Something about:TikTok

What is Tik Tok (formerly musical.ly)? The quick answer is that it’s anything you want it to be. That simple.

In a world of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Tik Tok could be just another digital fad in the Social Media space. With a reported 25 million monthly active users in the US alone, 500 million worldwide, this is one huge fad.

So back to the question: What is it?
I think of TokTok as a social media Karaoke platform for creating, sharing and discovering new ways of expressing oneself. My kids seem to enjoy using it to learn new dance moves and show their unique abilities with friends and family.

I too joined in on the fun and started using it myself to gain a better understanding and noticed some interesting things. A large amount of dancing, much of which is provocative, up until you train the AI displaying content to you by skipping past and disliking what some would say is not “safe for the workplace”.

Once I established a cadence with the app I started to see posts that that was interesting to me such a technology, art, politics and fitness. As I said before… Tik Tok could be anything you want it to be.

What Are the Potential Risks?
Users may be exposed to bad language and content of a sexual nature. Users can comment on other videos, this leaves the potential for online bullying or negative comments.

The app does make an attempt to promote positive comments and encourages users to ‘say something nice’, however, if you come across an inappropriate comment there is an option to report abuse. With anything shared online, it’s recommended that you as a parent learn how the app works, check your and your kids privacy settings and always use the Stranger Danger Rule.

Tik Tok does have a Digital Wellbeing center where you can monitor the screentime of your child, however, this is useless if they are permitted (and they are) to create multiple accounts. Link here.

Like all apps and social networks, Tik Tok does have community guidelines, so familiarizing yourself with them is a good idea

Age Restrictions?
TikTok has a minimum user age of 13 years-old. This means that you as a Parent need to monitor your child on this service. As I have done, create an account and use it to watch what your child is doing. It’s not a bad idea to also hold onto the login details and audit their accounts periodically. Again, the stranger danger rule does apply.

Community Guidelines
They are generic at best but you can get more info here: http://support.tiktok.com/en/privacy-safety/community-policy-en

Good Luck and be Safe

Nimble Storage CS260G Parts

I recently had a failure of an HDD and Power Supply on an aged Nimble Storage CS260G Storage Array [12x 3TB HDD, 4x 600GB SSD], 10Gb SFP+. This system is outside of the warranty and now at the end of life by Nimble, now part of HPE. So that has me replacing parts on my own.

The SSD Used for caching is a: Intel® SSD 320 Series Drive – 300GB, 2.5in SATA 3Gb/s, 25nm, MLC – Currently discontinued.

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/56567/intel-ssd-320-series-300gb-2-5in-sata-3gb-s-25nm-mlc.html

INTEL SSDSA2CW300G3 : 300.0 GB [1/1/0, sa1] – il

Retailers may have them for sales on Amazon – https://amzn.to/2DJkirX

Next was the Power Supply which turns out to be a Supermicro 1200W 1U Redundant Power Supply (PWS-1K21P-1R)
Link: https://store.supermicro.com/1200w-1u-pws-1k21p-1r.html

I also found some fences on Amazon for these – https://amzn.to/2OK7pUC

Office 365: Increase Mailbox Size

Like most things, there is a predefined default, and at some point in time, there will be a need to deviate from this. Office 365 Admins should have an understanding of those and setup procedures to increase the size for individuals or the organization when the need arises

To increase the Office 365 Mailbox size we must use Windows PowerShell as the Web UI lacks the ability to make such changes at this time.

Step 1: Connect to Office 365 – Exchange Online:
An Office 365 Exchange Online Admin Account is Required

$UserCredential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session

Step 2: Get information about the mailbox you are looking to increase size on. I like to take note of the results before and then after I introduce changes

Get-Mailbox jermsmit | Out-GridView
Get-Mailbox jermsmit | Select *quota

Step 3: Issue the command to increase the storage:
Example: Set-Mailbox -ProhibitSendQuota -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota -IssueWarningQuota

Set-Mailbox jermsmit -ProhibitSendQuota 69.5GB -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 70GB -IssueWarningQuota 69GB

Step 4: Review your changes, for this we goto step Step 2

For more information on Office 365 Mailbox Limits, please visit the following: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/exchange-online-service-description/exchange-online-limits#mailbox-storage-limits

If your looking for a good Essentials for Administration of Exchange online please swing by Amazon for an excellent book: https://amzn.to/34LeVUN

International Men’s Day 2019

International Men’s Day is an opportunity to share positive contributions and raise awareness for issues related to men around the world. We don’t like to talk about it much, but suicide is one of the leading causes of death, disease, and injury among men globally – in fact (per the article) suicide is the top killer of men under the age of 45.

But the stigma around #mentalhealth and #suicideprevention persists – according to a recent survey, only 31% of males claimed to be willing to discuss their feelings with another person.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis, please seek help immediately:

Call 911(US), 999(UK), 112(EU), 119(JP)

Visit a nearby emergency department or your health care provider’s office.

In the US Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to talk to a trained counselor.

Please see the article link in the comment below:
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/international-mens-day-2019-when-is-it-date-celebrate-men-mental-health-movember-a9204376.html

Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)

Cross-origin resource sharing is a mechanism that allows restricted resources on a web page to be requested from another domain outside the domain from which the first resource was served. A web page may freely embed cross-origin images, stylesheets, scripts, iframes, and videos

Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) is a mechanism that uses additional HTTP headers to tell browsers to give a web application running at one origin, access to selected resources from a different origin. A web application executes a cross-origin HTTP request when it requests a resource that has a different origin (domain, protocol, or port) from its own.

An example of a cross-origin request: the front-end JavaScript code served from https://domain-a.com uses XMLHttpRequest to make a request for https://domain-b.com/data.json.

For security reasons, browsers restrict cross-origin HTTP requests initiated from scripts. For example, XMLHttpRequest and the Fetch API follow the same-origin policy. This means that a web application using those APIs can only request resources from the same origin the application was loaded from, unless the response from other origins includes the right CORS headers.

The CORS mechanism supports secure cross-origin requests and data transfers between browsers and servers. Modern browsers use CORS in a APIs such as XMLHttpRequest or Fetch to mitigate the risks of cross-origin HTTP requests.

source: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/CORS