Why I Have a Landline Phone Again


Years ago, I struggled with the idea of cancelling my landline phone and relying solely on my cell phone. The main reason for doing so was cost savings. The landline phone was costing me somewhere around $40 a month after taxes and all the options. I didn’t see any reason to keep paying for it when my cell phone offered far more features and it was mobile. After much debate,…
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Polycom HDX People+Content Reduced Call Quality


When various endpoints connected to the RMX 2000 bridge and one of the participants pushed content via People+Content, everything seemed OK. However, once the token holder stopped pushing content, many of the participants’ call rates (not all, though) dropped considerably, in most cases by half. As an example, an endpoint that initiated a call request at 1024 Kbps dropped to 512 Kbps. This was enough that the older HDX 4000…
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Slow File Transfers Between Windows 7 and Server 2003


As my organization started to upgrade our domain-joined workstations from Windows XP to Windows 7, we ran into an issue with the clients browsing via DFS (Distributed File System) and file transfer speeds both over the LAN and the WAN. As the users explored the DFS tree, the navigation was extremely slow, sometimes in excess of 20 seconds drilling down just one directory level. Likewise, the file transfers were also…
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Why Do We Pay So Many Taxes?


There are many types of taxes that take many different forms depending on where you live. There are excise taxes, direct taxes, indirect taxes, federal taxes, state taxes, county taxes, and city taxes. While some do collect money for necessary services, like running the government and fixing roads, some are simply a way for the Federal or local governments to modify consumers purchasing habits. Taxes on things like Tea is…
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Do Surge Protectors Protect Against a Lightning Strike?

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Surge protectors are a common staple in just about every house that has a computer or expensive electrical equipment that needs protecting. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and power ratings, which claim to protect the equipment should a power surge occur. And while that may be the case for smaller variances in the electrical grid, will they really protect equipment from a lightning strike, the grand daddy…
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