Microsoft Bought Swiftkey?

I must really be out of the loop. I had no idea Microsoft bought SwiftKey. Anyway, they are killing the Windows Phone keyboard for IOS and focusing exclusively on SwiftKey.

When Microsoft does things that makes sense, I’m always surprised. When they do things that do not make sense (like beefing Skype for the iPhone) I am rarely surprised.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone keyboard for the iPhone is dead - The Verge

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Fix Overwatch Competitive

Dear Blizzard…

I am sick and tired of being penalized with losses and season ranking demotions because people on my team left the match.

Please fix it.

😡😡😡

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iOS 11 Dock Tip and a Files App

In iOS 11, you don’t only have to use the dock for single apps. You can drag an app group into the Dock as well. I just found this out by “trying it out.” That makes it much more useful for app switching when you swipe up from the bottom.

I’m really liking iOS 11 a lot. It sold a new iPad to me… an iPad Pro 256gb 12.9”. I just had to have it. I can almost turn it into my work machine, but the Files app let me down. I couldn’t rename a file extension with the Files app. I needed to do that and it hosed me since I couldn’t. I reported that though :)

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Microsoft Paint is dead

Microsoft will be killing off “Microsoft Paint” in the next release of Windows 10 (the so-called “Fall Creator’s Update”).

This article on the Verge points out the various things that are being shed. Microsoft Paint seems to be the most significant user-facing thing, but I can imagine some enterprises will have difficulty with other changes.

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publish from github to s3

CMS' suck. It's 2016. Get rid of them.

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born again

It’s time for this blog to be born again. I’m moving everything to a static site generator (Hugo). I’m personally quite sick of the garbage security bullshit that comes with Wordpress. I’ll be migrating my older posts into this new blog over time. You should see old posts trickle in as I have time to get them into place. Hopefully this will let me regenerate my interest in blogging.

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AWS GovCloud and CloudFormation

Be careful when you’re working with CloudFormation in the AWS GovCloud region. Almost every code snippet available on the Internet refers to the public regions of AWS. If you’re making resources in GovCloud with a Cloudformation templates, there are subtle differences. For instance, referring to an S3 bucket in a code snippet is: “Resource”: { “Fn::Join” : [“”, [“arn:aws:s3:::”, { “Ref” : “myExampleBucket” } , “/*” ]]}, But if your bucket is in GovCloud, your arn is different: “Resource”: { “Fn::Join” : [“”, [“arn:aws-us-gov:s3:::”, { “Ref” : “myExampleBucket” } , “/*” ]]}, Subtle things like that can make CloudFormation development a real hoot.

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AWS Solutions Architect Pro Test

Yesterday I sat for the most difficult IT certification test I’ve ever attempted – the AWS Solutions Architect Professional test. I passed it… by the skin of my teeth. I’ve essentially studied for this test for two years or more. I took the Solutions Architect Associate test two years ago and I’ve been involved with AWS projects ever since. Actually I was involved in AWS projects since before that test.

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iCloud for Windows 5.1 Update Problem

If you’re plagued by the Apple Software Update popping up every day to remind you that iCloud for Windows 5.1 is available to install… even when you already have it installed… you need to go registry-diving. This community post on the Apple site worked for me. Whew. Finally. That was super annoying. Hope you’re all well. Reach out to me and let me know how your life is going.

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Microsoft is doing better

It looks like Satya Nadella’s strategies are paying off. Microsoft reported some gains in Windows 10 and its cloud business. That’s good news for overall competition. I’ve also witnessed Microsoft become more and more “Internet friendly,” by way of embracing multi-platform applications and developers. This is what needed to happen. Just think if Ballmer was still around… maybe Microsoft would be folding by now. They do need to do something about the Windows handset business, but I’m betting that Satya has a plan for that.

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