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Why Should Consumers Set Up Set Up Wireless Networks?

Computer networks were once used primarily by businesses. Homeowners typically had a single computer to take care of mundane tasks and to communicate with others. Today, the plethora of devices adorning homes runs the gamut from multiple computers to gaming devices. Each device has its own use, but is designed to communicate using a wireless system. A home network is no longer an oddity, it is a virtual necessity. Here are a few of the common issues people discuss when asking why set up a home network?

Ease of Installation

At one point, networks used cables to connect components included in a network. With the introduction of wireless technology, everyone gained the ability to establish rather elaborate networks. All that is needed to create the backbone of a wireless network is an Internet provider and a couple of relatively simple devices – a modem and a wireless router. In fact, newer equipment combines both those devices into one unit, making the process even easier. While some individuals are still reluctant to tackle setting up a wireless network, the instructions provided make it possible for just about anyone to have a system up and running quickly.

What Devices Can Use a Home Wireless Network?

Again, at one point networks were intended to connect computers, but today more and more devices are designed to be incorporated into home wireless networks. Printers are good examples. Rather than having multiple printers scattered throughout the home, wireless networks allow computers from anywhere in the home to print on demand. Entertainment systems also make use of wireless networks, allowing direct streaming of programming from online sources like Hulu and Netflix. In addition, security systems and home environmental systems can now be remotely accessed using the wireless system.

Are There Security Risks Associated With Home Networks?

While there is always some risks when using wireless systems, they can be mitigated by following a few simple steps. Networks can be set up without initiating any security protocols, but that is not recommended. Equipment providers include instructions for setting up secure networks that are difficult for anyone to get past. That means, with a little planning, the risks of unauthorized persons accessing the network is minimal.  We highly recommend that you keep track of tech and security blogs in order to stay on top of the security world and the latest in threats that could affect you.

Setting up a wireless network opens up the use a wide range of computing, entertainment, and environmental devices intended to make life easier and more enjoyable. If you don’t have a network established, consider setting one up today.

EDIT: Fixed a broken link.  Updated.

Freely Thinking: Learning New Languages

Learning new languages is not an easy task.  If it were an easy task, then everyone would be multilingual.  However, despite the obstacles you can still learn a foreign language.  The key to learning a new language is to get a great learning suite of software, and ensure that you’re making goals towards the usage.  What do you want to do?  What is your end goal?  Then seek out avenues in which you can constructively use the language; you will never own a language unless you are using it.  This is why immersion is usually the best strategy, but oftentimes people cannot apply this in their day to day life.

There are many language learning software suites out there.  But which one is the best?  There’s no straightforward answer here, but from our research we have found that the Rocket Languages program is quite good.  Check out their Rocket Spanish review if you want to really see what’s going on with this software and what pros and cons it has.

The thing is, no matter what language learning program you choose, you will have to organize constructive goals for yourself in order to really learn the language.  According to many linguists, turning the “want” of learning a language into a “need” is the best way to properly and quickly learn a language.  Most people are lazy and will not stick to the task.  If you’re learning at home it’s very, very easy to just put it off and procrastinate, and do things another day in favor of more fun and rewarding activities.  Learning a language is no walk in the park, so you really have to apply yourself.

Some goals that you might want to set yourself: being able to order a sandwich in the language that you want to learn.  Or, being able to converse with a native for at least 20 seconds.

Other language learning strategies that I’ve learned are the goal of communication, NOT grammarian.  You don’t have to be a grammar nazi.  Learn to communicate and be understood, and go back to grammar once you have reached this goal.  When people speak English with broken grammar you don’t really mind – understanding is the key.  So don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Using The Internet To Find Love And Improve Your Game

A lot of people are now turning to the internet to find love.  It’s becoming more and more socially acceptable to meet a significant other on a dating site, as more and more young people are doing it.  It seems to be easier to find someone who matches your interests through these sites, although many people seem to lament having to weed out a lot of people with whom there is just no spark.

The thing about online dating is that it’s like going on a blind date.  You just don’t know if you have that physical chemistry with someone until you meet them.   While a small percentage of people seem to be able to “fall in love online,” there are honestly not that many people that can do that.  Physical chemistry with someone is a mysterious cocktail of pheromones, looks, mode of speaking, and more.  It’s the reason people seem to have more luck meeting their significant others in person: of all the people we meet, we know pretty quickly who we are and are not attracted to.

Online websites are becoming more and more common as well that can recommend dating tips to people.  Recently I was looking up information on flirting, and was given a whole bevy of tips.  I think the biggest tip is to touch the object of your affection.  After talking with many friends, it seems that this is the biggest turning point.  Often just a touch can unleash a whole host of hormones in a person, resulting in some chemistry and sparks.

Many people are turning to their computers for dating and love advice, whether it’s looking for love on dating sites, or simply looking for advice on how to ask that cute girl out.  So what should you do if you want to get started with this?  First, make sure your computer is up to date on any antivirus or antimalware software programs.  This is to prevent getting smacked with a virus or something – which sucks.  If you don’t have these programs and are looking for suggestions, then I totally recommend heading over to this website to check out some writeups of the best and most popular programs out there.

How’s The Time

As the seconds till 1985 ticked away last night, the thought arose that for most people, they weren’t ticking at all. Clicking, maybe, softly, as numbers flipped over on digital clocks. For all the bands and bells, the seconds, minutes, hour and year changed silently, thus marking New Year’s milestones in both high tech and high living.

The technological triumph is that of the quartz watch. When electricity from a battery passes through its crystal, it can tell time with no moving parts. The sociological development provides a new twist on Veblen’s theory of conspicuous consumption – the idea that sometimes, the more something costs the better it sells because, more than the thing itself, the purchasers are buying status.

That Veblen applies to modern watches is evident from Christmas advertising. On Dec. 8, the main news sections of The Times contained 108 pages, of which the equivalent of 7 full pages was devoted to ads for watches. The least expensive was a multi-function quartz Casio chronometer selling for $44.95. The most expensive was a mechanical Rolex Day-Date in platinum and diamonds, selling for $32,400.

That one watch can command 720 times as much as another is not surprising given man’s thirst for prestige. What’s new here concerns value. Once, a watch was a handmade marvel of ingenuity and costly materials and it was a sign of status simply to own one. Then, starting in the mid-19th century, American companies like Waltham and Elgin pioneered mass-produced watches for every pocket, and pocketbook. Even so, some relationship endured between cost and quality. The clumsy dollar watch was not notably accurate or durable. ”Precise” still meant ”precious.”

The same relationship remains in other instances of luxury technology. A Rolls-Royce, made by craftsmen, costs a great deal more than a Plymouth made mostly by machines and robots. But it’s possible to rationalize the extra cost because of the finer workmanship. But for timepieces, the quartz revolution has disconnected price and value.

As David Landes observes in his captivating history of clocks, ”Revolution in Time,” science has defeated art. It’s possible, he writes, to buy a solid- state watch for about $100 that does almost everything imaginable. ”A mechanical watch with such capability would not fit in any ordinary pocket, would weigh a pound and would cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars – if one could find the workers to make it.”

Yet mechanical watches survive. Cheaper may have become in some sense better, but that does not repeal the ancient law that says if you’ve got it, flaunt it. ”When I go to a presentation,” Jerry Della Femina, a New York advertising executive once said, ”my watch says more about me than I could ever say.” Swiss watchmakers, who long sold precision as an attribute of prestige, have turned to selling the prestige of prestige: ”A Patek Philippe doesn’t just tell you the time. It tells you something about yourself.”

Time, at this dawn of 1985, is still money. And now, without even the pretense of precision, so is time-telling.

New York Times 1 Jan. 1985 Op / Ed