Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise

Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows 10 S for the enterprise

Back in May, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, a version of Windows 10 Pro that is locked down to the Windows Store. Most of the other Pro features remain, such as Hyper-V. When it was announced, it was squarely aimed at educational customers, but yesterday at Ignite 2017, the company announced that a range of Windows 10 S PCs are coming aimed at businesses, or more specifically, frontline workers.

Microsoft said that it will be targeting the broader enterprise use case in the future, but for now, it’s focused on the frontline worker. With that in mind, the firm is working on a new version of Windows 10 S that’s based on Enterprise, aptly called Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode, which will be made available in spring 2018.

Of course, it’s already possible to lock down a version of Windows 10 to only install apps from the Store, so this is going to be something new. Just like users can upgrade from S to Pro, they’ll be able to upgrade from Enterprise in S mode to Enterprise. And the differences between the two Windows 10 S SKUs should be the same as the differences between Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise.

Since it’s not coming until the Spring, it won’t be available by the time that the devices announced yesterday launch. Neither will the availability of business SKUs of Office 365 in the Windows Store, I’ve been told. Those should be coming shortly after though.

Mini Commodore 64 is coming in 2018

A mini version of the Commodore 64 is coming in 2018

It’s hard to deny the popularity of Nintendo’s retro mini systems. After all, demand far outstripped supply for the mini version of the original console, and the same is expected to happen for today’s SNES release. It’s not a surprise, then, that other companies are getting in on the action. Retro Games is launching a mini version of the 1982 computer Commodore 64 called the C64 Mini. It will be available in early 2018, with a price point of $70.

Launched in 1982, the C64 home computer went on to dominate the home computer scene throughout the 1980s. Millions of units were sold across the world and have a special place in the hearts of its former owners.

The C64 Mini, which is half the size of the original version, will come with 64 preinstalled licensed games, including California Games, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe and Paradroid. You can find a more complete list of games on their website.

  • Accurate C64 operation
  • Pixel filter options (sharp, CRT, scanline emulation) and Pixel perfect graphics
  • Save game function
  • 2 USB ports: plug in a USB keyboard and use as a fully functional home computer, or add a second joystick for 2-player games

It comes with a wired joystick, a charging cable and will connect to your TV via an HDMI port, but you can also use any standard PC USB keyboard to interface with it. The C64 Mini will have a save game capability and filtering options such as CRT, pixel perfect and scanline emulation. You can upgrade your console’s firmware via a USB flash drive. Retro Games is also planning a full-sized version of the C64 for late 2018.

 

Fortune’s List of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Information Technology

Fortune’s List of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Information Technology

Each year for the past two decades, Fortune Magazine has released its list of the Most Powerful Women in the world. The list, which includes 51 women, is based in part on the success of their businesses.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been credited with provided the operational leadership that has helped drive the social network’s growth since founder Mark Zuckerberg hired her in 2008. Facebook’s 57 percent ad revenue growth in 2016, coupled with Sandberg’s support for women’s health and immigration reform made her one of the most powerful women in the world.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has been facing some challenges with slumping revenue, but she is still regarded as one of the most successful chief executives in any industry, let alone information technology. What’s more, Rometty has positioned IBM to grow in critical markets, including the cloud, mobile, and security.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise chief executive Meg Whitman has worked hard over the past several years to rebuild an ailing Hewlett Packard. As chief executive, Whitman has made some tough decisions to get the iconic company back on track, but has faced criticism because HPE has struggled to grow and its stock has underperformed the broader market.

Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz might be one of the most successful women in this roundup at expanding a company and improving upon its success. Starting in the mid-2000s, she had a major role in Oracle’s corporate expansion program in which the company spent billions of dollars to acquire scores of software and information technology companies. She also presided over the growth of Oracle’s cloud computing business to the tune of $4.6 billion. She’s also active in STEM programs to educate children.

Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat has had an important role is fine tuning the company balance sheet. She has helped Alphabet, Google’s parent company, improve its profitability and given the company the financial latitude to invest in market sectors that could prove critical to its growth in the coming years.

Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts has made her presence felt in important ways since joining Apple. She has worked to revamp the company’s retail stores and improve customer experience. This has helped ensure that Apple’s retail stores continue to generate billions of dollars in revenue and profits year after year.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has helped transform YouTube from a costly digital warehouse of user-generated video that had millions of viewers, but scant revenue into a true entertainment powerhouse and revenue generator for Google. Wojcicki’s leadership has ensured that YouTube will play a prominent role in Google future profit growth going forward.

Microsoft CFO Amy Hood leadership is one of the factors for the company’s recent success in cloud computing and software-as-a-service businesses. Since being appointed CFO in 2013 Overall Hood helped Microsoft revitalize the company’s business strategy and get the company’s revenue and profits back on track.

Best Buy’s retail chief Shari Ballard has been critical to the company’s recent renaissance. Despite operating in the retailing industry where many once successful brick and mortar store chains have struggled and failed, Best Buy has watched its profits soar and its appeal to tech buyers grow, thanks to Ballard’s strategy. It wasn’t long ago that some questioned Best Buy’s future. Now, because of Ballard, the company’s future is bright.

Bridget Van Kralingen is senior vice president of Industry Platforms at IBM overseeing the efforts of more than 100,000 consultants and service providers. As head of a division that supports vertical-industry customers, Van Kralingen is eyeing ways to leverage blockchain and other emerging technologies to grow new revenue streams.

Register for the PASS summit 2017

PASS summit 2017

The PASS summit brings you three days of inspiring, jam-packed educational opportunities focused on the Microsoft Platform, professional connections, and new skills and know-how you can put to use immediately. Don’t forget to stop by the IDERA booth for your chance to win one of 3 apple watches!

What to expect this year at the summit:

  • More than 5,000 registrants from more than 2,000 companies
  • Representatives from 52 different countries
  • Over 200 technical sessions presented by industry experts from around the world including more advanced sessions than years before
  • 70+ hours networking with MVPs, experts and peers
  • Inspiring keynote speakers that include Rohan Kumar, Rimma Nehma, and Heather Ritchie,
  • An opportunity to connect, share and learn

Pass

TMS Component Pack v8.8 released with 3 new components

TMS Component Pack v8.8 released with 3 new components

TMS

TMS has released Version 8.8 Component pack for VCL development using Delphi.  The components range in vast improvements that allow a Delphi developer to easily drop a component on the form to reduce the amount of coding necessary to get the application to market.

TMS Component Pack v8.8 released with 3 new components: http://www.tmssoftware.com/site/news.asp

 

  • New : TAdvDBListBox v1.0.0.0 : Listbox control with embedded filter + insert data capability that can be bound to a dataset field.
  • New : Automatic button column type when setting Columns[x].Editor := edButton in TAdvColumnGrid
  • New : Hover background, text & border color capability in TAdvResponsiveList
  • New : Name property added to TInspectorItem in TMS InspectorBars
  • New : InspectorPanel.Items.Item[Name] added to access items by name in TMS InspectorBars
  • New : Planner.GridControl.BorderColor: TColor property added in T(DB)Planner
  • New : Enabled property added at item level in TTodoList
  • New : Property EnableWheel added in TAdvComboBox
  • New : ListLeft.Caption, ListRight.Caption properties added in TAdvDualListBox
  • New : Lookup, resizable and save function in design time editor in TPictureContainer
  • New : Label added in TAdvMultiButtonEdit
  • New : Property AutoCheck added in TAdvOfficeRadioButton
  • New : Automatic button column type when setting Columns[x].Editor := edButton in TDBAdvGrid
  • New : TAdvHighLightLabel v1.0.0.0 : Label that allows to highlight specific words in the label text in different colors.
  • New : TAdvTouchSpinEdit v1.0.0.0 : Spin edit control with spin buttons left and right from the edit control to allow easy up/down button access from touch screens.

Create modern-looking & feature-rich Windows applications faster with over 400 components in one money and time saving bundle for Delphi 7, 2007, 2009, 2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo & C++Builder 2007, 2009, 2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo

 

Chances of making a successful mobile app

Chances of making a successful mobile app

Very sad news on the changes of making a successful mobile app to make you millions of dollars is next to nothing at this point.  Check the following web page with the similar concerns of getting the first cool million dollars.  The article is stating that most mobile developers are making next to poverty amounts.

Now this is a sorry state of affairs that you cannot make an amount of cash that would help pay the mortgage.

By 2015, 60 percent of app developers were earning under the poverty line, making profits of less than $500 per month. Older statistics indicate that 80 percent of developers don’t earn enough to turn their development into viable businesses. But things are improving; more money is being paid out, so surely developers are being paid more, right? Well, as it stands, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store are horribly stacked in favor of the largest players in the market, and the current trend would seem to indicate that this divide will only grow, despite the fact that barriers to entry to the market are apparently falling. After all, with a mere $124 you can get access to both the Apple and Google app stores — and with that, access to tens (soon to be hundreds) of billions of app downloads.

This brings everything to the forefront, can you survive development of a mobile app on the Apple store ?  The yearly fee must come into mind so that any profit is paying for getting the app approved and on the store.

Very sad when you take into consideration what software you are using to develop the product.

Swift 4.0 Released!

Swift 4.0 Released!

Swift 4 is now officially released! Swift 4 builds on the strengths of Swift 3, delivering greater robustness and stability, providing source code compatibility with Swift 3, making improvements to the standard library, and adding features like archival and serialization.

Swift is a general-purpose programming language built using a modern approach to safety, performance, and software design patterns.

Updates

Swift 4.0 is a major language release and contains the following language changes and updates that went through the Swift Evolution process that can be viewed by clicking here

Apple (Xcode)

For development on Apple’s platforms, Swift 4.0 ships as part of Xcode 9.  Open-source Swift can be used on the Mac to target all of the Apple platforms: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Moreover, binary builds of open-source Swift integrate with the Xcode developer tools, including complete support for the Xcode build system, code completion in the editor, and integrated debugging, allowing anyone to experiment with the latest Swift developments in a familiar Cocoa and Cocoa Touch development environment.

Linux

Official binaries for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 are available for download. Open-source Swift can be used on Linux to build Swift libraries and applications. The open-source binary builds provide the Swift compiler and standard library, Swift REPL and debugger (LLDB), and the core libraries, so one can jump right in to Swift development.

How to purge Microsoft SQL email Items

How to purge Microsoft SQL email Items

Purge

There are times that housecleaning older mail in your database needs to be done.  A simple scheduled task can be done every month to purge what is no longer necessary.  SQL Server stores all mails and attachments in msdb database. To avoid unnecessary growth of msdb database you should remove these mail history unless it is required for auditing or other purposes.

As always make sure you have your backups done prior to running any sort of removal in the event you did something incorrectly.  By purging you are reducing the amount of wasted space in the msdb database that could be used for other things activities.

Simply running the following statement using T-SQL you can check the amount of database mails that have been processed from the catalog msdb.dbo.sysmail_allitems.   There are 3 additional  views which shows mails in their different statuses:  sysmail_faileditemssysmail_unsentitems and sysmail_sentitems.

 

SELECT  COUNT(*)  FROM  msdb.dbo.sysmail_allitems

You should get back the count of how many mail items are stored in the msdb.

How to delete mail

To delete mail items you can use system stored procedure sysmail_delete_mailitems_sp, it has below syntax:

sysmail_delete_mailitems_sp [@sent_before] [@sent_status]

You can delete mail using either of the parameters, @sent_before deletes all mail that were sent before specified date, and @sent_status deletes all mails with specified status.

For example, to delete all mails which are sent and are older than current month we can use:

EXEC  msdb.dbo.sysmail_delete_mailitems_sp

@sent_before = ‘2017-05-10 00:00:00’,

@sent_status = ‘sent’

You can modify the @sent_before to do the following:

DECLARE @PurgeDate datetime = dateadd(dd,-30,getdate());  

@PurgeDate will be the date from 30 days or older which is a good idea to remove that or you can change it to
-10 for anything older than 10 days.

So the statement would be

EXEC  msdb.dbo.sysmail_delete_mailitems_sp @sent_before=@PurgeDate;

You may choose to only delete mail items that have been successfully sent.  If that is the case then you can run the following code to delete your database mail based on the sent­_status of “sent”.

If you are not periodically deleting your mail then you might want to consider cleaning up old database mail that no longer has value.  Determine what retention period you should use for your database mail.  With your established retention period then just set up a SQL Agent job to purge your database mail based on your retention period.

Idera – Free Tool – PowerShell Scripts for SQL Server

Idera – Free Tool – PowerShell Scripts for SQL Server

Idera

Idera is offering a free tool of Powershell scripts for Microsoft SQL server.  You can simply your SQL Server Administration with 89 free Powershell scripts by simply providing some information and it is an amazing assortment of scripts.  The scripts will allow you to work on your server providing you with some outstanding quick pieces that will enhance what you do on a daily basis.

  • 89 example scripts for managing SQL Server objects
  • Initialize PowerShell SQLPS module and work with databases
  • Scripts for Analysis, Integration, and Reporting services
  • Experimental support for SQL Server 2016
  • New scripts for exploring In-Memory databases and query store features

Powershell script break down

Database Engine

  • Connect to a server instance, manage databases and publish scripts
  • Work with policies and SQL Server logs
  • Manage security and backups
  • Create and manage SQL Server jobs
  • Get extended event information

Analysis Services

  • Connect to an Analysis Services instance
  • Get connection information
  • Get a list of databases
  • Backup databases and remove old backups
  • Restore a database

Integration Services

  • Start and stop services
  • Get package information
  • Provision a catalog
  • Publish a project
  • Modify catalog settings

Reporting Services

  • Start or stop services
  • Get instance information
  • Backup and restore encryption keys
  • Get configuration information
  • Get event log information

***NEW Scripts***
In-Memory Databases (SQL2014 and SQL2016)

  • Get overall utilization
  • Get size on disk
  • Get detailed utilization by table
  • Get checkpoint size

Query Plan (SQL2016)

  • Set Query Plan desired state
  • Set Query Plan data retention maximum size
  • Get Query Plan information
  • Get Query Store status

 

How the 9-to-5 workday has disappeared

How the 9-to-5 workday has disappeared

 

Work has changed dramatically over the last few decades, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal recently release it has become more time-consuming, less stable, and more flexible.

In 1973, 6% of Americans said they worked excessive hours while in 2016, 26% said they worked more than 48 hours a week.

Insurance coverage by employers has also dropped since 1973, although companies now provide more benefits to aid work-life balance, such as paid parental leave and remote work options.

Businesses are spending less on employees, both in terms of compensation and capital investment, while investors get triple the payout from 30 years ago.

This has all contributed to workers increasingly acting like free agents in the job market.  While they have more control and flexibility, the “safety net that once came with full-time work has frayed.”

Don’t worry be happy

Americans are happier at work, but they might just be settling for less.

For the first time since 2005, more than half of U.S. workers say they’re satisfied with their jobs, according to the Conference Board, a research group. Employment is up, wages are finally rising and layoffs are near record lows, resulting in a more optimistic, contented workforce.

That buoyancy is giving Americans confidence to pull out their wallets.  Depending on whether the tax plan for 2017 gets implemented the middle class will continue to get hammered with taxes to maintain the social programs such as social security, ACA and other various programs.

There is no such thing as a free lunch but employers are looking to try and maintain a profit.  Small business owners will gain from the tax overhaul plan by not getting double taxed for corporate and personal income.  This fact is not known by most Americans.

Hopefully the work place will improve over the next few years putting wages back into a reality check.