Need a Simple Form in Excel? SOL!

Need a Simple Form in Excel? SOL!

If you’re an Excel 2016 for Mac user, and you want to create a simple form, you’re out of luck.  Microsoft’s official response:  there is none.

If fact, if you read through the myriad of Microsoft Office articles on the subject, you’ll find no differentiation about Mac’s inability to use the customize the Quick Access Toolbar feature.  I guess the workaround is is to buy a Windows computer.

Unfortunately this is yet another example of how Office for Mac 2016 is still the red-headed stepchild to the Windows version.

“Relevant” Microsoft Articles:

The answer:

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Interesting summary of the slow agonizing death of the Windows Phone from Forbes. Ruthless Microsoft’s Smart Decision To Kill Windows Phone.

A better read from WSJ in July 2015 predicted the demise.  In the WSJ report, Apple profit per phone was more than double every other manufacturer combined.

With only 4.5 million Lumia devices sold in Q4 2015, Microsoft’ mobile hardware reached the heady heights of a 1.1 percent market share.

Sitting Waiting, Wishing

Sitting Waiting, Wishing

After reading an article about Amazon AWS Route 53 taking on Godaddy.com, and running into to a few issues with my WordPress website on Microsoft Azure, I decided to give Amazon AWS a try.

I found creating a Linux VM very easy.  No instructions needed, the UI was very intuitive. I thought creating the WordPress site would be more difficult on AWS.  After all, I had run into a number of challenges with the “automated” WordPress installs on Microsoft Azure (provided by ClearDB and Bitnami).  In short, I spent many hours with tech support from both companies.  Some issues were major, others more trivial – yet still important. For example, Bitnami puts in an annoying “dog ear” in the bottom right corner of the your home page with their logo.  But I digress…

I was pleased to find that creating a WordPress site on AWS (manually) was straight forward.  The instructions were very well written:

 

Tutorial: Installing a LAMP Web Server on Amazon Linux
http://amzn.to/1Shrf4H

Tutorial: Hosting a WordPress Blog with Amazon Linux
http://amzn.to/1Shr9dd

Heading Down Route 53

After getting a default WordPress site up and running (in about 30 minutes).  The next step was to transfer my domain name.  I read the AWS Route 53 domain transfer instructions and had some questions.

Transferring a Domain to Amazon Route 53
http://amzn.to/1ShrgFL

However, I found a nice, brief (~1 minute) video on youtube that answered all my questions.  Kudos to Sibercat X.

How to Transfer your Domain to AWS Route 53 From Godaddy.

The Transfer Process (and the missing step)

In a nutshell, you start your domain transfer to Route 53 by logging on to Godaddy.com and clicking: Manage your domain.  You click on unlock and get an email with your authorization code:

Godaddy-email
Goddaddy.com authentication email

The next step is to plug in your authorization code to the AWS Route 53 console and away you go.

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

However, 12 hours later, I was still waiting  A check of my AWS Route 53 console reveals the following (step 7 of 14):

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AWS Route 53 – Step 7

I decided to do a quick Google search to figure out what’s taking so long.  After all, this can’t be a manual process, it has to automated end-to-end.  I find the following explanation:

Waiting for the current registrar to complete the transfer (step 7 of 14)

Your current registrar is confirming that your domain meets the requirements for being transferred. Requirements vary among TLDs, but the following requirements are typical:

  • You must have registered the domain with the current registrar at least 60 days ago.
  • If the registration for a domain name expired and had to be restored, it must have been restored at least 60 days ago.
  • You must have transferred registration for the domain to the current registrar at least 60 days ago.
  • The domain cannot have any of the following domain name status codes:
    • clientTransferProhibited
    • pendingDelete
    • pendingTransfer
    • redemptionPeriod

The first three bullets are straight forward, I know they don’t apply to me.  However, I find the sub bullet status codes cryptic.  Instead of searching Google again, I decide to log back in to Godaddy.com and look around  I click the manage my domain button and voila – I find the problem.  There’s an undocumented step in the transfer instructions. Godaddy.com makes you go back and accept the transfer a second time (even after accepting the initial transfer request link from their email). Here’s what you’ll see in Godaddy.com’s console:

godaddy-accept
Godaddy.com – Accept

All you need to do is click on Accept and away you go, you’re on to Step 8.

 


Liner notes.  The title of this article came from a song by Jack Johnson.

 

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Lyrics

 

AWS Enters The Field Dominated By GoDaddy

AWS Enters The Field Dominated By GoDaddy

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expanding into the digital certification space through its cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS). The move by Amazon challenges the positions of Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY) and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC), which make money from offering digital certification.

“for developers using AWS, the Amazon.com,digital certificates would be a great way to boost search engine ranking”

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service. It is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating names like http://www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other.

Docker: 70,000% increase in job postings

Docker: 70,000% increase in job postings

Amazing stats posted by 

 

More than a 70,000% increase in job postings around the world. It’s safe to say that companies all over are investing heavily in Docker to transform their application lifecycles. That means it’s a great opportunity for developers and ops pros who already have hands on experience building, shipping and running Dockerized distributed applications. Docker is also an essential tool for any DevOps team and their CI/CD pipeline and will be an incredible asset as you look for jobs in the fast moving DevOps job market as well.

Full Story from Docker.com blog.

Datamation’s take on AWS vs. Azure

Datamation’s take on AWS vs. Azure

Another summary of AWS vs Azure based on Gartner’s analysis…

There are pluses and minuses to both cloud vendors. Azure is great if you are all-in for Microsoft. But Gartner says AWS has 10 times the compute capacity of its next 14 competitors, and that includes Azure. These kinds of contrasts are seen up and down the comparison list for the two firms, as you will see.

Full article from Datamation: Amazon AWS vs. Microsoft Azure Buying Guide