Why is the Default IP Address for My Router 192.168.0.1?

by File in: Networking

Someone at my office recently asked me why their wireless routers always have a default IP address of 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 and I really could not come up with a good answer! Being an IT guy myself, I was obviously irritated by the fact that I hadn’t really thought about something that’s in my face […]

Network Two Computers Running Windows XP

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If you want to share files between two desktop computers, a good way would be to use the built-in features of Windows. In this way, if you add another computer to your network, you can easily share files with that computer too without having to install any additional software. If you have two computers that […]

Free Hard Drive Diagnostic and Testing Tools

by File in: Reviews, Tools Review

I recently purchased a Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive for my desktop computer and I love it! It has loads of space and is super quiet. However, when I received it from Newegg, I was not completely sure the drive would be working properly since it was wrapped in a little piece of […]

How to Install IIS and Configure a Web Server in XP

by File in: Windows XP Tips

Internet Information Services or more popularly known as IIS is a lightweight web server process included in the XP installer disc. IIS on XP is the ideal choice for testing native Microsoft web applications like ASP and .Net. You may also be interested in my previous post on how to setup an FTP server using […]

5 Best Software Programs to Manage Dual Monitors

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If you’re in IT, you probably have a multi-monitor setup in your office or home, right? I currently use dual monitors both at my office and at home. Once you start using a computer with more than one monitor, it’s nearly impossible to go back to just one! Dual monitors are great because you simultaneously […]

How to Stream Video to Xbox 360

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I recently bought a Xbox 360 Elite and I love the damn thing! The games are awesome and the the Xbox Live subscription service is sweet. Outside of playing games, however, there are lot of other things you can do with a Xbox 360. For example, you can stream HD video, music, and pictures from […]

Force IE to Open Link in New Tab

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One question that I have gotten a lot lately from users is how to open a link in Internet Explorer in a new tab instead of a new window. If you use Firefox or Google Chrome, all links automatically open in a new tab, which for me is more convenient. However, with IE, all links […]

How to Fix MBR in Windows XP and Vista

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What is the MBR? MBR stands for Master Boot Record and it’s the first sector of your hard drive that basically tells the BIOS where to look for the operating system on your computer. If, for any reason, the MBR becomes damaged or corrupt, then the operating system will be unable to load. You will […]

Fix “Windows was unable to find a certificate to log you on to the network”

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I recently bought a new Linksys wireless router and after setting it up with basic WEP security, I tried to logon from my laptop and was successful! Not very exciting, eh? So then I tried to connect from my desktop computer that has a wireless USB adapter attached to it and I ended up getting […]

Recover BIOS/CMOS Password using CMOSPwd

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As an IT administrator for the last several years, there are some occasions where I go a little overboard with security and do things to lock myself out of a computer. One example is to set a BIOS or CMOS password that I will never remember. If you can’t remember a BIOS or CMOS password, […]