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Fun Way For Your Saving

1. Take Out Cash

Rather than relying on your debit card for transactions, take out cash at the beginning of the week. Decide on a specific amount you are willing to spend per week, take it out in cash and leave your account alone. This will keep you from spending too much, which is easy to do with a debit card. It will also help you make sound decisions on what to spend your money on. With limited weekly funds, eating out four times won’t seem so appealing anymore.

2. Save Your 5’s

Once you’ve taken out cash, decide on a denomination to save. Let’s work with 5’s. Here’s an example: You go to the movies and pay with a twenty. The cashier hands you back a 5 and 5 ones. Take the 5-dollar-bill and stash it away. If you do this every time you spend money, you’ll have a nice little stash in no time.

3. Swap Clothes

Do you have a friend or family member that wears the same size as you? Consider doing a clothing swap rather than buying a new outfit for a party or event. Chances are, you’ll only wear that outfit once or twice, so borrowing will save you money and room in your closet. Need a fancy outfit for a dinner or convention? Consider renting it.

4. Use Layaway Instead of Credit Cards

Layaway is an interest-free way to pay for a large purchase. Many box stores as well as some smaller retail locations offer a layaway option. If it isn’t something you need right now, consider using layaway rather than a credit card.

5. Look for Free Activities

Skip the movies at the theater and head to movies in the park. Many cities offer a host of free activities, especially in the summer months. Use social media tools and the web to find listings for community activities and make your date night a little cheaper. This will also push you to do something new or different, which will broaden your horizons and help you meet new people.

6. Start Couponing

Extreme couponing has become quite the trend, but it can really save you quite a bit of money if you know how to do it. Since the coupon craze is in full swing, finding info online or even a class in your area shouldn’t be hard.

7. Stop Paying for Delivery

Having your food delivered means tipping the driver. Instead of ordering delivery, pick up your food to avoid the extra cost of a tip. Some businesses actually charge a delivery fee as well, so you can avoid this by making the trip to the restaurant.

Do you have any other ideas for fun ways to save? 

 

I hope these will help you or at least give you some idea how to save money

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5 Creative Ways to Recycle Plastic Bags

Since there seems to be an unlimited number of plastic bags in the world, it’s a good idea to start reusing them as many times as we can before they potentially end up in a landfill. Plastic is one of the leading causes of pollution on our planet and can take up to 1000 years for it to biodegrade. When I learned that, I started focusing on making better uses out of my plastic bags, bottles, and any other plastic objects that could be reused.

1. Store vegetables and other loose items in the fridge

Another useful way to use your extra plastic bags is to use them for storing your vegetables and other loose items in your fridge. Whenever I go shopping for produce, I don’t always want to use the baggies they provide at the grocery store so that I can reuse what I already have when storing them in the crisper.

2. Use them as gloves when handling messy food

Some food is just messy! If I have extra plastic bags lying around (which seems like all the time!), I use them as gloves when handling messy food, like beef, poultry, fish, and generally sticky stuff. I don’t use them the entire time I’m cooking, but just temporary so I can avoid getting my hands all messy.

3. Reuse them when grocery shopping

Where I live, it actually costs money (15 cents) to purchase plastic bags at the checkout counter at my local grocery store. Honestly, I’m not against this because I imagine it discourages the use of them and encourages paper bags. I personally like to reuse my clean plastic bags to help the environment and save a little change.

4. When prepping food for a meal

None of us want to keep going for the garbage under the sink or let the garbage sit out in the open smelling while we cook. It’s just annoying! Instead, wrap a plastic bag around one of your shelf handles and throw away your food prep scraps in it. That way you can simply toss that plastic bag out once you’re done!

5. Cover rising dough

 

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5 iPhone tricks that you need to know

1) How To Force Restart Your iPhone XR & XS

The lack of a home button means that many of past iPhone’s functions have been remapped to other hardware or software controls on the iPhone XR & XS.

The ability to force restart the iPhone XR & XS is among those.

To force restart your iPhone XR & XS now you need to press and quickly release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button, and then press and hold the Side button.

2) How To Trigger SOS on iPhone XR & XS

SOS is a mode on the iPhone that allows you to quickly call emergency services.

To trigger SOS hold the Side button and either Volume button for six seconds.

Alternately you can press the Side button five times in succession to trigger SOS.

3) Control What Apps Face ID Unlocks

Face ID replaces the way you unlock your iPhone.

Now you simply look at the device instead of placing your finger on the now-gone Home button.

But Face ID can also be used to make purchases in the App Store and in apps, authenticate Apple Pay payments, and autofill forms in Safari.

However, you don’t need to allow Face ID to do all of these things if you don’t want.

You can toggle each Face ID feature on or off by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode.

4) Bring Back The Home Button on iPhone XR & XS

Okay, you can’t obviously really bring back the physical Home button, but there is a way you can kinda of replicate it using software in iOS.

To do this go to General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch and toggle it on.

You’ll now see a virtual Home button on your screen that you can customize to activate shortcuts.

5) How To Force Quit Apps on iPhone XR & XS

With no Home button it might seem like you can’t force quit apps anymore–but you can.

To do so on the iPhone XR & XS you need to bring up the app switcher. Do this by swiping up and holding on the home bar from the bottom of any screen.

Once the apps appear, swipe to the one you want to force quit and then simply swipe up on the app to force quit it.

How to Swing SharePoint to a new (clone) Config DB after Restoring from Backup

I have a request to get a restored SharePoint 2010 up for some recovery. The existing SharePoint is still running while having its same Image restored to a separate Server, the first key important thing is that the cloned Server should not have the same Host Name as per the existing one.

Once you boot up the cloned Server, the HostName is changed and you will hit Error when connecting to SharePoint configuration server.

So, if you run SharePoint Product Configuration Wizard, You will hit error again saying you cannot connect to existing Config DB. Simply because your cloned server is still pointing to OLD Config DB (OLDHOSTNAME\SQLInstance).

Resolution

What you can only do! (as far as i know!) is to run the following STSADM comment

stsadm.exe -o setconfigdb - -databaseserver "<DatabaseServer>" -farmuser "<DOMAIN\YourFarmAccount>" -farmpassword "<YourFarmAccount Password>"

Once its done, rerun SharePoint Product Configuratino Wizard…

Content Plugin can not be initialized – list of CSS addresses is not set.

Having this error in my SharePoint Servers running Search Service Application.

This error was due to Search Index folder not granted FULL CONTROl permission to the following SharePoint Local Group

WSS_ADMIN_WPG

WSS_WPG

Content Plugin cannot be initialized

Go to your search index folder and grant them!

 

If you do not know how to find your Search Index folder. Run the PowerShell below in SharePoint Management Console


##Change the name in case you are using a different name for the search service application

$ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication "Search Service Application"

$ssa.ActiveTopology.GetComponents() | ? {$_.Name -like "IndexComponent*"}

## you should see able to see RootDirectory properties. and that is your search index location.

Changing Domain and Changing SharePoint Distributed Cache Host Name

Today, I’m asked to change my SharePoint Servers to another domain. (jaw dropped). And I’m gonna share the important steps that help you to rename your existing distributed cache host name to a new host name.

I will be using the following naming for better illustration

SharePointWeb01.olddomain.com  -> SharePointWeb01.newdomain.com

As usual, you would domain disjoint, restart server, join to the new domain (using enterprise admin of the new domain). Once the server is joint to the new domain. You can instantly see many error log generated in your event viewer. This post I’m gonna cover only how to swing Distributed Cache and make it goes Live again and with assumption that you have changed the SharePoint Farm Account to a new account. (cause this is domain change activity! big task)

 

First thing first

Make sure the OLD distrbuted host name is pingable and it is still connecting back to the same server. How to do that?

Fire NOTEPAD and edit C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Add in your server IP with the old host name. You will then remove the old host name AFTER successfully getting the distributed cache cluster up.

 

Secondly, change the distributed cache service from the old orphan service account to a new one in the new domain.

Run the following to change the service account


$farm = Get-SPFarm
$cacheService = $farm.Services | where {$_.Name -eq "AppFabricCachingService"}
$accnt = Get-SPManagedAccount -Identity "NEWDOMAIN\NewFarmAdmin"
$cacheService.ProcessIdentity.CurrentIdentityType = "SpecificUser"
$cacheService.ProcessIdentity.ManagedAccount = $accnt
$cacheService.ProcessIdentity.Update()
$cacheService.ProcessIdentity.Deploy()

Restart-CacheCluster

## At this step you will see error but please ignore.

Get-CacheHost

## And you should see your old cache host is UP.

## Register your new Host Name

## Note the DataSource=XXX it may be different from your environment. Change it accordingly to yours.

Register-CacheHost -Provider "SPDistributedCacheClusterProvider"
-ConnectionString "Data Source=SQL;Initial Catalog=SharePoint_Config;Integrated Security=True;Enlist=False"
-Account "<NEW DOMAIN>\<NEW FARM ACCOUNT>"
-CachePort 22233 -ClusterPort 22234 -ArbitrationPort 22235 -ReplicationPort 22236
-HostName <HOST NAME of the server, SharePointWeb01>

After executing the Register-CacheHost

Kindly perform a Export-CacheClusterConfig -Path c:\cache.xml to double check cache.xml if the new FQDN of your server is showing under datacache > hosts

Should look something like that


<hosts>
 <host replicationPort="22236" arbitrationPort="22235" clusterPort="22234"
 hostId="54695588" size="781"
 leadHost="true" account="<new service account>"
 cacheHostName="AppFabricCachingService"
 name="<new and Correct FQDN e.g. SharePointWeb01.newdolmain.com>"
 cachePort="22233" />

 <!-- Together with another host that stating your OLD FQDN e.g. SharePointWeb01.olddomain.com -->
</hosts>

new host’s name should be a FQDN that you can ping and resolve right away without the need of editing HOSTS file.

Once this is done, run the final command in SharePoint Powershell console

Unregister-CacheHost -Provider "SPDistributedCacheClusterProvider" 
-ConnectionString "Data Source=SQL;Initial Catalog=SharePoint_Config;Integrated Security=True;Enlist=False" 
-HostName <the old host name e.g. SharePointWeb01.olddomain.com>

Go back to your HOSTS file and remove the old ip mapping to SharePointWeb01.olddomain.com.

 

Definition of System Performance Test

Thought it would be good for me to write down my own note of definitions and its objective

Performance Test

Performance Test is used to measure the performance characteristics of your web site/system. It helps you to find out the following

  1. How many users can work with the site concurrently receiving the acceptable quality of service? Usually we benchmark it with Page Response Time
  2. How many visitors your web site can handle by day or hour?
  3. What response time is typical for your web site under load? This is more for baseline testing of your system performance.

Stress Test

Stress Test is performed to check the ability of your web site to respond to an excessive load. Every web site has a performance limit. However, even when that limit is reached, the web site should meet the “Correct Overload Criteria”.

  1. It should not crash or stop responding completely.
  2. The number of correct page responses per second should not decline significantly.
  3. It should either provide a user friendly overload message for requests that it cannot serve, or delay all responses equally.
  4. After a period of overload it should return to the normal operation without performance degradation

Endurance Test

Endurance Test is to check the ability of your web site/system to withstand the specified load for a long period of time. In such conditions the performance degradation can be a result of memory leaks or other server resource allocation problem. The endurance testing is usually performed for several hours. The goal is to confirm that the web site performance during different test phases does not differ significantly

Office Web App with SharePoint Sorry there was a problem and we cant open this document

Introduction

I have a Web Front End server running via HTTPS protocol and the SSL Cert is self-signed (Strictly HTTPS Only). Meanwhile, I also have an Officer Web App (OWA) 2013 server.

After binding the SP WFE server with the OWA server. (by referring steps from MDSN) and uploading a testing DOCX document.

This is the error i got from the OWA Viewer.

Office Web App - Sorry there was a problem

“Sorry, there was a problem and we can’t open this document. If this happens again, try opening the document in Microsoft Word.”

Ok Great. I then checked the OWA ULS log file. The below error was thrown


Unexpected

HttpRequestAsync, (WOPICheckFile,WACSERVER) no response [WebExceptionStatus:TrustFailure, url:https://MY SHAREPOINT URL/Docs/_vti_bin/wopi.ashx/files/f6f23205af3348199e803f3c568685df?access_token=REDACTED_1084&access_token_ttl=1373225332912, exception:System.Net.WebException: The underlying connection was closed: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel. ---> System.Security.Authentication.AuthenticationException: The remote certificate is invalid according to the validation procedure.     at System.Net.TlsStream.EndWrite(IAsyncResult asyncResult)     at System.Net.ConnectStream.WriteHeadersCallback(IAsyncResult ar)     --- End of inner exception stack trace ---     at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.EndGetResponse(IAsyncResult asyncResult)     at Microsoft.Office... 54a29cd8-d404-45d9-bba4-359a21382bb0

Apparently it has got to do with SSL/TLS due to the self signed certification.

Resolution

Download the self-signed certification to OWA.

  1. In the OWA server, go to IE browser and hit the SharePoint URL.
  2. Beside the Address Bar, click on the Certificate and click View certificates
  3. Under General tab and click Install Certificate
  4. Specify Local Machine
  5. Select “Place all certificates in the following store”
  6. Click “Browse” and select ‘Trusted Root Certification Authorities”
  7. Click Ok.
  8. Now try to open the document via Browse. =)