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June 2014
Mr. Modem
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Working with Folders

Internet access speed, of course, will depend on the bandwidth available to you from your Internet service provider, so the more devices online, the more the existing bandwidth is being shared among all devices. Adding a router would not accomplish anything because you would still be sharing the same amount of bandwidth.

May 2014
Mr. Modem
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Flash Drive Longevity

This is a remarkable demonstration by guitar-player Alex, who plays 100 of the most famous riffs in rock and roll history -- and he does it all in a single take. The video is 12 minutes in length, so crank up the volume, sit back and enjoy.

April 2014
Mr. Modem
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Am I Being Tracked Online?

Tracking (also called search profiling) is an inherent part of life online today. Everything we do online leaves a trail, and in your situation, Google (and other search engines) do indeed monitor searches and use that data to personalize what appears on subsequent searches as far as advertising.

March 2014
Mr. Modem
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SD Card vs Thumb Drive vs External HD

A thumb or flash drive plugs into a USB port and it is quickly removed so you can take it with you. Its small size also makes it easy to misplace so if your life is lacking drama and you enjoy a good adrenaline surge periodically, thumb drives are the way to go.

February 2014
Mr. Modem
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Default Programs

World War II in Photos: Originally published as a 20-part series by The Atlantic, this collection of 900 photos profiles the lives of people who served on the front lines as well as those who supported the war effort from home.

January 2014
Mr. Modem
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Change Folder Icons

When you delete a file from your Recycle Bin, the file is still there and can be recovered. When you shred a file, the computer overwrites the saved information with random data. Although the file is still physically present, and still taking up the same amount of space, the information contained in the file is obliterated and cannot be recovered. 

December 2013
Ambord

Been Filing off Your Fingerprints Lately?

The older you get, the less reliable fingerprint identification becomes. The skin on our fingers which was once soft and pliable grows a little harder, making it impossible to for some people to use a fingerprint scan. Imagine if your only way to use an ATM was by providing a fingerprint.

Mr. Modem
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Upload Video from iPhone to YouTube

Some “experts” recommend that  flash or thumb drives not be left in a computer when not being used, but having used flash drives since they first arrived on the digital scene, I have never experienced any problem leaving them inserted. And that way I know where the drive is, as well. 

November 2013
Mr. Modem
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Transmit Super-Large Files

If, however, by “send” you mean you would like to share your vacation photos in an online album that your invitees can then peruse until their respective heads explode, any of the popular online album-hosting sites such as Snapfish.com, Shutterfly.com or Flickr.com -- and there are countless others -- will serve that purpose quite nicely.  

October 2013
Mr. Modem
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When Fine-Tuning Fails

Leaving a computer on maintains a stable, internal operating temperature which is desirable. I have 11 computers here (Mrs. Modem is destined for sainthood) and all of them run 24/7. 

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