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How to create Outlook appointments from Excel data

Image: iStock/ShinyfamilyIt's not unusual to receive an Excel sheet with a list of appointments or tasks. But if you use Outlook to keep up with your obligations, a list in Excel isn't helpful. You could enter each record as a new appointment—or you can import the Excel data directly into Outlook appointments. I'd choose the latter! In this article, I'll show you how to create Outlook appointments from a few Excel records. By saving the source data in the comma-delimited format and then mapping that data to Outlook, you can import most anything into the appropriate Outlook item—with little effort. I'm using Outlook 2016 on a Windows 10 64-bit system. Using an older version, you won't have to save the data to a .csv formatted file before importing because Outlook's wizard supports Excel and Access. You can work with your own Excel data or download the simple demonstration .xlsx or…
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New Ad Blocker That Will Be Google's Very Own Featured

Ad blocking is currently available through an assortment of plug-ins or browser extensions in whatever web browser you choose to engage these days. Google's revenue is driven by advertising and ad blocking. Now Google is trying to make game-changing moves and create their own ad blocker for Chrome. This comes as a huge surprise to many of us. Google is developing an ad blocker that differs quite a bit from your typical blocker. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google's ad blocker will be focusing on adverts “beneath a threshold of consumer acceptability. Auto-play videos combined with audio, pop-up and advert ads can delay access to a website's content. These ads will apply for access to a site's content using a countdown counter. They intend on creating a wider variety soon. The ad blocking system is still in the works. The experimental process could take a while, and they may…
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The best security? Have Zero Trust, says expert

Image: iStock/suphakit73 Cybersecurity may well be the only $100 billion industry that fails spectacularly on a regular basis. Thus far, each attempt to respin cybersecurity has followed the same trajectory: promise and then crash and burn. Google, however, may finally have cracked the code. In 2009 Google, along with other large enterprises, was the target of a highly sophisticated attack, dubbed Operation Aurora, purported to originate from the Chinese government. Most companies responded by following the failed playbook of boosting their perimeter security with more VPNs and firewalls. Google was smarter, developing a whole new security architecture where trust is removed from the network, running on the assumption that anyone inside the firewall is just as suspicious as anyone outside requesting access to your network. It's called Zero Trust (or in Google parlance, the BeyondCorp framework), and may hold the key to how Google was able to capture such a…
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Hyperconverged infrastructure: The smart person's guide

Image: iStock/Vladimir_Timofeev The popularity of cloud computing has created a demand in on-premises data centers to abstract physical hardware from the computing and storage resources that hardware provides, in order to ease the utilization of those resources as well as the administrative and lifecycle tasks that come with hardware deployments. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is the next logical step in furthering this abstraction. TechRepublic's smart person's guide to hyperconverged infrastructure is a quick introduction to this new trend in virtualization. This "living" guide will be updated periodically as advances and alternative technologies are developed. SEE: All of TechRepublic's smart person's guides Executive summaryWhat is hyperconverged infrastructure? HCI brings the ease of resource allocation and lifecycle management from the cloud to the on-premises data center. Why does hyperconverged infrastructure matter? HCI automates routine administrative tasks that IT departments are tasked with, thereby reducing costs. Who does hyperconverged infrastructure affect? SMBs with a…
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Connectional Intelligence: How companies can harness relationships to drive innovation

"Where are we today in our connected world?" Erica Dhawan, asked a crowd at Leadership Summit in Louisville, KY. "It's not about the individual. It's not about the institution. It's about relationships." Addressing a group of business leaders at the fourth annual Leadership Summit, Dhawan illustrated how the C-suite can harness the power of networks in today's connected world. Co-author of Get Big Things Done: Unleash your Connectional Intelligence, contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company, and graduate of Harvard, MIT, and Wharton, Dhawan has spent years helping businesses think outside of the box and drive innovation. How can companies think differently? "It's about making everyone accountable," said Dhawan. To do this, she said, organizations must harness "connectional intelligence." Connectional intelligence, she said, is not simply about having more connections—it's about being smart about connections. Dhawan defines the term as "The capability to consistently drive breakthrough business results…
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How to add cloud functionality to your WordPress site with an easy to use plugin

Image: Jack Wallen One reason I always recommend WordPress for more than just blogs is its flexibility. With WordPress you can create sites centered around blogging, services, e-commerce, community, and so much more. Plus, with the help of a massive repository of plugins, WordPress can be expanded into almost any type of site.If you use WordPress as either a community or a client-based website, you'll be interested to know about a cloud-centric plugin called WP Cloud that enables users to:Upload and view filesView assigned cloud spaceView cloud space used At the moment, the plugin is limited in what it can do, and it doesn't have an associated mobile plugin yet, but what it does offer goes a long way to extend the built-in features for users. A word of warning about WP Cloud: The development has come to a standstill over the last two years. Even with that in mind,…
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