Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

… and so these ape-descendants spent a bloody fortune on Apple Watches.

Meanwhile, YouTubers (which we believe are the direct descendants from a select group of Golgafrinchans) were demanding bigger and better computing power to produce their many documentaries (usually about themselves) or to “influence” people to buy absolute rubbish.

So our favourite digital-watch-making fruit-named company came to their rescue with their outerwear-named behemoth: the Mac Pro. In order to appease the mice Magratheans (the current owners of Earth), it was designed to resemble a large cheesegrater.

It is said that a fully specced Mac Pro costs more than some people’s houses, depending on where they live. Or most sensible cars. In either case, you can’t live in it, nor drive it to work (well, maybe with the wheel edition if you push hard and long enough whilst sitting on it).

However, the question on everybody’s lips (or appropriate orifice depending on your species) is: can it give us the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything in something significantly less than 7 and half million years?

I’m committing myself to Microsoft identity management. Surprisingly I don’t entirely hate it (having been exposed to it in anger for two years on an increasingly decrepit Windows Server).

I wasn’t really exposed to Active Directory much back in my days of Memset – the majority of customers weren’t running their servers for ID management – just IIS and SQL Server. Similarly, in previous jobs prior to Memset, ID management was either local only, or if it was networked – NIS, LDAP or RADIUS.