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  • Please welcome our newest MVP: MrBrian

    Posted on April 25th, 2017 at 10:37 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m pleased as could be to add @MrBrian to our list of illustrious MVPs!

    Outstanding work, excellent insight, and decorous personality. Quite a combination.

    Please join me in thanking and welcoming him to the sanctum sanctorum.

  • Dr. Qi Lu to run Baidu

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 at 06:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Seems like it was just last September when Kara Swisher and Ina Fried at Recode mentioned that Qi Lu was leaving Microsoft as head of the Applications and Services Group, ostensibly because of injuries due to a bicycle accident. Lu’s always been a superstar in my book:

    Elevated to president of online services in July 2009, Lu was the only top exec who survived the Ballmer-Nadella transition. Seven years ago, Nadella was working for Lu. By all accounts, Lu wasn’t interested in taking over Ballmer’s job.

    This morning, the Wall Street Journal announced that Lu is going to take over day-to-day management at Baidu.

    I expect something miraculous out of Baidu. Watch.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials finally fixed

    Posted on April 6th, 2017 at 13:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For several days we’ve been nursing a list of woes with MSE, primarily a completely bogus “preliminary scan results show that malicious or potentially unwanted software might exist on your computer” followed by a clean bill of health.

    Yesterday, it seems, Microsoft released a new version – and it’s fixed the problem.

    Join the discussion here.

  • Is the Windows phone fan community imploding?

    Posted on April 6th, 2017 at 10:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Great analysis from Jason Ward at Windows Central:

    The Windows phone community may be the most passionate group of smartphone fans on the internet. Sadly, it seems that many, not all, of those fans, are also becoming the most jaded, cynical, aggressive and downright cruel group of anti-fans on the web.

    I don’t claim any first-hand knowledge here. I bought a Windows phone many months ago so I could test Office on it, but that’s the extent of my experience. I love my Nexus 6P and my wife’s very happy with her iPhone. I see no reason to move to Windows Phone just because it’s from Microsoft. And I see no other reason to move to Windows Phone, period.

    Maybe some day Microsoft will get its act together. In the interim, sorry, but life’s too short.

  • Anybody out there have experience with AppsFlyer – the mobile marketing platform?

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 at 17:29 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Looking for a friend…

  • Working around “Gmail Delivery incomplete” message

    Posted on April 2nd, 2017 at 07:08 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A friend of mine sent me this note:

    I send out my travel newsletter on a regular basis. I have about 50 names on a group in my Gmail account. For years it has worked without a hitch, until two days ago when Gmail sent me the following message below on what appears to be most of my addresses in that group.

    Error IconDelivery incomplete

    There was a temporary problem while delivering your message to pro*******@yahoo.com. Gmail will retry for 47 more hours. You’ll be notified if the delivery fails permanently.
    LEARN MORE
    The response from the remote server was:
    Message temporarily rejected. See https://support.google.com/mail/answer/69585 for more information.

    I re-sent yesterday and it happened again to-day. So now nobody is getting the newsletter and I am dojng it for nothing. BTW, it does come through to me!

    I tried to research the problem and got the idea they are trying to force me to upgrade to the business gmail for which there is a fee. Can you throw any light in this, more specifically if there is a fix?

    I don’t send out mass emails. Back in the not-so-good-old days, with earlier newsletters, I used commercial services – which are an entirely different kind of pain. So I took a look around the Gmail support forums and found this:

    regular sending of messages to multiple recipients will result in blocking of the messages to one or more of the recipients if one or more recipients have previously reported a message from you as Spam.

    The author, KeithR, goes on to recommend several solutions. Foremost among them is a Chrome browser add-on called GMass. I’ve never heard of GMass, but it seems to fit the bill quite nicely.

    I know many of you send out newsletters of various types. Have you hit the problem before – and used GMass as a solution?

  • Thinking about switching to Windows 10? Now’s the time to do it.

    Posted on March 31st, 2017 at 06:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Any time between now and April 11 is a good time to make the jump. Assuming you want to, of course.

    See InfoWorld Woody on Windows.

  • Samsung Dex – what Continuum should’ve been

    Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 16:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Credit: IDG.tv

    I rarely get blown away by a demo, but this is one you gotta see.

    Based on this InfoWorld review (which admittedly looks like a demo), the Dex docking station is a portable puck with ports. Slide your Galaxy S8 into the top, attach a monitor and keyboard, and you end up in a Chromebook-like environment, where your Galaxy/Android apps are just a click away.

    The phone’s in the middle of it all. Unplug your phone, and all of your apps are where you left them.

    IF it ends up working this way – that’s a big if – Samsung and Google have just out-Scroogled Microsoft. If Dex will run the Android version of Office, Chrome, and all of my Google Apps, I’ll be first in line to buy one.

    Google built the Android operating system “up” – adding tablet support and bringing along all the Google Apps. Microsoft’s trying to build Windows “down” – trying to tack Universal Windows Platform apps onto an old operating system.

    Right now we have maybe two dozen UWP apps — perhaps a half dozen of them worth running. The Google Play Store? Pshaw. In the early running, one of the approaches is winning, and the other remains vapor.

    Take a look. With your Windows-centric glasses on, tell me what you think.