No more WiFi: How to wire your house for Internet

So you’ve read all the studies about our Wireless Wonderland, and you’d like to go wired.

Wire your house with ethernetBut where to even start?

It turns out that wiring up your house or apartment with ethernet cables and switches is WAAAAY easier than most people think.

It’s literally a plug-n-play kind of thing.

There are a few things to keep in mind though before purchasing gigabit ethernet switches and Cat 7 ethernet cable…

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When it comes to Cyber Warfare, we’ve got it all wrong

The Reality of Cyber WarsHacking, data breaches, and general cyber battles have been in the news a lot lately.

I recently read a book that shed a lot of light on how these things actually work – behind the scenes.

It’s called Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber Warfare.

Despite our Hollywood-fueled ideas about hacking, the practical reality is waaay different…

In short: It’s complicated!

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Brave: A browser for a post-Big Brother world?

Brave web browserYou may have heard about the new-ish web browser in town: Brave.

The trouble is that it’s a bit hard to wrap one’s head around exactly how Brave is different – and supposedly better.

Brave was created by Brave Software, a company that was founded by Brendan Eich. In case you didn’t know, Eich is the creator of JavaScript. JS is basically the web programming language that powers literally everything on the internet these days.

So, when a dude like that says, “Hey, I have an idea for a better browser!” it’s probably a good idea to at least take a good look at it…

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Fun 5G Facts you may not know

It seems there are some common misconceptions out there about what 5G actually is and how it will work.

I wasn’t planning on another 5G video, but alas…

Much of this confusion is totally understandable since info is hard to come by despite the fact that 5G and IoT is the talk of the town!

Near the end I also toss in a few recent news stories related to troubles that 5G is causing or will cause.

You’d think they’d check this stuff out first BEFORE spending all that money… But then you remember that this is Planet Earth in 2019.

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Why webmail is just a really bad idea

I’m always amazed at how many people these days still use webmail.

From Gmail to Yahoo Mail, it seems everyone enjoys the convenience of no crappy e-mail program, easily accessible e-mail from any device, and free data storage In the CloudTM.

In the case of Gmail, you can even use the same e-mail account on your smartphone. Yay, even more data for Google!

Naturally, there are huge drawbacks to the webmail approach, the biggest of which is privacy.

From Day One, webmail has been hoovering up all kinds of data. Recently, the world discovered that – duh – it’s worse than we think!

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5G rollout runs into roadblocks – Detour ahead?

Stop 5G!There’s a lot happening on the 5G front.

From petitions, to cities temporarily halting their 5G rollout, to senate hearings, to nation-wide days of protest, things have been pretty busy!

In this video, I talk about one particular petition that I think summarizes everything quite nicely.

I also flesh out some details and connect some dots to show just how ridiculous the whole charade really is!

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Another reason to skip WiFi and go Full Ethernet

These days, WiFi is everywhere. Even your washing machine probably has it. 😉

I typically don’t recommend using WiFi due to the huge amount of evidence indicating that it’s probably not the best thing for your health.

But there’s another reason to go back to cables…

WiFi is quite often WAAAY slower than most people think. In fact, it’s very rare that you will get anywhere near the maximum speeds advertised when you buy a WiFi access point or router.

What to do, what to do?

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PayPal and AliExpress slow? It might be CloudFlare’s DNS

In May 2018, I posted this article: Speed up your browsing with CloudFlare’s public DNS

In that post, I recommended CloudFlare’s DNS, 1.1.1.1. At the time, it was quite fast, and worked perfectly.

Fast forward to today, and I’m afraid that’s no longer the case.

If you switched to CloudFlare’s DNS and you’ve noticed that things like paying via PayPal have become almost useless, read on!

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Just how BIG is Big Data? Some fun internet facts

Ah, the internet… It’s big. Really, really BIG.

We don’t often think about these things, but just how much storage space is needed for the internet to go?

What kind of power is needed to make Google googley?

How on earth does YouTube store and process all that crazy video data?

Join Cletus and me for a look at some fun facts and statistics about YouTube, Google, and the internet as a whole!

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Big Data, spying, & 5G pushers: Who are THEY??

We hear a lot of about “THEY”. Big data violates our privacy, new potentially dangerous tech like 5G is pushed by “them”, and so on.

But just who is this “they“, anyway?

It turns out, the answer is: It’s complicated!

The best place to look is the big data/spying nonsense. The real history of the internet gives a pretty good idea of just how it all works.

When you lump greedy CEOs together with power-hungry (and often paranoid) politicians, and then toss in some Tech Evangelists for good measure, you get exactly what we have today…

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