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I'm a husband and a father. We live together in the
great metropolis of
When I'm not being a dad or hubby, I am a 41 year old computer professional, specifically in architecture and security. I have over 20 years of experience with Information Systems design and operations. I would like to someday be in management, but my technical abilities keep holding me back. J (Where I work, you are not considered managerial if you are also technically adept…and vice versa. It’s an odd culture).
I am also studying in a
Graduate program at the
I really enjoy electronic gadgets. Technology and the sciences are my passion! I love a good story on physics, or chemistry, or whatever new scientific theories are being published.
In August of 1998, I experienced what I consider an invasion by the slime of the technically capable. Yes, I am speaking of black hat hackers. Not the hackers of lore, such as would normally be titled to a being of great technical skill seeking only greater technical knowledge while bringing no harm to others. No, these hackers are the dredge of the mentally unstable, ruthless, uncaring, and egotistic. These scalawags are criminals, seeking victims on the Internet as a form of personal fulfillment. As you can tell, I think very lowly of the black hat hacker. If you are a hacker I have but one message for you...Big Brother is indeed watching!!!
If you have a broadband connection, I highly recommend you install a hardware firewall between your network provider and your home network. If you still wish to directly connect to the Internet, at least install a software firewall and keep your system patched. I highly encourage everybody to run the latest Windows release (XP with Service Pack 2).
Firewall: ZoneAlarm and ZoneAlarm Pro - Excellent!!!
Test your system's internet security at:
I've put together a couple files that may help improve the performance of your network connections.
NOTE: these settings are optimized for general Cablemodem performance. These NetTweaks were developed to optimize the latency of my ISP, Cox High-Speed Internetr along with the new 4 megabit download and 512 kilobit upload speeds.
Tuning TCP/IP is part science and part "black magic" so to speak, so I have spent many hours modeling different network configurations, and then testing configuration after configuration to prove or disprove the models. The problem is, it is easier to tune for a specific need than for a general one. What I discovered is pretty basic and general. The farther away a network link is, generally the more latency involved, which has one set of rules for optimization, and the corresponding inverse being, the closer a network link is, generally the lower the latency becomes. However, both of these assumptions are nullified by the reality of bandwidth. The bigger or faster the network pipe is the lower the latency, and of course, vice versa for slower speed network connections. This is where the difficulty comes in. With newer and faster broadband services, finding the balance between the two is a bit of a trick. Use the below attached files for Windows Windows NT/2000/XP. I am referring to xDSL and Cable Modem access as broadband. I have just recently added support for 2-way Satellite, such as with DirecWay. For those of you running G.lite xDSL, you are on a pseudo DSL config called PPP over Ethernet, or PPPoE - a Tunneled Virtual LAN, and these tweaks may not help you. You'll need to ask your ISP for assistance.
Microsoft was confident that they knew how to tune TCP/IP's default settings. To give due credit, Microsoft finally figured a few things out with Windows 2000 & Windows XP. Default performance is good, although somewhat insecure for internet use (ICMP router path redirection is enabled by default) prior to the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2. Well, these will put you back to pristine (or is that factory) settings.
(last updated June. 12, 2005)
I finally got tired of applying a myriad of updates to Windows XP systems I administer. So I put them all in a nice neat install package called MaxTweaks.
MaxTweaks does several things, all of which are registry changes only. Here are the things it updates, fixes, secures, or tweaks for performance:
Windows XP Professional, XP Home Edition, and XP
NOTE: This is NOT for Windows 95, 98, or ME!
- The latest tech news |
| Yahoo | C/NET Downloads | Tom's Hardware Page |
| Lockergnome | ZipZoomFly | BetaNews | MajorGeeks |
| The Register - Computer News | PC Mechanic | Al's WINSOCK Tuning FAQ |
| Pricewatch | Woody's Office Watch | Langalist |
| The System Performance and Optimization Page | Anand's Tech Site |
| My Al'ma Ma'ter - DeVry Institute of Technology |
Last Modified, June 23, 2005 - By Kenneth
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