Friday, August 2, 2013



Amazon introduced a cloud computing service, S2, in 2006 and Google introduced a cloud delivered email system , Google Apps for Business, around the same time. Now several of the markets largest IT providers offer inexpensive, reliable, and scalable cloud based solutions. Thanks to the investments of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, RackSpace, and others there are million server environments available to host our applications, serve as storage targets, and even function as an extension of the server farms inside our data centers.

MMY has assisted many of our clients explore:

Perhaps you are exploring how cloud services might decrease your cost or improve one of your offered services. For our customers the first step has been an exploration of what is possible followed by an analysis of the fit of an alternative to their processes and operational methods. So take a look at two of our newest technology overviews a new high level PDF on Big Data and a new high level PDF on Cloud Computing then contact MMY for a more in depth discussion (cloud@mmyconsulting.com). 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Removing the AVG (Virus Product) tab from your Chrome Browser


I recently installed a new version of the AVG Virus Scan product (purchased version) and experienced the AVG tab for each new Chrome browser tab I opened.  It was an interesting experiment to find exactly how to remove this helpful AVG tab from my Chrome browser.  I thought I'd share how to eliminate this tab.  In short Chrome does have plug-ins in addition to extensions and here is how you disable a plug-in.

There were plenty of helpful posts on how to modify your computer by hacking through Windows RegEdit but, I find that level of manipulation too potentially destructive.  Fortunately CNET had a good post from 2012 on how to avoid the auto play of sound and video when you visit a web site and a modification of those instructions will allow you to regain control of your Chrome experience. (here is the original CNET how to http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57536917-285/enable-click-to-play-for-chrome-plug-ins/)

Here's how to disable plug-ins in Google Chrome:
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)
Step 1: Open the general menu in the top right-hand corner of your Chrome browser, then go to Settings.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)
Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Show advanced settings.
(Credit: Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET)
Step 3: In the new area that loads, find the Privacy subsection and click on the "Content settings" button.(Note  from MMY: you may not have known that this button takes you to a new screen that lets you control plug-ins)

(Credit: Screenshot by MMY)
Step 4: Scroll down to Plug-ins in the small pop-up window and select the "Disable Individual Plugins". Find the AVG plug-in and click Disable.  You should also disable the appropriate Web Browser features in your AVG management console.  Close and restart your Chrome browser, open a new tab to confirm that you have regained control over your Chrome Browser tabs.

Monday, February 25, 2013

HTML5 support for Google Drive videos

In case you missed the weekend's announcement, your videos that are stored in Google Drive may be viewed from devices that do not have Flash support.

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 06:52 PM PST
Videos stored in Google Drive are now available in HTML5. Videos will be served in HTML5 if Flash support is not available in the browser. This change allows users to play videos on their mobile phones without Flash support.

Editions included
Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education

For more information:
http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2423694

Monday, January 7, 2013

Now a Shared Inbox within Google Apps

Have you been waiting for Shared email 

Google Apps has expanded the capability to Google Groups to deliver:
  • Collaborative Inbox (shared email/inbox)
  • Web Forum
  • Q&A Forum
  • and email distribution list
A Collaborative Inbox will allow you to achieve a shared inbox for multiple users in your organization.  Follow this link to see how to define this new Google Group in your environment (you'll need Google Groups for Business enabled).

If you have really been waiting for this feature you may ask if you can bring your Exchange Public Folders over to your new Collaborative Inbox.  Yes!  Check out the new (version 3) of Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange for all the details.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Have you ever wanted to cut and paste from an existing email while creating a new email?  I reuse my email content all the time.  Well, now thanks to Google Apps constantly updated capabilities, I can more easily compose new emails while accessing content from my previously received emails.

If you use Google Apps you may use this new feature.


Gmail's new compose and reply experience

You can now write messages in a cleaner, simpler experience that puts the focus on your message itself, not all the features around it. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Fast: Compose messages right from your inbox.
  • Simple: Redesigned with a clean, streamlined look.
  • Powerful: Check emails as you're typing, minimize drafts for later, and even compose two messages at once.

Try it out!

Once you click the Compose button, click the "new compose experience" link right next to the Labels button at the top of the message. Until the change is fully launched, you'll be able to choose whether you use the new or current experience.
If you change your mind or if you need to use a feature that isn't available yet, you can switch back to the old experience at any time. Here's how:
  1. Click Compose
  2. At the bottom corner of the message pane, click the More menu icon More options drop-down arrow next to the Discard button.
  3. Select "Switch back to old compose."

Details of the new compose feature may be found at this Google site



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Google's BigQuery


We know you have a lot of data to work with within your organization, which can present big challenges. Your data can be large in volume and complex in structure. For example, large-scale web applications have millions of users, documents and events to manage. As a result, many engineering teams choose highly scalable NoSQL databases over relational databases. Though this approach is effective in storing and retrieving data, it poses challenges for interactive data analysis.

With Google BigQuery, you can run ad hoc, SQL-like queries against datasets with billions of rows. This can be your own data, or data that someone has shared with you. BigQuery works best for interactive analysis of multi-terabyte datasets, to which you can append fresh data.

Google BigQuery offers these features:


Scalability

  • Data storage that scales seamlessly to hundreds of terabytes, with no management required

Speed and flexibility
  • Ad hoc queries on multi-terabyte datasets
  • Familiar SQL-like query syntax and intuitive web UI
  • Ability to JOIN enormous fact tables to most lookup tables

Integration and accessibility
  • Integration with Google spreadsheets, letting data analysts drive massive datasets in BigQuery directly from a spreadsheets interface
  • Interactive dashboards easily built with Google AppEngine, and smooth data export to Google Cloud Storage
  • HTTP REST API, a web UI for interactive querying, and command-line interface

Today Google enhanced BigQuery with several new features:

  • Support for JSON: JSON is used to power most modern websites, is a native format for many NoSQL databases hosting large scale web applications, and is used as the primary data format in many REST APIs. With this update, it’s now possible to import data formatted in JSON directly to BigQuery without the hassle of writing extra code to convert the data format.

  • Nested and Repeated Fields: If you’re using App Engine Datastore or other NoSQL databases, it’s likely you’re taking advantage of nested and repeated data in your data model. For example, a customer data entity might have multiple accounts, each storing a list of invoices. Now, instead of having to flatten that data, you can keep your data in a hierarchical format when you import to BigQuery.

  • Additional improvements:
    • Increased import quotas from 1000 jobs per day to 1000 jobs per table per day, and boosted the file size limit from 4GB to 100GB
    • Faster data exports from BigQuery to Google Cloud Storage, by enabling large tables to be exported as multiple files in parallel
    • Permanently save common queries in the BigQuery interface

If you need help with Extract - Translate - and Load (ETL), BigQuery design, or generating BigQuery reports send us an email to cloud@mmyconsulting.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Google Drive the latest enhancement

With the announcement of Google Drive, the Google Apps suite is “the solution” for hosted email. Most of us find that “email is email” so, how do you choose a hosted solution? MMY Consulting’s premise has always been that “choosing a hosted email solution is a platform decision.”  If I were to update that premise I might re-word it to say that “choosing a hosted email solution is a collaboration decision.”  

Google Drive allows users to firmly plant their documents within the Google Apps environment, synchronize their document folders with multiple on-line or off-line devices, have folders that contain virtually every type of document in use today, and have those documents protected in an environment with integrated security and backup.  Plant your documents within Google Apps and watch your collaboration grow. 



Google Drive and Docs overview

Google Drive and Docs are the components of an integrated service that provides a single place to store, access, create, edit, share documents, files, and folders of all types.
  • Google Docs refers to the web-based editors to create, edit, and share Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and forms. These online documents are tightly integrated with other Google Apps services and provide very powerful real-time collaboration features.
  • Google Drive is a single place to manage all your files, including Google Docs.
    • Think of Google Drive as your personal stash of files and folders that follows you wherever you go - it lets you keep everything and share anything. With Google Drive, you can access files, folders, and Google Docs from a web browser or any device where you've installed Google Drive. No matter what happens to your devices, your files are safely stored in Google Drive.
    • You can use Google Drive to store all file types including; documents, presentations, music, photos, and videos. You can open many file types right in your browser, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, high-definition video, and many image file types, even if you don't have the corresponding program installed on your computer.
    • Google Drive automatically keeps everything up to date, so you can make edits and access the latest version from anywhere - regardless of where you are.

Supported file types

Google Drive viewer helps you preview over 16 different file types, listed below:
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
  • Archive file types (.ZIP and .RAR)
  • Text files (.TXT)
  • Markup/Code (.CSS, .HTML, .PHP, .C, .CPP, .H, .HPP, .JS)

Video
  • Sync or upload video files up to 10GB in size
  • Sync or upload video files in the following formats:
    • WebM files (Vp8 video codec; Vorbis Audio codec)
    • .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files - (h264 and mpeg4 video codecs; AAC audio codec)
    • .AVI (MJPEG video codec; PCM audio)
    • .MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec; MP2 audio)
    • .WMV
    • .FLV (Adobe - FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)
  • View all of your videos at a glance

Images
  • Sync or upload file types in the following formats: .jpeg, png, .gif, .tiff, .bmp
  • View all of your images at a glance

Search your uploaded files

You can search for text in PDF and image files by:

Search for images

After you select Images, you can type a search operator and keyword in the box at the top to search within your images only. For example, to find an image that Frank uploaded and shared with you, type "owner:Frank."

Using Google Goggles and Optical Character Recognition technology, you can also search for images even if they don't have any text. For example, searching for "Mount Everest" will show all your photos of Mount Everest and any documents that contain text about Mount Everest. If you narrow your search to "Mount Everest Nepal," you'll only see images taken from the Nepal side of Mount Everest.

Convert files to Google Docs

If you chose to convert to Google formats these are the file types that can be converted to Google Docs:
  • For spreadsheets: .xls, .xlsx, .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tab
  • For documents: .doc, .docx, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf
  • For presentations: .ppt, .pps, .pptx
  • For drawings: .wmf
  • For OCR: .jpg, .gif, .png, .pdf

Grid view mode for thumbnail views

View all of your files, folders, and Google Docs as thumbnails instead of viewing them as a list.  Grid view in Google Drive on the web shows thumbnail previews of your files, folders, and Google Docs. These small images can help you see all of your content without having to open each individual item. To enter grid view, click the grid icon in the top right of Google Drive on the web. Switch back to list view at any time by clicking the list icon.


Google Apps - the right pieces for collaboration


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Google Drive on your browser, Mac, PC, or mobile device gives you a single place for up-to-date versions of your files from anywhere. In addition, to any file type you choose to upload, Google Docs are also stored in Google Drive. Share individual files or whole folders with individual people, your entire team or even customers, vendors, and partners. Create and reply to comments on files to get feedback or add ideas.

Google Drive is also connected directly to Gmail. If you receive an attachment in Gmail, you can click the ‘View’ link, which will display that file attachment through the Google Drive viewer.

What’s new in Google Docs

http://www.google.com/google-d-s/whatsnew.html 


Google Drive for your android device

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs

Google Docs Overview



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