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By JIM COATES and JIM COATES,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 3, 2006
I work on an IBM PC, and my husband works on a Dell laptop via a wireless Internet connection. Both use a Linksys 2.4 gHz (802.11b) wireless broadband router for Web access. We connect to the Internet via a cable modem, and our Internet service provider is AOL. He has gotten messages that his signal strength is going from good to low to excellent to low, all in a matter of seconds. He is unable to connect to his office e-mail server, download files or navigate through AOL when this is happening.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | January 17, 2008
A recent column ... on the advent of digi- tal television made me wonder what the switch to digital radio will mean to me. As I understand it, this will become a reality in the coming months. Does it mean that the old AM/FM radio I have had for years is kaput? - S. Beckner There's a big difference between the approach of digital television and the move toward digital radio. In the case of television, the switch to digital transmissions in 2009 is required by the Federal Communications Commission.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | December 6, 2007
My wife thinks it is perfectly OK to leave her computer on all day and all night. We are behind a router, but is it safe to leave her computer on and connected like that? -- Mike Higgins There are two answers here. (How's that for being a politician? I'm going to tell you -- in essence -- that both of you are right.) 1. The computer is less safe than if it was turned off (or disconnected from the Internet connection). 2. The computer -- if it has a good firewall and is behind a router (as yours is)
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By Erica Schoenberger | December 23, 2007
It seemed reasonable. My friend said, "It's easy. You just go to Radio Shack, buy a router, plug it in, and you're wireless." I did this. Yet I was not wireless. Now I could not get to the Internet at all. Luckily, there was a phone number for tech support on the box. The people at tech support are wonderfully kind and saintlike in their patience. It beats me how they know what is happening on my computer screen 10,000 miles away, but they do. It's a Mystery. We have to accept it. It turns out I was a bit of a Mystery to them, too, and I spent several hours on the phone with a lovely woman in Chennai named Maya.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2002
Linksys Etherfast Router easily forms high-speed network The Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router with a 4 Port Switch ($100) for both Macs and PCs (Windows 98 or later) is an easy-to-install solution if you want several computers to use a single cable or DSL modem for high-speed Internet connections. To use the Internet and network your computers, you will need Ethernet cards in each computer and cables to connect to the router. Networking your Windows computers so that they share files and printers might require extra work on your part with the Windows OS. I found Windows XP to be a little daunting but called Microsoft technicians who were great help.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2001
Linksys router simplifies sharing over the Internet A DSL or cable connection to the Internet is fast, always on and can be shared between two or more computers. Sharing is not automatic, though, but it can be simplified with an external piece of hardware such as the EtherFast Cable/DSL & Voice Router from Linksys. This $200 broadband router works much like a network hub. As many as four computers can be connected, allowing multiplayer games and the sharing of resources such as files and printers.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,Atlanta Journal Constitution | October 25, 2007
Are registry cleaners a good idea? I have considered downloading one but have heard both pro and con. What is your opinion? -John Daum I like CCleaner, an easy-to-use and efficient registry cleaner. It can be downloaded at www.ccleaner.com, and it's free. However, I think programs like this are often overused. In the case of CCleaner, that will do no harm, but it could be a waste of time. In the case of some other registry cleaners, you can cause more problems than you fix. I've seen some that are so eager to report a large number of problems found that they end up fixing things that aren't broken.
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By Erica Schoenberger | December 23, 2007
It seemed reasonable. My friend said, "It's easy. You just go to Radio Shack, buy a router, plug it in, and you're wireless." I did this. Yet I was not wireless. Now I could not get to the Internet at all. Luckily, there was a phone number for tech support on the box. The people at tech support are wonderfully kind and saintlike in their patience. It beats me how they know what is happening on my computer screen 10,000 miles away, but they do. It's a Mystery. We have to accept it. It turns out I was a bit of a Mystery to them, too, and I spent several hours on the phone with a lovely woman in Chennai named Maya.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MICHAEL JAMES | December 25, 2000
I admit it - I like to figure out how to make gadgets work. It's like a puzzle coming together, or a game that challenges me to beat the odds. So I took on the most elaborate networking project we tried. I had no previous networking experience, and I had to figure out what a "router" was, how a "phone line bridge" worked, and what "frequency hopping spread spectrum" meant. You don't necessarily have to do that - it's just that I like to tweak things to the max. It took me 25 hours over two weeks to get everything working just right.
BUSINESS
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | January 6, 2001
In a tiny room in a Baltimore office building sits the skeleton of what will soon be racks of computer equipment - devices a New York company plans to use to connect many of the region's buildings to the Internet this year. "By year's end, we would like to have 120 to 150 buildings under contract," said Thomas O'Neil, a vice president and general manager at IntelliSpace Inc. IntelliSpace provides Internet access to commercial buildings. The company, with headquarters in New York, also has offices in Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | December 6, 2007
My wife thinks it is perfectly OK to leave her computer on all day and all night. We are behind a router, but is it safe to leave her computer on and connected like that? -- Mike Higgins There are two answers here. (How's that for being a politician? I'm going to tell you -- in essence -- that both of you are right.) 1. The computer is less safe than if it was turned off (or disconnected from the Internet connection). 2. The computer -- if it has a good firewall and is behind a router (as yours is)
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,Atlanta Journal Constitution | October 25, 2007
Are registry cleaners a good idea? I have considered downloading one but have heard both pro and con. What is your opinion? -John Daum I like CCleaner, an easy-to-use and efficient registry cleaner. It can be downloaded at www.ccleaner.com, and it's free. However, I think programs like this are often overused. In the case of CCleaner, that will do no harm, but it could be a waste of time. In the case of some other registry cleaners, you can cause more problems than you fix. I've seen some that are so eager to report a large number of problems found that they end up fixing things that aren't broken.
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By Andrew D. Smith and Andrew D. Smith,The Dallas Morning News | May 24, 2007
DALLAS -- Open your laptop computer in any airport, hotel or coffee shop, and you'll often find unsecured Wi-Fi networks available for free browsing. Although these innocent-sounding offerings - Anytown Municipal Wi-Fi, Karen's Home Router - generally offer safe harbor, they sometimes serve as bait for hackers, identity thieves and other bad guys. Neither the FBI nor anyone else can quantify Wi-Fi fraud. Thieves rarely get caught. Victims seldom know enough to report the crime. But with suspicious networks everywhere and wireless security much in the news, security experts advise caution.
BUSINESS
By JIM COATES and JIM COATES,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 3, 2006
I work on an IBM PC, and my husband works on a Dell laptop via a wireless Internet connection. Both use a Linksys 2.4 gHz (802.11b) wireless broadband router for Web access. We connect to the Internet via a cable modem, and our Internet service provider is AOL. He has gotten messages that his signal strength is going from good to low to excellent to low, all in a matter of seconds. He is unable to connect to his office e-mail server, download files or navigate through AOL when this is happening.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Himowitz | August 12, 2004
ONCE UPON a time, I could devote most of my column inches to the cool things people can do with computers. Today, I spend too much time telling people how to defend their PCs against online muggers. "Sometimes I think you've turned into a police reporter," a longtime colleague joked. Two recent columns about spyware, for example, brought a barrage of additional questions about Internet security - and a surprising number about routers and firewalls. Routers and firewalls are basic online bodyguards, and if you have a broadband connection, you should use both.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MIKE HIMOWITZ | April 10, 2003
THE 1964 WORLD'S Fair was one of the great technology showcases of the 20th century, and one of its most popular gee-whiz attractions was the AT&T Picturephone. Like millions of others who paraded through the exhibit, I sat in a booth in front of a gadget that combined a TV screen and camera and saw a video image of a friend in another booth while we talked on the phone. It was amazing - just like The Jetsons. AT&T assured us that Picturephones for everyone were just around the corner, and after four decades of technical progress, that's where they remain today.
BUSINESS
By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | January 17, 2008
A recent column ... on the advent of digi- tal television made me wonder what the switch to digital radio will mean to me. As I understand it, this will become a reality in the coming months. Does it mean that the old AM/FM radio I have had for years is kaput? - S. Beckner There's a big difference between the approach of digital television and the move toward digital radio. In the case of television, the switch to digital transmissions in 2009 is required by the Federal Communications Commission.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MIKE HIMOWITZ | April 10, 2003
THE 1964 WORLD'S Fair was one of the great technology showcases of the 20th century, and one of its most popular gee-whiz attractions was the AT&T Picturephone. Like millions of others who paraded through the exhibit, I sat in a booth in front of a gadget that combined a TV screen and camera and saw a video image of a friend in another booth while we talked on the phone. It was amazing - just like The Jetsons. AT&T assured us that Picturephones for everyone were just around the corner, and after four decades of technical progress, that's where they remain today.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2002
Linksys Etherfast Router easily forms high-speed network The Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router with a 4 Port Switch ($100) for both Macs and PCs (Windows 98 or later) is an easy-to-install solution if you want several computers to use a single cable or DSL modem for high-speed Internet connections. To use the Internet and network your computers, you will need Ethernet cards in each computer and cables to connect to the router. Networking your Windows computers so that they share files and printers might require extra work on your part with the Windows OS. I found Windows XP to be a little daunting but called Microsoft technicians who were great help.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2001
Linksys router simplifies sharing over the Internet A DSL or cable connection to the Internet is fast, always on and can be shared between two or more computers. Sharing is not automatic, though, but it can be simplified with an external piece of hardware such as the EtherFast Cable/DSL & Voice Router from Linksys. This $200 broadband router works much like a network hub. As many as four computers can be connected, allowing multiplayer games and the sharing of resources such as files and printers.
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