Windows 10 User Experience & Telemetry service

Windows 10 was released long ago in internet time, but I get asked questions about it randomly by various users, friends and clients. One of the most asked ones is about “spying” that windows 10 may be doing on the user. Initially a server called DiagTrack was present in windows that provided these “spying capabilities”. Since end of 2015 they have renamed the service to “Connect User Experience and Telemetry service”. I am not sure why they changed the name, maybe the word tracking was bothering some people and MS made it… “different”. Connect User Experience and Telemetry service Microsoft says Telemetry is system data that is uploaded by the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component. The telemetry data is used to keep Windows devices secure, and to help Microsoft improve the quality of Windows and Microsoft services. It is used to provide a service to the user as part of Windows. Whats that mean? Only MS really knows what it means truly and if you care you should ask someone from MS for a real answer. I am simply here to tell you how to disable this IF you want to do so. Hold down the Windows key and tap the R key In the box that opens type services.msc and press the Enter key or click the OK button In the ‘Services (Local)’ section find the line with the name ‘Connected User Experiences and Telemetry’ and double-click it In the ‘Service status’ section click ‘Stop’ (highlighted blue in the screenshot below) Under the ‘Startup type’ drop […]

Debian package management speed ups

No one likes to sit around waiting for slow mirrors while updating multiple packages but its a fact of life usually. In debian it means typing apt-get update and sitting around for a while, then doing the actual install or upgrade and getting some coffee. what if you could speed the process along somewhat? well now just like we showed you how to speed up apt downloads for ubuntu you can speed up the apt speeds for Debian! This way you can focus more on clashing some clans or something…. whatever you do in your free time that is. Httpredir In comes httpredir, “It uses the geographic and network location of the user and the mirrors, the architecture of the requested files, IP address family, the availability and freshness of the mirrors, and a few other things” to find the closest and fastest mirror of data for you. This gives you the quickest way to get your files without resorting to new tools or alternate package managers. This is already there for Jessie ( debian 8 ) so no need to edit that, but for everyone else on older releases this will bring wonderful speedups. setting up httpredir is simple : edit your /etc/apt/soucres.list deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian sid main deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian sid main replace with deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian sid main deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian sid main

Find out whats taking up all the hdd space

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Remove all old installed but unused kernels

I just noticed I had 8 kernels installed on a machine. dont need but one…. so I rebooted to make sure I was using the newest, and removed all the old ones via these simple commands :   Ubuntu / Debian / dpkg / Apt: dpkg -l ‘linux-*’ | sed ‘/^ii/!d;/'”$(uname -r | sed “s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/”)”‘/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d’ | xargs sudo apt-get -y purge Thats a one liner, so just copy paste the whole thing. Centos / RHEL / Yum / RPM: uname -r See which kernel is being used. rpm -q kernel get a list of installed kernels yum install yum-utils make sure yum-utils is installed package-cleanup –oldkernels –count=1 Cleanup old packages, the count can be any number and it will keep that number of the latest packages. count 2 will keep the current newest and one more, 3 will keep the current newest and 2 more and so on. nano yum.conf edit /etc/yum.conf and look for installonly_limit and change it to any number, this was the kernels will be cleaned up automatically. I have mine set to 3. installonly_limit=3