Oct 01

New Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox version 3.3.7 released!


New Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox version 3.3.7 released!

CTOBOB loves Intel NVMe drives. Since we have recommended these since they came out we wanted to let everyone know about the latest update.

What’s new?

There is a firmware and bootloader update available for the Intel® SSD 750 Series products. The latest firmware version is 8EV101F0. The latest bootloader version is 8B1B0133.

There is a firmware update available for the Intel® SSD 540s, Intel® SSD E 5400s Series and the Intel® SSD DC S3100 Series products. This update is only available through the Intel® SSD Firmware Update Tool.

This release of the Intel SSD Toolbox will detect if your drive is eligible for the firmware update and will direct you to use the Intel SSD Firmware Update Tool.

  • For the Intel SSD 540s Series, the latest firmware revision is 036C.
  • For the Intel SSD E 5400s Series, the latest firmware revision is 036E.
  • For the Intel SSD DC S3100 Series, the latest firmware revision is 036D.

This release also includes the following tool fixes and updates:

  • Latest version of the Intel Update Manager, v3.4.1942, in the installation.
  • Fixes to the download center and check for updates links
  • Fixes issue where tool stops working on Windows* 10 with Marvel RAID drive
  • Fixes command line crash when using –identify_device filename.bin on NVMe drives
  • Updated product detection

For more information visit: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26306/Intel-Solid-State-Drive-Toolbox?v=t


Sep 07

Apple launches iPhone 7 and 7 Plus


CTOBOB is live tweeting during Apple’s exciting product launch today. As expected the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus maintain the same dimension and offer evolutionary enhancements. Promised as better battery life, more performance and better pictures with a 12MP camera (or dual camera in the case of the 7 plus). Continue reading

May 27

Windows 10 Pin to Taskbar is grayed out, Unable to pin to taskbar error

Q: How do I pin an application in the taskbar if the option is not there when I right click?

A: It turns out that if you application or the shortcut that points to it refers to a removable media or a network location then the option does not appear.


  • Copy the app locally temporarily.
  • Make a shortcut.
  • Pin the shortcut to the taskbar
  • Change the shortcut in the taskbar (make it point to the network app.)
  • Clean up the local app & shortcut you used to do the above step.

Let me know if this worked for you. We tested it with some apps and it solved the issue.




Mar 17

VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 u2 has been released!


VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 u2 (update 2) New features include:

  •  High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.
  • VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is a HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts without a vCenter Server.
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO): Enhancements made to VAIO includes supports for IPv6 and VMIOF versions 1.0 and 1.1.
  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Better Security with RSA SecurID and Smart card authentication.
  • Windows 10 Support for the vSphere Web Client
Mar 17

Microsoft SQL now runs on Linux!


Scott Guthrie- Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft recently announced Microsoft SQL that runs on Linux. Microsoft SQL 2016, available later on this year, will be able to run on Linux as well as an Azure SQL cloud service.

According to Microsoft, the benefits include:

  • Groundbreaking security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory to deliver maximum security protection
  • In-memory database support for every workload with performance increases up to 30-100x
  • Incredible Data Warehousing performance with the #1, #2 and #3 TPC-H 10 Terabyte benchmarks for non-clustered performance, and as of March 7, the #1 SAP SD Two-Tier performance benchmark on Windows1
  • Business Intelligence for every employee on every device – including new mobile BI support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices
  • Advanced analytics using our new R support that enables customers to do real-time predictive analytics on both operational and analytic data
  • Unique cloud capabilities that enable customers to deploy hybrid architectures that partition data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems to save costs and increase agility