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10 Tips To Shopping For Printers
$Consider the printer’s DPI (dots per inch) capability, which is the resolution at which it can print photos and documents. The higher DPI (dots per inch) you have, the better quality you will have in either text or photo printouts.
How To Get More Networking Equipment For Your Dollar
If your computer network keeps expanding and the associated networking equipment costs keep increasing, you might want to consider buying equipment in the secondary market. This is a place where you can purchase used or unused brand name equipment; such as, servers, routers, LAN switches and more at substantial savings. Savings of 50-70% of list price are not unusual.
You Aren't Your Technology!
Last night, while I was scribbling some notes at Starbucks, a guy sauntered in, wearing a two or three day old beard, slid his backpack from his shoulder onto the long table normally reserved for physically challenged folks.
Wireless Network Trouble Shooting: Hidden Wireless Secrets Revealed
Do you always notice your wireless adapter is always dropping and reconnecting to your wireless network. If you don’t know what I mean just watch the balloon in the bottom right hand corner of you windows Xp task bar. Your wireless adapter should stay connected and that’s it if you are constantly connecting and reconnecting then you have problems.
LINKSYS WAP54G Wireless Access Point: Love Them and Hate Them
I have installed the WAP54G wireless access point since its release and found it a great access point to work with. I have installed the WAP54G wireless access point in small offices, large warehouses, schools and office buildings. Companies like the WAP54 so much because first it’s cheap and second it’s cheap.If you have the money you will always want to purchase enterprise class wireless access points. They are sturdier and have many more power and antenna features that the WPA54G ...
How to Backup Your Business Data Properly
Business data is perhaps the most important data that exists on computers, and can literally destroy some businesses that rely on their data. This is why every business needs to do weekly, or daily, backups of their data. But with so many backup choices, a business owner can feel frustrated and worried about their choice. See, some backup methods are more reliable then others, but others are more convenient then the reliable ones. If you are a business owner, you want a backup solution that ...
Defragging: What is It and Why Should I Care?
You've probably heard the word "defrag" before when talking to your resident
computer nut. If you ask 5 different technology whizzes about it, you'll probably
get 5 different answers about its effectiveness.
How to Upgrade Your Video Graphics Card
The video card that is inside of your computer is responsible for what you are seeing on your monitor right now and how good your PC games play. Video cards, also known as graphic cards, can come pre-built into your motherboard or can be an actual card that fits securely into a slot on your motherboard. Either way, your video card is very important, and becomes more important as graphics become more demanding.
Wireless Home Networking: 20 Things Not to Do When Setting up Your Wireless Network
1. Do not name your SSID your last name or first name 2. Do not have your pass phrase your last name of first name3. Don’t leave your wireless channel at six, change it to 2 or 114. Don’t leave your wireless network open enable some sort of encryption5. Place your wireless router in the middle of your home not next to a wall6. Don’t place your wireless router next to large heavy objects7. Configure your laptop not to automatically connect to a wireless ...
The PSU Factor: The Forgotten Component
Lately, more focus on a performing computer system has been on one component which has been overlooked for several years: the Power Supply Unit. The PSU has been discussed to some extent in the past, however with new graphics cards, processors, and memory which require a much more stable power current flowing through them, the PSU is now becoming more of a central factor into the creation of computer systems.
Computer Networking Fundamentals
A computer network is a collection of two or more computers with communication between them through a medium. The communication medium can be through radio waves, wires, infrared, optical fibers etc.
Power of the Unix 'for' Loop
If you are a programmer or engineer working in a unix or linux environment, you will probably find the shell 'for' loop to be a handy tool for automating command line tasks.
Choosing a Video Card: PCI-Express or AGP?
What is PCI-Express and AGP? There are two ways to connect a graphics card to a motherboard, either via an AGP or PCI Express slot located on your motherboard. A motherboard only supports one of these slots, so if you’re looking for a new video card make sure you’re aware of whether your motherboard supports AGP, or PCI-Express.AGP has been the standard for a long time now, but it is old technology. Its days are almost over, and it’s only a matter of time until ...
RFID, Its Implications And How To Defeat
Imagine a future in which your every belonging is marked with a unique number identifiable with the swipe of a scanner, where the location of your car is always pinpoint-able and where signal-emitting microchips storing personal information are implanted beneath your skin or embedded in your inner organs.
How to Build a WiMAX Network
Overview The latest technology buzz is WiMAX wireless networks. We have heard many things about this wonderful new long haul wireless technology that it almost seems as though you are just a phone call away from having yours' designed and installed. Well before you start assuming things like we all do, we thought as engineers and network architects we would share personal experiences and the experiences of colleagues from around the world, in a manner that is direct, ...
Understanding The DVD Drive
The CD was first introduced into the world by Phillips and the Sony corporation and was to replace the LP.It started rather badly butin 1995 there was a standard being set for the dvd
How To Resolve Cable, DSL, and Dialup Modem Problems
When it comes to diagnosing the modem and any other computer problem,always start with the most obvious first.Modem problems may be repaired as fast as re-booting the computer or can be as complex as resolving hardware conflicts.
Tips for Designing ZigBee Applications
So you think you want to develop a ZigBee application, but you have some questions. What’s important in a ZigBee development? What tools do I need? What steps are involved? How much time will it take? What kind of investment is required? What are the unforeseen questions?
Speeding Up Your PC For Free
My mother-in-law is not very good with technology. She understands that computers run the government and that the Internet is great for purchasing figurines on eBay, but that's about it. Like all tech-proficient son-in-laws before me, I am often my in-law’s foil for computer questions and repair. So, when she came to me demanding that I make her 1996 PC run faster, I knew she wanted me to use all my skills and computer super-powers to forcefully evolve her computer into the new ...
Data Loss - The 7 Most Common Symptoms of a Failed Hard Drive
If your hard drive is clicking or making grinding noises, you are experiencing system blue screens or system freezes, an error message greets you with ‘drive not formatted’ or ‘operating system not found’, or lastly you are in a never ending loop of computer reboots…there is a very good chance one or more of your hard drives have failed. Below are the 7 most common signs you have lost a hard drive.
Backup and Recovery for Smaller Organisations--How to Build an Effective Data Backup Strategy
There are many factors which will potentially determine your best data backup strategy. Regardless of your companies size the thought process should be the same. The main factors to take into account are the amount of data being backed up, how quickly you need to backup and more importantly, how quickly you need to restore and the final factor will be the best data medium for you.
How To Properly Troubleshoot Video Display Problems
Troubleshoot Video Cards
When you have problems with your video display,it can be something as simple as having the brightness turned down to a bad controller on the motherboard.If you have not done,first learn to identify the components of the video display system.
Make a Linux Home Data Server of an Old PC
So, you've got an old computer, and you don't know what to do with it. Sure, it can't play new video games, maybe can't run the latest and greatest software, don't fret, it's not totally worthless. Converting your old computer in to a home data server opens a range of possibilities, and a range of new things you can do with your computer(s) and the network.
Cooling Problems: A Five Step Approach
Is your computer a monster? Is it a fire-breathing dragon that can go howling through the latest games, the most intense video, and the heaviest of heavy duty number crunching?
Learn How To Repair Your Hard Drive Problems Fast
Since computer users are human, the user can be the primary cause of computer failure. And we operators of our computers are in most cases but that, we operate the computer but know very little concerning software and hardware components and peripherals.
How To Recognize And Repair PC Mouse Problems
The Motherboard is the largest component in your PC and the Central Processing Unit is its brain. But when your input devices go on the blink, you're shut down for awhile. When Computer Mice problems come, we don't panic as fast when we cannot access our hard drive.
How To Properly Install A New Motherboard
The motherboard is the most expensive computer component so be sure to treat and handle it with great care.There are a few things you should do to ensure no motherboard damage occur as you prepare for the installation.