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Push Notifications for Chrome on OSX at Last! (Update)

Update: Warning, Do Not Enable!
For the moment, please do not enable this flag as it will crash your browser upon relaunch. The only way in then is to delete the profile or, remove the flag from the Local State file.

If you have already enabled this and Version 52.0.2743.116 (64-bit) broke it, you can use the following steps to get your browser with all of your settings back in order:

  1. Navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Local State

  2. Open the file and remove “browser”:{“enabled_labs_experiments”:[“enable-native-notifications”],“last_redirect_origin”:””}, the underlined text.
  3. Save the file and you should now be able to open Chrome.

Has this affected anyone else? Please post so in the comments below.

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Chrome and OSX notifications will finally play nicely together. When you turn on “Do Not Disturb” mode on your Mac, you will no longer receive popup notifications from new e-mail on Gmail for example. For those who often share their screen on remote meetings, this is priceless.

While the feature is not yet Generally Available, you can easily enable it by entering this into Chrome: “chrome://flags/#enable-native-notifications” and then clicking enable. Then relaunch your Chrome browser.

Your notifications will now all funnel through the OSX Notification Center. Enjoy!

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You Shouldn’t Fight Gravity – AWS Summit Berlin 2015

Berlin is a very hip city with a buzzing startup scene: a new startup is founded every 20 minutes and the industry is set to produce 100,000 new jobs by 2020. This was the fourth year for the AWS Berlin Summit.

After last year, the Summit’s registrants doubled in size and needed to be moved to a new venue in Berlin – CityCube. Of the 4,000 registered for this year’s event, over 2,000 were in attendance and were very diligent about attending the training sessions and presentations.IMG_2487

Werner Vogel delivered the keynote and, not surprisingly, highlighted Amazon’s rapid pace of innovation.24

Here were the five biggest takeaways:

  1. Deutschland is adopting the cloud.
    8 months young, the AWS Frankfurt region is Amazon’s fastest ever growing international datacenter region.
  2. India to be the bridge between Europe and APAC
    A 12th region with multiple data centers will be established in India in 2016.
  3. AWS serves “Sonntagsbraten mit allen Beilagen”
    With more than 516 new features and services released in 2014 alone, and more functionality than any other infrastructure provider, AWS serves “the Sunday roast with all the trimmings”.
  4. EC2 meet EFS
    A fully managed file system for EC2 will ensure applications “have the storage they need, when they need it.” Built to integrate with all of your existing apps, you pay only for the storage you end up consuming. Expect a preview version this summer.
  5. AWS is powering some of Germany’s most innovative companies across various sectors:

Industry Heavyweight
Audi – Bettina Bernhardt, Head of Audi Mobility, announced their initiative to move large production workloads to the cloud.

Public Sector
Städle Museum – Inka Drögemüller, Head of International Relations, presented an interesting use case for creating a production cloud environment to allow the museum’s 7000+ art collection to be digitally displayed in an effort to expand museum engagement and show the full collection.

#Unicorn
Zalando – Eric Bowman, VP Engineering, discussed how using AWS to be “radically agile” enables them to serve over 130 million visitors per month for their online fashion retail website. To put this into perspective, Amazon.com has 175 million visitors per month as of this past March.

Startup
Tado – Leopold von Bismarck, CMO, of this Munich based startup discussed how they use a combination of Kinesis, Lamba and Docker to run the core architecture of its IoT (Internet of Things) enabled smart home thermostat based on the geolocation of family members.

Higher Education
Technische Universität München – Dr. Helmut Krcmar presented the notable technology institute’s idea of “education-as-a-service” delivered on-demand via cloud-based curricula.

Final Thoughts:
Amazon is single-handedly fueling cloud adoption as it expands the regions of its data centers. With Germany quickly accelerating into the “Silicon Alley” of Europe and India joining the data center, perhaps Vogel is right – trying to stay competitive without the cloud is like trying to fight gravity.

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New Time Proposed Bug – Gmail

How many times have you had someone propose a new time to a previously scheduled meeting only to have to go back and forth to figure out which time they actually proposed because of a Gmail bug?

This happens to me at least once a week, but luckily there is a workaround.

What typically happens is that someone using another mail client, such as Outlook, suggests a new time for a meeting you scheduled using Google Calendar but the e-mail you receive does not show the new time.

New Time E-Mail

 

However, if you open the message in a mail client such as Apple Mail, you’ll see that there is an attached .ics file.

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Click on it once to highlight (don’t double click as it will open it up in Apple Calendar) and then press the spacebar to see the newly proposed time.

New Proposed Time

 

Has this helped you? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Shakshouka

A typical Israeli dish just very well could be the most hearty, healthy and filling egg breakfast you could ever wish for on a weekend morning.

Give it a shot and be pleasantly surprised.

Shakshouka

Ingredients:
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 Eggs
1 Large Onion
1 Whole Pepper (any color)
4 Cloves of Garlic
Tomatoes or Canned Tomatoes
Crumbled Cheese (Goat, Feta, Parmigiana)
Coarse Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Cumin
Paprika
Ground Cayenne Pepper
Cilantro

The long simmering of the onions and peppers along with the cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper spice mix really lend a unique flavor to this dish.

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350ºF (190ºC).

Slice the onions lengthwise and cut the pepper into long slivers.
Crush two cloves of garlic with the back of a knife and mince. Slice the other two thinly.
Quarter the tomatoes. If using canned (preferably San Marzano), leave as is.
Set aside 1 teaspoon of both the cumin and paprika and a 1/2 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper.
Mince a bunch of cilantro.

Directions:

  1. Heat a medium sized pan (stainless steel or nonstick) over medium heat. Once hot, coat the bottom with extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Allow the oil a minute or two to heat up and add the onions and peppers. Let sit for 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes or so.
  3. After the onions and peppers have softened and the aroma has filled your kitchen, add in the minced and sliced garlic cloves. Savor the fragrance and add the sea salt to taste.
  4. After one minute, add the spices and stir. Do not allow the garlic to burn.
  5. Once the spices are mixed well, add the tomatoes and freshly cracked black pepper. Let sit another 10 minutes, again stirring frequently.
  6. At this point, you should have a thickened red sauce. If not, let sit another 5-10 minutes. Once reduced, use a wooden spoon to make 4 holes in a diamond pattern, one at a time, in the sauce and crack an egg into each.
  7. Cover with crumbled cheese of your choice and move from stovetop to oven. Let bake 7-10 minutes. Once removed, top with minced cilantro and serve.

Enjoy and let me know your thoughts!

 

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Cloud Autonomics is the Future

re:Invent 2014 was certainly full of many surprises such as Lambda, AWS Config, RDS for Aurora and, of course, AWS’s commitment to the enterprise.

One of the biggest takeaways for my company was that while there are many cost optimization tools on the market, cost is just one of the features of our management platform. We’re all about optimization across all aspects of your infrastructure such as:

  • Cost
  • Availability
  • Usage
  • Performance
  • Security

Using a holistic approach, we not only deliver value through analysis and reporting for the CTO/CIO and their management team but we take it a step further and suggest the most optimal infrastructure recommendations. From there, we automate the changes and govern via policy driven actions. “It’s like Chef for the CIO” as my CTO is keen on saying (3:30 in the video). Check out his interview with Ofir Nachmani of @iamondemand below…

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Hello world!

I thought by the end of 2014 I should have a blog in place for 2015. This blog will feature cloud and tech news, linguistics, and food…at least to start!

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