How to Install cURL on Windows

This article describes how to install and use CURL on Windows. Curl is a free command line utility used for transferring files using various protocols. Most commonly it is used for trasnferring files over HTTP(S).cURL comes natively installed on unix based operating systems such as MacOS and Linux. But windows is left out. Now that we have powershell on windows, you can get some of the functionality of cURL using various cmdlests like invoke-webrequest. However, if you are used to using a unix toolset, Read more […]

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Difference between a Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS)

At first glance Network Attached storage, also called NAS is not much different from a Storage Area Network (SAN). They both attach to a network, they both provide storage to computers on their network. There are some major differences between the two storage roles. However, these two things are becoming more and more the same thing. Today we will discuss what the difference is between a storage agrea network and network attached storage (SAN vs NAS).Differences in AppearanceThe first thing to look Read more […]


Python Basics – Getting started with Python

In this article, we will cover python basics. We will discuss what is python, where you can download python from, the basic syntax of python, how to input and output information in and out of your python scripts, how to do loops, conditional operators (if/else/elif), and how to write basic functions.What is Python?Python is a cross platform interpreted programming language that was introduced in 1989. The great thing about Python is that it is cross platform. You can run your basic Python applications Read more […]

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Installing Chocolatey Package Manager on Windows

In this article, I will describe how to install and use the Chocolatey Package Manager on Windows. But first, what is Chocolatey? To get the best explanation, it is best to quote the makers of chocolatey. “Chocolatey is a package manager for Windows (like apt-get but for Windows). It was designed to be a decentralized framework for quickly installing applications and tools that you need. It is built on the NuGet infrastructure currently using PowerShell as its focus for delivering packages from Read more […]

Powershell vs CMD

Let’s compare Powershell vs CMD. Both Powershell and CMD are command line interfaces (CLI) or shell environments for Windows. CMD is the older version, and Powershell is where Microsoft is now putting all of their develoment resources.CMDYou can think of the CMD environment as the evolution of Microsoft DOS (Disk Operating System). While CMD might look a lot like DOS, it is not really the same thing. CMD was merely the shell that DOS used. Over the years, CMD has evolved and added commands. Read more […]

Protecting yourself from Spectre and Meltdown

Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715) and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) are exploits in CPU architecture allowing attakers access to protected memory they should not have access to. Spectre effects all CPU vendors, while Meltdown is specific to Intel chips. More details below.Lucky for you, there are patches available to remediate or workaround the issue. The downside is there is up to a 30% performance reduction in CPU performance after installing these patches. Older intel CPU’s will be harder Read more […]

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Connecting to storage Systems using iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS (SMB)

As there are a variety of tasks you may need to achieve, there are many different ways to connect to your storage system. Each operating system has differing methods for utilizing these protocols, and different operating systems will perform differently with each protocol. For the purpose of this article we are going to focus on two methods of connecting to storage; LUN’s and File Shares. In my examples I will be using Open Filer as the storage device, then various Linux and Windows editions to Read more […]