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How 2 Internet Connections are better than 1

Jun 06 2014 07:43 PM in Insight

I have lived in the Digital Home for almost 20 years and during that time, I have signed up with six internet service providers: Acanac, Bell, Rogers, Primus, Teksavvy and Echo On-line. For those that don't recognize it, Echo On-line was a local dial up provider which offered Internet service long before Bell and Rogers.

My first "always on" connection was through Bell Sympatico which I gave up on after about 4 years due to poor service.

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Asus RT-AC68U: A Digital Home failure

Jun 06 2014 02:55 PM in Insight

Over the last several months our household, which for the last 15 years I have called the Digital Home, began experiencing internet connectivity issues which resulted in less than optimal WiFi performance, a dropped VoIP telephone call or two, along with Netflix and MLB.TV dropouts.

After a considerable amount of investigation and head scratching, I concluded that the bulk of the problems were due to a combination of an overloaded WiFi network and a somewhat flakey cable internet connection.

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Zazeen vs. Vmedia: A Canadian Internet Television showdown

Apr 14 2014 08:43 PM in Insight

In the last year, a tiny crack in the Canadian Television distribution oligopoly has emerged from two Over-The-Top (OTT) Internet television providers, Zazeen and Vmedia.

Rather than distributing television channels using traditional cable or satellite technologies, these television distributors are providing consumers with access to television channels in the same manner Netflix is distributing TV shows and movies to consumers, over the internet.

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Can someone find me if they know my Internet address?

Apr 14 2014 07:07 PM in Insight

You've probably seen it many times in a movie or tv show. The cops are hunting for the bad guy when they find out the villain has posted something on a social media website. Two minutes later the cops find out the crooks internet address and seconds after the commercial has ended, they are banging down the bad guys door.

So is it possible, can cops, bad guys or even worse, an overzealous marketer, track you down if they know your internet address?

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Global PC Shipments fell 1.7% in first quarter

Apr 11 2014 08:27 PM in News

Global personal computer shipments, which includes laptops, desktops and Windows 8 tablets but not Chromebooks or other tablets, totalled 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014, a decline of 1.7% from the first quarter of 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner.

The numbers might have even been worse at it not been for the fact that many firms were buying computers ahead of April 8th, the final day of Windows XP support.

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