Now, Dell is not my favorite PC vendor. It probably has something to do with the smoke that came out of my coworker’s office as her new Dell laptop burned up.
But I’m not going to jump on Dell in this post. You can do whatever you want.
This post is about what you should do as soon as you buy a new PC.
But first, I will mention what cranked me up on this.
Since 2009, Dell has been distributing “nice” utilities on all of its PCs that updated their firmware. …
Now that I’ve got your attention, iOS 14.5 really isn’t “Fake News.” It’s just that the news around it was so over-hyped.
Here are a few headlines from early April:
iOS 14.5 is making the biggest change to apps in years — here’s how
Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules
Apple reminds developers to prepare for App Tracking Transparency ahead of iOS 14.5 release
Then iOS 14.5 was released on 04/26/21.
I approached it cautiously. First on my iPhone, then my iPad, then my iPad Mini, …
But I haven’t seen any of…
Have you ever built a data center?
In my 40+ year career, I’ve probably been involved in building around 10 data centers.
Then this article was mentioned in Windows Weekly episode 721.
Microsoft currently operates more than 200 data centers. Think of the logistics of building 50–100 data centers each year! I’d guess there would have to be 10–20 people dedicated to each project not to mention the expenditures.
After each data center is up and running, then you’ve to facilitate the network connectivity, the power, the…
In Part I, I discussed Network Address Translation (NAT).
That seems like a good idea and it is.
What if the response doesn’t come back on the same PORT as it originated on? Then NAT Port Address Translation (PAT) won’t let it through.
How does NAT PAT know what to do?
That’s when Application Layer Gateways (ALGs) come into play.
[ALG] allows customized NAT traversal filters to be plugged into the gateway to support address and port translation for certain application layer … protocols …
In Security Now Episode 792, Steve Gibson explains:
The problem is that Application Layer…
This is the first in a series of posts about Application Layer Gateways. But first you have to understand Network Address Translation (NAT).
NAT is what makes your router such a good firewall.
Basically it makes all of your Internet requests look as if they originated from the router, hiding your various devices. But more than that, it only allows incoming packets that are responsive to outgoing packets.
Here’s how wikipedia explains it:
[T]he port numbers are changed so that the combination of IP address (within the IP header) and port number (within the Transport Layer header) on the returned…
It raised several issues that I’ve been worried about since the pandemic hit and everybody went home.
KnowBe4 called out the following key findings:
Several years ago, I stumbled across Google’s Internet speed test. That prompted me to look at several other Internet speed testing tools. The post is here.
This article on CNET prompted me to look again. CNET had a couple of tools I hadn’t heard of before so I ran them against my previous set of tools.
At my house I have a 200Mbps Xfinity connection. I was using my ThinkPad X390 with an Intel(R) Wireless-AC 9560 160MHz Wi-Fi adapter. Intel says that adapter can deliver 1.73Gbps so that probably wasn’t a limiting factor.
My previous post covered how to restore Windows Photo Viewer. While that worked, I kinda got frustrated that I kept having to do that.
I fell back to my trusty Google search and came up with some alternatives to Windows Photo Viewer.
The article that seemed most on point to me was on Skylum.
#4 on their list was FastStone Image Viewer but it was #1 for me.
I always like portable applications and FastStone has one for their Image Viewer.
I put the portable version in my OneDrive/Software folder so it’s available on all my PCs.
Oh, it’s free.
Originally published at https://blog.benmoore.info.
I’ve been accused of being a Luddite and maybe I am.
But maybe I just like simple applications that just work.
Windows 7 and 8 had a really nice application, Windows Photo Viewer. It had useful and intuitive keyboard and cursor commands.
Windows 10 displaced (not REplaced) Windows Photo Viewer with Photos. To me, it’s not as intuitive as Windows Photo Viewer.
The good news is that Windows Photo Viewer is still there. And if you got to Windows 10 by an upgrade in place from Windows 7 or 8, getting Windows Photo Viewer back is easy.
I still have a few items to close the loop on.
Battery Life — My iPhone’s battery life is really incredible. I tend to check the battery at 10PM. Most days the % of battery remaining is around 60%. If I’ve taken a lot of video or listened to a lot of podcasts, it will dip down into the 50% range. I checked the battery capacity recently and it is still 86%.
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