Wireless is great, but…..

I want to start off by saying wireless internet is great, but is still needs some improvement. I have had wireless internet ever since it was available to the general public.  I have actually gone through 4 different wireless routers.  They always seem to work great if you are close to the router, but once you are on the other side of the house there seems to be some lag. There is sometimes a little lag if you have some major appliances between you and the wireless router.

The above is pretty much the reason I decided to run CAT5 cables through out the house.  It is faster than the wireless, especially when I have my work and personal computer running at the same time. I actually ran CAT5e cables to the below rooms.

  • 1 connection in the Master Bedroom
  • 1 connection in Bedroom 1
  • 1 connection in Bedroom 2
  • 1 connection in Bedroom 3
  • 2 connections in the living room
  • 1 connection in the garage

I opted for the connection in the garage in case I wanted to work on something and needed some visuals for directions.  I still need a little work as I need to purchase an ethernet switch since I still only have my 4 port router. I am thinking about purchasing a 16 port in case I plan on adding the adding connections in the kitchen, outside, and by each TV.  The additions should not be a problem since I still have a good amount of CAT5e cable to use. 

Below is a tiny view of what it looks like by my office desk. As you can see, I still have 4 available ports.



Photo Scanning

A while ago I posted something about looking for companies that will scan all of those old photos. I looked online and found a few places online that specialize in mass photo scanning.

I would do this myself, but I do not have 10-20 minutes per photo to spend scanning photos. Especially if I have over 800 photos I would like to scan from the past. Most of these being from when I was a kid and when my parents were children.

The bad part with these services is that you must send your photos out and pray that they do not get lost. How does insurance cover that?

Now I need to find out which ones ship to India or Costa Rica for scanning. Even more of a chance of your photos getting lost.

A few companies I found are listed below:
Dig My Pics
Brite Pix
Digital Pickle
Scan Cafe