While you consider which 802.11ac router to buy, the industry is working hard to render it obsolete. Here's what to expect in the next few years, as engineers tease more bandwidth and faster transmission speeds out of Wi-Fi.
Saying that passwords are dead is a popular meme. Until someone figures out a viable and universal replacement, however, we’re stuck with them.
Alas, passwords are a pain, since you should be using a long string of random letters, numbers, and special characters for all your critical accounts. Passwords that complex are as difficult to remember as they are to crack—which is why using a password manager that can generate and save those passwords for you is so crucial.
Password Mangers are easy to use, and most are cross-platform, giving you access to the data on PCs and mobile devices alike. Our favorites include LastPass, Dashlane, 1Password, and KeePass.
Do USB devices disconnect when you attach an additional device? Mac 911 provides some powerful insight.
However, if you exceed the hub’s limits—you’ve plugged in several devices that draw 500mA, for example—something’s got to give. And generally, what gives is the disappearance of one of the connected devices.
Some people treat email like it’s Twitter: a living stream of communiqués that’s constantly rushing beneath our feet, to be dipped into when there’s a free moment — but otherwise, without feeling any obligation to answer every single one. Others let their inboxes fill, fill, fill with unanswered mail — 5,000 messages, 10,000, maybe 30,000 — and finally declare “email bankruptcy.” That’s where you throw in the towel and delete all of it, starting fresh, on the assumption that if any of it is still important, the sender will email you again.
Force-quitting an application is a quick way to clear a program that is hanging, running slowly, or otherwise cannot be quit by normal means using the Quit function in the Application menu.
First and foremost is, of course, the force-quit window itself, which can be invoked by choosing “Force Quit” from the Apple menu, but can also be invoked by pressing Option-Command-Escape.
The second option is the Dock, where either before or after right-clicking an icon to view its contextual menu, you can hold the Option key to change the standard “Quit” command in the menu to “Force Quit.”
One of the things about the iMac, in fact any Apple-made display, is it’s extremely high quality image and colour-depth. It’s not that you’ll necessarily notice it immediately, but if you ever move back to a PC monitor, you’ll become acutely aware of the difference in quality.
Given that the iMac has a superb display, it could be useful to share that with another Mac, on occasion. In this tutorial I will explain a little known feature, named Target Display Mode, and show you how to use it. | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick; Tags: Hardware
10 tips for improving the range of your wireless network
Tip No. 1: Choose the best location
As with real estate, the three most important tenets of wireless network deployment are location, location, location. I’m talking about the location of your wireless access point (AP), of course.
In most cases, your wireless AP and your router are one in the same piece of equipment. To get the best results, set up your wireless AP in a location that’s as close to the center of your home as it can be. Placing the wireless AP on an unenclosed shelf instead of putting it on the floor will also extend its range. This is especially important if you live in a multi-floor dwelling.
The fewer walls, floors, and other obstacles between it and your client devices the better, so try to avoid putting your wireless AP in the basement. Obstructions such as masonry walls, large appliances (your refrigerator), and metal file cabinets will all impinge on your wireless AP’s range.