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Derick Payne (Rizonesoft)
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How to extend Wi-Fi coverage throughout your whole home or office

Now that Wi-Fi is becoming an integral part of just about every new piece of consumer electronics, and even many appliances, it is more important than ever to have a usable wireless network throughout your home and office — and possibly your yard. Unfortunately, the typical ISP’s simplistic model of providing a single “all-in-one” modem+router+wireless gateway for your site quickly breaks down when faced with the real-world challenges of serving larger, or sprawling, homes or apartments. This is especially true for buildings with lots of wiring in the walls, lath and plaster walls, or metallic heating or air conditioning infrastructure in the floor or ceiling. The good news is that there are several ways to solve this problem, with varying costs and complexities.

An interesting article that does not delve into the depths of how to do each one, but does give a good overview of what the different options are that can be looked at. With broadband speeds, older WiFi repeaters and range extenders are no longer cutting it.

Mesh WiFi seems to be a good choice in terms of ease of setup and functionality (apart from not usually having extra LAN ports if you buy the typical commercial offerings). Two prominent names here are Eero and Luma. Luma does appear to be quite a bit less costly for 3 devices. Another option not named in the article is Open Mesh - they have optionally cheaper devices but these do come with lower hardware specs.

See http://www.extremetech.com/computing/223211-how-to-increase-wi-fi-coverage-throughout-your-whole-home-or-office

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Feast your eyes on a van Gogh series, reimagined with Photoshop: http://bit.ly/29lZlml
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Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge

For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service” and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage…

That cost will be $7 per user per month but the good news is it only applies to enterprises, for now. The new pricing tier will be called “Windows 10 Enterprise E3” and it means Windows has finally joined Office 365 and Azure as a subscription service.

The good news is Microsoft has gone on record to say it is not being passed down to consumers at this stage.

So no surprise here but many will be wondering about what happens with their consumer edition in future. If there is no "upgrade" cost in future (Window 10 is a rolling update release) then Microsoft (based on their business model) will be looking at some way of recovering costs for keeping the OS up to date. Windows users though will have no choice as they cannot fork off Windows for their own use, and with Adobe Creative Cloud we have already seen that if the software does not "call home" every 90 days to check if it has a valid license, it stops working. Interesting times ahead (which will will not be affecting me I can say thankfully)

See http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/07/14/microsoft-confirms-windows-10-new-monthly-charge/#615502f3dfab

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Selecting a hard drive: SSD vs HDD

The choice used to be simple.... HDD was cheaper and you selected the fastest biggest one you could afford. But the turning point has now been reached with SSD drives, just like it did with CRT and LCD monitors (remember how quickly those changed). I doubt I will now ever buy another HDD drive.

Comparing SSD with HDD reliability, the speed of SSD is usually about 900% faster than 15 k HHD drives and the reliability is now almost twice that of the HDD drives.

Potts said that the return on investment on SSD is superb, as the same price is paid for the same capacity as 15 000 rpm disks, but with a 900% speed boost and the extra benefit of a much lower operating cost.

Heating and cooling is 20 to 30% less, while power usage is up to 70% less. Couple that with a seven- to nine-year drive life and this gives the SSD drives a huge advantage over HDD, according to Potts.

See http://mybroadband.co.za/news/hardware/171693-selecting-a-hard-drive-ssd-vs-hdd.html

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12 Most Useful Google Chrome Browser chrome:// Commands

Many of these commands are known but the chrome://net-internals one interests me. It is one good way of seeing exactly which DNS server is being used (if you get your DNS server from your router or modem) and you can flush out the DNS cache here when needed (if you switch DNS servers).

See http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2011/10/google-chrome-commands
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