Category Archives: Information Technology

Diagnose your network and view network packets with Microsoft’s Message Analyzer

Microsoft’s Message Analyzer enables you to capture, display, and analyze network traffic.   This software even allows payload rendering in order to see pictures and other data. Download Here

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Going to take a certification that involves binary?

Going to take a certification that involves binary? Here’s a quick tutorial~ Let’s say you are given an IP address of 192.168.1.135 in an answer. What is this number in binary? Here’s what you do. Take a simple key to … Continue reading

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The easy way to subnet your network

Why?  The Golden Question All over the internet you will find information on ‘How to Subnet’.   Suddenly you are thrown into a world of bits and binary and given charts of ‘How to Subnet’.   But why do you subnet? Subnets … Continue reading

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Network named incorrectly under Network and Sharing Center

Have you connected and reconnected to a wireless or wired network and noticed the network adapter is now named wrong? There’s an easy fix. Open the Network and Sharing Center Click on the Active Network icon (see below). Type in … Continue reading

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Your Location has been Shared 5,398 Times in Last 14 Days

Your Location has been Shared 5,398 Times in Last 14 Days.

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Did you really complete your Windows installation?

While we cannot cover every scenario there is, this is a general setup of  a Windows 7 or 8 computer. Check all drivers under the Device Manager Get the latest drivers for performance Optimize Network Card Configuration– Disable all but … Continue reading

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When engineers don’t think about the technicians

Recently my niece dropped her laptop and the hard drive stopped working.   Normally an easy fix, I looked for the access panel for the hard drive so that I could replace it.   What? No access panel?  Oh, easy fix, lets … Continue reading

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Cyber Threat Maps

Here’s a few cyber threat maps showing attacks live. FireEye https://www.fireeye.com/cyber-map/threat-map.html Kaspersky https://cybermap.kaspersky.com/ Norse http://map.ipviking.com/ Arbor Networks DDoS Attacks http://www.digitalattackmap.com/#anim=1&color=0&country=ALL&list=0&time=16446&view=map Honeynet.org Anubisnetworks http://globe.cyberfeed.net/ Security Wizardry http://www.securitywizardry.com/radar.htm Alien Vault https://www.alienvault.com/open-threat-exchange/dashboard#/threats/top FSecure http://worldmap3.f-secure.com/ TrendMicro http://www.trendmicro.com/us/security-intelligence/current-threat-activity/global-botnet-map/index.html Global Spam (Trend) http://www.sicherheitstacho.eu/ Akamai http://www.akamai.com/html/technology/dataviz1.html Global … Continue reading

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Best Technology Blogs

Do you enjoy technology?  Want one portal to take you to hundreds of websites or blogs?  Rick over at Whats on my pc, has put together one of the best portals on the web to these sites. Bookmarks4Techs is a … Continue reading

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Partition your HDD to increase performance

When a good friend gave me a laptop, the quad core (Intel i3), 6 Gb Ram seemed slow.   Thinking back to an old post, Resizing your HDD to increase performance, I decided to see what the difference in performance would … Continue reading

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Using a GPS to perform a Wi-Fi survey

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 … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Tech Preview

I’ve been working on computers for a long long time.  It does seem that Microsoft gets it right, wrong and then right when they release operating systems. When Windows 8 came out, we did find it was a good operating system … Continue reading

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Network Switches – Avoid Daisy-Chains

When you are networking computers, wireless access points, printers and other nodes in multiple rooms, try to avoid daisy-chaining switches or using small 4-8 port switches when you are in a hurry.  Replace any hubs on your network as soon … Continue reading

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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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Over-Provisioning and SSDs

Over-provisioning is the allocating of a specific amount of free space on your SSD.  Over-provisioning improves SSD endurance and performance.   Many SSDs are packaged with software that helps the end user install the drive and to plan for OP. … Continue reading

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Configuring WDS to extend your wireless network

Want to extend your network and make it more reliable and robust? Note:  IP addresses and MAC addresses in this demo are in a controlled lab environment Here’s what you will need – Two routers with the same firmware Preferably … Continue reading

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HP Pavilion 11 x360 Review

I usually don’t review hardware products but I felt a need to review HP’s Pavilion 11t-n000 x360.    My father-in-law wanted a Microsoft Surface but still wanted a keyboard and the functionality of a laptop.   He also wanted to … Continue reading

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Windows Updates will not install on Windows 7, 8 or Servers

Windows Updates may have an inconstancy that prevents the installation of updates or service packs.  Here’s what you should do – Windows 8 At an elevated command prompt, type – DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth Windows 7 (32 Bit)http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3132(64 Bit)http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20858 

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Reset and Fix Windows Updates

The following commands help to reset Windows Update History along with resetting and re-registering components.  Open an elevated command prompt and type (or copy and paste) the following- (References below –  double check before running) net stop bitsnet stop wuauservnet … Continue reading

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Wi-fi takes a long time to find network after computer sleeps

After your computer goes to sleep, do you notice it takes a long time to connect to your wireless router? There can be several reasons for this. Here are some tips~ Power management on the adapter is enabled Disable in … Continue reading

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