Skip to main content

How to Prevent Excessing Use of Wifi Connections by Windows Update (Windows 10)

How to Prevent Excessive Use of Wifi Connections by Windows Update

Glasswire is a mostly-free bandwidth monitor for Windows PCs. It probably does a few other things too. One of the nasty things Windows will do it start updating the operating system just when you are watching a live show online with very limited data bundles. All of a sudden, Windows decides out of it's great WISDOM, that when you are almost out of bundles in the middle of this crucial show is the best time to start downloading massive updates.

Bad thoughts flash through your mind but you manage to get hold of yourself. Who do you blame anyway? Some anonymous software engineer in Redmond, WA??

The thing is, you need to sort out this mess. There is an easy way of preventing Windows from misusing your bundles via a Wifi link: Set the Wifi link to be metered.  How?

The sequence is illustrated below. It goes like this:
  1. Press the Windows key to get the Start menu (assuming Windows 10)
  2. Click the gear icon to get the Settings menu
    Gear icon
  3. Click the Network icon to get network settings
  4. Click the Wifi menu of the left side panel and Select "Manage Known Networks"
  5. Click of the offensive Wifi network then Select Properties and
  6. Turn on the Metered Connection switch for that network.
Now the pictures:
 1. Windows Key

 2. Start Menu
Gear Icon


3. Control Panel


4.  Manage Known Networks

  

5. Wifi Network Properties




6. Metered Connection Switch


But you still need Windows updates else the ramsonware guys will get you right?

No problem.

Twice a month or so, turn the metered connection to off and make sure you have plenty of bundles then  go to the Control Panel and select "Updates & Security" then  "Download"


Download Button


Now you are relatively safe from the fat guy in the basement cooking up ransomware and other warez.


The Messiah is coming. Make sure you prepare.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Install RIOT Plugin for GIMP

How to Install RIOT Plugin for GIMP:: Since this article was first written a stand-alone version of RIOT has been made available Download the plugin from  http://luci.criosweb.ro/riot/download/Select the download link titled "RIOT as plug-in for other applications"   Launch the Riot-plugin.exe file by double clicking.The installer installs all the files including Riot.exe, Riot.dll, and FreeImage.dll in the location where you installed GIMP  If GIMP is open, close it and re-launch it.To optimise an image, open it then save with menu File->Save for web with RIOT  You can set the target file size by selecting "Compress to size" button  on bottom right corner of optimised image pane and providing the size in kilobytes. Alternatively you can use a slider provided to allow you to change the quality while showing you a preview of the resulting image.


Enjoy.

How to Install Packet Tracer 6.0.1 for Linux

This article is intended to help me remember the installation process for Cisco Packet Tracer 6 details of which seems to be hard to come by on the web.

1. Log in in to your Cisco Netspace account. Yes, you need to be logged in.
2. The "Download PT 6.0.1" link on is on the NetSpace home page.
3. Click this "Cisco Packet Tracer" link shown below the folder icon as shown in the figure below:

4. Select Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1
5. Select download location.
6. After completion of download, use your file manager to open that folder and rename the file to something such as "CPT6". It is a shell script so no file extension is required.
7. Change the file permissions to executable using command: sudo chmod 777 CPT6from a terminal window opened in the download directory. This assumes your downloaded file is renamed CPT6
8. Launch the file with command: ./CPT6 from the terminal window. You will get the message:

Self extracting archive...

Welcome to Packet Tracer 6.0…

Connecting USB 3G Modem to Safaricom in Linux Mint

This particular modem is a ZTE HSUPA MF637U modem. Click on images to see enlarged view. Let's get started:
OS is Linux Mint version 15. Yours may be older or newer.Plug in the modem to a free USB port and check that it recognises the modem as a drive in the File Manager whose icon is shown below third from left and the File Manager view is also shown with the modem listed as the "MODEM-SDSK" drive: Fig. 1. Linux Mint Desktop Panel

Fig 2. Linux Mint File Manager view showing listed drives at left and Application Manu at top. Click on image to see enlarged view.















3. Go to the Applications Menu shown in Fig. 2 and select Settings>Network Connections


Fig. 3. Network Connections dialogue. Click on image to see enlarged view.










4.  Select Add > Mobile Broadband then click  "Create"
5. Follow the wizard to select the device, country, billing plan, service provider and deafult settings.

Fig. 4. Safaricom default settings in Linux Mint. Click on image to see enlar…