This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- What Does It Mean To Trust a Network?
What does it mean to trust a network?
When you connect your computer to a network, at least one dialog box should open warning you if you’ve never connected to that network before. If you’re running Windows 7 or later, you should get two separate queries.
The first dialog box to open should be from your firewall program. If it’s doing its job, it should identify that the IP addresses on the network and/or the MAC address of the switch or router to which it is connected, are different than it has seen before.
At that point, it should […]
- Computer Safety with System Restore
One of the new features that Microsoft introduced with Windows Millennium (Windows Me) was the incorporation of a third-party program that backed up the Windows operating system and critical files, including the Windows Registry. It was called GoBack.
While GoBack was incorporated into Windows Me, and was made available from the third-party software company for earlier versions of Windows, it never really caught on. Perhaps because it ran before Windows ever started. It also modified the Windows C: drive’s partition to a non-standard partition type, which broke a number of third-party utilities.
With the advent of Windows XP, GoBack was gone from Windows. Microsoft introduced a new feature called System Restore to Windows. Over the years, and over changing operating systems, System Restore has gotten better and better. […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Upgrading the Router in Preparation for DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Speeds
Gene’s next question was about the speed increase he could expect from upgrading his router. I wrote back to him to say that, for normal surfing, he probably won’t notice much — his bottleneck will be the cable modem.
For file transfers, especially large file transfers from one computer to another on your home network, the Gigabit speed (once you have Gigabit cards in your computers — and you might need to change Cat5 to CAT-6 on cables (but probably not) — will make your internal network fly. The nominal speed difference is +10 times the speed of the 100-Mbit/sec. […]
- Configuring the Buffalo USB Network Print Server
"The first step is the hardest." How many times have we heard that old adage — and it’s correct, too.
I finally made that first step and purchased a Buffalo Network USB 2.0 Print Server.
The second step was tough, too. The included instructions did not match the CDROM. They said to run the Setup program on the CDROM and that it will install the configuration program and manual to your computer. That was not the case.
Once I realized that, it was easy to solve. The configuration program didn’t even need to be installed!
When you run the CDROM, you can […]
- Adding A Printer With The Buffalo USB Network Print Server
Now that we have the Buffalo network print server hooked up and configured to operate on our network, we need to set each computer to be able to print to it. After all, that was the whole point of this effort.
In Windows, we use the Add A Printer icon or menu choice to set up the Windows computer to use the printer. […]
That’s what we’ll use here, too. After we tell the Windows Computer how to connect to the Buffalo network print server, we’ll specify which computer and load its driver if we need to.
The first step is the […]
- Solving Weird Windows Problems
Sometimes, a Windows 7 computer will simply get confused. Reboots don’t solve the problem. All the pertinent program, networking and firewall configurations are right. But Windows just doesn’t work right — and functions that DID work don’t work now.
Such was the case with my wife’s PC recently. She’s running Windows 7 Professional on her computer, just as I am on all my other computers except my notebook and a cheap PC I’m using as a home theater PC client (both of which run Windows 7 Home).
The strangeness, in this case, had to do with networking. […]
- Choose the Programs that Windows Uses by Default
Windows 7 provides an easy way for you to select which programs it uses by default for which file types. It’s much more flexible in this regard than the selectors in earlier versions of Windows.
To get to this dialog box, start with the Control Panel. Then, assuing you’re viewing the Control Panel by Categories and not by Icons, click on the header Programs. Within the resulting dialog box, click on Default Programs.
You’ll see the following […]
Not a subscriber? It’s easy to get my newsletter!
Subscribe to my free Terry’s Computer Tips email newsletter and then use the automatic responder to get the last two email issues!
I love the redesign of my Terry’s Computer Tips web site — it makes article posting and maintenance much easier than before. I’m glad I switched to WordPress and the Genesis Framework. On my Terry’s Computer Tips site, I’m using the base Genesis Framework with a child theme of my own to customize it.