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Software is any set of instructions that directs a computer to perform specific tasks or operations. Computer software consists of programs, libraries and related non-executable data (such as documentation). Computer software is non-tangible, contrasted with computer hardware, which is the physical component of computers. Software written in a machine language is known as "machine code". However, in practice, software is usually written in high-level programming languages than machine language. High-level languages are translated into machine language using a compiler or interpreter or a combination of the two.

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Speed up a Slow Computer
There are many software programs on offer that will claim to magically speed up your computer. The best advice I can give you is to avoid them like the plague, because they will often cause far more problems than they solve. Try some of these "do it yourself" tips instead.
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Thank you very much, Andrew Leniart for that very informative and thorough article. Keep up the good work.
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You're very welcome Arkel and thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it.
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This article was originally published on Monitis Blog, you can check ithere.



If you have responsibility for software in production, I bet you’d like to know more about it. I don’t mean that you’d like an extra peek into the bowels of the source code or to understand its philosophical place in the universe.  Rather, I bet you’d like to know more about how it behaves in the wild.

 

After all, from this opaque vantage point comes the overwhelming majority of maddening defects.  “But it doesn’t do that in our environment,” you cry.  “How can we even begin to track down a user report of, ‘sometimes that button doesn’t work right?'”

 

To combat this situation we have, since programmer time immemorial, turned to the log file.  In that file, we find answers.  Except, we find them the way an archaeologist finds answers about ancient civilizations.  We assemble cryptic, incomplete fragments and try to use them to deduce what happened long after the fact.  Better than nothing, but not great.

 

Because of the incompleteness and the lag, we seek other solutions.  With the rise in sophistication of tooling and the growth of the DevOps movement, we close the timing gap via monitoring.  Rather than wait for a user to report an error and asking for a log file, we get out in front of the matter.  When something flies off the rails, our monitoring tools quickly alert us, and we begin triage immediately.



Common Monitoring Use Cases


Later in this post, I will get imaginative.  In writing this, I intend to expose you to some less common monitoring ideas that you might at least contemplate, if not outright implement.  But for now, let’s consider some relative blue chip monitoring scenarios.  These will transcend even the basic nature of the application and apply equally well to web, mobile, or desktop apps.

 

Monitis offers a huge variety of monitoring services, as the name implies.  You can get your bearings about the full offering here.  This means that if you want to do it, you can probably find an offering of to do it unless you’re really out there.  Then you might want to supplement these offering with some customized functionality for your own situation.

 

But let’s say you’d just signed up for the service and wanted to test drive it.  I can think of nothing simpler than “is this thing on?”  Wherever it runs, you’d love some information about whether it runs when it should.  On top of that, you’d probably also like to know whether it dies unexpectedly and ignobly.  When your app crashes embarrassingly, you want to know about it.

 

Once you’ve buttoned up the real basics, you might start to monitor for somewhat more nuanced situations.  Does your code gobble up too many hardware resources, causing poor experience or added expense?  Does it interact with services or databases that fail or go offline?  In short, does your application wobble into sub-optimal states?

 

But what if we look beyond those basics?  Let’s explore some things you may never have contemplated monitoring about your software.



User Engagement


Facebook has developed some reputation around having deployment nirvana.  They constantly roll to production and use a sophisticated series of checks, balances, tests, and monitoring to alert them to problems needing correction.  If the number of baby pictures in my feed is any indication, I’d say they’re doing pretty well.

 

But what happens if Facebook pushes something to production with a mistake not easily caught by automated unit tests?  For instance, what if they accidentally deployed some CSS that turned the “post” button and its text the same color as the background.  The flow of baby pictures would cease, even as all tests passed with flying colors.

 

Monitis offers “real user monitoring,”  which generalizes a specific case can address this situation.  You may want to monitor user behavior in terms of how they engage with the site.  If Facebook monitors how many times per second its users click “post,” and they see that drop to 0 after a production roll, they’ll know they have an issue almost immediately.  Even if they don’t know what causes it, they can triage and mitigate almost immediately.



Revenue


If you have responsibility for any sort of e-commerce operation, I strongly encourage you to monitor your revenue.  In a sense, you might consider this a specific instance of user engagement.  You’ll have some sort of normal drip of people making purchases.  Anything affecting that presents you with an obvious red flag.

 

You might be tempted to think of this as an accounting problem more than a technical one.  Let techies monitor the nuts and bolts and accounting can worry about P&L?  I don’t advise it. Purchases count as arguably the most important metric.  They form the lifeblood of your business.



Bounces


You mainly think of a “bounce” when you think of web applications.  Google defines bounce as “a single-page session on your site.”  I believe this plays on the opposite of “sticking.”  People land, and “bounce off” of your site.

 

I’m going to re-appropriate the term a bit for our purposes here and generalize it to all application platforms.  You might want to monitor the rate at which users exit your application from a particular page/screen.

 

When they leave from, say, an “exit” screen, then fine.  You’d want a high percentage of departures from expected places.  But if people being to leave from a place you’d expect them to remain engaged, that might give you insight into a problem of some kind.  This holds doubly true if it suddenly spikes in one particular place.



User Experience Concerns 


This particular concern would require some fairly sophisticated monitoring capabilities, most likely instrumented from within.  If you do implement such a thing, take care not to impact performance.  But, if you’re up for it, you might learn some interesting things.

 

Consider monitoring user behavior for user experience concerns.  For instance, do users consistently dismiss a dialog far too quickly to have read it?  Or perhaps do they all tend to execute the same key sequences to navigate through several screens?  If so, you might have located opportunities to improve your user experience.  Get rid of superfluous dialog messages and see about adding shortcuts for things they do frequently.

 

And you certainly aren’t limited by my suggestions here.  If you have the capability to monitor interactions like this, study your own users with their particular happens and look to improve their experience.



Time to Load Visual Elements


This is another item that you hear about most frequently in websites.  But, as with my looser interpretation of the “bounce” concept, you could really measure this anywhere.  After all, sluggishness is sluggishness.

 

If you find yourself in a position to monitor the visual performance of your software, you stand to benefit from doing so.  Few things torpedo the user experience as quickly as maddeningly slow loads.  If this is happening, you want to know about it.

 

This holds doubly true for visual elements superfluous or non-essential to the experience itself. In the world of websites, think of ads or random widgets.  And, while you can test a lot of this for yourself, concerns may arise in the wild that you can’t mimic in your own shop.



Think of Your Own in the Spirit of Innovation 


I’ve enjoyed the exercise in exploring what you might want to monitor.  As both an entrepreneur and software developer, I like thinking about possible implementations, offerings, and features.

 

In fact, that captures what I find so appealing about the DevOps movement.  As we marry software creation and software delivery, we open up an entirely new category of innovation, that requires new and powerful tools.  We can then combine those tools with the inventive spirit to deliver ever-higher quality software.



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Adding Computers to AD groups through an SCCM Task Sequence
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Binary Differential Replication, What it is, how it works and how it differs from standard delta file replication
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The following article is intended as a guide to using PowerShell as a more versatile and reliable form of application detection in SCCM.
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Hi SCCMCanuck,

Which of the Powershell line that I can edit safely to suit my environment ?
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Thanks for your interest. At the moment the following lines are safe to change

[version]$InstallerVersion = '8.0.1210.13'
$AppName = 'Java*'

The value of $AppName variable is a wildcard string that corresponds with the DisplayName registry value, where as $InstalledVersion corresponds to DisplayVersion.

You can modify any part of the script to accommodate any type of detection method and use and/or statements to create a more restrictive set of criteria. The goal of my example is to make the SCCM client agent believe that Java is installed if its version is greater than or equal to the value of $InstallerVersion in the Variable Declaration section

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The following article discusses and demonstrates the advantages of using Pull Distribution Points in SCCM 2012 SP1 or higher as opposed to traditional push based architecture
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Developer portfolios can be a bit of an enigma—how do you present yourself to employers without burying them in lines of code?  A modern portfolio is more than just work samples, it’s also a statement of how you work.
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Instantly Create Instructional Tutorials
Instantly Create Instructional Tutorials

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All of the resources available today make learning a new digital media easier than ever-- if you know where to begin. This is a clear, simple guide to a few of the basic digital art mediums and how to begin learning them on your own.
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How to Build a Scalable Website
This guide will walk you through the essential considerations and tech stack for building scalable websites. Know how to grow your business the smart way!
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In this article, you will read about the trends across the human resources departments for the upcoming year. Some of them include improving employee experience, adopting new technologies, using HR software to its full extent, and integrating artificial intelligence into the HR department.
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Skype for Business
Skype is a P2P (Peer to Peer) instant messaging and VOIP (Voice over IP) service – as well as a whole lot more.
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Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you should read this article.
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The article will include the best Data Recovery Tools along with their Features, Capabilities, and their Download Links. Hope you’ll enjoy it and will choose the one as required by you.
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I have come across one windows data recovery software online. It is free to download software. It has very easy to use user-interface which can be operated by a non-technical person. I found it very effective in recovering my data.
I am attaching link here to know more about it.
https://www.sysinfotools.com/recovery/windows-data-recovery.php
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Hello, thanks for your nice sharing. And have you tested Puran file recovery and PC Inspector recovery?
Honestly, last time, when my hard drive got cleaned due to a mistaken quick format, I did have searched and tried many free data recovery tools searched online, like your mentioned Recuva (free and fast), iCare Data Recovery Free (completely free and effective), PC Inspector Recovery (free, but, fails often) and Puran recovery (free). And TestDisk and PhotoRec were also free, but, difficult to understand and operate.
I just found them all here: https://www.icare-recovery.com/howto/best-data-recovery-freeware.html
Hope my experiences could help you enrich your article.
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Workplace bullying has increased with the use of email and social media. Retain evidence of this with email archiving to protect your employees.
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A very good read on an issue that affects us all.  Voting Yes.
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A list of useful business intelligence software.
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I have a habit of writing in Google Docs. I will make sure not to copy from it again.

Thanks for the feedback!
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On Demand Webinar: Networking for the Cloud Era
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On Demand Webinar: Networking for the Cloud Era

Did you know SD-WANs can improve network connectivity? Check out this webinar to learn how an SD-WAN simplified, one-click tool can help you migrate and manage data in the cloud.

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I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This combined with automation s/w makes my work a breeze.
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Here are several of the scripts to automate tasks in EndNote.  They currently work for me, but your mileage may vary.
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Today companies are subjected to more-and-more data, and it won't stop any time soon.  But there are obvious opportunities for reducing data, particularly data duplicated among companies.
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Thanks for the comments, LHerrou.  I will drop back and consider your suggestion.  - Tom
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Thanks, Jim.  I understand the controversy and issues around what I've proposesd.  I am also interested in how the ideas will be viewed.  - Tom
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Tableau
This article describes how to use the timestamp of existing data in a database to allow Tableau to calculate the prior work day instead of relying on case statements or if statements to calculate the days of the week.
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Tableau does not have a good set of business days.  It will calculate today and yesterday or a range of dates relative to today, but calculating based on another anchor date is not intuitive.  There are numerous questions on the Tableau Web site asking for this.  The reason that we are not using an actual table to store the dates is that we may not always have business on the weekend and other times might.  The intention of this procedure is to let the system figure out when the last business date was from the data rather than a set calendar.

The data set has a large amount of data that gets imported during each business day.  I can query the database to get the distinct list of dates and then calculate from there.  The LOD functions in Tableau are the closest thing to getting that information.
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Very well written.  Voting Yes.
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A high-level exploration of how our ever-increasing access to information has changed the way we do our jobs.
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Pen drive recovery
Storage devices are generally used to save the data or sometime transfer the data from one computer system to another system. However, sometimes user accidentally erased their important data from the Storage devices. Users have to know how data recovery tools work.
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You could also go for  Removable Data Recovery Tool providing a late binding feature which is a novelty and may not be present in above mentioned softwares.
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I previously wrote an article addressing the use of UBCD4WIN and SARDU. All are great, but I have always been an advocate of SARDU. Recently it was suggested that I go back and take a look at Easy2Boot in comparison.
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If the exe contains a bootable image, you can try unzipping it to see what is inside. Sometimes it will work if you use MPI_FAT32 to convert it to a .imgPTN file but it really depends on what is inside it (oftem there is an ISO or IMG file???). EXE files are not normally bootable, they need to be connverted into bootable media somehow...?
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I will continue to run them in a windows environment then (UBCD4Win or something similar).  My understanding of Linux is not great, as you may already have ascertained.  I was hired by a NIX person 20+ years ago who sat me down in front of a sparcstation 20/60, gave me the root login credentials and told me to figure it out.  Needless to say, it was  a steep learning curve, and I hold those who are conversant in 'NIX flavors in high regard.
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