4 Exabyte download coming soon?

While numbers conflict on the exact number of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users there are,  it seems that most agree that almost 1 billion Windows products are out there.

Microsoft’s upgrade path to Windows 10 for its predecessors includes Windows 7 SP 1 and Windows 8.1 by the Windows Update (RTM – Release to Manufacturing is by ISO download).   Microsoft says this upgrade will come down by Windows Update or by ISO.  I’m certain that if you want the installation media there will be a small charge (not announced yet).

Anyone needing to upgrade their OS that is not Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1  can download the ISO and will need to burn an installation media.

So the question of the year is…will Microsoft deliver 4 Exabytes of downloads to these users?  That’s around 4000+ Petabytes or 4,000,000 Terabytes or 4,000,000,000 Gigabytes.   I certainly don’t want that internet bill.

· 1 Bit = Binary Digit
· 8 Bits = 1 Byte
· 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte
· 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte
· 1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte
· 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte
· 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte
· 1024 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte
· 1024 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte
· 1024 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte
· 1024 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte
· 1024 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte

By the way, 1 Geopbyte is around 1267650600228229401496703205376 bytes.

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Superfish, Komodia, PrivDog vulnerability test

Superfish, Komodia, PrivDog vulnerability test


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Three Must Have Diagnostic Tools by Windows Sysinternals

Originally posted on What's On My PC:

Windows Sysinternalsis host to numerous advanced system utilities and technical information that is available (for FREE) to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. There are three of their utilities that I consider as “must have” utilities; and, the beauty of these three is that you can run them live from Sysinternals.

BgInfo – Displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen. By default when you first run BgInfo it will display more than what is actually being shown in the screenshot and is very useful in getting good baseline…

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Never stop growing

Jack Darden’s attitude of ‘Never stop growing’ and ‘You can do it’  reverberates through the Computer Information Technology classes at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville today.    His personality of wanting to grow and to learn everything in IT started 17 years ago when he entered my class.    Hearing from him tonight truly put a smile on my face.

Jack Darden, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Shelbyville (CIT Alumni) 

You see, entering IT before MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and popular social media sites; Jack saw broadband at ISDN speeds, monitors when they were CRTs and operating systems from the ’90s.    Now this may sound like it was a long time ago to students today but it was truly just yesterday in IT.  The knowledge our program gave Jack at the time was primitive compared to what we teach today.  So how did Jack become successful?  It was his initiative, motivation, worker ethics and  arduous work that made him successful.

While I’ve repeated his name over and over to show how these quality traits can make students  succeed in information technology - it is ultimately up to students to continue learning in such a dynamic field in order to become successful.

So,  how has Jack grown over the years?

  • Technical Support Tech. – Computer Manufacturing – (Technical Support)
  • Information Technology Supervisor -Manufacturing. (networking, servers/desktops, software development, database administration, exchange, etc.)
  • Application Development – Law Enforcement (software development, database administration)
  • Manager, Business Intelligence – Healthcare (data warehouse management, software development management, enterprise reporting management)
  • Manager, Business Intelligence – Healthcare (data warehouse management, software development management, enterprise reporting management)
  • Manager, Business Intelligence – Medical Retail (data warehouse management, software development management, enterprise reporting management)
  • Manager, Corporate Data Architecture – Publishing (E-Commerce database management, data warehouse management, enterprise reporting management)

Jack often surprises me with messages, calls or visits.  What’s not surprising is seeing him grow every time we talk.  I’m glad to call Jack a peer and a good friend.

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SSD drive with Intel chipset – Performance is in RST

Do you own a computer with an Intel chipset?  If you do,  you probably need to make sure you are running Intel’s Rapid Store Technology to make sure the appropriate drivers are installed.   By loading the drivers, I saw a 48% increase in performance and a 43% increase in performance (Random read and random write)

Note:  Even with Samsung’s Magician, drive operations was slower than normal.

The drivers are located here (https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/22194/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver)

samsung before and after

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Stop sponsor offers during your next Java Update

Want to stop Java Sponsors during your next Java Update?  Go to the control panel, click Java, Click Advanced, scroll all the way down and check Suppress Java Sponsor offers.

Surpress JAVA Sponsors

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uTorrent mining Bitcoins?

Several sites are reporting that the uTorrent client is mining Bitcoins.  We took a look at uTorrent and we looked for  EpicScale or other software that may mine for Bitcoins.  We also listened to our network with WireShark.  

Note: Downloading copyrighted information is illegal and your ISP may be forced to give information about you IP address and all logs to attorneys that may represent the copyrighted download.

During the installation there is an add-on that ask you to Accept or Decline.  I Accepted and during this installation, the software reset my homepage to Yahoo and added Searchprotection (later identified as a PUP software)

VMWare with Windows 10 preview.

1 uTorrent

2 uTorrent Permissions

3 Bittorrent Search Protection by Spigot


5 Bittorrent five knives

Removing the PUP with Adwcleaner


So are Bitcoins being mined?  Possibly from an add-in.  Reports say that it is more than likely an add-in that the enduser agreed to install.   We did not find any evidence of Bitcoin mining.   We did not find mining software using Wireshark and by searching files (shown and hidden).

So was it packaged as an add-in?     Some users reported that it was.  When you install software, always READ the installation and decline software you don’t want.

If you download any freeware, always run an anti-malware program such as Adwcleaner or Malwarebytes.   Remember, torrents can be used to transfer large files and do serve a purpose.


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