i7 Windows 7: Sharing Internet Connection

One way to share internet connection on the LAN from your i7 Windows 7 machine.

All our office computers except one had no internet connection for 3 days last week. A new cpu had been delivered and installed – a new i7 machine with Windows 7 OS. And the boss decided that the i7 machine should now be the central machine (previously, it was one of the XP machines) that will get connected to the only internet line alloted to our office, and share the connection to the rest of the office machines.

Now, all of the existing CPUs on our LAN were old ones with Windows XP as its operating system. Thus, we discovered as soon as we started fiddling with the Win7 i7’s configuration that we cannot share the internet connection the way we did before on the XPs. The Win 7 system requires that all other machines in the network should also be running Windows 7 in them. Ugh!

Software


The easiest solution would have been to just purchase a router. Our existing gadget is just a switch, not a router. Before we tried going that way, however, we decided to call the IT guys in the adjacent department. And he fiddled and twiddled around with the i7 machine. Meeting a blank wall too, he decided to do some digging around for an appropriate software for this purpose. Thus, on the third day, he installed the Kerio Winroute application (now called Kerio Control). The Kerio Winroute software gave us the much needed internet connection without too much sweat. It was installed only on the 64-bit ‘server’ machine (there was no need to install anything on the other computers). We used a trial version. The trial expired a day ago, but the feature that shared the internet connection still works.

Router

Me, I still think we’d still be better off with a router. That way, all computers would have internet connection even if the i7 ‘server’ machine is turned off. Also, wireless internet for laptops can be availed by anyone within the vicinity of our office.

Modern Corporate Phone Systems

Modern corporate phone systems have almost, though not altogether, set aside the analog phone system, in pursuing the more efficient and cost-effective digital system. VoIP.


A few years back, corporate phone systems commonly involved the good old traditional analog pabx phone systems. Corporate phone systems then meant a system that carries voice and fax material data over dedicated circuit-switched connections of the PSTN (public switched telephone network ). Although IP Telephony already exists, it was not heard of yet back then. Only when I moved and got employed in a smaller business enterprise that provides virtual services online did I get to hear about such things as VOIP, automatic call distribution, call recording, and a lot of technical language terms. Now, whether it be small, medium-sized businesses, or international enterprises, the in thing when it comes to corporate phone systems is digital.

Communications today involve an exchange of data online. Call centers epitomize the most efficient use of these modern corporate phone systems. Among these efficient systems is Toshiba Phone Systems. Toshiba provides “a range of business phone systems that embodies scalability, functionality, cost-effectiveness and innovation“, one of which is the Strata CIX range. Whatever the size of the business, Toshiba has a system that would perfectly fill its needs. With a considerably long experience in the field of electrical and communication science behind them, Toshiba having started way back in 1939 by the merger of Shibaura Engineering Works and Tokyo Electric, Toshiba is a force to reckon with in corporate phone systems technology.

Aside from the famed Toshiba Phone Systems, there are also other similarly efficient phones systems such as the swyx phone systems, panasonic phone systems, avaya phone systems, siemens phone systems, and other systems. Find more information at elitetel.com.

How I Got Wireless Internet For My Laptop At Home

Getting a wireless internet connection at home for your laptop may sound so techie and such, but it isn’t really that difficult to do it yourself.

wireless internet for laptops

I got wireless internet for my laptop at home and I did it all myself. Applause please. For one who is not so savvy in network and IT stuff of this kind, that was some accomplishment. Of course, I did my fair share of research before I was able to conquer the fear of the unknown.

After buying a laptop as a gift to myself sometime last


December, I learned that to have access to faster internet at home, I really need to have a land line and an internet subscription from an internet provider. As our house is located in an area in the suburbs which has just been developed recently, there were still no phone lines then. So, by the time I got my laptop, I had to contend with a wireless internet connection using a USB adapter provided by a cellphone company. And the best that it could provide is around 128 kbps, despite their ads telling us of speeds faster than light (inside a turtle’s closed eyes).

Long story short, our long-awaited phone connection finally materialized. This was a land-line phone account that comes with an internet service. With my previous usb adapter internet, I have to pay hourly for the internet service. This time, I have 24/7 internet, and cheaper and quite faster at that.

I was provided with a telephone unit, a modem, a small ‘line splitter’ box, and some cables. This was okey as far as internet connection for my desktop is concerned. For my laptop however, I needed a router for internet access. Of course, I could always connect my laptop using a cable, but that would defeat the laptops mobility (even if it’s only at the house). So, I bought a router. I think all modern routers are capable of both wired and wireless access nowadays. Mine can provide wireless access, and also has 4 ports from which wired access can be acquired.

Configuring the router was a breeze as its manual (I think all brands/models come with either printed or online manuals, or both) spelled out everything in a dummy-friendly manner. So, within 7 minutes, I had wireless internet for my laptop. If my laptop could withstand moisture, I could probably bring it and watch youtube while taking a shower. (Reminder to self: Search Google for water proof laptops.)

So far, the surfing speed is cool enough for me. However, once my online income picks up to hotter levels, I’d definitely want to upgrade to speeds more than what I need.

You can check out these resources regarding wifi and wireless internet access:
WiFi Wiki
Wireless internet for laptops

Wireless Internet Without Router

Firewire 800 External Hard Drive

Do you work with videos and mega-sized files and want speedy transfer? Then you need firewire technology.

Firewire 800 external hard drive is any hard drive brand that has a firewire interface and thus can be connected to any computer or device with a firewire port/connectivity. Find the best choice here.

Available Firewire 800 External Hard Drive

Here are the (considered) best so far in Firewire 800 External Hard Drive wares in the market presently.

LaCie d2 Quadra 1TB (USB2/FireWire 400/800/eSATA) External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Ridged exterior cover ensures best performance of its heat dissipation features
  • Universal compatibility: (cables included)
    • 1 eSATA 3 Gbit port (3Gbits/sec transfer rate)
    • 2 FireWire 800 ports (9-pin)
    • 1 FireWire 400 port (6-pin)
    • 1 hi-speed USB 2.0 port (USB 1.1-compatible)
  • Rotational speed: 7200 rpm
  • Cache: at least 16MB
  • 3 power management options:
    • Auto (for energy efficiency)
    • On (instant access)
    • Off (for data protection)
  • Pre-loaded software:
    • Setup Assistant (for easy formatting / partitioning)
    • Backup Assistant (Windows/Mac backup)
  • Shortcut button on external hard drive lets you launch any application
  • Dimension: 1.7 x 6.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Also available: 500GB and 750GB

This firewire 800 external hard drive is “one grea piece of equipment“, according to one satisfied user. You can find other user reviews at here.

Iomega eGo Mac Edition 500GB USB 2.0/FireWire 400/800 External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Stylish aluminum design with protective Drop Guard feature
  • Available colors:
    • Ruby Red
    • Alpine White
    • Midnight Blue
  • Multiple connections:
    • 1 Firewire 800 port
    • 1 Firewire 400 port
    • 1 USB port
  • Included software:
    • EMC Retrospect
    • QuikProtect
    • MozyHome Online

G-Technology G-DRIVE 1 TB USB/eSATA /FireWire 800 External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Compatible for both PC and Mac
  • USB/Firewire/eSATA interface
  • fast 69MB/s read, 58 MB/s write
  • 9.3 x 5.1 x 1.8 inches

Sold out user says this firewire 800 external hard drive “is a winner: fast, quiet, reliable and cleverly designed. An excellent value.”

Iomega MiniMax 1TB USB2 / FireWire 800 External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Connectivity:(cables included)
    • 2 Firewire ports
    • 3 port integrated USB hub
    • 1 USB device port
  • Included software (via download):
    • free 12 month subscription of Trend Smart Surfing for Mac
    • QuikProtect
    • MozyHome Online Backup
  • 5.6 x 7.6 x 8.4 inches

AcomData PureDrive 2 TB USB 2.0/Firewire 400/800 Portable External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 2TB
  • Connectivity:
    • USB 2.0
    • eSATA
    • Firewire 400/800
  • Hot pluggable security lock slot

“Excellent multi-interface bulk storage”.
See user review here.

Iomega UltraMax Plus 4 TB USB2 / FireWire 800 / eSATA External Hard Drive

Cool Features:

  • Capacity: 4TB
  • Connectivity:
    • 3 USB port hub
    • 3 Firewire ports
    • 1 eSATA port
  • Included software:(via download)
    • EMC Retrospect
    • Iomega QuikProtect
    • MozyHome Online
  • Available in 2TB and 4TB capacities

To see more choices, click here: External Hard Drives

Is Firewire better than USB?

For me, definitely yes. In terms of transfer rate speed, Firewire leaves USB far behind. And technology promises to make it even extra wicked with speed beyond the present limits. Being ‘peer-to-peer’ (as opposed to USB’s being host-based), it is the ultimate in connectivity. I often wonder why manufacturers did not make it the standard for all peripheral connectivity. They say it’s because of the extra cost. Well, what’s a few dollars more for fast and universal connectivity?

Can’t Find Firewire 800 External Hard Drive?

Try searching at Amazon’s up-to-date collection: External Hard Drives

I Want A Bloom Box At Home

With the promises made by the Bloom Box, I certainly want one at home.

bloombox video

I’ve just recently bumped on the news about the bloom box, a fuel cell type contraption that allegedly produces electricity out of oxygen and some fuel (e.g. biofuel, methane, etc.). Considering that all it takes to power up a whole house is just a couple of cubes that can fit in the palms of my hands, I definitely want one at home.

What Is A Bloom Box?

bloom box

(If you prefer, you can watch the video below).

A bloom box consists of a stack of thin ceramic plates (made out of sand) one side of which is painted with green ‘ink’ and the other black. One side of this plate is feed oxygen while the other is feed some fuel. The plate then magically outputs electricity out of these inputs. This technology is supposed to bring out the following advantages:

  • On site power. This means we can eventually get rid of the messy grid of power lines and posts. And we can say goodbye to block-wide or city-wide power failure.
  • Portable. It occupies the same space as the space occupied by a roll of tissue paper. So, a couple of cubes can be placed on any convenient place in the house, say on a shelf in the garage. Planning on a camping trip? Well, this time, you could probably bring your small fridge with you. Pretty soon, electric cars will be bloombox powered.
  • Green. That is, it doesn’t contribute to atmospheric pollution as it is emission free. Actually, inasmuch as it uses fuel, there is still some emission but probably very minimal.
  • Economical. A home-sized power installation is estimated to cost $3,000.00. If it’s true that EBay, one of the bloom box’s first big corporate users (Google was the first), has been using it and has declared a savings of $100,000.00 over a span of 9 months, this contraption must indeed be delivering to us the ideal energy source today.

So far, there are not much detailed information about the bloom box except for what has been declared and shown by Bloom Energy (the bloom box maker). In fact, the bloom box has supposedly been around for 8 years but Bloom Energy has always put it under wraps, probably until they have refined it to perfection. So, this means we still have no idea about possible miscellaneous expenses its maintenance might incur. Well, it’s probably possible to use household-produced methane gas so this is not much of an expense issue. What about oxygen? Do we just expose the box outside to make it work, or do we need to buy oxygen tanks? Or, do we need another contraption to extract oxygen from water?

All we have are some affirmations of agreement from the big guys (e.g. Ebay, Google). But then, considering who these guys are (oh, it’s just the google company, and yeah, ebay, coca cola, cox enterprises, wal-mart, sim center, staples, bank of america, fedex… ), and maybe I’m just the gullible type, I’m jumping and kicking to have one for my house.

What do you think of the bloombox guys?

YouTube Video of the BloomBox

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[complete conference video]

[CBS News Interview with Bloom Box Inventor]

Also check out the BloomBox Buzz.