Ok, it’s time for me to confess that I like a man bag or two. I really appreciate a stylish and high-quality bag and have to admit I have a few. I don’t buy them at a rate like my partner does (along with her shoes) but when that time arises, I take a trip to France! Join me in this post to discover my various bags and what’s in them bag – inspired by one of my favourite blogs Lifehacker.
As a SharePoint Consultant who is often on the road, it is important for me to have various pieces of technology & equipment and those other ‘things’ with me for when the need arises. Equally as important as having the right things with me at the right time is having a bag that is high quality, elegant in design, durable and comfortable to carry around. Let me share with you my collection of bags…
The bag collection
I have two French laptop bags, an overnight bag and a Crumpler Good Boy 13″ sling bag. My favourite is the smaller, more recent laptop bag. I received this for Christmas from my girlfriend (thank you, thank you, thank you) along with the overnight bag. They’re both from the same town in France where I brought my first laptop bag a year or so ago.
Where do they come from? Well, the Crumpler I brought in the Crumpler store on the Strand, London a few years back. The other bags…I cannot say. It’ll give away my secrets – I can say though that they came from France!
What’s inside my bag?
Lots of people have asked me what I carry in my bag…here is your chance and theirs, to see what’s inside my bag (on a typical day):
A good book to read – at present I’m reading “The man who knew too much” (Alan Turing) by David Leavitt
My favourite watch!
A strong umbrella
Cacoon Grid-it organiser
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
iPhone 5 (this may become a Lumia soon)
MacBook Air 13″ (although I’m sure this might change to something less Apple-based like a Surface Pro 3 soon)
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
Huawei 4G Mi-Fi
Powerbank (RavPower Deluxe)
Western Digital Pocket drive and various flash drives (all but one encrypted mind!)
Various adapters (USB to Ethernet, Miniport to VGA etc)
Logitech R700 presentation remote
Laptop lock cable (for the bag, not the laptop)
Bluetooth speaker with microphone – great for conference calls
Pens. Pens. Pens. Particularly my Parker fountain pen and a really good whiteboard marker.
Welfare stuff like tissues, hand cleaner, wet wipes and some Nurofen!
Envelope to stash receipts
Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear – when I travel I like to take pictures of these two in front of recognisable and special places to send to my daughter.
Thanks for finding the time to meet with me this evening, Bill – I look forward to repeating this in the future. You’re a true inspiration and someone I’ve looked up to since getting started with SharePoint.
It’s official you can now customise the Office 365 login page with your own branding – ok not quite yet but Microsoft has just released a preview feature that will soon allow us to.
The dull Californian highway image that we are all accustom to can now be replaced with your own image along with your own logo and login information which is impressive in itself but these elements can also be localised for different languages. This is all achieved with a preview feature Microsoft have recently released for Windows Azure Active Directory Premium which of course underpins Office 365. Pricing for this feature is not yet available but I imagine it will be published soon.
What can be customised?
Microsoft has made the following elements of the login page customisable.
The “Banner Logo” which is displayed on the sign-in page and access panel.
The “Sign In Page Illustration” displayed on the sign in page to the left of the login form.
The “Sign In Page background colour” visible when there is no sign in page illustration present or for low bandwidth connections.
The “Sign In Page Text” that appears below the login form and can be used to give more information to users such as where to get support.
The “Tile Logo” which is not used but might be used to replace the “organisational account” pictogram.
A “User ID Label” which again is not used but could be set to “Company email” or “User ID”.
Browse to the Active Directory page and select your Office 365 directory.
Click on the “Enable Active Directory Premium” link on the summary page.
Then from the summary page click on the “Customise your organisation’s Sign In and Access Panel pages” link where you will be able to upload your logo and other assets.
As this is a preview feature Microsoft has decided for the first few weeks of the preview that users must opt-in on each device to experience the customised sign-in page. To opt-in, you must visit https://login.microsoftonline.com/optin.srf.
Demo customised sign-in pages
Microsoft has also provided to demo fictitious sign-in pages that you can get access to experience a customised login page.