Jul 07

Estimating the space requirements for a small server room

Small companies relocate all the time. Many companies appear to get stuck improvising rooms to put the equipment and often end up using a closet. In such cases, poor ventilation ends up causing undo stress of the equipment and bringing some devices to a premature end. I saw one switch that looked like it had partially melted on the bottom. The textured plastic was smooth and discolored. Continue reading

Mar 20

VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5b released

VMware has released version 6.5b of their hypervisor vSphere ESXi.

This release of vCenter Server 6.5.0b delivers a number of bug fixes. From Vmware’s site:

  • Updates to time zones in the Linux Guest Operating System customization. vCenter Server Linux guest operating system customization supports latest time zones. For more information on time zone changes and daylight saving time (DST) changes in Linux guest operating systems, see the Time Zone Database by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).
  • Updates to time zones in the Windows Guest Operating System customization. vCenter Server Windows guest operating systems customization supports the latest time zones. For more information on time zone changes and daylight saving time (DST) changes in Windows guest operating systems, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 3162835.
  • Updates to JRE package. The Oracle (Sun) JRE package is updated to version 1.8.0_121 to support Turkish timezone.
  • Additional functionality to the vSphere Client. This release delivers additional functionality to the HTML5-based vSphere Client. For more information, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client.

We have fully tested vSphere ESXi and highly recommend this latest version.

Mar 20

Microsoft Global Azure Bootcamp April 22, 2017

Did you hear? April 22, 2017 will see a global Azure bootcamp happen! With 152 confirmed locations (as of this writing), you’ll no doubt be able to find one near you.


Be sure to follow us on twitter (#CTOBOB) for up to date news!

Nov 15

What a Trump win means to the technology sector

What a Trump win means to the technology sector

By Bob Pellerin


President-elect Trump may shake up things in more than the wall construction industry. As some of you may have noticed recently, executives from well-known companies such as Amazon, Netflix, and Salesforce, to name but a few, were rather vocal about president-elect Donald Trump. He’s been known for his tremendous sense of humor, right? All right, so perhaps having even one of these industry leaders comparing him to certain historical dictator might have been a bit much.

Unfortunately for some of us in the technology industry, we may be seeing a lot of red laser dots appear on our foreheads as we congregate in boardrooms soon. That might be a flagrant exaggeration, but wasn’t Mr. Trump threatening to boycott Apple? Wasn’t he going after Amazon for antitrust violations? What about Facebook? Didn’t they have suspect immigration policies? Surely Mr. Trump was kidding when he accused Google of suppressing negative headlines about Hilary Clinton!

All the bad blood and accusations aside, you should be worried regardless. He won, so that may satisfy the new commander in chief and spare the technology sector from retaliation. What we should all really worry about are tax-related statements he made to the press. There’s a slight possibility the president-elect may remember his own words about Amazon. “Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise”.

If your tax advisors keep telling you to save taxes by declaring all that income in Ireland or some not so far tax haven, perhaps you should remember the public attention you may be getting in the coming 4 years and prepare accordingly. What may be perfectly legal might not look so great when coming out of president-elect Trump’s mouth live on television.

(C) 2016 Bob Pellerin

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.