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Month: April 2018

  • A massive cumulative update for the latest version of Windows arrived last night, complete with noteworthy fixes. No indication why, but many report that the bug fix isn’t being fed through Windows Update just yet.  Last night, Microsoft released KB 4093105, which has a list of bug fixes that goes on and on and on. It brings the build number up to 16299.402. Computer World Microsoft is just sending patches out like crazy the out of band patches are usually the ones that cause blue screens and other issues.
  • Automation is changing the way manufacturing works opening new amazing opportunities for industrial businesses. Today its use is still limited, but the technological revolution is already upon us and the trends it’s focused on right now will take the industry to a new level shortly. Today it’s not only about using robots for quicker and more efficient assembly and transportation. Industrial automation is bringing cloud technology and micromanagement to new heights increasing the quality and versatility of production. Top 4 Manufacturing Automation Trends That Will Change the World 1.      Internet of People to make manufacturing limitless The use of Industrial Internet of Things is nothing new, but the Internet of People is only starting to make way into the industry. When it does, cloud and mobile technologies will enable manufacturers to not only decentralize their production centers and employ freelance professionals capable of operating machines remotely. Businesses will also be able to connect with their customers and set up real-time monitoring systems within user interfaces. This will provide greater insight into customers and their use of the products. This, in turn, will allow for more efficient improvements. With the robots’ capacity for miniature changes, the implementation of this technology will enable an advanced level of customization. 2.      Efficient automation to allow low-volume production Manufacturing automation increases the efficiency of production to such an extent that it makes producing small volumes of products profitable. Once this technology becomes commercially viable so it can be picked up by the majority of manufacturers, the thresholds of volume will change. This revolutionary step forward will redefine business as we know it because it will give small companies an opportunity to manufacture and sell top-quality custom products. Such a step will no doubt affect huge corporations that will have to find new ways to hold...
  • April 24, 2018

    Windows 10 Lean

    Welcome to Windows 10 Lean/CloudE/S (once again?) This new edition started shipping with this week’s Skip Ahead build (17650) It seems to be heavily cut down, an x64 clean install is roughly 2 GB smaller than Pro Its edition ID is 0xB7 which was missing from SDK headers Twitter I could see many clients using this on older computers that they can’t afford to replace.
  • Effective May 20, 2018, the Windows Phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer will be retired. Starting on that date, these apps will no longer be available for download from Microsoft Store, and Microsoft will no longer support them. While Microsoft continues to support Windows 10 Mobile, we are not focused on building new features for the system. We will continue to invest in the Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer mobile apps for iOS and Android, and also in desktop apps for Windows and Mac. Microsoft I am not surprised Microsoft has been wanting to abandon the windows phone platform for a while they are doing it slowly but surely.
  • Educators and students already know digital skills will be critical to career success in a future driven by technology. But students don’t have to wait until tomorrow to gain these skills. This summer, Microsoft Store locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will deliver coding, robotics, moviemaking and philanthropic skills that students need today to be successful when pursuing any career tomorrow. These summer camps provide real-world opportunities for students looking to translate their passions and 21st century skills into something tangible for their communities and futures. Microsoft So glad to see Microsoft doing this great to see kids involved in tech and not getting into trouble over the summer.
  • The next major update for Windows 10 is supposed to hit sometime this month, though one of the questions that has yet to be answered is what exactly will it be called? We now have an answer. While still not officially announced, it appears that Microsoft has officially moved on from calling it the Spring Creators Update and will instead simply refer to the next major release as the Windows 10 April Update. Hot Hardware I am glad Microsoft found the BSOD issues and fixed them before releasing this product and giving themselves another black eye in view of the public.  
  • April 24, 2018

    Three Ways to Advertise Not Online

    In the business world, you must stand out to be successful. Companies all over the world sell you things that make your company stand out online like Google Local, Facebook Ads, banner ads and much more. The list of things to make your business stand out goes on and on and these things can get expensive depending on clicks and site placement. There are three ways to advertise that are not online that can really help your business mailings, classified ads, and billboards. Business Mailings is a great way to get new business. When a potential customer is opening their mail for a few seconds you have that person’s full attention. Using bright coloured envelopes and paper that stands out like pastel or neon color is great as that piece on mail will be open first and very rarely get discarded. Plus you always remember a bright color or unique envelope compared to the stand flat white looking envelope. Classified ads can be another way to really grab new business. With this type of advertising, you need to look at your target market. If you are selling health insurance, medications or computer repair generally this would be the place to advertise. The baby boomers are the generation that gets the daily paper still so if you have a product targeted at that age bracket this is the spot to advertise. With the decline of the newspaper business, you can usually get a bargain on these ads depending on the paper’s distribution. Billboards are some of the best advertising because you don’t have to worry about the target market. If the person sees the sign and needs your product or service they will call. Just like the classifieds where a person must get the paper, you must rely on a person driving by the sign...
  • A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience. It’s a problem. In fact, it’s always been a problem. Google has spent nearly a decade trying — and failing — to fix it with an ever-rotating cast of poorly supported apps. While iPhone users have had the simplicity of iMessage built in, Android users have been left to fend for themselves. Now, the company is doing something different. Instead of bringing a better app to the table, it’s trying to change the rules of the texting game, on a global scale. The Verge I just can’t understand why Google the kings of email and video messaging cant get Android messaging right.
  • April 23, 2018

    FoundationDB is Open Source

    Starting today, FoundationDB starts its next chapter as an open source project! FoundationDB is a distributed datastore, designed from the ground up to be deployed on clusters of commodity hardware. These clusters scale well as you add machines, automatically heal from hardware failures, and have a simple API. The key-value store supports fully global, cross-row ACID transactions. That’s the highest level of data consistency possible. What does this mean for you? Strong consistency makes your application code simpler, your data models more efficient, and your failure modes less surprising. The great thing is that FoundationDB is already well-established — it’s actively developed and has years of production use. We intend to drive FoundationDB forward as a community project and we welcome your participation. FoundationDB FoundationDB was purchased by Apple back in 2015 they specialize in distributed databases. I would like to point out that there is no Swift language support but it supports Google’s Go language.