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• Microsoft Vista Home Networking Setup and Options
The most daunting part of upgrading to Windows Vista may be trying to figure out where in the layers of menus the networking and file-sharing options are hidden.

• Do It Yourself: Roll Your Own Network Cables
It may not be something you do everyday, but having the supplies and know-how to whip up a network cable on the spot can be very handy.

• Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router and by extension, your network is as secure as possible.

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• Microsoft Windows Home Server
If you have a home network, you'll welcome the easy file sharing, remote access and the image-based backup features of Windows Home Server.

• Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive
Iomega's fourth generation StorCenter Network Hard Drive brings many of the features found in higher-end storage devices down to an attractive price.

• MikroTik's The Dude
This free tool delivers many of the same capabilities that you'd find in pricey network monitoring tools. As long as you don't mind tinkering, The Dude is a decent network utility that should be worth the download.

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So you've been thinking of putting up a Web site, eh?  The good news is that there are a number of ways to do it.  The bad news is that if you're not careful, you can run into delays, frustration, people(customers?) who lose their way to your site, and of course wasted money.

I, of course, learned the hard way, but read on and you'll hopefully be able to avoid the mistakes I made.

(If you've already chosen a bad webhost and need to change to a new one, make sure you read the page on changing webhosts for some tips on how to make the change go more smoothly.)

There are basically four options for putting up a Web site.

  You can:

  1. Have your Internet Service Provider (ISP) host your site.
  2. Find a free webhosting service.
  3. Use a paid webhost.
  4. Run your own webserver (also known as Do-It-Yourself).

Each of these options has its own joys and sorrows, which are described in the linked pages.  But I'll cut to the chase and tell you that the only option I'd recommend for the small business person is Option 3.

Why is that, you ask?   Well, based on my personal experience, the short story is:

  • I tried Option 1, but my ISP didn't have low enough prices for the services I wanted.

  • had bad enough experiences with the wrong (make that two wrong) Option 3 provider(s) to even consider Option 2, and

  • based on my experience with getting cracked just running a Proxy server (geez, don't people have anything better to do?), decided that I had better things to do than play Webserver cop.

So, go check out the links above or click on the link below and get yourself a good webhost to securely and cost-effectively host that money-making site of yours!

  Let your ISP do it! Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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