Last updateFri, 12 Oct 2018 11am

Slow wireless? Time, perhaps, to reconfigure your network

Does your wireless internet network seem slow or unreliable?  Human nature dictates that most people answer “yes” to that question but this is simply because no matter how fast the connection may be, everyone wants more speed than what they are getting.  Studies have shown that in most home wireless installations it is common for about a third of the data transmitted wirelessly to be lost, requiring it to be retransmitted.  This automatically translates into a wireless network that is operating about one-third slower than its maximum capacity.

Search engine bias: Telling you what you want to hear

With a good friend I recently got into a heated political discussion; that seems to be the nature of most political discussions lately.  At one point I told her, “You have been spending way too much time inside your search engine bubble!”  That proved to be a fortunate segue into another subject because naturally she wanted to know “What’s a search engine bubble?”

Baffled by batteries? Here are some tips

People are often confused about batteries, and understandably so because there are many different types of batteries and each has its own different characteristics. 

The downside of a do-it-yourself approach to networking

A story, the veracity of which is sometimes questioned, is that the internet was designed and created to survive a nuclear war.  It is true that the worldwide network we know today as The Internet was designed by the engineers at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  And it is true that the communications protocols were designed to be self-correcting such that the network can often fix itself without human intervention.  And The Internet is non-hierarchical having no single control center.  So a plausible wartime scenario is that even if New York and Washington were vaporized an Army General in Omaha might still be able to send an email with orders to the troops in Charleston and Buffalo.  With bombs falling all around, communications might be slow and intermittent, but the internet would try to heal itself as best it could to let a few emails through before it crashed again and had to heal itself again.  And this self-correcting process happens hundreds of times per minute.