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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.

How to flush the DNS cache on Mac, Linux or Windows

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog:
If websites are not appearing correctly, connections time out or if you cannot find a computer on a network, you may need to flush the DNS cache.  Here’s how to do it-…

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Best Free Wi-Fi Tools

One of the best wi-fi tools you have on your Windows based computer is netsh.   Netsh can be used to find out information about wi-fi. Open a command prompt and you can use these tools… netsh wlan show networks … Continue reading

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Understand hacking to understand security

In order to understand security properly, you should also have an understanding of hacking.  Understanding hacking gives users and IT professionals an understanding of how a breech occurs and tells how you can protect your network.  A comprehensive guide can … Continue reading

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Wireless Networks and GPS

Vistumbler is an excellent program to detect wireless networks and hotspots.  Vistumbler was originally made for Windows Vista but now works with Windows 7 flawlessly.  With live Google Earth tracking, you can add a GPS to your laptop and map … Continue reading

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CCleaner and Malwarebytes for Mac

Own an Apple/Mac?  You can speed your computer up and keep it clean by using CCleaner and Malwarebytes.   You can also download OnyX (See a review of OnyX) to take care of additional tasks and cleaning. https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download?mac https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/mac/index.html

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Stop automatic restarts after updates

Want to stop automatic updates after your computer updates? Here’s what you can do.  Click on Settings, Update and Security, Advanced Options and then change from Automatic to Notify to Schedule Restart.

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Shortcut key Download

Want to know the latest shortcut keys for Windows 10?  Grab the download here. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48716

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Check this out from Microsoft IT Showcase @Microsoft IT:

How Microsoft does IT. Client Hyper-V is the virtualization technology built into Windows 10 and Windows 8.x. It is the same virtualization technology previously available only in Windows Server. Client Hyper-V enables you to run more than one 32-bit or … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Quicktips – Shutdown Shortcut

Want to shutdown Windows 10 Quickly? You can create a shortcut by right clicking the desktop, selecting new, select Shortcut and type %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0 More information –  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Bb491003.aspx

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Use multiple Desktops

Working on multiple projects?  Click on the Task View Icon  . Next click on Add Desktop on the right side of your screen. (below bottom right corner – look for the + sign) To select the screen (desktop you want), simply … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Data Usage

Need to keep track of how much data you use? Click on Settings Click on Data usage Click on usage details to get a breakdown

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Add Desktop icons

Want your desktop icons on your Windows 10 pc? Right click on the desktop, click personalize, click on themes and then click on Desktop icon settings. Select the icons you want to see on your desktop.

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Photo viewers and Windows 10

Rick over at “What’s on my PC” recently reviewed FastStone Image Viewer  which I agree is one of the best image viewers on the web.  I’ve used FastStone for years and I also have Irfanview and XnView.    Note:  This … Continue reading

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Slow SQL Connection or Network in Windows 10 – Update

Finally found a small problem with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.  After upgrading, we have discovered that Windows  was responding slow to our SQL Server 2008.  What we discovered is below. Slow response times in Windows to a SQL … Continue reading

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NTLM Settings in Windows 7, 8 or 10

You may have devices (NASs) on your network that you can no longer can connect to or you may not be able to network to an older OS.  Actually this changes settings to accept NTLMv1 and NTLMv2 so that you … Continue reading

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Disable LLMNR from the command line

LLMNR can impact network performance in Windows 7.  This can especially take place with connections to SQL. See our article on LLMNR for Group Policy or Network disabling or use the following: Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator (CMD … Continue reading

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AlphiMAX PTP Estimator provides an excellent way to align your wireless antennas

Need an excellent program to estimate your wireless bridges from building to building?  AlphiMAX provides an excellent online program to estimate your wireless links. Sign up is easy and fast.  The PTP Estimator requires that you have the Latitude and … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Reliability Monitor

Want to know how reliable your computer is?  Want to know what is causing errors?  The Reliability Monitor can help you find out what is wrong with your laptop or desktop. Go to the Control Panel – All Control Panel Items -Security … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Windows 10 VPN – Computer to Computer

Want to connect a VPN from one Windows 10 computer to another computer such as Windows 7, 8.1 or 10? On the hosting computer, share your folder out with who you want to have access.  Make sure you audit the … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Long file names cannot be deleted

After upgrading to Windows 10, I immediately deleted the Windows.old folder using disk cleanup.   This in turn recovered around 20 gigabytes in space on my computer. I noticed odd file names from previous updates (example:c:\2d51a0107296557123f92939e121) that I could not … Continue reading

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