Java 8u121 64-bit Upgrade Table

Issues with Java SE 8u121 MSI and REMOVEOLDERJRES

Oracle released the 8u121 update for Java SE last week with a little surprise for anyone who installs/updates the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) using the MSI file with the REMOVEOLDERJRES option. If you set REMOVEOLDERJRES to 1, the setup will find and remove any existing versions of the JRE that are installed. Doing so ensures …

ecobee3 First Impressions

I dipped my toe into the “Smart House” waters recently when I installed a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt on my front door. One of the reasons I went with the Schlage was its support for Apple’s HomeKit. Last week I took another step into the future by upgrading my thermostat with an ecobee3. I’m not going …

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Microsoft Teams: Education and Government have to wait

Microsoft pulled back the covers on Microsoft Teams, their answer to Slack, in New York today. For more information about Teams, take a look at the official blog post on the Office blog as well as Brad Sam’s article over at Petri, “Microsoft Unveils Teams, Its Slack Competitor.” I admit that I’ve never used Slack …

My Life as a Bot at Microsoft Ignite

Last week in Atlanta, 23,000+ IT Pros gathered in Atlanta to spend a week immersed in everything Microsoft has to offer. The occasion? Ignite 2016, the second installment of Microsoft’s super-conference. Originally scheduled to take place in Chicago in the Spring, Ignite moved both on the calendar (to September) as well as on the map (to Atlanta). Now with the …

The Final Microsoft Ignite Hotel Update

After many weeks of tracking availability of hotels for Microsoft Ignite, this will likely be the final update for the (unofficial) Microsoft Ignite 2016 hotel list. The hotel map is no longer displayed on the Ignite site. Instead they’re showing this in its place: Logging on to the registration site to search for a hotel …