The world may not know how Huawei helped pioneer the internet 20 years ago in the UK and Australia but they sure made me look good then.

Loren W.
Melbourne Australia
15 / 7 / 2020

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It is hard to imagine it was 20 years ago when the need to improve the speed of Internet delivery times from 65 days down to 5 days landed on me as a NOT self titled “Futurist” (6-24 months) , and UK Product Manager for British Telecom at the time. A great company I was really blessed with lots of cool projects and as long as they made money I was given cart blanche while managing product launches in the UK, Europe, and a little into the USA, and later on Australia, of course having some of the smartest teams in marketing, engineering, delivery, operations, development and finance supporting me. Being American I was programmed differently not better, just differently. I came from a heavy tech sales and customer service background and was the only one of dozens in that part of the tech giant that did not come from a 100% tech / service / engineering background. When the dotcom bust happened, and 9/11 the need to reduce the lead time for installing the Internet from 65 days down to 5 days now in 2020 seems hard to imagine any other way. It was not an easy project because there were urgent rush to do this but as I would discover over 100 steps to deliver an Internet connection at the time, few in parallel and involving many different teams all then having to reduce that delivery time, while under time pressure.

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I managed to get down to 20 days but the last 15 days had a road block, a company called MARCONI. They were inflexible, and they told me rather arrogantly on multiple occasions, there was no way they could anything better, because they would need to hire more staff etc. They also had a quality of service issue, and over charged all the time.

But, I have to admit I groveled more than a little bit, they had a monopoly in the market place on the hardware, were an English tradition or legends, and I knew when I went back to say the future of the entire Internet was being blocked by the arrogance of Marconi (perhaps their lack of funds were happening already). If I made no progress I was also going to have failed, something I never did at BT mainly because our wider teams were amazing (and could hold their tequila with me) a little lucky too.

I hinted to Marconi, this was going to be a REAL problem (meaning for me but also Marconi that was having scaling problems as the BT internet infrastructure was growing, needing more hardware than Marconi could make and worse deploy, and more so deploy reliably and on time. Complaints were met with yeah right, as they did not care as they owned the market, for now.

The Marconi vs Huawei contract was now going to be worth $17billion as the view was to make what we were doing (reducing lead times to Internet deployment across the UK, Europe, and the USA) to now part of the British Telecom 21st Century network. Turned out my problem dealing with Marconi being inflexible filtered to the top and when Marconi did the same thing with the grownups Huawei was given a chance to tender for it, and won.

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Huawei was a new company I had heard of in China (Huawei as it would turn out) and was able to compete with Marconi, so it resulted in a bid Marconi lost, a company dating back to the 19th century, shares fell hard, around 40% the very day we announced the contracts to Huawei.

But they were my saviors not because they were just less expensive but they gave me my last 15 day reduction I needed to get lead-times down from 65 days to 5 days, and in some cases 1 day. But I was surprised that I was only middle management and company presidents were talking at the grown up level to china, and Marconi, I was glad to reap the Huawei benefits.

Depending on who is reporting that part of our Internet history, it can be said the deal leveraged Huawei into becoming the giant they are as they then were able to leverage our work into Europe, the USA and Globally. But I am not sure if the Internet could have been as successful in the UK and then Australia if it was still taking 65 days to deliver an internet connection much longer back then.

As things evolve fast sometimes in the intimate telco infrastructure business globally, Huawei set up a partnership agreement soon with Marconi in 2005 with Marconi agreeing to buy the hardware they could not deliver faster and resulted in them losing the $17B bid and the company almost going bankrupt over it. – It is ironic, that if Marconi had done this before, then they would not have lost the contract and the company to Huawei. Huawei was even going to buy Marconi, but the UK government did not like that.

Now in 2020 I do not know the politics or legalities or political correctness of the obvious but I also believe over 90% of the modems in peoples homes in Australia in 2020 especially those connected to the NBN and others are also Huawei modems. It would be a shame if decisions were made on their future for the wrong reasons.

Otherwise I will say it… thanks Huawei.

Welcome to Tech-News TV

Posted: June 27, 2018 in Misc Tech

What We Do –

Based in Melbourne Australia, and as an ex-product manager in R&D for some of the largest tech companies in the world, (like BT & NEC) to help raise awareness for my own projects at the time I lead on using new at the time, typical multi layer marketing, then social media as it happened and the typical SEO for websites before that. Nothing unusual there, but I built a following on stories covered on my own projects, and bug fixing for Apple that went a little viral and a company was born. Now a network of over 150,000 followers / eyeballs around the world, in a niche that was just tech, media and clients, and customers has then evolved to social issues all offering a good demographic that is unique for companies that want to get their message out in a unique way using twitter primarily to point customers and clients alike. This works for new companies selling on amazon or ebay to companies trying to raise awareness into twitter or facebook customers even into specific countries. Digital influencing via a unique demographic with measurable results, not easily duplicatable by others.

Tech Company Interviews
Working in R&D product development for large companies as a technology evangelist, I also travel the world interviewing company CEOs and other executives for everything from phones, and appliances to quantum computers, translation services, and more to or onto social media completing the marketing messages.

Philanthropic Endeavours 
We also consult for free on various social & legal law reform issues and I am the Australian editor for the USA Law Review





To say some of the best things about a speaker is not the sounds crazy to even type. This speaker is $70 US.
Forgetting any other features what sort of sound do you expect from a bluetooth $100 speaker.

I would say this exceeds that expectation sound wise, and is interesting but defective in other ways.

If you bought a lovely vase for say $100 but the bottom of the vase was not flat, and you had to put it against a wally to stop it falling over, then this is the Creative Halo

Designed to sit on a tripod, it does not fit any tripod due to a defect in the design. Speaking to the team at creative they dempohsaised the importence of the tripod mount yet that is why I wanted to test it and it is a feature.

Specially, the 1/4″ threaded tripod mount requires 4-5 threads to fit ANY tripod – Unfortunately the base of the speaker only allows for 3 threads, meaning the speaker cannot be used on a tripod, trying about 6 different ones from cheap to $1000.


The device app does not work unless you fully charge the speaker, sync it to your device, then install the app. Sounds logical, however if you install the app while charging the speaker as I did, the speaker syncs to any device but the app will not work. This was easily fixed by reinstalling the app and worked fine. I tried this on multiple android and iOS devices with the same observation.

What the other reviews are missing –

  1. Playing Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon with the speaker in voice activation mode and full color spectrum is memorable.
  2. Playing any game with customised coloring, and sound enabled effects makes for exciting gaming environments.
  3. Currently doing some testing with sleep and lighting environments for work (as a sleep professional). The Creative Halo is fully adjustable color wise. So running sound effects, and customisable effects, with little amounts of blue light and mostly red light helps with sleep patterns (circadian sleep cycles)  and achieving REM sleep more effectively may sound crazy, but there are specialist devices doing this not very well for $250 US.

However, if looking to purchase a similar device,  speaker with RGB lighting, I would suggest a speaker by itself and a seperate light such as the LIFX or Hue by Phillips (more on those soon).


The Visionary CEO of GTCOM Talks Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, VR, and More

By Loren Wiener ( TNTV
Brisbane QLD, Australia
August 2017

To the uninitiated, Interpreters and Translation services can seem like a bit of a secret art, for business and entertainment purposes only. A website being translated from a foreign language to English, a UN translator interpreting a conversation seems hardly life changing. However, translations in a court case working around court room legalese in a foreign language to the defendant can leave lives in the balance even in Australia where there are 250 Aboriginal languages. In Australia and Globally, up till now much if this has all been done with little use of technology to help, and can take years of training and mastering due to the complexity of it all.  The theme at the 21st and 2017FITCongress, International Federation of Translators (Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs) or FIT, 3-5 August is Disruption and Diversification.

As technology evolves with cloud computing, artificial intelligence, (AI), machine learning, big data, and even in the future more quantum computing and VR use on the horizon, the use of technology has moved at an amazingly fast pace. However, having a way of managing the data and technology to make the best use of all of this requires special skills from a company with the pedigree and a best of breed vision on the way forward.

No better Company is showing this proof than Global Tone Communication Technology Co., LTD – (GTCOM) The man with the vision is CEO Eric Yu. I had the opportunity to visit and chat with Eric Yu to talk about this and much more.

TNTV: Hello Eric nice to meet you and thank you for having the time to talk. How did this all begin for you?

Eric Yu: After my dream to be a translator, I worked with the Beijing Olympics as a translator for the athletes. We then got our first call centre and could accumulate a lot of data that the company has already accumulated over 40 years.

TNTV: How does that impact translation technology.

Eric Yu: – All data is good data but some is “weighted” with different values of importance. Combining this with AI, speech recognition and deep learning technology and open source relationships, allows GTCOM to create a best of breed models and predictions.

Eric then shows me some GTCOM live examples on the YEEKIT  software at their stand on how they can use this technology on what appears simple to view and understand.  

Eric Yu: A large part of our focus is “open platform” information, by using all this we can better predict stock trends for instance because of the amount of data being used but managed better and with more value and better predictions. This platform is named “JoveBird” which is a big data solution for intelligent investment. For example, using all this information, (Eric shows me the stock price of a large company on a live map) Days prior to them having a significant share price drop using such things their open source values like, analyst ratings, business activities, financing actions, partnership activity  and social media (

For example, using all this information, (Eric shows me the stock price of a large company on a live map) Days prior to them having a significant share price drop using such things their open source values like, analyst ratings, business activities, financing actions, partnership activity  and social media (chatter), and even a problem with a popular game, all lead to us being able to predict the share drop very accurately offering not just a view of predicting share price but also share sentiment (how bullish or bearish the stock is) . All this data using “events” like product service, revenues, employment actions, credit ratings, assets etc, and all able to be viewed on the level of relevance, using machine learning, cloud, and big data better and more efficiently using more levels across languages. This allows more accurate analysis not based just on stock trends.

TNTV: Can you tell me a little more about YEE Solutions as a Product?

Eric: YEEKIT has 4 types of accounts Standard, advanced, business and customised all offering different features, from cloud storage to industry specific categories. Predefined or user defined.

TNTV: Can you give me a view of how much data we are talking about and how you’re thinking about the transition from Big Data to AI.

Eric: For instance, I thought, what if we took google just as 1 example. We could capture every google item, and every keyword, not just English by all the major languages not labeling just as a language but all the major languages. The power of this was highlighted when Google announced a move to (neural machine translation) (NMT) moving from SMT (statistical methods) a milestone in machine translation.

TNTV: But it is not about replacing people

Eric: – No it is about giving the people better data able to be used more effectively.

TNTV: – SO congratulations, Eric, GTCOM is a relatively new but very exciting innovative leader in machine translation, big data, and artificial intelligence, can you discuss some of the target clients

Eric Yu: – There are many examples, governments from a security perspective may want to better monitor issues like terrorism, stock predictions, and our customers already include Amazon, Alibaba, and others.

TNTV: How all this work together for a solution as I see GTCOM products are divided into 3 branches, language technological ecology, platform & big data technology.

Eric: The products of GTCOM generally have classified into two categories: YeeCloud & YeeSight. YeeCloud is more likely to focus on language translation, which targets the market of language service. YeeSight provides a comprehensive and cross-language, big data service. YEEKIT is the language technological platform which can be regarded as a computer aided translation tool. It is part of YeeCloud ecology.

TNTV: GTCOM is a leader in Machine Translation. What makes it stand out?

Eric: While some companies will spend billions on building their services, we use many open source technologies, combined with the history of 40 years of data gives a better data, form a more diverse source of data being open.

TNTV: GTCOM was a founding part of the LBDA – Language Big Data Alliance – Can you explain a little about the importance of the LBDA?

Eric: Again, the benefit goes both ways, established by government departments, working on enterprises and public institutions, colleges and universities, and scientific research institutions for promoting the mutual application and sharing of language big data for the mutual application and sharing of language big data and related technological resources in the fields of teaching, research and more.

TNTV: GTCOM is working with many including Australia and New Zealand on MT (machine translation) and AI, can you talk a little about the time frame of this exciting work, and what the expected outcomes are?

Eric: Universities again are benefiting from the Open platform offering new technologies and solutions that would not be seen otherwise. In the case of UNSW, they have advanced project based learning, real clients of their own, and new curriculum, new degrees in translation, and interpreting addressing MT and able to lead in research in Language technologies. This means as we are using open source they also are moving towards VR, AR, Big Data and best practice using YEEKIT, YeeSight, etc.

TNTV: YeeSight and YeeCloud have won multiple awards for innovation, in big data and AI – what do you see the next big advances, even smarter AI?

Eric: Yes, better AI, quantum computers technology is on the horizon, as is VR elements to allow it all to work better with the cloud.

TNTV: How is GTCOM able to maintain this momentum of change to stay ahead, is it in R&D or do you see the need for improvement able to slow down? – For example, we saw this recently with mobile phones and even computers, where the speed of improvements was improving dramatically year after year, (Moore’s Law) but the PC market has flattened, some mobile phone companies are feeling this problem also.

Eric: It is a balance, again due to the open platform things evolving do so from many directions. Sometimes the software is ahead of the platforms used, sometimes it is the other way around, but it all must equal a good user experience.

TNTV: What is next for GTCOM?

Eric: We are currently working towards an IPO soon .

TNTV: Congratulations, very exciting times, thank you for your time Mr. Eric Yu.

Highlights From CES 2017

Posted: January 10, 2017 in Misc Tech

10 Jan 201 7-
Melbourne Australia

The trouble with CES is if you know what you are looking for you might not need to go. If you go to hunt for the next big thing you are likely not to find it. So I have looked at the best of and these are my favs so far.

Razer’s insane three monitor laptop





Razer Project Ariana  – I am a huge fan of Razer amazing quality and looks to match –

Could the ZTE Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini Mobiles Have Decided the 2016 Presidential Election?

Loren W
Melbourne Australia


As the world deals with the uninspiring Apple iPhone 7 with a nice new Camera but sacrificing on sound both with missing headphone jack, and average on board speakers, most were expecting more. This combined with the exploding battery and support issues from Samsung, the ZTE still is a poignant reminder of technology and service done right.
One could say even possibly “presidential”, but more on that in a moment.
The ZTE Axon 7 phone is a good balance of consumer charm but business functionality. The sound quality works for conferences replacing sound pods also has high quality built in amplifiers to help in those movements it is needed and works even more incredibly with music. Sorry Apple we also need good sound from our headphones and the ZTE blows everyone out of the water there and yes using wired or Bluetooth headphones is possible.
With the Google Nexus program being dead, in favor of a newly names pixel phone, rumored to be close in spec to the HTC 10, the new phone is also made by HTC, and will be announced on 4 October.zte-axon-7-mobile-phone-large-1


There are rumored to be 2 Google “Pixel”  phones (that I still want to call pixie phones) but with the pressure the greatest ever on price it is expected to be see some compromises on the new Google phones. Meanwhile Samsung scrambles, to address the poorly handled 7 Note exploding battery concerns, this leaves a gap already filled by the USA mobile phone provider ZTE.
The issue with Samsung came at a REAL bad time, IFA2016 Berlin the first few days of September 2016, at one of the world’s largest trade shows, where Samsung real-estate was well represented. Samsung initially denied the claims even after reported in the media, resulting in a bit too much focus on it at the event. This resulted in airlines like KLM, telling passengers at the check in desks the phones were not allowed on the planes at all if admitting to owning it.

Global Launch Axon 7 mini The only minor criticism heard on the ZTE Axon 7 was the size. Not everyone wants a masterpiece of a phablet. This was fixed recently at IFA2016 with the launch of the Axon 7 Mini, the aptly named smaller version of the Axon 7. Soon to be released
The Axon 7 devices are great balance of business and consumer device. Great sound out, has nothing to do with great good sound in ZTE tackles this well with hi-fi sound chips, from AKM. With

Global Launch Axon 7 Mini at IFA2016

playback by Dolby ATMOS leading the great sound. Designed in the USA and working with BMW / DreamWorks the solid unibody design is well thought out and managed. Battery life is great,
So how could the ZTE have decided the 2016 election? – With its choice of dual sim or sim with SD memory card, those situations needing multiple accounts, multiple numbers or even multiple data plans has never been easier.
Looking for a new phone but not sure the best deal, don’t get trumped on looking for the best deals at as the Axon 7 and 7 Mini, outright a running about half the price of the iPhones and Samsung 7 devices.

The ZTE Axon 7 leads the main 3 devices for ZTE, with the entry level Blade phones and the ZTE LTE equipped Spro 2 Android Projector.

4 September
IFA2016 Berlin
Loren W.
The Axon 7 story continues –
Mr Waiman Lam (VP Mobile Products ZTE and Glbal Spokesperson Mobile) and others at ZTE have emphasized their unique focused strategy of targeting not just key products in key countries but with added focus on key cities as well. This mean working more with the local communities,and having much more involvement with their customers. This includes major sponsorship of many local sports team in key markets. Lars Stindl from BM Gladbach was on hand to receive his own new phone and his team is of sponsored by ZTE.
With a focus on customer choice,  ZTE offers many products but focuses on 3, the android projector they invented, their entry level phone, and their flagship Axon 7 products, on listening  to the community they realized not everyone wants a phone larger than 5.2in
So ZTE’s  response to their current flagship device, the Axon 7 that has actually sold out in many parts of the world. Surpassing their own expectations, this meant a June 27th launch of the Axon 7 in Paris, followed up with a 13 July pre-order in the USA , and August 16 launch in  Hong Kong .
“The new 5.2 Axon 7 Mini inherits much DNA from the larger Axon 7.
With the Axon 7 and the new mini it is the details that matter
For the mini being sold At 299 euro (approx $333USD) and launching globally THIS WEEK in many new countries it is also the small things that are noticeable on this well designed powerhouse, from the Dolby sound that is piped beautifully from the front facing dual speakers, a well place volume button opting for a better single volume button making it easier to increase or decrease the volume. The fingerprint scanner is under neath the phone well place below the camera, and responds very quickly. The choice of using a dual sim or sim / sd card configuration is a great must have, and it is all rounded off with a 16mp/ 8mp front facing camera with dual led flash, FHD Amoled screen and even a new USB c connector for a phone also happy to fit in a great quality earphone jack to benefit form the amazing sound.
ZTE keeps pretty close to stock Google software,on this phone, but with touches from their Mi Vue Launcher including camera software, audio controls, enhanced fitness app, mi-pop controls to allow for easier use of control for one handed use will have many wanting to keep the ZTE launcher as I have.
ZTE makes sure the details are there not for the same of it but to enhance the experience. The sound that is so emphasized by ZTE is by no means by accident, their focus on their own R&D and working with the the AKM R&D and Dolby R&D offer a well tuned piece of hardware that has to to be heard to be believed. This includes dolby atmos dual front facing speakers, and it is not just the sound out that is impressive but the hi fi  recording makes this a great consumer and enterprise device.
With ZTE launching the new mini in Germany, Spain, Russia, Poland, japan Australia,  Saudi Arabia and of course the USA, on 7 September, some countries have not even seen the larger axon 7 yet Axon 7 and 7 Mini have to be heard to be believed.
Up next the more on the focused, 3 product ZTE strategy includng the Axon 7, with the innovator Spro projector, and entry level ZTE blade phone

IFA2016 Berlin
September 2 2016
Loren W –
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Despite the many famous brands owned or made by Haier, they still showcase their wide rage of both efficient, attractive, customer satisfying and innovative designs in their own name globally. It has been said by many that, “Those that do not listen  and respect  their customers and continue to innovate will not prosper. On that notion, Haier does all of this very well in many ways.

haier dryer
Efficiency is shown in their washing machines, that hold a larger than normal 12kg capacity, yet able to treat laundry with with care due to the internal bubble drum feature. All of this in amazing and beautiful designs and ever increasing environmental improvements. Innovation, listening to customer needs  and beautiful design is shown off well in their online fridge and kitchen hub. With  large screen, the refrigerator even has a  camera and scanner inside  so you can remotely view you fridge contents.
If out shopping or forget what you have.  Use it to access recipes, or customer set the refrigerator changing a portion from a chiller, to a refrigerator or to a freezer in the  same compartment. Please watch for more.
Looking at Haier products, they offer amazing visuals and sometimes futuristic  looks making their many products more and more popular across the world. I look forward to what Haier do next.

What magic will ZTE unveil, come by and say hello







Due to make landfall in Late June or July

Loren W
Melbourne Australia,


Because of the semi- irregular Phone and Tablet launches it means that someone has to have the latest spec mobile phone until someone else does that is. Sony did this before with Xperia Z Ultra a great phablet for those so inclined at the time. Semi-launched in June 2013 it hosted a 6.4 in display only a fraction smaller than the Nexus 7 but was the first of the upper tier of phone makers to have the Snapdragon 800, and was IP56 waterproof and competing at the time with the Samsung Note 3 had the market for almost 12 months but with an average camera, and poor market distribution and supply, it was never a challenger but was a lovely phone, and took some ok pictures even underwater with in the Cook islands, thank you Sony

Well the stars have aligned for Sony again with their range of new Sony Xperia X Phones. Of much interest is the higher Waterproof X Performance that is the first of the top brands to host the latest Snapdragon 820 chip prior to the 823 chip being released. The timing of the phone means there were discussions if they would host the newer 823 chip instead that is destined for the Samsung Note 6 with an estimated 15-20% upgrade in speed compared to the 820.

Sony Xperia X Performance


Polaris Data Centre

Posted: May 26, 2016 in Misc Tech

Polaris $241m Data Centre- Loren Wiener

Hi folks,

I am a serial domain name buyer, and have never sold 1 at a profit buying hundreds over the years.
Working for the largest hosting companies in the world over the last decades, if I get an idea I buy the domain name.
But life happens.. So.. here are some domain names for sale.. email me at… I am guess paypal works easiest but let me know

List – starting at $250AUD


Image  —  Posted: June 5, 2015 in Misc Tech

 Even if you are ‘Phat’ TRIM might be a problem. – Doing Nothing Is Seeing SSD Performance Degradation


31 May 2015
Melbourne Australia

win10Noticed that speedy SSD drive has been slowing down, or you do not want it to, on your PC or Mac, well you need to consider TRIM and AGC.  Say what?

SSD – (Solid State Hard Drives) have been around for a while, at up to x100 performance on data access, and boot up times as well as about 1/3 of the power so cooler as well,  to that of normal hard drives it is a no-brainer SSD is worth having for your boot drive on a PC or a Mac.
TRIM – a command built into SSD drive controllers that inform an SSD drive which blocks of data are in use, not in use and can be wiped internally.  Computers do not support TRIM by default automatically and maybe not at all.
AGC – Active Garbage Collection, as sexy as this sounds it is a secondary process that does the same as TRIM if TRIM is not working and it is built into the firmware of some but not all SSDs (is a good thing).
HDD – A standard internal hard drive for PCs or Macs that run normally at 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm

AHCI-  Advanced Host Controller Interface a SATA setting in the bios (not natively turned on and can impact SSD drive weed by a factor of 3 (that’s 300%) – Not turned on in BIOS the SSD is still faster than an HDD.


Like many, I build my own desktop PCs always have (well have them built for safety / risk). However I have never gotten around to installing an SSD drive for my main boot drive.

  • Personally to buy an SSD drive under 500GB or a 1TB, seemed pointless, and with prices of 500GB being around $150, then the price per GB (PPG) on an SSD has fallen recently, and as good as they will be for a while, if you look at the market on these things. Also with SSD drives like CPU, new versions come out occasionally offering faster read and write speeds at the same price (no point buying a new SSD drive that is slower). Current versions of SSD drives offer 500-550MB/sec speeds on reading and writing.
  • However many SSD drives have certain tweaks that if not performed will reduce the speed of this speedy drive.
    AGC- (Active Garbage Collection) is a feature of some SSD drives (Crucial is one brand), simply put when your PC is idling, the SSD drive is cleaning itself. However, between power saving (that is set by default to let a PC sleep) or those that turn a PC on work all the time then turn it off immediately the impact is the same. The SSD drive needs idle time to clean itself.

What’s The Problem ? – As TRIM commands simply tell an SSD drive what blocks of data are not being used and can be wiped. If TRIM doesn’t kick in, then AGC is there to clean up the drive. However in the very logical scenario above (power saving mode / PC turned off when not in use) then AGC cannot kick in, so the drive does not get cleaned up and slows down, or worse (yep).  Or your SSD drive may not have ACG meaning if TRIM is not configured properly (VERY easy to miss), then your SSD drive will slow down.

Simple Prevention – Let TRIM or ACG do it’s thing

  • No Sleep– Just go to your power settings on PC or Mac and turn off any power plans that turn off your hard drive. These are on a default, and many people just leave them that way.
  • Defrag– Turn off automatic or scheduled defragmentation most Windows has this turned on by default. SSD drives do not fragment like magnetic drives so turning this off can help performance, and ssd drives have a limited number of writes and reads so this can also add to the longevity of your drive. The bug / feature request to have this deactivate for SSD drives has been reported to Windows 10 team.
  • Is your TRIM turned on?- Easy… Firstly TRIM is only supported in Windows 7 and beyond, so you need to consider that. Also if you upgrade from anything to Windows 7 or newer TRIM might not work at all. So how do you tell if TRIM on your windows 7 or higher PC (or OS X Mac) is turned on.. easy Open a Admin CMD prompt and TYPE

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify (ENTER)

This will give you an answer of 0 or 1. Zero indicates TRIM is enabled, a one means it is not. You can turn on TRIM by repeating the step above and add a 0 at the end per below.

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify 0  (ENTER)

Now repeat the first step and you should get a 0 but a re-boot might be needed. 

Indexing- Due to the speed and way SSDs work indexing designed to speed up windows search on magnetic drives but not needed and impacts on longevity (and performance a little) on SSDs To turn it off just go to the properties of your SSD drive and turn indexing off. You may need admin rights to do this, and might need to turn indexing off manually .

 Fix it -– Here is how you fix a slow SSD Drive.  PC or Mac – In Windows, the best thing to do is to disconnect your SATA cable from your SSD Drive for a few hours, but leave the power connected this will make the SSD drive run in MCG mode. For a Mac just go to à system preferences, -> energy saver –> uncheck ‘put the hard disks to sleep’. You do not need to do this unless you have a problem on the PC.

Don’t Forget the Bios- PC’s new and old to not have AHCI mode enabled. If you do not turn it on you would never know what you are missing. AHCI only came out with SATA interfaces, and SSD did not get popular until way after SATA was started. WARNING: This may be obvious to some, but it is not.  Logisitcally, you need to activate AHCI mode prior to installaing the OS on that  SSD drive. If you install the OS on an SSD drive with AHCI not enabled then goto the bios to enable it, then the drive will not boot up DOH ! (I got caught out on that).

I have had a lot of people ask about defaults in Windows 10 (actually all versions of Windows), so was surprised that there were so many aspects to this but all simple to fix.
If of any use please let me know.





Ongoing Windows 10 Updates Errors Not the End of the World


30 May 2015
Melbourne Australia

•              So you have a windows  10 update could be anything, in my case I am updating to 10130 on 30 May 2015. I got an Error 0x8200056 (but there can be other errors)

•              In my case the windows update program froze and could not be stopped easily due to a corrupt update (windows or otherwise) causing the windows update program that runs automatically on start up to restart then go back to a frozen state even when your PC is restarted multiple times (the restart worked on similar errors on previous versions but not going from build 10125.

•              So to fix this you need to unfreeze the windows update program, and rename the windows update folder (C:/Windows/Softwaredistributionand) then try again

Here’s How

Note: To isolate the problem turn off in the windows 10 update box ‘update other programs’ when updating windows. – This prevents any update other than windows 10 from corrupting your windows 10 update.

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1.        Run services.msc – Find windows update server – disable – (remember where this is, you will be going back in a minute)

2.        Restart PC Run CMD prompt with admin access

3.        Type cd %systemroot% (ENTER)

4.        Type Ren Software Distribution SoftwareDistribution.old (ENTER)

5.        Repeat step 1 but put windows update server back to ‘automatic’

6.        Restart PC

Note: If you want to check to make sure the windows update folder is now replaced (softwaredistribution) you can do this by re doing step 3 and 4 above and you should get an error saying the folder could not be found. This is correct as you renamed in in step 6. Or just look in your root folder and see if C://Windows/SoftwareDistribution.old   is there and  C://Windows/SoftwareDistribution is not there (per step  3 and 4) if so then you are good to go.

7.        Re – start Windows update

So we have fixed 3 issues here

1.                    Moved a potentially corrupt windows update folder (due to windows 10 or another program)

2.                    Isolated the Windows Update Server for Windows 10 only by turning off ‘Update other programs’ by turning off the other programs until windows 10 has been updated.

3.                    Disabled then re-enabled the windows update server


Note:  The Normal way you could disable then re-enable the windows server is by running CMD ‘Net stop wuauserv ‘ in lieu of step 1, but in my case I got an error saying the windows update server (wuauserv) could not be stopped or was stopping and even when repeated wuauserv was still frozen even after multiple restarts. So step 1 above in this case is a fall back but worked much better.


Bad News

Your Windows 10 update will have to download again, so if you can download an ISO of your updates then it will allow you to save potentially a lot of time (and bandwidth usage) if important



Good Tech Can Be Simple
30 May 2015
Melbourne Australia

I must go through more than my share of car phone holders a year, changing out phones, they break, or as I travel I forget them in a rental. Expensive or cheap to be honest there is no more ugly, and useless form of tech (if you can even call it that).Suction cup on a windscreen some form of bracket to hold the phone.. nothing more to say … but sound the trumpets..



Logitech has introduced the +drive phone mount, it has no brackets but instead it locks on with a suction cup (or permanent 3M is so inclined) but there is no bracket to hold the phone. Instead it gives you a flat small square of metal that adheres to your phone case (between the phone and the case) and the strong magnet on the phone holder then holds even the largest phone well in place.

It works so well on a recent scary mountain drive in California (I live in Australia) that I just stuck it on a recorded the drive no problem. Instead of the metal plate you can buy a special magnetic case but I prefer my own. This plate even sticks to heavy grade silicone as is my case.

Well done Logitech – RRP is around $40 USD / $50 AUD

22 May 2015

If you add an old (windows 8) touch screen monitor to windows 10 it works fine.
You can buy them from around $100 -150 USD for a 23” view sonic for instance (only 2 touch points at a time for that price thus the windows 8 reference).
If you have other non-touch monitors (say on either side, or just 1, and if you let the screens bleed / overhang into the touchscreen then you can control those monitors as well.

One Man’s Taxation is Another’s Encouragement for Piracy

Melbourne Australia

12 May 2015

Pirate button on computer keyboard

According to reliable reports Australia Treasurer Joe Hockey under the guise of preventing international taxation avoidance is set to impose taxes on many online services driving the costs up, and encouraging piracy.



Piracy of online content per capita in Australia is amongst the highest in the world. This is worsened by the 20-30% gap in the US and Australia dollar, as much of the online content is still USA centric. The delaying of popular movies and television shows has long been a another reason piracy has been rampant on everything from DVDs, Games, e-books, even online music. With sometimes falsely imposed taxations and profits from companies on products and services has made this problem that much worse.

Recently everything from reducing the time it takes for  US movie, song, or TV show to play in Australia has been reduced, as a direct result to reduce the need for piracy, and it has been successful according to many. To now add a further tax to all of this will be a major set back and less attractive for those that routinely pirate their online entertainment and services and are considering paying for for it legitimately.

Loren W
29 December 2014
Melbourne Australia


Jailbreaking – the process of removing limitations on an Apple iOS, allowing users to get otherwise unavailable access to iPhones, iPads, and AppleTV, restoring a device via ITunes removes a jailbreak.
CydiaThe software used after jailbreaking that is the ‘gateway’ that allows users to install jailbroken apps.

It still strikes me as ironic, that if you mention ‘rooting’ an Android phone, to an Android user, it is yes so what. Mention jailbreaking to an iOS user, and you get a very different reaction. This is because traditionally, many Android phones are already unlocked to some extent, and unlocking and rooting them is again not treated with any dismay, just offering a different ‘class’ of user. To an Apple iOS user, jailbreaking is akin to hacking, stealing and other forms of thievery. What is often ignored is that today’s iOS jailbreak is often tomorrow’s iOS enhancement. There are sometimes complications and a slowing down of iOS when a jailbroken app is used, however, it often offers a choice that many iOS users may never get. Not Alone– It is estimate there are millions of users of iOS devices that only buy a device with the anticipation of jail breaking, but for many others the logical question is, there any reason now a days on the cusp of 2015, to actually unlock an iOS device. So without further ado, the top reasons to jailbreak an iOS device in 2015.

The simple things– Often it is the simple things that a user can do with a jailbroken iOS device that adds that extra feature, making the whole activity worthwhile. Hey Siri- A new feature in iOS8 allows you to choose to have Siri listen to you at all times and activate her via an ‘hey siri’ command, unfortunately this only works when plugged in to power. A logical approach for anything other than the newer iPads or iPhones as their battery life is exceptional. UnthetheredHeySiri, over rides this and works when powered or not, this may sound minor but offers a whole different element to this feature. Status HUD 2 – Offers a volume HUD in the status bar. Themes– The amount and feature set you can get with themes I huge. Zeppelin- changes the iPhone carrier MyWi– A fav from those that use their iOS device as a hot spot. Netflix++ – Netflix doesn’t show trailers on an iOS device but this little app allows it. iFile– Offers a better file manager than you can normally get in iOS any other way. SwipeSelection– selecting text in iOS is not great, this app offer a set of additional features via gestures on a keyboard. I would be surprised if this is not used in iOS sometime in the near future. Aeternum– a UI tweaker for iOS that is made to resemble the new AppleWatch UI. Slide2Kill8- One of the nice apps in Android is the ability to kill multiple apps at one time. This is one of those apps that Apple will likely borrow as well. Badgomizer– another feature rich fine tuner allowing custom icon color, shape, position, size, rotation and opacity. No Assault Just DetailedBatteryUsage– As many apps as there are showing battery usage, in iOS the feature richness is often lacking this app gives some of this back. iOS
is lacking and prevented in changing fonts, this app allows some worthwhile tweaking that again I expect Apple to allow one day. FilippoBiga– a Cydia source where you get even more tweaks. BioLockdown – The new fingerprint sensors allow you to make purchases and unlock your device with a finger print. Some developers can lockdown their apps using it as well, but it is hit and miss which ones do, this app allows you to offer this feature on all apps via the iOS device itself. Another app I expect Apple to develop in the next major release of iOS.

Sony Unleashes The Interview Online-

Posted: December 26, 2014 in Misc Tech

Other Countries Forced to Bypass USA Online ‘Geo-Locking’


Loren W
Melbourne Australia

26 December 2014



In a move release that did not totally surprise many, Sony unleashed the new action comedy, The Interview in the USA only to about 10% of the 4000 original cinemas and only in the USA and later online to the USA only (referred to as Geo-locking) The movie was released online first via Google Play, and on a dedicated site all taking credit cards, Sony then opened it up to YouTube Movies, and Xbox, tip toeing into the global release front for the diehard hackers, perhaps by accident. Dates of 22 Jan 2015 and earlier are still on the table in Australia, Europe and Asia dates continue to evolve.

Why The Delay Outside The USA – Money – Had they released the movie globally even online Outside the USA, then those countries that are still to get the movie would also be impacted further in theory. There is also the chance that movie-goers on hearing how bad the movie is might stay away as well. There are ways around the geo-locking but it requires some keen interest to do it, (Geo hacking if you will). In what many are saying is the biggest movie dog since Cujo, critics have not been kind to the movie, and rotten tomatoes movie review website has seen the score of the movie go down as more reviews come in. Currently gives it a 50% that is very low, but not as low as it could be in that reviews are pretty scarce, though interest in seeing it is a very high 96%. In a contest of bad movies over Christmas the competition for worst blockbuster is currently between the new Night at the Museum and the Interview.










Major Film Release’s vs Australia – Delays What Delays? –The movie industry refuses to talk about why movies are released as a rule so much later outside the USA, and often deny it all together. Logical reports indicate that the result of the delays in TV, DVD, and Movies being

Released so much later globally is piracy. A recent checking of moves by Nick Evershed of the Guardian Newspaper Australia analyzed 168 movies to illustrate the point. Different Types of Geo-Locking and How to Ignore Them (unless prohibited by law). There are different types of online geo locks that need different levels of bypassing to manage. Manu users use them anyhow to protect their anonymity / privacy if online. Originally by hackers now more people than ever are keen to protect their privacy. 1) USA Location– Some require the buyer to be coming from the USA (tested by verifying the IP address location) can be managed by using a VPN (a free or paid service that fakes the originating IP address on a PC or a Modem/router). 2) USA Funds– Some blocks, require the user to use funds that are USA based, managed by buying a USA debit visa card and topping it up with Australia funds, users are sometimes charged per transaction to use the card. 3) USA Address– Some cards and services if being posted for instance require the user to have a USA address. This can be provided by USA forwarding companies, or might be provided by the USA credit card company depending on which one you use. 4) PayPal Payment – Some online payment stores use PayPal and some of those do not require the buyer to do anything other than pay in US dollars, something PayPal does easily. Interestingly all the methods Sony used in the Interview online release act slightly differently, so it is worth checking which services require and

work with which method. Hacking- Ironically this means Sony is only leaving 3 ways for hackers to watch the Interview if outside the USA, 1) a geo hack, 2) pirated downloads, or 3) waiting an extra month to see the movie when and if released in Australia. The movie industry is slowly releasing that delays in releases are directly showing increases of piracy so hopefully we will see the way movies are released evolve very soon. The Movie Itself – One of the good things about having the lowest of expectations is you’re pleasantly surprised when the movie is better than you thought. No Oscar winner here, but a fun movie for the holidays with a good entertainment value for different gender and different age groups. Well worth a watch.