Category Archives: 3 Geek

Back In The Saddle: A Tale of WordPress Migration

I have been away from technology blogging for a few years and I have missed digging deep enough into topics to actually put reasonably coherent thoughts together about them.  Many things have changed in technology since I last published.  There … Continue reading

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WPS Security Vulnerability: Ease of Use -> Less Secure

Several weeks ago, a security researcher by the name of Stefan Viehbock identified a pretty serious vulnerability in the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) protocol that is supported by most consumer-grade wireless routers produced over the last several years. Although I … Continue reading

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Apple Upgraded the AirPort Utility to 6.0 for Lion Users: A Blessing or a Curse?

I always thought that one of the negatives of using Apple products in my network was the fact that you could not configure them through a browser.  All other consumer-grade routers that I am aware of provide a browser-based network … Continue reading

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Removing Microsoft Windows Updates: A Temporary Solution to Restore Productivity

Although most often harmless to existing installed software and computer configurations, occasionally, Microsoft Windows updates can negatively impact your system. It isn’t possible for Microsoft to test every combination of hardware and software prior to shipping these updates. Often, these … Continue reading

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White Spaces: What Is It and Why Do I Care?

On December 22, 2011, the FCC announced approval of the first television white spaces database and device.  This announcement will have an impact on you in the future. An additional relevant FCC announcement can be found here. In layman’s terms, … Continue reading

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Roxio Toast 11 Titanium: A Classic Blunder in Software Design

As many of you know, I’m an avid user of TiVo.  The time has come for me to begin converting some of my saved videos to other formats that can be used with my other devices like the iPad, iPhone … Continue reading

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Wubi: The Windows Based Ubuntu Installer

From earlier posts on my blog, you may know that I’m in the process of rebuilding a Toshiba laptop after a failed drive. The original system was dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu with separate partitions for each. This time, I … Continue reading

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Product Review: Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive

As those of you who follow my blog already know, I had some problems a few weeks ago with a drive in my Toshiba laptop. After considering the options available, I decided to replace the failing drive with a Seagate … Continue reading

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Securing Your Wireless Network

Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people arrested for various crimes because someone used their unsecured wireless network to perform illegal activity. Open access points can also allow criminals to access … Continue reading

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Toshiba: Toshiba Tech Support = FAIL

In September of 2010, I purchased a Toshiba Portege R705-P25 laptop.  I really like the design of the laptop and it has some really good features.  Unfortunately, it has a flaky Toshiba hard drive in it.  The one it contains … Continue reading

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