Don’t Buy a Wi-Fi Range Extender Without Reading This First

A Wi-Fi range extender may not be the best idea for improving wireless network performance. My home office is as far away from the master bedroom as possible. That’s generally a good thing, but it’s not good when it comes to the wireless network. The Internet connection enters at my office, and that’s where the […]
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Five Microsoft Word Typography Techniques to Make Your Documents Look Better

Poking around in the menus of Microsoft Word and other document processing tools, you may run across terms such as “widows,” “orphans,” and “kerning.” These are terms from typography that refer to how the text in a document is formatted. In this article, I’ll discuss a few of those terms you might see in Microsoft […]
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Who Cares If Ten Million Passwords Were Disclosed?

This past week (as I write this) security researcher Mark Burnett (who literally wrote the book on passwords) released ten million passwords gathered from security breaches. He went one step further and released the account names (without the domain part) of the associated email addresses. That’s a lot of passwords. Here’s why you should care. […]
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The Colors of Wires in a Multi-Pair Cable Are Useful if You Know the Code

In a recent Introduction to Networking class, a participant asked whether the colors in the 10BaseT networking cable were always the same as the ones in the course notes. I replied that while “always” is a strong word, they should always be those colors. The participant asked why, and I followed up with a bit […]
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What is a False Flag?

The other day I watched a World War II documentary on internet TV. The story was about a British ship attempting to get past Nazi defenses by altering its deck profile and flying the Reichkriegsflagge or ensign of the Kriegsmarine – the German navy. As part of the rules of war, they had to switch […]
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