NEW LINUX TOOL!! df vs duf

So recently I switched to using a Linux laptop (which I will talk about at a later date). But while I have been working on trying to acclimate to using Linux, one of the things I have never been able to figure out is how to see how much space I am using.

When you google “how to see used disk space in Linux” you will undoubtedly be sent to a blog post or tech article on how to use the df command. For those of you wondering what that looks like here is what I get on my laptop:

Now I don’t know about you, but I have no idea what I am looking at here. From what I can tell I am using 13% on my / volume.

Enter duf. duf is a linux application that you can download from your favorite linux application repository.

In my case I ran the following command to install it

sudo apt-get install duf

Once you get duf installed you can run the command by just typing duf.

As you can see you can read this so much better than using the simple df command.

I hope you found this post interesting and helpful. Please make sure you share this with your friends. Remember Knowledge is Power!

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Need help resizing your Hard drive?! AOMEI Partition Assistant to the rescue.

I was asked to assist with a SSD replacement for a drive that was starting to degrade. I started off by using CloneZilla to backup the drive but de to the degradation of the 90 GB SSD I was not able to complete the backup to my drive. In order to get around this issue I was able to use the Windows backup utility to create a disk image (which for some reason worked) an then restore the image to a new 1 TB drive.

At that point I thought I was made in the shade. Until I realized that I was not able to expand the C:\ Partition as there was another partition at the end of the disk. Windows Disk Manager would not allow me to move partitions (thanks Microsoft!) so I had to look for a third party solution to help. I came across AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard which said it would do the trick.

For the purpose of this exercise I went with the freeware download as I was only going to need to do this once and the Freeware edition should have been able to do what I needed. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

I installed it on the computer and from there I was able to not only move the partition on the disk, but I was able to expand the C:\ from 90 GB to 990 GB all at the same time. After submitting the job, it asks for a reboot which took a while but once the computer came back up it was working great!.

If you are ever in this situation you should totally check these guys out as they are now going to be a staple in my tool kit for the foreseeable future.


The Best Laptop you never heard of – The Motile Laptop 14″ from Walmart.

A couple of months ago I was watching a Linus Tech Tips video about the Motile 14″ Laptop that was only $250 on After watching the video a few times I thought to myself I have to give this a shot.

I spoke with my wife about it and due to all the technical issues we ran into with COVID-19 and “remote learning” we decided we needed to upgrade our kid’s laptops. By this point my son and youngest daughter were using 15 year old laptops that I had laying around and were still working. You got to love the old Dell Latitude D630 and Inspiron M500 models. I went to and placed and order for a silver one for my wife and I to play with. By the time we placed our order the laptop was about $329, which is still a really good deal and I will explain why below. It comes in 3 color which are Black, Silver, and Rose Gold (which is next to impossible to get).

I ordered the laptop on a Sunday and the laptop was on my doorstep by Tuesday. I was impressed with the speed in which this laptop was delivered.

Now for the moment you have been waiting for, details about the Motile laptop. The computer is a metal clam shell design (which is very uncommon for a budget laptop) the keyboard deck is very sturdy and there is very little flex. Powering on the laptop you have the option for the Microsoft Hello Face Unlock which is a surprise considering I have a few flagship laptops that are only a year old that don’t have this ability. It is super lightweight and my wife has commented that it is lighter than her Surface Go. It also comes with a full version of Windows 10, which is contrary to other budget laptops which are usually running Windows S (which has limited functionality). This is thanks to the fact that the the Motile 14″ has an AMD Ryzen 3 processor. With the average Chromebook costing between $250 – $400, why not save your money and get a full blown computer that will out perform a Chromebook.

If you are brave enough to open the laptop up, you will find that the memory (RAM) is up-gradable from 4 GB (which is great for most users) to 16 GB (theoretically….. WOAH) and the M.2 SSD is not only replaceable, but there is a second M.2 slot so you can add a higher capacity drive! This is not normal for a budget laptop like this one is supposed to be. Heck, almost every laptop these days <cough> Apple <cough> integrate (solder onto the board) Memory and Storage, and they don’t allow you to add additional storage at all.

Like I mentioned earlier, this laptop is a great choice for remote learning in a COVID world, but it could easily be upgraded to become a pretty capable daily driver for even the most discerning power user.


We are growing!!

Today we have added another World Class Z Wave manufacturer. It is truly amazing to see how much potential we have and how bright the future is looking.


Hello world!

Here’s to a new start, on a new platform. This is the first time I will have have gone public with this site. For those of you who used to follow me on, Welcome back! I look forward to exploring many different Facets of IT and Home Automation and recently I have taken up Python and working with the latest version of

Check back soon for more updates!


Outlook for Mac user unable to see shared Calendars

One of my users came to me with an issue regarding his Outlook for Mac Client. He said he was able to see a persons calendar but when he opened them up they were blank.

Most of our users are using Outlook 2013 on either Windows 7/8/10 and are not having this issue. After about an hour of searching online and digging through message boards I discovered that someone has suggested changing the permissions that the user is granting to Full Details. The default setting is Availability only.

Although this is not something I discovered on my own I figured I would share it anyway as it may help someone down the line.


After a small hiatus…..

I have been out of the game for a little while trying to sharpen my skills and keep up with things going on in my life.
We have a several very large projects as work that am proud to say I am working on. Although the information is confidential it should hopefully give me some more material for this blog.
I recently took the Riverbed WAN 200 class and became certified as  RCSA – WAN Optimization. I will be working on getting my second certification in the next month or so and then I will be dedicating all my time to getting my VCAP-DCV.