Listening At Work: Stereo Express

I got lost sifting through various old videos in my pile of likes on YouTube last night and came across this old video from Stereo Express.

I don’t recall digging too deep into their music, so I queued them up for a listen today.

I’m a sucker for catchy loops and Stereo Express has them down.  I especially like this type of music while working since the rhythmic loops allow me to turn up the music without getting too involved in complex tracks while catchy, upbeat bass/drumlines keep me from losing momentum.

Meet Lagom, The Spiritual Successor To Digest

lagom issue number 1

1st Cover for DigestWondering what ever happened to that awesome looking Digest publication?  Me too!  I’ve been checking the Digest site for updates ever since my post and only just recently dug deep enough to discover that Viewport Industries permanently closed their doors.

lagom issue number 1Fret not!  It seems there is a similar publication that picks up the torch that Digest dropped.  Lagom, A new lifestyle magazine celebrating innovation & creativity, is £5 for the PDF version and £10 for the print version (I’m unsure if this includes the PDF version as of yet) with an option to save if you subscribe.

The periodical appears to be a biannual — #1 is available now with issue #2 coming Spring 2015 and #3 in the Autumn, so a subscription is broken down to save you £2 if you subscribe for two issues and £6 if you subscribe to three; the final price being £18 and £24 respectively.

If anyone purchases an issue, why not let us know what you think of it in the comments below?

Uncrate celebrates 10 years with a print quarterly

Uncrate: Winter 2014 edition

I’ve only been following Uncrate for about a year or two so I had no idea they were passing a 10 year anniversary. To celebrate, they are entering the print magazine business with some high quality, coffee table worthy quarterlies starting with Winter 2014.

Uncrate describes itself as a buying guide for men.  You’ll find cool items ranging from obscure liquors, to camping tools, to outrageous (but envy-invoking) off road vehicles.  Items range in price from below $10 to, well, if you have to ask you probably can’t afford it anyway…

Buy a single issue for $15 or subscribe for $50 and save $10.  Winter 2014 is 212 pages and will almost certainly be filled with about 200 things you either will, or wish you could buy.

Internet privacy level: Snowden

Padlock on computer keyboard

Micah Lee gives us a wonderfully fascinating, long-form article covering his initial contact by Ed Snowden, the open source tools used and their subsequent communications and achievements.

The article, ED SNOWDEN TAUGHT ME TO SMUGGLE SECRETS PAST INCREDIBLE DANGER. NOW I TEACH YOU., touches on security, tracking and encryption with just enough explanations to keep the non-technical readers understanding high without breaking the flow of the story.

As the story advances, so do the methods to avoid tracking and maintain anonymity on the Internet.  The final reveal, a 30-page white paper on the open source tools used to communicate with Snowden, is an even longer read than the article.  While the white paper is over a year old (with a note saying a revised edition is in the works), it looks like it could be interesting to peruse as well (I haven’t yet).

GTM Offers Tag Firing Priority

What’s this now?Google Tag Manager - Universal Analytics settings excerpt - Tag Firing Priority

In addition to updating the inline debugger/preview, Google snuck in a little update to the Advanced Settings section for your tags offering relative control over when a tag will fire in relation to others.  Keep in mind that this is all asynchronous, so a series of tags that fire in a specific order do not wait for the previous tag to completely load, so if you have one tag that is dependent on another, you’re still out of luck if you want to fully migrate to GTM.  At this rate though, you may not be waiting much longer.

The above updates happened back on July 1st and are detailed on the GTM release notes page.

Unlocking accounts In Webtrends Analytics 10

You’re an admin and one of your users says their account is locked from trying too many passwords and doing a password reset at the login screen isn’t working because, you guessed it,  the account is locked.  A quick search in the Webtrends forums doesn’t turn up much — as of this writing there are a couple of offers from Webtrends support to create a ticket to assist, but in my case, the user already requested support and their ticket was closed with the resolution that they must contact their platform administrator.  So, what to do?

The solution is actually pretty easy.  First off, you’ll want to get into the “Accounts”

Webtrends 9 On Demand - accounts link in top right corner

Accounts link in the top rght corner

menu for Webtrends Analytics 9 On Demand.  Yeah, this cannot be done (that I know of) from Webtrends Analytics 10, but you likely already know that WT 10 is built on the WT 9 platform, so there are still some things that can only be done from your WT 9 interface.  Click on the “Accounts” link up in the top right corner after logging in.

Webtends 9 On Demand - accounts menu in left navigation

Left nav accounts menu

This should change your left nav to the Accounts menu.  From here you’ll want to click on the “Users” link.

Once again, your left nav will change and the main section of the page will display a list of your platform users.  Do a search for the user that is locked out.  Note that you can search by login name (default), username and more.

When you find the person you are looking for, look to the right under “User Status” (you may need to scroll to the right) and verify that their status is locked.  Click on that person’s entry and the whole line for that user will be a light yellowish highlight.

Webtrends 9 On Demand - users menu in left navigation

Left nav users menu

With that person selected, go back to the left nav and click on “Unlock User(s)” (mine is grayed out because I don’t have a locked account selected, yours should be black and clickable).

Verify the account name and associated email before completing the unlock.  It probably wouldn’t hurt to notify your user that the unlock is complete and if they don’t remember their password (which likely got them locked in the first place) then they should do a password reset.

Note that you can also do a manual password reset from this menu as well, which might be easier than explaining to a lost and frustrated user to use the password reset link on the login screen.