Whats worse than watching a good Netflix Movie that’s getting to a really suspenseful part and suddenly the screen stops.. The beach-ball appears.. Then DVD Player quits and says the disc is scratched or unreadable. You re-insert the movie and scan to the part, only to find out you’re going to miss about 5 minutes of the scene, if you’re lucky. Sometimes the disc is so bad, you just need to send it back.
Thats great with Netflix but what happens if the movie is one of yours? What if its so bad, OS X won’t even give it the time of day, ejecting it after a minute of spinning? What if its a CD you burned years ago? Or some software you bought? How do you fix the CD or DVD so that OS X will read it again?
Sending someone large files isn’t as easy as attaching them to an email. If you’ve ever tried that, you’ll remember the cryptic “Mailer Daemon / Postmaster Failure” notice you received shortly after. This notice means the email didn’t go through and was dropped. Why? Because many email providers have limits on their attachment size. Go over that limit and your email will be dropped.
How then are you supposed to send a large file to someone? What if they are three time zones away, or in another country? You’ll still use the internet, but you won’t be using email.
Adobe’s Flash is everywhere on the internet. Its great, allowing sites to display video content, games, animation, and interactive media. Its also a resource hog, slows down your page loading time, a security risk and can be annoying when you don’t want it. How do you have Flash when you want it, not when you don’t, without having to uninstall it?
Ever thought about starting up your own website? Need to access your home computers from the outside world? Set up a security camera system and want to view it remotely? Since most internet service plans have a dynamic or changing IP address, any reason you can think of to contact your home network has to work with an IP address that could change at any moment.
You can solve this problem with Dynamic DNS. Here’s how it works:
In the days where unlimited access doesn’t really mean you can download “all you can eat”, and Verizon and AT&T are at each other’s throats about 3G coverage, it pays to check up on your ISP to see if you really are getting what you’re paying for.
There’s a few ways you can check on your ISP. Speed tests, Ping tests, DNS tests, Shaping / Throttling tests to see if certain protocols (P2P, Voip, Skype, Torrents) are traffic shaped.
What about if you have a bandwidth cap? How can you meter your bandwidth to see if you’re approaching it? Its not just for DSL and Cable – 3G and other mobile data plans are usually capped with heavy overage charges.
Here’s what you can do to give your internet provider a checkup: