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Cheaper bandwidth–(not the last mile)

I was reading an article on gigaom regarding how bandwidth is getting cheaper. http://gigaom.com/2012/08/02/guess-what-bandwidth-is-getting-cheaper/ The article was not about our home or business bandwidth but rather IP transit costs.  The cost to move data from one location to another (overseas).   The reference the value from a business perspective, if that business buys a lot of bandwidth.   Companies like netflix, google, etc… …

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Yahoo CEO suggestions unsolicited

I got this post in an email from a co-worker. I thought the insight into Yahoo was interesting. Some of the comments were great and really hit home. http://sriramk.com/unsolicitedyahoo.html Every company has issues, and some of these are pretty fun to read about.

iPhone App Development Story

This is a great article on what works when developing a mobile app.  The team from Pocket Lists http://www.1312.ru/Pocket-Lists-sales-13500-in-first-3-months/ This is a great story of how to make money on an app. (see this clip of the article) Category: Productivity (to-do & checklist app) Price: initially priced at $4.99, then settled to $1.99 Developed in: 10 months from scratch to version …

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Developer Laptop

Dell has just launched a developer focused laptop.  The cool thing about this version is that it runs Ubuntu (linux) and is on a 13 inch laptop.    (check out the hardware here)  The article that I found regarding this was focused on the Sputnik project.   I think this is a great start.  I’m a fan of small portable computing and the …

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61% of US households have wifi–How many are open networks?

I was reading flip board app this morning and ran across this article from techcrunch – http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/05/study-61-of-u-s-households-now-have-wifi/ A study shows that 61% of US households have wifi.   The US is lower on the list 8th behind the UK and places like Germany.  I thought that 61% is a pretty good number.   From a security perspective I wonder what percentage of those …

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Speed up your iPhone

There are a few great posts on the web on how to speed up your phone.  I won’t try to re-create them. I personally like the version from lifehacker and the few links they have related to Battery life and settings http://lifehacker.com/5897438/how-to-speed-up-clean-up-and-revive-your-iphone Overall, the idea is to disable anything that is continuously talking or communicating to the web.  Basically, notifications and …

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Pfsense – SARG (squid reports) setup

UPDATE – Since writing this pfsense has added a package install of SARG.   I recommend an updated tutorial of this post –  SARG and Pfsense V2. Here is a tutorial on how to setup SARG (http://sarg.sourceforge.net/) – Squid Analysis Report Generator on Pfsense.   If you don’t know what any of those words meant then here are some references. SQUID – (www.squid-cache.org): …

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New home firewall / router

I have been having some performance issues with my home firewall.  Last year I upgraded my networking to use a Cisco e3000 running tomato firmware.  This configuration worked well when I paired it with an airport extreme to be the dedicated wireless access point.   I had moved to a dedicated wireless AP as we added more wireless devices in the house.  …

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