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  • How to Add Create Elevated Shortcut to New Context Menu in Windows 10
    When you open an application file with Run as administrator, you will get a UAC prompt for approval before the app is allowed to run with elevated rights. In addition, Windows will not allow elevated apps to run at startup by default. If you want to run an app as administrator (elevated) without getting a UAC prompt or at startup, then you can create an elevated task to run the application as a workaround to do so. This tutorial will show you how to add or remove create an Elevated Shortcut to the New context menu for all users in… Read more »
  • Leadership – Motivating employees after layoffs
    The Harvard Business Review shares 4 key leadership techniques are shared in depth in this excellent article: 1. Remember that work and life are interconnected — Coworkers can become some of our closest friends … Losing a coworker to a layoff evokes feelings of grief, guilt, anger, uncertainty, denial, regret, and so much more. 2. Be candid — managers should help them see the reasons for the company’s downsizing decisions and explain other options … management is reshaping the company for future stability and growth while treating people with dignity 3. Communicate consistently and transparently — you may be… Read more »
  • IT Management – New Work from Home designs and planning
    The virus pandemic created an emergency rush for “work from home” (WFH) setup & adaptation for employees. And overall most WFH migrations have been highly successful.  And as the world re-opens safely & cautiously in months ahead — new designs, controls, and leadership are needed as many will continue on WFH basis.  This excellent article from eWeek encourages IT managers to plan ahead now for these forthcoming changes: How IT Leaders See the New Work Normal — Is this the path of other businesses in other sectors for the future? What exactly has the COVID-19 pandemic done to our… Read more »
  • GDPR – Privacy progress after 1st two years
    Progress in privacy protection is central theme of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.  GDPR is evaluated on it’s 2nd anniversary: It’s been exactly two years since the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, was put into force by the European Union on May 25, 2018.   eWEEK has covered the genesis, institution and passage of this pioneering international data privacy law since long before that date became a milestone in data protection and privacy history. Take a look at our list of articles on this topic to understand why this legislation is so important to the world’s IT business and international commerce… Read more »
  • Microsoft 365 – Enterprise Licensing optimization May 2020
    As the use of Microsoft 365 expands in business world, some valuable licensing optimization guidelines are shared in article by eWeek: How to Re-evaluate Microsoft 365 Licenses for Your Enterprise — By following these five points for proper management of M365 licenses, organizations will save money and boost ROI. This is a powerful survival combination in this time of uncertainty. As the infamous American-Austrian consultant Peter Drucker coined: what gets measured gets managed. Data Point No. 1: Identify who’s using M365 and how it’s being used. Data Point No. 2: Educate employees on all M365 capabilities to ensure it’s… Read more »
  • Windows 10 v2004 – Removed features from past versions
    GHacks shares informative summary of features removed in Windows 10 version 2004. Here is the list of features that got removed and deprecated in Windows 10 version 2004. 1. Cortana integration — Cortana is not gone but the native integration of Cortana has been removed. It is replaced by a Microsoft Store application that lacks many “consumer skills” such as music or connected home of the native Cortana. The new Cortana application introduces a chat-based user interface to interact with Cortana using typed or spoken natural language queries, tighter security as it requires being signed in with a work,… Read more »
  • Microsoft MSN – Increased Artificial Intelligence use May 2020 Microsoft won’t renew the contracts for dozens of news production contractors working at MSN and plans to use artificial intelligence to replace them, several people close to the situation confirmed on Friday. AI will replace the production work they’d been doing. That work includes using algorithms to identify trending news stories from dozens of publishing partners and to help optimize the content by rewriting headlines or adding better accompanying photographs or slide shows. “It’s been semi-automated for a few months but now it’s full speed ahead,’’ one of the terminated contractors said. “It’s demoralizing to think machines can replace… Read more »
  • Apple – 13-inch MacBook Pro review May 2020
    Business Insider reviews Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro. It is designed for Mac users, who don’t want a huge laptop Apple’s newest MacBook Pro is a smart option for Mac loyalists looking to replace their aging laptop with a machine that’s powerful and lightweight. But, as is typically the case with Apple products, it’s not the best deal compared to the competition. 1. Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro now comes with the company’s revamped Magic Keyboard, addressing its biggest drawback. 2. It replaces Apple’s trademark Butterfly keyboard, which feels flatter and stiffer in comparison and has been prone to… Read more »
  • Smartphone Security – Blocking unwanted calls May 2020
    Detailed techniques on “how to block” annoying calls and texts for Apple iPhone or Android smartphone systems are shared by PC Magazine: There are all sorts of reasons to block a number: an ex who won’t stop calling, telemarketers who can’t take a hint, scammers, or an aunt who wants to see why you’re still not married. When your phone has buzzed one more time than you can take, you know it’s time to block that number. But how? Here are the steps to take by popular operating systems and carriers.  The first way to reduce the number of… Read more »
  • Dynamic Payloads in ASP.NET CoreDynamic Payloads in ASP.NET Core
    It has always been possible (but a tad problematic) to submit dynamic contents to an ASP.NET Core controller action. In the dark, pre-Core days, we had to implement a custom model binder for this. Now it is no longer the case. All we need is to declare an action method as having a dynamic parameter, obtained from the request body, and accepting the request through POST: [HttpPost] public IActionResult Post([FromBody] dynamic payload) { return Json(new { Ok = true }); } This will accept any content that we POST, if we use the Content Type application/json, and it will by… Read more »
  • Project Management – Disciplined Agile Mindset May 2020
    The latest IIL project management blog features a highly in-depth article for scum masters & others who use the Agile PM methodology   The Disciplined Agile Mindset Principles of the Disciplined Agile mindset — This provides a philosophical foundation for business agility. The eight principles are are based on both lean and flow concepts: 1. Delight customers. 2. Be awesome. We should always strive to be the best that we can, and to always get better. 3. Context counts. Every person, every team, every organization is unique. 4. Be pragmatic. Our aim isn’t to be agile, it’s to be… Read more »
  • Windows 10 – v2004 New Features and Early issues videos
    So far, I’ve had a reliable experience in updating my 1st WIN10 v1909 laptop to v2004.   I am only updating one device now — for early pilot testing to look for early application issues.   Any “early adopter” ADMIN or “power user” should be technically versed to work around issues.  When major releases appear, it is wise to cautiously wait a couple of weeks — as sometimes non-Microsoft software & drivers may not work as documented in early issues link below.  And in worst case scenario — there may be a need to revert back to v1909.  Waiting allows installation experiences… Read more »
  • ‘Mathway’ app has been hacked – 25 million passwords stolen
    Scam alert: The popular ‘Mathway’ app has been hacked, resulting in 25 million stolen email address and passwords. “Do you (or someone you know) use the hugely popular ‘Mathway’ app? If so, the email address and password you use with that app are now probably being sold on the dark web. Mathway is one of the world’s most popular educational apps, and according to ZDnet and other news sources 25 million Mathway users have had their login information stolen by hackers.” Read more »
  • How to Delete Recovery Partition in Windows 10
    In Windows 10, there can be a Windows recovery partition or computer manufacturer OEM factory recovery partition available on the Windows disk. The Windows Recovery Partition allows you to boot into Windows recovery environment (WinRE) to restore your computer when problems happen. The recovery partition created by manufacturers allow you to press a specific key (usually F9 for HP and F12 for Dell) to recover your computer to the factory default settings. Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a recovery environment that can repair common causes of unbootable operating systems. By default, WinRE is preloaded into the Windows 10 for desktop… Read more »
  • Windows 10 – v2004 features update release on May 28th
    This will become available via Windows Update for Windows 10 1909 and 1903 with the “Check for Updates” option … Also it is more immediately available via the Windows 10 Software Download Center (Update Now and Media Creation Tool) which can help force updating sooner if desired For information about the latest features for commercial customers, see “What’s new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 2004.” For insights on how to update, see the Windows IT Pro Blog post on feature updates while working remote. If you’re curious about Windows Server, version 2004, which was also released today,… Read more »
  • Windows 10, & Windows Server, version 2004 Known Issues
    Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004 Known Issues Read more »

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