Things to know about Wireless Routers

Emery

There are many brands of routers out there on the market. How do you know which are the better investments? I’ve researched many different opinions on each of the following brands of routers and thought I’d share my own.

We’ll begin with the Linksys Wireless Router. Linksys seems to be more user friendly as the setup process is very clear and easily understood. Linksys is also known to have the best performance above the rest. Of all of the reviews I’ve read on Linksys routers, the most popular features I’ve found listed are the router-configuration interface which seems to be the best and most consistent that I’ve seen. Security and configuration options that are important are clearly arranged on tabbed pages rather than hidden in Advanced menus. Linksys has quick and easy access to good explanations and troubleshooting aids. Linksys offers blazingly fast wireless routers, the SRX400 has been known to have an amazing throughput of 103.6 Mbps at 10 feet and 28.2 Mbps at the farthest point of 160 feet. I have a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router and I have had absolutely no issues whatsoever with it.

Netgear is my second favorite router. I have used Netgear routers off and on for 8 years now. I never had major issues with them, although I did seem to get disconnected more often than I do with my Linksys Router. There were a few times that I couldn’t get the router to reconnect until I reset the router and rebooted the computer. That became frustrating quickly as I work many jobs and almost always need an Internet connection. But these things happened so infrequently that I would still put Netgear in the top five routers. Netgear focuses on keeping setup simple and elegant with color-coded ports and a superb installation wizard. Even installing the router without the wizard is easy and hassle-free. The biggest difference with this router is the built-in gigabit switch for wired connections. I really like Netgear’s attitude toward firmware upgrades also. They give you an option at login where you can easily enable “check for new version upon log-in.” This is a nice touch.

I’ve used a Belkin router once or twice in the past. I found it to be pretty close to parallel with Netgear. Belkin was the first to market MIMO (multiple inputs multiple outputs) technologies with the wireless router which promised greater throughput and increased range. The performance seemed to be about 40.7 Mbps at 60 feet and over 8.9 Mbps at 160 feet. Belkin claims that it is unmatched however I would say Linksys has far exceeded it. No comparison really. Belkin’s performance distance-wise seems to be best compared to Netgear and D-Link. Belkin is fairly easy to install and manage. Belkin’s G router doesn’t perform great for streaming music and video according to some users. I wasn’t very impressed by Belkin but it’s a pretty decent basic router.

I’ve never had a D-Link router. But I do have a D-Link wireless USB drive. I am running a Broadband connection at home with a Linksys G Wireless router. I have two computers standing right next to each other. My Linksys G Wireless Router is on one side of my 3-foot desk and my D-Link Wireless powerline network adapter is on the other side of my desk. The computer connect through Linksys hasn’t gotten disconnect except for once when there was a power outage. The other computer, connected through the D-Link Adapter, gets disconnected about every 10 to 15 minutes on a regular basis. I will say that it does automatically reconnect which only takes a few seconds. But the disconnection rate is not only alarming but very frustrated indeed. I would not spend money on another D-Link product at this point as I have paid much less for generic USB Wireless Adapters that we’re able to keep a stable connection.

Above all, Linksys is by far the best brand around for routers.

Online Communities Of The Dead: Social Network Pages Of Deceased Myspace And Facebook Users

Emery

Social networking does not stop when you are dead. Alive in cyberspace, your social network page may become part of online communities that commemorate dead site members or provide opportunities for contemplation. Is it morbid?

Dead Social Networking Site Members on the Rise

Just as MySpace and Facebook are speedily gaining in popularity, the number of dead social network site members is also growing. In a tongue in cheek article contemplating online marketers’ inability to accurately gauge the number of live and engaged social networking site users, the Marketing Tech Blog threw out fictitious numbers, which claimed that 7.45% of MySpace users and 3.24% of Facebook clients are actually dead.

It is anyone’s guess if this fabricated estimate of dead online communities’ members is close to real or vastly off. Since the number of social networking signups is on the rise, it stands to reason that the same holds true for the number of dead users. Even so, it brings up an interesting question: what happens to your social network page after you are dead?

Dead But Still Alive in Cyberspace: MySpace and Facebook Users

Social networking after death continues on MyDeathSpace, a site that is expressly not affiliated with MySpace, but nevertheless contains the names, photos and MySpace social network page links of deceased users. The list is a sad memorial to the dead, alive in cyberspace because they signed up on social networking sites.

There are suicides, accidents, homicides and cancer deaths; there are tragic mishaps that cut off lives of 16, 18 and 19 year olds. You see photos of young cancer and suicide victims. You see family photos with young kids.

Like online communities of the dead, visitors can access the social networking pages of the dead and see comments posted by friends and family members. You can see what MySpace games the dead MySpace user liked to play, which music videos he posted and who her friends were. If you buy instagram video views from Buzzvoice and got a lot of viewers, it will still be reflected on MyDeathSpace. Basically, almost all of the details in the social media will also be shown.

The Facebook social network allows users to have a dead social networking member’s profile memorialized. Although dead, they are kept alive for confirmed friends by allowing the profile to remain visible. The wall continues to be an available space for messages and memorials. Contact information and status updates of the dead are removed.

Are the Online Communities of the Social Networking Dead Macabre, Gloomy or Fitting Memorials?

Salon is quick to point out that MySpace profiles can accumulate borderline tasteless or cruel commenters. Even offended family members cannot reign in some of the banter on the MySpace message boards.

Another concern is the activity of the dead – alive at the time – that might not be something they (or their families) would like the world to know. For example, Facebook is well known for the legions of undead in its Vampire Wars game, but what about the far more risqu├⌐ Sex Games application that has an estimated monthly 500,000 players (according to AppData)? Would you want mom and dad, Aunt Linda, your spouse or kids and your teachers to know about these exploits?

As social networking aficionados are warned to be careful about their activities in online communities and the occasional social network – usually for fear of offending a prying boss – keep in mind that dead or alive, your activities are for all to see.

Using The Internet To Become a Self-Taught Guitarist

Emery

In this day and age of the Internet, the only real need for a private instructor is to learn advanced methods and techniques from a professional. If you are just starting out, there is a wealth of free, self-explanatory knowledge on the Internet and since the vastness of cyberspace can seem daunting, I’ve gathered the best of the best to help you become a rockin’ guitarist in no time, plus your pockets will be a little heavier at the end of the day. Before you start learning the basics of a guitar you can choose a guitar that is perfect for you. In this case, HappyNewGuitarDay.com is there to help you.

First, you must know how to tune your guitar. http://www.gieson.com/Library/projects/utilities/tuner/ is a free tuner source that uses an actual guitar sound instead of a midi sound. You can also download the tuner to your computer so you can use it when an Internet connection isn’t available. You will need Flash Player installed to see the program. Once your guitar is properly tuned, your chords won’t sound like a dying animal. This website also has a little video that shows you how to restring an electric guitar. Stringing an acoustic guitar isn’t that much different.

A relatively new website called http://www.looknohands.com/chordhouse is the best free resource on the Internet for every chord imaginable, plus for beginners, it lists the names of each string by default. It has two guitar pages, one for basic chords and another for advanced chords and it is a one-stop resource. You can choose your chord by using drop-down boxes and not only see the fingering but you can hear the chord and play along until you get it right. It will play the chord one string at a time and then the full chord. This feature is also a great reference if you are a little rusty or come across a rare chord or two in a song.

I recommend learning a few basic chords first before you tackle a song. These chords are A, B, C, D, E, F, G and some other frequent-flyers like Em, Am, B7, etc, but learn A through G first. Once you start looking at the chords used in your favorite songs, you will know which other chords are commonly used. Just go back to this website and put them to memory.

Those with smaller hands will have difficulty with the B and F chords and variations and they need some more practice and muscle-memory to become quick on these. Sometimes a guitar with a thinner neck is needed for people with smaller hands. Some cheap guitar manufactures have it all wrong. They make child-sized guitars yet they have a regular width next. Always go to a music store to try out different sized necks before making a decision on your guitar. For women, http://www.daisyrock.com/ makes guitars with thinner necks but they don’t sell their products online. You have to do a search on their site to find a store in your area.

Next, you will want to put your chords to some good use. There are some excellent chord and tablature websites out there. I recommend going straight to sheet music with cords as you will see the actual name of the chord to be played where tablature shows where your fingers should be for each chord and sometimes if written by novices, doesn’t tell you the chord name. Tablature is good for guitar solos and a specific artist’s technique, otherwise, I recommend staying away from tabs.

Start out at www.ultimate-guitar.com as pretty much any song you can imagine is found there. You can search for a song or band name. Once you pick a song to look at, you will see that there might be more than one version, but lucky for you, others have already rated which one is best. Try out with the version with the most stars. Ninety-nine percent of the time it will also be the best version for you.

Next to each song, you will see chords, tab or Guitar Pro. Guitar Pro is software that allows you to download the chords onto your machine and have it play itself back at any tempo you choose. These Guitar Pro downloads were made by users like me and you and some are complete with each instrument where others just have the main tune. While this software is not needed it can come in handy and I use it on harder songs, especially because it is true sheet music and as a classically-trained musician I sometimes do better with the big picture and the structure of sheet music. You can try Guitar Pro 5 for free by visiting http://www.guitar-pro.com.

Even though you may want to jump right to your favorite songs, it might be better for those with no previous training to stick to songs that are comprised of less-complicated chords and regular strumming. It’s always a good idea to master the basics before you move on to trickier riffs. Plus, not all songs with seemingly straight-forward chords are as they seem. A couple of key tips will help you out with certain requirements that are not always explained on the sheet music.

Some songs might have straight-forward chords yet when you play along with the song it is a key or two off. If this happens, check the top of your sheet music to see if a capo is used and on what fret it should be placed on. A capo is a device that holds down all of the strings on any of the frets to create a higher tone. If you have the capo on the third fret and you have to play a C, you still play the C as you normally would without the capo, but you start it on the first available fret. It won’t sound like a C but this is just how it works. Musicians will use the capo when performing a song that is normally too low for their voice and some songs like Hotel California were written with the capo on higher frets, to begin with.

Sometimes you will have to tune down a half-step. For instance, some Green Day songs are tuned to E flat, which is a half step down for all strings. Some other songs only require that the low E string be tuned down a half-step. You can either do this by ear or purchase a guitar tuner to help you out. Another good free resource is at http://www.musiceffect.com/tuner as it lists all tunings imaginable.

These websites are all very clear-cut and should take the mystery out of learning to play the guitar. These are just a few of the many sites available to the novice player. A quick search will open you up to the vast world of free guitar tabs, lessons and online communities ready to help you out in a pinch.

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