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Teach Your Kid To Fix Stuff Around The House

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My single-parent mum couldn’t afford to hire a handyman to fix the house, so we did it all ourselves. Together we fixed windows, installed faucets, and rewired appliances. Even though we did it all out of necessity, I enjoyed doing projects with my
'My single-parent mum couldn’t afford to hire a handyman to fix the house, so we did it all ourselves. Together we fixed windows, installed faucets, and rewired appliances. Even though we did it all out of necessity, I enjoyed doing projects with my mum. A child psychologist might say that learning to fix stuff at a young age helped me develop decision-making and problem-solving skills that I could apply to life’s challenges rather than reacting with spontaneous emotion. But for me and Mum, it was all about saving cash -- and having fun doing it. (I should add that I later became a professional carpenter, which I did for more than a decade.)\t\t\t\t\t More »'

TechKnow: Wireless charging stands

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'Fuelling up your smartphone without the need to mess around with cables, a wireless charging stand might be the perfect addition to your desk or bedside table.A wide range of new gadgets support the Qi wireless charging standard, meaning you can recharge them by simply resting them on a wireless induction plate.For Apple fans this includes the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS and XS Max.On the Samsung side of the fence, you’ve got most of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note handsets from 6 onwards.Plus you’ll find wireless charging support in some smartphones from LG, Nokia, Sony, Huawei, Motorola, Google and others.Belkin BoostUp.The upside of wireless charging is that you can slip your phone on and off the charger without needing to fumble around for cables in the dark.It’s also handy on your desk, so you can quickly grab your phone as you come and go during the day.Many phone cases are compatible with wireless charging, so you don’t need to remove the case before putting your phone on the charger.The downside is that wireless charging is slower than plugging in a charge cable, so it takes longer to get back to full charge or to revive your phone if it’s run completely flat.Source link Technology . The post TechKnow: Wireless charging stands appeared first on Australia News Today .'

Microsoft rescinds channel changes – Finance – Software

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Microsoft has rescinded its planned changes to internal use rights (IUR) and other aspects of its channel program.
'Microsoft has rescinded its planned changes to internal use rights (IUR) and other aspects of its channel program.Channel chief Gavriella Schuster blogged early on Saturday morning, Australian time, that based on channel feedback “we have made the decision to roll back all planned changes related to internal use rights and competency timelines that were announced earlier this month.This means you will experience no material changes this coming fiscal year, and you will not be subject to reduced IUR licenses or increased costs related to those licenses next July as previously announced.” The reason?Schuster said “Our decision to rescind these changes required a thorough review, and a key determining factor was the connection and trust we have with you, our partners — a valuable asset we do not take for granted.” Microsoft has also promised to communicate more about such changes in future. “As we move forward, we commit to providing even more advance notice and consultation with our partner community to mitigate concerns and address issues up front,” Schuster wrote.  “We appreciate your feedback, apologize for the confusion this caused some members of our partner community, and look forward to growing our partnership with you in the months and years to come.” “George”, the reseller who started the petition that did much to bring attention to the issue, wrote that “Partners across the world should feel a sense of victory today.The power of community transcends even the largest corporations for our power comes from the heart.Our power comes from the commitment to one another knowing that alone we can do nothing but united we can achieve anything.” COMMENT The decision to rescind these changes will be mightily welcome.But Schuster’s words ring hollow.Microsoft clearly did take partner trust for granted.Then the company made matters worse by explaining the changes were made because IUR had blown its internal budgets.CRN knows many channel businesses who budget carefully and watch every cent to ensure they can make payroll every month.When a vendor that boasts annual revenue of US$110 billion tells those partners it needs to balance its own books by shifting costs onto them, it was bound to rankle.That removing IUR also had the potential to make it harder for those partners to sell Microsoft products, the planned changes looked not just harsh, but also illogical.There’s some small upside here for Microsoft in its swift reversal.Your correspondent recalls how VMware’s vTax incident in 2011 rumbled on for weeks before the vendor its tune.By acting faster, Microsoft has avoided weeks of bleeding and given itself clearer air ahead of its Inpsire partner conference.But damage has been done: as CRN will reveal on Monday, trust in the company collapsed after the changes.Now Microsoft has to win it back.Source link Finance News Australia . The post Microsoft rescinds channel changes – Finance – Software appeared first on Australia News Today .'

These NBN Plans Just Got Faster [Updated]

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Signing up for a new NBN plan can feel a bit like a game of Russian roulette. There are so many factors that can affect the speed and quality of your connection, and no one wants to get stuck with a shitty service. While not all providers are equal,
'Signing up for a new NBN plan can feel a bit like a game of Russian roulette. There are so many factors that can affect the speed and quality of your connection, and no one wants to get stuck with a shitty service. While not all providers are equal, some are doing a bang-up job of delivering high quality NBN. Thanks to the ACCC’s “Measuring Broadband Australia” program – which relies on real world testing data from Australian households – we’ve got a better idea of who they are.\t\t\t\t\t More »'