Share This!The first 2020 Disney Parks merchandise was spotted, in the form of holiday ornaments, a few weeks ago. We’ve now seen two more 2020 ornaments added to the line.The ball topped with Goofy and Pluto is priced at $25.99 and the ear hat topped with Mickey is priced at $24.99.These are likely harbingers of the colors and design style that we’ll be seeing on dozens of more items in the coming days.What do you think?
Gmail users can now receive attachments up to 50 megabytes, sent files are still limited to 25 megabytes. I’m a fan of Drive or OneDrive to store/send large files. Note: It only works for Gmail incoming mail.I’m always on the lookout for new productivity tools and templates. Thanks to Sitepoint for updating their 40+ free productivity dashboards and templates article with new applications for me to try out. If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 28, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to improve user experience with micro-interactions, find a six-point checklist for creating accessible videos, discover some spooky CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility,…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: January 20, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to avoid UX burnout, find out about the publication of the Section 508 Refresh, discover why the grid won’t solve all your layout issues, and more. 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In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about six new useful guides for user research methods, learn why automated accessibility tools may not be the first tool of choice for an audit, find a slew of resources for learning CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekUX is not an activity, its an outcome. Its what our users want. Its the product. #conveyux— Rashmi Sharma (@Rasharma91) March 1, 2017User ExperienceExcellent resource from the UK Government Digital Service: six new user research methods guides have been added to their service manual. Each guide has examples, case studies, and related guides.What’s happening with the first cohort of students at Center Centre? Co-founder Jared Spool gives an update about the students, their progress, and discusses some of the 30 three-week courses the students will take in their two-year program.Competencies are how we measure each student’s progress. Nice! UX Booth is offering a free ticket to IA Summit 2017 for one special person who wants to be a live blogger. Interested? Email UX Booth by March 9, 2017 explaining why you’re the best person for the job.Feeling letdown by a setback?The #UX tip of the day: Sometimes a setback is a setup for a comeback. pic.twitter.com/YuGaBPNJQ6— Sarah Doody (@sarahdoody) March 2, 2017 AccessibilityIf you couldn’t attend this week’s California State University Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Conference, Ling-Yi Kung has graciously published notes from CSUN sessions on testing, design, and games. Thank you, Ling-Yi! Automated accessibility testing tools are often the first tool of choice for auditing a site. But you may want think twice after reading analysis from the UK Government digital services analysis on what they learned when they tested automated tools on the world’s least-accessible web page. Why you don’t want to use color alone in your documents or designs:Avoid using only color to represent something meaningful. It’s problematic for colorblindness but also for b/w printing. #a11y #CSUNATC17— mikey a11ylagan (@mikeyil) March 2, 2017Disheartening results in Jared Smith’s analysis of the accessibility of Alexa Top 100 website home pages. Compared to 2011, the number of errors has increased 60 percent over the past five years. On a good note, awareness of web accessibility has increased.WordPressGood news for theme developers! The Freemius Insights analytics service is now available for themes (previously only available to plugins). Freemius offers an opt-in prompt to allow developers to gather usage data on WordPress version, PHP, plugin and other data.Creating a responsive web design isn’t only about adding breakpoints to your stylesheet, says Rachel McCollin in her How to Convert Any Responsive WordPress Site into Mobile First post. It’s about performance and… developing content that works on any device and designing around that content.Joe Dolson explains what happened this week when the distinction between WordPress and WordPress.com wasn’t made at a conference talk. Since I create WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress sites for my clients, I take time to explain what WordPress is (the application), and how WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress are different.Brute force attacks continue to be major issues for WordPress sitees. Wordfence takes a closer look at a criminal organization targeting WordPress sites, focusing on their techniques and who’s behind the attacks.CSS and HTMLWhile you can use it to enhance your text, text-fill-color can be problematic, says Chris Coyier. You’re losing the integrity of the shape.After I read the title, Text stroke: stuck in the middle with you, I had the 1970’s song by Steelers Wheel playing in my mind most of yesterday morning. Excited about learning CSS Grid and want to ramp up your knowledge? One of the best places to look is the Learn CSS Grid resource post by Jen Simmons. You’ll find:Code examplesScreencast tutorialsConference talksTechnical documentationand more, including her own CSS Grid demos. Have more resources not listed in her post? Send them to Jen so she can add them.Speaking of excitement about CSS Grid, let’s not forget keyboard users, says Susan Robertson. Using CSS Grid means being responsive and accessible with our code. While you can reflow content with ease, it can cause issues with source order versus display order.What I Found InterestingThanks to Pete Meyers for pointing me to the Tech Terms Computer Dictionary this week. A new online dictionary for me to waste time wandering, er, explore the meaning of technical terms.
Jira Studios from Atassian is a service to manage software development projects. It’s short and to the point, telling us why the service is a value to customers. alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Drawloop has a complex product to explain but 2:42 is a bit too long for most people. Tell this story in less than 90 seconds and we think it could have a lot more value for the viewer. Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Mindmeister is mind mapping tool. They show the problem that comes when fleshing out ideas then go directly into a demo of how the product work and fits with Google Apps Marketplace. ConclusionThe vendors that created videos for Google Apps Marketplace deserve some credit for at least taking advantage of the YouTube channel. But what is it about trying to be cute? Some of these videos are like advertisements. That can be fine and well for a blog or for an event but it seems like a lost opportunity for a YouTube channel on Google Apps Marketplace. The Google Apps Marketplace has launched a YouTube channel to promote its third-party partners. Less than a third of the vendors have posted videos to the YouTube channel. Google Apps is not rocket science but the idea of integrating third-party applications into Google Apps is a new concept for most customers. The YouTube channel will by no means make an app successful. But it does provide a channel to explain what the product does and how it fits with Google Apps Marketplace. And the video can be used in different channels, too, such as on a blog or Facebook.So far, the YouTube channel includes 16 videos. Overall, 60 vendors are now part of the Google Apps Marketplace. Some of the videos are pretty professional, done in the Common Craft vein. But surprisingly, many are pretty mediocre, telling us little about the products and how they integrate with Google Apps Marketplace. Others tell too much about how the product works, not providing a clear value statement about the integration.Of the videos on the YouTube channel, Aviary is one of our favorites. Aviary is a service with tools to create graphics, edit images and do basic design. In smart fashion, Aviary then uses its blog to show how they used their own tools to produce the video. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… On the contrary, Expensify gets right to the point. It’s just 32 seconds. It looks like a video the founder made it with a USB microphone but that’s okay. He gets to the point – fast. The YouTube video from Concur Breeze is entertaining but it does not explain the product at all. Only in the last few seconds do we see someone doing their expenses online using the Concur product.
So where is the Intel® SCS in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) SP1? The short answer is MS SCCM SP1 does not use the Intel SCS. The longer answer is that Microsoft, as part of their architectural design of SCCM SP1, has chosen to develop their own mechanism for performing the initial provisioning and configuration of the Intel® vPro Clients. This is different from the requirement the Intel Client Manageability Add-on for SMS 2003 had on the Intel SCS for enterprise provisioning and configuration. Each ISV, as part of their enablement of vPro Management Technology within their product, can choose to leverage the Intel® SCS or use it as a reference design to develop their own implementation. Microsoft, with SCCM SP1, is not the only ISV that chose to develop their own capability for provisioning and configuring vPro Client; did you know that LANDesk also does not use the Intel SCS for vPro Client provisioning and configuration? Matt Royer The Intel® Active Management Technology’s (Intel® AMT) Setup and Configuration Service (Intel ®SCS or SCS) provides developer or ISV with the tools to set up and configure Intel AMT devices. The Setup and Configuration Service (SCS) allows for most aspects of setup and configuration to be completed through a remote management console. The service package consists of a configuration engine and installer in binary form, plus a reference graphical user interface that the ISV may integrate into their Manageability Product.
Is there savings report that can be provided to management on using power save option? How can we prove to them that we used this many KW of power before and this is the usage after the changes and this is the saving in dollars…..is it possible through Intel/LANDesk combo…. We have LANDesk and vPro. What do we have to do to start using these features? Can we have Jessie’s email address – I am in the planning stage of implementing vPro and it would help if I can get some advice from him…. Response LANDesk supports all current versions of vPro. There are several manufacturers that provide vPro systems. We do not recommend one over another. It is best if you make the choice as to which manufacturer best meets your needs. The vPro implementation is similar across all. The best thing to do is go to the vPro Expert Center and look for the vPro LANDesk Quick Start Guide. That shows you what to do. You can also find demos on both the Intel and LANDesk websites. http://communities.intel.com/community/openportit/vproexpert/activation?view=all&tagSet=1025 Does LANDesk works on windows 7 Yes, in fact you can change from TLS to non TLS mode inside the LANDesk console What difference for at least power management would there be with using vPro to do it or the built in LANDesk functionality to control machines for example to power on a machine, patch it and then shut it back down? Sure! [email protected] 763-287-5490 Yes, the LANDesk solution supports Zero Touch Provisioning and other methods of provisioning clients for Enterprise and Small Business mode with or without TLS. In addition you can update BIOS versions through the LANDesk console. We use the OEMs flash tools and can schedule a job to remotely flash BIOS. Is LANDesk capable to activate vPro bios inside of common MB Bios? Especially HP notebooks have vPro Bios configuration disabled, and you have to do motherboard Bios change to enable “CTRL-P”. Can LANDesk do it remotely on “branded” PC??” What do you define as new PC configuration? What takes 5 minutes that used to take 90? Yes, PCs that are deployed in your environment can be provisioned via the LANDesk agent once you configure the infrastructure to support the remote provisioning (no physical touch). See the quick start guide for details. Is LANDesk as vPro provisioning server able to work without TLS or only with TLS? Regarding vPro manageability, not speaking about provisioning. Thanks. Otto. Yes, there is a quick start guide available on the Intel vPro Expert Center: http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-1381 The server side can be VM, absolutely. The client machines need to be physical hardware. 🙂 Not currently, but it will when Windows 7 ships or shortly thereafter Can the test lab be in VM HP would need to have a utility that allows you to change BIOS configurations remotely. Once vPro is enabled, you can use LANDesk to enter the BIOS remotely on reboot and edit BIOS settings. I know Lenovo has a tool that allows remote BIOS changes and this utility can be used with LANDesk technology to change BIOS settings remotely like enabling vPro ME in the BIOS. Activate Today! Realize ROI with Intel® vPro™ Technology and LANDesk is now available for viewing and downloadWe are hosting a series of ROI and activation webinars on Tech Republic; each one is focused on a specific management console – Symantec Altiris, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, and LANDesk.Join the team from the Intel vPro Expert Center for an informative Webcast on the ROI savings and activation process for PCs with Intel® vPro™ technology and LANDesk.This live TechRepublic Webcast, featuring Q&A, will be hosted by James Hilliard and feature special guest speakers from Intel Corporation, Jeff Marek, Director of End User Platform Engineering, Digital Office, and Jeff Torello, Staff Architect, Digital Office and Rich Williams, Director of Strategic Alliances, LANDesk. They will discuss the ROI possible with Intel vPro technology usage models activated, a review of the primary usage models supported by LANDesk, and an overview of the activation process using LANDesk. Question You cannot virtualize the vPro client as the vPro functionality is inside the chipset of the machine, not in the Operating System software. For a lab, there would be no benefit to virtualizing the client systems as you need physical machines in order to test the vPro features. Previously at any given time, there were usually 20% of the machines turned off and on weekends even higher. With ‘green’ initiatives, many companies are requiring most PCs to be turned off. However, to patch machines, LANDesk needs the PCs turned on. So they either have to be left on or be turned on remotely. The savings comes from being able to turn machines on to patch them and turn them back off. If they are on, LANDesk can patch them and then turn them off if the corporate policy allows this. I hope that addresses your question. Where is that inventory script to identify vPro capable computers? You can visit this site: click here Is this guide specific to vPro and LANDesk? Is LANDesk agent able to provision vPro Bios? LANDesk has a power savings estimation tool you can use to predict power savings. (http://pmdb.cadmusdev.com/powermanagement/quickCalc.html) There is a product that is part of the LANDesk management suite called LANDesk Power Manager that can assist with this. LANDesk uses its Unmanaged Device Discovery to find vPro machines. After a discovery of devices, vPro enabled systems will show up in the vPro system field and then you can drop an agent onto these machines. There are also reports and database queries you can run to show all vPro systems. Is LANDesk capable to overtake text boot screen and also keyboard remotely. Like press “F1″,”F2” etc… remotely We have customers who are using Intel vPro and LANDesk to image new machines. With certain hardware, these customers are using LANDesk to image those machines which used to take 90 minutes for the various steps, to just 5 to 10 minutes when the steps are automated. Yes. However, some key sequences do not work on certain systems due to BIOS issues. Note: As part of vPro Remote Boot Manager in LANDesk, you can enter a client’s BIOS during restart by checking a box and then remotely change settings in the BIOS via the LANDesk console Is there a step by step guide to configuring LD for vPro Have questions that aren’t covered here? Please post them in the Ask An Expert forum and we’ll get them answered for you. Are all AMT type computers considered vPro and how can I tell the management engine is enabled There are a few generations of AMT and the latest versions will qualify for the vPro logo. The latest versions are AMT 4 & 5. If you don’t need the additional features that were added in these versions, you can buy a version referred to as Intel Standard Manageability. So there are two versions to look for. The 2nd question about the management engine state. I’d suggest looking for a utility on the vPro Expert Center called iAMT Scan. This runs an application at the client called MEINFO and puts the info into the registry. You can then query the registry to see what version of the Management Engine (ME), its state – enabled or not, as well as versions of supporting software on the client. You need to provision the VPro config on the PC’s. Is there an easy way to do this for PC’s that are already in company? Yes, that is correct. If you’re looking for additional information on vPro, please see: http://www.intel.com/go/vproexpert How can we tell what machines are vPro capable in the ld console? What if I convert a vPro machine to virtual – will it still not work in vm environment… Is there a specific vPro client recommended when using LANDesk LANDesk with 8.8 sp2 using wol has power management features(setting policy, waking machines up and patch for example) so we are looking at that and I was wondering what benefit using vPro for that functionality would provide if any. In the LANDesk console when you check the wake up box as part of patch management or software distribution, LANDesk will automatically wake up a system via vPro first. Since vPro works over TCP/IP it is more reliable than Wake On LAN. After LD tries to wake up systems via vPro, it then automatically sends out a WOL packet. There are not separated check boxes inside LANDesk to send out vPro and WOL packets, the software does this automatically.
The sale of Dadri wetlands, home to several wildlife species, in Greater Noida to a private builder has come under the Environment Ministry scanner for flouting environmental laws.Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that her ministry had received a complaint regarding reclamation of wetland habitats in Bil Akbarpur by Ansal Private Limited and had sent a central team to verify the complaint.The team found that the sale of the wetland area by the state government violated the green clearance condition that no wetland should be infringed during construction and any wetland coming in the project area should be suitably rejuvenated and conserved.The clearance to the project was granted by the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority of UP.Mail Today had first reported the spotting of blackbucks, blue bulls, chinkara and four-horned antelopes by wildlife enthusiasts.”This wetland harbours a good concentration of avian fauna in terms of biodiversity and density and is considered to be a viable avian habitat,” Natarajan said. She, however, clarified that there was no corroborative evidence of the presence of 200 endangered species of birds in the area.According to a survey conducted by the UP government in 2009, Bil Akbarpur has been identified as an important wetland, covering 4 hectares.Natarajan told the House that a show cause notice was issued to the builder under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to stop any construction, earth filling or land reclamation work in the vicinity of wetland.”The entire area has been concretised and there is nothing left. The builders and a local big college had bought the entire wetlands area. The government wants to sell each bit of that land so that no such reservoirs are left,” ecologist Anand Arya said.advertisementStrangely, the district forest department has long been denying the considerable presence of wildlife and has been claiming that there were only a few species in the area. It had even denied that there were wetlands in the area though its own RTI replies revealed that Bil Akbapur had 4 hectares of wetland.”The Greater Noida authority is spending crores to develop a night safari, that too artificially, but it can’t see the vast potential of an area, which exists naturally and on which it just has to spend minuscule amount to conserve it,” activist Vikrant Kumar Togad said on whose complaint the ministry acted.The fact-finding team sent by the ministry in January had recorded the presence of blackbucks and rare migratory birds in and around the habitat.”We are pursuing the government to initiate immediate steps to declare it as a sanctuary,” Togad added.”We have recorded more than 220 species of birds, including Sarus (state bird of UP), Blue Throat and waterfowls like Malard, Pintale, Shovelers, Garganey, Pochards, Wigeons and Waders. It is the richest bird habitat in Delhi’s vicinity but the government is hardly concerned,” Arya said.