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TP-Link TL-MR3020 portable 3G hotspot

Using Wi-Fi hotspots for web access when you're out and about can be immensely frustrating, especially if you want to connect several devices. Although there are software hotspots available for Windows 7, and iPhone and Android devices have a portable hotspot feature, a dedicated hardware hotspot such as TP-Link's recently-announced TL-MR3020 still has some attractions, not least of which is configurability.

December 22, 2011

How do you look without images?

Have you ever considered how your website looks if the user has images turned off?I only ask because I have tethered my Android phone to my laptop using EasyTether (darned proprietary software but I couldn't get the Free stuff to work).

December 12, 2011 by

Microsoft releases Wi-Fi-logging code for privacy check

Microsoft has released some of the source code for the software it uses to collect details of people's Wi-Fi hotspots, so that it can be examined for privacy implications.In a blog post on Friday, Reid Kuhn, partner group program manager for the Windows Phone engineering team, said the publication of the code should demonstrate Microsoft's commitment to privacy and ensuring the protection of people's information.

July 2, 2011 by

Google managed a big surprise at Google I/O with the introduction of the Chrome-OS powered Chromebook laptop that will cost businesses $28 per month for a package that includes the hardware, software and support.

June 14, 2011

Google managed a big surprise at Google I/O with the introduction of the Chrome-OS powered Chromebook laptop that will cost businesses $28 per month for a package that includes the hardware, software and support.

May 13, 2011

How hot? How easy?

A simple tale of burning palmsI’ve been rendering a few screencasts and watching a few progs on the ol’ beeb’s iPlayer, and things have been getting a bit hot under the hood of the laptop. So I searched for ubuntu temperature software and first on the list was a forum post entitled “need cpu temperature sensor software”.

July 26, 2010 by

Are SSDs too fast?

When buying a new computer, the conventional advice is to buy the fastest one you could afford. That's what I did when I recently replaced an aging laptop with a desktop screamer sporting an Intel Solid State Drive (SSD). But now I wonder, for those of us developing software for others to use, are we doing our users a disservice by always getting the latest and greatest?

January 10, 2010 by

Can you upgrade an old XP PC to Windows 7? Should you?

My friend Lisa has a four-year-old Sony laptop running Windows XP. This machine, once a triumph of Sony hardware engineering, could easily be deemed ready to retire. But after careful consideration, I decided it was worth upgrading to Windows 7. I tried both a clean install and a new edition of Laplink’s PCmover software, which is specifically designed to ease this sort of migration. The XP-to-7 odyssey was an interesting one, with surprising results and several lessons I can share with anyone contemplating a similar adventure.

September 28, 2009 by

Frugal Friday: Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, Eric Schmidt/Steve Jobs Divorce, New Sony eBook Readers, Laptop Accidental Damage Coverage, Zscaler

Frugal Networker Ken Hess and I discuss the MSDN/TechNet release of Windows 7, Google CEO Eric Schmidt's departure from the Apple board, the newly announced SONY ebook readers, Accidental Damage Coverage for your laptop, and talk with Michael Sutton, VP of Security Research for Zscaler, the SAAS and Cloud security software company.Click to listen to the Frugal Friday Podcast.

August 7, 2009 by

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