August 18, 2017 brianradio2016

If you buy a top-of-the-line, 1TB computer, you might expect to get 1TB of storage. Yes? But if you shell out $2,700 for a 1TB Surface Pro 2017 (or a princely $2,960 if you want a keyboard and pen), you actually get two 512GB SSD drives. And therein lies a problem. Two of them, actually.

Microsoft’s ordering site offers a 1TB option for the Surface Pro 2017 with an i7 processor, but it doesn’t warn you that the “1TB” storage ships, in fact, as two separate 512GB SSDs, configured to appear as if they were one single 1TB SSD. In the normal course of events, that might be an inconsequential oversight, but several customers are finding it highly problematic.

Poster rinconmike on the Microsoft Answers forum asks:

I have a new Surface Pro with a 1TB drive. [The] drive is actually two 512GB in a 1TB storage space (like RAID 0). I see Drive Optimization is on to run weekly. I have read that defrag of SSD is not needed. Should this be turned off?

Microsoft engineer Mark Ole responds:

August 18, 2017 brianradio2016

Companies that need to deliver applications quickly and efficiently — and today, what company doesn’t need to do this?— are turning to Linux containers. What they are also finding is that once they get past the “let’s see how these container things work” stage, they are going to end up with a lot of containers running in a lot of different places.

Linux container technology is not new, but it has increased in popularity due to factors including the innovative packaging format (now Open Container Initiative (OCI) format) originally invented by Docker, as well as the competitive requirement for continual development and deployment of new applications. In a May 2016 Forrester study commissioned by Red Hat, 48 percent of respondents said they were already using containers in development, a figure projected to rise to 53 percent this year. Only one-fifth of respondents said that they wouldn’t leverage containers in development processes in 2017.

Like Lego blocks, container images enable easy reuse of code and services. Each container image is like a separate Lego block, designed to do one part of the job really well. This could be a database, a data store, or even a booking service, or analytics service. By packaging each part separately, they can be used in different applications. But, without some sort of application definition (the instruction booklet), it’s difficult to create copies of the full application in different environments. That’s where container orchestration comes in.

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Container orchestration provides an infrastructure like the Lego system – the developer can provide simple instructions for how to build the application. The orchestration engine will know how to run it. This makes it easy to create multiple copies of the same application, spanning developer laptops, CI/CD system, and even production data centers and cloud provider environments.

August 18, 2017 brianradio2016

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iOS 11 has a new safety feature that could help when your back’s against the wall.

The iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is great for quickly unlocking your device, but it’s also been used by law enforcement to circumvent legal restrictions on demanding a passcode.

Reverting to passcode access only currently requires a restart via long pressing the sleep button and swiping power off the screen, which is neither discreet nor fast enough if you’re being accosted in the street by someone in a position of authority who wants access to your device.

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But in iOS 11 disabling Touch ID can be done within seconds with one finger or thumb. All it will take is five quick clicks on the sleep button, and the phone will require the passcode to access data on the device.

The feature is actually part of a new Emergency SOS mode in iOS 11, which allows users to configure the phone to automatically call an emergency number.

The feature also automatically sends a message to “in case of emergency” contacts to let them know of the call for help and the user’s current location. Emergency contacts are set up Apple’s in-built Health app.

That ability makes iOS 11’s overall SOS feature similar to Google’s Trusted Contacts app, which notifies select contacts with the user’s location in an emergency, albeit with the additional benefit of protecting the iPhone data in the event the user is pressured to unlock it with their fingerprint.

Twitter user @ait_kia discovered the new feature, which is being called the ‘cop button’, in the current public beta of iOS 11.

After activating the SOS feature, iOS 11 displays a screen with the option to slide to power off and a second SOS Emergency slider. Selecting the SOS option opens a second page with an Emergency button, and a field to enter the passcode to enable Touch ID.

As The Verge notes, this feature will be relevant to both Touch ID and Apple’s new face unlock, which are reportedly coming in the next iPhone.

August 18, 2017 brianradio2016

Every time Apple releases a new public beta of iOS 11 I get inundated by people wanting to know if it’s safe for them to try it on their iPhones and iPads.

Well, there’s only one way to find out – and that’s to install it on my equipment.

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Before I go any further, I feel the need to point out that installing beta code onto a device that you rely on is a dumb move. Things can go wrong – very wrong – and you can end up in a world of hurt. Ideally you should only install the iOS betas onto iPhones and iPads that you have set aside for that purpose.

But where’s the fun in that?

I’ve been running the iOS 11 public beta from the start, and let me tell you what a painful process that has been. I’ve experienced it all – apps that flat out refuse to work, apps that half work, notifications that just won’t go away, crashes, lockups, awful battery life, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi trials and tribulations, performance troubles, and plenty more stuff that I’ve plain erased from my memory.

I feel safe in saying that the iOS 11 public beta has been one of the most miserable beta experiences I’ve had in a very long time.

But no that iOS 11 public beta 5 is out, I feel that Apple is finally turning a corner.

Things are, mercifully, a lot better. Performance is noticeably improved, as is stability. Apps that weren’t working before (Bandcamp was one, but there were others that I can’t recall at present) now all seem to be working, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi both feel a lot more robust.

This is not to say that I’ve not had crashes, because I have, but they seem to be fewer and further between.

So, while the iOS 11 public beta 5 is certainly better than previous releases, I still encourage you to take care (I’ve outlined precautions you might want to take here – at minimum you should have a backup), and have a very good, long think about whether you want to install it on an iPhone or iPad that you rely on.

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August 18, 2017 brianradio2016

If you’re thinking about grabbing the public beta of iOS 11 that’s scheduled to land this week, there are some things that you need to be aware of so you don’t end up in a world of hurt.

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How to get iOS 11 beta

First off, if you want access to the public beta, you need to sign up.

You can do that here.

What devices can run iOS 11 beta?

iOS 11 beta is supported on the following devices:

  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPod touch 6th
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus

This means that not all devices that run iOS 10 can run the iOS 11 beta. Specifically, the following are not supported:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPad 4

This means that the oldest Apple devices to support iOS 11 will be the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Remember: Things can — and probably will — go wrong!

Before you go hog-wild and start installing beta code, be aware that there are risks. Things can go wrong, stuff may be broken, and you may lose data. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to have an up-to-date backup, because making a fuss isn’t going to bring back your lost photos or documents.

You can either create a local backup using iTunes, or backup to iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup, and then turning on iCloud Backup.

If you think that there is a chance that you will need to roll back from iOS 11 beta to iOS 10, then it is vital that you make a backup, otherwise you will only be able to wipe the device and set it up as a new iPhone or iPad.

Spring clean your iPhone or iPad

Chances are that your iPhone or iPad has accumulated a lot of detritus over the months and years, so what better time to get rid of it than now. While iOS 11 doesn’t need as much free space to install as some of the earlier releases of iOS, getting rid of apps that you no longer use — or perhaps have never used — makes good sense.

Know your passwords

Following the upgrade, you’ll need to enter your iCloud password in order to be able to reconnect to all your data and photos. If you don’t have this close to hand — remember, having it on the device you’re upgrading isn’t all that convenient — then this might be a good time to do that.

Also, if your iTunes backup is encrypted, then remember you’ll need that password if something goes wrong!

Get ready for the “Appocalypse”

The end is nigh for all 32-bit iOS apps, so if you’re still relying on older apps, it’s time to find alternatives.

For some time now, Apple has been warning iPhone and iPad users that legacy 32-bit apps may slow down their devices, but with the recent release of iOS 10.3, Apple has escalated things by making it clear that the end is nigh.

You can check installed apps for compatibility using the built-in checker tool (you need to be running iOS 10.3 or later for this to work).

You can find that by clicking: Settings > General > About > Applications.

From there, you’ll get a list of all the 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad that won’t run on iOS 11. If you’re lucky, you won’t have any apps listed, or the apps that are listed will be old stuff that you forgot you had installed and no longer use.

However, if an app that you are relying on is listed, then you need to get ready for its demise.

What if the iOS 11 beta isn’t for you?

If you decide that the iOS 11 beta isn’t for you and want to roll back to iOS 10, then be aware that the process involves having access to a computer running iTunes.

To roll back, do the following:

  • Put your iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode by switching it off and then pressing and holding the Home button to turn it on (this can take a long time, so be patient and keep holding down the Home button).
  • When you see the message telling you to Connect to iTunes, plug the iPhone or iPad into the PC or Mac running iTunes using the Lightning cable and fire up iTunes.
  • iTunes will inform you that it’s detected a device in Recovery Mode and offer to restore it. Choose the Restore and Update option to download the latest version of iOS 10 and install it on your Apple device.
  • After the device has been restored you will be given the option of recovering your data from a backup.

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August 17, 2017 brianradio2016

If we’re being honest, the selfie is passé. Today’s discerning Instagrammers require a new way to document their every waking moment. Enter the Nokia 8 and its “bothie.” Nokia’s attempt to compete with Samsung and Apple in the high-end smartphone market hits stores in Europe in September. Wired reports the…

August 17, 2017 brianradio2016

Oracle wants to end its leadership in the development of enterprise Java and is looking for an open source foundation to take on the role.

The company said today that the upcoming Java EE (Enterprise Edition) 8 presents an opportunity to rethink how the platform is developed. Although development is done via open source with community participation, the current Oracle-led process is not seen agile, flexible, or open enough. ”We believe that moving Java EE technologies to an open source foundation may be the right next step, to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing and change the governance process,” Oracle said in a statement.

In the past, James Gosling, considered the father of Java, has urged Oracle to free Java, and he even offered T-shirts urging this move.

Oracle plans to explore its desire to offload Java EE with the open source community, licensees, and candidate foundations. Although Oracle has not named possible candidates, the Apache Software Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation are likely possibilities. Oracle has already donated the OpenOffice productivity suite and the NetBeans IDE to Apache, and the Hudson integration server to Eclipse. Like Java, all three technologies—OpenOffice, NetBeans, and Hudson—were acquired in Oracle’s 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

August 17, 2017 brianradio2016

Losing your phone is one of the most stressful predicaments of modern-day life. We’ve all been there: You pat your pocket, swiftly scan every surface in sight — then suddenly feel your heart drop at the realization that your Android device and all of its contents are no longer in your control.

There’s certainly no scenario in which losing your phone is a good thing. But with the advanced security tools now built into Android on the operating system level, finding and managing a missing device is often — well, quite manageable. And you don’t need any third-party software to do it.

Android’s native Find My Device system can precisely pinpoint any Android device — phone, tablet, even Android TV box (if you somehow manage to misplace one of those?!). It’ll show you the device’s exact location on an interactive map and give you tools to remotely ring it, lock it or wipe it entirely and send all of its data to the digital beyond.

Find My Device has actually been a part of Android since 2013 — originally under the name “Android Device Manager,” which stuck around until Google’s broad Android security rebranding earlier this year — but it’s always been a bit buried and easy to overlook. So take a few minutes now to learn the ins and outs of how it works and what it takes for your devices to be discoverable.

August 17, 2017 brianradio2016

How often do you check temps in your fridge or freezer? With the AcuRite wireless fridge/freezer thermometer you can be sure that your food is being stored at safe temperatures. It displays the refrigerator temperature, freezer temperature and the high / low temperatures recorded for each. An alarm notifies you audibly and visually when temperatures exceed your customizable presets. Especially useful in a power outage, or if you plan to store food in a cooler for an extended period of time. Right now the typical list price on AcuRite’s thermometer is discounted 65% to just $13.84. See this deal on Amazon.

This story, “65% off AcuRite Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer – Deal Alert” was originally published by TechConnect.

August 17, 2017 brianradio2016

Ann Dunkin took over as the CIO of Santa Clara County’s municipal government five months ago, and ever since she has been absorbed by reorganizing and restructuring  the county’s IT functions.

The county government, which serves more than 1.7 million residents, is working to revamp the online and mobile experience, whether it’s for requesting a wedding license, paying property taxes, viewing restaurant inspection ratings or making reservations at the two municipal airports.

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Santa Clara County CIO Ann Dunkin.

One of Dunkin’s goals is to deploy mobile apps that offer a one-stop shopping experience and are platform agnostic, meaning it won’t matter whether a resident uses an iOS, Android or Windows mobile device or a desktop PC to access online services. The county includes the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.

Santa Clara County faces a problem that is growing more prevalent in the U.S. There’s a huge backlog of enterprise app development work that needs to be done – and a growing demand for apps. That crunch is forcing IT departments to find new ways to decentralize and accelerate app development and delivery, according to Garter.