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Christopher Goetting

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Just got a Dell XPS 13 today to trial and it is beyond impressive so far. First of all it weighs nothing, and then it has a very nice matte 1080p panel which does a good job reducing glare while being extra sharp. I personally like it without any display scaling but it does scale up reasonably well for wearier eyes.

I'm using the i5 model with 128GB SSD and it just goes. No delay anywhere in the system and the longest part of waking it is putting in my password. The SSD also gives it ridiculous battery life...I've been using it for a few hours and I stand at 85% with 8 hours predicted remaining while using chrome, outlook, and teamviewer to finish up some after-hours tweaks to a user's computer.

The touchpad isn't my favorite, I prefer textured ones, but it is very responsive so I don't mind it. The keyboard is well laid out, and more importantly doesn't commit the biggest sin of placing the fn key in the bottom left in place of the Ctrl key. I also appreciate that there is a fn lock so I can easily toggle the primary action of the F keys without rebooting to BIOS. The keys themselves don't have much travel and will take a little getting used to but overall shares its feel with a 15" notebooks, not netbooks. For those who care there is a toggleable backlight for the keys as well...I leave it off. Finally, I'm really digging the carbon fiber finish, it looks great and only minimally picks up fingerprints though they easily wipe off with a cloth.

Some other notes...Dell recommends pairing it with a Targus port replicator and I think it is a very worthy investment (or similar). The laptop itself does not have any Ethernet ports, way too thin, so a USB ethernet adapter minimum is probably a must for most users but the replicator has that built in. It also has HDMI and DVI out (with adapters) so combined with the onboard mini display port you can easily power 3+ extra screens.

If you have any questions about it let me know and I'll see what I can come up with. Cheers!

*also I think we need a subsection to talk hardware like this, it is good to get other's opinions on this stuff
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Well, laptop speakers have as a general rule not been too great over the years I'd say. Still, they're better nowadays than they were ~six years ago.
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Janusz Barbacki

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_"It is here that the OS as a service comes into play. (...)We think of Windows as a Service”. No one really took notice of the new features as the ‘free’ element dominated the articles. Mark Wilson was right that the ease of upgrading to Windows 10 all but guarantees its success (together with the price tag!); but this is a one-way journey — once you upgrade to W10 your old Windows license evaporates to nothing. That said, to most people ‘free and easy’ is difficult to resist.
It has been a staple of apps for some time now that there is an ad-supported free version with an ad-free paid-for option available. Here’s a thought; what if, after the initial free upgrade period, Microsoft adds a ‘feature’ that delivers advertisements to the desktop? The OS would still be free to use (with ads) and Microsoft could provide an option to go ad-free for a small monthly fee. That would certainly meet the OS as a service concept and provide Microsoft with the business model they want. It is then an easy step to move to a rental OS with W11."_
It's been about a year since I've felt prompted to write anything; but the recent Microsoft announcements about Windows 10 has brought on the urge. I'm not really interested about the pricing or upgrade options for consumers as they have all been commented to distraction.
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+Heath Harris That is correct.  You could upgrade to Windows 10 within the first year for free.
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Janusz Barbacki

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Jumping the boundary...
Optalysys announced that the company has successfully developed a demonstrable prototype that can process mathematical functions optically in a scaleable, lensless design. Optalysys optical processing systems will “turbo-char...
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Amazing..
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IRobles127

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Is there any way that I can hide the VMware network adapters from the Network pane?
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+Sean Johnson It's in the drivers settings of the wireless card. Depending on the driver you are using. But my old hp something has this option allready :)
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Jeffery Hallett

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I need to replace a NAS in a small office. The staff has expanded from 5 to 15 users over the past 4 years and the Buffalo NAS is not keeping up. I always feel the manufacturer listed recommendations are over-kill, but maybe I'm wrong. I'd appreciate some suggestions.
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.
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Unlocked ITnovation SA

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What is your vote for the #BigData  capital of the world?
 
Looking for the Big Data Capital of the World! Which city would you vote for? Is Boston the right choose? And why not a Swiss city? Read and comment!
There have been numerous reports to identify which place provides the best ecosystem for supporting new technology. For laggards it is important to know the leaders. Study of an ecosystem where technology is thriving sheds light on multiple mini centers of excellence or best practices working in unison to together provide an ecosystem beneficial to a technology. Big data is no different. There should be a lookout for the best center of excellence...
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Hey I worked for a Big Data company....with an office 2 blocks from that photo.
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Patrick Flavin

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Hey everyone, I think this might only be my second(?) post. I should be graduating college with a computer support specialist degree over the summer. Today I had my first interview with a big company, TEKSystems, which is an IT staffing agency, in Rochester, NY. If I end up getting the job, what advice do you have for a support person fresh on the job? Responses are appreciated. Thanks.
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I think the best advice is to follow instructions that are given to you and don't be afraid to ask stupid questions. You don't want to be responsible for a network failure.

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João Rita

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I think someone is smoking some bad stuff... either that or reading the wrong tea laves...
A cloudy pipe dream to lure iOS and Android defectors?
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I think a lot of people who pretend to know tech overlook the plethora of devices running various embedded windows oses.
Atm's, etc.
I also believe a 2bn+ projection isn't too far off. 
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Jeffery Hallett

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I absolutely love my Windows Phone (Lumia 920), but it's getting to be time to get a new phone and I'm not feeling a lot of hope for the future of Windows Phone. App support is withering (Chase dumped it, Softcard is gone) Nor do there seem to be any new flagship phones for the OS. I know Windows 10 is coming soon, but I'm losing hope that it will make a difference. Should I hang on? Or let it go?
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I know its settled....but Windows 10 with Universal Apps is one hope.  BTW...I think they are launching a flagship soon.
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Jared Scott

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Hey guys! My boss wants me to take his current single range network and facilitate internet access on a per classroom basis. I figured that using a cisco managed switch (for vlans) and a cisco router would be the best option. Each network will have its own subinterface, split over two physical gigabit interfaces. Here is a rough draft of it in packet tracer. While it is a quick example, basically I will use access lists to control which subnets can access each other AND control who can access the ADSL router (192.168.100.1). What do you think? Any suggestions on this?
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If anyone wants it, I can upload the completed proof of concept (using the router) as a pkt file, its a fairly simple setup.
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HotHardware

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Get it while it's hot. Hopefully it's not all flat and low contrast on the menus like Office 2013. #Microsoft #Office #MSFT #Productivity  
Microsoft has rolled out a new preview build of Office 2016 for Windows PCs (Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10). This is just the second preview build...
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I installed it and it broke my outlook lol. Time to try again with 64 bit. Looked good from what I was able to see. 
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João Rita

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I had no idea Windows 7 was still spreading out this much, what with 8.1 becoming finally stable and (more or less) aceptable. As for Windows XP still being widespread, I can very well believe it. I'm guessing that, when Windows 10 comes out, Microsoft will try to find a way to put a stop on any W7 sales...
April desktop OS usage stats show XP's really sinking fast now
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+Norman Davie,

So... Why are there still modern UI apps installed/enabled?
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Jeremy Mordkoff

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How do you size up AC capacity? I have two units, either one can just barely maintain the temp, and I almost doubling the number of servers. My gut says add one more unit. I won't have twice the capacity that I need, like I do now, but I will have excess capacity.

My contractor says I need a bigger unit, but I think he's blowing hot air (pun intended).
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Look up the heat load ability in watts. Divide that by the maximum wattage of your servers combined.

Basically watts is a measurement of heat. Thats why a 100w lightbulb is so freakin hot. 98w of that is pure heat energy :)

Btw, I am a data center engineer so hit me up in private message if you need more cooling advice or any server related advice. I'm happy to help.
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Elena Buran

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how do you think the creation of artificial intelligence and robots is related to information technology? If so, I would like to know, do you see the possibility of computing competences as basis for the activity? I'm interested. These are my thoughts  http://designer-ii.blogspot.ru/2015/05/experts-predict-robots-will-take-over.html 
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yes,   thank you
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Nick Tria

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Got electricians in the office today installing some upgrades in the data center.  going to be fun.
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+Nick Tria we increasing our power feed next week; we are doing it during an off day and starting it at 4:00am. 
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Wayne Leiser

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How to get around annoying Telemarketing or RoboCalls to your cell or mobile phone

Getting tons of robo-calls that hang up on you or telemarketers that try to sell you something.  Most people do not realize that adding your number to the Do Not Call list only applies if you are a residential land line.  It doesn't cover businesses and I don't believe it covers mobile phones (however I may be incorrect about the mobile phones).

The default BlackList that comes with Android Lollipop does not block them from leaving a message on your voicemail and only holds 100 calls.  iPhone doesn't even have an app from what I have read that allows you to block these calls.  Android Developers: Why would you limit such an important feature to only 100 calls?  C'mon guys?  I have over 500 numbers in my Advertising Do Not Answer List that need to be blocked.

Your choices.  Download some other third party software that may not be that easy to work with and is less than ideal or work with what you have.

The method I am going to describe here does not use any third party software.  It doesn't block the call, it gets around it the annoying part (interrupting your day).  It does not stop the caller from leaving a voicemail however there is a solution to that as well that I will discuss below.

The screenshots are for Android Lollipop.  Please note there are two images marked as Step 3.  The second one is merely a screenshot of the next step in step 3.

I use Google to save all of my contacts so they should all be on Google servers.  This is important if you want to utilize the stop them from leaving a voicemail method.

1. Create a contact named Advertising Do Not Answer
2. Download a Silent Ringtone
3. Associate the silent ringtone with the contact.
4. Add all of those annoying calls to that contact every time they call in.
(The associated screenshots stop here)

Now how to get around them leaving a voicemail
I am not sure if this method is available for every carrier.  I use Verizon.  I know this is available for Sprint customers.  This method involves Google Voice and is a little more involved then the above.

1. Get a Google Voice number.  It is free.
2. There is a method called Selective Forwarding (Sprint Terms) that will allow you to selectively forward certain numbers.  Forward all of the numbers  to that Google Voice number. (*29 on Sprint I believe)
3. The next time they call it will show up in the Google Voice log.
4. You can now go into the Google Voice and Block the call and they will hear the phone number has been disconnected message from that point on.
https://support.google.com/voice/answer/115089?hl=en

You can also custom record that same message and leave it on the Google Voicemail by default so you don't have to constantly watch it.  They will just hear it the next time they call in.

This is what I do in order to get around the calls.  Hope that helps someone else.

Wayne Leiser, I.T. Director
B2B I.T. Solutions
941-923-6280
www.b2b-its.com
M - F: 9am - 5pm EST

#blockunwantedcalls   #callblocking   #telemarketerssuck   #blockrobocalls   #automatedcalls   #blockhangupcalls   #googlevoice  
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+Xander Warrender
Cool. I will give it a try. I do like the fact that they have 1000's of people instead of just me.
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Janusz Barbacki

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PC's go first...
At the staggered pace Microsoft is planning, we'll be lucky if it doesn't take up the entire fall.
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Janusz Barbacki

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Another big step forward in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. Previously known as Project Spartan, the new browser will offer a consistent user experience across all form factors, it looks modern, supports modern technologies, and, for power users, works with Chrome and Firefox extensions.
I'm already committed to #windows10 update, now I'm starting to wonder if I will even bother to install #firefox on it. The deciding factor will be security of new browser - which #internetexplorer   wasn't very good at. Anyone have any links to spartan... ehm edge (MS really? what's with this branding paranoia?) vulnerability tests? If yes, please share in comments.
I was sold on Windows 10 before I could even try the first Technical Preview. Now, after seeing the latest slew of changes unveiled at Build 2015, it is clearer than ever that Microsoft is on the right path and that Windows 10 will be the most impressive release yet. There is no doubt in my mind about it.
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guille rdguez

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Why hate one when you can love both! 
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Feel the same way with mac and pc.
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Shane “Shizzle Mayne” Smith

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I Got a few HP EliteDesk G1 800 Minis, and I cannot install the USB 3.0 driver. Has anyone ever had this problem? I cant remember the actual error off top, but will update when I get to the office.

The chip-set, and other drivers have been installed, but the USB 3 driver fails to install. I tried compatibility mode also, and then a new error pops up.

Any, and all feedback is appreciated, and thanks ahead of time.
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I just looked at some Technical Specifications for this model and one of the things it lists under "Miscellaneous:" > "Features" is "USB port control".  This is listed separate from the USB Ports, locations and type (3.0) so I took it to be a little 'odd'.  Maybe take a look at the User's Guide for the model and dig a little deeper - if this is a "special" HP-only feature, well...

If it is not, and this is the common description of being able to turn the USB Ports off within BIOS, then I am barking up the wrong tree.

Good luck!


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