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.

 

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.

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.

TechSmith Camtasia 9.1 is now available!

Camtasia

Camtasia 9.1 is now available

The latest Camtasia is here with faster video rendering, free video assets, and new features that make it easy for anyone to create professional-looking videos.  One of the best video capturing software tools available to create webinars or technical videos for internal usage.

The Camtasia product has gotten mature and better over the years. The latest upgrade has the features listed below but based on experience you can do so much with the software and a Blue Yeti Microphone.

It is worth the investment if you have decided to bring your company’s knowledge into a new realm of possible business.  There is a free trial that is available that you can use for 30 days.  This allows you to create a webinar to grasp what Camtasia can do for you.  Highly recommended from Baron Software.

 

Faster rendering

Camtasia now takes full advantage of your computer’s 64-bit processor. Get more responsive performance, faster rendering times, and improved stability—even on your most complex projects.

Drag-and-drop editing

Now, what you see is what you get. Every effect and element in your videos can be dropped and edited directly in the preview window.

PowerPoint import

Import an entire PowerPoint presentation or specific slides into your video projects. Turn your presentation into a polished video that can be viewed over and over again.

Windows and Mac—better together

Camtasia now has one, fresh design across both platforms. It’s easier than ever to work on videos with others since recordings and projects can be shared between Windows and Mac.

TechSmith Motion

Bring static images on your mobile device to life by highlighting your product or brand with video effects and text overlays.

TechSmith Capture

Record your iOS screen for training and app demos and share them directly to Camtasia for video editing.

 

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the app and distribute it to millions of users. Security researchers at Cisco Talos discovered that download servers used by Avast (the company that owns CCleaner) were compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner.

CCleaner Version 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner.  CCleaner has been downloaded more than 2 billion times according to Avast, making it a popular target for hackers.

CCleaner is a software utility that wipes out application leftover garbage, can view the registry for entries no longer wanted, remove applications, etc.   Piriform believes that all users are now safe but the real question is how was this even possible to happen.

Trusted by consumers and businesses, CCleaner will lose some of the trustworthiness they have built over the years. The malware itself appears to have been designed to use infected PCs as part of a botnet.

The hackers have proven that this could lead to other companies not securing their software.  The danger is that anyone who allows their people to not protect their workstations from the outside world can affect millions others.  Similar things have happened to Equifax and Sony, if you do not have the latest Anti-Virus software on your workstation you need to make sure you are protected today.

A end user can remove the CCleaner application for now and run a malware check on your machine for protection.

Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

iOS

Well the time has come to begin the end of the 32 bit application.  What this means to the general public is that certain older applications may no longer work if you install the latest iOS on your iPhone.  Owners of iPhones and iPads who install the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system will find that some older apps will stop working.

Android still allows for 32 and 64 bit applications to co-exist as well as Windows/Linux but Apple will start to force developers to upgrade their application.

What does this mean to the general public ?

Dropping support for 32-bit software lets Apple streamline its operating system and helps it run more quickly since it no longer needs to load software libraries to make sense of the older programs.

A 64-bit application signifies how much data a processor can handle at once – the larger the figure, the faster a computer can potentially operate.  That is in theory but in life you have developers that sometimes do not properly code and you end up with a buggy application.

Microsoft is the biggest example of keeping legacy programs working  and it is to keep as many things as compatible as possible for as long as possible.  Is a 32 bit application that bad, not really and it all depends on what is being done with the application.  If a 32 bit application is processing XML files for distribution to a SQL server than it will speed up in a 64 bit world but it still works.

End of the party

Most people really do not know the difference and may not realize their applications were 32 bit until they upgrade the iOS operating system.  Than they may be in for a shock when it no longer works.  This is the reality and Apple is forcing everyone to go with them if you want to use their equipment.

Advanced iPhone X Design Holds Spotlight

Advanced iPhone X Design Holds Spotlight at Steve Jobs Theater Debut

iPhone

For the first time Apple on September 12th held the iPhone X Spotlight at Steve Jobs Theater. The iPhone X is a sensational-looking iPhone  but it comes at a huge cost, and you’ll have to wait to get it.  Will Face ID become a way of unlocking the phone, but if your face truly does get ‘learned’ over time, it could work well.

  • Screen is stunning
  • New user interface is intuitive
  • Portrait Lighting is effective
  • Face ID was erratic in demos
  • Cost is so, so high

Let’s get the important bit out of the way first: the iPhone X is one of the most expensive flagship phones ever made. It’ll retail at $999 / £999 / AU$1,579 for the basic model. In terms of when you’ll be able to get your hands on it, the iPhone X release date has been set for November 3, with pre-orders going live on October 27. It’ll be coming to the major territories first, with the UK, US and Australia all tipped to be included in the first wave of shipments.

iPhone X Details

The resolution of the screen has been upgraded from the iPhone 7, as the sub-HD pixel count wasn’t really something Apple could hope to get away with in 2017 in the face of such strong competition from the rest of the industry.  The iPhone X has been upgraded to match its rivals, with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 on the new Super Retina HD display.

The ‘lip’ at the top of the phone, where a section of the ‘all-screen’ display was cut out to place the cameras.  The True Depth camera at the top is needed for Face ID, so it makes sense that a small portion would need to be kept for all the technology – but it does ruin the aesthetic somewhat. The screen is 18:9 (although that’s not been confirmed by Apple) so a movie that’s in a standard 16:9 format won’t fill the display.

The new iPhone X is easily, easily the best-looking phone Apple’s ever made.  The rear, which is now glass, doesn’t feel as premium as the almost-ceramic metal of previous models, but it still feels solid and secure in the hand. The edges aren’t sharp, instead folding into the palm in a way that’s pleasant to hold.

Face ID is the major shift here to allow the iPhone to know it’s owner but can you reset it in the event it is being resold or given away.  iOS 11 is the operating system with new features that will improve things.  The cameras also provide excellent quality and depth but the big question is battery life which sucks the life out of a user.

You can even get a fast charger – 50% within 30 minutes from dead – but only with a USB-C cable. A USB-C to Lightning Cable retails for $25 (£25 / AU$35) on Apple.com, while a USB-C Power Adapter is available in a few sizes: 29W, 61W and 87W. And if you want it, the price of the cheapest adapter (29W) is $49 (£49 / AU$69) from Apple.

Pumping at the heart of the iPhone X is the new A11 Bionic chipset, designed to handle the heavy lifting the new iPhone is calling on it for.

Final verdict is whether you really want to drop $1,000.00 on a phone or wait for the prices to drop when the ‘s’ version is release in the September of 2018 as it has been done before.  The iPhone 7 still does the job for most folks as well as the iPhone 6s so you get a new tool at a high price.

 

 

 

Meet FMS President Luke Chung

Meet FMS President Luke Chung

FMS

Access

Since FMS started in 1986 they have assisted countless individuals and organizations make better data driven decisions. As database experts, FMS help our clients improve accuracy, efficiency, and costs. FMS give managers better control of their processes, provide data to key decision makers, and help developers add features and gain insight into their applications. Collecting, analyzing, and presenting data in ways that empower individuals is what they provide.

Having used their tools for various Microsoft Access Projects and applications Baron Software highly recommends visiting the FMS web site as well as stopping at this event to listen to Mr. Chung.

Meet FMS President Luke Chung at the Microsoft Access User Group Meeting in New York City

September 11, 2017, 6:30 PM
Microsoft Headquarters, New York City

FMS President Luke Chung is the featured presenter at the Microsoft Access User Group meeting in New York City.

Learn from his experiences with Microsoft Access, SQL Server, Azure cloud computing, and techniques to improve your productivity. He’ll answer your questions and demonstrate FMS products.

Includes FMS product giveaways.

We look forward to seeing you at this Free Event.

For more info: read the User Group Announcement

Location

11 Times Square, East side of 8th Ave. between 41st and 42nd Streets (nearer 41st) Belasco Room on the 6th Floor.

The building is across the street from the Port Authority bus terminal. Subway: A, C, or E train to 42 Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Bring Picture ID to get thru security.