1. Computing

Basic Internet and Computer Hardware

Chances are if you are new to the Internet, you are probably new to computers in general. In front of you is probably a PC or an Apple Mac computer. Has anyone taken the time to explain the hardware and the networking cables involved? You don't need to learn it all, but a basic understanding of computer hardware will definitely improve your confidence online. About.com tells us more about internetworking and hardware fundamentals here...

Troubleshooting Your Highspeed Internet Connection Speed

Slow Internet connections happens for various reasons, even when you pay for a 'highspeed connection' with DSL or cable. Because the Internet (and World Wide Web) are built on hundreds of different technologies bolted together, there are many places where electrons can slow down before they reach your computer screen. Read more here...

Troubleshooting Your Highspeed Internet Connection Speed

Slow Internet connections happens for various reasons, even when you pay for a 'highspeed connection' with DSL or cable. Because the Internet (and World Wide Web) are built on hundreds of different technologies bolted together, there are many places where electrons can slow down before they reach your computer screen. Read more here...

Speed Up Your Torrent Downloads

Here are some simple hardware tweaks you can do yourself to improve your peer-to-peer filesharing speeds with bittorrents.

What Is 'Port Forwarding'? How Do I Set My Own Port Forwards?

Port forwarding is the redirecting of computer signals to follow specific electronic paths into your computer. If the computer signal can find its way into your computer a few milliseconds quicker, it will add up to be dramatic speed increases for your game or your downloading.

Speed Up Your Dial-Up Connection!

If you are like millions of other frustrated users, you are stuck with a phone modem “dialup” connection. Your farm or rural location has no DSL. There is no high speed cable modem in your area. You looked at satellite and infrared transmitter options, but you don’t want to spend thousands of extra dollars each year for that fancy technology.

Poll: Do You Prefer Mac or PC?

Poll: Do You Prefer Mac or PC?

Poll: Do You Prefer Mac or PC?

About.com polls its readers: do you prefer Mac or PC as an internet user? See the survey results here...

Poll: Do You Prefer Mac or PC?

About.com surveys its readers: do you prefer Mac or PC as an internet user? Submit your answer and see the interesting results here...

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