This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Blu-Ray Player Can’t Network Properly
Subscriber Bruce Mowery wrote with a network problem, not directly a computer problem, but networking his Blu-Ray player:
I wrote back to Bruce to try to help. FIrst, I checked to make sure that I understood what he meant by "the netowrk code number."
Terry good morning. Can you help me with my problem? I’m trying to get my Panasonic Blu-ray player which has Wifi built in and Netflix. I’m trying to view Netflix movies.
I’m having a problem with the internet code number of my Net Gear G router. I’ve contacted Comcast, Netflix and they informed me to contact Net Gear. I did and they made things worse for my computer and I still wasn’t able to get the code after spending $120.
How can I find if I can the network code number.
I wrote back to Bruce to try to help. FIrst, I checked to make sure that I understood what he meant by "the netowrk code number" […]
- Networking Printers for Computers, iPhones and iPads
I recently modified my home network to increase the accessibility of my printers. I have two printers. Now, both of them work with my desktop computers, my wireless laptop, our iPhones and my wife’s iPad. Installation and setup was surprisingly easy, too.
One printer is an HP Color Laserjet CP1518ni, which is built to be a network printer with its own IP address (no "Windows File & Printer Sharing" necessary). It hooks to the network via an Ethernet cable. The other printer is an older model, an HP Laserjet 1220se.
The LJ1220 is a black-and-white laser printer, so it’s the default printer for us (printing from the color printer is more expensive, and really more expensive if you’re just printing black & white because of laser cartridge prices. Not only that, this printer dates back to the days of parallel port printers. It actually has both a USB interface and a parallel port interface. I remember when I finally switched it to USB (a new computer didn’t have a parallel port) and discovered how much faster the USB printing was.
So, of the two printers, one was accessed directly via the network, and the other (the HP1220se) was "shared" (Windows File and Printer Sharing) by the networked computer to which it was connected by USB cable.
When my family got iPhones, all was well. No one really had a desire to print anything from the iPhone. If you wanted to print a web page and were at home, you used a computer to surf to the page and print it.
That satisfaction changed when I got an iPad […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Big Green Checkmarks Over Thumbnails of Images
I received a question this week from would-be subscriber Frank Spencer. Actually, rather than a question, initially, it was a bug report:
Your link, in the offer to subscribe to your computer tips fails to produce a result. It indicates the site cannont be found,
Yes i did
- Accidentally Clicking the Windows Key Causes Unexpected Problems
New subscriber David Wiesner wrote me to report a problem he was having with mis-keying. Sometimes, the mis-key would cause severe problems:
Sometimes when typing I accidentally hit my Windows key, bringing up the start menu. Then my next keystroke brings up one of the options on the menu.
If I happen to select the option to shut down.
Many times I can simply cancel but sometimes
- Internet Connection Speed Testing
Ever wonder how fast your cable connection is? Or your DSL connection? Or your phone modem?
I don’t mean the official numbers, because they are always quoted as “up to…” […]
- Windows Media Player and Windows 7
Long-time subscriber J. P. Biddle wrote with a question about Windows Media Player running on Windows 7:
I have an interesting question. I noticed in Windows 7 64 bit under active tasks windows media player. I try to kill it but you can’t or it comes right back. It’s not listed under start up. Is this a new feature of Windows 7?
J. P. Biddle
I wrote back to J. P. to suggest that the program was probably not Windows Media Player, per se. I expected that it was […]
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