Month: October 2013

How Dual Band Routers Can Solve Your Wireless Woes

How Dual Band Routers Can Solve Your Wireless Woes

(From MakeUseOf)

by Kannon Yamada

The majority of problems experienced with WiFi network connectivity arises from the wireless router. Most of the time, the problem can be traced back to the cheap modem-router combinations that telecommunications companies like AT&T and Comcast foist off on their customers. While these units provide cheap Internet connectivity, they often don’t provide better connection speeds than 802.11g, colloquially referred to as “wireless g”. Since the release of 802.11g in 2003, wireless standards rocketed past even wireless-G’s successor, 802.11n.

The newest standard today is 802.11ac, which adds not just increased transfer speeds but also better connectivity. To get the most out of the latest wireless standards, however, you need a wireless adapter with the 802.11n or 802.11ac technology in addition to a router capable of providing such speeds.


OMUG General Meeting: October 10 @ 7 pm

We were scheduled to have Bill Proffitt do a demo in Win 8 Upgrade installation.  Unfortunately Bill will be unable to attend.  So……………. I will conduct the demonstration.

I have installed WIN 7 Pro on my laptop just for this program.

Vince Hughes has indicated he will bring his XP machine.  We have an opportunity to help anyone else who has ordered the Win 8 Upgrade and would like to try the installation.

I have also installed and activate the upgrade onto a new H/D that contained NO prior O/S.  We will walk through this process.

Please come and meet your OMUG friends.


Five free tools to aid in graphic design

In conjunction with your favorite editor these tools will go a long way to help extend your capabilities and offerings.

When you think of graphic design, you generally think of Photoshop, Gimp, Inkscape, and other bitmap and vector image editing software. But most designers have more than just the standard tools in their arsenal. Whether it’s a tool to aid in the selection of a color scheme, batch processing tools, or font tools etc. – there’s always yet another tool to aid in your quest to create the perfect design. And these tools aren’t just for the hard-core designers. Anyone can add secondary tools to their ever-growing graphics toolkit – but which tool is best suited for you?

Complete article with images

Fact sheet: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Preview)

  • Fact sheet: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (Preview)
Microsoft is preparing to update Windows to version 8.1 and is offering us the chance to preview the changes before it is officially released.


This fact sheet will be continually updated with the latest details as we learn more about Windows 8.1 Preview. You can check back anytime and refresh this article to get the latest updates.

  • Get ready for your upgrade to Windows 8.1

Microsoft Windows 8.1 is set to be released in October 2013 and we now know some of the details about upgrade paths and pricing. As Ed Bott reports over on sister-site ZDNet, Microsoft has once again changed the mix of products it is offering to consumers and also the terms of use for those products. For a deep analysis of what Microsoft has up its sleeve for Windows 8.1 you should read Ed’s overview. For our purposes here, I will touch on just the highlights.

The 10 most useful Windows 7 and Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Although nothing is written in gold quite yet, the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview feels about as complete, at least from a feature standpoint, as a beta operating system can get. There is little doubt that the retail version of the company’s flagship operating system is coming very soon.

The TechRepublic membership, which is made up of inquisitive information technology professionals, will undoubtedly spend some time researching Windows 8 during this beta period and also after its retail release. To help with these endeavors, Greg Shultz has compiled a set of 100 Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts that will help you more quickly and efficiently navigate Windows 8 and its new Metro User Interface.

More information

October Newsletter and Calendar now on line

I have now uploaded our newsletter and calendar to our website.

October Newsletter:

October Calendar of Events:

Take a peek at our new site. I have converted it to a WordPress format, and there are some neat features.

It has a sort of blog feature that allows for updating of information.

I will be adding items to the News and Upcoming Events Section, so check in their often:

These additions will fall into certain categories (seen on the right side column) and be archived by month.

If you come across an article you think others might be interested in, send it along to me, and I will post it for you.

You can still post to the reflector, and if it seems like something that should be on the website, I will add it to this area.

At the bottom of each page there is an opportunity for a Reply, or comment. If you want to post a response, go ahead and write something, and I will look it over, approve it, and approve you so that you can make comments in the future.

This feature is another benefit of membership in OMUG.

I welcome your questions !

Pat Sonnenstuhl, webmaster

Website Design and Maintenance

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