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February 27, 2015

New PCs have been plagued with excessive bloatware for many years; unwanted pieces of software (often trials) that pop up constantly demanding your attention (and possibly money). Lenovo has some good news though. They will be removing all pieces of bloatware from their new systems immediately.

Advanced Network Solutions can still help you out if you’ve already purchased new computers that are loaded down with bloatware. We can easily remove them as part of our Workstation Servicing and Building.

February 25, 2015

Ever wondered what “http” is, or what it means? HTTP, or hypertext transfer protocol, is the language your web browser uses to negotiate the transfer of information from a webserver back to your computer. While it might literally be a foreign language to you, recent improvements in HTTP will mean increased browsing speed for you and millions of others. How much faster? How does 20 % sound? Although HTTP2, as it is called, is still in draft form, it will soon be replacing HTTP/1.1 which has been in use since Clinton was in the White House. Here’s an article laying out HTTP/2 and what improvements it will bring.

 

For more information on making your web browsing experience faster, and more secure, check out our IT Consulting services, or give us a call at 661.636.0290!

February 24, 2015

Wifi hotspots are rapidly growing in popularity and use across the globe. There’s an open wireless signal in practically every coffee shop, restaurant, and book store. According to the CEO of iPass, there will be one wireless hotspot per 20 people. With such widespread coverage it may cause cell phone companies to rethink their already costly data plans .

February 23, 2015

There are a lot of shortcuts hidden within Windows. Many of them provide some quick and handy functionality, but a lot of people aren’t aware of everything you can do with a couple key combinations on the keyboard. Here is a guide  to help you take control of your desktop with just a few key strokes.

February 18, 2015

Here’s an article from LifeHacker with some useful tips on how make sure that your social media is working for you. It’s got tips on how to declutter your Facebook feed, block spam on Twitter, and other useful information.

When you’re ready to take control of your network and network security along with your social media, give Advanced Network Solutions a call. It might just make your life too easy.

February 17, 2015

How many times have you gone to plug in a USB device and it won’t go in. You flip it over and by some unimaginable reason it still won’t go in. Yet again you flip and sure enough it fits this time! Well, you won’t have to deal with such things for much longer with the new USB Type C connector. The new connector type is completely reversible so you will always get it on the first try. The problem is that it’s going to take a little while for it to be completely commonplace. Motherboard manufacturer ASRock is trying to help push things along with the first ever USB 3.1 and Type C ready motherboard. Once the motherboard manufacturers get on board then it’s much easier to make a change like this go mainstream.

February 13, 2015

Usually it’s a good idea to keep your PC up to date. It helps ensure that you’re staying protected from previously unpatched security flaws and other things. Sometimes though the update can cause some stability issues. In the rare case that an update has adverse affects on your computer, here are the steps you can take to undo those changes.

February 12, 2015

These days advertisements are popping up everywhere on the internet. You can find them on the side of pretty much every webpage you’re on. Samsung is now bringing these annoyances into your living room by playing ads on their smart tvs even when you’re watching your own content.

February 6, 2015

The free upgrade to Windows 10 could result in 358 Million PCs running Windows 10 by the end of the 12-month deal according to estimations. Most Windows 8 and 8.1 users are likely to take the upgrade, as well as a decent percentage of Windows 7 users, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that people like to stick with the OS that they already know and have been using for years.

February 4, 2015

While many of the devices we use every day depend on WiFi — everything from our smartphones to our TVs — most home WiFi networks are still woefully slow compared to their wired alternatives. Enter Eero, a small San Francisco startup that aims to bring home WiFi into the future. How? By combining the functions of a router, a range extender and a repeater into a single device, thus making the Eero a complete WiFi system for the home. Wirelessly connect two or more Eeros together and you’ve got an instant mesh network, no IT degree required.

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