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What is the best wireless router? Why buy a more expensive wireless router?

Wireless routers are in abundance in today's market and they come in many varying types and prices. So, what is the best one to buy and why would you buy expensive one when you can get a cheaper unit that says it will do the job? Unfortunately, like most of my other endeavours research the hard way. After buying at least half a dozen different units including D-link,  Belkin, Cisco, Tp-link and NetGear, I have finally found a strong and stable (best performing so far) router - the NetGear Nighthawk R7000
Things to you should consider when purchasing wireless routers What distance do you need to cover? What points of interference do you have? How many devices will be connecting to the router? (this is a very important component that gets overlooked). I will cover these items briefly.

What distance do you need to cover.
Obviously, if you are living in a small apartment e.g. about 50m2, most basic routers will suffice. But when you are in a large home approximately 100 - 350m2, a muc…

Microsoft Fixes 19 Year old "Six Figure Black Market" Windows Bug

Microsoft has just patched a critical bug that has been present in every version of Windows since Windows 95.

Read the original full article here...

Microsoft fixes 19 year old Windows bug

As far as conspiracy theories go - this is another way of Microsoft 'urging' it's users to move away from the Windows XP Platform to the newer operating systems. And considering that the demise of Windows 7 is around the corner (end of life for Windows 7 is January 13th, 2015) - users will have little choice but to adopt the Windows 8 system or Windows 10.

This being said, users and system administrators should be more mindful when using Windows XP, as compromising an XP system is now more likely considering the whole world and all it's hackers have been made aware of the exploit.

Microsoft modifies files that are synced to OneCloud system.

It was recently found that Microsoft modifies files that a synced to their OneCloud system, and places a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) code into files that are synced to their cloud system… to read more, click the link below…

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/383636,microsoft-onedrive-alters-user-files-adds-unique-ids.aspx

Please be aware that this can happen and may have negative repercussions, especially when considering the new privacy law and legal repercussions of using files that have unknowingly been modified by a third party (as per excerpt…)

"... let’s say a file is used as evidence in a court case. How do you prove that the company did not intentionally modify it?" he said.

This has only been discovered on the Microsoft Cloud system a few days ago, and being so, I am sure more IT security experts will be researching the filing methods of other cloud providers to see if any other code is injected into the files as they get synced.


To expand on the findi…

How to get HTC one to show as USB Storage media device on Windows PC

You are reading this because you want to connect your HTC One mobile to your PC and be able to see your files as a folder in 'My Computer'

Typically you cannot view HTC One as a USB device unless you are connected via MTP mode.

To allow the phone to be detected using the USB cable - this is a workaround I use.

Make sure you have the HTC Sync Manager installed to start with. When this is done, you may still find that your HTC One will show as an unknown device when Windows tries to detect the phone... bear with me...


You DO NOT have to use the AirDroid WiFi function (it will allow you to use the USB cable after installtion). Install the app 'AirDroid' which essentially allows you to transfer using WIFI. Installing this app activates the HTC One's storage section and when this is done, connecting it to the PC using a USB cable will allow you to see the files in My Computer as a Storage device (as pictured above and below).

Double click on the internal storage and you…

Excessive mobile data usage on mobile phone iPhone Android smartphone

It's happened again, you've got another bill from your telco.

It's telling you that your mobile data usage has exceeded the monthly quota and you have hardly done anything that you can think off that uses the internet apart from browse the odd web site, use Facebook or read the odd email.

This has happened a few times to several people I know, so I did some investigating.

Our telco is Vodafone. After explaining that I am in the tech industry and have several failover systems that connect devices to the internet (I have ADSL, Telstra cable and Vivid Wireless - due the fact that we provide remote support and cannot be without some sort of backup connection), I was able obtain logs of what these internet hogs were.

Unbeknownst to most of us, many apps run in the background and continuously upload our activities to the internet. And, some phones are set to update your apps when an update is available.

You may think you're taking a photo or shooting a video on your phone …

Why you should consider a Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs iPad vs Android Tablet

In today's world, "Phablets" or "Phone Tablets" have had a relatively poor reception or uptake in some countries, mainly due to the conception (or misconception) of the idea, where people tend to think of them as "giant phones".

I proffer you an alternative view, think of them as an "ultra portable tablet" or 'ultratab', with 3G (or 4G / LTE) built in and a backup phone to boot.

In the search for a device that was small enough to fit in a "leg bag", yet big enough to work with, I have become the owner of an iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, Nexus 7 - 2013 edition, Asus Transformer, Asus Slider, Asus Trio, Asus ME400... the list goes on), all this in search of a portable tablet that will be small enough and light enough to travel with, but still provide the functionality of a normal tablet.

The issue with most tablets, is the size, weight and functionality. Too big carry to carry around or to fit in a handbag and most have o…

Sony VAIO Duo Pro 11 - mouse moves to top left

If you have a Sony VAIO Duo 11 and have been experiencing the problem where your pointer or mouse suddenly jumps to the top left corner of your screen, this is a driver issue which can be update.

The updated driver can be found here

http://www.n-trig.com/files/Sony_Win8.zip Update: file has been removed ... please refer to sony link below...

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/select-system.pl?DIRECTOR=DOCS

This is a touch screen driver and you should refrain from touching the screen when it is updating so that it can calibrate properly.

Logmein Free - Not Free anymore - What are the alternatives to Logmein Free

I have been singing the praises of Logmein software as a service (SaaS) for many years now and really, it came as a bit of a shock to me (though not entirely, from a business point of view) that Logmein has decided to pull it's major draw-card, Logmein (LMI) Free, from service today.
It was likely that the number of users out there that used the LMI Free service was probably posing a burden on their network or systems, but this particular move has likely cost Logmein, as a business, a major chunk of their current and potential future clients.
Anyhow, alternatives to Logmein Free... here we go...
For personal users, there are some free alternatives to the Logmein SaaS. Here are my top 3 alternatives to Logmein Free. Teamviewer


Teamviewer was very quick off the bat to point out that they are very happy to pick up where Logmein left off (who doesn't want an instant database of new users), so much so that the 'team' at Teamviewer have posted a page specifically on how to swi…