There are lots of articles about how to increase the range of your wi-fi network, but there are reasons to decrease the range. Perhaps you are worried about EMF levels and their impact on your body. Or perhaps you want to stop your neighbours hacking your wireless network. So how do you decrease the range of your network? Most routers don’t allow you to change the output power of your router, but there is a way around this. A lot routers have a ‘region’ setting. This adjusts the output power of your router to match the maximum allowable legal EMF level in your country. The USA has very high power levels. Australia and Europe have much lower allowable levels. So if you live in the USA but select ‘UK’ or ‘Australia’ as your region, it will potentially lower the power output of your router to 1/10th of the level.
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Have you ever wondered which application is using up all your internet data? We live out-of-town on a rural property and I’m on a plan that only has 60GB per month. Sometimes I am tracking along fine when overnight my data usage spikes and I lose 10GB. Where has it all gone? After trying out various Apps that monitor and track your internet usage I have found TripMode to be great for tracking my usage.
TripMode is a little menu bar application that monitors every application on your computer and it’s internet use per application. For example here is a display of my usage in one day:
As well as keeping track of how much data each application is using, you can manually enable or disable the internet for each application. For example, in the screenshot above I have disabled internet access for the ‘Slack’ \application. This is handy if you are low on internet allowance and what to control what each application uses.
Tripmode will also let you choose whether to view the data for a day, a week, or the entire month.
Tripmode costs $10, but there were no free alternatives that I could find, so after running the trial for 7 days I decided to purchase it.
I use it a lot.
- It gives me a general feel for where my internet usage is going.
- It allows me to see when new apps are trying to access the internet.
- It allows me to see how much data the Apple software updates are using.
- It allows me to see how much data I am using in Safari or Chrome when I access a youtube video.
- When travelling I can control which apps I want to have access to the web. I can turn off apps off (eg software update) and only let the important apps (eg mail) access the internet.
I have no relationship with Tripmode, but I love it! I purchased it for $10 and I think it’s well worth the price. You can download it here.
I just wanted to let people know of a very interesting billing issue I had with Bluehost recently. I was overcharged for my hosting, but when I enquired into the billing problem they bullied me into stepping down my enquiry or else they would shut down my website!
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News.com.au today published an article encouraging people to change their email passwords. The article begins “The email addresses and passwords of 771 million people have been published online during a gigantic data leak”. This is not exactly correct. What has happened is that login information from various companies has been hacked into over the years, and it seems that some of that has been published in a massive document recently. This includes people’s login details from companies like Adobe, Dropbox, Kickstarter and more.
So it is not your email password that has been leaked, it is your login email address and password for those websites. Read on to find out if your email address was involved.
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If facebook is not working well this week, don’t panic. It’s not you computer or iPhone or browser that’s causing the problems. Apparantly Facebook are having some problems.
There’s no fix that I know of other than to wait it out and try again a little later.
This site allows you to check if others have reported a problem too.
I have now been running macintoshhowto.com for 10 years. Here is a graph of visitors over the last 10 years:
You will notice that there are some turning points on the curve. Most of these changes correspond to Google changing their Page Rank algorithms. For example macintoshhowto.com was slowly and steadily growing in popularity until April 2012, when there was a slight drop. This corresponds to when Google released ‘Penguin’ which was a change in the way they show their search results.Most of the other changes in the graph also correlate to some kind of a Google update.
Google is trying to tweak its search results to encourage good sites and get rid of spam sites. But I have discovered two ways in which these Google rankings algorithms negatively impact the way people create websites. Continue reading 〉
In Australia at the moment they are rolling out the NBN. If you have a Macintosh computer it doesn’t matter which company you go with – they are all “Macintosh compatible”. The main thing affecting the setup of your NBN connection and the equipment you will need is whether you are fibre to the premises (FTTP) or fibre to the node (FTTN). Each one is slightly different in terms of how you connect your Macintosh computer to the NBN network. Continue reading 〉
On September 15th and 16th Bluehost are offering a massive web hosting special. You can sign up for $2.95/month. This is a crazy cheap price. It includes a free domain name. I use Bluehost to host this Macintosh website as well as my other websites (dubbo.org, wayneconnor.com, dpc.org.au and more). This is much less than I pay! If you are interested click here to signup for Bluehost hosting on September 15 or 16th.