Google killing-off Google+ do to lack of interest.

Google has an official closing date for its troubled Google+ social network: April 2.

The search engine giant says on that date Google+ accounts and any pages created will be shut down and begin being deleted. Should you have any photos or other content you want to save, “just make sure to do so before April,” the company said in a blog post.

Photos and videos also stored in Google Photos will not be affected. Google has posted directions on how to download an archive of your Google+ content. Any photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

But the Alphabet-owned Google launched Google+ in June 2011 in an attempt to challenge Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Twitter, in the social networking competition. A successful Google+ could also have served as a social component to connect Google’s various products.

But the network never gained significant traction. A Stone Temple Consulting study from 2015 found 111 million active profiles on Google+ and only 6.7 million users who had 50 or more posts ever, according to a story on Forbes about the findings. In comparison, Facebook reports 1.5 billion daily active users.

Google began accelerating its shutdown last year after announcing in October 2018 that a breach found earlier in the year had compromised up to 500,000 users’ data. Then two months later, Google said a software update in November had caused a security bug that leaked the data—such as name, email and occupation—of 52.5 million users.

Google said in the blog post the decision to shut down Google+ was made “due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.”


Here’s the email being sent to Google+ users:

You’ve received this email because you have a consumer (personal) Google+ account or you manage a Google+ page.

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.

See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more

If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more

If you’re a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administratorfor more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more

If you’re a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.

From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.

Google LLC 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google+ Page, product or account.


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How to clear the crap from Google Chrome browser

Is the all-knowing Google monster causing some of your past actions to interfere with what you need to get done? Here’s how to clean some the crap from your Google Chrome browser.


Three dots > Settings > Advanced > Clear browsing date > leave desired boxes checked > Clear data


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KRONOS: Custom reports


Does anyone knows on how to create custom reports for Workforce Ready? Any document will be helpful.




Hi Syed – I’m a WFC consulting type & only just getting first exposure to WFR (initial thoughts are that it ain’t half bad btloi …), so hope my reply is at least partially correct & of some use.

Seems that for all intents & purposes the WFR application itself is the “Report Writer”, as in each & every screen that you access is in effect a report, or a potential report. As such, to create a new/customized report, you follow the process for designing a new, customized screen with relevant data/columns/layout as required and then save that as a Personal, Shared, or Company-wide default screen (“report“)

This is then your new “report“, and you follow the usual process wrt extracting or exporting this data to your chosen output destination.

Regards, Johann

RE: Custom Report – Data Reporting Source

Good morning.
I am trying to create a custom report using Visual Studio.  I took the class a few years back and I remember them saying that once you set up the ReportingDataSource in 1 environment you do not have to change it to go from development to test to production.  I can get the report to run in Visual Studio but my problem is that I am stuck on how to set up the ReportingDataSouce so that it works correctly.  I can get it to work if I add the ODBC to a particular environment but when we refresh test I don’t want to have to go in and change the ODBC on the custom report.  Any help would be appreciated.
Kronos v6.3 – sql db.


Kronos is very secretive about how the DSN is created and what the parameters are.  We found it much easier to grab an existing report from Kronos and alter it, rather than build a newreport from scratch.  This might help.



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KRONOS: IP Address Display on Clocks

My company types the Clock Number and the IP Address into the Alternate Message field on the General Device Setting so that each clock displays it’s IP Address and device number.

Is there a setting to display the IP Address and/or Device Number or other identifying information without having to have so many general device settings and text fields to maintain?




We put a label on each clock with Name, IP and Device ID.  Works for our environment.



I always liked physical labels on the clocks because they are identifiable even when no power is on.  Downside is that when they are swapped out the label must be changed– indeed a rare occurrence.

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KRONOS: Timecard Audit Tab

I cannot access the audit tab in the timecard as I am receiving this message:

WFP-01596 The requested operation cannot be performed for people who you do not have access to.

I have tried it as a manager, timekeeper, and superuser. We are on 8.0.16. Anyone had this issue?

Thank you,

System Analyst, Payroll


I have had issues with the Audit tab all week. It is blank, is very slow to load if it loads it at all.

We are on v8.0.14



We are on v8.0.14 and have lots of issues with the tabs at the bottom of the timecard often not working. We are using Chrome on Windows 7.

The Totals and Accruals tabs work intermittently but the Audits tab rarely works for me. I usually have to choose “GoTo” then “Audits” for that. Wish there was a good trick to get the Totals working.

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KRONOS: Version 8 performance

The speed that data is retrieved in version 8 seems to me to be much slower than it was in 6.2. Finding one employee in the genie QuickFind or a whole department in a Reconcile Timecard and you notice a difference. Are there any settings to improve the speed in Kronos 8?

Thank you,

System Analyst, Payroll

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KRONOS: Duration Pay Codes

Q: A questions for those that use duration pay codes –  Do you utilize the Always process duration as separate shift?

I have been using Duration Pay Code edits a lot recently and found the feature robust and useful.

I generally use the “Always process duration as a separate shift” as my default because a Duration Pay Code Edit typically is expected be behave like a Standard Pay Code Edit (which is not attached to any existing punched span of time).  Remember, a Duration Pay Code Edit is very much like a punched span of time, so usually one would want that separated from any “real” punched time.
Nice thing is you can have the time associated with the Duration Pay Code Edit be the same time as a punch or the same time as other Duration Pay Code Edit.
I have configured Duration Pay Codes with the amount flowing through a Work Rule (specified in the Pay Code Definition– very much like having Holiday Credit flow through a Work Rule).  Also, Totals Pay Code Replacement which allows me to use and test a single Pay Code Distribution, but have the resulting pay code substituted with another “at the end”.  Hard to describe, but I like it.  I recently used Duration Pay Codes for about a dozen pay codes that needed to behave like a worked span of time starting at midnight— it was all based on one Work Rule/PCD with Totals Pay Code Replacement in the Pay Code definition.
I have not used them for the Auto-resolved Exceptions (which are entirely different from what I described above), but those look like they would be useful in some policy settings.


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20170725 184443 min 240x172 - Smart Electrician Swivel Surge Protector

Smart Electrician Swivel Surge Protector

One the box:

  • Each of the two units has the following:
  • Protected and grounded indicator light
  • 1200 Joule surge protection
  • 3 grounded outlets in a fixed position bank
  • 3 grounded outlets on a swivel bank that can rotate 90 degrees to fit behind tight spaces
  • Rated for indoor use
  • Ideal for: Personal computers,phones/fax/modems, printers, stereos, and other electronics.
  • Not intended for use with aquarium equipment

USB Charger benefits:

  • Ideal for: Tablets, smartphones, MP players, and other small electronics
  • Charges 2 devices simultaneously
  • Compatible with USB 1.1/2.0

This has come in VERY handy in my living room and my office. Sometimes you just don’t need an extension chord along with your surge protection and/or extra outlets.

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It has 6 outlets, 3 of them on a swivel on the right side with 3 stable one on the left. I’ve already saved having to plug in two phone chargers with the USB options on the front.


It plugs into one grounded (3-holed) outlet while using a 2nd outlet to keep the unit stable with a piece of plastic that goes into the grounding hole (the round hole). Keeps it stable as long as your not unplugging anything. While this is very helpful in space-saving, be careful when unplugging any of your cables. You’ll have to hold on the the unit with one hand as to not have the entire thing come out when trying to disconnect something from it.




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