, who run Windows Server 2003 in production today and many will continue to do so until end-of life of Windows Server 2003 or close to that date for various reasons. While this date is over a year away, current systems should at least be checked to insure things are running properly.
In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.
Microsoft will no longer be selling its Small Business Server (SBS) products from December 2013 claiming that its replacement, MS Windows Server 2012, “offers lower upfront acquisition and deployment costs”.
It’s now safe to call Windows 8 a disaster on the scale of Windows Vista According to NetMarketShare, a tracker of software market share numbers, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are barely registering on the scale. In February, Windows 8.1′s market share climbed to 4.3 per cent, up from 3.94 per cent in January.
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