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ACertifiedNut
Maryland
A+/Network+ certification instructor in Baltimore/DC area
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msconfig-Microsoft System Configuration Utility. A utility that can be used to troubleshoot the Windows startup process. It can be called by bringing up the Run line and typing in "msconfig" (w/o quotes). Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MPEG-Moving Picture Experts Group. A standards group that sets standards for audio and video compression and transmission. Also used to refer to the file format. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at A Certified Nut
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Check out boingboing's computer ad retrospective. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Microsoft is starting to push users to use the subscription service to Office 365. I, for one, don't think it will work. Avoiding bologna like this is why I use OpenOffice anyway. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at A Certified Nut
...there's a strategic reserve of maple syrup? Why am I just finding out about this? Why am I the last to know about things like this? Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Great article in zdnet.com on Goobuntu, the desktop OS most commonly used at Google. It's built on top of Ubuntu. There are a couple of things in the article that I want to emphasize: Bushnell was asked why Ubuntu instead of say Fedora or openSUSE? He replied, “We chose Debian... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Actually, in the beginning was the punch card, then the audio tape (at least on the old Atari 400s and 800s), then there was the floppy. And I wouldn't doubt if there was some other mobile storage media in between. But "In the beginning was the floppy" makes a decent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Dangerously Irrelevant has a great post on technology, internet safety and policy-making in our schools. It's a list of 26 points about technology use in schools today. Since each point is quotable in and of itself, I suggest you read the whole thing. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MMX-multimedia extensions. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MMC-Microsoft Management Console. A framework that Microsoft provides that allows for users to manage and administer their Windows products. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at A Certified Nut
The days of the username and password are numbered. Actually, probably not, but this is a good step forward nonetheless. Congratulations and thanks are in order for Dropbox. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Read here and here for what the next standards in Ethernet are going to be. Back in my day, the Ethernet was two kids with flashlights and a Morse code book. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at A Certified Nut
CompTIA has announced that the next revisions of the A+, Network+ and Security+ exams will include what are called performance-based questions. Basically you're going to get a question along the lines of "You get a ticket telling you to install a new printer on a user's computer. So install it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Tethering-connecting one device to another, usually by USB connections or wireless, most often in order to share a connection to the internet. Lately it has been most often used in connecting iPads, phones and other mobile devices to the internet through another device. The FCC has ruled recently that Verizon... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MIMO-multiple input multiple output. The use of multiple antennas to transmit and receive radio signals. Used in 802.11n, it allows for increased bandwidth. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MIME-Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions. When email first started, the only character set that you could use was what's called 7-bit ASCII. That essentially limited you to sending emails in English, maybe one or two other languages. Spanish, Portugese, German and other languages that have letters that fall outside of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at A Certified Nut
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I make it a point to mention a couple of things whenever I show this picture to my A+/Net+ classes. One is that this network does not have any documentation that is worth having, at least on the physical level and probably on the logical level as well. If you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Great article in Slate.com about how the Moroccan government baited a bunch of journalists into downloading trojans onto their computers, enabling the Moroccan government to examine log files, Skype chats and so on on the targetted computer. We'll be seeing articles like this more in the future. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Jeez, it's like everything has a birthday in August now. Happy Birthday to Debian Linux. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MIDI-musical instrument digital interface. A combination hardware standard (like USB) and communication protocol (like MP3) that allows digital musical instruments interface with PCs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Happy Birthday to the 101st Airborne Division. That's 70 years of Death from Above. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MicroDIMM-Micro dual inline memory module. Small form factor for memory used in notebooks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at A Certified Nut
Is clicking on the "Like" button free speech? A US District Court siad "No" in a recent case. That court was wrong and now the ACLU and Facebook are writing amicus briefs for an appeal of the case. Judge for yourself, though, and read the opinion of Bland v. Roberts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at A Certified Nut
I'm not one of these guys who knows how to work a room. Just not my style. But Fastcompany has a good post on good questions to ask and attitudes to hold when attending networking events. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at A Certified Nut
MHz-megahertz. See this post on GHz, only instead of a billion of Hz, it's a million. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at A Certified Nut