Greed

Those of you that follow this blog know how much streaming rights in the U.S. annoys me.  The rest of the world somehow has figured out that streaming should be accessible for all citizens, including those that don’t have cable or satellite.  However, media in the United States is based on GREED – pure and simple.  I get that someone has to pay for it but don’t tell me that NBC isn’t making boatloads of dinero off their Olympic broadcasting contract.  They are without a doubt.  This happens with the World Cup as well.  I suppose those CEO’s need to pay for their million dollar vacations somehow and the junior execs let it slide as long as they get their yearly bonuses….

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Google Cloud Print Service and Printers Disappearing

First off, Google has no interest in making a truly viable printing product and Google freely admits their support for a paperless world.  I don’t know, but I still like my toilet paper…..I guess that’s another subject.  Anyway, my point is that if you run into problems with Cloud Print, Google doesn’t seem to have it’s full weight behind supporting this product.  One issue that frequently comes up in our organization is that printers disappear or the service won’t start or permissions disappear.  These are all very random problems and Google has never fully been able to troubleshoot the cause of these issues.

However, I have noticed that if the log file gets to large, these problems will happen at some point so as along as I keep this log file to a reasonable size, I don’t have problems.  What is a reasonable size?  That’s the million dollar question.  For us, it’s somewhere below 250MB.  When it goes above this point, I stop the service, rename the log file, start the service and we are back in business.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  As you can see in the screenshot below, we were well over 250 and most of our printers disappeared and it was my fault because I forgot to dump the log file.  Someday I need to script this so I don’t have to worry about forgetting!  Hopefully this helps someone else struggling with this issue.

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Game Changer – coming soon!

I don’t think most people realize how this will change things.

http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2016/05/android-apps-coming-to-chromebook-near.html

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System Center 1511

So if anyone is struggling with finding SCCM 1511 in their volume licensing service center, here is a screenshot that will hopefully help you.  Heaven forbid that Microsoft would put a description that might match the product.  Yeah, I know there is some MVP reading this saying “well, if you knew you’re stuff, it wouldn’t be that hard”.  Truth is that I’m in the trenches day in and day out, I don’t have time for nonsense.  Name things clearly and no one has a problem.

 

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And the award goes to…..

Chrome for being the biggest memory hog on a Windows system.  If you have users complaining about things running slow, check out if they have chrome and then check to see how many apps and extensions they have running.  Chrome will easily run up GB’s worth of RAM all by itself.  Many users install extensions, try them once and forget about them all the meanwhile their system is using up extra resources for something they don’t use.  I still don’t like the way chrome handles apps and extensions but at the same time, IE basically offers nothing so it’s not hard to see why chrome has grown in popularity so much.  Even so, it is a memory hog and hogs are for bacon, not slowing down your computer.

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Pssst….Here’s a little secret.

If you go to tech conferences, tech demos, free seminars, etc. and they are put on by consultants or vendors (not the manufacturer), they are in it to make money.  Simple as that.  What do I mean?  Let’s say you go to a tech briefing about updates to a security appliance that monitors your network.  In that event, you are told about new updates to your product and the potential benefits the updates will provide and that you should update immediately.  By leaving a few key questions unanswered, that vendor will often get first crack at those questions and potential consultant work afterwords – usually for a fee.  Not all vendors do this but they are out there and it irritates the heck out of me when I sit in one of these things and listen while others get lured in.  Depending on the product, consultants and vendors know for example that for a certain product/presentation that if they put on an event and they have 30 attendees, they can expect work from one of the attendees.  Think about it, if there is no financial benefit for putting on the event, they wouldn’t do it.  Again, simple as that.  The donuts and coffee sitting in the back of the rented room aren’t free and that doesn’t include your time away from your workplace which isn’t free either despite the fact that the event is advertised as free.

So, what can you do to get your questions answered?  Know what questions you want and need answered before you even attend the event.  How can you do that?  Read and learn as much as you can about specific items that are of interest to you or your situation and then if your questions are not covered in the presentation, ask questions!  Lots of them.  Vendors and consultants will gladly answer your questions during an event and if they don’t know they will often ask to take your name and email to get that question answered for you.

Again, not all vendors leave out important points to generate questions (…revenues) after the fact.  Sometimes, the presentation takes on a life of it’s own and goes a different direction than the presenter intended so they don’t get to address all the points they had planned.   The old catch phrase “buyer beware” applies to these types of events.  Information is shared freely at the event and the cost doesn’t kick in until after the event is over when you realize what questions you should have asked.

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Windows 10 and privacy (or the lack thereof)

I wonder what the results would be if someone conducted the same tests on a Linux box?

http://thehackernews.com/2016/02/microsoft-windows10-privacy.html

This article also applies to Apple and Google.  The sad part is that most users simply don’t care anymore.  Privacy means nothing to most users until something bad happens….

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