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More key findings from the Spectre and Meltdown patches.

Microsoft found that users running Windows 10 on newer chips (2016-era PCs with Skylake, Kabylake or newer CPUs) should not notice any slowdowns. While there are some single-digit performance penalties, they are reflected in milliseconds.

On Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 on devices with older chips (2015-era PCs with Haswell or older CPUs), benchmark tests showed more significant penalties and users may actually notice a decrease in performance. On Windows 10, only some users should experience slowdowns, but on older versions of the operating system most users are expected to notice performance issues.

Azure cloud platform had not seen any noticeable performance impact. Some users may experience networking performance impact, but that can be addressed using the Azure Accelerated Networking feature.

Red Hat has also reported seeing measurable performance impact, ranging between 8 and 19 percent, for operations involving highly cached random memory.

Amazon said it had not observed any significant performance impact for the overwhelming majority of EC2 workloads, but some AWS customers have complained about degraded performance after the patches were applied starting with December.

Apple, which started performing tests after releasing updates in December, also said it had not seen any measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS.

Google also claimed to have observed negligible impact…
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Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

I changed my computer's to download Windows Updates Automatically a few months ago, but I've never really trusted it.

Today my mistrust in counting on things to happen automatically was vindicated when I manually opened Windows Update to check manually for updates and promptly got a Windows Update Error 0x80070003

Windows 7 Action Centre, set to warn me if there was a problem with Automatic Updates, reported no problems.

After fixing the problem and getting Windows Updates to work again, (the standard fixes didn't work - a hotfix needed to be installed) it's now installing about ~700MB of critical updates that it just downloaded as I type.  

The moral of this post?

Don't trust automatic Windows updates!  In fact, don't trust Automatic anything. Use automated updating by all means, I even encourage it to all my clients, but periodically check to ensure that whatever you've set to update automatically is in fact, updating.  

According to a google search, the problem I just fixed on my Win 7 Pro 64bit system has been reported occurring on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 systems during December of 2017 and January of this year.  It seems to only happen on certain system configurations.

Just a heads up folks.
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Thanks for your comments John.  For reference of any doubters, here is how my Windows Update Settings were (and continue to be) set on my Win 7 Pro 64 Bit System.

Windows Update settings
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by:John Hurst
That is how my own Windows 7 VM is set. But it is normally off. So when I started it late last week (monthly at least), and let it run for 5 minutes, it started downloading updates and then installed them. I only had to restart.
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Google just kickstarted the augmented reality stickers war - if you have a Pixel phone start sending AR stickers of Star Wars characters sitting in your office!

http://mashable.com/2017/12/11/google-launches-ar-stickers-pixel-phones/#pYlFdfU_nPqL
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As i search my company through google it show the below description as
''Your access to this site has been limited. Your access to this service has been temporarily limited. Please try again in a few minutes. (HTTP response code 503). Reason: Manual block by administrator. Important note for site admins: If you are the administrator of this website note that your access has been limited because ...'' please check this issue immediately

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Does anyone know if after downloading a Google data archive the data gets automatically deleted from my account (I want to keep my data online, I am not downloading because I want to leave google)
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Data is kept unless you delete your account.
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Thank you for your help and quick response
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One of my favorite things to do is play games. Seriously, I built an entire table from scratch for nothing other then to play and store my many games.

I also know new parents and veteran parents who are looking for more fun to have with their young children.

So when Google Announced that the Assistant, Home and Mini would be able to play games…I had to investigate.

Google breaks it down into these categories:

Learn Together
Have fun with your family and little ones with quizzes or learn things together.

Talk like a Chef (Hey Google, Play Talk like a Chef)
CK-12 EDU Trivia (Hey Google, talk to CK-12)
Space Trivia (Hey Google, play Space Trivia)
Study.com Quiz (Hey Google, talk to Study.com)
Homework Help (Hey Google, help me with my homework)
National Geographic Bee (Hey Google, talk to National Geographic Bee)
Trivia Showdown (Hey Google, talk to Trivia Showdown)
Math Showdown (Hey Google, talk to Math Showdown)
Everyday Hero (Hey Google, Talk to Everyday Heroes)
Talk Like an Astronaut (Hey Google, play Talk Like an Astronaut)
Sporcle Junior (Hey Google, talk to Sporcle Junior)
Planet Quiz (Hey Google, talk to Planet Quiz)
Quizziz (Hey Google, talk to Quizzizz Student)
Animal Trivia (Hey Google, play Animal Trivia)
Play Together
Have some digital fun with the family with these games, trivia and more!

Musical Chairs (Hey Google, play Musical Chairs)
Which DC Superhero are you most like? (Hey Google, what’s my Justice League superhero?)
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IMHO, this might be good information for an article if you add a little more description.
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4 Important SEO Steps for Every Small Business Website

SEO can seem like a daunting process for many small business owners. You may not be sure what the most important SEO steps are for you to take. That depends upon your business’ goals, however, we do think that these 5 important SEO steps can help every small business.

Up the +1 and Like – Lots of small businesses use WordPress plugins and Facebook content boxes and such to make their blog posts easier. With the emphasis that search engines are placing on social signals, one way to get even more social juice is to add the native Google +1 button and the native Facebook Like or Share button to the main or secondary header sections on every page of your site. This way you can increase the odds of your homepage and other core pages accumulating more social signals over time. It’s easy to add this content to your webpages. You can get the code for the Google +1 button and Facebook button by clicking on the appropriate links.
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Embed larger images. This isn’t technically an SEO move, but it can add to better engagement on social networks which will help your SEO. In fact, social signals are becoming crucial to improve your SEO. A recent Facebook redesign places a lot of emphasis on images on pages by displaying them fully across a post – if they meet certain size guidelines. The enlarged images make your post stand out on mobile devices as well as laptops and should be something you …
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Best Ways To Get Smarter With Your Content And SEO

Despite the many ways Google has changed the search game over the last five years, one truth remains: content is the vehicle that drives your consumer interactions, engagements, experiences and, ultimately, conversions.

However, only 41 percent of marketers think their organization is clear on what an effective or successful content marketing program looks like, according to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI).

Marketers aren’t just lacking confidence in their efforts; these are real and measurable deficits. In fact, only 20 percent of B2C and 50 percent of B2B content earns any engagement at all, my company’s research has found.

That’s a lot of wasted effort and resources invested in content that ends up just floating around the web, winning zero business benefit for its creators.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at content through the SMART lens. SMART is a goal-setting framework in which S stands for Specific, M for measurable, A for achievable, R for relevant and T for timely.

Below is my variation that explains how to apply search engine optimization (SEO) to your content within a SMART framework, giving you 14 concrete ways to make your marketing more effective and to win you more business.

S — Specific Content Wins Every Time
Content is not about what your marketing team wants to say. It is about providing insight and information that your audience actually wants to hear.

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Big Data Means Big Business

In data-dependent industries like IT, finance, and healthcare, there’s a growing demand for qualified analysts to fill leadership roles. WGU’s MS in Data Analytics has IT certifications from Oracle and SAS built into its curriculum at a flat fee that could save you money.

WordPress Theme Selection.

This week I had one of my common client conversations. They'd downloaded some random theme from ThemeForest + paid some developer $1000s to create a new site for them.

They did this without vetting the theme, which had a backdoor built into it + the remaining code was of very poor quality.

One of my iron clad rules hosting client sites... I never install themes or plugins with backdoors... because Google has become draconian about dumping sites out of the index which are hacked. Since most of my hosting clients live by natural SEO results, getting dumped out of the index is unacceptable.

The first step of your WordPress theme selection process should be to run your theme through the Theme Check plugin + TAC plugin + verify no backdoors exist.

Taking this simple step, usually 30-60 seconds of time, will save you huge amounts of time + money in the long run.
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Documentation on Google's Developer Site was recently updated to specify that Googlebot's web rendering technology is based on Chrome version 41:
https://developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/rendering

So if you really want to see how your site looks to Googlebot, you'll need to go find an old installer. This could be really helpful for troubleshooting "Crawl Errors" you find in Search Console.
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Gmail just launched a physical Security Key access option, dubbed as Advanced Protection, for their service:
https://landing.google.com/advancedprotection/

You'll need to purchase two physical security keys to enroll in it.

Here is the announcement from their blog:
https://www.blog.google/topics/safety-security/googles-strongest-security-those-who-need-it-most/

Good to see a big email service provider taking security seriously, for 'personal' users.

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Good post. Because I am lazy, I made a request to have this type of thing save to my ee knowledgebase or browser bookmark.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/bugs/21366/Save-posts-to-knowledge-base-as-a-bookmark.html
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Has your access to vSphere Web Client (VCSA 6.5) crashed this morning with Shockwave Crashed, Google have released a sneaking update 27.0.0.170 to flash which causes Shockwave to crash when accessing VCSA 6.5.

Fix - delete 27.0.0.170 and put back an older version!

You can also read about it here

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/10/shockwave-flash-has-crashed-workaround-for-vsphere-web-flash-client.html
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Thanks , now we did replaced the dll to get this working , further will wait for another version
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Chrome and Adobe have now been updated with a release version which works!
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Tech Bomb - Currently GoDaddy DNS shows signs of lunacy. Problem appears to be in their communication of NS records to global DNS root servers. Via - dig $site ns - this shows up as a different list of NS records each time dig is issued, which leads to...

Symptom - site IP (DNS A records) are randomized. Sometimes correct. Sometimes random.

Effect - Ad Networks suspend your accounts. SEO plummets, as GoDaddy flags your site as serving Malware.

It’s unclear whether this is a GoDaddy technical issue or GoDaddy is being hacked somewhere deep in their systems.

*Fix* - Move all your DNS records out of GoDaddy + set your site’s DNS records to point to the outside DNS service.

This has come to light over the past few days when several of my clients have had their Ad Network accounts suspended + or sites flagged in Google Search Console as serving Malware, when sites are clean.

Just another day of tech randomness.
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Hi David,

Are you seeing issues only where a customer has multiple A records for a given hostname, or any issues where they have only a single IP for a given hostname?

I have not had any problems (that I know of yet!) but I don't have any with multiple IPs.

Thanks,

Alan.
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Just installed Access 2016 on a new office computer and discovered  "tell me what to do" in the ribbon. According to Google searches this cannot be removed. Has anyone found a way to disable this or do I downgrade to 2010?
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You have raised a Post here rather than a Question. You will get better assistance from Experts by raising a question using the big blue button at the top of the screen.
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If you think Google is the only real way to promote your business online – you’re mistaken. The reality is – social media is bigger than ever. And it looks set to continue to grow. While you shouldn’t ignore Google completely – you might be wasting a lot of time (and money) trying to improve your ranking when alternative marketing channels might be a better option.
Find more here
https://www.tabithanaylor.com/blog/how-social-media-could-overtake-google-for-promoting-your-business/
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Someone had recommended that I check it out.  I answer questions on Quora and LinkedIn, since I think there's way too much bad information floating around out there in the marketing arena, and I like being able to share my insights with people since my background - and approach - is a little different.  I eat, sleep and breathe ROI.  

Plus, I like engaging with people to find out what their biggest challenges are and see if there's any way I can help.  I've learned a lot over the years, and it's all based in practical application instead of theory.  If I tried something that bombed miserably, I'm completely OK telling people that.  And yep, it does happen from time to time.
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Cool thanks for sharing!  And welcome to the site!
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Seems like it!
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Will you buy it if Google Pixel 2 is more or less expensive than iPhone X?
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Google just called me asking if this was resolve. I wish I would have seen this to tell them to call you!
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Ah nice.  It started working a bit later.
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Curious what the top 100 Google searches are for "How to" do something? Google created how-to-fix-a-toilet.com to show top "how to" searches by country. It's amazing how so many people (including myself!) rely on technology and search engines for simple things that may have been common knowledge 15-50 years ago.

What seemingly simple things have you searched for recently? Last week I had to search for "how to sew on a button," which I know my Mom or Grandma would never have had to ask about or search for.
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I've definitely searched how to tie a tie. Ha.  My most recent problem I've searched for was how to water grass/lawn.  I've been struggling to keep my lawn healthy and never knew how to water it properly.  I found out the best time to water is early in the morning and to ensure the soil is saturated well enough by sticking a screw driver into the soil with little resistance = a happy lawn.  I water it about 10 minutes each morning and its looking great again.

Also, my mother in law's Chromebook stopped loading the OS so I Googled How to reinstall Chromebook and fixed it in about an hour.

Fun link.
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How to tie a tie was a really common one for me many years ago! (I did eventually memorize it though.)

Most recent was for fixing a stuck disc drive in an original Xbox. Fortunately, "percussive maintenance" (a.k.a hitting it) was a simple solution that actually worked!

Very cool page. I'll need to go back to it to play it around and explore some more.
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Assigning comments to people in Google Docs
Subject of the week | What software update developed in the past year were you the most excited about?
A favorite update of mine was in Google Docs last fall. They added the ability to "assign" a comment to someone that you mention in the comment. I've found it very handy when using docs for meeting notes that have to-do items. Also great when there's a document that several people need to contribute to. Assign each section to the appropriate person and they can mark as resolved when they're finished with their update.

google docs assign feature
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Love that feature too!!!
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A little background, I keep getting errors in google Chrome (NXDOMAIN, DNS Probe errors).  

I keep getting a 8012 Event ID error code 9005 when I flush and then register DNS on WIN 10 machines.  
I have setup a reverse DNS zone and see the PTR records for those very machines fill the list.  

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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