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Welcome to the March 2016 edition of our community newsletter, the DaniWeb Digest.
This time last year we were talking about DaniPad, the home of DaniWeb and a NYC Tech Co-working Community established by DaniWeb founder Dani Horowitz, being a year old. A year down the road and the Queen of DaniWeb has been working hard on yet another project: Dazah. Describing itself as business networking made easy, Dazah works on the principle that time is money and you should stop wasting it at networking events where you shake hands until the cows come home. Dazah is an easier way to efficiently and effectively grow your professional network by specifying your industry and your business goals and letting the proprietary Dazah algorithm intelligently connect you with the right people.
Being a developer as much as an entrepreneur, it should come as no surprise to discover that Dani has built an API for the Dazah platform. The DaniWeb community has a great opportunity to be amongst those building the first generation of innovative Dazah apps. While Dazah's primary objective is to serve as a web-based means for B2B customer acquisition, the API has been designed to offer the ability out-of-the-box to, not only perform every function of the website, but additionally create your own social network grouping users with similar interests, realtime private messaging platform, public or private group chat, meetup group / event organization tool, searchable directory of professionals, user matching system, and so much more. So what are you waiting for, why not build your own application on top of a robust platform comprised entirely of business professionals open to new opportunities or seamlessly integrate into your existing application if you prefer? You can find out more about the Dazah API here.
Dani has also been busy working behind the scenes to unify the Dazah and DaniWeb codebase so that DaniWeb members can leverage the same updated backend framework as Dazah members. It's important for Dani, and for DaniWeb, to keep on innovating and so you can expect to see Dazah features heading towards DaniWeb real soon. What features? Well, Dazah has an intelligent algorithm at its core which matches people who share interests as we've already mentioned. Wouldn't it be cool if that could be incorporated into the core of DaniWeb and take us from being just an old school forum and transform us into a complete social network for IT folk? Watch this space!
The small question
Welcome to a new feature of the DaniWeb Digest where we address one of those important questions that have a really easy answer. This month we will kick off with a member who asked: "How can I find my own posts?" Here's the answer: Click on the dropdown 'Finder' tool in the banner at the top of every page, which helps you find all kinds of stuff. The last item in the list will take you to the posts that you have written yourself. You might also want to ensure that you have enabled the feature to automatically watch those articles that you have posted in, which you can find here.
The big question
Yes, it's another new regular feature of our revamped newsletter: the big question. How does this differ from the small question, you may ask, well it's all a matter of scale. The big question will address an issue that the DaniWeb community has been talking about and give you the opportunity to join in and add your weight to the debate.
To kick things off we thought we'd start with Windows 10, specifically whether Microsoft has a heavy handed approach to Operating System upgrades. Reverend Jim started the ball rolling by pointing out that "in order to further (artificially) inflate the number of Windows 10 installations, Microsoft is now showing a pop-up on some users' computers" which appeared to only have options of 'upgrade now' and 'upgrade tonight' by way of dismissing it. Some users, The Rev reported, were getting a pop-up with just an upgrade now option which he described as being heavy handed.
"Smart users will realize that they can always click X and just close the window" Rev Jim admitted, continuing "Smart users are also aware of the awesome GWX Control Panel which, until recently, allowed users to permanently disable the Windows 10 upgrade notices." He then went on to point out that Microsoft is silently resetting the AllowOSUpgrade setting as often as once a day so even if you have stated that you do not want the upgrade and have used GWXControlPanel to specifically block it, Microsoft will still serve it.
rubberman joined in the conversation claiming that the auto-update had "almost fubar'd my brother-in-law's computer" although after a tech support call they managed to restore Windows 7 and save his data.
CimmerianX pondered whether if these were "Win7/8 updates that were doing the Win10 update nagging" that could be removed "by running a .bat or .cmd file which included a string of 'wusa /uninstall /kb:2952664 /norestart /quiet' type commands.
Rev Jim was quick to respond that "once Microsoft reclassifies Windows 10 as recommended rather than optional, Windows 10 will be downloaded then installed. A little harder to undo..."
LaxLoafer weighed in with his attempts to block the upgrade on an old netbook by "restricting permissions on the hidden folder that Microsoft will attempt to create for the download, which I believe is C:\$Windows.~BT" but did wonder if anyone had any thoughts "on a better way to permanently block this upgrade?"
So, over to you folks. What do you reckon about the way Microsoft is handling the Windows 10 upgrade issue and how would you deal with preventing the downloads and pop-ups? Join in the big question debate here