ITworld How-to en Don't rejoice about the law unlocking your phone. You still may not be able to do it. Congress just passed a law letting cellphone owners unlock their phones so they can jump from carrier to carrier. But don&#039;t rejoice yet. There&#039;s a big &quot;gotcha&quot; that may not allow you to do it.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile & Wireless Personal Tech How-to cellphone unlock unlocking Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:28:40 +0000 Preston Gralla 428934 at Going on a trip? Here's how to choose a hotel with the best Wi-Fi. Don&#039;t want to be stuck in hotel with Wi-Fi speeds as slow as an ancient 9,600 bps modems? Here&#039;s how to check out hotel Wi-Fi speeds before you book so that you&#039;ll be able to travel in the fast lane.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Internet Mobile & Wireless Personal Tech How-to hotels speed test travel wi-fi Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:39 +0000 Preston Gralla 428505 at Poetry for sysadmins on their special day Don&#039;t forget that tomorrow is Sysadmins Day -- a good day to show love to the folks who save your butt again and again when you mess up your computer. Here are some poems, tailored just for them.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IT Management Operating Systems How-to itcareers appreciation love poetry sysadmin sysadmin day system administrator Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:41:46 +0000 Sandra Henry-Stocker 428488 at Unix: Knowing your memory commands Memory is one of the most important parts of your Unix system for performance. 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Then check out these five no-cost or low-cost ways to improve its peformance.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hardware Mobile & Wireless Networking How-to DD-WRT NetStumbler networking Powerline-to-WiFi secrets speed tips Tips wi-fi Wi-Fi Analyzer Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:35:44 +0000 Preston Gralla 426025 at How to make two-factor authentication less of a pain The problem with two-factor authentication is that it&#039;s a bother, requiring an extra, manual step. Usually you have to do this only once per device or app, after which point ordinary logins work, but even so, it&#039;s a pain. Here are a couple of ways to reduce that inconvenience.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Personal Tech Security How-to two-factor authentication Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:26:30 +0000 IDGNS staff 425296 at Get Microsoft Office for under $10 -- no cheating involved Microsoft Office is the most popular productivity suite on the planet, but it doesn&#039;t come cheap. Or maybe it does. 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Fear not: they are real tips, based on actual fixes.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile & Wireless How-to mobilewireless Android Dictation iPhone Mobile Siri speech to text voice dictation voice recognition voice to text wireless Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:21:12 +0000 kevinpurdy 423444 at Unix: Why you should love nmap Discovering hosts and services isn&#039;t just something that hackers do. A good sysadmin needs to work with an up-to-date view of the systems they manage or those they want to keep an eye on.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Intelligence Operating Systems How-to opensource nmap OS detection ports scan Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:50:05 +0000 Sandra Henry-Stocker 421765 at Hate Amazon? 6 alternatives for buying books, electronics and more The Amazon bully just got nastier, with Amazon refusing to take orders for upcoming books from publisher Hachette for authors including J.K. 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Some issues can only be reproduced on the different hardware running as a different service account etc. To find out exactly what’s happening in that environment, you need to set up remote debugging.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Consumerization of IT Development Internet Software How-to debugging Visual Studio Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 mombrea 419916 at