That Darned Old Internet Gateway!

Written by David Morse

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The steps she had me do were:

1.Shutdown all computers, unplugrepparttar power fromrepparttar 107781 router, and then unplugrepparttar 107782 power fromrepparttar 107783 cable modem. 2.Wait approximately two minutes. 3.Plugrepparttar 107784 power back in onrepparttar 107785 cable modem and wait forrepparttar 107786 connection light to go solid, indicating I have a connection to my provider. 4.Plugrepparttar 107787 power back in onrepparttar 107788 router. 5.Afterrepparttar 107789 diagnostic light onrepparttar 107790 router goes off, using a pen or such, pressrepparttar 107791 reset button onrepparttar 107792 back ofrepparttar 107793 router for about 3 seconds or until you seerepparttar 107794 diagnostic light come back on. (This will reset all your current configs torepparttar 107795 factory default.) 6.Whenrepparttar 107796 diagnostic light goes off once again, then bootrepparttar 107797 computer.

It seemed like I had previously performed all these steps, but I believe I missedrepparttar 107798 router hardware reset BEFORE I turned on any computers. That must have donerepparttar 107799 trick. Anyway, I thanked her very much and told her to have a nice day.

I was quite upset that I could cause that to happen by disabling something on my laptop though so I decided to find out some more about this Internet Gateway.

It seems thatrepparttar 107800 Internet Gateway Device Discovery is tied to Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). UPnP wasrepparttar 107801 first major setback to Microsoft’s claim that Windows XP isrepparttar 107802 most secure Windows yet. Another one ofrepparttar 107803 infamous “buffer overflow” exploits seemed to call for yet another security patch whenrepparttar 107804 operating system was still brand new.

If you are sure you do not need these features I would recommend uninstalling them. If you are on a network, check with your administrator on whether these features are necessary.

To uninstall these features follow these instructions:

1.Go to Start—> Settings—> Control Panel—> Add or Remove Programs, then click on Add/Remove Windows Components inrepparttar 107805 left-hand column. Whenrepparttar 107806 Windows Components window comes up, scroll down and click onrepparttar 107807 Network Services line, and then click Details. 2.Do you see Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client selected? If so, clear that check box. 3.Do you see RIP Listener selected? If so, clear that check box. 4.Do you see Simple TCP/IP Services selected? If so, clear that check box. 5.Do you see Universal Plug and Play selected? If so, clear that check box. 6.Click Next, as needed, to get to Finish.

Windows XP seems a much bigger and yes, better (in some ways) beast than previous Microsoft Operating Systems. Just be careful when clicking around in it. Make sure you understand what you are doing BEFORE you do it so you do not render part of your system inoperable. If unsure about a feature you can look it up inrepparttar 107808 Windows Help (Press F1) or on Microsoft’s Knowledgebase at:

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Know linux

Written by Pawan Bangar,Technical Director,Birbals,India.

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Windows 98 creates a file system called FAT32 onrepparttar entire hard disk, DOS and Win95 use FAT16. Linux has many file systems-onrepparttar 107780 most popular is ext3. But you could have Linux installed on Fat32 partitions also.

Linux is geeky and based on text command

Linux has come a long way from beingrepparttar 107781 system of geeks. It has an extremely advanced X Windows systems that has a complete graphical user interface-you know, like Windows. It also has a large number of window manager that let you work with different levels of customization of your desktop. Linux has a robust character-cell interface where commands need to be typed in. x Windows is a free program that runs with Linux to provide a GUI whererepparttar 107782 mouse and keyboard can be used extensively. Butrepparttar 107783 X system itself is quite primitive and needs a window manager, or a desktop environment- like GNOME or KDE- to be really usable. Window managers are programs that let you interact withrepparttar 107784 underlying X system and LinuxOS by relaying commands. The popular window managers are Sawfish, Enlightenment, Black box, after step and Window maker. As for desktop managers, they have their own window manager and other tools that make you feel that you are working in Window! GNOME and KDE arerepparttar 107785 most popular of these. GNOME stands for GNU Network Model Environment and KDE for K desktop Environment. They have tools that allow drag and drop, have panels and taskbar- almost like clones of windows.

Hardware compatibility problem and few applications that run on Linux

Well, most new distributions will detect and configure your hardware in a jiffy, unless you have some really old or exotic piece of hardware. Only Win modems (internal modems driven by Window drivers) face problems.

As for software, there's plenty. And most of it comes free-free for you to use, modify and configure according to your needs. Other packages are commercial and you have to buyrepparttar 107786 software-but this is mostly forrepparttar 107787 software and training you need, and not forrepparttar 107788 support and training you need, and not forrepparttar 107789 software itself. Sometimes, if you haverepparttar 107790 Windows version (as a doom) you can download a small program that will allow you to playrepparttar 107791 game in Linux. Here what's available? Office suites: Star Office, Open Office, Applixware, Corel WordPerfect Graphics: GIMP, Corel Photo paint Music: XMMS, Free amp, Real Player Video: MTV, Xine Games: FreeCiv, Tux racer, Doom, Quake, Heretic, Unreal Andrepparttar 107792 list is growing.

Linux varieties:

•Debian : One ofrepparttar 107793 oldest and still most popular distros is Debian. This Project is a voluntary effort of a team of programmers who developedrepparttar 107794 GNU system. Debian is not very easy to install, and that has been its problem, Debian also has its own software comes with a. DEB extension. Updating and installing new software is very easy. The applications bundled with Debian are great for even a power user. •RedHat: Probablyrepparttar 107795 most popular and in many waysrepparttar 107796 leading distro. It's currently in version 8. The installation and configuration is easy. A blue curve file manager andrepparttar 107797 default GNOME desktop make it look simply stunning. It comes with a host of tools that allow usage as a server and as a workstation. The Red Hat Package Manger(RPM) format developed by Red Hat has almost becomerepparttar 107798 defector for software distribution in Linux world. Installing new software is a breeze. It also has an advanced and easy font management system that makes fonts in X Windows look cool. But beingrepparttar 107799 leader comes at a price. Red Hat charges a little more than others for its istro. •Mandrake: Mandrake Linux is now in its 9 version. This distro can be installed on a native Windows Partition usingrepparttar 107800 Lin4Win tool, but this may slowrepparttar 107801 machine down. It also lets you do a traditional Linux install into its own dedicated partition. Mandrake's configuration and software installation is painless. It follows a slightly modified RPM architecture called mdk.rpm but most Red Hat software can also be used for Mandrake. The outstanding feature in this distro isrepparttar 107802 collection of window managers-eye-candy freaks will have a great time. •SUSE : From Germany comesrepparttar 107803 Chameleon Distro, SUSE. Now in its 8.1 avatar, it has one ofrepparttar 107804 most extensive software packages compiled, and getting them installed is easy with yast (Yet another Software Tool) which gives a centralized interface from where you can pick and chooserepparttar 107805 software to be installed. Among other things, SUSE comes with some stunning 3D games that showcase Linux's gamming prowess. •Corel/Xandross : Corel enteredrepparttar 107806 Linux distro market with Corel Linux a few years ago. Now it has merged into Xandross OS, which is based on Corel Linux. This is a Debian-type distro, and can be installed without much fuss after resizingrepparttar 107807 Windows partition. Xandross contains Crossover office, which is a refined retail version of WINE that lets you install and run many Microsoft apps.

Windows applications in Linux

Some applications have been ported over to Linux, other run with a program called WINE (Wine is Not an Emulator). Crossover, commercially available software also lets you use your Windows programs Linux. VMWare is another program that lets you run Windows under Linux.

Bottom Line:

The cool thing about Linux is that most software is free, and you can legitimately use them without worrying about piracy. If you're worried that Linux won‘t look as pretty as windows can, all you have to do is check out some ofrepparttar 107808 cool Linux interfaces and Window managers. But you don't find a lot of multimedia titles for Linux. And if you're into a lot of these, Windows inrepparttar 107809 way to go. So if you have a PC that runs both, you can easily switch betweenrepparttar 107810 two, and getrepparttar 107811 best of both worlds.

Pawan bangar, Technical Director, Birbals, India.

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