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General Technology – Paper Bird Tek

Home and small business computer and network security

It seems that we are hearing almost daily about security breaches and ransomware attacks. Most of the time these are large corporations and government agencies, so how can we possibly keep ourselves protected when they can’t? To start with, we don’t need to be as secure as these other targets because we don’t have as much to protect. No hacker organization is going to expend massive resources attempting to…

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Switching from cable to streaming, Part 3: Data use

There are a lot of data calculators out there to help you figure out how much data you will use streaming video, unfortunately for me they were all wrong. So how much data can you expect to use and how fast does your internet need to be in order to stream? Those are some tricky questions, but let’s see if we can get some answers. We need to start…

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Switching from cable to streaming, Part 2: Hardware

In the last article we talked about replacing your existing cable connection with online streaming services. What we did not discuss was how to get those services from the internet to your television. That is what we will be covering today. If your TV is new enough, and high end enough, it is probably what we call a smart TV. This means it has the capability to run apps…

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Switching from cable to streaming, Part 1: Services

A lot of people are still using a traditional cable service simply because they have been using it for so long that they don’t think about any other way to watch TV. For a lot of these people, they don’t know they can have a better experience for less money. I won’t be using the term “cord cutter” much here because in all fairness anyone who watches TV does…

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What is VOIP? Part 2 of 2

Last time we discussed the basics of VOIP and different types of systems. This time we will get a little more in depth on the subject. VOIP installation concerns Since VOIP systems use networks and the internet there are things they require that we do not worry with when dealing with standard business phone systems. Let’s talk about those for a minute. Routers are the devices that allow us…

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What is VOIP? Part 1 of 2

There is a lot of confusion about what exactly VOIP means, what it does, and even who provides it. In this article we will look into some of those things and see if VOIP might provide a solution you can use. VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol and at the most basic level means that your conversation with someone else is transported not over the old analog phone…

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Questionable Practices of Computer Repair Companies

Everyone who takes anything in to be repaired is a little nervous unless they are extremely good friends with the shop they are visiting. It doesn’t matter if it is your computer or your car, your mind runs through all the things that could go wrong, get damaged, or stolen. With your car, the dangers are pretty straight forward, but with your computer, you may not really think about…

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802.11ax, the newest wireless standard is fast, really fast.

Almost all of us use wireless networking every day. From our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, to our thermostats and cameras, it is all around us. I think everyone will agree that the faster we can get this network, the better. Everyone hates stuttering or buffering video and audio. 802.11ax promises to help reduce bottlenecks and increase speeds but to understand it’s advances, we need to start a little earlier…

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What upgrade do you need to make your computer faster?

This is without a doubt one of the most common questions I get asked. Even people with new computers don’t seem satisfied with the speed of their machines. Desktop, laptop, and even tablet users are wanting their devices to go ever faster. What the typical user does not seem to understand is that the question is far more complex than it seems. Just like with a car engine, replacing…

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Keeping your home/office safe while you are away

Do you have pets at home? Do you ever worry about your pets, home, or office while you are on vacation or away for work? Wish there was a way to feel a little more secure about your home or office while you are not there? You can! Even though I have a bevy of cameras as well as an alarm I still worry. The cameras and burglar alarm…

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