The Microsoft Surface Pro has proven to be versatile in the workplace. Mr. Arnold our Industrial Maintenance instructor uses the Microsoft Surface Pro to connect to nearly a hundred PLCs, motors, robots and other industrial components.
So why is this tablet perfect for business and industries?
External DVD Attached through USB port
USB EasyLINK to transfer files from one computer to another
The Windows below shows the USB EasyLINK software (loaded on the USB device)
Many industrial components require a floppy disk drive – (Above and Below)
What if you need to expand your USB with a USB hub or two?
IT personnel can attach a Wireless Spectrum Analyzer or multiple wireless cards for site surveys or other wireless needs.
Four Wi-Fi Nic cards shown above
Joining a domain (above)
Connect an external drive, card reader or multiple USB drives at the same time.
Use all of your Windows based software…now why was the Surface a bad idea? It’s not…
Anyone who has hit Ctrl-Alt-Del understands they may have several svchost.exe ‘s running. What are they? They relate to networking and some programs use svchost in groups. This tiny download (14 kb) shows exactly what this file is doing.
It’s hard to find great quality information that can be used by IT professionals. One of the best sites on the web is GEGeek. This site offers information that is updated often and covers a wide range of IT resources and troubleshooting. This versatile site offers answers to IT questions covering a plethora of topics from legacy to modern day resources.
No where on the net can you find this amount of information.
Rick over at What’s On My PC has another site that is one of the most resourceful sites on the web. Bookmarks 4 Techs links to over 700+ sites and blogs on the web. The site offers links, RSS Feeds, news and hundreds of other links.
Want to learn a new skill? Collect a library of technical books? Microsoft offers free ebooks and updates their give away often. I forgot to post this fall but Rick over at What’s On My PC reminded me when I reviewed his blog and saw Microsoft’s latest -“Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals”.
Download this free ebook here and see their lineup over here.
While you’re surfing the web, go visit Rick at What’s On My PCand Visit his other blog that is one of the best resources of hundreds of blogs and how-to sites over at BookMark4Techs.
Usually when I resolve a problem, there seems to be an outbreak of the same problem. Lately I resolved issues with wireless networking on several laptops and a desktop by disabling the power settings. Apparently when the laptop woke, it would not connect or was extremely slow on connecting. Disabling the power settings in both areas resolved the issue on all of the laptops and the desktop.
Power under the Device Manager
- Right Click Computer, Manage, Select Device Manager, Double Click on Wireless card, Click the Power Management tab. Uncheck the All the computer to turn off this device to save power
Use the Advanced Power settings to turn off power settings on wireless adapters
Click on Change plan settings (above)
Click on Change advanced power settings (above)
Scroll down to Wireless Adapter Setting, click the + sign, click the + sign beside Power Saving Mode. Change the On battery setting to Maximum Performance and Plugged in to Maximum Performance. Apply the settings.
The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit which is also known as EMET is designed to assist IT Pros with securing their systems. EMET helps to block hackers from accessing systems. EMET helps to block common attacks and enables IT personnel to manage security.
One of the hardest computer related tasks for new IT people to learn is looking for drivers.
If the computer is a brand name, try the manufacturers website first. Remember, many vendors use a service tag or serial number to identify the computer. If you can enter this tag, you will find the exact drivers intended for your computer. Download your operating systems drivers. Often Windows Vista drivers can be used for Windows 7. Try to research before building a computer and see which vendor offers updates over a period of time (one or more years of support). These vendors are vendors who care and want you to have a good experience with their hardware. Recently we flashed a BIOS for our computers and the vendor had offered hexacore processor support for a two year old motherboard. Truly a vendor who cares.
Know the components in your computer – use software to identify them – use the internet to download drivers based on the components in your computer
Zipped – the driver is downloaded and the files needed to make the hardware work are compressed. Unzip (extract) these files. Use either the setup.exe program to install or go to the device manager and select update driver and ‘point’ to the downloaded driver if a setup option is not available
Self Extracting – the driver is downloaded in a setup file that extracts and runs through a setup process