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WiFi Extender Setup

WiFi Extender Setup:  The Basics What Is A WiFi Extender? Wifi Extenders (or Repeaters – synonyms at this point) wirelessly connect to an existing router to lengthen a wireless signal by amplifying and rebroadcasting it.  With enough power, proper location, and correct setup, a wifi extender can eliminate most, if not all, of the wifi signal […]

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How To Buy A Computer On Ebay

I have purchased a number of computers, both new and used, from Sellers on Ebay. In each purchase, the computer arrived well protected in its shipping container, and was in its advertised condition and specifications. As with any computer, adopting the machine to my needs often takes some configuring. Each computer made this transition fine, […]

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Fix OS X Damaged Applications Warnings From Gatekeeper

Sometimes, Gatekeeper is not your friend… After installing a new program on my Mac Mini/Sierra media server, the program was verified by Mac’s Gatekeeper program.  Apparently, the program failed the verification, as I got the dreaded error message:  “Program Name is damaged and can’t be opened.  You should move it to the Trash.”  This seemed […]

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Use A HDTV As A Computer Monitor

For A  HDTV Computer Monitor, Size Does Matter You can use an HDTV as ac computer monitor with varying  degrees of success.  I know this statement sounds ambiguous.  This ambiguity stems from pixel density: simply put, the number of pixels used in a square inch on your screen.  TVs are designed to be seen from […]

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Marry Logitech Harmony Hub To Amazon Echo

Logitech Harmony Hub Amazon Echo Dot   Speak To Reach Harmony Linking Logitech’s Harmony Hub to Amazon’s Echo allows you to use Alexa (Amazon’s voice activated digital assistant) to “open” and “close” any activities you created for your Harmony hub/App/Remote application.  Simply say, “Alexa, turn on the TV”, and your TV and all components you […]

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Amazon Echo Dot 2 Review

What Is The Echo Dot 2? The Echo Dot 2 (or 2nd Generation) from Amazon, is a remarkable hockey-puck shaped device that you simply “speak” to, and it will attempt to answer your questions, and get pre-programmed things working (think home automation: lights, thermostat, coffee maker, locks, etc.). The Echo Dot 2 sells for $49.99. […]

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Putting VirtualBox To Work

What is VirtualBox? The simplest description of VirtualBox is that it is software that allows you to run another operating system (OS X, Unix, Linux, Windows, and others) in a “window”on your computer. This “window” becomes, in almost every aspect, another computer, and is commonly called a Virtual Machine (or VM). Depending upon how the […]

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Find Available Repositories for Ubuntu

While doing research for an article, I stumbled upon a one-stop-shop for Ubuntu repositories. Quite a find, a website that has an “Ubuntu Sources List Generator” (You can find the website HERE).  Basically, in the first two drop-down boxes, “click” your country, and your Ubuntu operating system (Precise, Trusty, Wily, or Xenial).  Next, from an […]

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Fix Apt Cannot Update Ubuntu Repositories

Cannot Access Ubuntu Repositories Last week, I tried to update the program repositories on my Ubuntu Server operating system (version 16.04).  Here is the results from my “apt-get update” command: From the graphic above showing the terminal’s output to my “apt-get update” command, you can see the repository URL’s are not being resolved, nothing is […]

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Firefox – Keep Yahoo From Hijacking Google

Yahoo Is Hijacking Google…. After my latest Firefox update (47.0), I began a search for some material for an upcoming article.  Instead of Google doing the search, Yahoo was now working in its place.  I got out of Firefox, and reloaded it, same thing:  Yahoo had become my default browser.  A trip to Firefox’s preferences, […]