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The 4 Best Business Internet Service Providers of 2016 #harvard #business


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The 4 Best Business Internet Service Providers

When searching for the best business Internet service provider, there are several factors about your Internet usage that you must consider. Price, availability, and speeds are the most obvious factors to think about, but it is also a good idea to determine how many people use the Internet at once and what they use it for on a daily basis. The number of web users and different types of web activity have an impact on your actual Internet speeds. If you re also interested in getting phone service at your business, it may be smart to look for an Internet company that offers discounts when you bundle phone with your Internet.

Verizon FiOS Internet is ideal for businesses that require extremely fast Internet solutions. Their 300 Mbps download speed is far and away the best in the industry at the moment, and their 65 Mbps upload rates should be more than enough for most businesses. Prices are slightly higher than what competitors offer, but the speeds available at Verizon are unmatched anywhere and can be highly desirable for some businesses. However, if price is a major concern, you can often save money by signing a two-year contract with Verizon Wireless, or by purchasing phone service in a bundled deal. An Internet subscription with Verizon also gives you access to Wi-Fi hotspots all over the country, which could be extremely useful if you travel frequently for work. If any of these services match your business needs, it would be smart to look into Verizon FiOS Internet.

AT T s U-verse® Internet rounds out the list of best business Internet providers for their fair pricing. Their speeds are considerably slower than the other companies on this list, and they require a one-year commitment with all of their plans. However, their prices are also far more affordable than many other Internet providers, and if your business is smaller, their 24 Mbps top download speed could be all that you need. They also offer some excellent choices for bundle deals, as they offer several different solutions tailored to different kinds of businesses. Most of their plans include both phone and Internet services, while some also throw in data backup, remote tech support, or even a smartphone. If any of these solutions sound like a match for your business, take a closer look at AT T s business Internet services.

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2 Excellent Software to Monitor Internet Usage in Windows #monitor #internet #bandwidth #usage


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2 Excellent Software to Monitor Your Internet Usage in Windows

If you are on a limited bandwidth plan from your ISP, it is absolutely essential that you monitor your internet usage daily. Even if you are not, bandwidth monitoring software are useful because they combine other functions like speed measurement and connection troubleshooting. Many of us have multiple connections these days, and a good internet monitoring program will track all network connections or just specific ones. So, with these thoughts in mind, let us look at two excellent software for Windows systems to monitor your internet usage.

NetWorx

NetWorx is a free and small bandwidth measuring utility that works from the system tray and keeps an eye on all your network connections. It gives you network usage reports, activity notifications, and other network testing tools too. You can use it to not only monitor your internet for excess traffic but also as a watchdog for network related problems. Here’s a brief summary of the features bundled in this 3.1 MB free Windows software.

  • Speed Meter measures your bandwidth speed and along with usage statistics gives you an idea of the date that is being transferred and its throughput rate.
  • You can break up the data into day, week, month, and also custom periods. View them on colorful graphs.
  • Set up quotas and get notifications if certain threshold percentages are crossed.
  • Network monitoring tools like Trace Route and Ping help to spot potential network problems like dropped packets and miss-connections.
  • You can use NetStat to check out the active TCP/IP incoming and outgoing connections and use it to check if some malware is connecting to your connection, among other things.
  • NetWorx is highly customizable and you can get into the options to set things like graph colors, automatic dialing, notification actions etc.

NetWorx is available as an installer and portable versions. It works on (both 32-bit and 64-bit) Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven, 2008.

Freemeter

Freemeter is another excellent bandwidth monitor that you can use to monitor your internet usage in Windows. It is even smaller than NetWorx as a download of just 120 KB. The EXE file is a standalone and you don’t need to install it. That makes it great as a portable tool for checking the internet traffic on any computer that’s around you.

  • Freemeter has a simpler graph, but you can customize it with update intervals, bandwidth scale, and measuring units.
  • Freemeter has more utilities like an URL Grabber and a POP and IMAP email checking tool. Email checker requires .Net version 3.5 and above.
  • Network monitors like a Ping and Tracer Route utility help to check the health of all your networks.

Freemeter works on all versions Windows. It hasn’t been tested on 64-Bit computers though it reportedly works there as well. Both these internet bandwidth monitors work well and are simple enough for the normal user. Being lightweight and portable, you should at least have one of them around. Which one will it be?

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7/1/05 Creating and storing icons for Internet Explorer Favorites

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 30, 2005 4:18 AM PDT

Many thanks to all those who participated in this week’s topic. I encourage all of you who have more tips, software utility recommendations, methods, or questions regarding this topic to post below. The more ideas that we share, the more we can all learn from each other as a community. Take care and have a great weekend! For those in the United States–Happy 4th of July!

certain sites have unique icons next to them. This is helpful

for identifying sites, since I have a lot of bookmarks. But

now they are disappearing and being replaced by the standard

IE icon. What is happening? Is there any way to keep the

unique icons that were originally attached? Is it possible to

customize the icon for each bookmark in my Favorites list?

2. Clicking Internet Options General Delete Files

3. Using third-party software, such as Webroot’s Window Washer.

2. Copy and paste the icon file to another folder, such as C:\my icons.

3. If you wish, rename the icon file to something meaningful. The extension should remain .ico.

4. Follow the instructions below to point the bookmark to the permanent icon file.

2. Select an Icon from those displayed, or

3. Change the filename to another icon file and select an icon from those displayed, or

4. Click the Browse button, select another icon file, and select an icon from those displayed.

Discussion is locked

%root%\Documents and Settings\%username%\Favorites. Basically that folder is c:\documents and settings\%username%\favorites. I do not know if you have changed that directory, so that is why I have put the first one there.

(a) Try to Obtain the icon by first requesting the “favicon.ico” from the directory of the web page.

(b) Failing that,try to obtain the icon from the root directory of the website as above.

(c) Failing that use the default icon for the bookmark.

stores them in a temporary file and dumps them on re-start. Then you end up with the little blue e.

from PC Magazine Utilities. It was made for I.E. 5 but works just fine on I.E. 6.

There are many out there, but I’ve never tried any.

I’ve heard from people who care about that sort of thing that Microangelo is quite good, but It’s a $50 program. http://www.microangelo.us/

Hope this helped, and answered your questions.

Submitted by: Michael A. of Boston, MA

I googled for a few minutes, and found this nifty little free app that installs into IE and allows you to configure IE so it stops removing favicons.

You can read about how to repair the favicons on this page:

Once Chip is installed, click on the little bird, click on Options. Then, just click on Repair Favicons. Your favicons will be stored outside the temporary internet files folder and preserved for future use. The toolbar can be activated and deactived when not in use.

assume this is another way MSFT can show its arrogance!

on the other hand, mozilla’s firefox browser does allow the icons to “travel” when bookmarked. although oddly, not all can. for example, CNET’s unique favicon appears on firefox’s url browser bar, but when transfer to firefox’s bookmarks, only the standard IE icon appears.

so, i have both answered marc b.’s question AND asking a question of the host – CNET.

Submitted by: sidney f. of manhattan

Submitted by: Robert D. of Munich, Germany

no longer exists, redirected, ok, etc).

Thank You . I noticed mine dissappeared awhile ago, but couldn’t figure out why. Now I know, and how.

when I right-click on my favories and then on “properties” there isn’t anything mentioning icons, just an “advanced” button. What am I doing wrong?

When you right-click and select Properties, do you see two (2) tabs at the top of the Properties dialog box? One should read ‘General’ and the other ‘Web Document’. The Change Icon button is on the Web Document tab midway down on the right hand side. Click on this button and it will allow you to change your icon.

ZuDfunck makes Blog Posts using icons here is a link to see what I mean:

You brought it up with icon question. Z

Another method is to open Windows Notepad and then drag the favorites link that you want to the notepad.

The complete address will appear including the unique favicon address for the particular site.

Simply go to the favicon address, save the icon picture to a folder and change the icon at will.

I rarely use IE anymore. Same problem: some of my shortcuts have icons and some don’t. Any suggestions?

I haven’t used Firefox, but I am using Netscape 7.2 and they were both derived from Mozilla, so this probably applies to at least some degree. AFAICT, NS 7.2 doesn’t save the favorite icons directly or let you set them (I wish it did). It does have an option to use them and, according to what I’ve read, that setting is supposed to tell it if it should only use them if they’re in the cache or try to go out and get them if they’re not in the cache. If you’re familiar with the user.js file, you can add the setting to that. If you’re not familiar with user.js, you should be able to find information on it easily enough on the Web (or Firefox may have a different/better way to put in user settings). According to what I’ve read, the possible settings are 0, 1 or 2, as described below. The user_pref line is the one that actually sets the value (in this case it’s set to 1).

// 0 = Do not display favicons (default).

// 1 = Display only if present in cache.

// 2 = Always load them.

If you don’t get a more definitive answer here, I’d suggest you search the Web for something like firefox and favicon.ico and see what turns up. Firefox, and more recent versions of Mozilla, may have other options for handling favorite icons.

I use Firefox, and I find that I have to save the site as a favorite, then i have to go back to the site from the favorites list, for the icon to change to the site icon.

Well, I lost the unique icons for some sites. How do I get them back. There are no icon files in my Temp Internet File folder.

“Well, I lost the unique icons for some sites. How do I get them back. There are no icon files in my Temp Internet File folder.”

Assumably you still have the links in IE, you’re just missing the icons. The easiest way to recover your lost icons is just to click on the link and then add the site as a favorite again. IE will prompt you to overwrite the current favorite and will replace the default IE icon with the correct one. IF IE does not prompt you to overwrite the favorite it means that something in the name of that favorite has changed (the full text has to be identical in order for IE to see it as a duplicate). If this happens, the new favorite with the correct icons will be added to the bottom of your favorites, simply delete the old link and reorganize the new link if you’re not satisfied with it being at the bottom of the list.


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The results are in! Among all the Internet service providers available in Stamford, CT, Frontier High-Speed Internet is right at the top.The average Internet speed in Connecticut is 32 Mbps. You want an Internet service that matches or improves on that speed. While Internet providers speeds are different in every location, speed data is factored into our overall ratings for every company. Combine speed information for your area with our ratings, and you ll be able to find the right Internet provider for your Stamford, CT home in no time!

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CableTV.com can help you find the cable company in Stamford, CT that satisfies your needs. Not only do we rate the packages and prices of local TV providers, we also evaluate how each company stacks up when it comes to providing dependable service and helpful customer support.

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This page describes the VoIP phones, its types, how it works and its advantages and disadvantages. Click on any of the following links to get to the corresponding answer.
For more technical details read through VoIP technology .

  • What is a VoIP phone?
  • What is an Internet phone?
  • What is a SIP phone?
  • What is a softphone?
  • What do I need to use a VoIP phone?
  • How does a VoIP phone work and how is it different form a normal phone?
  • What are the advantages of VoIP phones?
  • What are the disadvantages of VoIP phones?
  • What are the ITSPs (Internet Telephony Service providers)?

VoIP means Voice over Internet Protocol. VoIP phones (or Digital Phones) send voice data in packets over the IP layer. The services they provide are typically the same as the normal phones but the underlying network and the technology are different.

  • It might be a dedicated device (like the traditional handset) using IP connection.
  • It can also be a normal phone connected to the network through a telephony adapter (TA).
  • Else it can be a softphone .

An Internet Phone is a VoIP phone that uses the public Internet to send voice traffic. Most VoIP phones can be used as an Internet Phone with a little tweaking. However first-generation Internet phones such as the PingTel Expressa have been on the market since 2001.

Typically, an Internet Phone uses the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) or Media Gateway Control Protocol (MeGaCo). A VoIP phone based on SIP is called a SIP phone. You can have a basic introduction on SIP.

A softphone is a software that runs on a general purpose computer instead of a dedicated device. It simulates the experience of a normal phone with the aid of a headset or a USB device. These use different implementation techniques. They might use standard protocols like SIP or H.323 or a proprietary one.
The most typical SIP-based soft phones as of today include – eyeBeam from CounterPath (formerly Xten), OpenWengo, Nexge, sipXphone, Adore Softphone, Express Talk and SJphone.
Applications like Skype, Google Talk or Yahoo Messenger use proprietary environments of their own. They are not intercompatible.

  1. You need an Internet Connection, a good one, preferably broadband.
  2. You need to register with a ITSP (Internet Telecom Service Provider). You can have a look at the list of ITSP.
  3. If you want to use your older telephone, you need a telephony adapter (TA) to connect the analog phone to the digital network.
  4. Instead of (3) you might take a new voip phone or use a softphone.

VoIP uses an IP based network over which it transmits voice data in the form of packets. Normal phones send analog signals over a switched network (PSTN: Public Switched Telephone Network), which is specifically designed for voice transmission. For a more detailed discussion on the technology, have a look at VoIP technology. Some differences between the VoIP phones and the traditional phones will be clearer as you go through the advantages and disadvantages of VoIP phones.

  • Low cost. Calls over the internet are generally free. That means you can call anyone anywhere in the world just like sending emails. However, the cost for the internet usage is there. There are charges for calling PSTN phones but long distance calls are in general cheaper than traditional landline connections.
  • You can just plug your device anywhere, e.g. in a hotel room and it works as if you are at home. Your number remains the same. There is no roaming cost unlike your mobile phone connection.
  • If you donot have a good internet connection, rather stay away from voip. People have mixed feelings. Some report to have used voip comfortably over dial-up connections, some complain that they had bad experiences even over DSL. To be on the safe side, you need a reliable connection with good uplink bandwidth.
  • The device or the modem through which you connect to the network needs power, either from battery or directly from the line. This might pose a problem where there are frequent powercuts.
  • Number portability if you are switching from a regular phone. Some providers might not even support number portability, some might take considerable delay for the process.
  • Reliability of the system is under doubt as Internet was not designed for real-time services like voice.
  • Support for 911 is not well-defined. Some voip service providers do have support for the emergency number but the way the emergency call is handled might be different from one operator to other.

In spite of the points discussed here, voip telephony has a future. The problems will get solved gradually. However, it is unlikely that voip telephony will take over the PSTN system overnight.

For more technical details read through VoIP technology .


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14 Illegal Things You re Doing on the Internet

14 Illegal Things You’re Doing on the Internet

1. Unlocking Your Phone

As of January, it’s illegal to unlock your phone to use across various carriers. However, jailbreaking, or the process of removing limitations on iOS to allow for certain downloads and customization, is still technically legal.

Even when your contract with a specific carrier expires, it’s still unlawful to unlock your phone by yourself using third-party methods, under a new ruling from the Library of Congress in January. If you want to switch carriers, authorized unlocking by an authorized carrier is still legal.

Basically, you can’t unlock your phone yourself, but you can let AT T or Verizon do it for you legally.


  • 2. (Parts of) Grooveshark

    The seemingly innocent (but always glitchy) Grooveshark has experienced numerous run-ins with the courts. The music streaming service has been sued by record labels such as EMI. Even though the service has settled some charges with certain record companies, many of Grooveshark’s tracks are still available to stream illegally.


  • 3. Ad Blockers

    Though they may be annoying, those pesky banner, pop-up and in-stream ads that crawl the web are (surprise!) actually paying for the content you are viewing for free. By bypassing these ads, it’s almost like not paying the fare to view the content, and in some cases, ad-blocking may be illegal. For certain sites, there’s potential for billions of dollars in losses each year, due to visitors not actually seeing advertisers’ messages.


  • 4. Making GIFs and Memes

    Believe it or not, it’s illegal to use copyrighted material without permission. Though it’s legal to parody copyrighted material in the vein of criticism, lifting copyrighted material straight from the source is illegal. However, it’s almost impossible to prosecute GIF-making (looking at you, Tumblr users) because of its wide distribution and murky original sourcing.


  • 5. Downloading Files and Using Without Permission

    An obvious one, it’s actually illegal to just pull any old JPG, PNG, PDF or any type of file you’d find from a simple Google search. It’s fine to view them online as is, but once you download that image of a cat you’re Googling, you have the power to distribute it to your liking, and that’s where it becomes illegal. The exemption, of course, is if you are granted specific permission from the owner of the file, or if the material has a fair use license.


  • 6. Working Remotely on a Travel Visa

    “Working remotely on a travel visa” may be as simple as checking your work email while you’re on vacation abroad. A blurry line to cross, for some countries it is illegal to work within said country but be paid by another. For example, if you’re an American citizen working remotely for an American company, getting paid by this American company and paying taxes to the United States, it may be illegal for you to work remotely in the United Kingdom on vacation without a work visa.


  • 7. Connecting to Unsecured Wi-Fi networks

    Look over your shoulder the next time you hop on that Starbucks Wi-Fi from across the street. Even though the network’s there for the taking, authorized usage of Wi-Fi networks could be counted as illegal under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which applies to wireless routers.


  • 8. VPN and IP Address Loopholes

    Abroad and can’t stream Netflix? Screwing around with VPN to make your IP address look like you’re in America is one way to circumvent this issue. Of course, it’s not technically legal, and the urge to binge-watch TV shows doesn’t help either.


  • 9. Sharing Subscription Passwords

    Of the millions who subscribe to HBO Go and Netflix, about one-third admit to having shared passwords before. Freeloading on these services isn’t hard, and in fact, studies have shown that password-sharing has helped bring new customers to these companies.


  • 10. Parody Accounts


  • 11. Underage Facebook Accounts

    If you read Facebook’s terms and conditions, the social network does not allow anyone under the age of 13 to register for or operate an account. Not that this is stopping many middle-schoolers.


  • 12. Registering Trademarked Domain Names

    Think again the next time you’re looking to sit on a domain name before a company gets to it. That business could have the right to sue in the court of law, even though you got there first.


  • 13. Bypassing Paywalls

    Though it’s as simple as a few Google proxy servers. bypassing paywalls is just another way to get content you’re supposed to pay for without actually coughing up the cash.


  • 14. Uploading Copyrighted YouTube Content

    Probably the oldest hack in the book, uploading copyrighted material to YouTube is, you guessed it, illegal. But when there’s just too much for YouTube to handle, you’re still bound to find that ’90s Simpsons rerun somewhere in the depths of YouTube — before mods take it down, that is.

    We’ve all done it. One day it’s pirating an album, the next day it’s streaming movies from a sketchy site. Of course, we know all these things are illegal.

    But what about the other illicit activity you’re engaging in online? Some may not be as obvious as you’d think.

    Criminal activity may be as simple as installing an ad blocker or hopping on an unsecured Wi-Fi connection. Though they may seem banal, some things we do every single day are technically counted illegal in the court of law.

    Even if the likelihood of getting caught is slim for some activities, practice caution in the future. Take a look at our gallery above and think twice the next time you download a random image from a Google search.

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