Companies asking employees to work from home


Google advises all North America employees to work from home due to coronavirus

Google sent a memo to all of its North America-based employees recommending they work from until at least April 10th due to coronavirus, the company confirmed to Business Insider. Google had previously told employees in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin, and Seattle to work from home in recent days.

Google offices will remain open to workers if they have to be physically present for their job, according to Business Insider. CEO Sundar Pichai also urged people to “contribute” to social distancing in a Tuesday evening tweet

Contributing to social distancing if you are able to, helps the overall community spread and most importantly, will help offset the peak loads through critical healthcare systems and also saves it for people in need. (based on expert advice). Please contribute if you are able to.

Why all the frenzy about COVID-19?

What are we so scared about?  Lets compare the coronavirus to the influenza.

CDC 2019-2020 Flu Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 20,000 deaths this season from influenza.

There have been an estimated 34 million flu illnesses so far and 350,000 hospitalizations.

“I think a big part of it is fear of the unknown,” said Dr. Otto Yang, an infectious disease expert at UCLA. “The enemy you don’t know is much scarier than the enemy you know.”

“In general 80 percent of influenza activity each season tends to occur in January, February and March,” he said. “However, this flu season began early and certainly can continue well into April and even into May.”

NetFlow Basics: An Introduction to Monitoring Network Traffic

by Steve Petryschuk | March 19, 2019   Network management  Network monitoring

To fully understand what NetFlow is and why it’s used for network monitoring, we first need to know what a flow is.

When computers need to talk to one another they establish communication channels, commonly referred to as connections. (Technically speaking, these communication channels can only be called connections when the TCP protocol is involved.) A flow refers to any connection or connection-like communication channel.

In more technical terms, a flow is defined by its 5-tuple, a collection of five data points:

  • Source and destination IP addresses exchanging information
  • Source and destination ports, if any (ICMP, for example, doesn’t use ports)
  • The protocol

Flow identifies a communication channel, and all packets sharing the same 5-tuple fields belong to the same flow.

How Startup CEOs Should Think About the Coronavirus - Parts 1 & 2

Posted on February 28, 2020 | 2 Comments

I just reached out to the CEOs I work with with on this topic and figured I should also do a quick post to speak to the CEOs who follow Kellblog as well.

The primary purpose of this post is to remind busy startup CEOs that an important part of your job is to be out ahead of things. Usually that means customer needs, market trends, and competitors. I’d argue it also includes potential epidemics, such as the one threatened by COVID-19.

Nobody wants to work for a CEO who’s panicking. But nobody wants to work for a CEO without a plan, either. You owe it to your employees, customers, and (yes) shareholders to start thinking about the impact of the Coronavirus on your business. That starts with your first action item: having a conversation about it at your next weekly e-staff meeting, if you’ve not done so already.

Microsoft Windows License Manager in Windows - slmgr

How to Use the Slmgr Command in Windows

Software Licensing Management Tool (slmgr) is a VBS file in Windows against which you can run commands to perform advanced Windows activation tasks.

You don't need to use Slmgr.vbs to activate Windows or change the product key, but you might need to if the normal activation process fails or if you get strange "Windows is not genuine" errors.

While the Slmgr.vbs file is stored in the System32 and SysWOW64 folders, commands that interface with the file need to be entered into Command Prompt.

TIP: Slmgr.vbs is used only for the Windows operating system. Ospp.vbs manages volume licensing for Microsoft Office products.

Slmgr Command Examples

slmgr [MachineName [username [password]]] [option]

After opening Command Prompt, enter the desired slmgr command like you see in these examples:

A regular Command Prompt can work for some of these tasks but others — ones that involve changing data and not just displaying it — require an elevated Command Prompt.

Build More Meaningful Personal Relationships at Work

This Simple Gesture Can Help You Build More Meaningful Personal Relationships at Work

Taking notes about people's personal lives might feel strange -- but the results can be transformative.

By Emma BrudnerDirector of People Operations,

Anyone who's worked with me knows that I don't have the greatest memory. They also know that I take notes -- about everything. (These two things are not unrelated.) 

A third fact about me? It's incredibly important that I show my coworkers I care personally about them -- and especially the people who report to me. 

Walking Meetings, how people better connect in 4 minutes

Steve Jobs Loved Walking Meetings. New Research Shows Why He Was Right

A new experiment shows how people can become better connected in 4 1/2 minutes or less.

By Minda Zetlin Co-author, The Geek Gap@MindaZetlin

Steve Jobs had a favorite way to hold a meeting with an employee, partner, or potential collaborator: He liked to walk, usually simply strolling around the company's neighborhood in Cupertino, California.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Information for Specific Groups

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19. Much is unknown about how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

CDC Industry Guidance

CDC Business Sector