Nokia 3310 Reboot…

Here are five things that could make the classic phone usable in 2017.

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There are strong rumours which indicate that HMD Global, the current licensee of the Nokia brand, will resurrect the Nokia 3310 at MWC 2017, alongside the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 8. The Nokia 3310, as most of you reading would probably already know, was one of the best-remembered Nokia phones of all time. Reportedly selling over 100 million units in its lifetime, the phone was famous for its durability, although the claims of it being “indestructible” might be exaggerated.

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If true, this is a rather smart move for HMD Global. Just look at the huge demand for the Nokia 6 in China; it’s not like people are buying it for the specs, making it obvious that the ‘Nokia’ brand value is still pretty relevant. Also, in a world full of touch-only, fragile smartphones, many of which can’t even last 24 hours on a single charge, the rebooted Nokia 3310 could be an interesting secondary or backup phone to own.

But if you think about it, the Nokia 3310 was released nearly 17 years ago. A lot of things have changed since then. Standards have evolved, and we’ve gotten accustomed to certain conveniences that just weren’t a norm back in the day. It’s going to be a tricky tightrope to walk for its makers, considering the phone is said to be priced around Rs 4,000. Although the expectation would be to keep the new 3310 close to the simplicity of the original, it need not be a literal copy. Here are five things that’ll make the new Nokia 3310 usable in 2017.

Nano/Micro SIM slots, Dual SIM

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The original Nokia 3310 had a Mini SIM back in 2000, but we can certainly say that you’ll be hard pressed to find a phone that supports it today. Many phones have moved to the smallest nano SIM form factor, while a few others still sport the slightly bigger micro SIM card slot. Either way, to effectively use the new 3310 as a secondary phone, there needs to be easy swap ability of SIMs from other phones.

On the subject of SIM cards, it’s also a no-brainer that the new 3310 should be dual SIM compatible too. Dual SIM is the norm in the two most populous countries of the world, and comes in real handy especially during today’s times when the telecom wars are at its peak in India.

4G support

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The original Nokia 3310 supported two bands on the GSM network, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. Today, for a phone to be interoperable worldwide, it at the very least needs to support the four prevalent bands – 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz respectively.

But the story goes beyond just bands, it needs to support 4G too. Now, you may ask why a dumb phone that won’t be used for streaming videos or download apps, need 4G support? Well, two reasons – modern operators like Reliance Jio don’t have 2G or 3G networks to fall back on, they operate only on 4G wherever you go. Next, operators in INDIA are seen shutting down 2G networks to reallocate that spectrum for modern, faster networks.

Icing on the cake would be if the Nokia 3310 supported WiFi too, so then you could also use it as a portable 4G router when needed.

USB Type C charging

Remember the patli pin Nokia charger? Yes, unfortunately that proprietary connector is obsolete today. While today’s USB Type C charger can’t be plugged in any orientation like the good ol’ round socket, it’s still reversible – meaning you can plug it in either of the two orientations. Also, it’s universal and is being adopted by many electronics, cheap and expensive. Plus it also doubles as a connection point to your computer.

Contacts, Calendar syncing

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Yes, there’s a good chance that the new Nokia 3310 will be very limited in function. Exactly how much tweaking HMD Global does to the proprietary OS that came with the original remains to be seen, but being a feature phone in 2017 doesn’t mean you have to be dumb. For example, moving from one smartphone to another today is convenient because our contacts, calendar entries, text messages and other stuff magically moves from one device to another over the cloud. There are standards like CardDAV and CalDAV that make it easy to move contacts between different operating systems and services as well.

If the new 3310 indeed has some form of Internet connectivity, it’ll be a shame if it doesn’t have the basic convenience of contacts and calendar syncing.

A battery life as long as the original

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You’re probably thinking, if you want all those features, will the phone last as long as it did? Well, I’d like to believe so – simply because in the past decade, hardware inside mobile phones has shrunk quite a bit. If you were to look inside the body of a high-end phone today, you’ll notice that it is the battery that takes up the biggest space. That’s because every other component (like the SIM card slot) has incrementally been shrinking, among other reasons, to fit in a bigger battery.

The original 3310 had a 900mAh battery. After 17 years, it certainly isn’t outlandish to expect a bigger battery, so that the rebooted Nokia 3310 too lasts for multiple days on a single charge, despite providing some of the modern conveniences mentioned above.

And that’s it for our wish list. Honestly, there’s no telling what the outcome will be, so I suppose we’ll just have to wait a few more days and see.

So, would you buy a new Nokia 3310 if it had all of the above?

Would you buy even if it had none of the above?

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"Windows as a service" means big, painful changes for IT pros

Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who’ve grown accustomed to “set it and forget it” as a management strategy, three big changes are making life much more challenging.

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When Microsoft rolled out the “Windows as a Service” tagline for Windows 10, most of us assumed it was just another marketing ploy.

But as we approach Windows 10’s two-year anniversary, it’s becoming apparent that there’s some substance behind the label. And for Windows power users and IT pros, the ramifications are just beginning to become apparent.

Microsoft has published a handful of low-key technical articles covering the new rules, but some of those details have shifted over time. The maximum interval for deferring feature updates, for example, was eight months when the feature debuted in November 2015, but shrank to 180 days in the July 2016 Anniversary Update.

Even for those of us who regularly attend IT-focused conferences and keep up with deployment news, managing a Windows-based organization in this new era can be confusing. For those who are simply using Windows for day-to-day-business, the changes can appear unexpectedly. And the realization that tried-and-true workflows no longer apply isn’t sitting well with some IT pros.

For the past year, I’ve been hearing a steady stream of complaints from longtime Windows admins and users. Consistently, those grumbles all boil down to a single objection: Because of “Windows as a service,” we’re losing control of our desktop PCs.

They have a point.

For the past quarter-century, businesses running Windows have been able to count on a few constants, all of which are now changing. Consider these three major shifts:

OVERLY AGGRESSIVE UPGRADE CYCLES

It used to be that you could install your preferred version of Windows and stick with it for nearly a decade. If you deployed Windows 7 Service Pack 1 when it was released in February 2011, for example, its feature set has been constant for the past six years and will remain unchanged for the remaining three years of its supported life.

In the new world, that upgrade cycle has shrunk to roughly 18 months, thanks to feature updates (the new term for upgrades) that can be deferred but not refused. This slide from a Microsoft presentation shows the support lifecycle for a Windows 10 feature update:’’

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Here’s how it works in practice: If you upgraded to Windows 10 Pro one year ago, in February 2016, you got the latest release, version 1511. Six months later, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update, version 1607, to the Current Branch (CB). That version was released to the Current Branch for Business (CBB) on November 29, 2016.

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An option available only in business versions (Pro/Enterprise/Education) allows you to defer feature updates until they’re released to the Current Branch for Business. Using Group Policy, you can defer those updates by an additional eight months in version 1511. That means you’ll be forced to upgrade to version 1607 or later in July 2017, less than a year and a half after your initial deployment.

And that upgrade cycle is going to get tighter. In version 1607, the Group Policy to defer updates shrinks from eight months to 180 days, with a 60-day grace period at the end. In addition, Microsoft has hinted that it plans to ship two feature updates per year starting in 2017. The upshot is that you should expect to upgrade every PC in your organization roughly once a year.

That’s a big change. For small businesses that don’t have the time or technical expertise to test each new feature update in advance, it can result in major disruptions if an update breaks compatibility with a business-critical third-party app.

ALL-OR-NOTHING UPDATES

In the good old days, each month’s Patch Tuesday collection consisted of an assortment of individual updates from which you could pick and choose. The new Windows Update model packages all those security and reliability fixes into cumulative updates that can’t be unbundled. Here, too, you can only postpone installation for a few weeks. “No, thanks” is not an option for an individual update.

That design has been part of Windows 10 from the start, and in recent months it’s shifted to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well. As a result, checking Windows Update on a Windows 7 PC today no longer returns a lengthy list of individual updates; instead, you get a single rollup like the one shown here.

Cumulative updates are the new standard in all supported Windows versions.

Microsoft’s justification for this new approach makes sense, at least in theory. When Windows engineers test a new update, they use a fully patched system as the baseline. There’s no way to confirm that an update will work on a PC where you’ve been selectively applying updates. So the new model is designed to drag the entire installed base of Windows PCs, kicking and screaming if necessary, to the same baseline configuration.

This new model will take some careful attention from IT pros, who will no longer have the option to solve a compatibility problem by uninstalling a problematic update. Using Group Policy, you can defer updates for up to 30 days as you test, but if you find a problem the only option is to delay the update for a few weeks, which means you’re also skipping potentially critical security fixes.

The cumulative update model is also causing some teething pains in Redmond, where an undisclosed problem in February 2017 forced Microsoft to skip an entire Patch Tuesday cycle for the first time in history.


THE DEATH OF THE SERVICE PACK

Windows 7 still has nearly three years left in its support lifecycle, but the one and only service pack was released more than six years ago. If you don’t know the secret recipe of updates to install , a fresh installation of Windows 7 can take several days to be fully updated.

With Windows 10, Microsoft regularly releases new installation media (in ISO format) reflecting the latest feature update. But OEM recovery partitions aren’t automatically updated, which means if you roll back an OEM device to its original factory configuration you have to download several gigabytes for the latest feature update and then another very large cumulative update to bring it current.

The bottom line with all these changes is that IT pros who’ve been used to running Windows in set-it-and-forget-it mode are going to have to begin paying closer attention, not just to what’s in this month’s updates but what’s in the pipeline for the next year.

And don’t expect Microsoft to back down on any of these decisions. There are minor changes in the pipeline to make it easier to schedule updates, but the underlying servicing and deployment models aren’t likely to change.

If you’re not paying attention, be prepared for some surprises.

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You cannot send this type of attachment from Gmail

You cannot send this type of attachment from Gmail after February 13

gmail-logo-inboxCome February 13, and millions of Gmail users across the world will not be able to send ‘.js’ files as attachments. The search giant Google announced this on its G Suite Updates blog. According to the company, ‘.js’ files are increasingly being used to spread malware.
“Gmail currently restricts certain file attachments (e.g. .exe, .msc, and .bat) for security reasons, and starting on February 13, 2017, we will not allow .js file attachments as well. Similar to other restricted file attachments, you will not be able to attach a .js file and an in-product warning will appear…,” said the company in the blog post.
The blog post also mentions that for inbound mails, the senders will be receiving a bounce message explaining them why the mail was blocked and was not sent.

The blog further adds that those who really need to send ‘.js’ files can use Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, or other storage solutions to share or send their files.

While attaching a javascript file users will get a message saying that “There are a number of reasons why you may see the ‘This message was blocked because its content presents a potential security issue’ error in Gmail. Gmail blocks messages that may spread viruses, like messages that include executable files or certain links.” Gmail currently restricts other file formats including .ade, .adp, .bat, .chm, .cmd, .com, .cpl, .exe, .hta, .ins, .isp, .jar, .jse, .lib, .lnk, .mde, .msc, .msp, .mst, .pif, .scr, .sct, .shb, .sys, .vb, .vbe, .vbs, .vxd, .wsc, .wsf and .wsh.

Safe Emailing. Enjoy!

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If you have the Chrome Browser version 53 and below, Gmail will stop working on it

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The Chrome Browser version 55 is the latest version of the browser and it has some important security oriented updates, as well as performance enhancements. To encourage users to upgrade to the latest version of the Chrome Browser, Google has announced that it will be showing a banner on top of Gmail for those who are using Chrome version 53 or previous versions. The banner will start showing up from 8 February, 2017.

The users most likely to be affected are users who are still using legacy operating systems from Microsoft such as Windows XP and Windows Vista. Microsoft does not maintain these operating systems any more, and Chrome version 49 is the latest version supported on these operating systems. Google is encouraging users to migrate to newer and more secure operating systems. Using Gmail on the old operating systems with outdated browsers is a risky operation and could potentially compromise the security for the end user, which is why Google is taking steps to stop access to Gmail on older versions of the browser.

Gmail will continue to work on Chrome version 53 and below till the end of the year, although with the banner. Those users who still do not move to later versions of the browser by the end of the year, will see Gmail reverting to a simpler, HTML version of the service, from as early as December 2017. Google is encouraging system administrators to migrate their users to newer versions of the browser, with an alert that it might be necessary to get a newer operating system as well.

Google does not normally make announcement on when support for Gmail will be stopped on older versions of Chrome. This is because of the current supported browser policy by Gmail, only the latest and most secure versions of browsers are supported. Google has made an exception in this particular case, as it can affect a large number of users who are on Windows XP and Windows Vista, and still want to access Gmail through these old operating systems.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Hard Drives.

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All of our computers, big and small, have hard drives of some type and most of us know that it’s the piece of hardware that stores our software, music, videos, and even our operating systems.

Beyond that, though, there are probably at least a few things you didn’t know about this ubiquitous piece of computing equipment:

1. The very first hard drive, the 350 Disk Storage Unit, didn’t just show up on store shelves out of nowhere but was part of a complete computer system by IBM, released in September, 1956… yes, 1956!

2. IBM started shipping this amazing new device to other companies in 1958 but they probably didn’t just stick it in the mail – the world’s first hard drive was about the size of an industrial refrigerator and weighed north of one ton.

3. Shipping that thing was probably last on any buyer’s mind, however, considering the fact that in 1961 this hard drive rented for over $1,000 USD per month. If that seemed outrageous, you could always purchase it for a little over $34,000 USD.

4. An average hard drive available today, like this 8 TB Seagate model at Amazon that sells for a little over $200 USD, is over 300 million times cheaper than that first IBM drive was.

5. If a customer in 1960 wanted that much storage, it would have cost her $77.2 Billion USD, a little more than the entire GDP of the United Kingdom that year!

6. IBM’s expensive, monstrosity of a hard drive had a total capacity of just under 4 MB, about the size of a single, average-quality music track like you’d get from iTunes or Amazon.

7. Today’s hard drives can store a bit more than that. As of late 2015, Samsung holds the record for the largest hard drive, the 16 TB PM1633a SSD, but 8 TB drives are much more common.

8. So just 60 years after IBM’s 3.75 MB hard drive was the best of the best, you can get over 2 million times as much storage in an 8 TB drive and, as we just saw, at a tiny fraction of the cost.

9. Bigger hard drives don’t just let us store more stuff than we used to be able to, they enable entire new industries that simply couldn’t have existed without these major advances in storage technology.

10. Inexpensive but large hard drives let companies like Backblaze provide a service where you back up your data to their servers instead of to your own backup discs. In late 2015, they were using 50,228 hard drives to do that.

11. Consider Netflix, which, according to a 2013 report, needed 3.14 PB (around 3.3 million GB) of hard drive space to store all of those movies!

12. Think Netflix’s needs are big? Facebook was storing close to 300 PB of data on hard drives in mid-2014. No doubt that number is a lot bigger today.

13. Not only has storage capacity increased, size has decreased at the same time… drastically so. A single MB today takes up 11 billion times less physical space than a MB did in the late 50’s.

14. Looking at that another way: that 256 GB smartphone in your pocket is equivalent to 54 Olympic-sized swimming pools completely full of 1958-era hard drives.

15. In many ways, that old IBM hard drive isn’t that different than modern hard drives: both have platters that spin and a head attached to an arm that reads and writes data.

16. Those spinning platters are pretty fast, usually turning 5,400 or 7,200 times per minute, depending on the hard drive.

17. All those moving parts generate heat and eventually start to fail, often times loudly. The soft noise your computer makes is probably the fans circulating air but those other, irregular ones, are often times your hard drive.

18. Things that move eventually wear out – we know that. For that, and some other reasons, the solid state drive, which has no moving parts (it’s basically a giant flash drive), is slowly replacing the traditional hard drive.

19. Unfortunately, neither traditional nor SSD hard drives can continue to shrink forever. Try to store a piece of data in too small a space and the very physics of how hard drives work breaks down. (Seriously – it’s called superparamagnetism.)

20. All that means is that we’ll need to store data in different ways in the future. A lot of sci-fi sounding technology is in development right now, like 3D storage, holographic storage, DNA storage, and more.

21. Speaking of science fiction, Data, the android character in Star Trek, says in one episode that his brain holds 88 PB. That’s much less than Facebook, it seems, which I’m not sure exactly how to take.

Enjoy and Keep Sharing!

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21 Things You Didn’t Know About Microsoft & Bill Gates

Microsoft is an Old Company & Bill Gates is a Crazy Driver!

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Bill Gates may be one of the most famous people on planet Earth, and his company’s software may run a majority of the computers in the world, but there are a few things you probably didn’t know about either:

1. Microsoft was originally called Micro-Soft – a combination of the terms microcomputer and software

2. Micro-Soft opened its doors officially in 1976. A gallon of gas was just $0.59, Gerald Ford was president, and David Berkowitz was terrorizing New York City. 

3. Micro-Soft, renamed Microsoft in 1979, wasn’t founded by Bill Gates alone – his high school friend Paul Allen is cofounder of the technology giant. 

4. Microsoft also wasn’t the first venture by Gates and Paul. Among other things, they created a computerized machine, called Traf-O-Data, to process data from those pneumatic traffic counter tubes you’ve probably driven over before. 

5. Their homemade machine wasn’t the only time Gates made a mark in the traffic world. He was arrested in 1975 and 1977 for various driving violations. 

6. Microsoft didn’t start out making operating systems. The company’s first products were versions of a programming language called Microsoft BASIC

7. The popular Apple II and Commodore 64 computers used versions of Microsoft BASIC, licensed and tweaked for those devices. 

8. The first operating system released by Microsoft was actually a version of the open source operating system UNIX. It was called Xenix and was released in 1980. 

9. Microsoft started working on Windows 1.0 in 1983 and released it in 1985. It wasn’t a real operating system, however. While this very first version of Windows may have looked and acted like an operating system, it actually sat on top of the MS-DOS OS. 

10. The Blue Screen of Death, the name given to the big blue error screen you see after a major error in Windows, didn’t actually begin in Windows – it was first seen in the OS/2 operating system. 

11. Considering how many devices that Windows powers, it may not be too surprising to learn that Blue Screens of Death have been seen on giant digital billboards, vending machines, even ATMs. 

12. You can even fake your own Blue Screen of Death. It’s a real BSOD, but it’s completely harmless. 

13. In 1994, Bill Gates purchased the Leicester Codex, a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci. Mr. Gates had some of those papers scanned and included as a screensaver in the Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95 CD. 

14. Bill was chosen as one of the “50 Most Eligible Bachelors” by Good Housekeeping magazine in 1985. He was 28 years old. At that time, the only other person that young to appear on their list was Joe Montana. 

15. Bill Gates has been the richest person in the world, off and on, since 1993. In 1999, his net worth exceeded $100 billion USD, an unmatched level of single-person wealth, even today. 

16. Bill may not be giving his riches to people who forward an email, but he does give a lot of it away. Bill and his wife, Melinda Gates, run The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They plan to eventually donate 95% of their wealth to charity. 

17. He may be King of Computers in the hearts of nerds everywhere, but Bill Gates is a real honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), thanks to Queen Elizabeth II. Steven Spielberg is another US-born recipient of this honor.

18. Eristalis gatesi, a fly found only in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, was named after Bill Gates. 

19. It’s true that Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard University in the early 70s. However, he went for three years, technically had enough credits to graduate, and in 2007 received an honorary doctorate from the school.

20. The MS in MSNBC stands for Microsoft. NBC and Microsoft jointly founded MSNBC in 1996, but Microsoft sold its remaining stake in the cable news network in 2012. 

21. Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009, then Windows 8, and then Windows…. 10. Windows 10?

Yep, Microsoft skipped Windows 9 completely. You didn’t sleep through anything.

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Task Manager might show 100% disk utilization on Windows 10 devices.

Your computer is hanging. Same old Windows, right? Except you’re using a brand new Windows 8.x or Windows 10 device, you’ve only had it a few days. So just what is going on?

Investigating, you discover that your system drive is running at 100%. Surely this can’t be right? Sadly, it is. The latest versions of Windows have a problem with the drives being over worked, which slows down the operating system. This issue affects both hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs).

Several fixes are available for this, depending upon what exactly is causing the problem, here we are going to cover some of main reason for it.

Solution 01

Open up a run dialog by holding down the Windows Key and pressing R. In the “Open” field, enter “services.msc”. Look for “Windows Search” and “Superfetch.”
Go to each of these entries. Right click on one and select “Properties.” In the dropdown box labeled “Startup type,” choose Disabled. After leaving the properties window, press “Stop” in the upper left corner. Do this for both.

or the CMD (Admin)

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Solution 02

From the Windows Menu, go to Settings, then go to System and then go to Notifications and Actions. Turn off “Show Me Tips About Windows”. That’s it. It takes maybe a minute or two to lower the disk usage and I would recommend ending any process in task manager that’s making the disk usage go up in the meantime. Usage percentage should go down and stay around 1-2%.

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Solution 03

Some users said after trying stopping and disabling WSearch, superfetch and BIT all worked temporarily.

Then real culprit seemed to be the pagefile settings.

imageGo to control panel/system and security/system/advanced system settings under performance click settings, advanced tab click change, set min to 1024 x your ram to convert to MB and set max to 2 x the min. click set, OK and apply.

Requires a restart. Stopped my 100% disk usage and windows now loads faster hope this helps.

if you have 4GB RAM, then the pagefile should be 1024 x 4 = 4096MB & Max to 4096 x 2 = 8192 MB or any higher value than.

Also remember, the same will be consumed from your Hard Disk Drive. 

Enjoy!

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