How Many Data Plans Do I Need?

With the number of gadgets proliferating like rabbits our collections now include smartphones, laptops, and tablet devices. I just got my first Android device, a Google Nexus 7 tablet. This will replace my Kindle Reader. The Kindle had its own 3G capabilities for eBook purchases and also had WiFi.

The Nexus is WiFi only. After two weeks, I don’t see this as an issue. I can tether to my iPhone in a pinch, and free WiFi isn’t so hard to find.

Both Verizon and AT&T have introduced plans making it easier to have multiple 3G and 4G devices, but I added it up. I would pay more than I do today.

Viva Hotspots!

Look for a future item on Cypress area free WiFi.


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Why Create User Accounts on Home PCs?

There are several good reasons to do this, particularly if any of the following conditions are true.

  • Two or more people share the computer
  • Two or more computers are used in the same home
  • Sharing printers would be beneficial
  • Some users should be given fewer permissions to protect them and the computer from malware and virus infestation

Creating user accounts in Windows is pretty easy. Just go to Control Panel, User Accounts.
The next steps are a little different in XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Select Create a New User if you see that option, else Select Manage Other Users, then choose Add New User.

  • You must assign a username. Keep this consistent and unique for each user on each computer that they may use or connect with for sharing.
  • You must decide to make the new user an Administrator or Limited User. Make your kids Limited Users if you want to use Windows features to establish boundaries for them.
  • Finally, you SHOULD assign a password to each account, especially on Administrator level accounts. File sharing is a lot easier if all accounts have passwords. Match all passwords to their respective accounts on each computer. And don’t tell your kids any of the Administrator level passwords.

Having accounts for each user means that preferences including wallpapers, screensavers, web favorites, etc. remain separate for each family member.

Having matching accounts on all connected computers means that files and devices can be shared between PCs.

Having Limited User accounts where possible is a great way to prevent malicious programs from being installed on your computer.

More on this topic another time.


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The Doctor is IN

No magazines in the waiting room, but you all brought your own computing devices, right? Be friendly with each other.

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