network

Thu
10
Dec
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MIT Wins $40,000 'Balloon Hunt' Thanks to Internet

A government contest whereby participants were requested to spot ten weather balloons at once has been won by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT). But MIT took the prize thanks to the help of a network of ordinary Internet users ... recruited under an intricate cash reward system. The content was launched by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the same group which developed a network commonly acknowledged as the forerunner of the Internet. The idea of the contest was to see how people would use online networking to solve a problem too big for any one individual. ... (view more)

Thu
22
Oct
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How to Share a Printer between PCs

Infopackets Reader Sally B. writes: " Dear Dennis, We purchased an HP OfficeJet 8500 Pro printer to replace an older HP OfficeJet 7200. The 7200 was connected via USB cable to the server computer [and thus, all print requests were sent via the ... server]. We have been unable to get the Officejet 8500 printer to work on the network. Any tips? " My response: This is one of those questions that could be a "1 in a million" reasons as to why it's not working, but I'll give you a quick checklist of things you can try so you can at least guess where the problem lies: 1. Unplug the old printer and ... (view more)

Wed
07
Oct
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Share PC Programs on Laptop?

Infopackets Reader Alan G. from Australia writes: " Dear Dennis, I would like to use some of my programs which are on my PC by linking them to my laptop. Is this possible? If so, how do I go about it? I am an aged pensioner at almost 80 years of ... age. I have used computers since they were input and output with punched cards, so I am not exactly a newbie to computing -- but there are things that I don't know, and this is one of them. Thank you in advance for your help. " My Response: There are ways to get around to do what you're asking (sort of), but generally speaking, it's not possible to ... (view more)

Thu
03
Sep
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iPhone: Not the Jackpot that AT&T had Hoped, Report Says

A major newspaper has recently questioned how much AT ... (view more)

Tue
16
Jun
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Senators Call For Probe Into iPhone-AT&T Deal

Four senators have written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling for an investigation into exclusive deals between cellphone manufacturers and network carriers. Though the letter doesn't name any particular companies, it appears ... that Apple's deal with AT ... (view more)

Mon
30
Mar
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UK Parliament Network Latest Conficker Victim

The Conficker/Downadup worm has reportedly found its way onto the British government's IT system, joining millions of others who have fallen victim to it. An email sent to MPs, lords and their staff revealed that parliament's IT network appears to ... be completely unsecured. The Conficker/Downadup worm has been in circulation since November 2008 and a patch is available from Microsoft that fixes it. The fact that parliament's systems have become infected indicates that their anti-virus software, if there is any, hasn't been updated since last year and could be vulnerable to other attacks. ... (view more)

Tue
03
Mar
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City-Country Broadband Split to Widen In Britain

A telecommunications firm in Great Britain has received full regulatory permission to build a national fiber-optic network for broadband. It could mean speeds of up to 100 Mbps for those in cities, with rural dwellers left behind. The company ... concerned, British Telecom (BT), was once the monopoly provider of phone services in the country. Today it competes with others, but still controls the phone network itself, meaning phone users must either rent a line from BT or use a cable service. At the moment the fastest cable service belongs to Virgin Cable, which has just launched a premium 50Mbps ... (view more)

Thu
01
Jan
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Wi-Fi Ready To Move From Sprint To Gallop

Sprint's promotion of super-speed wireless Internet has taken an important step with the release of a plug-in modem that can work with WiMAX and the slower but more widespread 3G network. Xohm, the name for its service employing the small but ... growing WiMax wireless network, is also dubbed 4G (following on from the 3G network used by devices such as the iPhone) and aims to provide wireless data speeds comparable to fixed-line broadband. Like the 3G network, users don't have to be near a WiFi 'hotspot' (such as a cafe or airport): the data comes over the mobile phone network. At the moment, the ... (view more)

Thu
06
Nov
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'Softperfect Network Scanner', and 'Vista Services Optimizer'

Softperfect Network Scanner SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IP, NetBIOS and SNMP scanner with a modern interface and several advanced features. It is intended for both system administrators and general users who are interested ... in computer security. http://www.softperfect.com Vista Services Optimizer Vista Services Optimizer is a tweaking utility that can improve your Windows Vista performance and security by tweaking Windows services in an automatic and a very safe way. Vista Services Optimizer also enables you to tweak Windows Vista services manually. http:// ... (view more)

Thu
23
Oct
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'Network Scanner', and 'Networx'

Network Scanner This is a multi-threaded IP, SNMP and NetBIOS scanner with a modern interface and several advanced features. It is intended for both system administrators and general users who are interested in computer security. The program pings ... computers, scans for listening TCP ports and displays which types of resources are shared on the network (including system and hidden). http://www.softperfect.com Networx Networx is a simple, yet powerful utility for measuring your bandwidth usage and the speed of all kinds of wired and wireless network connections. The program provides the ability ... (view more)

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