SOLVED: Where To Report Phishing or Malicious Web Sites

If you surf to a website that is used for phishing or has malware on it, you should report it.  The question is where to report bad sites? Below is a list of websites you can very easily report bad / phishing / malicious web pages.  They are listed in order of easy of use / value.  Many of these simply ask you to paste in the URL address: Google: safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/?hl=en  Norton / Symantec: sitereview.bluecoat.com…

SOLVED: Simple Buyers Guide To Electric Vehicle Chargers

If you have an Electric Vehicle (EV) or a Plug In Electric Vehicle (PHEV) then you likely need a second charger because the one that shipped with you car is not powerful enough or you need a second one for travelling. When you are looking at EV chargers there are myriad of charger with confusing options that range from $175 to $1500.  The good news is it is far less complex than you might imagine…

SOLVED: Download Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser Now… HERE

A few months ago Microsoft CEO Satya Nadala announced they are giving up on their own Edge browser engine because it cannot get past 5% market share, and replacing it will a Chromium (think Google Chrome) based product. Google made its engine, Chromium, open source (aka,  public domain) in 2008 when it was new and Microsoft scoffed at it.  Today Chrome and its Chromium based derivatives have 80% of the browser market and Microsoft stopped…

SOLVED: Complete List of Screen Resolution Names, Sizes and Aspect Ratios

If you are interested in anything with screen these days, you will be hit with a barrage of acronyms, sizes, resolutions and aspect ratios.  Below is a list we compiled of all the various screen resolutions which answer questions like, what is 8K, what is 10K and what is 16K? If you are skimming through this chart then you will like also be interested in two other recent articles: VIDEO: Why You Can’t See 4K,…

SOLVED: What is the Difference Between the Seagate BaraCuda Pro and IronWolf Pro & Why is IronWolf Cheaper?

For the last few days we have been banging around the idea of large 14TB disks and we wanted to source the fastest, most reliable, least expensive disks possible.  We know the Seagate BaraCuda is targeted to desktops / workstations and the Seagate IronWolf is targeted at disk arrays, wanted to know the physical difference between these two. When the IronWolf was released under Seagate’s new branding strategy a few years ago, the difference was…

SOLVED: Quick Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about SIM Cards

Below are quick answers to every question about SIM’s we have been asked in recent years: 1 – What Does SIM Stand For? SIM in an acronym for Subscriber Identity Module. 2 – What Is the Purpose of a SIM Card? A SIM contains a globally unique serial number (called an international mobile subscriber identity aka IMSI or IMEI) that your cell provider can match to your contract and then allow the appropriate level of…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Jabra Speak 710 Unboxing Setup Twinning & Comparison to Poly Callisto 600 & 7200

The Jabra Speak 710 Bluetooth wireless AND cabled USB external speaker is a very solid product. It is a nice improvement on the Jabra Speak 410 and 510 sound pucks but when compared to the Plantronics Calisto 7200, Calisto 600 and the Polycom VoxBox it really shines. In this video we unbox, configure and demonstrate the Jabra Speak 710 features including how to twin two 710’s to act as one thereby supporting a room of…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Configure & Mount Crestron TSS-7 Room Booking Connect Directly to Office 365 Hosted Exchange Online

If you are looking for a room booking screen to sit in front of a Boardroom / Huddle Room / Focus Room … and you want to avoid middleware servers or monthly subscription expenses and complexity, you can use the Crestron TSS-7.  The TSS7 is easy to configure to display calendar information directly from Hosted Exchange (like Office 365), On-Premises Exchange or even GMail. If the video below, we unbox a brand new Crestron TSS-7,…

SOLVED: What Is Ray Tracing, RTX and DXR In Simple Language

What is Ray Tracing: Ray Tracing is the newest way for video cards to generate the graphics.  Video cards typically draw a thousands or triangles to represent angles and then fill those triangles in with “shaders”.  This process is being replaced with Ray Tracing which builds a graphic pixel by pixel by calculating the light rays coming from every light source including reflections. Ray Tracing produces vastly superior images when compared to the old polygon…

SOLVED: Is HPE Killing Aruba & What is The Main Difference Between Aruba 2930F and 2930M Switches?

I recently decided to move a client away from my beloved Juniper EX series switches because of quality issues.  A networking buddy suggested Aruba so I dug in and found a lot of half-information or just misinformation.  Below are the facts I was able to determine as of March 2019: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) bought Aruba in 2015 and recently decided to kill their own “HPE FlexNetwork” switch lines.  HPE is rebranding any remaining HPE…

Best 5 Smart Gadgets and Apps Every College Student Must Use

College students are a special category of people who can successfully juggle study and work, sleep 3-4 hours per nights, and, at the same time, manage to spare time for parties and hanging out with friends. Luckily for us, we live in the age of advanced technologies that are called to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. The latest technological innovations are always there for hard-working, busy, and extremely tired students. Check out the…

SOLVED: Veeam Cloud Storage Backup Costs Drop Dramatically

Two years ago it was normal for Cloud storage of Veeam backups (backup copy jobs, mostly), to cost between $100 and $125 per Terra-byte.  I had negotiated a rate of near $80/TB with my cloud provider on about 15TB of space.  However, the new Veeam 9.5 Update 4 enhances its ability to store data on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure blob storage so Veeam partners need to react if they want to keep…

SOLVED: Pricing and Details of How To Select a Boardroom Reservation System

If you are interested in a room reservation system for your office there are more products to sort through than most people would suspect. We recently need to replace some Crestron hardware and servers for one of our clients and so we investigated quite a few products to make sure we were going down the least cost TOTAL Cost of Ownership road. What to Look For In a Room Reservation System: There are three things…

PlayStation, Switch & XBox Game Consoles Are Officially Dead, What’s Next?

Watch this short video of Microsoft announcing Project xCloud and remember this was from Oct 2018.  They explain how they are adding some hardware to their Azure data-centers to allow XBox One games to stream to any device including something as lowly as an Android cell (and yes that is an XBox One controller she is holding.) Google just leaked that they will be pushing their new game streaming platform “Project Stream” into production, likely…