TR Dojo

This blog will help IT pros in small and mom-and-pop shops tweak and bolster their systems without breaking the bank.

  • Bill Detwiler // January 12, 2009, 2:44 AM PST

    Poll: Which of the following IT mistakes have you committed?

    Every admin has at least one embarrassing story about something they did to hose their own network. If you're in a confessing mood, tell us whether you've committed one of these mistakes or another major IT goof.


  • Bill Detwiler // January 12, 2009, 3:39 AM PST

    Video: ViewSonic VPC100 ViePC all-in-one PC

    At CES 2009, ViewSonic launched the VPC100 ViePC, all-in-one PC. The machine has an 18.5" LCD monitor, Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 160GB HDD. The VPC100 ViePC has an MSRP of $549 (US) and will be available in February 2009.


  • Bill Detwiler // January 12, 2009, 5:29 AM PST

    Video: ViewSonic VX2265wm 3D LCD monitor

    At CES 2009, ViewSonic showed off their entrant into the 3D monitor market--the FuHzion 22" VX2265wm widescreen LCD. When used with the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision glasses and a compatible video card, the VX2265wm produces a stereoscopic 3D image.


  • Bill Detwiler // November 30, 2008, 10:53 PM PST

    Video: Stop Check Disk from constantly running when Windows Vista starts

    Windows Vista's Check Disk utility is a good tool for detecting and potentially fixing file system errors. But sometimes, Check Disk doesn't behave as it should. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler offers advice on what to do when Vista's Check Disk tool malfunctions.


  • Bill Detwiler // November 30, 2008, 11:14 PM PST

    Poll: Have you experienced a Windows Check Disk malfunction?

    Windows Vista's Check Disk utility doesn't always behave as it should. Take this quick poll and tell us which Windows Check Disk malfunction you've experienced most often?


  • Bill Detwiler // December 8, 2008, 3:36 AM PST

    Video: Speed up Windows Vista with these performance tweaks

    Windows Vista has additional security features, new functionality, and a lot of cool graphics. But depending on how powerful your computer is, you might not be that impressed with its performance. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler gives you several performance-enhancing tips to speed up Windows Vista.


  • Bill Detwiler // August 18, 2008, 1:45 AM PST

    Video: Restore the Address toolbar removed by Windows XP SP3

    Windows service packs are great when they actually solve problems. Unfortunately, updates sometimes whack a feature you find really useful. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to retrieve a handy Windows XP feature that Microsoft removed in Service Pack Three--the Address toolbar.


  • Bill Detwiler // August 25, 2008, 2:02 AM PST

    Video: Common mistakes to avoid when you're installing Linux software

    The release of Ubuntu and other user-friendly distributions has bolstered Linux's popularity. Yet Linux neophytes can still stumble over common tasks, like installing new software. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler discusses ways to avoid common mistakes people make when they're trying to add new Linux software.


  • Bill Detwiler // August 29, 2008, 3:45 AM PST

    Video: 10 common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS

    Flashing the BIOS is not for the faint of heart, but by taking the proper precautions and planning for the worst-case scenario; your chances of success are greatly improved. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to safely flash your BIOS and covers 10 mistakes to avoid.


  • Bill Detwiler // September 8, 2008, 5:34 AM PST

    Video: Three ways you might be breaking the law with your computer

    Most of your users probably don't see themselves as criminals, but they might be pretty clueless about the legal implications of what they're doing or storing on your network. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler gives you an overview of several recent laws and their implications for IT.


  • Bill Detwiler // September 15, 2008, 12:17 AM PST

    Video: Track a user's Internet Explorer History with IEHistoryView

    Spying on end users may an unwelcome activity for most IT pros, but it is often a necessary duty for network administrators. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you a free tool called IEHistoryView that can help you investigate complaints of inappropriate Internet usage and suspicious browsing behavior.


  • Bill Detwiler // September 22, 2008, 3:32 AM PST

    Video: Bypass Windows Vista's User Account Control (UAC) prompt

    Windows Vista's User Account Control (UAC) was designed to improve security. But, constant UAC prompts can also be a real pain. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how Task Scheduler and a custom desktop shortcut let you run UAC-restricted programs without encountering those annoying UAC prompts.


  • Bill Detwiler // September 28, 2008, 11:57 PM PST

    Video: Analyze network traffic with tcpdump

    Tcpdump may not have a slick frontend like other packet analyzers such as Wireshark and Ettercap, but this command line tool makes up for its lack of fancy graphics with power and flexibility. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you why tcpdump is a great tool for network debugging and security monitoring.


  • Bill Detwiler // October 5, 2008, 10:20 PM PST

    Video: Five practical tips for choosing the right UPS

    On the surface, choosing a UPS for your organization's server room may seem like a simple task, but like many IT tasks, the devil is in the details. In this IT Dojo video, Bill gives you five tips to help you choose the right uninterruptible power supply for your environment.


  • Bill Detwiler // October 20, 2008, 1:36 AM PST

    Video: Speed up Windows XP with these Performance Options tweaks

    Troubleshooting slow Windows XP machines is a common task, and many culprits are obvious--insufficient RAM and running unneeded applications at startup. If you rule those out, adjusting XP's Performance Options may help. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler offers several tweaks to speed up Windows XP.