SOLVED: Brief Explanation of the History and Differences in SSD Memory With a Focus On the Crucial P1

In the beginning (1970’s) IT Gods at companies like Western Digital and Commodore created spinning magnetic storage media called hard disk drives and the computer world saw that they were good.  However 50 years later, we had all but exhausted the improvements in speed we could make on such disks and the IT Gods again showed us the light with the invention of dramatically faster memory chips that could keep their data even when they…

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: How To Disable Application Sharing In Microsoft Teams

The short version is that you cannot do this today. If you are using Microsoft Teams and you have users with many windows open, desktop sharing can become very confusing.  Users should generally share a desktop and not an application because: Users often find it difficult to understand why popups and other windows do not show to those in a meeting User are often overwhelmed by the number of choices in the list of things…

SOLVED: How To Delete a Folder and All Its Subfolders and Files Using Command Line

If you have a folder that may (or may not) contain other files and folders that you want to delete using a simple command line, RMDIR (as in Remove Directory) is your friend. The syntax is simple are only two switches: /S = also remove all sub-directories /Q = Quiet / Silent / do not prompt user to confirm deletion The following command will remove the McAfee folder AND everything under it. rmdir /s /q…

SOLVED: How To Disable GET ADD-INS Button in Outlook

If you want to retain control over what your staff can install you will need to disable the GET ADD-INS button in Outlook.  Unfortunately there is no  ready made GPO toggle GET ADD-INS off. To give you a false sense of security, there is a setting in the Office 365 Exchange Management Console to disable “User owned Apps and Services” with options for “Let people in your organization go to the Office Store” and “Let…

How To Remove Google Lens and Restore Voice Search in the Google Widget

A recent update to Google Widget search bar changes the voice search mic icon to a Google Lens four cornerned icon.  When you click that icon, Google Lens appears instead of the expected voice search.  Google Lens (which turns your camera on and performs searches for things it sees) is a fine product but we seldom want to use it and we want Voice Search back. Unfortunately, once you have approved the change there is…

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: GPO To Block Software by File Name, Path, Hash or Certificate

If you want to block programs from running on your corporate network, you can easily create a Group Policy Object (GPO) to make that happen.  However, there are two GPO’s you can use but only one of them works well. Method 1 – GPO to Block Software By File Name This is the old way of blocking software and it has limited performance as we explain below: Launch REGEDIT Expand USER CONFIGURATION > POLICIES >…

SOLVED: How To Pull the Certificate From a Digitally Signed Application

If you need a copy of the digital certificate from a file you are using (perhaps for use with Software Restriction Policies), you can extract the certificate in just a few easy steps: Right click on the file and select PROPERTIES Click DIGITAL SIGNATURE tab and select the DETAILS button if you do not see the DIGTIAL SIGNATURE tab, the file is not digitally signed Click the VIEW CERTIFICATE button Click the DETAILS tab and…

SOLVED: How To Disable Focused Inbox on Office 365 Outlook Using The GUI or PowerShell

In a corporate setting, having a FOCUSED INBOX will frequently be used as an excuse by staff for not responding.  IT will receive a never ending stream of complaints and requests to tweak the algorithm which they can’t and would not want to do.  As such most companies will want to set the Focused Inbox to off by default. In the video below we demonstrate how to turn off the Focused Inbox using PowerShell because…

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: WordPress JetPack Error Updating Settings – FetchNetworkError

We run more than a dozen sites with nearly all of the configured the same way but one of our sites kept erroring out with “WordPress JetPack Error Updating Settings – FetchNetworkError” when we were trying to change settings in JetPack. We suspect this error is related to our use of SSL via the CloudFlare CDN (Content Delivery Network) but were not able to prove it, This is a very odd situation that were were…

Why should you use an SEO company?

If you want to grow in the business world you really have to push to the next level and enhance your SEO the best way that you can. Hiring the best Organic search companies can help a lot, since it will bring in amazing results and your business will only have to benefit from this kind of stuff. With the right amount of focus and commitment nothing will stand in your way, so try to…