computers and internet

What is net neutrality?

Maybe you’ve heard the term and maybe you’ve never been curious before. But, with “over-the-top” streaming services like Netflix getting more popular, it’s something you might want to get familiar with. Net neutrality is the idea…


WebTV FINALLY shuts down on Monday

Alas, it is finally no more. The MSN TV box, originally known as WebTV, is finally closing down forever on September 30, 2013. Of course, most folks thought it had shuttered years ago; the hardware hasn’t…




How far can a wi-fi signal travel?

Quick answer: further than you can imagine. We’re often frustrated when our wi-fi doesn’t travel all the way from one end of the house to the other. We swear under our breath when it doesn’t…



The PC market isn’t looking good

On the other hand, you should be able to get some great bargains. Let’s get straight to the numbers. According to statistics giant IDC, PC shipments are down 14% year over year. That’s the biggest decline since…



Slow internet? Not just you.

Today, March 27, 2013 is the day of the biggest internet attack in history. At least so far. Don’t worry, it’s not Terminator 2: Judgment Day and obviously if you’re reading this article you weren’t affected. That doesn’t…




Will “six strikes” make a difference?

Last week, several major internet service providers rolled out “The Copyright Alert System,” which is supposed to be a self-governing method of keeping people from spreading pirated material. The details are really kind of sketchy, even…


Should you uninstall Java now?

It’s a black time for Java. There was a time when Java was an essential part of the World Wide Web experience. It was so pervasive it showed up in unlikely places: Blu-ray disc players and…


Living without the scourge of .NET

It’s probably on your computer right now. It’s called the Windows .NET Framework, and it’s probably sitting there taking 2 or 3 gigabytes of space. (That’s ridiculous right there. It wasn’t that long ago all of…