4 Exabyte download coming soon?

March 22, 2015


This post, by TCAT Shelbyville is an interesting post to read and is in relation to the upcoming Windows 10 release that will make its’ way to our computers (if you are eligible) via the Windows Update Service.

We all have heard of Megabytes and Gigabytes, but Exebytes??? If you keep reading you will also learn about Geopbytes…

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

While numbers conflict on the exact number of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users there are,  it seems that most agree that almost 1 billion Windows products are out there.

Microsoft’s upgrade path to Windows 10 for its predecessors includes Windows 7 SP 1 and Windows 8.1 by the Windows Update (RTM – Release to Manufacturing is by ISO download).   Microsoft says this upgrade will come down by Windows Update or by ISO.  I’m certain that if you want the installation media there will be a small charge (not announced yet).

Anyone needing to upgrade their OS that is not Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1  can download the ISO and will need to burn an installation media.

So the question of the year is…will Microsoft deliver 4 Exabytes of downloads to these users?  That’s around 4000+ Petabytes or 4,000,000 Terabytes or 4,000,000,000 Gigabytes.   I certainly don’t want that internet bill.

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HOT TECH NEWS – Microsoft Launches Technical Preview of Office 2016

March 16, 2015

From what I understand you can get a look at Office 2016 if you are a subscriber of its’ business-grade Office 365. While us at home may not be able to get a peek at Office 2016, this is a sign that Office 2016 is on the horizon.

You can read more about Office 2016 news by clicking on the screenshot below:

Office 2016


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Collection Of Powerful Tools To Help Both The Technician And Home User

March 12, 2015

Looking for a collection of powerful diagnostic and troubleshooting tools that is geared toward the computer tech and home user? Look no further. Go to Tweaking.com to explore their version of the Technicians Toolbox.

This toolbox is FREE for personal and non-corporate use and is available as a portable app. The goal of the Technicians Toolbox is to have the needed utilities to troubleshoot computer problems in one application. To get a good review (and feel) of what the Technicians Toolbox consists of I encourage you to review their very nicely done online Tweaking.com – Technicians Toolbox Online Help File.

Technicians Toolbox

Below is a sampling of some of the tools that this toolbox consists of:

  • Quick Tools (Windows Built-in Tools)
  • Take A Screen Shot
  • Check Disk (chkdsk) At Next Boot
  • Run As System Account
  • Netstat
  • Network Information
  • Static IPv4
  • TCP & UDP Stats
  • IP Subnet Calculator
  • IP Address Scanner
  • Manage Windows Users
  • Manage Users
  • Create New Windows User
  • User Account Properties
  • Manage Groups
  • Create New Windows Group
  • Group Properties
  • Bulk Manage Users Tool
  • Delete, Move Or Rename Locked Files At Bootup
  • Svchost.exe Lookup
  • Process Information
  • Windows Services
  • Windows Services Safe Mode
  • Windows Shutdown Timer
  • CPU Monitor
  • Drives Monitor
  • Memory Monitor
  • Network Monitor


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How leaving location services on your smartphone can give away your location

March 9, 2015


The very first statement of this article says it all…

“Location services can give away your location when you take pictures. Pictures may contain EXIF info that includes GPS information.”

This information is known and used by the criminal element out there (such as child sex predators) to reveal the location of kids. I am always preaching to others to avoid posting pictures (i.e. on Facebook) that may reveal more than you desire. Great post by TCAT Shelbyville’s IT Department.

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

Location services can give away your location when you take pictures.  Pictures may contain EXIF info that includes GPS information.

Don’t want the GPS data on your pictures?  Have Windows?  Right-click on your picture and choose properties.  Next, open the details tab and click remove properties and personal information.   (You can also turn off GPS information on your device – you may want to keep the 911 GPS information on.)

Here is an example of a log file picture with EXIF information from inside of our college.  We of course set this up as an exercise and for training purposes.

1 Google Earth

We used IrfanView (along with loading its plugins) to find the GPS data.  Irfanview’s Image Information finds the EXIF data and connects to Google Earth and Google Maps.

2 Logs

Note EXIF info below.

3 Exif info

4 Google Earth

Google Maps clicked…

5 Maps

6 Earth Movie

7 Earth Movie

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Another look at Windows 10 in 75+ pictures

February 8, 2015


The TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog put together this nice visual overview (75+ screenshots) of Windows 10 and the change(s) that are occurring. I personally have not installed Windows 10 and have been following along since its’ introduction to the public (for preview testing).

My intent, as was with Windows 8, is not to touch the operating system until it is released. When Windows 8 was released and I finally exposed myself to it, I immediately knew Windows 8 was going to be difficult for users (due to the interface changes).

My instincts are telling me different with Windows 10 as you will see (and read) in the TCAT Shelbyville article. To be honest I am really tempted to download and try Windows 10; however, I don’t want to spoil my excitement. I am also reading that Windows 10 is going to be FREE to Windows 7 and Windows 8 (8.1) users for a period of one year (which is a nice marketing tactic on Microsoft’s part).

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If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 you probably think that Windows 10 isn’t going to be a lot different.  You will see from the screenshots below that there isn’t a lot of navigation differences.  What you will see is performance difference.  Not just the look of the icons but the true performance differences when navigating and moving across your network.

The first operating system truly made for touchscreens and pcs.

In the screenshots below, we go from 9879 to 9926 with Cortana.  And where is the Charms bar?  It’s not there.  Look for Settings in the menu (See the last pictures below)

The login primarily stays the same as Windows 8.1.  The login screen contains the date, time, network status and battery information.  After swiping the screen or hitting enter, you’ll see the familiar login where you can select a user, restart, shutdown, reboot, network and accessibility options.

1 login …

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Flowcharts to fix your computer

February 2, 2015


There is nothing more frustrating than computer problems. Your computer is working great today and tomorrow you wake up to a problem.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology has posted information on a site that has posted flowcharts (and other instruction) that can help you diagnose computer problems (i.e. Hardware Troubleshoot & Diagnostics, Hard Drive & Partition Errors, Motherboard Troubleshoot & Diagnostics, Video Troubleshoot, Data Recovery, Malware & Viruses, etc…). The flowchart items are hotlinked and will direct you to a related page with detailed troubleshooting and resolution measures that can be applied. Nice find…

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

There is no simple way to repair computers.  Flowcharts can help to determine a fix for a problem and can be helpful.  Here’s a great website that gives tips and flowcharts on how to repair your computer.  http://www.fixingmycomputer.com/index.html#flowcharts

Note:  Although this website appears to have been written during the XP days, the flowcharts can still help you.

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PDF Max 4 FREE – Desktop Class Android PDF App For Reading, Annotating Or Signing PDF Documents

February 1, 2015

All I can say is “WOW!”. PDF Max 4 FREE is a must install app for your Android Phone and/or Tablet that is in a class of its’ own. Most of the time when it comes to PDF apps we are usually presented with a PDF viewer that carries a few bells and whistles.

This app exceeds anything I have seen so far on the Android platform for PDF apps. The only way I can put this into perspective is to list the features (see below) as I am seeing them at Google Play; then, I will let you decide.

Also, note the graphic below that depicts an example of a document and to the right of that document you will see a bar containing a multitude of editing options. This bar is easily hidden and shown by tapping on the screen. Another option, that I like, is the ability to have the document read back to you with the apps built in text to speech feature.

PDF Max Free - Beyond Reader!

PDF Max 4 Features:


- Fast PDF Rendering with large PDF support

- Smooth vertical scrolling – allow you to scroll through your entire PDF document smoothly and efficiency.

- Open documents in multiple tabs.

- Multi-purposes SideBar includes everything you need to skim through your documents like never before: Page Thumbnails, PDF Outlines/Bookmarks, Annotation List & Search Panel.

- PDF Text to Speech

- Advanced PDF Text Reflow: This Amazing Text Reflow feature that helps you read your PDF easily with any kind of PDF. Forget the tedious pan & zoom steps, you now just enjoy reading your documents.

- Smart Zoom: Double-tap on text blocks and PDF Max will zoom the touched text block to fit the screen. Simple & efficient reading.

- Friendly & Easy to use User Interface


- Text markup: Highlight, Underline, Strike out & Squiggle

- Unlimited threaded comments (notes) attached to any annotation.

- Create VOICE ANNOTATIONS: Record and embed voice annotations within the PDF document.

- HANDWRITING with Advanced Zoom-In Writing feature

- Eraser tools to manipulate your handwriting

- Shape tools to draw Line, Arrow, Rectangle & Oval with intelligent snapping

- Rich format Freetext tool to type over PDF pages

- Stamp tool to insert Predefined, Standard Business Stamps & Custom Stamps

- Signature tool to manage and insert your signatures

- Undo/Redo function to correct your mistake


- Manage PDF Pages (Insert, Copy/Cut/Paste, Reorder & Delete PDF Pages)

- Manage PDF Outlines (Table of Contents) , PDF Embedded Links


- Support Text field, checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdown list, buttons & date-time fields

- Support JavaScripted-powered PDF forms

- Support AcroForms & Static XFA Forms

- Zoom-in writing to fill out scanned/non-interactive PDF forms

- Multiple signatures support, plus one-time signature for customer


- Create and manipulate PDF Outlines

- Create and manage PDF Bookmarks

- Create and edit PDF Embedded Links


- Auto syncing with Dropbox, Box, OneDrive & Google Drive with offline support

- Copy/Move PDF documents between cloud storage services

- Built-in PDF Library management


- Bookmarks management with ability to export as PDF Outlines

- Email or Print PDF via Google Cloud Print

- Auto or manual saving

- PDF documents/forms modified by PDF Max are compatible with Adobe Acrobat standard


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