Microsoft Visual Studio 2019

Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 is looking very sharp! The tools cover almost anything or any area of development you can imagine. For starters, per below, you can see the latest edition goes way beyond the standard IDE, and it crosses into all major platforms, goes into Azure DevOps [for teams ]and the App Center, and in their own words, you can:

Develop apps for Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, web, and cloud.”

Switzerland Welcomes Azure Region

“Microsoft Azure available from new cloud regions in Switzerland” – business is booming for Microsoft Azure.

In Switzerland, where we’ve been operating for 30 years, Azure is now available from new cloud datacenter regions located near Zurich and Geneva. More than 30 customer and partner organizations are already using these Azure services. Companies becoming more efficient, innovative, and productive through their usage of Azure in Switzerland include:

  • UBS Group, the world’s largest wealth manager, is using Microsoft Azure cloud technology to modernize many critical business applications, to leverage digital channels, and to rethink how its global workforce collaborates.
  • The Swiss Re Group, one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance, and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, has chosen us as a strategic partner and preferred public cloud provider. Through their use of technology and our partnership, Swiss Re strives to make insurance simpler and more accessible than ever.
  • Swisscom, the national telecommunications provider, is now offering its customers managed public cloud services delivered via our global infrastructure and new Swiss cloud regions. Swisscom will be the first Swiss telecommunications provider to offer ExpressRoute, a secure, highly available, high-performance, and private connection to Azure services.”

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-azure-available-from-new-cloud-regions-in-switzerland/

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Not really an Apple person per se, but the new iPhone 11 certainly looks fantastic. It is a sleek, metallic design, no doubt about that. Supposedly the processor [A13 Bionic] is faster and the overall battery life will see an increase.

But the camera / video capabilities seem to be elevated to a new level. I am particularly interested in the seemingly advanced video editing. I think this will lure in more people than we might think, even considering the high price points. Time will tell!

Apple iPhone 11 Pro release.

My First Android App!

Ok, so this is a first for me. I have always had an interest in radio from around the globe. I think it is interesting to be brought to another place via live broadcast or streaming music. So, about 6 months ago, I decided to create a free Android App for radio streaming. I recently, finally finished.

It is called “World Radio” [I know, not too creative]. Although it is clearly new and obviously from a novice Android Studio and Java developer, it DOES work nicely. I try to test the stations often to verify they are operating or have not changed streaming addresses. I also am working to gather quality radio, as opposed to mainly Top 40 / Pop.

I had no idea Google made developers jump through SO MANY hoops before publishing an App! But it has been a great experience.

My first Android App is very small, at 5 Megabytes. Please give it a try if you use Android! I need people to use it on various Droid devices, so even if you do not use these types of Apps, please test it for a day or so, and maybe give me some feedback. I’d really appreciate it. THANK YOU!

Sorry iPhone people – I have simply never gotten into the iOS world, but may do so in the future ;>

My World Radio App is located here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riguy.worldradio

Thanks!

FREE Trend Micro House Call

Did you ever get that feeling that your computer was acting “funny” or was “too slow”, in an unusual sort of way? Or maybe you read a recent article about the latest malware or creepy hack attack that got you thinking about hijacked video cameras? Sometimes hacks can bypass your traditional antivirus or endpoint security. Every once in a while, I like to run the Trend Micro awesome free security scan.

There is nothing wrong with double checking your current security software! Two eyes are better than one. Trend Micro has a long track record in the security software world. They are well regarded and this is a very solid offering. Obviously, the fact that it is free makes it even better! It can be downloaded and quickly installed and run right away. Always run a full scan in this case [not the quick scan]- go big or go home, so to speak. If Trend Micro is currently in use, try the McAfee free option.

So far, so good:

Grab the free security scan here

Microsoft Paint Moving to the Store

You have been warned. Microsoft Paint is moving to the Microsoft Store. Egads! This may be part of Microsoft’s ongoing goal to slim down their operating system. But the hallowed “PAINT”, built right into the operating system will surely be missed by many. It has been a quick and easy way to resize images and well, digitally paint. It has been one of the originals for years!

But, yes, the Paint App can always be downloaded from the Store.

WordPress Site Health

In my previous post, I mentioned that WordPress automatic updates [above minor level] were not enabled by default. I referred to a WordPress technical article to assist with fixing, but decided to go one step further – utilize the new Site Health tool for WordPress. I used this tool to point me in the right direction on what needed to be done: enable all updates automatically and also to enable the latest PHP version on the back end.

Instructions on enforcing automatic WordPress updates and using the latest PHP can be found here!

WordPress Automatic Background Updates

WordPress updates can be very important, both from a security and performance perspective. Although doing these WordPress, or any, updates can be done manually at any time, why not set them to automatically install? To my knowledge, there is no check box anywhere in the dashboard to achieve this. There are plug ins that can be used, but I believe ‘less is more’ when it comes to plug ins – they can fill up the plug ins directory and even increase the odds of a security breach. So, the best method is to directly edit the wp-config.php file. Minor updates are enabled by default, but there are a couple of other higher level updates needing to be enabled.

The PHP file sits at your hosting WordPress folder location.

Full instructions are contained in this WordPress article.