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How to configure Windows 10 to allow sign ons using credentials from Office 365

In my lab I have several computers which are used by many different community members, from job trainees in formal training at my agency to students and business persons just stopping by for a cup ‘o joe and to check their email. It is impractical to give every person their own account on every computer. However I wanted each student to be able to have their own file space and community members to work on their resumes and such without a need for special treatment.

Now, thanks to changes Microsoft provided in Windows 10, people can Readmore..


Ban Rolling On

ban.logFree Sample notification from my office firewall — list of perps who tried to hack my system last night. Every Internet facing system has thousands of such attempts daily. The ones you don’t see are the ones you need to worry about.

 

 

As a responsible computer owner, you must take steps to protect your hardware from compromise: pretending that the bad guys don’t want to use your system for a zombie doesn’t work any more than walking down main street naked and pretending no one will look. If you let them use your system then you are part of the problem.

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Do an Internet search on how best to protect your OS: be a responsible computer owner.


Washer Won’t Spin

We’ve had an interesting year so far — multiple issues from car problems to broken clothes drier, to broken electric window operators, sick with pneumonia six weeks with no access to healthcare, and on and on. Tonight the clothes washer has been broken for most of the week and no money to hire a repair person to come fix it, oh yes and the rear view mirror now broke off the windshield so now I must buy a repair kit and glue that back on.

So what I will share with you now is how I dealt with the clothes washer in about 20 minutes tonight. First, the problem is it would not spin or pump out the water. This left my wife’s clothes soaking in slime until I pulled them out and dropped them in my shower to drain, which meant I lost my shower for now. Sponge baths temporarily helped prevent a mass evacuation from my office, but I want my shower back. So what to do?

Looking on the Internet for a Kenmore Washer model 110. I found lots of articles and youtube videos on changing transmissions on Kenmore Washers. Even found a Word doc on the layout and part numbers. The videos all were about tearing the whole machine apart, which just didn’t sound right. It simply stopped working all at once — no grinding noise, no sound of anything even trying to spin.

So finally I saw a youtube.com video that made me think — how to change a lid switch. http://youtu.be/AOHJ_Q1p85w This also proved to be overkill, however it pushed me in the right direction! Ozcams razor — use the simplest solution: so after I had unplugged the washer from the wall outlet I could simply slide my hand under the right top side (inside the tub) of the machine and feel the switch dangling in pieces from its mounting screws. Had I done that with it plugged it would have lit up my life good as I’d be the shortest path to ground right through my body and the machine cabinet.

As shown in the photos below, it was a simple process to identify the problem, remove the failed switch, and now all I need to do is order a replacement switch and install it when it comes in. I expect that will cost about $2. It needs a switch for safety, so don’t run your washing machine without one. Hope this helps someone!

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Heads Up!

Pay Attention! This is powerful. You carry your phone with you, use it when you are mobile.

When you get home you drop it into its charging dock and it connects to keyboard and screen — it is now a PC with PC performance, software, and features.

You go to a friend’s house, drop it in his dock, and you have YOUR PC right there with your movie or tunes ready to party.

It is no longer just a limited, awkward, mobile device. It is you in a pocket: ready when you are. Let’s Roll. http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

The number one free desktop on the number one open phone

 

With over 20 million users, Ubuntu is the world’s favourite free operating system – and Ubuntu for Android is the first complete solution for office productivity on a phone. It lets Android and Ubuntu share the same Linux kernel, so they can run at the same time – Android for the phone experience and Ubuntu when docked. Which means one address book, one set of bookmarks, one place for text messages and one inbox for mail. And thanks to careful integration between the Ubuntu desktop and Android, user’s have access to the phone’s functions when it’s docked – including making and receiving calls.

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Just cause for more cores

 

Ubuntu for Android gives mobile workers a compelling reason to upgrade to multi-core handsets with more RAM, more storage, faster GPUs and CPUs. It’s not just a phone they are buying, it’s a desktop too. While mid-range phones can deliver a perfect Android experience, it takes high-end horsepower to drive a phone and a desktop at the same time. Newer multi-core processors are up to the job, and Ubuntu is the killer app for that hot hardware. It’s the must-have feature for late-2012 high-end Android phones.

 

A built-in desktop is also a driver of LTE, which offers higher bandwidth for productivity apps and lower latency for business users. Cloud apps like Google Docs are best used with a full desktop, and shine with LTE. The phone has traditionally been a slower, less productive tool. When you’re at a desktop, you want to get things done, quickly. So you appreciate the difference between 3G and 4G. Adding a desktop to the phone justifies the extra cost of newer network technologies for business customers.