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John Beck

I am a coder. I love the idea of taking a organic idea and tranforming it into a digital form.

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Sunday, 27 September 2015 16:37

Windows 10 FAQs and Tips

Q&A

When will I get my free upgrade?

If you reserved your free upgrade, it’s on the way. You’re part of the largest software upgrade event ever and we’re managing it so everyone has a great experience. Your notification to upgrade could come as soon as a few days or weeks. And you can always check your upgrade status in the Get Windows 10 app. Or, if you’re a tech-savvy user, you can use the Media Creation Tool to install immediately on one or more devices.

What are the basic facts of the free Windows 10 upgrade?

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade1 for qualified and genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 devices. The free upgrade for select Windows Phone 8.1 devices will start to be available later this year.

If you have reserved, we’ll notify you when your upgrade is ready. You have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this free upgrade offer. Once you upgrade, you’ll have Windows 10 for free on that device.

Is the upgrade really free?

Yes, it’s free. This is a full version of Windows, not a trial or introductory version. It is available for a limited time: you have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this offer. Once you upgrade, you’ll have Windows 10 for free on that device. You can learn more about the upgrade here.

Saturday, 25 July 2015 10:35

Need a Computer Tune-Up?

Computer Clean-up Services. Personal PC's only.

Modifying Screen Transitions

This tip involves reducing the animation and scaling on your Android. My Android Lollipop seems to “Pop” after making these simple changes.

To make these changes you will need to be in Developer Mode.

To access the developer options menu in the Settings app. Go to Settings, and then About phone, and then tap repeatedly on the Build number menu until the phone tells you that you’re a developer.

Most of us have begun receiving Windows 10 upgrade messages by now. WIndows 10 is a free upgrade to anyone using WIndows 7 and 8.1, if you are still using WIndows 8 you will need to upgrade to 8.1 before upgrading to WIndows 10.

Should I upgrade my system if it is a version prior to Windows 7 (Vista  or XP)? The short answer is probably not. Many of the new features are aimed directly at the new CPU's and peripherals. As you would have to purchase the OS for anything older than Windows 7 you will probably be better off buying a new system which will come with either 8 or 10 out of the box and will have a CPU, possibly a SSD hard-drive and which Windows 10 have been optimized for.

The Internet addressing system that we had been accustomed to using, IPv4, and which allowed us to be found on the internet for over 30 years has finally reached its limit.

The organization that assigns these addresses ran out of numbers on Wednesday. Fortunately the newer IPv6 system is up and running and appears to be seamlessly sliding into place and is a much much more robust system with a vastly greater capacity.

These addresses are what makes our devices, computer and smartphones unique to other points on the internet. A similiar type addressing system would be those communities that adopted 911 based location addressing, this addressing allows for a geo fix on each home and business to allow emergency responders to be able to locate the premise based on unique addressing. DNS servers have a similar approach but the layering topology has the ability to connect the entire world in its heirarchy.

The are actually more than one organization responsible for IP address issuance, ARIN is the group that handles North America. On Wednesday a entity had its request denied and the requestor was placed on a waiting list. Good luck if you are on this waiting list as anyone holding IPv4 address are not letting go of them or they are immediatley taking surplus addresses to the secondary market and charging pretty hefty fees. In fact we can expect those fees to begin to rise rapidly as has ARIN itself:

https://www.arin.net/fees/fee_schedule.html 

30 years ago the internet architechs had no idea of the success and universal adoption of the existing addressing system and as we reach this milestone addresses are still in high demand. 

To allow for a perspective of the size of our internet addresssing system, IPv4 are created in groups of 4. One of Googles primary IPv4 DNS servers is 8.8.8.8 this system allows for over 4 billion addresses. The same server has a IPv6 address of 2001:4860:4860::8888 the IPv6 system allows for 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 or 340 trillion trillion addresses. Currently slightly over 20% of the US utilizes IPv6 with the US being the largest and fastest adopter.

IPv4 and IPv6 are able to work side by side without any issues for connecting with systems utilizing the other.

 

 

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