Member since: December 2012

Areas of Interest: Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile, Networking, Software, Virtualization


  • Verizon and the FCC are having a bit of a spat over Verizon’s practice of throttling “unlimited data” customers when they go past a certain amount of data. As far as I know, this is also something that most, if not all, carriers do with their unlimited data. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

    1 week 4 days ago

  • When I try to visit a website and get a 504 error message, what is the cause? Is it always on their end, or could my hardware/software/internet connection cause it?

    3 weeks 12 hours ago

  • How can I remove all the metadata from Excel files before sharing them with another company?

    5 weeks 1 day ago

  • Which versions of Android can be used with the new Android Wear smartwatches?

    7 weeks 5 days ago

  • The Tile Bluetooth tags have started to be shipped, but I’m sad to say that I’m pretty far down the list to receive mine. It looks like September before I will get mine to play around with. For those unfamiliar with Tile, they are small Bluetooth tags that can be attached for objects that you sometimes need a little help to locate.

    9 weeks 6 days ago

  • How can I make sure that the firmware is up to date on SonicWALL TZ100W security appliance?

    11 weeks 14 hours ago

  • You are in luck, the iPhone 4S is compatable with iOS 8. In fact, it is the oldest iPhone hardware that will run iOS 8, according to Apple.    iOS 8 compatable iPhones: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s iOS 8 compatable iPads: iPad 2, iPad Retina, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina

    11 weeks 1 day ago

  • Here is the link to Apple's OS X Beta program. You need to sign up, then the first million people will get a download code that will allow them to download the Yosemite beta when it becomes available on the Mac App Store. Good luck!

    11 weeks 1 day ago

  • Is there a way to imbed a multi-choice survey on Google+? We would like to engage our customers and clients on as many levels as possible, and I think an occassional interactive survey might help with that. 

    14 weeks 1 day ago

  • I think there are two issues here, one future energy cost predictability which is much easier to manage when you own the source of your energy and, two, green energy. It has certainly become more common for large companies to include environmentally friendly power sources as part of their planning for new data centers.

    14 weeks 6 days ago

  • I used to work at a company with a huge diesel backup generator. A major storm came through and we lost power for almost two days. Fortunately we had the backup generator….except that it wouldn’t stay running when we needed it.

    14 weeks 6 days ago

  • I just got an email about this that suggested one other thing - call the White House and let the President know how you feel about the FCC destroying net neutrality. He nominated Tom Wheeler, and the White House can ultimately put the brakes on this fiasco. The White House telephone number is 202-456-1111.

    14 weeks 6 days ago

  • Hmmm, my first thought is that you can use an iPhone as an individual microphone with a PC. There are a couple apps, Megaphone and VonBruno Microphone Pro, which will allow this, just use a cable to connect to the earphone jack of the iPhone and the mic in on the PC.

    17 weeks 3 days ago

  • Netflix is planning to increase subscription prices by $1 to $2 a month according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Is this enough to cause the company to lose customers? People freaked out when they separated the DVD rental and streaming video business and it took them a few quarters to recover. 

    17 weeks 3 days ago

  • I was a little surprised to see Microsoft Word on the Chrome Web Store. Since Office Online is already cloud based, and Word on Chrome will be cloud based, are these actually different apps or is the app on the Web Store essentially a link to what already exists?

    18 weeks 33 min ago

  • What’s the best way to connect an electric guitar to record sessions on a PC? Once I get everything set up, I’m planning on using Reaper digital audio workstation software, which is Windows compatible software similar to GarageBand on Macs. Sound is more important that cost, but keep in mind I’m not a professional musician.

    19 weeks 2 days ago

  • I don’t think there is a way to locate it down to the level of what room it is in using GPS unless you have a really, really large house. Or live in a mall. Even if the ringer is off, I am pretty sure that you can use the Android Dashboard that you can access through your google account.

    21 weeks 3 days ago

  • One of the standard pieces of advice that is given about improving security and avoiding malicious apps on Android devices is to only download applications from a trusted source, which means Google Play, and to a lesser extent Amazon’s app store. But how does Google ensure that the apps on Play are safe?

    21 weeks 3 days ago

  • When will Microsoft support for Windows 8 end? I’m wondering if we will see Windows 8 become the next Windows XP, used long after its “sell by date” simply because it is the version of Windows that many will replace XP with due to the end of XP support. 

    22 weeks 2 days ago

  • 24 weeks 1 day ago

  • I’m not too worried about the contents on my Android phone - I use a strong lock pattern, and have it setup so I can remotely wipe it using Google Android Account manager. But what about the SD card? Is there a way to remote wide it or encrypt the SD card contents so they are not exposed if my device is lost or stolen?

    24 weeks 6 days ago

  • In addition to Christopher’s suggestions, I would add a couple of things: 1. Only install apps from Google Play or Amazon’s Store. A significant source of problem apps comes from people installing pirated apps to avoid ads. Either put up with the ads or pay for the version without them. Plus, developers need to make a living.  

    25 weeks 3 days ago

  • As I understand it, one of the goals of CAPTCHA is to mitigate the effects of DDoS attacks. How is this effective? Assuming that an attack is flooding the server with repeated log-in attempts either with or without CAPTCHA, what difference does it make?

    27 weeks 1 day ago

  • Thanks for the help. Hmm, I was thinking of the Cromebook as a sort  of an inexpensive, no-hassle thin client, I'll have to weigh whether I want to go to the trouble to "make" things work vs. just getting a cheap Windows Laptop. Appreciate the info!

    29 weeks 2 days ago

  • Is there a version of Word that can be used on Chromebooks? I’m thinking of getting one, but I don’t want to be stuck using the Google Docs all the time.

    29 weeks 2 days ago

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