Category Archives: Technology

5 Things you can do with your old wifi wireless router.

It probably wasn’t too long ago that you purchased your own wifi router to attach to your internet device from your internet provider. Electronics only last so long, and the day always comes that your new $100 router, will be used as a paper weight. The question becomes what do you do with that old wireless router. Here are 5 ideas on what to do with your old wifi wireless router.

#1 Guest Connection

Turn your old router into a guest connection. This means when you purchase a new wifi router, you will turn this old unit into a wifi only for your guest. This can help in separating your communications from those who visit with machines that may or may not be virus protected.

#2 Closed Network

Use your old wifi network as a spot connection, total isolation of network packets. You could place all your streaming services on this network, helping to illiminate lag and ensure consistent speed of those services.

Looking for a Router try: Netgear R6700-100NAS Nighthawk Click here http://amzn.to/2EutzDJ

#3 Firmware update

Install a new more robust firmware on your router such as tomato or dd-wrt just to name a few. These firmware updates would replace the underlining software that runs your home network. This could add more capabilities to your network such as Qos, VLAN, Wifi repeater, VPN, and more.

#4 Sell your device

If you don’t want to even deal with all the head aches of flashing firmware or setting up other networks, think about selling your device on Ebay.com. Many people are interested in the older technologies because of the external antennas, and the fore mention firmware flash. If you have time put your device online for sale, if you research you can get a good penny back from an otherwise depreciating device.

#5 Hotspot

Turn your wifi into a free wifi solution that could make you money, with updates you could choose to turn your wifi into a free wifi hotspot. This would allow you to let people connect to your wifi, for a fee, and while your thinking I couldn’t do this. Image an appartment building covering many floors if your signal is good enough you could make a small amount on a monthly basis.

Conclusion

All these alternatives are available the next time you look in your closet and find your old router siting on the shelf collecting dust think, you could be selling it or using it to your advantage. You make the choice it’s up to you.

 

Symantec has reported a new worm found on the net using email as a host.

I found this post important so I wanted to let others know about this new worm.

TBTR

COPYRIGHT 2010 Normans Media Ltd.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-September 10, 2010-Symantec reports rapid spread of new worm(C)1994-2010 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com

Norton, an Internet security company and a division of Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC), reported that Symantec Security Response has, as of yesterday, been tracking the rapid spread of a new computer worm that spreads using a socially engineered e-mail attack.

The company said that the threat is being spread via e-mails that ask the recipient to click on a link embedded in the e-mail which points to a malicious program file posted on the Internet and disguised as a PDF file. Once this file downloads it installs a worm known as W32.Imsolk.B@mm.

The worm, once it has compromised a usera[euro](tm)s machine, will attempt to spread itself further by gaining access to the usera[euro](tm)s e-mail contacts and repeating the process. It can also spread to other machines connected via network shares or via removable media.

The company advises all users to ensure that they take appropriate precautions, such as isolating compromised machines, blocking access to any address contained in the e-mail and insuring that they have installed and updated appropriate security applications, such as Norton Internet Security 2011.

Norton has made further information available at http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-round-email-worm-here-you-have.

Day 28 Benjamin Banneker – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker was born in 1731, it’s said he was born to a colonial American who was an indentured servant at one time but by the time Banneker was born he was born free, but with all things when it comes to African American’s it’s hard to trace the true origins of some people’s history.

Banneker made astronomical calculations that predicted solar and lunar eclipses.  As he understood the need for this kind of information he created an almanac ephemeris from 1792, to 1797.

Banneker's Almanac

Banneker also made a clock, as I understand it he took apart a clock that was given to him, and then created a clock made of wood that worked and chimed at the hour mark.

Later Banneker was part of a survey team that in late February 1792 was dismissed, they had failed to have have the plans published the leader Pierre Charles L’Enfant was dismissed.  The story goes that L’Enfant left with the plans he had completed, thus leaving the project up in the air, and the possibility of starting the project over again from start.

Banneker was able to draw from memory and provide the plans that were later used for the construction of the federal capital city.

So far in my research I have no knowledge that Banneker went on to college or even how far he completed high school or for that matter grade school.  We do all know this, his almanac was truly remarkable and he is a great African American Inventor.

TBTR

Day 27 Percy Lavon Julian – 28 days of Black History in Technology

Percy Lavon Julian

Percy Lavon Julian was born April 11, 1899 in Montgomery Alabama.  He was a research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medical drugs from plants.  He largely worked on chemical synthesis of the human hormones, steroids, progesterone, and testosterone, from plant sterols.

During his lifetime he received over 120 chemical patents. Julian was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry.

Percy synthesizing progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone from the plant sterols, stigmasterol and sitosterol, isolated from soybean oil by a foam technique he invented.

His most famous work comes from his synthesis of cortisone which is used in the treatment of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

Working in Lab

Little unknown fact: In 1999, the American Chemical Society recognized Julian’s synthesis of physostigmine as one of the top 25 achievements in the history of American chemistry.

It seems that all the people I have talked about found truth in education, and understanding that by using that education they could excel to the highest levels.  I never understood that education and what it really meant until I was older, it’s time we all start waking up.

TBTR

Day 26 George Washington Carver – 28 days of Black History in Technology

George Washington Carver

Would I be doing the world justice if I didn’t mention one of the greatest inventors of all time, African American or other wise.  George Washington Carver born 1864 finished high school through much hardship.  He also attended college he was accepted at Highland College in Highland, Kansas.  He later found out once on campus that he was rejected because he was African American.

In 1896 , Carver was invited to lead the Agriculture Department at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, later known as Tuskegee University.  Carver remained at TU for 47 years teaching.

Carver became famous for his research into and promotion of crops as alternatives to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes.  One of his goals was to educate poor farmers to grow alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life.

His inventions are too many to name for the peanut, but I have to give you some examples.

George made things like wood stains, shampoo, face power, printer ink, vinegar, soap, coffee, butter, milk, and cheese. These were only a few things that he had that he made from peanuts. He also made different things from other plants. Carver produced paint pigment and talcum powder from southern clay and many other plants. George also found 118 ways to make industrial materials from sweet potatoes, like rubber. He also made five hundred dyes from various southern plants.

His life and legacy will live on forever, his work with the peanut and sweet potatoes is well documented and if you knew all that he created from his work you would understand why he’s so important.  His thurst for knowledge led him to finish High School, and to complete college.

He was, is and will always be a great African American Inventor.  I was able to find some videos from youtube which goings into depth about him and his legacy check them out.

Part 1 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAnq17vaUKs
Part 2 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_T0ApOsnF8
Part 3 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w0xYk1hW6c
Part 4 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzYF47cmrAk
Part 5 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF7vGEWJGDA

TBTR