This column might seem silly, but the advice I'm about to supply you is beautiful in its simplicity, and it fixes so many problems.
This column might seem silly, but the advice I'm about to supply you is beautiful in its simplicity, and it fixes so many problems.
I've been an IT guy for more than 25 years. I've seen every type of issue, both in hardware and software. And no matter where the problem lies, the first step in my troubleshooting is to "just reboot it."
I'll relate just a few times where this has worked in the past two weeks.
On my drive to work this morning, I received a call from a director at the clinic where I work. She had returned from vacation to find her PC was showing a blue screen notifying her the PC ran into a problem. She asked what to do.
I told her to hold down the power button on the PC until the screen shut off, then wait 30 seconds and press the power button again. Five minutes later she reported back all was well.
Her PC had somehow entered an error state, and we'll have to watch and see if it happens again. If it does happen repeatedly, then we have bigger issues to find.
Last week my wife called me into the living room to show me that Netflix was not working for her on our TV. We have a TiVo box we use for watching and recording our local channels and also for watching our streaming services.
The Netflix app on the TiVo box had become unresponsive, but after a minute of looking at the issue, I ran a network test from the TiVo settings and saw the TiVo box was not talking to my home network. I rebooted the TiVo, and when it came back up, everything worked again.
Finally, another example from my house. We were experiencing daily disconnects with our Wi-Fi at home. Rebooting the broadband modem fixed everything, but the entire situation was annoying.
I decided to plug the broadband modem into a smart outlet, which I can control from an app on my phone. The app for the smart outlet allows scheduling, so I set it to turn off at 5 a.m. every day and then turn back on at 5:01 a.m. This reboots the modem every morning, and we have not had a Wi-Fi issue since.
We also took the "just reboot it" advice to heart at our office. We like to push out software patches overnight, and many of the patches need a reboot to fully install. To facilitate the full installation, we have set up a policy on our PCs to reboot at 5 a.m. every day, and it has really helped our software-update implementation.
I realize there are bigger problems that are not fixed with a simple reboot, but rebooting fixes enough problems that I wanted to share it with you here.
Jim Rossman writes for The Dallas Morning News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPANY NEWS: American multinational technology company Avaya and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise announced at Gitex Global last week the next phase of their partnership that will enable enterprises to innovate easier without the need for disruptive technology replacement initiatives.
The existing partnership sees Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) offer Avaya OneCloud CCaaS to its customers and Avaya offer ALE Digital Age Networking solution to its clients. According to Avaya, the integration key for both the companies’ customers to innovate using an expanding, rich, and complementary set of capabilities from either—and painlessly roll them out.
“Our common objective is to support our customers in their digital transformation, providing all capabilities needed to make everything connect. Looking to the future, we are collaborating to deliver new value and services to our respective customers thanks to the tailored vertical solutions we are building together,” said Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise executive vice president global sales, services, and marketing Rukmini Glanard.
“Our customers want innovation, but they want that innovation to come over the top of their IT infrastructures – typically over the cloud. They don’t want any costly or time-consuming disruption underneath. Through the integration of our technology with ALE’s, and through the strength of our collective global customer base, we’re in a unique position to provide that innovation without disruption,” added Avaya president Nidal Abou-Ltaif.
Avaya’s presence at Gitex Global comes in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Uniphore, Verint Systems, GS Lab, Imperium, Konnect Insights, LumenVox, Nectar, Sestek and Topaz Visit Avaya at its stand in Zabeel Hall, at Dubai World Trade Centre until 14 October 2022.
This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 10 October 2022.
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Google is rolling out new features to supply advertisers additional help with setting up and troubleshooting Consent Mode. A new certified partner program is also available with additional support with implementation and tech challenges.
About Consent Mode. Consent Mode allows advertisers to adjust how your Google tags behave based on the consent status of your users. It also enables Google to model for gaps in conversions. The Google tags will dynamically adapt, utilizing cookies for specified purposes when consent has been given by the user. using the consent signals, Google will apply conversion modeling to recover lost conversions due to consent changes.
Consent Mode status and diagnostics. Google has built new support and features to help advertisers set up Consent Mode correctly. The Google Tag Assistant troubleshooting guide covers possible cases and solutions if Consent Mode is not detected or consent is lower than expected.
Diagnostics can be directly accessed on the conversion summary or action settings page.
What Google says. “In coming months, you’ll be able to view troubleshooting alerts in your diagnostics tabs and see domain-level insights about your tagging and consent rate. You’ll also be able to download a list of URLs and access Google Tag Assistant’s consent debugging tools to help you fix issues with your setup.
Soon, we’ll be surfacing troubleshooting recommendations in the diagnostics tab. In the meantime, you can access the recommendations tab to ensure Consent Mode is properly set up and that you’re receiving the full benefits of conversion modeling” says Shirin Eghtesadi, Senior Product Manager, Privacy Centric Measurement, in the Google announcement today.
Activating Consent Mode. Advertisers can review eligibility requirements here. Google has also partnered with Consent Management Platforms (CMP) and is launching a new partner management platform with partners such as One Trust, Osano, Cookiebot, and more.
It should also be noted that in order to meet the thresholds, advertisers will need to have a presence in the European Economic Area (EEA) or the UK.
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CMP partners. CMP partners are integrated with Consent Mode and Google Tag Manager, which help ensure proper implementation and address any technical issues. CMPs help manage cookie consent banners and direct the consent management process which begins when a user lands on your website and makes a consent choice on a CMP banner. The CMP then communicates that choice to the Google tag via Consent Mode, and the tag adjusts its behavior accordingly.
Why we care. Most of us are fully aware that new regulations concerning privacy are at the forefront of our jobs as advertisers. Consent Mode ensures that websites protect the confidentiality and security of user data, while still allowing for accurate conversion and targeting data.
If you meet the requirements, check into partnering with a CMP to implement Consent Mode.
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You can experience audio problems on every gaming platform. With issues stretching from audio quality to how your TV setup may affect audio, it can be challenging to pinpoint and correct the problem.
Luckily for Xbox users, Microsoft has implemented two quick and easy ways to troubleshoot the most common audio issues you may be experiencing. If you are experiencing problems with audio, we can guide you through these quick and easy ways to troubleshoot.
If your issues are with audio quality or hearing no sound, the quickest and easiest way to troubleshoot is to check your TV and HDMI connections or run the Audio Setup options on your Xbox console.
One of the most common causes of audio-related issues on Xbox is your console not connecting to the correct audio output source.
A quick and easy way to fix this is by ensuring your Xbox's display settings are set to your HDMI port. To ensure your display settings are set to HDMI, follow these steps:
Manually selecting the display output for your console to HDMI should ensure that any device you have your Xbox connected to through an HDMI cable will be the primary output source for any audio.
If your HDMI cable works fine through other devices, your Xbox console or display may be non-functional. If this is the case, you may want to look into the best HDMI 2.1 gaming TVs to replace any faulty hardware causing your audio issues.
Using the Audio Setup options on your Xbox console will help identify if any external speaker or output device isn't working as it should in your setup.
To run the Audio Setup option on Xbox, follow these steps:
As each highlighted speaker glows, you should hear a corresponding audio cue; if not, the specific speaker may be faulty or non-functional.
If your speaker system is non-functional, finding the best soundbar or speaker for your home media center could replace your faulty equipment and fix issues with your setup's audio.
If you have attempted to troubleshoot your audio issues with the above methods and are still experiencing issues, the issue may lie in your setup or TV settings.
If the Audio Setup animations were completely silent, it is more than likely that your HDMI cable itself is faulty. A quick and easy way to test whether your console isn't outputting audio or your TV or external display isn't is to plug in a headset to your Xbox controller. If the headset plays audio from your Xbox console, you know the console itself is still outputting audio correctly.
Now that you know how to troubleshoot the most common issues you may experience with audio on your Xbox console, you may want to enhance your audio experience. Alternatively, if your audio equipment is the cause of your issues, you may want to replace or upgrade your hardware.
As well as replacement speakers and displays, finding the best headsets available for your Xbox console could Improve and fix any issues you have with audio on Xbox.
Reddit has made a number of updates to its ads manager including adding 9 new features. Those features have been created to Improve the usability of Reddit ads and make it easier for new advertisers to get started, test, and get support.
Let’s get started.
The new Reddit support module is on every page of the Ads Manager as well as in the Reddit Ads Help center. It provides support and guidance to new advertisers setting up campaigns.
For new advertisers, Reddit is offering an advertising credit to set up and test campaigns. The credit is intended to let new advertisers learn more about their ad solutions and test Reddit as a channel. Advertisers who use the credit will have it directly applied to their billing page.
The Reddit Pixel Helper is a “wizard-style experience” in the Ads Manager that streamlines the pixel setup process to enable advertisers to track, measure, and optimize their ad campaigns.
Reddit has added over 1000 new “targetable communities” to the Ads Manager in an effort to make more Reddit communities available to advertisers.
The new Audience Manager tool enables advertisers to create, edit, delete, and reuse audiences across their accounts. This will save time segmenting and testing various audiences across the platform.
The new Post Library allows advertisers to create, view, and manage all of your promoted posts in one place.
You can now update the creatives of an existing ad right on the ‘Edit Ad’ page, allowing you to easily manage and make changes to your campaigns in real-time.
A redesigned Estimates tool in the Reddit Ads Manager provides you with impressions and click estimates for your ad group, as well as audience sizes. This will help to understand potential outcomes as well as allow you to dynamically make needed changes to achieve your goals.
This year Reddit has made a lot of changes to the look and feel of the Ads Manager including updated navigation, a new sign-up page look, and an updated metrics modal to separate events and metrics.
What Reddit says. “Reddit’s advertising business is growing at great scale globally. As we continue to welcome new clients to our platform, we are committed to providing them with a best-in-class experience as they get started, and with ensuring the best possible tools and features so our longstanding partners can make the most of their campaigns on Reddit. These updates to our Ads Manager reflect this commitment and our investment in setting all advertisers up for significant success on our platform. There’s a lot more to come as we continue to update, adapt and innovate Reddit Ads Manager, and we look forward to sharing more, soon.” Shariq Rizvi, EVP, Ads Monetization.
Why we care. If you’re advertising on reddit, these new features and tools will make the platform a lot more user-friendly and mimic platforms we’re already used to like Google and Facebook. If you’re not advertising on Reddit, the new Ad Credit promotion could be a great opportunity to run tests and see if it’s a viable platform for your advertising dollars.
Reddit isn’t typically known to be a popular ad platform for our audience, but it could be worth testing.
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Helper 'parks' wheelchair-bound elderly at roadside to buy lottery
A helper apparently 'parked' a wheelchair-bound woman in between two stationary cars by the roadside in Serangoon Gardens and then went to buy lottery.
Stomp contributor J was concerned to see this on Wednesday (Oct 12), at around 5.05pm.
Photos show the elderly woman left in between two parked cars while the helper was in the queue at a Gerk Chwee Trading (an authorised retailer of Singapore Pools) outlet.
J told Stomp: "Helper parked granny on the road between two cars and went to buy her $4.5 million TOTO."
J acknowledged that the helper might have been buying lottery on behalf of the elderly woman, but felt that what she did was unsafe regardless.
The Stomp contributor added: "I should have just told the helper off and reminded her that it was extremely dangerous to leave granny on the road alone."
In a separate incident just a day later (Oct 13), another Stomp contributor shared how she spotted a domestic helper behaving intimately with a man at Waterway Point while looking after her young charges.
This article was first published in Stomp. Permission required for reproduction.
Beniers posted an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Kings.
Beniers set up an Alexander Wennberg tally just after a power play expired in the second period. With the assist, Beniers has at least one point in 11 of his first 12 career games. He's just the third teenager in league history to do that, joining Jonathan Toews and Joe Sakic. That's good company, and it would be impressive if Beniers' career is similar to either of those players. For now, he's at three points, six shots on net, three blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating in two contests in 2022-23.