Yearly Archives: 2007

Improving your wireless Network

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I’ve been struggling just lately to get a reliable wireless signal on my laptop when I’m at work.The problem stems from the fact that Refresh Cartridges is run from a 1920′s building and as such broadcasting a network around the building is next to impossible.If the building were modern day in design then the walls and floors would be practically made of cardboard and in this instance I probably wouldn’t have a problem.

I came across some helpful tips online the other day which can noticeably improve the wireless signal which you can expect to get in your home.Whilst most of them are fairly obvious there are a few that you may not have thought off and with many users now having wireless networks in the home these tips are definitely worth consideration.

Location

Fairly obvious this one; if you can possibly position your router in the middle of your Read the rest

CyberBullying

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A few days ago I watched the Tonight program on ITV, as I thought that the subject that they were covering might make for an interesting Click article this week.The subject in question was the new evil that has come to be known as ‘CyberBullying’ which involves individuals filming attacks, and then posting them on to video sharing sites such as Youtube for others to watch and take enjoyment from.

I personally can’t imagine the kind of individual that obtains pleasure from watching such videos and of course, I do agree that something needs to be done however as I sat and watched I couldn’t fail to be amazed how, in true Tonight style, the situation had been overblown to epic proportions.If you were watching this program uninformed you would come to the natural conclusion that all school kids do nowadays is go in to school with a camera phone, Read the rest

Web 2.0

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Possibly one of the most useless phrase that’s currently doing the rounds is ‘Web 2.0′.I call it useless as the term implies that there is a new version of the World Wide Web available, and that us fools left using the old Web 1.0 should probably catch on and make the switch; fortunately this isn’t the case.

The term was coined by O’Reilly Media 2.0 back in 2003, and was popularised by the first Web 2.0 convention in 2004 and then a series of successive conferences.Eventually it become adopted by the wider community however when a customer of mine asked me earlier today to define exactly what Web 2.0 meant I was stuck; hence my sudden need to write this article.

I don’t feel bad for not knowing how to define the standard as even Tim O’Reilly, the man who is credited with creating the term seems to describe it Read the rest

Google Healthcare

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Several years ago I wrote about the NHS Direct (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk) website and the assistance it could offer with regards to checking up on any medical symptoms you may experience, without the need to necessarily see a doctor.Over the past years not only has this website been extremely popular, but doctors now regularly encounter informed patients who have ‘Googled’ their symptoms before booking an appointment.Whilst there are concerns about patients developing hypochondria or misdiagnosing themselves, few can argue that this kind of access to medical information isn’t a good thing.It seems therefore fitting that just recently that two of the biggest technology companies, Google and Microsoft appear to be in a position where they can make a significant impact on the healthcare sector.

To take matters one at a time, Google has recently invested in the genetic profiling company ’23 and me’ which is a privately held biotechnology company, Read the rest

Energy Saving

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After receiving a fairly shocking electricity and gas bill, I have all of a sudden become interested in energy saving; it’s funny how often the most efficient way of making a man listen is through his wallet.

The main thing to remember about energy saving is that it isn’t actually difficult; the challenge comes in identifying how you can best achieve savings and then working out how to implement them.Pretty much all the advice you’ll ever receive when it comes to energy saving is common sense but that said there are some things that you simply wouldn’t usually think of unless they’re suggested.

The rather amusingly entitled report ‘The Ampere Strikes Back’. was recently released by the Energy Saving Trust fund which suggested that by the year 2020, home entertainment and computer technology will account for a massive 45% of all household electricity used.To put it another way, this means Read the rest

HDTV

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In the news this week I read that freeview television has just overtaken Sky when it comes to the number of subscribers in the UK. This isn’t exactly shocking news considering many new TV’s now come with freeview boxes installed, but it did get me thinking about where things were heading.

Personally, I’m pleased to have a reminder that the masses are finally moving away from the traditional four or five channel analogue system by investing in freeview boxes.I am still shocked,however, by the number of people actively complaining about the analogue switch off that will be occurring gradually across the UK from next year until 2012.

The argument pretty much comes down to a price point as these people argue that they just can’t afford to invest in a freeview box so the government should keep analogue TV online switched on.This,in my mind, is pretty short-sighted especially when you Read the rest

AC Networking

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Home networking has experienced a massive growth just recently as it is becomes much more common for households to own more than one computer.For those that own several machines the advantages of connecting them together in the form of a network are obvious; you can share yours files, printer and Internet connection with others in the house quickly and easily.

Ideally two computers in two different rooms would be connected by Ethernet networking cable but this isn’t ideal for those who don’t want the hassle of laying new cabling around their house.Until just recently the only option available was to set up a wireless network but these can be slightly limiting.A wireless network, for example, can be drastically affected by the presence of solid obstacles; if you put a couple of hefty walls or floors in the way of the wireless signal you may find that the speed drops or Read the rest

BlueJacking and BlueSnarfing

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One of the guys who works for the computer repair company in one of the offices above Refresh suggested that perhaps I should do an article on the mysterious world of Bluejacking and BlueSnarfing.The motive behind this suggestion was that whilst in a pub last night someone tried to compromise his mobile phone handset; we both agreed this was a danger Click readers should be made aware of.

Bluetooth is a fantastic technology and one of its many applications allows modern day mobile phone handsets to communicate wirelessly and exchange data with each other.Although the technology currently has a theoretical maximum range of up to 100m, it is worth noting that when built into a mobile phone the two devices realistically have to be in the same room to communicate with one another.

The applications for Bluetooth are numerous - one of the most useful and practical use for the Read the rest

Spam

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‘Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Lovely spam!Wonderful spam!Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam.Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Spam spam spam spam!’

Before I’m accused of losing it, could anybody reading the above that’s not aware of the Spam Song sketch, please look it up on YouTube immediately.I have to admit that I’ve dipped back in time to the era of Monty Python but it seemed somewhat relevant this week when I heard the news that a man dubbed the ‘spam king’ is to be tried by a Seattle court.

Robert Soloway has been responsible for sending billions of unsolicited junk e-mails (spam) worldwide since starting his illicit empire which funding a life of luxury including a water front apartment in Seattle and a top of the range Mercedes Benz.

It is almost certain that anyone reading this article has received an unwanted e-mail from Mr Soloway in the past Read the rest

Google Checkout

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One of the most interesting and possibly generous offers in the history of the Internet has recently been extended by Google to promote its new Google checkout service, and since the offer is only on for the next ten days or so I thought I should probably let you know in time to take advantage of it.

Google Checkout has recently been designed to act as a third party between retailers and their customers on the Internet.Such a service looks like it could prove very popular now that many are cautious of giving Internet sites their card details.The idea is that instead of giving out your card number when shopping on a website, you instead add your items to the shopping basket in the normal way, and then when you’re ready to pay you get transferred to the Google Checkout site.You sign in to your account using your e-mail address Read the rest

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