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I was just reading Andrew Leniart's entertaining tale of dealing with a client's network connection issue. (Go check it out... I'll wait...)
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Ok, cool, now that you've read it, I'm sure it's something many of you have encountered—user says that they restarted something, but clearly they didn't. Made me think that in the current era where smartphones with cameras are so ubiquitous, a way to verify that the device in question actually had power would be to have the client take a photo of it and send that to you. Then you could know if A.) they were looking at the right device and B.) the power lights were really on.

Think it'd work? You ever try anything like that? Oh, and if you've got a similar SysAdmin tale, be sure to go comment on that same post!
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Would you purchase Sony's Koov for your child? It's definitely a cool concept and I love the look of the "pixel" blocks, but the high price point is definitely a deterrent with more affordable competing products available. 

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/20/sony-soft-launches-an-educational-robotics-coding-kit-on-indiegogo/
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by:Daniella Barion
Sometimes in the Internet World, the recognized brands charge a lot to show how "Great" are their products.  This is the space for startups to have a chance.
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by:Brian Matis
I love seeing these kind of products; this stuff is so cool! I've really been wanting to get something like this for myself, but I'm more inclined towards going with Lego's Mindstorms since they've been around so long and been through many revisions. Plus, they're Lego; can't go wrong with Lego!
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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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ASUS X551MAV notebook Windows 8.1 64-bit - display stopped working, no bios, just black screen.  An external monitor does work with it.  Tried to download drivers from Asus website; unplugged and pressed power button for at least a minute; opened up Asus notebook to remove battery and again press power button for at least a minute.  Removed the monitor in hardware listing  and restarted.  Ran antivirus and antispyware scans.  
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
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by:dbrunton
If the external monitor works then your display has gone.  Either the inverter or the screen or one of the components there.

Time for the repair shop.
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post, which means that most Experts won't see it. You might want to resubmit as a question (use the "Ask a Question" button at the top of the page.)

Thanks,
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As if I needed another reason to get excited for the Olympics--take a peek at Toyota's flying "car" that is planned to deliver the Olympic torch in 2020. It's a bumpy ride in the video, but its only a matter of time before our current modes of transportation are obsolete.

https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/04/toyotas-flying-car-project-takes-a-tentative-test-flight/
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by:Daniella Barion
I am glad they have enough time to practice.
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by:Brian Matis
Well, we might feel less good about all that practice time if Skynet ever comes online and takes over ;-)
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When a tech company stops servicing a particular program, software, or piece of hardware, consumers still using the outdated equipment are usually left to fend off security measures, bugs, and other problems that come their way on their own.
 
During the WannaCry ransomware attack a few weeks ago, we saw an unprecedented action from Microsoft, as they stepped up to provide a patch for Microsoft XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. Microsoft XP is a program they have not supported since 2014.
 
This action to secure vulnerable devices and avoid the encryption of personal, patient, and corporate data showed the tech community that corporations care about more than the bottom line.
 
Learn more about Microsoft’s special patch release and how the tech community has responded.
 
How were you affected by WannaCry? We’d love to hear from you—share your experience online now.
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What are your thoughts on the Surface Pro series? I don't like the single USB port and find the included stylus a waste of time. Performance-wise they are pretty quick but with my work, we've had a few that needed to be blown away already. I've run into issues where it won't recognize the keyboard, etc. When everything works great, they are pretty cool, though.
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by:Brandon Lyon
Jackie you're thinking of the Surface Laptop, not the Surface Pro
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by:Jackie Man
But for the customers, Surface Laptop is the latest product for Surface product line offering and it is my impression that MS has already stopped the research and development of Surface Pro as there is no Surface Pro 5.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/04/why-is-microsoft-trying-to-turn-its-surface-business-into-the-next-nokia/
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I love the color of the computer <3
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Last week I loved San Luis Obispo company Farmbot.  This week I love San Luis Obispo based company iFixit. (and of course I love SLO company EE). This is a great article in the latest issue of Inc Magazine re: their company - and why Apple hates them.  Relevant here at EE for hardware / software types.

http://www.inc.com/magazine/201704/david-whitford/ifixit-repair-men.html
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by:Ryan Kilimnik
Great article Matt. We have a couple friends over at IFixit. They love it!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Apple doesn't like iFixit, because iFixit writes its own in-house versions of Apple's top-secret repair manuals and shares them with all comers.

Then again, iFixit doesn't like Apple either. At iFixit headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California, the recycling goes in cans labeled with iFixit's logo--it resembles a Phillips screw head--while the cans with the Apple logo are for trash.

Wot!? Seems like a bit of sensationalism here...
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We have 3 Microsoft Hololens' at our office and have been writing simple applications specific to our business.  This technology, and it's future, is amazing.

https://youtu.be/qPEVtqtKw0A
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Agreed! This AR stuff is so incredibly cool. Looking forward to when the hardware gets smaller and cheaper so it can be used as a general consumer product. I know I'd love to have a head's up display. Could really help if you forget someone's name! Plus, Pokemon Go would be so much more immersive. ;-)

I'm curious, Matt, what sort of simple applications are you using it for? (Or is that a secret right now?)
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by:Brandon Lyon
That sounds like great information which our community would love to read about. Someday you should write an article about it.
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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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Our company is in the early stages of creating Supply Chain applications for the Microsoft Hololens platform - this new video from Microsoft shows the ridiculously incredible potential of augmented reality from one of our customers, Stryker Medical

https://youtu.be/FTPxUGRGpnA
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by:Gene Richardson
That's a pretty cool technology solution.  I bet there are a lot of other applications for this that you guys are thinking about already!
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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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by:Craig Kehler
And Michael if you factor in lawyers fee's and prison time, no. One can also hope for a lack of malice and some common decency.
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by:Michael Arciniega
Craig, that's if they get caught though and even they do, enough resources/wealth can potentially get you out of it (ie bankers in the 2008 market crash). Here is a notable example in the cryptocurrency space that underwent a professional third party code review and had a bug bounty program.

I wish more people had common decency and lacked malice but millions of dollars can be very trying on people's moral fortitude.
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by:Lucas Bishop
This is odd, I don't recall putting my link at the beginning of my comment...
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by:Brian Matis
@Lucas - Thanks for mentioning that! We've definitely got a display bug there... When you look at your comment on the post's standalone page, it should be correct, but the feed view is currently displaying it in the wrong spot. We'll get a fix out in the near future for that.
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Huh... Samsung made an infographic to share what they figured out about the Galaxy Note 7 battery problems. Pretty interesting way to present a root cause analysis to the public.

https://news.samsung.com/global/infographic-galaxy-note7-what-we-discovered
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Agreed! I think it can help restore some of the lost confidence in them as a result of the whole mess.

Plus, it's just kind of neat seeing how such a tiny thing can cause such a massive problem. Most people really have no concept of how complex all this stuff is...
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by:Daniella Barion
Give an explanation to the consumer with no doubt is always important, to find the best way to do is what will make the difference .
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