CES: Day 2

Wow! I have to say that Day 2 at CES had lots to offer and so many good things to see; I thought that I might have had some time to return to the Las Vegas Convention Center but I was very impressed at the exhibits at the Sands Expo and Venetian.  I spent the first part of my morning taking in Dell’s booth names the “Dell Experience”.  I remember when I first visited their private booth two years ago and am very impressed that they have continued to build upon what I feel is a good thing for their company.  Their representatives were very nice and friendly when it came down to describing in great detail the features and benefits of their products.

However, after visiting the Dell Experience, I spent the rest of day 2 in an area called Eureka Park (literally in the basement it’s massive!) which is where you will find the overwhelming majority of all startup and small businesses from not just in the US but countries all around this world.  I have to say that I’m so damn proud of all those people that come out and put their necks (and livelihood) on the line to invest in a booth at CES just so they have a fighting chance that someone or some business will take a liking to the product or service that they are showcasing.

I particularly enjoyed the “startup incubator” competition that CES hosted which was excellent in challenging the latest tech related startups by pointing out their strengths and weaknesses; even though there can only be one official “winner” of the competition, you could argue that those who came up short will be even more motivated to build upon their product or service that they were marketing.

Eureka Park is truly something that you have to witness for yourself; the dialogue, discussion, jokes, and competitive spirit made me feel right at home!  Sometimes the bigger companies take their visitors for granted and don’t bother engaging in the type of banter and discussion that a startup / small business is more than willing to do.  For future reference, I’ll make a point to start at the Sands Expo and specifically at Eureka Park.

CES: Day 1

So Day 1 of CES 2019 is in the books.  Just to recap, the drive to Las Vegas was very smooth giving me ample time to get settled in before heading to the Las Vegas Convention Center for the opening of the exhibits at 10am.

I spent the first three hours in the South Hall which to my surprise had lots of neat hardware available namely in the form of cloud storage devices, server equipment, and lots of different types of drones.

After a short lunch break, I was able to attend a couple of keynote addresses into the afternoon which centered on the growing cyber security threat facing today’s world.  It was a very informative panel discussion with the main points being 1) we are ill prepared to handle the potential threats posed by the many gadgets that can now be connected to a home or business network and 2) there is an alarming labor shortage in the field of cyber security which has led to a potential shortfall of over 1 million (!) workers.  If you or someone you know wants to get their foot in the door of the IT industry, it’s safe to say that the easiest way to get in is to specialize in cyber security.

After the keynotes, I spent the remainder of my day (until the closing of the exhibits at 6pm) in the North and Central Halls which had lots of big name vendors such as Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Sony, and Intel displaying and debuting their latest offerings.  I was amazed at how lots of auto manufacturers (i.e. Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Ford, etc.) and accessory companies (i.e. Pioneer, Diamond Audio, Kenwood, Powerbass, etc.) literally had the biggest presence I’ve seen since I started attending CES many years ago.  It goes without saying that technology in our vehicles is a major focus in the competition for new auto buyers.

Tomorrow, I plan on heading to the Sands Convention Center and the Venetian hotel which looks to have some more promising exhibits and keynote addresses.  Until then, time for my feet to rest and onward to day 2…

 

CES is almost here!

After missing out last year, I’m looking forward to attending the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show which is held in Las Vegas annually at the beginning of each calendar year.  Since I first attended the show back in 2001, I’ve only missed it one another time (back in 2008 if I recall correctly).  After reviewing the schedule, I plan on spending lots of time walking the halls of the convention centers and hotels containing an endless number of exhibits.  I also look forward to the usual stellar cast of keynote speakers that take the multiple stages spread throughout CES.

Looking back, it amazes me how much it has grown since 2001…it only used to take up space in the Las Vegas Convention Center but now the show is so massive, the organizers have broken it into three separate areas spread throughout the Strip and now includes the Sands Convention Center and CityCenter hotels such as Aria.

I look forward to taking in all that CES has to offer along with writing up my assessment of the show to you all upon my return…

 

Office 2010 Updates Pulled

For Microsoft and their critically acclaimed updates, a New Year unfortunately doesn’t necessarily bring a different result as they quietly pulled their non-security updates for Office 2010 although the KBs (without the actual updates themselves) can still be found on their site.

Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627)
Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217)
Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225)
Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616)

Just serves as more reinforcement to not jump the gun and install as soon as possible!

Looking for a replacement for an Apple router?

As you may already know, Apple has already announced that they have discontinued their consumer networking lineup of AirPort Extreme routers and access points.  One of the great benefits to having an “all-Apple” networking setup was the fact that you could setup all of your devices to form one big network, similar to what mesh networks do today.

For those looking to upgrade, there are many choices but I was surprised to find an article from Appleinsider.com stating that despite the fact that Synology is more well known for their NAS devices, they highly recommend a router that they recently release and even tout it as “the best AirPort replacement we’ve found yet”.

Click here to read the full article…if you disagree with the assessment, what you do have / recommend for your environment?

Amazon’s Holiday Season Recap

If I told you that Amazon shipped over one billion (!) products leading up to Christmas Day, what would your gut reaction be…

See the press release here:

https://press.aboutamazon.com/news-releases/news-release-details/amazon-customers-made-holiday-season-record-breaking-more-items

Perhaps they’ll do double that next year around this time…don’t laugh(!)

Happy New Year Everyone!

Taco Night!

Personally, one of the downsides of the holiday season is the fact that I have not been able to cook as much as I’d like.  Don’t get me wrong…I’ve enjoyed eating at some pretty unique restaurants in my area but tonight’s opportunity to get back in the kitchen is long overdue!

Upon opening the fridge, I noticed a whole pork tenderloin leftover from Christmas dinner and decided to transform it into Carnitas for tacos (ok, not quite the same thing but its better than nothing!).

I took the whole pork ‘loin and shredded the meat by hand and seasoned it with garlic salt, black pepper, olive oil, and cumin while sauteing over a low fire.  I then made fresh salsa using some roma tomatoes, red onion, garlic cloves, jalapenos, and cilantro.  After a quick trip to the store for some fresh corn tortillas and cotija cheese, I was all set for dinner.

The final result…not perfect by any means but definitely hit the spot!

Microsoft’s Christmas Surprise!

So it appears that Microsoft decided to release KB 4023814, which “secretly” installs the Windows 10 Update Assistant that in turn automatically prompts the end user that the version of Windows 10 they are running is out of date and needs to be upgraded to version 1809.

Image result for windows 10 update assistant 1809

I must admit, what a clever (and highly unethical) way to get users upgraded…perform a “sneak attack” over the holidays when most people may have their PC on but aren’t necessarily using it.  See Woody’s article for further reinforcment…

Issues with Outlook

So Microsoft appears to have released KB4011029 specifically for Outlook 2013 users in an attempt to fix an issue resulting from the latest round of Office updates.

According to Microsoft:

This update fixes the following issue:

Mail delivery rules stop working. When you try to open the Manage Rules & Alerts dialog box in Outlook 2013, you receive the following error message:

The operation failed because of a registry or installation problem. Restart Outlook and try again. If the problem persists, reinstall.

What’s even more interesting is that multiple reports show that this also affects users of Outlook 2010 and 2016 and as Woody from askwoody.com states, why is it that Microsoft only have a fix for Outlook 2013 but not the others…crazy stuff indeed!

Reported issues with IE fix on Windows 7 devices

So I can’t say that I’m surprised users are reporting issues with the fix from yesterday.  Specifically, it is causing Windows 7 PCs to crash randomly and frequently and upon the removal of the patch, system performance seems to return to normal.

That being said, it may be best to remain in a holding pattern since it appears that more harm is being caused in production environments by installing the patch as opposed to rampant infections due to users visiting bad sites on Internet Explorer (another reason why you should be using Chrome, Firefox, or even Edge!)  At some point, the “fixes” in this patch (hopefully without the crashing) will probably get rolled into a cumulative update in the future so most of us can afford to wait.

Stay tuned!