SOLVED: Seagate vs Western Digitals 12TB & 14TB Comparison

If you have tried to buy a 12TB or 14TB hard drive in recent months you will find that it is difficult to locate comparisons of the Seagate and Western Digital Options. Because we needed to source a pile of these we developed the simple spec comparisons below and highlighted the notables: 12TB Comparison Brand Seagate  Seagate  Western Digital  Western Digital Product Baracuda Pro Exos X Series HGST Ultrastar DC Gold Enterprise Part # ST12000DM0007…

SOLVED: BIOS Does Not See M.2 SSD

If you install an M.2 drive into a PC there is a good chance that Windows and the BIOS will not see that disk. Most BIOS’ are configured for RAID even if there is only one disk.  Because M.2 disks are not SATA it would be logical to set SATA to disabled in the BIOS, however if you do that on most Dell’s and HP’s the BIOS and therefore Windows will not see the drives.…

SOLVED: Cannot Create _TLS SRV Record in CloudFlare

If you use CloudFlare for DNS and you need to create a SRV record using the TLS protocol you will find that their interface does not support it.  The GUI only shows _TCP and _UDP in the protocol drop down.  Fortunately there is an easy way around this problem. You can easily import a Zone file into CloudFlare and that will accept _TLS. If you are working with Office 365’s DNS setup you can simply export…

SOLVED: Dell Latitude 7400 Will Not PXE Boot

If you have a Dell 7400 (including the 2 in 1 model) you may find PXE book is not an option in the BIOS / UEFI.  Fortunately this can be resolved: Boot into the BIOS /UEFI by pressing F12 repeatedly at boot up and then click BIOS SETUP Enable General > Advanced Boot Options > UEFI Network Stack Enable System Configuration > Thunderbolt Adapter Configuration > Thunderbolt Boot Support Enable both Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt (and…

VIDEO: Dell Optiplex 5070 Reviewed, Benchmarked, Disassembled & Upgraded To Crucial P1 SSD

In this video we explain the components and ports on the new Dell Optiplex 5070 SFF . We benchmark the 5070 with the Dell factory SK Hynix 256GB Class 35 NVMe SSD and then benchmark it again with an upgraded Crucial P1 1TB NVMe SSD. The video also shows a very basic disassembly of this this very simply Small Form Factor (SFF) computer. We explain the issues with the Crucial P1’s performance and life span including…

The Future of Android is Harmony

If you have not heard of Harmony it is a renaming of Huawei’s Linux based operating system that will replace Android on Chinese made products to comply with both the Chinese Government demands and US President Trumps banning of the export of Android. In previous internal iterations Harmony was named Hongmeng or Ark OS, but now they have settled on a decidedly less Chinese sounding brand name. In our sister site’s article titled The Future…

SOLVED: VIDEO: What is Intel Turbo Boost In Simple Terms & How Does It Work

Intel Turbo Boost is a hardware technology that Intel uses to put additional electricity into its CPU’s to have them temporarily operate at a levels above their traditional specification. You might be tempted to call this “overclocking” and while the concepts are very similar, they are definitely not the same. The two big differences between overclocking and Intel Turbo Boost is the warranty and how long the chip runs at the higher speed: With a…

SOLVED: What Do The Different Classes of Solid State Disk (SSD) Mean

At first glance all Solid State Disks (SSD’s) might look the same.  Instead of having two or three spinning disks inside small metal box (traditional hard drive), SSD’s have memory chips in a small box (or just on a tiny 2280 circuit board).  In fact there are many other factors to consider: The connector – SATA or PCIe The speed/type of RAM – obviously faster RAM will make for better performance The controller – the…

SOLVED: Easily Reactivate Deactivated Plugins in WordPress Manually

There are several WordPress plugins that will break your website if they are disabled.  Once disabled, you are likely in a catch-22 situation in that you cannot activate them because the site is broken and the site is broken because you cannot activate them. In our case, we took down our sister site PartisanIssues.com by disabling the Cloudflare Flexible SSL.  After goofing with scripts found on several WordPress support sites but getting nowhere for an…

SOLVED: How to Import a Vehicle From The US to Canada In 4 Steps

UPDATED OCT 1 2019 If you want to import a car or truck from the United States to Canada prepare yourself for lots of paperwork.  It is not a difficult process but it does have a large number of steps that need to be completed in order.   We try to make it as easy as A B C D: A – PREWORK: 1 – Check Admissibility Before you do anything, you need to go through…

SOLVED: Flickering, Overly Bright or Swirling Colors on Monitor of All-In-One Dell Inspiron 5477 or Optiplex 7460

If you have a Dell Optiplex 7460 or its retail brother, the Dell Inspiron 5477 and the screen: flickers is far too bright is blurry has a dark edge around the outside edge swirling colors unable to wake the system up from display off mode using touch there is a fix for this known problem(s). Before you run through this process, however, you should power down the unit and unplug it for one minute to…

SOVLED: Next Generation AntiVirus – Signatureless Endpoint Protection Product Evaluation

We are constantly telling our customers that traditional anti-virus programs that rely mostly on ‘signatures’ from previous attacks will no longer keep a company safe.  Attackers are now sophisticated, well funded and often government controlled.  This means they rely less on exploiting known security holes and more on developing those holes. A ‘zero day’ exploit is something that has been developed to take advantage of a security hole but has not been applied to other…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Everything You Need To Know About Inexpensive 3D Printing

If you are interested in 3D printing you likely looked into it a few years ago and decided that it was both too expensive and too difficult.  Back then you needed to understand Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printers cost thousands of dollars.  This has changed. We just purchased a ‘da Vinci Mini’ 3D printer though Amazon for just CDN $260.  Note that we paid full price and were not paid a commission or…

SOLVED: WordPress WARNING REQUIRE FAILED TO OPEN STREAM Error – aka, How To Fix A Broken WordPress

If your WordPress site displays an error like: Warning: require(/home/content/22/7568022/html/partisanissues/wp-includes/load.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/22/7568022/html/partisanissues/wp-settings.php on line 19 Fatal error: require(): Failed opening required ‘/home/content/22/7568022/html/partisanissues/wp-includes/load.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/local/php5_6/lib/php’) in /home/content/22/7568022/html/partisanissues/wp-settings.php on line 19 the problem is likely that your WordPress installation is corrupt.  I have only seen this occur with failed automatic upgrades. Fortunately, there is an easy fix. FIX WORDPRESS Surf to wordpress.org/download and download the version of WordPress you think the system was using.  That…