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So I started using Google Inbox today...and so far I don't like it. Maybe it one of my first email clients was elm on a Solaris server I reached via dial-up. I get that the redesign is designed for people who are managing email primarily from their mobile phone. I find it amusing too that Inbox has the ability to set reminders and follow-ups now like most of us have enjoyed through business email systems with integrated scheduling.

I do not feel the need to keep all email online forever. I use folders to sort the email (close to Zero inbox Theory). i do not need to relearn the interface every few years.

Maybe this will be enough to force me back to a desktop MUA again.
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I think it's a good design... if you don't already have a way to organize your e-mail. I've been ignoring personal e-mail for ages, it's helping me get a handle on it.

Also, I at work I have to use Lotus Notes. I like Inbox more. Actually, I'd like Pine more but no one there is old enough to know what that is.
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I do think it is time to take a moment to reflect on how Microsoft is trying to reinvent itself and prove that good ideas can still be had in Redmond.

Microsoft started the Azure project in 2006 but lost to AWS because people wanted to run other OSes. Microsoft lost to  Apple in the phone and tablet race because they didn't build a new version of Windows to target mobile. These recent announcements, and other moves into a more heterogeneous environment, are all good signs that there is still life in Microsoft. I just wonder if they have alienated too many people getting to this point.
 
With this week’s announcement of Windows Server Nano, the implicit accompanying announcement of .NET Core CLR (the stripped-down version of the .NET runtime that comes with Nano), the announcement of both Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers, and the accompanying announcement that said containers will be manageable by Docker…

Can we take a moment and reflect on this company called Microsoft?
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While Microsoft might have stopped pushing the XBox One as the center of a digital living room, that hasn't stopped people who have one from want to use it for more. This week some users finally got their wish and can start using XBox One with an HD antenna for "cord free" TV. That covers the broadcast channels (depending on your geography) and the XBox app for Sling TV has made some improvements for more live TV. Combine this with new offerings from WWE to others that target devices and cord-cutters the XBox will remain a central part of the living room for many...including those who rarely play games anymore. Score one for Microsoft and continued use of a platform.

http://majornelson.com/2015/04/08/tv-on-xbox-gets-more-versatile-with-over-the-air-tuner-for-the-u-s-and-canada/
We’re excited to announce a partnership with Hauppauge to deliver one of the most asked for Live TV features on Xbox – an over-the-air TV tuner.
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Ubiquity has a new switch/router out and while it isn't ready for production use (too new) I'll drop it in  my homelab. $50 for a 5 port GB router. less RAM but faster CPU than the Edge  Router Lite (which I also have) so it will be interesting to see how it performs.

if only it was in stores...

https://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/edgerouter-x/
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I completely agree that having no paid support channel is hurting Ubiquity's adoption in business for some product lines.

I haven't run the EdgeRouter in any prod environments yet. I define "prod" as business essential or "the thing making us money". I've used lots of the UniFi APs in various offices, but  the EdgeRouters have all been home office or lab based affairs so far.

That is mostly due to the nature of the consulting I do. Most of my work is related to software right now.
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I found the following in the local craigslist today and had to share...there are so many red flags it isn't even funny anymore by the time you get halfway through.


I GROCK SPOCK! Become IT Manager@THE HERB and Boldly Go... (NOLA)

Greetings Nerds, Geeks, Techies, and True Believers.
Well it has happened again.
Our former Techie Graconius Penis Minor got issued a red shirt by mistake.
As he transported down to his first assignment he was suddenly eaten by a pregnant carnivorous giant Sloth at the Bill Gates Memorial Moon Colony. We thought the sloths to be extinct.
No worries!
This go around we'd like you to manifest the following and decline the red accouterments.
Duties include:

Rectifying and maintaining several inventory databases through a front end program (Microsoft Dynamics RMS, Store Operations and Headquarters). Prior experience receives a salary upgrade.

Providing technical support for the business as a whole primarily working in a non-server based Windows environment. Experience with SQL is best, basic scripting, and/or basic networking are a big plus. Camera and surveillance know-how will make us scream "GROCK"!

Note that this is not an office job, and will involve some common tasks like counting inventory and support for four locations and the Unicorn Lair, (Headquarters/Operations), which means traveling, sweating, and Bantha wrestling.

Sales and related cash handling experience is a wonderful thing.
You will be called upon to work the sales floor and deal with credit, cash, and gift cards.
Sales experience is a factor but not a necessity.
We'll train you up!

A Tech Word of Warning!!!
OUR system was initially set-up unconventionally, to say the least, so you must expect to work in an environment that is non-standard compliant in many ways.
YOU WILL BE CHALLENGED to great mysteries and solutions.

Expect to be working closely with all our location managers to learn all of the idiosyncrasies of the position.
There is plenty of room for the ambitious to innovate and improve operations.
Making it so, your improvements and endeavors are rewarded with bonuses, accolades, and raises as the Unicorn Master decrees.

Here are few insights into the what we seek. Wacky characters, (you'll have to deal with more than a few yourself), free-thinking open minds of good humor and unconventional trendsetters need not be shy.
Come on by!
We will do you a world of good like warm Tauntaun milk on a cold Hoth evening.

To apply, respond with "I'll Give Her All I've Got, Captain!" in the subject line of your email response and attach a resume. Please include a brief something about you and why you are unique.
Include a picture, joke, short story, or anything else out of the ordinary, it just might be the extra something that makes us want to mind meld with you.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Proudly LGBT Friendly!
May the 4Q BEWITH U

compensation: $400-$800/week commensurate with experience, travel, bonuses, are TBD

For the daring: http://neworleans.craigslist.org/tch/4913823358.html
Greetings Nerds, Geeks, Techies, and True Believers. Well it has happened again. Our former Techie Graconius Penis Minor got issued a red shirt by mistake. As he transported down to his first...
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+Alan Dacey Well, according to the Christmas special, Star Wars came to Earth, just in our time period so I guess technically you could run into a bantha in the Trek universe. drops lightsaber /out
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Plan to sell your iToy/iDevice? Happy-fun info-graphic listing what to do to decouple your account(s) from the device.
 
Saying Goodbye

http://iNotes4You.com/2014/10/30/saying-goodbye

Do you want to purchase a new Apple iPhone or iPad and say Goodbye to your actual companion?

Well, a bunch of innovative techniques are involved to keep your privacy and detach your device from your Apple account.

Here is what you should know when selling an IDevice.

Don't feel sad about your old love. With every iteration Apple will give you lots of added values which make the change of connection easy.


Related ...
Troubleshooting
http://iNotes4You.com/2014/01/03/troubleshooting

The Apple ID
http://iNotes4You.com/2013/04/11/the-apple-id

2-Step-Verification
http://iNotes4You.com/2014/05/07/2-step-verification


Thanks for dropping by.

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With everything I've been reading about Windows Nano I am really looking forward to it. outside of shrinking the VH disk sizes down to something reasonable I really like that 32-bit support is gone. not deprecated, but gone. How many "enterprise" applications are finally going to have to write a real 64-bit application layer now? yes, yes, the 32-bit subsystem is still on the "full" server copy, but the writing is on the wall for companies who want to scale their applications.
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How is project management like 17th Century shipbuilding? Some amusing talking points to pepper into your next review of failed or failing projects.

https://vimeo.com/95284690
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I read through this list and realized I own most of these still and if I ever made the time I could start playing again. These types of games are often more of a time investment than I want to make. https://www.GoG.com is great for these older games and providing a DRM free way keeping them around.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/features/galleryoftheday/13716-8-of-the-Best-Isometric-RPGs
If you're having a great time with Pillars of Eternity, here are eight more great isometric RPGs to check out.
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I was re-introduced to a great article about managing people in the IT field and why you so often hear someone in IT say "my boss is an idiot". The stereotypes make for interesting reading and is spot on for almost all of the places I have worked.

I hate linking to a computer world article...but it was the only place I found it published.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2527153/it-management/opinion--the-unspoken-truth-about-managing-geeks.html
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So funny when I see my interactions with other teams, just today, through the lens of this article.
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ATT having to play catch-up to Google Fiber? At least they are being honest with what it costs to not have your ISP track your every move. I wonder what the cost would be to build a bridge-head server on DigitalOcean and build a VPN tunnel from the home router to the DO droplet and route all traffic. More than $30/month?
AT&T is offering gigabit fiber broadband service in a select few U.S. cities for $70 a month, a discount of $29 off the regular price, but only if customers are willing to forfeit online privacy.
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And interesting way of approaching management of multiple WordPress sites: use the command line like any proper IT tool
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