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The Purpose of a VPN


The Computer Corner By Charles Miller It is not with great expectations that I write this column this week believing that what I explain here will miraculously lead to everyone understanding two very complex technologies, but I am still going to take my best shot. There are two almost universally misunderstood internet connectivity technologies that [...]

Traffic Congestion

The Computer Corner By Charles Miller Recently I had the chance to enjoy the holidays by visiting with my family, and that always means I am going to be on the receiving end of some Information Technology questions. The first one came from my brother, who lives in a large apartment complex and noted that [...]

Blocking Ads

The Computer Corner By Charles Miller There is a war going on! It’s a titanic struggle between advertisers who want to put their message in front of as many people as possible and consumers who do not want to be bothered. Advertisers have resorted to in-your-face ads that cover the whole screen and are often [...]

Don’t Refill a Printer Ink Cartridge

The Computer Corner By Charles Miller Way back in the 1960s when I started helping out around my dad’s camera shop, I quickly learned what it was like to deal with people who had been ripped off elsewhere. In those days, there was a California company that manufactured a camera called the Fotron. It was [...]

Laptop Batteries


The Computer Corner By Charles Miller There is more to be said on the subject of laptop batteries than I was able to squeeze into this column last week. I was recently asked, “Why did my laptop battery quit when the meter said I had an hour left?” The reason is something that chemists and [...]

The National Railway Line of Turkey


The Computer Corner When traveling far away from home, the Internet is a vital communications link with friends and business left temporarily behind. Anywhere in the world we go today, we are almost always able to find a way to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or other means. This is almost as though we [...]


The Computer Corner By Charles Miller What do President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US FBI Director James B. Comey, and a jailed Brazilian financier all have in common? Probably a lot of things, but the answer I am thinking of is that they have all been in the news lately with regard to [...]

You Have the Ethernet Cables Connected Incorrectly

The Computer Corner A story, the veracity of which is sometimes questioned, is that the Internet was designed and created to survive a nuclear war. It is true that the worldwide network we know today as the Internet was designed by engineers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, (DARPA). And it is true that [...]

I Don’t Want Any More Passwords Anywhere!


By Charles Miller One day an octogenarian client of mine exploded: “Get rid of all these passwords! I can’t cope with this any longer!” I explained to her that her bank was not prepared to let her do that. “They used to know me by name when I went in there. I didn’t need to [...]

The Netflix Paradigm

The Computer Corner By Charles Miller Continuing with last week’s editorial, it remains a source of mass confusion as to why Netflix has taken steps to deny service to so many thousands, perhaps millions, of its international customers. I have spoken with Netflix customers in my area who are livid, and ask, “Why?” I wish [...]

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