internet

Kill the NBN? Please Don’t!

No Malcolm. This is what we want – fibre to the house !

Been a while since my last post but I had to put pen to paper (well, fire up the PC and hammer the keys anyway) to add my voice to the growing concerns about the Coalition’s intention to stop the NBN.

Here at Shoalhaven Heads, like many smaller regional towns, we are really at the mercy of Telstra. Mobile phone reception is a joke for many who live here and there are ‘dead spots’ where you can forget mobile phone service – let alone wireless internet. So we are dependent on fixed line services for both landline phones and ADSL internet. Continue reading

Bigpond Wireless Problems

Locals and visitors to Shoalhaven Heads are experiencing major problems with their Bigpond Wireless service connections. Here’s the symptoms: Good wireless signal strength but slow / very erratic internet speeds. Many customers are complaining that the service drops out after a few minutes of use and is basically unusable.

Like many regional areas of Australia, broadband coverage and service levels can vary considerably depending on the time of year (and especially this time of year here with the large numbers of tourists and visitors expecting the same level of internet service they are accustomed to at home). However, it seems this year is particularly bad.

One possible explanation Continue reading

Guide to Buying a Webcam

By: Andrew Gates

How web broadcasting works
Webcams are those handy little cameras that attach to your PC and send images to a web page that can be viewed by others. This enables you to share daily life events with friends and family in other parts of the country or the world, or to arrange a video-conference with colleagues and maintain long distance relationships of all kinds. Of course the number of ways to use this technology is limited only by your imagination. Continue reading

VoIP explained

by Elisha Burberry

VoIP is sweeping across many companies in North America and Europe. The reason for the switch is naturally money savings but how can the average consumer benefit from VoIP and more importantly what is it?

VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is the technology that allows for the routing of phone calls over the internet. To the average consumer what this amounts to is the ability to make free calls over broadband connections while retaining many features that a traditional telephone line provides. Increasing numbers of providers are appearing, providing a varied range of options on the same premise of giving users the ability to talk over the internet. Continue reading

Google Apps Review – Gmail, Calendar, and Docs And Spreadsheets

By Ryan Hansen

Gmail is the new free web based e-mail tool from Google. The high storage volume is definitely hard to match but several privacy protection groups have voiced concerns over Google’s method of scanning e-mails to provide text adds that are targeted towards specific groups. Signup for Gmail is incredibly simple. All that is required is a name, login, password, and a security question. The last step is to simply view a concise description of the services provided and then the account is active and ready to be used. Continue reading

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