Friday, June 03, 2016

Verify, Track, Find information of an image Online

We all have used Google search engine to find Images. But not many know that Google has features and options that can be used to verify, track, find information about an image and validate that information.

 

Below is a nice video which shows these features in action

 

 

Reference

https://newslab.withgoogle.com/lesson/6351120209281024

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Windows Laptop as Virtual router – Connectify.me

Starting Windows 7 Microsoft has baked code into Windows Operating System that can make Windows with Wireless adopter a WiFi router or Virtual router. Only problem was to get it working for novice or advanced user alike.

 

Using Windows Laptop as Wireless router has its own advantages than Mobile Hotspot. You can not use Mobile Hotspot with Mobile connected to WiFi.

 

There are many free programs out there that claim to do this with ease, but only if they are stable and reliable.

 

Connectify Hotspot from connectify.me is one such program, but a very reliable and stable program that turns Windows 7/8/8.1/10 computers with Wireless adopter into Virtual router, that allows you to share any 3G, 4G, Wired LAN and Wireless LAN internet over WiFi.

 

There are many use cases for Virtual router, where you can share internet connection at Hotels, Airport, business centers and even at home in emergency.

 

Connectify Hotspot is super stable with constant updates being released to support latest Windows Operating Systems and features.

 

Personally I started using Connectify Hotspot Pro (Lifetime License) from 2014 on Windows 8 then upgraded to 2015 and now using 2016 on Windows 10. I use it on 64 bit Windows 10 Enterprise Insider preview edition with fast updates and it works without any issue.

 

I work with multiple wireless devices and Connectify works flawlessly every time I fire it up and connect mobile phones, iPads, chrome books, laptops at home and office.

 

Below are few screenshots of Connectify Hotspot 2016 Pro running on my Laptop

 

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Connectify is of 9 MB in size that you can buy and download from www.connectify.me site install with few clicks, reboot your machine and when it boots back in, it is ready to be a Virtual router with single click.

 

It came to my rescue when I was at a place where only my machine had direct internet access and I had to download a piece of software onto few brand new iPads.

 

I suggest to go for Pro version as it is all worth the money for the features and convenience it offers.

 

You can rename the device for easy identification, disable/enable internet access with a click, share files between the connected devices as well.

 

As of this writing there is deal running with 75% off that would get you 3 Hotspot Max lifetime licenses for $15

 

Here is a shot video from Connectify.me

 

 

They offer free trail for few days, which I strongly recommend to try out. I am sure you will love it, if you have the need.

 

Reference

www.connectify.me

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Enable Nested Virtualization in Hyper-V 2016 TP5

This is a short post on how to enable long awaited feature, Nested Virtualization in Hyper-V that is available in Windows 2016 Technical Preview 5 (TP5), which the competition VMware had for few years now.

 

Nested Virtualization is a feature that would allow us to enable Hyper-V inside the VM. This has many interesting use cases mainly labs and training. and even run other Hypervisors like VMware on top of Hyper-V.

 

To try this feature download latest Windows Server 2016 TP5 ISO from here

 

Install TP5 and enable Hyper-V role.

 

Create a new VM and install 2016 TP5 on the VM.

 

Now if you try to enable Hyper-V role, you would be presented with below error.

 

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This is because Virtualization Extensions of Processor are not exposed to VM and so VM thinks Processor does not have Virtualization Capabilities.

 

First turn off the VM and run below command in PowerShell admin mode. Replace <VM’s Name> with name of VM in which you want to enable Hyper-V

 

Set-VMProcessor –VMName <VM's Name> -ExposeVirtualizationExtensions $true

 

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Once the above PowerShell command finishes successfully you can start the VM and enable Hyper-V.

 

If you run the command without shutting down the VM you would see a error as below

 

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If you like to check if Virtualization Extensions are exposed to the VM, you can run the below command.

 

ExposeVirtualizationExtensions will be True if enabled and False if not

 

Get-VMProcessor -VMName <VM's name> | FL *

 

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Below is the graphical representation of Nested Virtualization.

 

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Image Source – msdn.microsoft.com

 

Reference-

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyperv_on_windows/user_guide/nesting

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2015/10/13/windows-insider-preview-nested-virtualization/

http://www.altaro.com/hyper-v/nested-virtualization-hyper-v-windows-server-2016/

 

Download Windows Server 2016 TP5 ISO (You would need Microsoft Live ID to download) - https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What is USB Type C

Here is a nice video that explains what is USB Type C that is being increasingly seen in most of the new devices these days

 

Good info about Video IDs in YouTube URL

This video by Tom Scott explains if YouTube will ever run out of Video IDs that are used to uniquely identify each video on YouTube.

 

Each YouTube Video has an ID, that is a unique, random and made of 11 characters

 

 

He explains different numbering systems Base 10, Base 2, Base 16 and about the one which YouTube uses, Base 64.

 

73,786,976,294,838,206,464 – Seventy Three Quintillion, Seven Hindered Eighty Six Quadrillion, Nine Hundred Seventy Six Trillion, Two Hundred Ninety Four Billion, Eight Hundred Thirty Eight Million, Two Hundred Six Thousand, Four Hundred Sixty Four

 

With this number can YouTube run out of IDs for Videos, Tom Scott says, Technically Yes, Practically No.