Issues and Advice

Video Conferencing Testing

CIO Services Group (CIOSG) has continually leveraged a variety of collaborative technologies. In the realm of video conferencing, we have been using Microsoft’s Skype on many platforms. Skype has been effective and dependable with exceptional audio and video. We have exercised Skype with a variety of Windows browsers and clients and smartphone clients. Most of…

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Coronavirus Issues

With the introduction of the coronavirus around the world, home and work life has been changing daily.  New problems and new challenges are created with every new governmental, healthcare, economic or scientific announcement, however, it is important that we continue to seek positive, innovative solutions.  When will the coronavirus abate? When will the world return…

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Friends Don’t Let Friends

Microsoft Azure has had another round of problems. Microsoft Office 365 users in Europe unable to access mailboxes for a full day Microsoft cloud services see global authentication outage Microsoft threw Level 3 under the bus on the second outage. On the Azure status page, Microsoft indicated that the source of the problem is with Level 3, an US-based…

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Anti-Virus Comparison

I’m a regular listener to TWiT’s Security Now podcast with Steve Gibson. On a recent podcast Steve mentioned AV-Comparatives‘ anti-virus testing. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you also know I’m a fan of Windows Defender. AV-Comparatives’ September 2018 test (PDF) showed that Windows Defender was in the very top performers. Steve’s assessment was: Given that Microsoft is one of the 6…

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Microsoft, Get Your Act Together

tl;dr What should you do? First, I’m moderately aggressive in applying updates across a variety of systems and I’ve not had any problems. Second, look at Woody Leonard’s post on ComputerWorld. There’s some hyperbole there but overall not bad advice. So here’s the background… Microsoft has had a bad month with Windows 10. They’ve had problems with Display Audio issues (jpeg), file deletions (archive.is), HP…

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GDPR Cookies

You know what GDPR is, right? Great, then we can keep going. One of the most visible results of GDPR is all the cookie notifications you’ve been seeing. Here‘s what’s behind all that. One of the most tangible requirements of the GDPR is in the definition of what constitutes a proper cookie consent, meaning, that the consent has…

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So What’s Going on with Facebook?

Cambridge Analytica reportedly mined information from 50 million Facebook users for the benefit of the Trump and Brexit campaigns. And bragged about it. They got the data from Facebook before 2014. Facebook didn’t sell it to them. Facebook just GAVE it to them. Up until that time Facebook allowed Facebook applications to not only get profile data…

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Innovation – Wikipedia’s Take

A 2013 survey of literature on innovation found over 40 definitions. In an industrial survey of how the software industry defined innovation, the following definition given by Crossan and Apaydin was considered to be the most complete, which builds on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) manual’s definition:[9] Innovation is: production or adoption,…

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WOA, Again

I’ve blogged a couple of times (here and here) about the emergence of ARM in the (formerly) Wintel world (known as Windows On ARM – WOA). It’s coming faster than even I expected. We all try to forget about the ill-fated Windows RT devices. I hope you didn’t buy one. But now… At the recent Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) event…

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