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    Glasnost: Test if your ISP is shaping your traffic

    Here is a web-site with a test to see if your ISP is limiting or what is called throttling your download bandwidth and perhaps preventing you from getting your full use of the Internet Connection you are paying for.

    Check it out here:

    The stated goal of the project is:

    "The goal of the Glasnost project is to make ISPs' traffic shaping policies transparent to their customers. To this end, we designed Glasnost tests that enable you to check whether traffic from your applications is being rate-limited (i.e., throttled) or blocked"



    - Chris





    Pre-Written Text Messages! With iPhone's Airplane Mode to Send Staged Messages, 

    Are you in a situation where you want to share updates quickly via text message and you don't want to take your eyes off the road. Try this trick for your iPhone to send pre-written text messages with the help of Airplane Mode.


    Use the iPhone's Airplane Mode to Send Staggered, Pre-Written Text Messages

    This is from the amazing web-site!

    Lifehacker reader Drew Sikora shares a clever technique for tricking your iPhone into staggering pre-written text messages. The trick relies on the method the iPhone uses for handling errors while text messaging. First put your phone in Airplane Mode and then write all the text messages you wish to compose ahead of time—like travel updates. When you attempt to send them they will error out. This creates a queue of unsent messages. When you turn Airplane Mode off, they don't automatically send, they just sit there waiting for some action from you. Now when you are traveling you can easily send text messages—like "I'm just cross the California border into Oregon" by simply tapping the message to attempt a resend.

    Check out the full article at for a detailed run down of the technique including how to use it to update social networks as well as notify people via text. If you're sporting an Android phone you may be curious if this trick works with Android. Alas, it doesn't—Android sends all text messages automatically once you turn Airplane Mode off—but you could use Google Voice Actions to dictate your text messages to your phone while on the road.  

    - Chris


    Check Web Site Availability with Down For Everyone Or Just Me - And More!!!

    Have you ever wondered if a site is really down or is it just something going wrong for you. The Web service: Down For Everyone Or Just Me? serves a singular and useful purpose: to see if that web site you're trying to reach is actually down, or if your busted-up computer or network filters is the problem.

    Try it Here:


    On the other end of the spectrum here is a site which tells you if the site is down where it is up and where it is down:


    As always I hope you enjoy these links and let me know what you think.


    - Chris




    Take Security Measures Now Before Your Computer Is Stolen

    We all many times do not take proper precautions in life because we have the "it will never happen to me" mentality. Guess what the chances are not that low that one day you will either lose and have a computer stolen from you. If your like most people, and especially if your a "home user", you likely have not taken any security measures with your important and personal data and may well end up paying a price which is higher then you think.                                                                                          
    Here is a great article on how to take better security measures on your computer and one users story of theft.                                                              
    Click here to read the article                                                                             
    As always I look forward to your feedback.                                                        
    - Chris

    Cyberwar Chief Calls for Secure Computer Network

    Here is an interesting NY Times article on the idea of creating a seperate "secure government internet network" for the government to keep it separate and private from the internet where everything runs wild.

    Read it Here...

    Let me know what you think.

    - Chris


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