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August 4, 2020


F4U097 front view

Latest-Gen Belkin USB-C Dock Takes Big Step Up

Now that I’ve got the latest Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro in my hot little hands, I can compare it to its top-of-the-line predecessor, the Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD. It’s a clear case of newer is better, because newer has more ports and more features for less cost.

Graphic from MS Azure blog post announcing Azure Stack HCI

Say Hello to Hybrid Cloud Capable Azure Stack HCI

Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI lets customer run the same Azure software and services on-premises that they already access in the cloud. Depending on what’s required for on-premises hardware — especially if it’s compatible with current generation rack mounted systems — this could shake up the whole HCI marketplace. Only time (and an improved understanding of the details) will tell..

Thunderbolt logo (TM)

More Mysterious Thunderbolt Magic

I find myself investigating another Thunderbolt mystery. Even though it doesn’t appear in the built-in Windows “Safely remove…” tool, you must eject all Thunderbolt attached devices before unplugging a Thunderbolt dock. Otherwise, you’ll have to restart your PC the next time you plug Thunderbolt back in.

Thunderbolt Software utility shows the dock, but not much else.

Mysterious Magical Thunderbolt Devices

Thunderbolt is present and working on my Lenovo X380 Yoga laptop. But I can’t find a way to map all the connections it supports, and the devices I might plug into a Thunderbolt dock. Magical and mysterious, indeed!

The About page from PowerToys v0.19.2

PowerToys v0.19.2 Gets Installer Right

To my astonishment and delight the PowerToys team has fixed ALL of the installer oddities I’ve reported in its latest release v0.19.2. You can now sit back, relax, and it takes of itself on its own. Good stuff!

ISP speed left; external speed right

Internet Speeds Can Be Tricky

Measuring and determining Internet access speeds can be interesting, and are often inconsistent. Here I explore two views of max speeds, and the handful of things users can do to achieve a faster Internet experience. Warning: most cost money.

Old style RDC left, new RDapp right

Remote Desktop Connection vs. Remote Desktop App

Once upon a time I had good reasons to prefer the old Remote Desktop Connection application over the new UWP Remote Desktop app. No longer: I can use both now to do everything I need. Makes me wonder how much longer RDC will be around…

Ventoy vesion 1.0.15 adds GPT partition support

Ventoy 1.0.15 Adds GPT Support and More

The amazing Ventoy bootable installer tool version 1.0.15 got released to GitHub on July 9, 2020. You’ll want to grab a copy at your earliest convenience. This release can build a GPT formatted environment, with its usual tiny boot partition (32 MB FAT EFI VTOYEFI partition) and use the rest of the media for a

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