THE GUIDES ISSUE - SPECIAL EDITION!
Welcome the newest Edition of the PCStats.com Newsletter!
Not only have we given www.pcstats.com a
much deserved redesign, but as you
can see we've also updated your favorite tech newsletter with a
similarly clean new look. I hope you like it. :)
The Weekly Tech Tips are still here, and the High
Tech Low Down is still as informative as ever (this week it covers new
broadband technology which could deliver web pages at up to 70MBps). There
are a few changes of course, the most important of which is the shiny
News button at the very top of the newsletter. PCstats
has the latest tech news posted through out the day so be sure
to stop by the news section at www.pcstats.com at least once a day to
see what the newest developments are.
is 100% Guides, so feel free to browse through the four articles that our
newest member of the team has spent so much time putting together. If you
like what you see, or need an answer to a different topic altogether then
send an email off of Mike (his email is at the top of the article), and he
may just use it for a future guide.
Now this is a little off
topic but perhaps someone can help me find out a little information.... Like the
Mitsubishi commercials featuring 'Just Breathe' by Telepopmusik
and "Start the Commotion" by The Wiseguys, or the Saturn Ion
commercial where 20-somethings leave childhood with "We've Been Had" by
The Walkmen playing in the background, a series
of current 7up commercials have some really tasty
music playing in the background.... and I must know what group(s)
actually recorded them!
If you know who does the music for the 7up commercial which features a
guy standing in
front of the radio where a DJ girl takes a sip of the 7up and blows cool air through the radio to the guy and
they say "Now that's refreshing" please let me know! Enjoy this weeks newsletter and get ready
for a little FX5900 action next time!
Installing Microsoft operating systems has
never been a particularly trying task, assuming that your hardware is
working correctly. Keeping Microsoft operating systems from acquiring an
assortment of viruses, useless icons, spyware and garbage programs which
eventually clog up your beloved PC like bright green pond scum is a whole
other issue. Thankfully, that's not the focus of this
article. While both WinXP Home and Professional are based on
the same core operating system,
which in turn is based on Windows 2000, there are substantial
differences in their individual capabilities. WindowsXP Pro is a direct successor to
Windows 2000 Professional, with all the capabilities of the former, a
business-oriented client OS. Which
flavour of WindowsXP you choose comes down to where you intend to use it.
WindowsXP Home Edition costs less than the Professional Version, and for
average users, it should be just fine. If you are familiar with
Windows2000 you'll want to stick to the WindowsXP Professional
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Learn how to make that
DSL/Cable connection go further
Internet sharing is essential if you have
more than one PC in your house, and getting it to work isn't that hard
once you know what steps to follow. Setting up a computer to share its internet connection should be
easy right? After all, you've successfully networked your computers together and even shared files
with all your home computers, so why not the Internet? Well if you have a
small home network of computers all connected and have tried to open up a
browser, you've probably found out that things aren't quite as straight
forward as connecting one machine with an Ethernet cable to the computer
that has the DSL/cable modem.The secret is that everything comes down to
having a gateway. A gateway is a
computer or device than can route data between different networks. So, without a gateway there is no way for the other
computers in your network to receive or pass information to the other
networks, and consequently, they have no Internet access.
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As everyone knows, Wireless networking is
hot. Or at least the idea of it is... Wireless networks abound in
coffee franchises, Colleges and even McDonalds (in theory). And why not?
It's an inherently desirable idea. No wires, minimal setup, as we said,
why not? Well, price used to be
the reason, but now driving this boom is the falling price of basic
wireless networking equipment. The premium over conventional wired
networks has dropped to a point where wireless is a valid option for most
home networks, not just businesses and educational institutions. So let's
look into what is involved in making your home network
wireless. This article will cover purchasing and
setting up home wireless equipment, look at the available standards for
wireless networking, and cover some basic security guidelines. If you have
already set up a conventional home network, jump right in. Otherwise you
may wish to read the PCstats Guide to basic home networking to get a better idea of
the basics of networking computers. Easy
enough, but if you need a few ideas of what to consider, PCstats' 802.11b
Wireless LAN Networking Roundup is a good place to begin. Now, let's
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PCstats guides you through the process of home
Networking, or connecting computers
together to share information, has long been one of the more difficult
areas of basic computing to get a grasp on, mainly because it is one of
those points at which the generally friendly user interface of your
average Windows box starts showing cracks, or possibly gaping holes ready
to swallow up the unsuspecting user. Now
granted, since windows 98 started the process, Microsoft's OSs have been
getting progressively better at automating the process of connecting
computers together, but there is still the external setup required, and if
something goes wrong... well it's good to know where to look to fix
The purpose of this article is two-fold.
First, to enable you to set up your own home network
and share files between your computers, and second
to make you comfortable with basic computer networking terminology and practice.
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|The High Tech|
|Have you ever wondered about the technology that'd replace your modem, DSL line or cable connection? Sure, those broadband technologies are plenty fast, but they aren't particularly future-proof. In fact, it isn't particularly difficult to saturate any of the above-mentioned means of transferring data. Intel has a plan, though. It's developing two technologies that promise to change the way we connect with each other, and the speed at which we are able to do so.|
The first is a means to deliver broadband wireless access, dubbed 802.16a, set to operate between 2 and 11GHz. It will be capable of 70Mbps over 31 miles of linear service area. Put into perspective, a single 802.16 node should provide 60 businesses with a T1-class connection. The technology can also be used to connect 802.11 hotspots.
Ultra Wideband (UWB) is another wireless technology spearheaded by Intel. It focuses more on short range, high-speed communications - on the order of 10 meters and 250Mbps. UWB transceivers can be used to link displays to high-definition receivers and DVD players in a mesh network that would send HD content from the living room to a television in the basement. According to Manny Vara at Intel, this sort of equipment is already running in Intel's labs.
. M. Page
. C. Sun
. C. Angelini