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July 16, 2020

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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

New channel names for Insider Settings appear

New Insider Release Names Appear in WU

Earlier this month, MS announced new terminology for levels of participation in its Insider program — namely, Dev Channel, Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel. As of June 29, those Channels are now visible, ready for you to tune in!

UASP results left, BOT results right

UASP Outperforms BOT Significantly

When a long-time subscriber points out that my NVMe device throughput results were way under expected values, I realize I took that drive for a ride on the wrong bus. UASP beats BOT every time with fast storage devices. I shoulda known…

Warning: There may be some impediments to installation of new PowerToys versions.

Thoughts on Updating PowerToys (Preview)

If you want to update PowerToys, be warned that some applications may need to let go of files that its installer touches during installation. That means you’ll sometimes be asked to close such applications before the update runs to completion.

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