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*The difference between iOS updates and Android Updates... *
 
I can't wait for Android 7.0 to get to my phone, so I took manners to my own hands. I also connected an old printer to my home network, and updated my Linux fileserver, hoping to make it into a DropBox alternative (this will not be done today). 
 
So, how's your weekend going?
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Hmm, updated mom"s iPad (took two hours to download on her slow internet), and ran latest update on her Mac Mini, which took only 30 minutes since I remember to download it onto a usb from home first. Can't wait for the day everyone has super fast internet.
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No Man's Sky is Treating me Badly, and I Love it.

The internet is full of complaints. Anything from how bug-ridden it is, to how boring, to how its designer lied about it and the game is nothing like it meant to be. Me? I finally found a game that doesn't hold my hand and trusts me with my own entertainment.

Every time I launch the game, I wonder where I'll go and what I'll do. It's up to me to build the story the way I see fit and extend it, in my imagination, beyond what it was ever meant to be in the hands of its designers.

It is empty and lonely and there's no one out there for me. It's awesome. 
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So I have this nagging idea and I want to know how crazy it is. Using Google classroom to educate teachers about technology, google apps specifically.

My official title is helpdesk coordinator, but I'm also the go-to guy for everything Google, tech news, and of course, computer problems. I am usually very busy, but I like creating helpful video clips and how-to guides when able. I have background in teaching.

Now... As teachers (and tech gurus) at your school, do you think classroom could be a good tool?

Why I'm considering:
+ Clean, organized layout (unlike our current website)
+ Made from the ground up to teach
+ Keeps me more involved with one of the most used Apps I haven't touched in a while
+ Familiar to teachers

Why not:
+ Not as flexible as a website
+ Requires to build actual lessons - I don't have time fkr that?
+ Built around assignment and grades - cute idea, but again, i don't have the time?
+ Limited to my work account, and unlike YouTube, can't just spread knowledge outside to the internet at large.


What do you guys think?
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+Shay Shaked​ you could flip items as they come in to your help desk...eat an elephant one bite at a time. Could you get an early adopter to help you with content? There is already great content out there. In reality, even with an optimized website/classroom, your role will always be a bit LMGTFY.
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So I Downloaded Duo. Now What?

The app became available today. Happily downloaded it, verified, looked through my contact list and... nothing.

Who on my contact list, that I actually care video chatting, would download Duo?

My Sister? She has an iPhone and we never video chatted before in our lives. We communicate via text messages.
My mother? Took me forever to get her to use Hangouts, and this is what we use now when we video chat now and then. Goodluck getting her to use this thing.
My best friends? iPhones. And we have a Hangout together, where we can chat from our phone or from work, on our computers, while checking our emails.
My other friends? They're on Facebook, and that's where I can find them anyway since I don't have their number.
My family overseas? Maybe, but they're pretty locked on WhatsApp. I don't even know if Duo is available for them anyway...

Anyone else got better luck? Anyone else besides Google employees actually think someone will download this app and use it with them? and if so, why? because right now, that's not exactly appealing. 
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+Darien Barnes . I agree that they should try new things. The problem with Google, especially in the communication department, is they are completely overtrying things. How many communication apps do we have now, besides Hangouts and Duo?

As for Hangouts, the app is slowly being killed. First they took out SMS join with chats earlier this month, now they took out Hangouts live. Next they'd probably going to kill SMS support (because they've been encouraging users to use messenger for that) altogether.

I wasn't a huge fan of Hangouts, it definitely lacks focus and is kinda bloated. Even the UI is poor in the last update if you ask me -- but what annoys me is that instead of focusing on an app that delivers a good solution (more or less) and fixing it up, or at least clone it somehow and create a new multi-task communication tool, they spread even thinner.

Lastly, the problem is that they championed Duo as this amazing new thing, when we have four other ones, is not smart. If at all, it should have gone quiet, kind of like Spaces, as a suggestion, not a flag
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This is not fully related to Chromebooks, but I believe that Apple is soon going to become a copycat of Google and Chromebooks, especially now that Chromebooks will have Android apps. What do you guys think?
 
Another weekend, another opinion piece.

I work with Macs every day and I enjoy the ease of use and the overall quality of Apple's products, but I believe Apple is losing its grip. Here's why. 
iPhones are on a decline across the globe, especially in China. In the meantime, Chromebooks are outselling Macs in schools across the US…
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+Eric Darby Just as iOS has copied from Android lately also. I hate this crap patent stuff that has gotten so crazy that companies know they are filing BS patents. This applies to everyone.
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Another weekend, another opinion piece.

I work with Macs every day and I enjoy the ease of use and the overall quality of Apple's products, but I believe Apple is losing its grip. Here's why. 
iPhones are on a decline across the globe, especially in China. In the meantime, Chromebooks are outselling Macs in schools across the US…
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+Shay Shaked​, Apple Music is available on Android. Like you said, not having it available locked out so many potential users. I also suspect many users have multiple devices across different platforms (like Android phone + iPad). Those users can now choose Apple Music and use it on both devices.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apple.android.music
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Next Steps Learning Windows 10

Hi all,

I'm a HelpDesk Coordinator at my job, and I mostly work with Macs and Chromebooks. I do some limited server admin work here and there and slowly learning my way.

At home, I have a Windows 10 PC. I want to increase some of my knowledge on Windows. I've used Windows for years and years as a regular user, but it's time to be a bit more pro... Here are a couple of generic things I'd like to do, and I thought I'd as here to see what you guys suggest in terms of doing/learning next. You know, guidance toward the right direction.

1. I use RDP on my work Mac to connect to my PC at home. It is set to the default port and I just have my Microsoft password to protect me. I'm thinking, this is probably not the safest. What do you guys think of Microsoft's RDP client? What of the protocol, and how would you recommend to increase security? I understand it's encrypted by default, but I'm looking to beef up security if I can, and learn in the process.

2. Still on the security front, I'm want to see how difficult it is to break into my own PC without password. I know how to restart in safe mode in Windows 10, but I still need a password for an admin user to activate command prompt. And from there... I know this is a bit shady, but this is a technique I do need at work too. I have limited experience with Linux (used Linux Mint before) and command line, and I know there's a way, in theory, with a live CD. Where do I find out more, what do you guys know?

3. Customization and registry - I used to mess around with the registry in the past, usually following tips online. I am specifically looking for a wait to change the date/time format so it displays in yyyymmdd:HHMM format or just yyymmdd. This was super easy in Mint, and I'd like something like that in Widows. Sound like a fun project that could also teach me a thing or two about the registry. What do you guys suggest?

4. Your favorite tricks: What do you guys find valuable on your windows machine? What do you do first thing when you start up a new Windows computer? What are some of your favorite apps that help you, and why?

I know I'm asking you to potentially write me an essay here lol... but really, you don't have to answer it all, just pick one of the questions you have time for / feel like answering, and I'll appreciate the knowledge. Thanks in advance! 
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Not Windows specific, but addressing the security questions, first learn and understand the 10 immutable laws of security:

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it’s not solely your computer anymore.
Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.
Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it’s not your computer anymore.
Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to run active content in your website, it’s not your website any more.
Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security.
Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy.
Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as its decryption key.
Law #8: An out-of-date antimalware scanner is only marginally better than no scanner at all.
Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn’t practically achievable, online or offline.
Law #10: Technology is not a panacea.

Many skiddies get a live cd and "hack" a computer with unrestricted physical access. If I have physical access to your computer, I will do everything up to and including installing a hardware keylogger in the machine. Even if you have a fully encrypted drive, I'll have your passphrase. "Cracking" a computer to which you have full access isn't cracking, it's administration/maintenance.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh278941.aspx

Second thing, be wary of people peddling security-through-obscurity snake oil. It might buy some very temporary safety, but it's more likely to obscure weaknesses from your own evaluation than deter anyone who actually wants into your machine (which is why it is not a good "layer" for security—it frequently results in "hiding" your vulnerabilities from scanning tools, for example. We had someone who regularly switched ports of services such that our own vulnerability scanners missed his server. We ended up with a reportable security incident because his machine didn't get an emergency patch.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_through_obscurity

Infosec expert Bruce Schneier sums it well:

I used to decry secret security systems as "security by obscurity." I now say it more strongly: "obscurity means insecurity."

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/02/the_insecurity_2.html
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Two really bad things came out of the Microsoft camp recently. If you haven't heard, I suggest you read on, even if you're not a techie.

First, a secret backdoor in Windows, designed by Microsoft, in case Snowden's old friends want to snoop on you. It is so privileged it is practically impossible for Microsoft to patch it back up. Did I mention that we know about this secret ultimate hack because it leaked out to the public? Remember the FBI wanted a 'golden key' from Apple for iPhones and Apple was like "Nah, you guys don't know how to protect such keys?" Well, there you go.

Second, a thorough report explaining how Windows 10 ignores your privacy concerns and transfers your personal information back to Microsoft. If you don't remember every agreeing to it, that's the point: Windows, unlike other OSs, doesn't really ask for your opinion. It assumes Microsoft knows how to handle your privacy better than you. With said above ultimate hack and such.

Me?

Now that I found out that the video games I play every day run on Linux, and that Scrivener is offered free on Linux as well... I think there's no question here. I'll leave Apple to take care of my work needs... but at home, where my privacy is important? Nah. Windows, your days are numbered.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/08/microsoft-secure-boot-firmware-snafu-leaks-golden-key/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/08/microsoft-secure-boot-firmware-snafu-leaks-golden-key/ 
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+Shay Shaked True. It seems every company is profits first, customers later. I'm just saying that I am glad Apple stood up and did not back down. I would prefer being in control of who can access my Mac, phone, etc. But I know that's something that won't happen in this day of information harvesting.
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I have stuff to hide, and so should you. In short: we are all criminals, we just don't know it yet.

Read this essay by Moxie Marlinspike: https://moxie.org/blog/we-should-all-have-something-to-hide/
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So I Downloaded Duo. Now What?

The app became available today. Happily downloaded it, verified, looked through my contact list and... nothing.

Who on my contact list, that I actually care video chatting, would download Duo?

My Sister? She has an iPhone and we never video chatted before in our lives. We communicate via text messages.
My mother? Took me forever to get her to use Hangouts, and this is what we use now when we video chat now and then. Goodluck getting her to use this thing.
My best friends? iPhones. And we have a Hangout together, where we can chat from our phone or from work, on our computers, while checking our emails.
My other friends? They're on Facebook, and that's where I can find them anyway since I don't have their number.
My family overseas? Maybe, but they're pretty locked on WhatsApp. I don't even know if Duo is available for them anyway...

Anyone else got better luck? Anyone else besides Google employees actually think someone will download this app and use it with them? and if so, why? because right now, that's not exactly appealing. 
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After my initial excitement about Duo, I've used it maybe twice. The cross-platform, no account signup, and easy use are the pros. The con is - there's very few people to video call. (I'm not the most social person.) It has great promise, but won't get much use from my demographic.
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Another weekend, another opinion piece.

I work with Macs every day and I enjoy the ease of use and the overall quality of Apple's products, but I believe Apple is losing its grip. Here's why. 
iPhones are on a decline across the globe, especially in China. In the meantime, Chromebooks are outselling Macs in schools across the US…
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The article is a little confused. It asserts that Apple stopped being a hardware company and became a services company; this is not true. If I were in charge of Apple I would license MacOS, and open iMessage, but I'm not. Their focus is selling hardware, and services and software are just a means to that end. And it will stay that way, whether they live or die.
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Soylent Update

I've been having Soylent on a regular basis for a month now, and overall this has been a very positive experience. I'd thought I'd explain why I'm happy with it. This is specifically about the drinkable version, Soylent 2.0

* It's cheap: when you break it down, Soylent is $3.00 a bottle, and each bottle lasts me more than one meal. If I have half in the morning, I will have half when I get back home after work.

* It's healthier: usually when you open your fridge when you're hungry you're going to get what's in front of you, which is almost never as nutritional as what a bottle of Soylent offers. Sure, there are good healthy meals to have, but how many of these do you have ready on standby?

* No Dishes: I used to do dishes every morning and often in the evening. With Soylent, suddenly that's barely a thing. I wash my coffee mugs and one plate, here and there, barely.

* Saves you time in the morning: The mornings are filled with stuff to do. From writing in my journal to meditation to a quick shower, there's just not enough time. As a result, I used to almost never bother with breakfast and eat at work. Now I just grab a bottle as I do something else and I'm fine.

* Saves you from cooking: Yes, cooking can be nice, sometimes. When you have the time to put into it, you know what you're doing, and you have the right ingredients. 7 times out of 10, this is not the case for me. If I really feel like cooking some pasta or salad. Again, time saved.

* It's nice and cool: in the morning, and actually helps you to cool down.

* You enjoy food more: Soylent is not meant to replace all the food, all the time. So when I want to go out and eat with someone, I enjoy the food even more, because it's really special. Not to mention, I have more money to spend on that.

* Vegan: there are no animals used in any way creating this thing. For me, it's not really a problem in general, but it's still nice to know.

* Less smelly trash: you can flatten each bottle with steam and cold water and it takes almost no space. It also doesn't smell. It's also recyclable.

* More room in the fridge, less expiration dates to worry about: I used to throw away fruits and vegetables I didn't eat, and worry about expression date of cheese and dairy. The bottles come in a tight box which is easy to store and takes less space.

I'm very happy with Soylent so far, and I changed my subscription to a "serious" quantity which will last me a whole month at once this time. I was considering to powdered version but decided not to do that at the end because the bottles are just much more comfortable, and not that much more expensive.


Soylent is a nutritionally complete, ready-to-drink, meal in a bottle; a simple solution to the substantial amount of time and money most people spend maintaining healthy diets for less than $2.50 a meal.
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