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The Actuator – September 26th

Level 17

In Orlando this week for Microsoft Ignite. Lots of great announcements happening, I'm trying my best to digest it all and it's best to talk data with a friend. So, stop by the booth, say hello, and let's chat.

As always, here are some links from the Intertubz that I hope will hold your interest. Enjoy!

Microsoft Managed Desktop plan turns Windows 10 device management over to Microsoft

Microsoft Managed Desktop is coming, giving Microsoft yet another revenue stream as the company is looking to become the biggest MSP the world has ever seen.

Amazon's Alexa knows what you forgot and can guess what you're thinking

“Alexa, why did I walk in this room?”

Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

This is why we need GDPR rules for U.S. citizens. Or, this is why we should stop using Gmail. One of those. Maybe both.

Dutch supermarket giant uses blockchain to make orange juice transparent

Great example of a company applying the wrong technology to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

Remote only

Wonderful summary of how remote working can thrive and be successful for a company. I’ve been working remote for 8+ years now, and I can’t imagine going back to an office again.

Amazon’s gadgets don’t have to be pretty so long as they’re cheap

And Apple products don’t have to work, so long as they are expensive.

The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters

Based upon the Eisenhower Matrix, the Decision Matrix helps you determine which decisions you need to make, versus those you can delegate. This is brilliant.

The room keys for Microsoft Ignite are sponsored by VMware and I don't know what is real anymore:

ignite-key.jpg

22 Comments
oby
Level 10

Wow. Wish I was at Ignite.

smttysmth02gt
Level 13

Thanks for the links.

ScottRich
Level 12

One of my co-workers got to go to Ignite this year. Guess I will have to wait for BrainShare....

df112
Level 13

Ignite sounds awesome, wish I could be there.  As always, thanks for the links - interesting reading as usual.

df112
Level 13

I have  a friend who has an Alexa and has turned it off after having a random conversation about a family member and COPD - guess what?  COPD ads from other vendors started popping up in her browser within an hour and she started getting email the same day.  Pretty scary stuff.

df112
Level 13

I hadn't seen the decision matrix before.  Brilliant indeed.  I'm not sure if I'll use the Decision Matrix or the Eisenhower Matrix it's based on, or some hybrid, but in any case it's a great productivity tool for the future.  Thanks!

gfsutherland
Level 14

Some day I will get to Ignite... Alexa can be a cool toy, the downside scares the heck out of me.

mtgilmore1
Level 13

Some Day.

tinmann0715
Level 16

I found this interesting article about people who wear loud and outrageous socks! SolarWinds should be out in front of this:

https://wakeupyourmind.net/life/people-who-wear-crazy-socks-are-more-brilliant-creative-and-successf...

gfsutherland
Level 14

The decision Matrix is an awsome idea... simple and yet brilliant!

vinay.by
Level 16

Cool article

vinay.by
Level 16

The room keys for Microsoft Ignite are sponsored by VMware and I don't know what is real anymore -

vinay.by
Level 16

Microsoft Managed Desktop plan turns Windows 10 device management over to Microsoft - well done

vinay.by
Level 16

Amazon's Alexa knows what you forgot and can guess what you're thinking - super cool , I as well loved alexa car ad lol

vinay.by
Level 16

Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts - Hmm

vinay.by
Level 16

Dutch supermarket giant uses blockchain to make orange juice transparent -

vinay.by
Level 16

Remote only - This is a great article and I totally agree with it

vinay.by
Level 16

Amazon’s gadgets don’t have to be pretty so long as they’re cheap - .................... , totally agree

vinay.by
Level 16

The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters - Good article

ecklerwr1
Level 19

Not sure what's up about the room keys lolol!  Maybe that's a good move on VMware's marketing side???

vinay.by
Level 16

Thanks for sharing sqlrockstar

david.botfield
Level 13

Thanks for the articles.

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.