Posts tagged with "Chris Taylor"

Choosing the right VPN

There are many different software applications that implement virtual private networks, 3 popular VPN’s used are LogMeIn Hamachi, Windows Server Direct Access and OpenVPN. Things to consider when choosing the right VPN  is the speed, compatibility, security and setup. Depending on the infrastructure and network size the optimal VPN solution may vary. For small peer-to-peer networks the LogMeIn Hamchi solution would be preferred. For large enterprise networks with multiple domains, Microsoft Direct Access would be your best option. Although in a small business solution with one domain and a limited budget OpenVPN is a viable solution.

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Online Ivy League University Courses

Today’s blog I will share an excellent resource I have come across recently. The website www.edx.org hosts a large array of short courses from American Ivy League Universities and Universities from around the world that you can enroll for online.  The best part about these courses is that they are free and if you pass you will receive a certificate from that University. Here are some of the Universities offering these courses.

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Increase Website Speed and Performance

As a society today users consume as much data as possible, as fast as possible, meaning that if your website loads slower then 4 seconds you may miss out on business. Today on The Tech Check Blog we will explore the benefits of analyst websites to help improve the speed of your website.

The analyst site the we use here at Tech Check is GTmetrix where we can enter in the desired website to test and it will show us our Google’s Page Speed and Yahoo’s YSlow rating, along with a detailed report of the corresponding problems with the site. Enter you website address into the search bar and hit go. For this guide i will make the Tech Check site slow and use a few fixes to greatly improve the ratings.

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Slow Internet and High Latency Tests

After the recent storms we have received here on the Sunshine Coast, a lot of delicate technologies take a hit. I myself received an increase in latency spikes on most of my online applications and a decrease in my internet speed. In most cases this can be due to an internal problem in your network but if you perform a few simple steps you can save yourself hours troubleshooting your set up.

In most cases slow internet can be due to peak bandwidth usage or corrupt network infrastructure so the first thing we want to do is try to eliminate some of these variables. First lets open up a Command Prompt window and send some packets to our gateway to ensure there isn’t an issue there.
Windows Key + R: will open your run window. Next type cmd and click ok
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