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U.K. hosts CloudToo next week

 

Found an interesting IT event during my [mostly] daily check-in of my LinkedIn wall and reviewing some companies.

Stumbled on an event taking place next week called CloudToo. This was posted on the [LinkedIn] wall of Doherty Associates in the United Kingdom (U.K.).

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Seems interesting. Too bad it’s in the U.K. No chance I’ll be able to attend. But does interest me regardless of my availability to commit. I’ll update this post with any videos or content disseminated from the event.

To sign up for the event go to:

http://cloud4sme.eventbrite.com/#

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“Making a brighter future for SME’s and start-ups with the cloud”

SME

The acronym SME typically stands for subject matter expert. The opposite to a SME would be a generalist, or as some call it a jack of all trades. For example, if you’re hiring for a job that must have Apple and Macintosh (Mac) experience then you will post for an Apple genius or Mac expert or Mac genius whatever they call them now these days. Microsoft has an official branding of MVP (Microsoft Valued Professional) but that’s only really a status symbol and special partnership between you and the company. It’s kind of like the MCP program for certification. There’s some tests that you just pass that one test and you’re MCP.

You can check the Apple or Microsoft sites to see what kind of programs they have for SMEs or IT Professionals.

MSDN and TechNet are the Microsoft channels for professionals. I think the Mac genius program would cover that but it’s just assuming. Mac is about 10% of my breadth of knowledge and experience and only with hypercard on the old Macs in the late ‘80s and the Apple II/c in the mid-80s.

High disk activity suspected in Music app playback skipping

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Resource Monitor

The song I was just listening to started skipping and I don’t know exactly why. Just that the only thing in Resource Monitor that I could find is a spike like the ones above. Particularly the second highest spike in disk activity.

If it’s disk activity then it would be either:

  • Samsung hard drive
  • External Maxtor USB drive

I always suspect the external to be the bottleneck based on previous experiences with performance lags on Windows 8.

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Close all apps. If that doesn’t work, try logging off [Windows] by going to Start and clicking on your name on the upper right, then click Sign out:

Press the Start key on the keyboard, swipe from the right [if you’re on a tablet], or

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Click Sign out to log off your user account. This will terminate the current user session and start you off with a clean slate in terms of what Windows loads from the user profile when you login. It saves a reboot and thus less wear and tear on moving parts like hard disks if you don’t have a solid state drive (SSD).

  • Close apps
  • Log off
  • Reboot
  • Shut down

If I really want to go the extra mile I’ll disconnect the drive and test. But it probably won’t get to that. The drive, I believe, is USB 2.0. Will need to verify that later.

Root Cause

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Ran into the issue again today and noticed the song is still downloading. I’m not sure if the song yesterday was having the same problem.

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Receive/Transmit appears fine for a 10MB Ethernet connection. The bottleneck is in the cross connect cable from the computer’s NIC to the DSL Actiontec modem

WWAHost.exe is the process I check under the Overview tab in Resource Monitor.

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When I check that I’ll also get another process in the Network tab that I’ll check called BackgroundTransferHost.exe.

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Don’t think it’s a network issue on my end since regular internet is working and the TCP Connections and Network counters appear normal (above). It’s either with the ISP and/or XBOX in the cloud.

The only thing I could see Windows developers do to remedy situations like this would be to better buffer the packets as they come down. But in this case it’s just easier to play another song and wait for the song to download. In this case, I waited until the download box disappeared. Then it played fine without skipping.

Solution

Wait for song to download. You can play another song in the meantime. Once the download box disappears go back to the song exhibiting the problem earlier and play.

The My Music section of XBOX Music on Windows 8.0

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Music app tile on the Windows 8 Start screen. Live tile is off.

There’s an interesting command I discovered several weeks ago that exposed an even more interesting and previously unused feature of the [XBOX] Music app on Windows 8. In this post, all the screenshots were taken either with the print screen key [Prt Scn] or the Start + S combo [OneNote required] to get those tight lasso shots like this next photo below.


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There’s this little hyphen icon in the lower right portion of the screen in the Music app:

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Mouse pointer needs to be moved to this portion of the screen to activate and display
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The my music section of the Music app on Windows 8.0
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Arranged by Genre
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Date added is default
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The arranged by drop down box in-line with the little carrot pointing downward

This is the easiest, best way to get that same record store style experience. Especially with the new touch devices. Even on a non-touch PC like my Dell it’s a nice feature. In some cases, preferable to the built-in search that you get in all metro or modern apps in Windows 8. You just type and the search kicks in. When finished typing you just hit enter. You also get that same integrated search functionality from the Start screen and you can choose which app to use to search from. For example, the Bing app.

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Bing app in Windows 8

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Outlook 2013 RT

Technology news related to electronic mail on ARM [chip] touch devices.

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Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets as part of Windows 8.1 Update

Applies mainly to the touch devices. Those being the [Microsoft] proprietary Surface RT (not Surface Pro) or [3rd party] ARM devices running Windows RT.

Surface Pro (AMD/Intel) should [in theory] allow it. Haven’t checked to see if it’s free or there’s a cost.

On my Dell desktop at home running Windows 8 Professional, even with OneNote 2013 RT installed, I can still use the legacy OneNote 2013 [desktop] version installed with the Click to Run digital distribution of Microsoft Office 2013 via Office 365 Home Premium.

The biggest advantage to having an Outlook 2013 RT will be more intuitive, modern, touch user interface.

Good news for Outlook users with touch devices, such as tablets running Windows 8. I’m not sure about modern MS Office for Mac equivalent for iPads. They do have a Mac version of Office but I’m not sure about the metro UI.