Category Archives: Home Networking

Smart Phone Security

On April 17, 2016, the CBS show 60 Minutes presented a segment by Sharyn Alforsi on how hackable smart phones are. It’s a pretty alarming report and I’d highly recommend that you watch it first before you continue to read this post. The purpose of this post is my attempt to put this report into …

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The Internet of Things

There is an interesting article in this week’s New York Times: Why ‘Smart’ Objects May Be a Dumb Idea. In it, the author Zeynep Tufekci, notes that with the rapid proliferation of smart things, enough hasn’t been done to secure them from hacking. There have been several examples recently of cars being hacked to demonstrate the dangers. …

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Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 is available for upgrade, there is a new feature that you should know about prior to upgrading your system to Windows 10. The new feature is called Wi-Fi Sense. Wi-Fi Sense allows you to share your Wi-Fi network credentials with friends and family without explicitly giving them the credentials. When enabled, Wi-Fi Sense copies …

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Cleaning out the cobwebs …

When I find topics to discuss on this blog, I typically send myself an email with links for background.  If I haven’t blogged in a while, these emails languish and start to coalesce into a lonely bunch of ticklers.  So, with that in mind, it’s time to clean out the digital cobwebs:

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Google acquires Nest: What does it mean?

Readers of this blog know that I’ve installed the Nest thermostats in my home and generally, I’m a supporter of the product.  My experiences have been documented in A Smarter Thermostat: Nest and The Nest Thermostat — User Experience. Yesterday, Google announced that they are going to acquire Nest Labs for a tidy $3.2 billion (yes, …

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Your technical New Year’s resolutions

Well, the “holidays” are pretty much over as I write this and I hope you and yours have had a wonderful and safe holiday season. One of the final holiday traditions involves taking stock and figuring out what changes you’d like to make for the New Year. What are your New Year’s resolutions?  Common resolutions …

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The middle child of the technology family: Bluetooth

I just purchased a new Bose Wave radio with a Bluetooth attachment and I’m really impressed.  I’m a heavy listener to SiriusXM  both in my car and over the Net.   I’ve been tempted to acquire a satellite radio for the house.  However, it’s complicated and expensive on a yearly basis, so I’ve been reluctant. …

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FLASH: CryptoLocker malware is on the loose …

There is a new version of ransom malware called CryptoLocker.  It started showing up in October, 2013 and to date only infects MS Windows systems (though like all malware, MacOS can be a carrier).   It works the traditional way: An legit looking attachment is opened and it proceeds to hunt down data files including …

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A smarter thermostat: Nest

For most folks, the lowly thermostat is a a bit of anachronism.  You set it to “heat” or (if you’re lucky) “cool”, then set the temperature.  If you have a programmable thermostat, you might be programming the temperature by time of day (cooler when sleeping or away, warmer when home). However, there are some options …

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I NEED to watch TV …

Over the weekend, I purchased a device that leverages the combination of the strength of the Internet with traditional cable television.  I broke down and purchased a Slingbox.    What’s a Slingbox?  It’s a solution that allows one to watch their home TV (or Apple TV, Xbox, etc.) via the Internet.  And yet another device …

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