Recent HFFH Podcast Show Notes
Just a day into my recent marriage (to my one true friend and love for over 24 years,) we discuss the wedding ring philosophy (why have just one?) Super Mario Bros mystery box ring FTW!
My team pep talk started with this article on Steve Jobs insult response. There is too much good info in there, and as much as I don’t like Apple and their products, I can’t help but respect the man for a few bits of wisdom that made them such a success… it ends with the software designer philosophy of starting with the user experience and working your way backwards to the technology, which is how I want to re-think some of our soon-to-be new emerging product versions and their new feature additions.
Someone mentioned the DOS OS timeline I dunno why, but all this start menu/screen whining continually reminds me that yes I do miss DOS… Oh wait, yeah I think the Temple OS interface brought it up haha, see below!
Michael likes the developer of Temple OS who has a great development attitude (a very minimalist approach to summarize) and probably some really good code, but he might also have some other issues…
Need to deploy some software in a single “installer” file with one click? We had a question on the show about deploying multiple installers (specifically dSupportSuite client software in conjunction with remote support software) and that can be done with the following technique I write about, and utilizing the command line parameters for silent installations of the software. I wrote this guide to use Inno Setup long ago, which didn’t make the new site’s navigation system. Article here and Download here
Michael also discovers the shockingly inexpensive (in the long term) remote support software Simple Help which I had never heard of, and we discuss our favorites Teamviewer and ScreenConnect pricing and features for small vs. large(r) operations (you should pay attention to the definitions of “concurrent session” or similar terms in their licensing, you might be surprised which is the better value for you depending on your usage!) Not having looked into Simple Help so I don’t know how it works, I offered my professional opinion from experience, barring any cost prohibitive nature, which is to use anything that gives you a single executable for connection purposes (self-extractors are ok.) Installer files on the other hand (even if ‘one-click’) are NOT good for repair/technician purposes where we need it to work on broken PCs, including .EXE ‘setup’ files and especially .MSI based installers, which are subject to fail when certain Windows components are broken or tampered with my malicious software (.MSI being the largest no-no since so many things can, and often do, go wrong with the Windows Installer service and other core components…) We also discussed the pitfalls of getting reconnected after a reboot and how our upcoming d7II v4 will address the situation!
I guess Windows 10’s simple UI still has a large graphic footprint at times, here’s a fix from GHacks!
Brantley fixes a customer’s issue I wasted all morning on in a few minutes, noticing that a forward slash was used instead of a backslash in a local path configuration for extracting d7II’s SFX Mini. I can assume the customer just carried it over from previously configuring the FTP paths for his personal FTP to use d7II with instead of our dCloud servers, where forward slashes are used. I did learn a lot about FTP server troubleshooting though, so if you’re having a problem configuring an FTP server for use with our products, check out https://ftptest.net/
A customer mentions http://www.systemlookup.com/ is difficult to navigate, I dunno I like it, but my navigation starts and stops with the one-click search/research button for this website within d7II’s dFunk!