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Windows Key Shortcut List

08.04.2009 (7:20 pm) – Filed under: How To Guides

Microsoft Windows KeyEver wanted to use the keyboard like a real computer pro? Microsoft based keyboards have a built in Windows Key, that allows users in Windows to do many useful tricks all with the touch of a keystroke. Even for dedicated geeks, some of these keyboard shortcuts might be new shortcuts to add to your list of tricks. more »

Ports required for Active Directory

06.04.2009 (6:44 pm) – Filed under: How To Guides

During a recent Active Directory implementation project, I went through the hassle of finding out which ports are needed to allow proper AD traffic to pass through a firewall. There are a few lists out there, but none of them totally conclusive. While I am not giving an absolute guarantee, my list started small opening a bare minimum of ports, and then through monitoring what requests were being blocked by the firewall, one by one opened up a few additional ports. Eventually we found what we needed and had no more blocked requests getting caught by the firewall. more »

Home Wireless Networking: Router Placement Guide

28.02.2009 (6:51 pm) – Filed under: How To Guides

Using wireless in your home is as easy as going out to a store, buying a wireless router, and hooking it in to your internet providers connection. However, a careless approach can backfire and lead to both slower connections, or dead zones in the house that could be easily remedied with the careful selection of the placement of one’s wireless router. more »

The Spread of Information: Recovery.gov

19.02.2009 (12:13 pm) – Filed under: Geek Blog

artrecoverygov1 The Spread of Information: Recovery.govWith great fanfare the much touted and discussed bailout has passed through the United States Congress. Despite the calls for bi-partisanship this measure was passed almost entirely on party lines. A shame that highlights a deep rooted problem in the United States, but that is a discussion for another time. Rather I want to talk about the innovation that President Obama is pushing, in terms of unifying government and technology to help spread information and allow people to see directly how their government works. more »

Greenbox Spotlight

17.02.2009 (3:43 pm) – Filed under: Reviews

greenbox hor color Greenbox SpotlightThere is a new technology when it comes to our energy systems; it is called The Greenbox Technology. What the company is doing is creating a one of a kind interactive energy management system that will allow all homes to be able to save money as well as lower their carbon footprint. With energy costs rising and global warming a reality, we need to do out part to help ensure the energy needs of the people in the world. more »

Verizon Hub Phone Spotlight

17.02.2009 (3:21 pm) – Filed under: Reviews

verizonhub 300x183 Verizon Hub Phone SpotlightEver wondered if you could take all the best features of your cell phone, and the reliable low cost benefits of a landline and roll them all into one? Wonder no longer, Verizon’s new Hub Phone is finally going to be seeing the light of day and will soon find itself integrated into home networks and communications systems. more »

P3 Kill A Watt Review

16.02.2009 (3:49 pm) – Filed under: Reviews

kill a watt meter 183x300 P3 Kill A Watt ReviewTimes are tough and our electric bills are outstanding. What can we do to lower the monthly cost of the electric bill? Some people turn off everything they can in hopes of seeing just a small drop in their electric bills the following month. We never really take into account how much each electrical product in out home gives off.

For example, electric companies base their calculation on wattage and price of per kilowatt. So why not test the items in your home and see how much your bills may be. In order to do this you will need a P3 Kill A Watt Electricity Load Meter and Monitor. more »

Roses Are #FF0000

14.02.2009 (10:48 am) – Filed under: Geek Blog

roses are #FF0000
violets are #0000FF
all my base
are belong to you
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HP Deskjet D1530 Review

13.02.2009 (9:36 am) – Filed under: Reviews

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Hewlett-Packard’s Deskjet D1530, is a low end personal printer that often gets bundled with their Slimline series of products. Despite being on the lower scale of home printers currently available for people who do not print too often and need a quick easy solution the D1530 is a decent fit. This would not however be a good printer for either someone who prints a lot, or needs a rich set of features. more »

Linksys WMP300N Wireless Adapter Review

12.02.2009 (5:52 pm) – Filed under: Reviews

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The Linksys WMP300N is an internal PCI wireless card for a desktop computer. Designed to provide high speed wireless access to your desktop, this card boasts an external antenna that can be placed anywhere around your computer to help maximize the signal reception to your computer. As part of the current draft Wireless N standard, this card takes advantage of the latest wireless technology, Multiple Input Multiple Output or MIMO. With the MIMO technology, this generation of wireless can achieve speeds more than doubling the current rates found with Wireless G. However, it is also backwards compatible with Wireless G allowing you to receive and maximize on connections from an older router better than with a Wireless G alternative. more »