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Technologist Tuesday-The Revolution Will be Televised

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

TECH TUESDAYS

Where to begin?  I guess we should start with Moore’s Law.  In 1965, Gordon E. Moore said that every couple of years, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles.  Simply put:  processing power doubles every two years.  He thought the trend would last for about ten years but it’s been spot on for a half century at about 18 months.  We’ve reached the point in his theory where technological advances in processing power are starting to shock us all.

Coming soon: Nokia’s Lumia 1020 Windows phone featuring the Snapdragon S4 Plus Processor.  It has a 41 Megapixel digital camera.  It will be sold in the US in a couple of weeks.  41 Megapixels.  Did your head explode?  When my coworkers and I found out about this Nokia phone we all had our simultaneous excited nerd moment. We began firing off questions:  “How?” “Why don’t cameras with real lenses (DSLR) have this potential?” “Will the files be gargantuan and fill the phone up?’ and on and on we ranted.  41 Megapixels…INSANE!!!

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Technologist Tuesday: Home Wi-fi

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

TECH TUESDAYS

Home Wifi:

Does your house have Wi-Fi?  Does it reach everywhere you want it to?  Are you happy with your Wi-fi signal? For many of us, Wi-Fi is a hassle.  Signals not strong enough, Videos buffer and get all choppy or we just can’t seem to get a good signal when we’re on the backyard deck.  Here are some ideas that can apply to just about all of you who want to have a better wireless internet signal.

Part One:  The Provider

What piper do you pay?  Do you have DSL, Cable or are you still using Dial up?  Before you try to tackle having a better signal in your home, you’ll want to ensure that the true speed of internet coming into your home is sufficient.  Many people just don’t know what that means.  Time to get the bill out and look:  What are you paying for?  How many Mbps (Megabits per second) are you signed up for?  If you have Cable you’re in the clear.  Cable internet is simply the best.  Cable customers typically receive 25 to 50Mbps.  Interested?  Contact your local cable company and find out current rates.  Switch to cable if you can.   If you have some kind of DSL service, you’re most likely getting 1Mbps, 3Mbps, 6Mbps or 12Mbps.  Contact your DSL provider and ask them if they will offer you the option to move up to 6Mbps or higher.  It may not be that much more money and there’s nothing you’ll need to do with your equipment.   If you have dial up, then see if Cable is available or if you can switch to higher speed DSL.   Most dial up users are paying more for internet than other options that may be available.  Bottom line: try to get your service at 6Mbps or higher.  Anything less is weak internet.

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