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Printer issue - WSD port

At some point in life in the past several weeks something happened to my printer and it started having issues printing. The printer is an HP Deskjet 2600 series. The issue was print jobs would get jammed in the queue and I was unable to delete them. The process was:

wsd printer port I would print something

Conveyed Concept

Conveyed concept

concept12 years ago (2007) I wrote this article and placed it on Wikipedia. 10 years later they decide they don't like it and deleted it. 10 years! It went through a peer review and countless other revisions and checks. So, I'm cleaning it up and publishing on my site 2 years after they deleted.


ZombieLoad - A new but not so new threat

The latest threat to computers is the Zombieload vulnerability.

So many of the known threats to computer devices are because of how the software or hardware was created. The exploits and vulnerabilities we discover are flaws in how the system or code was constructed. Is it possible that we just didn’t have the tools we needed to test for security flaws?

zombieload exploit

What is Server-less

Cloud = server on the Web

I recently completed a project where I successfully moved a company from a server environment to one that is "serverless".

NYT- Technology

Memphis Business Journal

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 09:36
Meagan Nichols
International Paper has appointed its first-ever chief sustainability officer. As the Memphis-based global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp, and paper products begins to carry out its Vision 2030 sustainability efforts, Sophie Beckham will lead the charge. Previously the senior manager of Natural Capital Stewardship, Global Citizenship, for International Paper Co. (IP), Beckham will continue to develop and execute the company’s sustainability strategies. She joined IP in 2013.…

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 06:24
Adam Sichko
Memphis-based Boyle is starting at least $85 million of construction in Middle Tennessee.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 06:07
Cathy Pope, who took over from Estella Mayhue-Greer as president and CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank in August, is concerned with two colors: red and green. The Mid-South Food Bank serves 31 counties in the region. If a county is "green," that means that those in need are getting fed. Red means there's work to be done. "You can tell if a food bank is doing well serving their community adequately by the red counties," Pope said. Six out of the 31 counties under the Mid-South Food Bank are red.…

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 06:02
Susan Ellis
The original location of One & Only BBQ is being renovated. "That building wasn't really built to do the kind of business that we do," said One & Only's owner Alan Katzen. Katzen said business has increased more than 300% since he opened the barbecue restaurant at 567 Perkins Extd. in 2011. He's since opened new stores at 1779 Kirby Parkway, 153 Timber Creek Drive in Cordova, and 6575 Airways Blvd. in Southaven. On Perkins, he's changing out the tile floor for concrete, which will be easier to…

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 05:51
Jacob Steimer
The owners of the Downtown Memphis Sheraton shared additional details about their renovation and development plans with the City Council economic development committee on Tuesday. As can be seen in the slideshow at the top of the page, the renovations to the existing 600 rooms are set to make them brighter and more open. And, the proposed 300-room hotel would rise about 12 stories tall on a 15,000-square-foot footprint that is currently a vacant lawn beside the hotel, according to the plans that…


Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 23:00
Desire Athow

Desktop computers still have a place in businesses and in the home; thin clients in particular are cheaper than laptops, less likely to break down and have more connectivity options. They remain the go-to solution for use cases that do not require much portability.

The BMAX B3 Plus is one of the newer models on the market and comes with a unique connector we haven’t found on any other desktop PC: a mini DisplayPort.

Available for $330 (roughly £250) at Gearbest, it carries all the hallmarks of a capable but still affordable business PC. There’s an Intel Pentium CPU that’s about as speedy as a seventh generation Core i3, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB NVMe SSD (rather than eMMC) and plenty of connectors. 

Other than the mini DP, there’s an HDMI, a Type-C connector, a microSD card reader, four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet connector, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and an M2.SSD slot.

The range of ports means you can connect three 4K monitors at once, although don’t expect the integrated graphics to be sufficient for gaming. 

The B3 Plus is tiny - about the size of a stack of CD cases - and the fact it has a VESA mount means you can conceal it behind a monitor or large format display.

Note, it also has two speakers built-in, which is a first for a thin client as far as we know.

As for the caveats, this product comes from mainland China and will take at least a month to reach either the US or the UK (and potentially more). You may be levied a tax either directly or through the courier.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 22:21
Stephen Lambrechts

We research the best Xbox One sales to bring you the best value bundle deals every week. We generally find opting for an Xbox One bundle instead of a console-only deal is a smart way to go as you'll most likely get more for your money, with extra games and accessories thrown in to sweeten the deal.

To make finding the best Xbox One bundle deal less tasking, we've scoured the internet for the lowest prices on bundles and best console deals and rounded them up here in one spot for you. Below you will find the lowest prices in Australia for both the Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the newly released Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

cheap xbox one s deals

With the unveiling of the Xbox One X, the Xbox One S has seen some impressive price drops and bundle deals with Microsoft going all out to pump up the pressure on its rivals. It was already often the cheapest console of the current generation, but with some of these savings on bundles and even Xbox One controllers, the price seems right. 

At this point it's probably wiser to buy a bundle and score some wicked Xbox One games along with the unit, as some of them can come in cheaper than the standalone consoles themselves.

At once more elegant and more powerful, the slimmed-down design of the Xbox One S ditches the external power brick and chunky looks of the original Xbox One. More importantly, it comes kitted out with 4K visual support meaning you'll be able to watch specialised Blu-Ray and Netflix content in 4K.

Xbox One X prices are constantly changing from store to store, making it hard to keep up at times. To take the pain out of scoping out the best Xbox One X prices this Black Friday 2019, you should be able to find the best real-time deals listed below, updated live, along with some hand-picked options. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 19:33
Anthony Spadafora

Hitwise has announced that it will wind down its operations after more than 20 years in business.

In a statement on its site, the company explained that the sudden closure is the result of an unexpected turn of events, saying:

“Due to events outside of our control, Hitwise is winding down its operations. This is a very sad time for us at Hitwise after 20 years of operation providing first to market online measurement. We are very proud of the great company and industry leading insights products we built over the years. We want to thank our clients around the world for their valuable partnership as well as their understanding and support as we manage through this unexpected turn of events.”

While the statement on is site is quite vague, the “unexpected turn of events” could be a reference to how Avast's marketing technology subsidiary Jumpshot also recently shut down.

Consumer insights

Jumpshot was an offshoot of antivirus maker Avast which sold sensitive information, such as what consumers searched for, clicked on and installed on their computers, to companies like Hitwise.

While Hitwise started out as a company that measured internet traffic, in 2016 the company began to offer consumer insights including what users search for as well as demographics to other businesses. Some of its biggest clients include Ikea, Conde Nast, Expedia, eBay, Walmart, ABC and a host of other well known and popular businesses.

However, about a week after Jumpshot announced it was closing up shop, Hitwise sent a letter to its clients in which it explained that consumer insights would be “paused” until further notice.

In the company's most recent client notice, Hitwise explained to customers that they will have access to its platforms until the middle of March. The company also revealed that it has negotiated a 60-day fully-featured free trial for SimilarWeb that will be made available to all current Hitwise customers.

Via AdAge

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 17:33
Stephen Lambrechts

UPDATE: We have received an official statement from Motorola regarding the screen peeling issue discussed in this story – you can find out what the phone maker has to say in the updated story below.

Following concerns raised yesterday surrounding the durability of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's screen, the emerging foldable phone category has taken yet another hit, with one user reporting a catastrophic screen peeling issue on the new Motorola Razr.

Following only a week of use, Input's Raymond Wong noticed the laminate covering his Razr's display had become detached from the screen along the foldable phone's crease, leaving behind a bubble across the entire width of the device. [via The Verge]

Motorola Razr screen peeling

According to Wong, the screen peeling occurred at some point during a 45-minute train ride while the Motorola Razr was stored within his pocket.

"I have no idea how it happened, but I can promise you it wasn't from impact; the phone was closed in my front jeans pocket the entire ride and there's no visible damage anywhere on the device," said Wong.

To make matters worse, Wong says the damage isn't solely cosmetic – the section of touchscreen within the warped area has expectedly been affected by the damage, making "touches and taps virtually unresponsive, especially when tapping things in a list like inside the Settings app,"

As to what might have caused the screen peeling, Wong is uncertain, though he does posit the theory that changes in temperature may have "triggered some kind of reaction that might have loosened the adhesive."

Motorola's official statement

In response to the above story, Motorola has contacted us with an official statement on the matter:

"We have full confidence in razr’s display, and do not expect consumers to experience display peeling as a result of normal use. As part of its development process, razr underwent extreme temperature testing. As with any mobile phone, Motorola recommends not storing (e.g., in a car) your phone in temperatures below -4 degrees Fahrenheit [-20 degrees Celsius] and above 140 degrees Fahrenheit [60 degrees Celsius]. If consumers experience device failure related to weather during normal use, and not as a result of abuse or misuse, it will be covered under our standard warranty."

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 16:59
Mark Knapp

The Galaxy S20 has only recently been announced, but with all of Samsung's S series secrets now revealed, it's time to think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – which could get a display that wraps around the edge so far that it spills over physical buttons, according to a recently-granted patent. 

The 'waterfall' display appears as if it'll go beyond what we've seen on prior Samsung Note phones, which sport an Infinity Edge screen, by bending more than 90 degrees around the edge of the smartphone, PatentlyMobile reports. 

Normally, that would leave no room for the typical power button, volume rocker or that like-it-or-not Bixby button. However, as the new patent demonstrates, these buttons would protrude through the display – if the patent ever gets used.

Image from Samsung patent with buttons through the display glass

This design doesn't seem totally implausible given Samsung's practice of poking selfie cameras through front displays in punch-hole notches. The difference is that the cameras aren't also breaching the glass covering. 

Buttons extending through the glass edge as well as display would be a little bit more elaborate, but this could be just what Samsung wants: a way for the Galaxy Note 20 to set itself apart from the ever-growing Galaxy S line.

This year's Galaxy S20 series is getting so big it continues to call into question the need for the existence of the Galaxy Note. Aside from the S-Pen stylus, the Note has less to differentiate itself. As it stands, the 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra display is bigger than the 6.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus display.

The Note 20 with a built-in projector makes sense

Fancy buttons alone don't seem compelling enough to sell the Galaxy Note 20. Good news: the patent does mention some other bright ideas.

Among the fresh idea are a grip sensor that would like be akin to that in the Pixel 4 and others. There's also mention of a hologram device and projector. As much a holograms would be a killer app, we're going to go ahead and doubt that's coming soon to phones anywhere. A projector may be more reasonable. 

Portable projectors have plenty of value in work settings, and the Galaxy Note family has a more professional vibe than its siblings.  And, it wouldn't be the first time we've seen a smartphone with a projector built-in. Giving a presentation on the projector built into the Note 20 could make sense especially since the S-Pen could easily work as a clicker to change slider.

The through-screen buttons feel like the tamer and more likely move from Samsung, so we're going to keep grains of salt on that projector and a pile of salt on the holograms.

Via: Tom's Hardware

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