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[Webinar] Cloud and Mobile-First Strategy
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[Webinar] Cloud and Mobile-First Strategy

Maybe you’ve fully adopted the cloud since the beginning. Or maybe you started with on-prem resources but are pursuing a “cloud and mobile first” strategy. Getting to that end state has its challenges. Discover how to build out a 100% cloud and mobile IT strategy in this webinar.

What’s the first thing you install—or uninstall—on a new system?
The first thing I install on a new PC system (other than OS & drivers) is usually a tie between the Chrome browser and Blizzard's Battle.net client, closely followed by Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. On my Mac, I skip straight to Lightroom and Photoshop, since I'm happy with Safari and don't try to game much on that system (that's what the PC is for ;-)

As for uninstalling, usually nothing... My last PC was a custom build so there wasn't any junk on it and Macs are great about not having anything I don't want.
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Yeah, definitely got to take care of all the OS and driver patches first! What do you do after all that?
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I don't install PCs for a living, and only do that for select family members: myself, children, wife and mother in law.
Everybody gets Chrome, Office and Adobe Acrobat reader.
Then for each their tools of trade. This is the list of first installations as happened during the past year.

For me:
* Virtual box, Git, JDK, Python, Jetbrains IDE, curl, whois, dig, jq, notepad++, skype, mumble and Eve Online

For my mother in law:
* OE Classic

For my wife:
* Photoshop, Invision, Premiere

For my son:
* Minecraft, Netflix

For my daughter:
* Matlab, Netflix
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Currently, I'm trying to learn a bit about Unreal Engine 4; I've always loved video games and have wanted to learn how to make them. The videos that Epic Games have made for their engine are pretty good (https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/Videos/index.html), but does anyone know of other resources for learning about UE4?
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by:Phil Phillips
Kinda off topic, but another engine to look into is Lumberyard by AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/lumberyard/
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by:Mikkel Sandberg
Oh yeah, I've heard about that one. I'll have to check it out :)
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Subject of the week | What sparked your initial interest in the tech industry?
My interest in tech is easily traced back to computer games. My dad brought home an Atari 800 one day and it was the coolest thing ever! Even though I was no doubt terrible at the games I played on it, the whole thing was so much fun that it instilled a life-long love of computers. I remember things like some sort of Frogger knock-off called Preppie (was about a golfer trying to cross the street to retrieve his golf ball), the racing game Pole Position, trying to race through Oregon Trail during my elementary school's 50 minute computer class (we didn't have any drives to save our game to, so the time crunch became the real challenge!) and then adventure games like King's Quest and Space Quest.

Later on, when I got a TI-82 graphing calculator, my initial love of computer games carried through and I'd make simple little programs for things like dice rolling, a text adventure game with a rudimentary combat system, and yes, even useful things for class like a quadratic equation solver.

But it was really those early video game experiences that made me want to work with computers.
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Genealogy.  I needed something to record the family history, data etc so I needed a computer.

Was at university so did the computing course and all they had were Macintosh 512K and Macintosh Pluses.  At the same time a friend worked in the computer business and sold me a clone XT 10 MHz 640K RAM 20 Mb hard drive that was um accidentally loaded with all sorts of software.  Turned on this XT and this C:\ > stared back at me.  And I stared back at that.

Next day at university bought a big thick book on DOS.  During lectures and note taking I read that book.  Went home and started typing in commands.  And found Leisure Suit Larry (I knew it was there).  18 hours later ...
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Paperspace coupled with Parsec gets me a really good cloud gaming experience for times when I'm away from home.  You can also skip Paperspace and just set up your gaming rig as a Parsec host (I don't because my current rig/connection isn't the best for streaming.  Also, I don't feel 100% comfortable with a potential backdoor into my system). AWS/Azure also work, but Paperspace is cheaper and a bit easier out of the box.
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I miss user manuals
Subject of the week | Describe past technologies you miss.
While not quite a technology per se, it's certainly related to tech: what I really miss is the instruction manuals that used to come with software, hardware and especially, video games. That's right, I'm someone that used to RTFM.

Sure, now there's tons of integrated help, information available online, and books from 3rd party publishers, but nothing quite compares to when I used to pore over the manual that came with the product. I loved how it provided a convenient way to learn, get a solid overview of all the features, and pass the time while waiting for the install to finish. And video games were the best of all because there'd often be extra story details, artwork and more. I can even remember how I'd often go pick up a new game at Best Buy during my lunch break and read through the manual while eating, just biding my time until I'd finally get home after work to play.

These days, you're lucky if you even get a single slip of paper—and it's usually just an abbreviated license agreement!

What about you? Any fond memories of user manuals?
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by:Brian Matis
Here's an image of the Falcon 4.0 manual: http://i.imgur.com/0Boyg.jpg
They sure don't make 'em like that anymore! So awesome...
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No matter what we all say, with digitalization and all, manuals will always be an important part of every product. What if something happens to your computer and you don't have access to the downloaded pdf? Yes, you may have it stored on your iPad or phone, but wouldn't it be much easier if you had it nearby?Of course, there are many opinions in this regards.
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Subject of the week | What software update developed in the past year were you the most excited about?

Pokemon Go v0.67.1 brought a lot of people back!
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Oh man, I hope they didn't lower it to 5mph.  I hadn't heard that on Silph Road yet.  Last I remember folks there were saying the speed cap was 11mph.  People who use bicycles for transportation were throwing a fit about the 11mph.  

It does a check every 2-5 minutes, and bases how far you go off of that.
Yes, exactly.  There was a glitch I ran into, and others confirmed it as well, that there is a way to incubate eggs in the time that the calculations are being made where all of a sudden the eggs would hatch (2.0km ones) without even being walked!  I think they eventually patched that.
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by:Doug Walton
I also have the problem where my connection switches between 3g and LTE so often that it's always getting disconnected and not registering the location changes as often as it should.  So half the time (or more) when it tries to do that location check it doesn't register any changes.  It seems to know where I am on the map, but it's losing its log of how far I've gone or something.

I was running long distances (1-3 miles) in a straight line and barely getting 1k before I stopped playing.
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I'm starting to feel the itch to upgrade the CPU in mine... It's a tough call though, since I'd also need to update the motherboard to support the newer CPU's—and my overall system performance is still pretty great. And if I've got to swap out the motherboard too, then I start getting tempted to change other things, like the case.

Honestly though, what I dread most is dealing with making sure my Windows licensing doesn't get messed up in the hardware change...
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It amazes me that my toddler nephew is already a YouTube wiz. He remembers which videos are his favorites and knows how to close/skip ads. He even knows which videos are "inapoopiate" and avoids them. Although he'd rather watch kids play with toys than play with his own, I admire that he's already become this tech-savvy. What do you think about kids being exposed to technology at a such a young age?
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by:Katrina Donegan
Yup! It's all about balance and of course what they're actually doing on the device itself. I'm loving all these programming toys that have been coming out lately.
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I think it is good that kids are learning how to use technology. However, I think there should be a balance where the kid learns to use technology as a tool, learns social skills, and spends most of his/her time being active.

I don't think technology is bad. The problem is that even WE as an adults don't even know how to use it properly.
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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator
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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

The other day Rourke told me about a game called Screeps where you code your AI units in Javascript. I'm surprised I haven't heard about these types of games before! The reviews say there's a barrier to entry for novice programmers but hopefully that won't scare too many off.
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by:Craig Kehler
That is great. So who is building a private EE server? :)
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by:Brian Matis
I love that idea Craig!
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by:Dustin Saunders
The bundle comes with a previously unreleased Star Fox 2.  But Super Mario RPG and Final Fantasy III are big wins too!  I have the SMRPG cartridge but have never been able to hunt down a FFIII.  Would be great to play that with the feel of the old controllers.
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by:Brian Matis
Final Fantasy III was the highlight for me. That game was amazing.
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by:Lucas Bishop
Guess the success of the Nintendo Classic put the bug in their ear.
http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/

There is an email link on the homepage that can be used for dev inquiries:
https://www.ataribox.com/

mailto:dev@ataribox.com?subject=I’m a developer and want to know more about your platform

Open in new window


Who wants to inquire and report back?
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by:Starr Duskk
Now why would I want to answer this question and give away my age? ;)
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This is a good approach to teaching. Start with simple questions about how to reach an end goal. From "how do I install the operating system" to "how do I install Minecraft?"
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by:Brian Matis
Nice! I know the main reason I got into using computers was so that I could play games. Next step will be for them to start learning how to build simple games :-)
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by:Daniella Barion
It's great to see parents involvement trying different ways to have kids attention and interest.
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This is awesome! Minecraft is already a great game, and now it can help kids learn how to code. I'm bummed this is only in the Education Edition right now, but hopefully it'll get into the normal edition sometime soon.

I also wonder what sort of new things people will create in Minecraft as a result of this... I was once building a massive suspension bridge, but it got pretty tedious and repetitive. Seems like programming a bot to carry out the construction would have been a fun project!
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Sometimes unimportant situations can turn into opportunities.
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Free Tool: SSL Checker
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Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

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by:Brian Matis
Oh wait... weird... there it is now!
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by:Juana Villa
I was playing instead of going to my destination :/
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As most of us in tech know, issues that seem like "simple" changes or problems are often anything but. Blizzard Entertainment, the developers of such games as World of Warcraft and Diablo, once wrote a fantastic blog post that went way in-depth to some of the complicated functionality behind such a "simple" thing as the damage numbers that appear in Diablo III.

What are some of your stories about "simple" things you've encountered that were much more complicated than they might appear?
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by:Brian Matis
Wow, that's great! I love seeing positive stories like this. So often it does seems like the internet can be a cesspool of negativity, but we've got to remember how well it can help communities come together and pull off some nice things for each other.
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Build a gaming PC so that you can run a game in which you build a gaming PC! While I can see some cool uses of this (as a parts picker tool is what first comes to mind), I'm still tempted to want to file it under the "department of redundancy department". ;-)

https://thenextweb.com/shareables/2017/03/16/theres-now-a-game-in-which-you-build-your-own-gaming-pc/
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by:Phil Phillips
Next: Be able to boot your virtual gaming PC, so that you can install... PC Gaming Simulator.
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by:Brian Matis
The secret to recursion is recursion!
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Kind of old, but a cool article on setting up a gaming server on an AWS EC2 instance.

https://lg.io/2015/07/05/revised-and-much-faster-run-your-own-highend-cloud-gaming-service-on-ec2.html

You’re looking at $0.53/hr to play games this way. Not too bad. That’s around 1850 hours of gaming for the cost of a $1000 gaming PC. Note that prices vary for different datacenters.
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by:Phil Phillips
I was visiting family last weekend, so I tried the AWS gaming instance out, and it totally worked. It was a little choppy at first, but I modified some network settings and the VPN (the original article mentions this), and it was pretty smooth afterwards. In some cases, it was even better than what I have at home! It only got choppy again anytime my brother would download something off Steam :P. It was about $1 to run the instance for the weekend.
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by:Doug Walton
Awesome!  I'm going back home this weekend and thinking of trying it out, too.
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