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Questions Answered plus You Might Want To Know

For today’s Grab Bag, I am going to answer some reader questions, and point out a couple of items of interest.

Samsung E2420L 23.6" LCD Monitor - 70,000:1, 5ms, 1920X1080, VGA/DVI

Samsung E2420L 23.6″ LCD Monitor – 70,000:1, 5ms, 1920X1080, VGA/DVI
$237.48
$129.99*
*When you use Promo Code 51D1AAE for $20.00 off

First up: we all know bigger is better (in tech, anyway). And nowhere in your “computing experience” is that more evident than the size of your monitor. There are three ways to really improve (aka “upgrade”) your computing:
1) buy fastest Internet (aka “speed”, aka “bandwidth”) and,
2) have a big, bright monitor and,
3) add RAM.

I spotted a deal today that makes upgrading to a 24″ monitor hard to resist (VGA, DVI).

Reader Questions Answered:

Q:Can you recommend some cooking games for girls?

A: I am sorry, Dear Reader, but I cannot help you out with that question. Perhaps people in the audience can help us out with some suggestions.

Q: How can I get more wifi than my roommate?”

A: Well, short of planting limiting software on their machine, you really can’t (short of bringing in your own Internet line..). But there are some ‘tweaks’ you can make to your router which can help you get as much as is possible. (See, How To Limit Your Roommate’s Bandwidth)

Q: How can I attract all the bandwidth to my Xbox via a laptop?”

A: That really isn’t how networking works. If you really want the fastest online experience, whatever the Internet-connected device, you want to use wires (aka “Ethernet cables”). If you’re using Wi Fi, you want the fewest devices accessing the ‘net as possible.. so turn off your laptop’s wifi when Xbox-ing. Unless .. you are “tethering” your Xbox to the laptop to gain a Internet connection, for some reason.. which is the worst way to do it and will have serious lag. (See, Wired or Wireless?*)

Q: Does Gigabit router multiply megabit Internet speeds?”

A: Again, that isn’t how networking works, so no, it doesn’t. Purchasing a higher service level from your ISP is the only real way to increase your Internet speed. (See, Gigabit Ethernet Didn’t Make Internet Faster)

Q: Can you put more than one virus protection on a tablet?

A: Well, you could.. but you do not want to. Antiviruses most often do not play well together. (And spend more time fighting each other than protecting you.)

Google Nexus 7" 32GB Slate Tablet - NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA ULP GeForce Graphics Card, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google Nexus 7″ 32GB Slate Tablet – NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA ULP GeForce Graphics Card, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

$279.99
SAVE 17%
$229.99

Q: Is there any way to look at logs of what website my kids visited through a linksys router???

A: I know you can blacklist (block) websites but, I have not looked that deep into Linksys router config’s since, basically, when Wireless N came out (i.e. all the Linksys models I own, and support, are older) so I’d have to look up “DNS lookup logging” or “domains accessed logging” to answer that specifically. (If you set your DNS server to OpenDNS, they do free DNS logging.) You can look for a “Logs” tab in your (router’s) Control Panel. Generally speaking, I doubt your router creates logs that you could easily see where they visited.

But, if your child has erased their browser’s History, my (technician’s) advice is to install parental control/monitoring software; such as the excellent and free K9 Web Protection or Norton’s Family Protection services (Norton Family is free).

And finally.. Not a bad price on a higher-end 7″ Tablet..

That’s all I have time for today.

Today’s quote:At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly.” ~ Mason Cooley

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March 25, 2013 - Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, hardware, how to, Internet, networking, performance, security, shopping for, software, tech, Xbox 360 | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. That is a nice monitor. I feel as if I am a tad too mobile to use an external monitor a lot, but it would be a nice upgrade from my 14″ screen. I also need to invest in more RAM for my laptop. It runs fast enough, but it’s upgradable to 8GB, so why not? I need to send it in for a fix before my warranty is up, but I don’t want to go three weeks to a month without it. :/

    Sadly, the fastest speed I can get at my house at the moment is 3MBps, but it is U-verse unlimited, so that helps!

    Nice grab bag! :D

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    Comment by Samantha | March 27, 2013 | Reply

    • Samantha,
      I waited a long time to see a screen that large for a price under $150.. and was beginning to think I never would.

      As for the RAM, unless your operating is 64-bit, it can’t/won’t utilize more than 3 GB’s – 3.5GB’s. And upgrading RAM is something most all of us can “D-I-Y”. (A long time ago, I posted a pictorial How To on my biz site, http://aplusca.com/How%20to%20upgrade%20RAM.htm) The trick is to get the right type of RAM module, and the easiest way to determine “compatible” types is to visit and Run the Crucial Memory Upgrade scanner. If you’re interested..

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      Comment by techpaul | March 27, 2013 | Reply

      • I do have 64-bit, and it has 6GB of RAM currently. The reason I need to send it in is because it often crashes if it hasn’t been restarted, blue screen of death, memory dump. Plus it takes forever to connect to the Internet. I would definitely install the RAM myself :)

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        Comment by Samantha | March 27, 2013 | Reply

        • Samantha,
          Hmmm. Not good. If you have not already done so, you might want to run two command line tools on the system: chkdsk c: /f and sfc/scannow. (But you are wise to send it in while it’s still covered.)

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          Comment by techpaul | March 27, 2013 | Reply


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