Something Happened

Something Happened

Who says techies have no sense of humor!  The Something happened error from Windows 10 is elegant in its simplicity and humorous in its delivery. One blogger referred to it as existential. The error is frustrating for those who receive, but I have to admit it made me smile.  It reminds me of my Unix days where the "existential" error was: Fatal error at a command prompt.  It had an equally helpful description - none - as to what could be happening.  Somehow a graphic window with "Something happened" is far more friendly than "Fatal error" at a terminal prompt.  At least the Something happened gives you closure, even if only a Close button. For the Unix crowd, sometimes there was a code or string of esoteric language following the Fatal error, but often mere mortals could not decipher it.  Somehow, we survived the error and reboot. Often the error did not reoccur and if it did, you … [Read more...]

Google Computational Thinking for Educators – Free Online Course

Computational Thinking

It's not just for educators. You can sign up at the link below. Computational thinking is a problem solving technique that breaks down complex problems into small manageable pieces. One of the strategies is that you can break into sections that can be solved by a computer.  Of course, you have to have or create information that you can turn into usable data. Here is a very simple computational thinking example for a marketing campaign. You want to do a marketing mailing to prospects in your most active territory. You will need information on current customers and prospects.  From your customer database, sort by zip code to find the highest collection of customers. Use those top zip codes to compile a list of prospects for your campaign. A computer program or spreadsheet can easily do the sorting and identify those to include in your mailing. This simple … [Read more...]

Lync is now Skype for Business

Skype for Business

Skype certainly has name recognition.  Since its inception in 2003, it has grown to a community of over 300 million. With so many users that stay in touch with family and friends through Skype, the addition of Skype for Business will bring anywhere - anytime communications to your company.  Add ease of communications to a powerful business platform and you have Skype for Business.  It gives a robust, enterprise-class experience.  Skype for Business has the Lync features you love with some great new additions! Content and graphics excerpted from Microsoft's Office Support site. New look and feel Call via Work Skype directory integration Dual user experience Call Monitor Rate My Call Quick access to call controls Emoticons New look and feel If you’re a regular user of the commercial version of Skype, then Skype for Business will seem very familiar: the … [Read more...]

Microsoft Server 2003 End of Support

Are you at risk

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