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  • August 8, 2012

    Spotify Review

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  • August 7, 2012

    Enable Remote Desktop on UAG Server

    1. Open the TMG MMC 2. right click on the <Firewall Policy> in the left nav. 3. In the drop down click “All tasks” 4. Then click “System Policy” 5. Click “Edit system policy” 6. In the system policy Click “Remote Management”, “Terminal Server” 7. On the “General” tab check the check box to enable that group. Click OK, Apply, and OK again. 8. You will need to add your client machine to the Remote Management Computers or Enterprise Remote Management Computers group. 9. You should take out the access policy you added. 10. Now hit the Apply settings so UAG can add the settings http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/forefront/unified-access-gateway.aspx
  • August 6, 2012

    Foursquare Revenue Plan

    Despite Foursquare’s garnering a $600 million valuation in an investment round last year, some investors are skeptical about its prospects.  Others just seem to find the app and the whole concept of checking in every place they go annoying. Foursquare has come up with an interesting concept of awarding badges, mayor ship and sharing that has made the app very popular among users and has made the company growth study and solid.  The company founder and CEO Dennis Crowley has over 100 employees and is described as a very hands on CEO. The three year old company has a user base of 20 million people who have accumulated over two billion check ins.  The company has over 750,000 businesses that use the platform companies by the name of Pepsi, Walgreens and American Express just to name a few.  The company has been competing with Instagram, Facebook (FB), Groupon (GRPN), andYelp (YELP). Foursquare is looking at using coupons as a form of revenue.  This will require some tweaking of there app to help point users toward those places that they have checked in or other friends have checked in.  They have made changes to there app for recommendations that are tailored to the individual. Foursquare has a lot of work a head of it now that they have built there user base they need to focus on making revenue.  The biggest problem with any .com company is making sure they have a revenue stream.  After 3 long years Foursquare as a company knows they need to produce a revenue stream or investors will pull out.  The revenue stream will also be important if the company decides to take the company public with the latest .com IPO boom.  For Foursquare I hope they are able to compete and continue on against composition and revenue issues in the future of there...
  • August 3, 2012

    Pandora Revenue and Business Model

    Pandora a decade-old company which relies mainly on advertising and subscription revenue and competes with traditional radio, satellite radio and upstarts like Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, and TuneIn just to name a few.  Pandora’s subscription based service called Pandora One is $36 a year which allows for more skips and ad free listening.  Pandora has never disclosed how many Pandora One subscribers they have from research I have done on the internet the estimated number is 800,000. The company has over 150 million registered users with about 52 million active listeners that have given Pandora almost a 6 percent share of the U.S. radio listening market.  The company has made huge strides on the mobile market clinching a spot in the top 25 most download apps.  But the company has admitted that they only make about $20 dollars for a 1000 hours of listening on the mobile app which is down in comparison to the $80 it makes on the PC for the same amount of listening hours.  The company lifted its 40 hour a month restriction to help gain more advertising revenue. Pandora has taken some negative press after Timothy Westergren co-founder of Pandora said the company had 80,000 artists, 800,000 tracks in its library.  Spotify had made mention that they have over 15,000,000 tracks in there library which made Pandora look inferior but over all Pandora’s loyal fan base stood by them. Pandora reported that first-quarter revenue rose 58 percent to $80.8 million blasting past analysts average forecast of $74.3 million as the company scooped up more advertisers.  Pandora a mostly free service that recommends music based on a listener’s playlists, also raised its full-year revenue outlook.
  • August 2, 2012

    Batman vs Sherlock Holmes

    I just thought this was really funny two of the greatest detectives in comic book, movie and novel history Batman and Sherlock Holmes together in the same room.  I figured this was suiting considering The Dark Knight Rises got released on June 20, 2012.
  • I have been doing a System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM 2012) install and these guides have been a big help and so far the system is work great.  I posted the link at the bottom there are a lot of different configuration setups depending on your environment.  I know this setup works cause I did these step by step and it worked great. Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 1. Installation. Part 1, Installation [October 27th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 2, Adding SUP and WDS. Part 2. Adding Sup and WDS [October 28th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 3, Configuring Discovery and Boundaries. Part 3. Configuring Discovery and Boundaries [October 29th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 4, Configuring Client Settings and adding roles. Part 4. Configuring Client Settings and adding roles [October 29th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 5, Enable the Endpoint Protection Role and configure Endpoint Protection settings. Part 5. Enable the Endpoint Protection Role and configure Endpoint Protection settings[November 5th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 6, Deploying Software Updates. Part 6. Deploying Software Updates [November 5th 2011] using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a LAB – Part 7. Build and Capture Windows 7 X64 Part 7. Build and Capture Windows 7 X64[November 6th 2011] How can I import computers into Configuration Manager 2012 using a file ? Importing Computers using a file in Configuration Manager 2012 [November 11th, 2011] using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a LAB – Part 8.Deploying Windows 7 X64 Part 8.Deploying Windows 7 X64 [November 12th, 2011] using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a LAB – Part 9. Adding an Application, editing a Deployment Type, Copying...
  • July 31, 2012

    Netflix Lawsuit E-mail

    I have received a lot of e-mails regarding this e-mail people are confused as to if this is real or a spam scam.  I have verified that this is a real lawsuit again Netflix.  The lawsuit is regarding “Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed.” This e-mail lets you decide if you would like to opt in or out of the lawsuit. This is for users who are and were subscribers.  It has not been said how much money each customer will be paid but from what I have read on http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/class-action-lawsuit-settlement-forces-netflix-privacy-changes/ and from the e-mail itself “Netflix will pay out $9 million into a settlement fund. $2.25 million of that will go to attorneys’ fees, $30,000 to be split between the two named plaintiffs, and the rest going to charitable donations.“ A copy of the e-mail is listed below for those who did not get one or want to verify you received the same e-mail and information. If You Are a Current or Former Netflix Subscriber A Class Action Settlement Could Affect You Para una notificación en Español, llamar 1-866-898-5088 o visitar www.VideoPrivacyClass.com Our records show that you were a current or former Netflix subscriber as of July 5, 2012. We are emailing to tell you about a Settlement that may affect your legal rights. Please read this email carefully. Go to www.VideoPrivacyClass.com for more information. A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claims Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed. Netflix denies that it has done anything wrong. What does the Settlement provide? Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates (known as “decoupling”) Entertainment Content Viewing History (that is, movies and TV shows that someone watched) from identification information for those subscribers who have not been aNetflix subscriber...
  • After moving the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM2012) SQL Site Database to another drive, creating a new Software Update package or a new application fail Symptoms After moving the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SQL Site Database to another drive, creating a new Software Update group, Software Update package, or creating a new application fails and errors similar to the following are logged in the SMSProv.log file: *** *** Unknown SQL Error! SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:47 2016 (0x07E0) *~*~*** Unknown SQL Error! ThreadID : 2016 , DbError: 50000 , Sev: 16~*~* SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:47 2016 (0x07E0) *** [24000][0][Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0]Invalid cursor state SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:48 2016 (0x07E0) *~*~[24000][0][Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0]Invalid cursor state *** Unknown SQL Error! ThreadID : 2016 , DbError: 0 , Sev: 0~*~* SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:48 2016 (0x07E0)   SQL Profiler provides the following additional details: An error occurred in the Microsoft .NET Framework while trying to load assembly id 65539. The server may be running out of resources, or the assembly may not be trusted with PERMISSION_SET = EXTERNAL_ACCESS or UNSAFE. Run the query again, or check documentation to see how to solve the assembly trust issues. For more information about this error: System.IO.FileLoadException: Could not load file or assembly ‘cryptoutility, Version=5.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35′ or one of its dependencies. An error relating to security occurred. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8013150A) System.IO.FileLoadException:    at System.Reflection.Assembly._nLoad(AssemblyName fileName, String codeBase, Evidence assemblySecurity, Assembly locationHint, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean throwOnFileNotFound, Boolean forIntrospection)    at System.Reflection.Assembly.InternalLoad(AssemblyName assemblyRef, Evidence assemblySecurity, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean forIntrospection)    at System.Reflection.Assembly.InternalLoad(String assemblyString, Evidence assemblySecurity, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean forIntrospection)    at System.Reflection.Assembly.Load(String assemblyString) Cause This can occur if the SQL Site Database MDF and LDF files are moved to a different drive. For example, if originally the Configuration Manager Site Database was created on C:Program filesMSSQL serverdata but then later the MDF and...
  • July 26, 2012

    Mac Apps That Need Retina Support

    I was listening to This Week In Tech – http://twit.tv/ and one of the issues they spoke about was the Mac Retina display and how people have issues with the display and app support.  So I decided to do some research. Every one who purchased the Next Generation Mac Book Pro have had apps that don’t use Apple’s system fonts or haven’t had their graphical assets super-sized look terrible.  The Retina Pro’s issues are with up scaling graphics across a compact 15-inch display area that’s harboring well over five million pixels. Words jumbled into Images Still Frames on Websites from bad Slash Animations Applications and Web Pages are fuzzy The issue is Apple has a great product so far ahead of its time that there is no design support for it yet.  Applications are suffering from this as well just to name the few I found from my research Microsoft Office 2011 (This is the product I have heard most of the complaints about) Spotify Winamp Adobe Products AutoCad Products Skype Dropbox AntiVirus Programs Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
  • July 25, 2012

    New Truck Antenna

    I wanted an external truck antenna for better distance and reception.  Plus I like the look of it.  I got great antenna at Hamfest On Saturday June 2 not a bad magnetic external for $20.00.  I find my reception and range are way better then the rubber ducky I was using that came with my handheld.  Then I bought an adapter “SMA” to “PL-259” Adapter Cable from a guy at the ham fest selling adapters.  I like to keep my business local if I can.  But amazon does sell them if need be http://www.amazon.com/SMA-PL-259-Adapter-Cable/dp/B004280GQ4/ref=pd_bxgy_misc_img_b And that was about it my next post I will show you my new radio that I have been using it’s a great starter radio that I have been using to learn before I start building my rig in my ham shack.