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Mixing power-line networking with Wi-Fi proves intoxicating
— 11:27 AM on September 28, 2015

You may recall my failed attempt at using a second Wi-Fi router in repeater mode in order to overcome some signal-strength issues in the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Networking

Time Warner slings free Maxx upgrades to counter Google Fiber
— 1:35 PM on May 21, 2015

I've been chronicling the slow progress of Google Fiber moving into my metro area, my city, and eventually, into my house. Since Google Fiber...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Networking

Rowhammer attack exploits shrinking process size in DRAM
— 2:24 PM on March 25, 2015

A couple weeks ago, Google's Project Zero team demonstrated a very clever exploit of modern DDR3 memory. Their inspiration came from a research paper, 

Type: Blog post Tags: Memory Software

The desktop PC needs a makeover
— 1:25 AM on August 16, 2013

My PC is too big. Much too big. I'd always vaguely suspected it,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Cases Cooling Storage

Local game streaming: Coming soon from the PC
— 10:35 PM on January 24, 2013

Nvidia's Project Shield was one of the most intriguing new products on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. This handheld gaming device combines the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Gaming Networking

Freshening up a home network can yield big bandwidth benefits
— 12:46 PM on December 21, 2012

One of the funny things about being a PC enthusiast, for me, is how there's a constant ebb and flow of little projects that I...

Type: Blog post Tags: Networking

Teaching an old PSU new tricks
— 7:48 PM on April 14, 2011

Years back, while still an angsty teenager, I had a bug in my head telling me that A+ certification sounded like good times. With...

Type: Blog post Tags: Power

Breaking the broken
— 12:41 PM on February 16, 2011

Last week, Apple updated its iBooks app for all iOS devices. The world, even the book nerd world, did not break out into flash mobs...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech Copyright

The pool wants you!
— 9:52 AM on November 25, 2009

As Chicago said back in 1970, does anybody really know what time it is?...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Linux-Unix Networking

Ignorance, legislative stupidity, and the French three-strikes piracy bill
— 11:00 AM on April 3, 2009

Yesterday, French MPs approved a portion of a new copyright bill that would...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Copyright

Where are we going from here?
— 7:40 PM on May 11, 2008

How can we make voice communications available to rural communities in mountainous regions of the developing world? I have been searching out answers to this...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Networking

Slow Vista SP1 file copies: no fix yet!
— 12:21 PM on April 29, 2008

After my post about slow file copies with Windows Vista SP1, some of you offered potential fixes and asked for an update once the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Networking

The great PSU fan swap of 2008
— 1:04 PM on February 27, 2008

Seasonic power supplies are great. Whether they're units the Taiwanese PSU manufacturer sells under its own name or those it makes for other firms (like...

Type: Blog post Tags: Power

Kitchen PC hushed
— 6:27 PM on February 20, 2008

When I set out to build a new family PC, it needed to be small, attractive and quiet.  No need for anything crazy like Mini-ITX,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Cooling Miscellaneous

Retest day
— 9:15 AM on January 29, 2008

January 17, 2008   We were finally able to make it up to the mountains again to finish what we...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Linux-Unix Networking

Test day
— 12:38 PM on January 14, 2008

December 6, 2007 Because of the problem with node 10 from the day before, I removed the node 10 antenna and remounted it on the other...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Networking

Final test day preparations
— 2:57 PM on January 4, 2008

December 5, 2007 Click on diagram for a larger version The diagram above...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Networking

Setting up long distance routers
— 7:53 PM on December 13, 2007

November 24, 2007 I had originally planned on using inexpensive Linksys WRT54GL devices for the long distance link. This has been done successfully in the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Networking