Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Speed Testing

q: How can I test my internet speed?
a: There are a LOT of speed testing sites available now.

Cloud Flare has one - https://speed.cloudflare.com/

Netflix has one that focuses mostly on Download speed - https://fast.com/

Charter / Spectrum - https://www.spectrum.com/internet/speed-test

The original by Ookla - https://www.speedtest.net/

You can even host your own - https://github.com/librespeed/speedtest

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Temp email for receiving messages

q: What is the fastest way to receive email to a disposable account?

a: If you have a Google/gmail account, it supports adding a plus sign then a descriptor between your name and the @ sign.  And example would be  yourname +bestbuy @ gmail.com for example (without spaces).  Gmail will ignore anything after the plus sign and deliver it to your inbox, but you can sort/filter the messages by this custom recipient.

Another alternative, completely protecting all of your email addresses, is a website called Temp Mail https://temp-mail.org/  This amazing application will generate a Temporary Email Address and show you the inbox.   This is great for testing email servers and email campaigns.  When you close the site the email goes away.  They also have an iOS app available here - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/temp-mail-temporary-email/id1214259095 

New Ad blocking extension for Chrome

q: What is a good way to reduce ads and security concerns from within Chrome?

a: We recently discovered uBlock Origin as a replacement for ABP, AdBlock Plus, etc.
We like the additional options and filter lists available.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dell Laptop Windows Product Key

Q: We need to re-install the Windows Operating system on a Dell Latitude, but we cannot find the Windows Product Key sticker.  Where is it?

A:  We found this on a Dell Support post:

"The Product Key label, is situated in the battery compartment(for most of the laptops)..  we would advise you to remove the battery and check.

You can also check PC Settings, PC Info or activation wizard to check the product key."

Friday, January 24, 2020

Best IPv6 Testing Site

Q: What is the best site to use for testing my IPv6 configuration?
A: For a lightweight interface and quick results we like this site by @testipv6com

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Google Chrome is all dark

q: What happened to Google Chrome?  The address bar / omnibox is black instead of white and we do not have a theme installed.
a: Microsoft released Light and Dark mode for Windows 10 and Chrome is inheriting it. Click Start, type dark mode, click 'Color Settings' from the search results, scroll to the bottom. Look for 'Choose your default app mode' and it is most likely set to (X) Dark mode.  Click Light mode and Chrome will immediately switch back to white.

Monday, April 2, 2018

HOW TO - Hash a file in Windows

q: The customer called and had two copies of a file. They wanted to identify if they matched exactly or not because the file dates were different.
a: A simple hash should help with that.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt
  2. Run this command
  3. CertUtil -hashfile c:\path-to-file\filename.txt MD5
  4. This will generate an MD5 of the file. Without the MD5 switch it will default to SHA1.
  5. Run the same command on the other file and see if they match.