Stefan Rijnhart

80 Added | 5 Magazines | 15 Followers | @StefanRijnhart | Information Technology Faculty at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: The ultimate changelog

Microsoft is now hard at work finalizing its next major update for Windows 10, the Spring Creators Update, codenamed 'Redstone 4,' and scheduled for …


Getting Started with Windows Containers

Containers can help your business make the most of Windows Server 2016, if you know how to get started.


Windows Server 2019 coming later this year, out now in preview | Ars Technica

No big surprises about the timing, given the company’s new release timetable.<p>The next version of Windows Server will be branded Windows Server 2019, …

Windows Server

Troubleshoot Browsing Issues by Reloading the DNS Client Cache on Windows

Have you ever gotten DNS errors while trying to browse the web, but another computer on the same network is working just fine? There’s a good chance …

IT security

DNSSEC Key Signing Key Rollover Postponed

Original release date: September 29, 2017<br>The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that the change to the Root …

Information Security

Why Do Some Websites Have Pop-Up Warnings About Cookies?

If you spend any time at all on the web, you’ve probably come across a fairly normal site that seems strangely concerned about cookie education. …


How Long Do Solid State Drives Really Last?

When large-scale flash storage first came to the consumer market as an alternative to conventional hard drives, the biggest concern (aside from …

Computer Hardware

What Is an “N” or “KN” Edition of Windows?

Microsoft distributes special “N” editions of Windows in Europe and “KN” editions of Windows in Korea. These are the same as the standard editions of …


Seven ways to access Safe Mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 has brought several changes, including different methods of accessing Safe Mode. Here's a look at the various ways you can boot a PC in …


Your Next Move: Network Administrator

<i>This article is part of an IT Career News series called “Your Next Move.” These articles take an inside look at the roles related to CompTIA</i> …


Why Are the PCI Express Ports on My Motherboard Different Sizes? x16, x8, x4, and x1 Explained

The PCI Express standard is one of the staples of modern computing, with a slot on more or less every desktop computer made in the last decade. But …

Computer Hardware

What Is Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, and How Is It Different?

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. This is a higher-end version of Windows 10 Professional for expensive PCs with powerful …

Computer Hardware

What Is the M.2 Expansion Slot, and How Can I Use It?

There’s a new open format sweeping the world of performance PCs, and it’s…well, complicated. The M.2 format is designed for manufacturers to replace …

Computer Hardware

What Is Wake-on-LAN, and How Do I Enable It?

Technology often yields ridiculous conveniences, like being able to turn on your computer from miles away without pushing the power button. …


How to Install Apps to an SD Card (or Another Drive) on Windows 10

Windows 10’s big November update added the ability to install apps from the Store onto an SD card, a USB drive, or another type of external or …


10+ Useful System Tools Hidden in Windows

Windows contains a variety of system utilities that are useful, but well-hidden. Some are buried deep in the Start menu, while others you can access …


How to Use a Multimeter

If you’re doing any kind of electrical work—no matter what the application is—one of the best tools you can have at your disposal is a multimeter. If …


How Networks Are Changing

Peter Welcher looks at trends reshaping enterprise and data center networks.


What Is Intel Optane Memory?

In the quest for ever-faster computers, Intel is constantly introducing new upgrades to its products to try and get a bit of extra cash out of …

Computer Hardware

What Is 3D NAND Memory and Storage?

Flash storage (like SSDs) is all the rage for PCs these days. And though the process isn’t going as fast as we might hope for, that storage is …


How to Test if Your ISP is Throttling Your Internet Connection

We’ve all heard the rumors, and even seen occasional evidence. Some Internet service providers slow down certain types of traffic, like BitTorrent …

Net Neutrality

The complete history of the IBM PC, part one: The deal of the century | Ars Technica

Bill Gates, mysterious deaths, and the business machine that sparked a home revolution.<p><b>Nota bene:</b> This is the first part of an epic, 8,000-word …

How to Sync Your Browser Bookmarks, Extensions, and Other Data Between Computers

More and more, your interactions with computers are dependent on your browser and the web at large. So it's incredibly handy to have your browser …


The Best Linux Distributions for Beginners

If you want to try Linux, you'll need to choose a Linux distribution. There are hundreds of different Linux distributions, but some are better to …


Intel’s New X Series of Enthusiast CPUs, Explained

In addition to a brand new tier of consumer-grade processors, the Core i9 family, Intel also recently introduced the "X-series." Here's where things …

Kaby Lake

What Is ReFS (the Resilient File System) on Windows?

Microsoft's new ReFS file system was originally introduced on Windows Server 2012. It's included on Windows 10, where it can only be used as part of …


How (and Why) to Change Your MAC Address on Windows, Linux, and Mac

A device's MAC address is assigned by the manufacturer, but it's not to hard to change---or "spoof"---those addresses when you need to. Here's how do …


How to Fix the Most Common Problems With LCD Monitors

How to Diagnose and Fix an Overheating Laptop


How (and Why) Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 Updates on New PCs

Microsoft Windows