Oct 17

CTOBOB Technology Podcast 010 – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with iLand


Host: Bob Pellerin

Guest: Lilac Schoenbeck of iLand

Topic: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Episode 010


CTOBOB podcast’s Bob Pellerin discusses Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) with Lilac Schoenbeck of iLand.


Oct 14

Bob Pellerin has a new financial article published in Bull & Bear Financial Report!

We’re pleased to annouce Bob Pellerin (CTOBOB) has published an article titled “Market Makers, their Disappearance.How to take Advantage of It” in Bull & Bear Financial Report issue Vol. 26 No. 6 dated Sept-Oct 2014. You can read the article here (Click the picture):


The article was co-written with K.C. Grainger of CanadianMineAnalysis.com.

Oct 01

Windows 10 unveiled


Something funny happened on the way to Windows 9. Ever since the introduction of Windows 8 and the release of 8.1, I’ve been concerned about the corporate users. More specifically, how such a large user base was going to be convinced to jump from the rock solid Windows 7 to the next version. I’m relieved and a little surprised to see how well they appear to be handling the mess they created with the tiles (metro) interface. I love the concept for touch based computing (such as tablets and hybrid laptops). The corporate users that I saw using Windows 8 lost a lot of productivity. Windows 8, without a touchscreen, added extra clicks to some basic functions and completely undid all the years of training end users to hit the start button to find things. Continue reading

Sep 08

Intel releases their new Xeon E5-2600 V3 processors

Intel just released the all new Xeon E5-2600 series processors. These processors replace the V2 branded predecesors. They add more processing power for the buck as well as a series of updates including memory to power consumption.



Highlights of the new platform

  • Supports dual processors with 4 to 18 cores
  • Socket R3
  • 4x DDR4 channels (1333, 1600, 1866 (2DPC), 2133 (1 DPC) RDIMM, LRDIMM
  • PCIe 3.0
  • DMI2 (4 lanes)
  • 10x SATA3 ports
  • Fortville (40GbE), Springfield (1GbE)

These slides highlight the new memory DDR4 vs the older DDR3. More speed, less power.

Continue reading

Aug 27

Seagate launches 8TB desktop drive

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX) has just officially released an 8TB drive ahead of their competitors. As the amount of data increases for individuals and corporations alike new less expensive solutions are certainly welcome. Individual’s have more pictures, music and videos. Corporation are struggling to keep pace with retention laws and the production of more and more documents. Higher storage density, reduced power consumption and lower price per TB are always appreciated.

These new drives are enterprise-class and use the latest SATA 6Gb/s for fast throughput.

Bob Pellerin (CTOBOB)

Jul 29

5 Ways to test your Internet connection speed

There are many sites out there that allow you to easily test your internet speed. Why would you want to test? I see a lot of companies that pay for a speed that they don’t have or can’t reach because of hardware limitations. If you have an older firewall, for example, it may have a lower maximum throughput than the new speed you are paying for.

1. http://www.Speedtest.net – One of the most popular ones out there.
2. http://speakeasy.net/speedtest/ – A great alternative
3. http://www.speedio.com – It also shows the number of connections per minute and average ping time
4. http://www.Pingtest.net – Broadband quality analyzer
5. http://www.BandwidthPlace.com – This is the simplist and easiest to use of them all. Just press Start.

If you find that you have reached a maximum much lower than expected then do the following steps.

1. Connect you computer directly to your router (eliminate the switch)
– If you get full speed then your router or switch are probably to blame
2. Plug your computer by itself in the router (assuming your router is providing DHCP service)
– If you get full speed then your switch is probably to blame.

Check that all you computers are connecting consistently at the correct speed and not falling back to a slowing speed. Keep in mind that “falling back” is a dramatic loss of speed. You’ll notice a difference going from a 1Gbps (a.k.a. 1000Mbps) to a 100Mbps link.

Make sure that all the cables you use at CAT 6 or 5e at a minimum for 1G speeds. Make sure all your cables respect the maximum lengths and are in good shape. Also check that the wiring in your walls is CAT 5e certified. If you’re moving to 10G speeds, then you’ll want the CAT 6 as a minimum.