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Herstelling man crushed to death

first_imgA Herstelling, East Bank Demerara man is now dead after he was reportedly crushed to death by a motor car on Saturday afternoon.The accident occurred around 15:00h on Saturday at Second Street, Herstelling.Dead is 48-year-old Kalicharran Goordial, a carpenter of Creekdam, Herstelling.Dead: Kalicharran GoordialAccording to Police reports, Goordial was under the influence of alcohol and was lying on the roadway when he was driven over by motor car PVV 4911. The vehicle was at the time being driven by a young man from the village.“Investigation revealed that the pedestrian, who was said to be highly intoxicated, was lying on the centre of a cross street adjoining to Second Street when the motor car, which was proceeding east along Second Street, suddenly veered north into the cross street and collided with the pedestrian,” the Police said in a statement on Sunday.The injured man was subsequently taken to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver had reportedly fled the scene after hitting the man. However, he was arrested later on Saturday and taken into custody. A breathalyser test was conducted, and no trace of alcohol was found. He remains in custody assisting with the investigation.When Guyana Times visited the home of the now deceased man on Sunday, his sister Jasmattie related that she last saw her brother Saturday morning and did notThe spot where Goordial was killedknow about his accident until she saw the crowd gathered at the scene.“I was coming home and I see the crowd, so I thought is a fight or something, but when I walk closer is then I see him,” the woman recalled, adding that this was almost an hour after the accident happened.“He left lie down there over an hour, because I was coming home minutes to four (o’clock) and he was still there,” she noted. His head was reportedly crushed.The woman said that they were still unsure as to what exactly transpired since the residents around the area where the accident occurred have been tight-lipped.When this publication visited the scene, one neighbour said that she had just talked to Goordial and had gone inside when a few minutes after, she heard a commotion outside.“After I went back inside, he went his way (heading home) and then I heard people shouting and so. When I go out, I see people gathering and then I get to know is he get knock down and lie down there. But I don’t know is how the accident happen,” the resident said.The body of Goordial is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination, which is expected to be done today.last_img read more

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A.V. man first known death in heat wave

first_imgLANCASTER – Los Angeles County’s first heat-related death from a record heat spell was confirmed Thursday as a Antelope Valley man who was overcome while riding in a car with a friend. Fifty-one-year-old Eldredge R. Kelsey Jr. had stayed in the vehicle with the door open when they arrived at a home in the desert east of Lancaster, and the friend called paramedics after checking on him 10 minutes later, a Los Angeles County coroner’s official said. “They were riding in a non-air-conditioned vehicle running errands,” coroner spokesman Craig Harvey said. “When they arrived at the residence he was lethargic and somewhat disoriented and remained in the vehicle with the door open.” When the friend checked on him 10 minutes later, Kelsey was unresponsive, though still breathing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Paramedics got to the home on 200th Street East, some 15 miles east of Lancaster, about 20 minutes after the 911 call and tried to resuscitate Kelsey but could not revive him. He was pronounced dead there. An autopsy whose results were released Thursday indicated he died of hyperthermia – overheating. A half-dozen other deaths from around the county are suspected to be related to the recent heat spell, but autopsies have not yet been conducted on them so the causes of death remain unconfirmed, Harvey said. Kelsey died Tuesday afternoon, when the temperature in Lancaster hit 110 degrees – tying a 31-year-old record for the date and just two degrees below Lancaster’s highest-ever temperature of 112 degrees, set July 9, 2002. Lancaster temperatures set or tied records for five days straight from Friday through Tuesday. Deaths caused by heat are not common in Los Angeles County, Harvey said. “If we have a half-dozen, that would be high,” Harvey said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Transfer Talk: Juanma to Dundee, Man Utd to win race for Olympics star

first_imgAfter yesterday’s news Rangers are closing in on two new signings and Andrew Shinnie could be on his way to Hibernian it has been quiet on the transfer front across Scotland. Dundee are still, of course, hitting the headlines though, which is to be expected in light of the Greg Stewart saga. Paul Hartley is now said to be weighing up a move for Hearts striker Juanma as a possible replacement.Across the city, Dundee United may have to up their search for a defender or two. With Paul Dixon already on the sidelines and questions over their central defenders, the news of Lewis Toshney’s injury won’t have filled manager Ray McKinnon with joy. Meanwhile, down south, Manchester United are set to pip Chelsea for Olympics wonderkid Gabriel Barbosa who has been impressing for the home nation in Rio. They’re said to be ready to launch a £30 million bid for the 19-year old striker.  Chelsea are apparently still keeping tabs on German defender Jonas Hector, despite him signing a new deal with Cologne recently. And Barcelona are said to have accepted an £21.7 million offer from Manchester City for their goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, which could finally seal Joe Hart’s future away from the club.last_img read more

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VIDEO: How To Make a TouringPlans Room Request

first_imgShare This!Have you ever made a room request for a Walt Disney World resort hotel?Since my mom has accessibility issues, I know they do every time they stay on property. They once had a corner room at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn that, although farther away from the lobby, they still daydream about to this day…Anyway, the point of my story is that TouringPlans has a Room Finder tool that allows you to find your perfect room! We not only have a map of every resort hotel on property but also room view photos of every single hotel room.After finding that perfect room, we’ll take your room request and send it directly to Disney.Since we’ve recently updated how and when we send these requests, I thought it appropriate to create an updated video.Enjoy!Have you used our room request tool? Share your thoughts below!last_img read more

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Transgender employees and the so-called bathroom conundrum

first_imgOn my speaking boondoggles around the country, what’s the biggest issue I hear from HR professionals involving transgender employees?Yep, it’s the use of the bathroom.Folks, it’s not that complicated. But, I’ll get to that in a sec. First, with a tip of the hat to Joshua Block (@JoshACLU), over the weekend, I read this tweet, which links to this storyfrom Jessica Shepherd (@JessShepSaginaw), about a Planet Fitness location in Michigan that received a complaint from a female gym member. This woman complained to the gym about a transgender woman (assigned male at birth; identifies as female) in the woman’s locker room. She then told other gym members that “a man” was using the woman’s locker room.So Planet Fitness responded.It canceled the membership…of the woman who complained. Here’s more from the article:“After taking her complaints to Planet Fitness’ corporate office, Cormier [the woman who complained] said she was told that the gym was a ‘no judgement zone’ and they would not tell the individual in question to stay out of the women’s locker room. The person has not been identified….A statement released by McCall Gosselin, public relations director for Planet Fitness, states that members can use the locker room corresponding with their personal gender identity.In a press release, Planet Fitness further explained its actions:“Planet Fitness is committed to creating a non-intimidating, welcoming environment for our members. Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity. The manner in which this member expressed her concerns about the policy exhibited behavior that management at the Midland club deemed inappropriate and disruptive to other members, which is a violation of the membership agreement and as a result her membership was cancelled.”When Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted, there’s no way that either Congress or President Johnson envisioned protections for transgender employees. But, the law prohibits discrimination based on sex. And the EEOC has upped its efforts to litigate cases of LGBT discrimination, arguing that it’s still discrimination based on sex. But, even if the EEOC is wrong, and suppose you don’t live in a state or city that has a law prohibiting LGBT discrimination at work, you may ban LGBT discrimination in your workplace.And, if you do ban LGBT discrimination in your workplace, let employees know by including it in your handbook and, then, training them accordingly.On the bathroom issue, consider establishing some unisex bathrooms. Otherwise, allow your transgender employees to use the bathroom associated with the gender with which they identify, without having to worry about taking sh*t from their co-workers.Pun intended.To read the original post on The Employer Handbook, please click here.last_img read more

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NASP Supports Retailers Offering Shoplifter Education as a Voluntary Alternative to Entry into the…

first_imgRecent events in California present an opportunity to examine the concept of private industry working with the public sector to find and deliver better responses to crime in our nation, in this case, low-level and juvenile shoplifting. (See “California Court Issues Ruling against CEC Diversion Program,” published on August 16.) It is our view that it is not about any particular provider or their procedures. We believe that there is much more at stake for retailers. This is about the retailer’s rights and prerogative as private citizens who are repeatedly victimized by shoplifting offenders (to the tune of $30 million annually) to seek a better solution. It is about the retail community’s value in collaborating with and providing resources to the public sector to offer and establish a better response to the problem than those currently available – which are simply inadequate and therefore ineffective in reducing recidivism – a primary imperative of the criminal justice system.“This is by no means an indictment of the underfunded and overburdened criminal justice system. Shrinking financial resources coupled with evolving and growing community concerns leaves the system unable to stretch their resources to handle every low-level crime with the full weight of the system, which is understandable,” said Caroline Kochman, NASP executive director.Kochman points out that this leaves most low-level crime – and specifically shoplifting – unaddressed and unpunished. While this saves resources, it “sends a dangerous message to offenders that this particular crime does pay and the risk is so minimal that it is worth the reward.”- Sponsor – Shrinking resources and an over-crowded criminal justice system is not a new problem for the public sector. To mitigate the impact on their effectiveness, many communities have successfully privatized certain aspects of the criminal justice system thus alleviating the burden on the public sector and stretching their limited resources – outsourced probation services is just one example.The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention is in full support of retailers offering effective, offense-specific education to offenders as a voluntary alternative to entry into the criminal justice system. This effort to provide a progressive new tool to save time and resources for both sectors, while holding willing offenders accountable in reasonable proportion to their offense, is a game-changer for communities in their ongoing struggle to reduce recidivism and petty shoplifting in their stores and communities.Further, it is NASP’s aim to help communities recognize that retailers and their LP teams have no obligation to invest their own time and resources in taking on what is traditionally the imperative of criminal justice. However, as good partners to the communities where they do business, the most forward thinking retailers are doing just that. These retailers recognize that they are all part of the same community and if alleviating the burden on law enforcement and criminal justice resources while helping to reduce recidivism provides value to the community, then it is a value to them as part of that community.It is important, however, to note that any such educational program must be implemented in partnership with the community, with the criminal justice system, even with the offenders themselves; a partnership in which each participant contributes effort and reaps benefits in equal measure. This is the hallmark of a sustainable, cooperative and effective solution to the collective community challenges caused by unchecked shoplifting in our stores and communities. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Big Data: Speeding up Big Data Processing with Apache Spark

first_imgApache Spark is quickly gaining a strong following among Big Data users.  The big advantage of using Spark is that it allows in-memory processing which greatly speeds up the ingestion and processing of data.  Spark is also a bit more straight forward in terms of builds and the creation of data job workflows.  Apache Spark’s tagline is “Lightening Fast Clustered Computing”.Ion Stoica, Co-Founder and CEO of Databricks, told Forbes that  “Spark is a parallel execution engine that is better than Hadoop MapReduce in three dimensions: First, it’s faster, because it is optimized to work efficiently with data stored both in memory and on disk. Spark holds the terabyte sort benchmark record, by beating the time of the previous record by 3x using 10x fewer machines.  The second advantage is that it provides a more powerful and flexible API than MapReduce, which makes it much easier for developers to write sophisticated applications. Typically, it takes between two to five times fewer lines of code to write the same application in Spark than in Hadoop MapReduce. Finally, Spark unifies a variety of computation models. It goes far beyond batch computation, and through a set of libraries, it supports many other workloads, including streaming, interactive queries, machine learning, and graph processing.  What makes all of these possible is a very flexible and powerful core engine which can execute large scale jobs in subseconds.”Stoica added that “Spark also has a more general and easy-to-use API. So when you write applications in Spark, you don’t need to cast them as a bunch of maps and reduces. You can almost write arbitrary applications.  When we do regular surveys and ask people why they like Spark, half say it’s speed and half say it’s ease of use.”Databricks, a startup founded by the creators of Spark, has recently announced the availability of a cloud platform based around Apache Spark and a Databricks workspace.  It’s a way to simplify the interaction a user has with Big Data.  There’s no need to have to directly interact with an Hadoop cluster.  Once users upload data to the a project in the Databrick platform, they’re able to start interacting with it and begin creating visuals, like charts and dashboards.  It’s possible for the user to schedule jobs via the job launcher to ensure that Spark jobs get run at specific times.last_img read more

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IoT 2019: Five Trends

first_imgSmart Buildings and CitiesIoT technologies will be applied to make cities smarter by helping with traffic control, waste management, lighting, providing of 5G services, analyzing and preventing crimes, and disseminating information. Buildings will be more efficient in the use of lighting, climate control, space, security, and asset tracking. SecurityOne glaring problem with IoT devices that was exposed multiple times in 2018 was the poor or nonexistent security in the current generation of IoT devices. The problem has dampened the speed of adoption of IoT. In order for the IoT industry segment to grow, manufacturers will need to address this. Expect 2019 to be a year where there is an intense focus on security and plugging vulnerabilities in IoT devices. Big growth is expected for the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2019. Outlined below are some of the trends that we can expect for the coming year. Smarter TransportationAutonomous cars and vehicles are coming. But even before they become common, IoT is being applied to standard vehicles and at all price points. Smart dashboards are reporting information from on-board sensors to give drivers information about their tire pressure, engine status, oil level and fuel consumption. Navigation, traffic and vicinity information will be available via voice search.center_img Manufacturing and HealthcareManufacturing and Healthcare will be changed dramatically as sensors and RFID tags enable better tracking of all aspects of these businesses. Manufacturers will see reduced down times, better performance, improvements in supply chain tracking and management, and better inventory management. Hospitals will be able to track equipment in real time, improve home care and personal healthcare, and better control sensitive data and patient records. Competition Among Big TechBig tech vendors see the opportunity and aren’t just waiting to see how the market develops. Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others all are trying to establish a foothold and establish themselves as a leader in the technology. Expect competition to grow intense in 2019.last_img read more

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App Genius Mike Lee Talks Product Engineering

first_imgFinally, Lee closed the talk by promoting Appsterdam as a project, and Amsterdam (his home) as a place to live and work. The Netherlands, says Lee, “is a really well-run country” full of nerds. “Even the non-nerdiest Dutch person is nerdier than the average American.”Of all the talks at Strange Loop 2011, I think Lee’s was probably the most useful and certainly the most entertaining. If you take Lee’s advice to heart, your apps (and users) will thank you. Me too, if I have to use your apps. One example is the classic iPod. At launch, many thought it would fail. There was no legitimate way to put music on it, it had no FM tuner, etc. But it succeeded and ultimately led to the iPad. But Apple couldn’t have started with the iPad, says Lee. “If Apple had simply come out with the iPad 2, heads would have exploded but product would not have moved.”Most Ideas Are TerribleIdeas, themselves, really aren’t worth that much according to Lee. “Most ideas are terrible… ideas are not a dime a dozen. I would not pay you a dime to listen to a dozen of your ideas, I’d charge you $1,000.”What’s important is quality. Lee says that most people are in love with their ideas, but what’s necessary is to cut down to the bare idea. Ask how your solution solves a problem, and how and why is it better than other solutions. Make a VideoInstead of jumping straight to creating a product, Lee suggests that you make a commercial or video for the product. Explain it, and why people should buy it. The goal is to act it out, and be able to explain to potential hires or investors or customers why they want it. Once that’s solved, then start work. Marketing, says Lee, shouldn’t run companies, but marketing materials should be produced early.How to Pick a PlatformOne thing that many developers struggle with is deciding which platform to target. Lee says this is simple. Pick the platform you like and work on that one. Maybe Android has more users than iOS, but who cares if you hate Android? Your app is not going to be as good for Android if you love working on iOS. (Of course, the converse is true as well.) Lee points out that most platforms have enough users for an app to succeed. The key is to capture enough users on the platform to succeed, and just moving to another platform won’t fix that. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#conferences#enterprise joe brockmeier 1 Related Posts Once you’ve conquered a platform and have users demanding you port to another platform, is the time to start supporting a second platform. But don’t try to serve multiple platforms with the same team, says Lee. Instead, companies need “n+1” teams for the number of platforms they support, where “n” is the number of platforms. What’s the extra team for? Lee says to split out the back-end/business logic support so that one team handles that, the rest is handled by platform specific teams that love those platforms.TestingA lot of developers worry about technical debt. What’s worse than technical debt? Social debt. You get social debt by shipping a bad product, and having to overcome that first impression with later iterations of an app or product.You get one and only one chance to make a first impression. Lee says that companies and individual developers need to test as if they were tested by their archnemesis. “No one should hate you and your company and products more than you.” Test your code as if it were written by your worst enemy, says Lee. You’re not testing to prove that the app works. Instead, you’re looking to prove that it doesn’t. If you can’t prove it doesn’t work, then you’re good shape. Eventually, you do have to ship. That isn’t an excuse, says Lee, to ship a lousy product. If you have to cut, cut features and not quality.One example of a product burdened by social debt is Microsoft’s Kinect technology. Lee says that he avoided playing with the Kinect for a long time until coerced by friends. “Microsoft is not a company that has built a reputation for delivering on technical promises… the sad thing is the Kinect is kind of awesome… the problem is the guys [Microsoft] had dug themselves in a hole.”The HookSo how do you tel when a product is ready? Here Lee finally addressed the Mariachi question. Why did he dress up like a Mariachi for a room full of developers? To get attention, of course. To give the audience a “holy crap!” moment to convince them they wanted to have their butts in the seats and hear what he had to say. Apps need the “holy crap!” moment too. They need a hook to be successful. Take Delicious Library, for instance. It’s not the first application that manages a person’s media library. But the “holy crap” moment for Delicious Library is when users realize they can use their iSight camera to scan barcodes instead of typing in all their data. Special Word for Patent TrollsAfter laying down the product development science, Lee spent a short amount of time talking about anti-user and anti-developer forces. Namely, he wound down his talk with some unkind words for patent trolls, which is not new for Lee. But what was new is the Operation Anthill legal foundation for protecting app makers. An offshoot of Appsterdam, Operation Anthill is an effort to “promote and preserve” app makers and their business from “extortionists who use litigation as a business model.” While Lee’s entire talk was well-received, his anti-patent message got the most enthusiastic response by far. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Mike Lee has been involved in what are arguably some of the software industry’s best applications. Delicious Library, Tap Tap Revenge, the Obama ’08 app, and Apple’s mobile store. Lee has a pretty good idea what users want, and spent about an hour at the St. Louis Strange Loop 2011 conference talking about product engineering and why it’s best to imagine users as lazy, stupid, impatient and selfish. Did I mention he was wearing a Mariachi outfit?Lee had the audience’s attention from the start, and not by accident. But he didn’t explain, right away, why he was sporting a slightly unusual outfit for a developer conference. Instead he started with some golden rules for application (and product) development:Technology is first and foremost a people problem.You can’t force people, you must tempt them.New must be better than the old.These apply to all products, says Lee, but his specialty is apps. So how best to approach application development?Ignorant and ApatheticIn the real world, Lee says it’s best to assume the best of people. In engineering, however, Lee says that it’s best to pretend that people are lazy, stupid, impatient and selfish. That’s not true, of course, says Lee. “People are not ignorant and apathetic, but they do not know and do not care about your product.”The point, of course, is not to insult users; it’s that software engineers and others on app design teams need to understand that users have better things to do than to learn how to use an app. Lee also wants to get rid of the idea that great apps are revolutionary. “Great products are not revolutionary, they’re boring with a little layer of revolutionary.” Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Top 10 Windows 8 Features No. 10: Refresh and Reset

first_imgYes, there really are 10 important and beneficial changes you’ll find in Microsoft Windows 8, beginning with Refresh. Let’s just say it’s closer to perfect than Windows Backup. Refresh is Microsoft’s first real attempt to address Windows’ most touchy consumer pain point: Reinstallation as a solution to problems that no one can diagnose or understand. Now, there’s a chance that with this partial installation feature, you can have Windows start over without losing absolutely everything, including your applications and the files in your libraries. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… In this 10-part series, 26-year veteran Windows tester Scott Fulton walks you through the best features, faculties and functions of Windows 8.Perhaps you’ve seen the famous comic posted to Oatmeal.com titled How to Fix Any Computer. Not to give away all the secrets of the comic’s trenchant forensic analysis, but Step 2 of the Windows side of the equation is unfortunately familiar to just about any Windows user: “Reformat hard drive; reinstall Windows.”A PC operating system is like steel wool. You can’t use it in even the slightest way without mutating it. Installing a new program typically alters the System Registry, which to many Windows veterans even looks like steel wool. Inconsistencies in the Registry can affect the entire system, and much of the last 17 years of Microsoft’s development of Windows has been devoted to adjusting, accounting and compensating for these discrepancies so that folks don’t have to reinstall Windows every time something goes wrong. System Restore (a form of which premiered with Windows Me) was created to overwrite a newer, possibly damaged Registry with an older, hopefully undamaged copy, in hopes that the system could pretend the changes suspected of damaging the system never happened. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Features Test SetupMy test computer for this experiment is a quad-core Intel Core i5 2500K desktop system. I purposely did not use a fresh Windows 8 Consumer Preview installation, but rather one where I’d made software installations and changes, including:Microsoft Office, after I authored several documents and made some settings changes. I expected to have to reinstall Office, but I wondered whether it would remember me afterward;The Visual Studio 11 beta, plus some of the SDKs that go with it;Mozilla Firefox, along with some settings changes that I believed should get stored in a safe directory that survives the operation;A third-party screen capture utility called Screenshot Captor whose stored settings I also suspected should survive;A third-party utility I use to install software directly from ISO images of discs, called Virtual CloneDrive;Some Metro-style apps.I also made the kind of adjustments that an ordinary user would make. I changed the Desktop wallpaper – which, for Windows 8, applies only to the Desktop mode. I moved a Vista-style Desktop clock gadget from the left to the right of the Desktop (would it get moved back left, or would it disappear altogether?). I also changed my Metro and Start screen background color from crimson (go Sooners!) to cyan (umm, go Seahawks). And I tweaked the network settings to add more sharing features to my homegroup. I chose these actions to give me clues as to what parts of Windows get overwritten during Refresh. Since this operation will probably be undertaken only when Windows is acting weird, you should actually want some parts of Windows to be wiped clean. If too many things survive, the bad behavior might survive as well.Test ResultsThe Refresh process consumed about 20 minutes – a little slower than the original install, but still well within reason. It wasn’t long ago that a Windows XP installation could take more than three hours. For the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, here’s what I noticed immediately after Refresh:1. My Desktop wallpaper was the same, as were customizations I had made to Windows Explorer (such as “View hidden files and folders”). This indicates that at least some Registry entries survive Refresh. Not all entries, however: My Control Panel, which I intentionally reset to View by Large Icons, reverted to View by Category. Administrators will want a hard-and-fast rule for which settings need to be checked and reset, and can be counted on to survive Refresh.2. My Desktop gadget disappeared, suggesting that contents of the Windows folders were completely overwritten. That’s actually good, because misbehaving components may be parts of system drivers or even malicious actors placed in system folders to feign legitimacy.3. The Metro color reverted to crimson, even though my Metro background color remained cyan as the Refresh program was announcing success for the initial sign-in. Easy enough to change back, but the point is that the surviving data for the Desktop and the victim data for Metro appear to have come from two different places.4. The Metro Start screen and Lock screen pictures stayed the same. Evidently, Metro doesn’t store all of its data in the same place. This may pose some interesting problems with respect to System Restore (not Refresh), and the possibility that rolling a system’s status back to a previous restore point may not restore Metro with the same integrity as it restores the Desktop.5. The homegroup had to be rejoined, although Metro did remember the homegroup password. This is important for a slightly esoteric reason: If you have a dual-boot PC that also boots with Windows 7 (many people will, and I do), changes you make to the folders that Windows 8 includes in shared libraries appears to impact whether those same folders remain shared in Windows 7. I have no clue why or how this is so, but since Windows 8 folders start life as private and unshared (as they should be), rejoining the homegroup may mean you have to make adjustments in Windows 7 the next time you boot it up. This quirk may go away with the final edition of Windows 8.6. Third-party application data (“AppData”) was cleaned from its hidden folder. That’s both a surprise and a big deal, because it means that not only will you have to reinstall your programs, but you’ll have to start over with your settings. If you had a huge store of bookmarks in Firefox, and you weren’t syncing it via some cloud service, it’s probably lost. And if you had certificates, serial numbers or other data affirming your rights to use commercial software packages, they may be gone as well.7. The contents of users’ Documents folders remain intact. This is as Refresh’s warning promises. When I installed the Visual Studio 11 beta, I had it create a number of sample files. Even though I typically keep my “My Documents” folder on a completely separate drive (which has saved me more times than I can count), VS tends to put its help files in the local “My Documents” folder on the system drive anyway. That said, they were intact, even though Visual Studio itself was not. Still, this is a good thing, because getting VS functionality back from here takes only minutes.8. There’s a nice “Removed Apps.html” file on my Desktop listing everything that Refresh had to remove, which I can print out and use as a checklist.9. My IE10 Desktop home page reverted to Bing.com. Yeah, I caught that, Microsoft. Sneaky devils.10. My Windows ID remained intact, as it now must in order for me to be able to log onto Windows 8 again. This also means my Xbox Live account remained intact, and Windows 8 games like PinballFX were able to sign in for me. For some users, having the Xbox Live profile will be item No. 1 on the checklist. However, things stored locally – such as my high scores on PinballFX – did not join the party.One of the first programs I had to reinstall was Screenshot Captor, in order for me to take pictures for this report. The program was able to find my saved settings, which do not rely on the Registry. On the other hand, Firefox thought it was being installed in a completely clean system. So evidently, the rules for reinstalled programs needing a re-education in Windows will be… complicated.Refresh or Reset?center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now It’s taken well over a decade for Microsoft to guide the evolution of Windows software to a state where applications are maintained separately from the operating system. We’re not quite there yet, though we’re close enough now that Microsoft feels comfortable introducing this useful “partial reinstall” feature to Windows 8. Called Refresh, it’s based on the Windows Image Manager (WIM) services introduced with Windows Server 2003 R2. Refresh replaces the kernel files in Windows, overwriting the existing installation with a new and freshly compiled image of the operating system. But using WIM, it adds back the separately maintained components from the new architecture of Windows 8, including existing WinRT “Metro-style” apps you’ve already installed. So you don’t have to start all the way at square one, though it won’t necessarily take you all the way back to where you started. The big question for many users will be whether Refresh will be any more of a timesaver than what Windows 8 now calls Reset. Reset is a fast way to start over with a completely new and unadulterated installation of Windows 8. Whatever settings you may have had are removed.The “Reset your PC” warning (shown above) states, “All your personal files and apps will be removed.” That’s not exactly correct. If you sync your files using cloud services such as Apple’s own iCloud, Box.net or Dropbox, or if you keep your important files on a separate drive, naturally, those files would survive even a Reset operation. Reset wipes the My Documents folder when, and only when, it cohabits the same device as the system folder. Microsoft should consider selectively revising this warning. Perhaps: “All your personal files and apps stored on the same device as Windows will be removed.” Even that may be harsh, because (we’ve been told) the new Windows Store may be called upon to reinstall lost Metro apps.For me personally (this will not be the case with everyone), the difference between Refresh and Reset is minimal. Reinstalling Windows has become as common for me as, say, washing the car. If I have a tool that polishes the chrome for me so I don’t have to, I might appreciate it a bit, but I won’t call it a lifesaver. But for most Windows users, anything that reclaims an hour or more of valuable work time will be as good as gold. If Refresh works as well in the final edition of Windows 8 as I believe it will, fewer folks may find themselves, as the Oatmeal chart so quaintly put it, quietly weeping. scott fulton Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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