Display Desktop Icons – Windows 10

Want to display My Computer, Control Panel and the old feel of Windows 7?  Right click on your desktop, chose personalize,   themes and Desktop Icon Setting.

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Java(TM) SE Binary using a lot of memory

Over the past two weeks I have received two laptops that had issues where the laptop fan would run and the computer would begin to slow down.  On both computers, I found that the 32 bit Java and 64 bit Java was installed.  As you can see below,  over 700+mb of ram was being consumed.  If you ended the process, the process would restart.

Both computers were virus and malware free.   The solution on both computers – uninstall the 32 bit version.

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CIT program to be recognized at the White House for CTE “Excellence in Action” Award

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Picture – Dawn Babian, Network Administrator, Steve Mallard, IT Manager and Lead Instructor and Mike Miller, Asst. IT Manager.and CIT Instructor.

The Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will be recognized at the White House  along with other Career Technical Education winners of the 2014 “Excellence in Action” award on June 30, 2015.

The Obama Administration and White House will be recognizing the programs at a convening, Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education which will be hosted at The White House on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

The CIT program and other CTE winners will be recognized with a select group of other education leaders.  Business and industry partners, exceptional student leaders and Administration officials,  will be present to celebrate the latest advancements in career and technical education (CTE).  The program along with other winners will be recognized for its achievements on innovative CTE coursework and practices.

At the federal level, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education have collaborated to support innovative programming that combines integrated academic and technical content, strong employability skills, and work-based learning opportunities that connect learning to real-life career scenarios. Effective CTE programs aligned with college- and career-readiness standards, and the needs of employers, industry, and labor, are growing across the country. This convening will honor innovators such as the CIT program and “Excellence in Action” winners.

“Once again, it is an honor for the Computer Information Technology program at the TCAT-Shelbyville, under the leadership of Steve Mallard,  to be recognized for its achievements on innovative CTE coursework and practices by the White House.  Steve and his team of Mike Miller, CIT instructor and Dawn Babian, Information Technology Technician, continue to stay ahead of the technology and the skills needed to prepare students for a long term career in the Information Technology field.  Their passion for excellence in instruction for the program, maintaining the proper infrastructure of technology at the institution and their support for other faculty to utilize technology in the classroom, is unsurpassed in the state of Tennessee.  Their dedication and commitment to meet the needs of employers, industry and labor in all thirteen of the TCAT-Shelbyville programs demonstrates the merit of the recognition”.  

– Ivan Jones Director of TCAT-Shelbyville

Recognized as “Excellence in Action” award winner, the Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology represents the best Career Technical Education (CTE) has to offer. This program of study was selected based on its uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, raising student achievement, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, and increasing student postsecondary and career prospects, as described in Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education.

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium Executive Director Kimberly Green said, “These Excellence in Action award winners are incredibly successful – graduating their students at above average rates, building strong business and community partnerships and setting a course to increase students’ attainment of postsecondary credits and degrees and industry-recognized credentials. These high-quality programs of study are leading the way, improving both the practice and perception of CTE.”  -2014 quote on “Excellence in Action” winners

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) also honored the award recipients at the 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute in 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation.

– http://www.careertech.org/announcing-winners-excellence-action-award-outstanding-career-technical-education#sthash.X1tCbvkX.dpuf



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New Version of DNS Jumper (V2.0)

Originally posted on What's On My PC:

Typically, changing your DNS on your computer requires configuration changes, that are actually pretty easy to do; however, most people will not attempt those changes for fear of causing problems with their PCs. Another factor to all of this is knowing what DNS servers to use and which ones are safe (which would require some research on your part).

Recently I posted an article about a utility called DNS Jumper that is engineered to change your DNS setting for you and if you are not satisfied with those changes you simply revert back to the defaults. When it comes to changing your DNS, all the work has been done for you with this utility.

Today I noticed that a new version of DNS Jumper is out there that is deserving of attention. This little utility (which is portable) has evolved into a very attractive and powerful tool where you can…

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Free Wireless Survey Software

Looking for free wireless software?   Amped Wireless, Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector, NetSurveyor, Acrylic Wi-Fi Scanner, Homedale, Lizard Systems and Vistumbler is the top free software to perform a basic wireless survey.

Many of these offer GPS support and allow the exporting of a survey to a KML file.  This can then be imported into Google Earth.

1 Acrylic


2 Xirrus


3 Lizard Wi-Fi Scanner


4 Netsurveyor A

4 Netsurveyor B


5 Amped Wireless Analytics


6 Homedale Portable

7 Homedale

8 Homedale

9 Homedale Location

10 Homedate options


11 Vistumbler


Wireless Surveys/Spectrum Analysis
It is important to perform a wi-fi survey so that you can determine not only the perfect place to locate your access point or bridge but to gain an understanding of the channel co-existence challenge you may face.  With wireless access points in surrounding neighborhoods and businesses, you will need to  perform a survey by walking around and mapping out the BSAs (Basic Service Area) of wireless that surrounds you and your organization.

Below is an example of our school’s perimeter.  Matt, Chris and James, students in the Computer Information Technology, class performed a survey using a Microsoft GPS and Vistumbler.  This survey revealed access points and their channels of current wireless at our institution and  includes APs in surrounding businesses and neighborhoods.  These were mapped using Google Earth after exporting their KML file from Vistumbler.

This type of survey allows IT professionals to analyze data exported to ensure the correct channels can be used at their organization.

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After exporting the wireless information, you can analyze each access point or wireless device by clicking on it.  Below is an example of the information exported into Google Earth.   Each device shows SSID, Network Type, Mac Address, Channel, Security, Encryption Type, Data Rates, Latitude, Longitude and Manufacturer information.   Analyst using this information can also determine the best placement of wireless devices along with channel information.

ESSID Expanded

Channel co-existence is when access points share channels that are very close to one another.

802.11 wireless on 2.4 Ghz has three non-overlapping channels.  These channels are 1, 6 and 11.  The closer channels are, the more likely interference will take place.  With the amount of wi-fi in use today, IT professionals have to chose between 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz and and try to select channels that are not in use if possible.   Professional access points and bridges can also adjust power as necessary.   A dense population can make this very challenging.

If you look at the students’ survey by zooming out to see how many access points can be seen, this is what you are looking at!  Now you can see why site surveys are important at your organization.


In addition to this survey, a secondary survey using a spectrum analyzer is very important to search for interference from other sources.  (See our review of the Airview Spectrum Analyzer)


Channel information (Chart from Wikipedia)


Here’s another look at a wireless survey showing vertical lines and signal strength.

Another view James Miller KML

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