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5 hours ago
You’re going to be hearing a lot in the near future about mesh networking (also known as whole-home Wi-Fi or surround Wi-Fi). Like the current political situation in the US, you’re going to be alternately enhanced and confused by what companies claim to be offering with these systems, so listen up. Whole home Wi-Fi is simple (sometimes too simple) and easily explained, but what it might or might...
1 month ago
Things change so quickly in the tech space that even professionals sometimes find themselves stymied by the incessant and confusing terminology surrounding certain protocols. I remember the days of 8-track tapes, but I also remember when tapes were surpassed by CDs, and CDs were surpassed by MP3s, and now how MP3s are being taken over by streaming music sources. Thinking back on those days, I was...
1 month ago
There are a few things I wish I had in college that would have made life a little easier to handle. Gadgets and gizmos aplenty, as Ariel crooned, and whozits and whatsits galore. Actually, I’ve braided my hair with a fork, so I’m with you, sister. But if I had some of the items from this list of gadgets, I would probably have enjoyed life a little more back then (and honestly, probably failed...
1 month ago
Buying a laptop is always a chore—there’s so much research that goes into it, and you have to customize your search according to what you’re needs are, while considering the life span of your laptop. Laptops go out of style faster than a pre-teen’s vocabulary. Get it? I’m old. At least thirty. Ancient by today’s standards. So what’s the best way to start the process? Let’s begin at the beginning...
3 months ago
Apple fans wait all year for the WWDC event, where Apple traditionally rolls out the latest and greatest from the big brain set in Cupertino, California. With 5,000 attendees for the sold out event from over 74 countries, and 13 million developers (with two million added in the last year alone), this is the 27th year for the Apple WWDC, and they did not disappoint, talking about the Mac, iPhone,...
3 months ago
You know what I hate? That’s right, Facebook status updates that begin with “I believe…” I also hate waiting in line, tight shoes, and people who respond to a question with a question. But what really grinds my millet is dropping money on an electronic item, something on which I am going to be viewing and listening to large amounts of data, only to discover that it is limited by stingy onboard...
4 months ago
Virtual reality this and virtual reality that—everyone is throwing around the term virtual reality and VR as if they expect prosumers to know exactly what it means. But the reality of virtual reality is that VR is more than just a futuristic-looking headset and some catchy graphics. The work behind the scenes when creating VR content involves powerful computers, professional, specialized rigs,...
4 months ago
I hate dirty things. Dirty dishes—hate ’em. Dirty laundry? Ewww. Dirty politicians? Have you ever heard of clean politicians? But there’s some dirt you can take care of and, for that, there’s no excuse but to clean it up. But cleaning dirty electronics is a completely different ballgame. You invest a lot of money in your smartphones, tablets, and TVs—cleaning them is sometimes as tricky as a...
4 months ago
Pssst. Hey buddy. No, you. Yeah, you. I hear you need a surveillance system. Just so happens, I got a surveillance system for you. But these are stripped down. They need hard drives. Surveillance system without a hard drive? That’s like buying a car with no engine. You’ve got to have hard drives. You’ve got to have storage. Buying a surveillance system doesn’t have to be a shady deal, as long as...
5 months ago
Yeah, I know—here’s your first answer. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. In today’s micro-miniaturized, office-space-at-a-premium fast-paced collaborative workspace, office managers and creative personnel are always looking for a way to integrate, multi-task, and share information. It’s what the Internet was created for. One way to do that is to minimize large-footprint equipment like TVs...
5 months ago
We could always use a little extra. Some extra money, some extra time—a little extra dessert never hurt anyone. But extras cost, well… extra, and we learn to make do with what we have. But what if...
5 months ago
In all honesty, if you’re reading this, you’re probably curious to know what a fibre channel network is and what it does. The reason I suggest this is because if you are already running a fibre channel network, you probably don’t need a primer. But if you’re thinking about adding a FC network, you may want to start with these four basic tidbits. First of all, what is a fibre channel network?...
7 months ago
Think about your computer for a minute. No, really. Think about it. You’re staring into the screen right now, letting your left and right brain fight their internal and infinite battle for dominance, while your eyes process the millions of colors available to your brain, and try to sort out the color red from the color magenta, while also deciding if the dress you’re viewing is blue or white....
8 months ago
Videoconferencing: Nothing brings a grimace to the faces of office managers worldwide faster than the thought of setting up videoconferences. It brings to mind images of tortuous wiring configurations, masochistic software controls, and intermittently effective audio devices. If you’ve had a videoconference go sour on you, you know the scenario—what should have been an austere and professional...
8 months ago
These days it’s hard to get excited about printers. Everyone offers them, usually as a companion purchase to a desktop or laptop. They’ve basically become giveaways, door prizes, and very few people invest in them because they are as ubiquitous in your home as your router. They seem like a safe bet at such a cheap price. That is, until you realize how much you’re spending on ink. I bought a cheap...

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