Basic Theory for Home Content Filtering

So I promised a good friend I’d get back on the blogging horse and finally cover this topic.  I must confess, Pooky and I were on a roll in blogging.  Then the holidays kicked in, and with it little flu germies ran rampant through the home like cloaked nerds at a Star Wars convention.  Let’s … Continue reading Basic Theory for Home Content Filtering

Taming Your Router with Style and Grace

So I got a nice request for a post, though I do apologize for the delay in posting it.  The question: I just read your password security blog and I was wondering...How do I change my router name/password to something other than admin/admin? I think it was something different at some point but the other … Continue reading Taming Your Router with Style and Grace

A Tale of Two Brothers

Today we'll learn about two brothers: TCP and UDP.  Chances are, you have never heard of these guys.  Remember in a previous blog, we talked about how computers communicate with each other on a network: an IP Address (leaving off the other network protocols like Appletalk, IPX, and similar irrelevant inhabitants on the Isle of … Continue reading A Tale of Two Brothers

DNS Wizardry for Muggles

The fireplace crackled and popped, embers fading to hues of dark orange.  They sat together on the couch, his arms around her protectively, her head lying across his chest.  He savored the smell of her fruity hair, the gentleness of her warm affection soaking into his very pores.  The children had fallen asleep hours earlier, … Continue reading DNS Wizardry for Muggles

On Routers, Hagrid, and Deadbeat Dragon Dads

I haven't introduced meself. Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Thus far I’ve done a passable job at explaining what a network is, and how devices talk to one another.  What I’d like to do today is tie those two pieces together and introduce you to the most important member of your … Continue reading On Routers, Hagrid, and Deadbeat Dragon Dads

IP, You P, We All P!

So in my last post, we determined how to repel monsters.  Between you and me, last night my three-year-old went right to bed without a fuss.  She also took her nap today without a fuss.  And tonight she went right to bed – without a fuss.  Blinking LEDs for the win!  Or if you want … Continue reading IP, You P, We All P!