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By Charles Miller   A Guide to Understanding the Multitude of Networks Around Us   When it comes to trying to understand computer networks, it is easy to be confused by the alphabet soup of acronyms. WAN, LAN, WLAN, WWAN, PAN, CAN, MAN, CDN, VPN, and others all end with “N” and all are networks. [...]

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By Charles Miller   A Message Demon   “Why didn’t my email go through?” This is a question that many people wonder about often when they get that disappointing error message telling them that their email wasn’t delivered, along with a code involving a set of mysterious-looking numbers punctuated by dashes and dots. The protocol [...]

Oracle Makes It Easier Than Ever to Purge Unneeded Java Program from Your Computer

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By Charles Miller Regular readers of this column will already be aware of how often I excoriate computer software makers, hardware manufacturers, and service providers for bad products and practices not in the best interest of us, the consumers. And, oh boy, there is never a shortage of opportunities! So it is only fair then [...]

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By Charles Miller In this column last week, I wrote the following: “Email addresses are not necessarily case sensitive. This means if your email address is janedoe@gmail.com, it is okay to write that address as JaneDoe@gmail.com or JANEdoe@gmail.com or janeDOE@gMAIL.com if you care to do so.” This week I am going to explain that almost [...]

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By Charles Miller There is a feature of the popular free email service Gmail that allows users to customize their name so that its appearance is more appealing or perhaps easier to read. Every user of Gmail needs to be aware of this feature and constantly vigilant of how this feature is being used to [...]

The Computer Corner: A Quick Guide to Spotting Internet Fake News Articles

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By Charles Miller The ubiquity of smartphones, always-on Internet, and social media has brought about a dramatic change in the way in which some people are exposed to the news today. Last year a good friend of mine here in México phoned me to ask if I had seen the news reporting of a serial [...]

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By Charles Miller As far as I know, there are no big parades scheduled, and I have not seen or heard any fireworks…at least not any more than normal for México. Yet, for some people there is an important anniversary being celebrated now: this month, the World Wide Web turns thirty. I suppose the lack [...]

Annual Internet Site Rankings a Peek into Users’ Interests and Preferences

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By Charles Miller Measuring which websites are the most popular on the Internet gives some interesting insights into what people are doing online. There are several organizations that track the popularity of websites, and every year about this time, lists of the most popular sites appear in the news. The methodology used to determine which [...]

Russia Planning to Temporarily Take Down Its Entire Internet

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By Charles Miller Perhaps by the time this article goes to press, an experiment will have taken place on the Internet, one that network engineers around the world are watching closely. We can hope it does not take place on April Fool’s day, because this is no joke. The Russian government and all Internet service [...]

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Ku-Band use satellites in geostationary earth orbit with signals aimed down

By Charles Miller   How Does the Internet Actually Work on an Airplane? This week, as I sit down at my word processor to write this column, I have no reader questions to answer. That happens sometimes. As I prepared to write, I noted that the folder containing my previous columns has 746 files in [...]

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