Most Popular Deployment Posts Of 2013

Most Popular Deployment Posts Of 2013
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The core job of an IT pro is deploying technology. These are the 10 most popular deployment posts from Lifehacker in 2013.

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Ask LH: What’s The Difference Between Cat5, Cat5e And Cat6 Ethernet Cables?

Dear Lifehacker, I finally took your advice and went completely wired on my home network using a bunch of ethernet cables I had lying around. Some are Cat5 and others are Cat5e. Is there a difference? Is one faster than the other? What should I use?

Getting Rid Of Internet Explorer 11 In Windows 7, 8 And 8.1

You’re using Windows 7 or later and happy with Chrome, Firefox or one of several other browsers and while Internet Explorer doesn’t get in the way, just knowing it’s sitting on your hard drive, consuming space, is driving you up the wall. Don’t fret — here’s how you can quickly pluck it from your operating system.

Turn An Old Computer Into A Do-Anything Home Server With FreeNAS 8

You’ve heard the word “server” thrown around a lot, but it’s usually in the context of websites or big companies that have a lot of data to store. In reality, a server can be just as useful in your home. In this guide, we’ll walk through how to create your own home server out of an old or cheap computer that can do all your downloading, streaming and backup tasks 24/7.

How To Set Up Your Own Private Cloud Storage Service With OwnCloud

With so many services like iCloud and Dropbox getting hacked these days, it’s no surprise that more people want to pull their data off the cloud. Instead of missing out on those great syncing features though, you can create your own cloud storage service that you control with a service called ownCloud. With it, you’ll get syncing files, notes, calendars and more. The best part: it only takes about five minutes to set up.

Turn A Raspberry Pi Into A Personal VPN

The Raspberry Pi has very low power consumption, which makes it a great always-on virtual private network (VPN) server. With a VPN, you’ll get secure access to your home network when you’re on the go and can use it for secure web browsing when you’re on public networks. Here’s how to roll your own VPN with the Raspberry Pi.

Why Tech Support Tells You To Wait 10 Seconds Before Rebooting Your Router

We’ve all heard it before when troubleshooting a router: unplug your router, wait 10 seconds and plug it back in. More often than not, this fixes whatever problem we have. But why is that? Superuser user Phoshi has an explanation.

Feedly’s Migration To Its New RSS Server Has Begun, Is Messy

Good news: RSS-tracking service Feedly has begun migrating users onto its own servers — a necessary move since we’re less from a fortnight away from Google Reader switching off entirely. Bad news: when you migrate, you’ll find your unread articles count reset, and the service may misplace your saved articles as well.

Bill Gates: How To Succeed As An Introvert

Last night’s episode of Q&A featured Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates as its special guest. Gates touched on plenty of hard-hitting subjects during the program including health vaccines, the questionable tax practices of technology vendors and Australia’s contributions to foreign aid. However, one of the more interesting topics is something we’re sure many of our readers can relate to: how to overcome shyness.

Browser Choice On Windows RT May Finally Happen By December

I’m a regular user of the Surface RT, and by far the biggest problem with it is being forced to use Internet Explorer as my browser. From that perspective, news that we might see a Metro-fied versio of Firefox for Windows RT (and Windows 8) is sort of welcome.

Five Dumb Mistakes IT Pros Make (And How To Avoid Making Them)

One avoidable mistake might be all that stands between you getting promoted or being caught out by a “resume-updating event”. Here are five common areas where IT pros mess up — and how to ensure you don’t make them.