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Calvin Muchow 2017-02-17
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Not only are PC sales falling, the people buying the computers are paying a lot more for them, all thanks to a shortage of components.

Sadly, it's a situation that won t be improving anytime soon.

As reported by IDG News Service, putting an exact figure on the increase is impossible due to the huge number of PC configurations available.

According to Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president and COO at Lenovo, the worldwide shortage of SSDs, DRAM, batteries, and LCDs mean the prices of laptops, desktops, and 2-in-1s are rising.

Component shortages aren't the only thing pushing up PC prices; it s also due to the shrinking market.

With fewer people buying new machines, manufacturers want to get the highest profit margin from each sale.

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Marshall Johnson 2018-07-18
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IDG survey confirms: CEOs consider cybersecurity a top priority.

Get Countering Escalating Cyberthreats and see why improving your threat visibility across the entire network is so critical.

As CEOs grapple with the risks of a digitally dependent business, the time is right to adopt a more holistic approach to security that distributes traffic to the right tool at the right time.

Eliminate the network weaknesses and keep the hackers out—and your CEO happy.

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Garland Marsella 2018-08-23
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Forbes magazine estimates that Cisco is 15 times bigger than it’s nearest rival in the networking game.

Whether networking floats your boat or not, it’s absolutely integral to every big company on the planet.

Naturally then, network engineers are in high demand, and Cisco engineers are top of that pile.

If you’re thinking of pursuing a lucrative career in this industry, The Ultimate Cisco Certification Super Bundle contains all the expertise you need.

‘Cisco remains the biggest single player in enterprise networking, and it’s not particularly close.’ - NetworkWorld

This huge bundle contains nine learning kits, and the premium content is tailored to suit all levels of experience.

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Brad Patterson 2019-02-18
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The audio recordings of 2.7 millions calls made to 1177 Vårdguiden — Sweden’s healthcare hotline — were left exposed to anyone online, according to Swedish tech publication Computer Sweden.

The 170,000 hours of incredibly sensitive calls were stored on an open web server without any encryption or authentication, leaving personal information completely exposed for anyone with a web browser.

Phone calls to the MEDICALL help service were stored as WAV audio files on an unsecured server.

— @mikko (@mikko) February 18, 2019

Computer Sweden listened to some of the recordings after having made efforts to limit exposure, i.e.

waiting for the site to be secured.

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Shane Higgins 2018-07-24
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Testing giant LabCorp still recovering

Analysis One of the largest clinical testing specialists in the US, LabCorp Diagnostics, is coming out of recovery mode a week after being hit with ransomware – reportedly SamSam, the same malware that brought the US city of Atlanta to a standstill earlier this year.

LabCorp has not confirmed that the malware was SamSam, but several reports have cited "people familiar with the matter" saying it was.

Quoting unnamed sources familiar with the probe, CSO Online reported that the attackers had gained access to the network by brute-forcing credentials on a resource accessible via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), after which the first server was encrypted.

LabCorp's Security Operations Centre reportedly contained the spread of the malware in less than an hour.

However, despite this, in that short window the malware is alleged to have managed to reach thousands of systems and servers, including hundreds of production servers important for day-to-day operations.

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Timothy Corn 2019-08-23
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It’s the late 1960s and pilot fish, freshly discharged from the Army, gets his dream job.

He’ll be maintaining equipment manufactured by a large computer company.

Not to name names, but this company has a strict dress code for men of suit and tie, but to fish, it’s just another uniform; no big deal.

After fish gets his in-house training, he’s assigned to accompany an old-timer who can show him the ropes of working in the real world.

Oh, says old-timer, you’ll want to lose that very nice tie you’re wearing.

Fish has never even heard of snap-on ties, but as a trainee whose recent experience has been in a strict command structure, he follows directions, gets some snap-ons, and as he goes off on his own, he uses nothing but.

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Larry Armitage 2019-10-01
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It’s pre-IoT days, when pilot fish tells this user that IT is taking the network switch down, and that will affect the user’s PC and printing connections for about half an hour.

Three minutes later, fish sees user pop her head out of her cubicle.

User: “Are you bringing anything else down?”

User: “Because my coffee pot just went out.”

For Sharky, the best part of waking up is your true tale of IT life in my in-box.

Send it to me at [email protected]

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Gerardo Diaz 2019-08-20
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Pilot fish is tasked with evaluating help desk systems, and incidentally with giving the chosen system a name.

When he submits his report on various off-the-shelf systems and the in-house option, he titles it “System for Helpful Information Tracking,” just for fun.

His thought is that his manager will catch that the name forms an unfortunate acronym, they’ll have a laugh, and then they’ll give it a new name before it starts up the line in the rather straitlaced insurance company they work for.

But manager doesn’t catch it and passes the report along before fish can stop by his office to have that expected laugh.

Suddenly the little joke doesn’t seem so funny to fish, but there’s nothing he can do to stop the report’s progress through the ranks without calling attention to what is sure to be seen as a tasteless and unacceptable attempt at humor (which even fish wouldn’t argue against).

Finally the report comes back from a very senior manager, which means it got through many levels of managers and vice presidents.

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Christopher Driskell 2018-08-30
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When wondering about widgets, one would be wise to weigh which widget is a widget worth welcoming.

And it's easy to write off as being irrelevant to your life as an Extremely Serious Smartphone User.

These standout Android widgets add value to your smartphone setup by putting timely information and complex functions right on your home screen, where they're always in sight and easy to reach.

If you need a more fully-featured note-taking setup and don't mind paying the price — $8 per month for a restriction-free premium subscription — Evernote will bring a healthy pinch of productivity to your Android phone's home screen.

The app's widget allows you to view a scrollable list of notes with numerous options — what type of notes are included, to what notebook newly created notes are saved, and whether you want to see images, tags, and text in the widget or only note titles.

You can swap any of those items out for shortcuts that'll set a reminder, take a more complex note (with a full series of editing tools), search your notes, or attach a recently downloaded file into a note.

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Troy Schindler 2018-12-04
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If your New Year’s resolution will be starting a lucrative new career as a Cisco engineer, then today is your chance to tee it up perfectly.

Networks are integral to every organization on the planet, meaning network engineers are in high demand.

Cisco is by far the biggest name in networking, so Cisco certifications are the golden ticket when businesses are looking to recruit.

‘Cisco remains the biggest single player in enterprise networking, and it’s not particularly close.’ — NetworkWorld

If you’re thinking of earning your stripes, the Complete Cisco Network Certification Training Bundle is about as extensive and affordable as professional tuition gets.

This huge bundle contains nine learning kits, and the premium content is tailored to suit all levels of experience.

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Issac Pierce 2019-01-20
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If the January gloom of your job is getting you down, how about starting a lucrative new career as a Cisco engineer instead?

Today’s deal could be your ticket.

Networks are integral to every organization on the planet, meaning network engineers are in high demand.

Cisco is by far the biggest name in networking, so Cisco certifications are highly sought-after when businesses are looking to recruit.

‘Cisco remains the biggest single player in enterprise networking, and it’s not particularly close.’ — NetworkWorld

If you’re thinking of earning your stripes, the Complete Cisco Network Certification Training Bundle is about as extensive and affordable as professional tuition gets.

collect
0
Gerardo Diaz 2019-09-25
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It’s around the turn of the millennium, and not everyone trusts that newfangled internet.

(OK, those people might have been wiser than we knew.)

In fact, pilot fish reports, he had a family member who was so paranoid about the dangers of the internet that they had to rename their intranet as the “Iweb.” Says fish: “‘Intranet,’ you see, sounded too much like ... well, you know.”

Sharky trusts the internet just enough to look in my email for your true tales of IT life.

Send them to me at [email protected]

You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

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Mike Estes 2019-10-02
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As you may have guessed by now (especially if you read this story's headline, you clever little cat), I'm talking about filters — Gmail's long-standing system for automating your inbox with a series of custom-crafted rules.

They can help you keep your email in order with no ongoing thought or effort.

And all it takes is a little one-time planning to get them working for you.

Follow this guide, and your inbox will be running like a well-oiled (but not too greasy) machine in no time.

Part 1: Figuring out your Gmail filters

Let's start by thinking through some Gmail filter possibilities to get an idea for the sorts of setups you might want to consider — then, we'll go step by step through the process of creating them.

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Donny Stiteler 2019-08-05
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New guy on this IT team about a decade ago heads to a site two and a half hours away where he’s urgently needed to diagnose a failed server, reports a pilot fish at HQ.

But he’s back in half an hour with a problem: His satellite navigation system has failed.

“We got a road atlas and printed detailed instructions on how to get to the site and sent him out on his way again,” says fish.

But the guy can’t read maps.

“An hour and a half later we got a call from him saying the instructions were no good.

We asked him where he was.” They work out that he headed north, exactly opposite of the direction he should have taken, so he’s now four hours away from the site he’s suppose to be heading toward.

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Paul Williams 2019-03-20
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Data onboarding is one of the most significant developments in marketing over the last decade

Without question, the 21st century’s most valuable commodity is data – a resource that is growing at an exponential rate, writes Steve Martin, Managing Director of International Data, LiveRamp.

With such high volumes of data, it is difficult to fully drive digital marketing to the next people-based level, especially when there is a wealth of offline data, that needs to marry with online data.

Issues can arise when marketers attempt to do their jobs without offline data to tie all web and social marketing interactions back to real-life transactions and people.

A staggering 90% of all the world’s data (2.5 quintillion bytes per day) has been created in the past two years alone, and its value is rapidly rising.

As this proliferation accelerates, marketers today find themselves with access to more online data than ever before.

collect
0
John Johannes 2018-07-15
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And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don't have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.

Edge Gestures lets you create up to three gesture-sensitive hot zones on your screen — on the left, on the right, and along the bottom of the display.

Realistically, you'll probably only need to activate one of those, as each contains more than enough opportunities for custom commands via combinations of tapping, swiping, and holding movements.

You can also enable a "pie control" option that adds a tiny translucent button onto the hot zone.

Give your custom gestures some extra pop with Popup Widget 3 — a thoughtfully crafted app that works hand in hand with Edge Gestures to summon some impressive powers.

In most desktop computing environments, you can launch any app anytime by using the always-present taskbar (or Dock).

collect
0
Calvin Muchow 2017-02-17
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Not only are PC sales falling, the people buying the computers are paying a lot more for them, all thanks to a shortage of components.

Sadly, it's a situation that won t be improving anytime soon.

As reported by IDG News Service, putting an exact figure on the increase is impossible due to the huge number of PC configurations available.

According to Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president and COO at Lenovo, the worldwide shortage of SSDs, DRAM, batteries, and LCDs mean the prices of laptops, desktops, and 2-in-1s are rising.

Component shortages aren't the only thing pushing up PC prices; it s also due to the shrinking market.

With fewer people buying new machines, manufacturers want to get the highest profit margin from each sale.

Garland Marsella 2018-08-23
img

Forbes magazine estimates that Cisco is 15 times bigger than it’s nearest rival in the networking game.

Whether networking floats your boat or not, it’s absolutely integral to every big company on the planet.

Naturally then, network engineers are in high demand, and Cisco engineers are top of that pile.

If you’re thinking of pursuing a lucrative career in this industry, The Ultimate Cisco Certification Super Bundle contains all the expertise you need.

‘Cisco remains the biggest single player in enterprise networking, and it’s not particularly close.’ - NetworkWorld

This huge bundle contains nine learning kits, and the premium content is tailored to suit all levels of experience.

Shane Higgins 2018-07-24
img

Testing giant LabCorp still recovering

Analysis One of the largest clinical testing specialists in the US, LabCorp Diagnostics, is coming out of recovery mode a week after being hit with ransomware – reportedly SamSam, the same malware that brought the US city of Atlanta to a standstill earlier this year.

LabCorp has not confirmed that the malware was SamSam, but several reports have cited "people familiar with the matter" saying it was.

Quoting unnamed sources familiar with the probe, CSO Online reported that the attackers had gained access to the network by brute-forcing credentials on a resource accessible via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), after which the first server was encrypted.

LabCorp's Security Operations Centre reportedly contained the spread of the malware in less than an hour.

However, despite this, in that short window the malware is alleged to have managed to reach thousands of systems and servers, including hundreds of production servers important for day-to-day operations.

Larry Armitage 2019-10-01
img

It’s pre-IoT days, when pilot fish tells this user that IT is taking the network switch down, and that will affect the user’s PC and printing connections for about half an hour.

Three minutes later, fish sees user pop her head out of her cubicle.

User: “Are you bringing anything else down?”

User: “Because my coffee pot just went out.”

For Sharky, the best part of waking up is your true tale of IT life in my in-box.

Send it to me at [email protected]

Christopher Driskell 2018-08-30
img

When wondering about widgets, one would be wise to weigh which widget is a widget worth welcoming.

And it's easy to write off as being irrelevant to your life as an Extremely Serious Smartphone User.

These standout Android widgets add value to your smartphone setup by putting timely information and complex functions right on your home screen, where they're always in sight and easy to reach.

If you need a more fully-featured note-taking setup and don't mind paying the price — $8 per month for a restriction-free premium subscription — Evernote will bring a healthy pinch of productivity to your Android phone's home screen.

The app's widget allows you to view a scrollable list of notes with numerous options — what type of notes are included, to what notebook newly created notes are saved, and whether you want to see images, tags, and text in the widget or only note titles.

You can swap any of those items out for shortcuts that'll set a reminder, take a more complex note (with a full series of editing tools), search your notes, or attach a recently downloaded file into a note.

Issac Pierce 2019-01-20
img

If the January gloom of your job is getting you down, how about starting a lucrative new career as a Cisco engineer instead?

Today’s deal could be your ticket.

Networks are integral to every organization on the planet, meaning network engineers are in high demand.

Cisco is by far the biggest name in networking, so Cisco certifications are highly sought-after when businesses are looking to recruit.

‘Cisco remains the biggest single player in enterprise networking, and it’s not particularly close.’ — NetworkWorld

If you’re thinking of earning your stripes, the Complete Cisco Network Certification Training Bundle is about as extensive and affordable as professional tuition gets.

Mike Estes 2019-10-02
img

As you may have guessed by now (especially if you read this story's headline, you clever little cat), I'm talking about filters — Gmail's long-standing system for automating your inbox with a series of custom-crafted rules.

They can help you keep your email in order with no ongoing thought or effort.

And all it takes is a little one-time planning to get them working for you.

Follow this guide, and your inbox will be running like a well-oiled (but not too greasy) machine in no time.

Part 1: Figuring out your Gmail filters

Let's start by thinking through some Gmail filter possibilities to get an idea for the sorts of setups you might want to consider — then, we'll go step by step through the process of creating them.

Paul Williams 2019-03-20
img

Data onboarding is one of the most significant developments in marketing over the last decade

Without question, the 21st century’s most valuable commodity is data – a resource that is growing at an exponential rate, writes Steve Martin, Managing Director of International Data, LiveRamp.

With such high volumes of data, it is difficult to fully drive digital marketing to the next people-based level, especially when there is a wealth of offline data, that needs to marry with online data.

Issues can arise when marketers attempt to do their jobs without offline data to tie all web and social marketing interactions back to real-life transactions and people.

A staggering 90% of all the world’s data (2.5 quintillion bytes per day) has been created in the past two years alone, and its value is rapidly rising.

As this proliferation accelerates, marketers today find themselves with access to more online data than ever before.

Marshall Johnson 2018-07-18
img

IDG survey confirms: CEOs consider cybersecurity a top priority.

Get Countering Escalating Cyberthreats and see why improving your threat visibility across the entire network is so critical.

As CEOs grapple with the risks of a digitally dependent business, the time is right to adopt a more holistic approach to security that distributes traffic to the right tool at the right time.

Eliminate the network weaknesses and keep the hackers out—and your CEO happy.

Brad Patterson 2019-02-18
img

The audio recordings of 2.7 millions calls made to 1177 Vårdguiden — Sweden’s healthcare hotline — were left exposed to anyone online, according to Swedish tech publication Computer Sweden.

The 170,000 hours of incredibly sensitive calls were stored on an open web server without any encryption or authentication, leaving personal information completely exposed for anyone with a web browser.

Phone calls to the MEDICALL help service were stored as WAV audio files on an unsecured server.

— @mikko (@mikko) February 18, 2019

Computer Sweden listened to some of the recordings after having made efforts to limit exposure, i.e.

waiting for the site to be secured.

Timothy Corn 2019-08-23
img

It’s the late 1960s and pilot fish, freshly discharged from the Army, gets his dream job.

He’ll be maintaining equipment manufactured by a large computer company.

Not to name names, but this company has a strict dress code for men of suit and tie, but to fish, it’s just another uniform; no big deal.

After fish gets his in-house training, he’s assigned to accompany an old-timer who can show him the ropes of working in the real world.

Oh, says old-timer, you’ll want to lose that very nice tie you’re wearing.

Fish has never even heard of snap-on ties, but as a trainee whose recent experience has been in a strict command structure, he follows directions, gets some snap-ons, and as he goes off on his own, he uses nothing but.

Gerardo Diaz 2019-08-20
img

Pilot fish is tasked with evaluating help desk systems, and incidentally with giving the chosen system a name.

When he submits his report on various off-the-shelf systems and the in-house option, he titles it “System for Helpful Information Tracking,” just for fun.

His thought is that his manager will catch that the name forms an unfortunate acronym, they’ll have a laugh, and then they’ll give it a new name before it starts up the line in the rather straitlaced insurance company they work for.

But manager doesn’t catch it and passes the report along before fish can stop by his office to have that expected laugh.

Suddenly the little joke doesn’t seem so funny to fish, but there’s nothing he can do to stop the report’s progress through the ranks without calling attention to what is sure to be seen as a tasteless and unacceptable attempt at humor (which even fish wouldn’t argue against).

Finally the report comes back from a very senior manager, which means it got through many levels of managers and vice presidents.

Troy Schindler 2018-12-04
img

If your New Year’s resolution will be starting a lucrative new career as a Cisco engineer, then today is your chance to tee it up perfectly.

Networks are integral to every organization on the planet, meaning network engineers are in high demand.

Cisco is by far the biggest name in networking, so Cisco certifications are the golden ticket when businesses are looking to recruit.

‘Cisco remains the biggest single player in enterprise networking, and it’s not particularly close.’ — NetworkWorld

If you’re thinking of earning your stripes, the Complete Cisco Network Certification Training Bundle is about as extensive and affordable as professional tuition gets.

This huge bundle contains nine learning kits, and the premium content is tailored to suit all levels of experience.

Gerardo Diaz 2019-09-25
img

It’s around the turn of the millennium, and not everyone trusts that newfangled internet.

(OK, those people might have been wiser than we knew.)

In fact, pilot fish reports, he had a family member who was so paranoid about the dangers of the internet that they had to rename their intranet as the “Iweb.” Says fish: “‘Intranet,’ you see, sounded too much like ... well, you know.”

Sharky trusts the internet just enough to look in my email for your true tales of IT life.

Send them to me at [email protected]

You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter.

Donny Stiteler 2019-08-05
img

New guy on this IT team about a decade ago heads to a site two and a half hours away where he’s urgently needed to diagnose a failed server, reports a pilot fish at HQ.

But he’s back in half an hour with a problem: His satellite navigation system has failed.

“We got a road atlas and printed detailed instructions on how to get to the site and sent him out on his way again,” says fish.

But the guy can’t read maps.

“An hour and a half later we got a call from him saying the instructions were no good.

We asked him where he was.” They work out that he headed north, exactly opposite of the direction he should have taken, so he’s now four hours away from the site he’s suppose to be heading toward.

John Johannes 2018-07-15
img

And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don't have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.

Edge Gestures lets you create up to three gesture-sensitive hot zones on your screen — on the left, on the right, and along the bottom of the display.

Realistically, you'll probably only need to activate one of those, as each contains more than enough opportunities for custom commands via combinations of tapping, swiping, and holding movements.

You can also enable a "pie control" option that adds a tiny translucent button onto the hot zone.

Give your custom gestures some extra pop with Popup Widget 3 — a thoughtfully crafted app that works hand in hand with Edge Gestures to summon some impressive powers.

In most desktop computing environments, you can launch any app anytime by using the always-present taskbar (or Dock).