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.

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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. – One of the most popular ones out there.
2. – A great alternative
3. – It also shows the number of connections per minute and average ping time
4. – Broadband quality analyzer
5. – 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.

Jul 01

Microsoft takes down several botnets

Microsoft is continuing their war on the cyber criminals. This week they took down several botnets by taking over domains owned by the well known free dynamic DNS provider “NO-IP”. No-IP stated that they were not notified of the malicious domains by Microsoft. As a result of the takeover, several legit no-ip customers have apparently suffered down time and blockage related issues.
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Jun 20

CTOBOB Technology Podcast 009 – Windows XP migration with Acronis


Host: Bob Pellerin

Guest: Patrick Hurley, General Manager at Acronis

Topic: Backups

Episode 009


In this 9th episode of CTOBOB podcast Bob Pellerin discusses Windows XP and how to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8.


June 2014 Forbes article by Patrick Hurley



May 09

CTOBOB Technology Podcast 008 – Hiring and getting hired with Lou Adler


Host: Bob Pellerin

Guest: Lou Adler of The Adler Group

Topic: Hiring and getting hired

Episode 008


In this episode of CTOBOB podcast Bob Pellerin discusses the various ways of finding candidates. They discuss Lou Adler’s latest best selling book “The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired”.

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