Archives for Woody Leonhard

Net neutrality: What it is, why you should care

By Woody Leonhard on May 7, 2014 in Top Story[1]
Woody LeonhardThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new set of rules that will change — some say kill — net neutrality.
With regulations coming soon, Congress hunkered down; and with a brawl breaking out on a dozen different fronts, here’s what you need to know about the FCC’s proposal and how it will affect you.
Perceptions of net neutrality differ
In the March 27 Top Story[2], I talked about how Netflix’s deal to hook directly into Comcast’s network didn’t violate net neutrality. I noted that co-locating Netflix servers in Comcast facilities simply bypassed intermediaries such as Cogent, Level 3, and other Content Delivery Network (CDN) companies. (CDNs typically act as a bridge between content providers such as Netflix and Internet service providers such as Comcast.)
The Netflix/Comcast deal might result in higher Netflix fees, but it doesn’t have any net-neutrality repercussions that I can see. However, other events and trends do have possible ramifications for net neutrality. Since I wrote that March 27 Top Story, the discussions about keeping the Internet on a level playing field have reached new highs and, unfortunately, new lows.
Discussing net neutrality is

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Windows 8 Tool Kit

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As soon as Windows 8 was released in July 2012, there were a flurry of posts designed to induct  everyday users into the mysteries of the new OS.  This ToolKit is an on-going collection of some of the best posts, tips and tricks relating to Windows 8, Windows RT and now Windows 8.1.  We will continue to add resources as they become available. (Your Advisors)

Woody Leonhard is one of the outstanding writers for Windows Secrets Newsletter and has dedicated his time to helping us all understand the in’s and out’s of Microsoft’s Operating Systems and making the best of them.  This is one of the first guides that were published for Windows 8 and contain some very basic but valuable tips and tricks, particularly for first time users confronting the mysteries of Redmond on a brand new machine.

This is an excellent collection of tips and tricks for Windows 8 written by the acknowledge expert in the field, Paul Thurott, author of Paul Thurott’s Supersite for Windows.  Paul has also written an entire guide to Windows Phone 8 and is …

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Left Behind: Windows Standard Crowd

A long-time Windows supporter and analyst for all the past incarnations of Microsoft’s OS is haunted by the notion that Windows 8 is leaving him and his colleagues behind. Woody Leonhard, of Windows Secrets Newsletter, expresses grave doubts about the direction toward which Windows seems to be heading.  The march toward the Metro interface on the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, means the departure of old signposts like the “Start button.”  Looks like mobile devices are having a profound affect on desktops as well as laptops.

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