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Find out how fast your internet connection really is!

Full speed ahead

Many of us give little appreciation  to our internet connection until a problem arises, and then we are quick to realize how much the internet provides for us each and every day. It powers your computer, smart television, entertainment systems, tablets, phones, and most importantly connections you to the outside world. I mean what would we even do to entertain ourselves without the internet? How would we communicate? These are questions many of us only talk about in the abstract, because we rely so heavily on internet it would be too difficult to find out the answers to these questions without immobilizing ourselves. The internet has become increasingly fast, according to a study conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the average US household went from a speed of 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) in March 2011 to 31 Mbps in September 2014. In 2015 the FCC took such statistics and re-defined the minimum download speed from 4 Mbps to  25Mbps, a big jump for broadband connection.  The FCC is the one who is also attempting to increase internet speeds for all households, but the real mover and shaker is competition. Local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Google have pushed big name companies to raise speeds while keeping costs affordable. Verizon FiOS, one of the only fiber-to-the-home-only increased it’s minimum speed from 25Mbps to 50 Mbps. There are some lucky cities as well that have gigabit internet status, meaning ISPs in such cities provide 1 gigabit per second, 1000X better than 1Mbps speeds and 40X the FCC qualification for broadband. The increase is due in part to fiber optic lines such as  Google’s dark fiber that is already in place in large cities even though it is not ready for use, as well as newer DOCSIS 3.1 that will make it easier for cable companies to get on board with faster speeds.

So, how fast is my connection then? 

Despite innovations, and the reliance on speedy internet connection, the average speed is nowhere near the industry top technology capabilities. Researchers at PCMag helped us out by examining the Fastest ISPs in the United States using a tool named Speedtest. The data is then used in comparison to other ISPs in a formula PCMag calls the Internet Speed Index, which basically comprises of a number that pits ISP to ISP.

They encourage you to do the same and click the link, www.pcmag.com to test your own internet connection speed. Once you hit the page, scroll down to Begin Test to find out how your connection compares to others.





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MAC Microsoft Office 2011- Finally Got it Right

It feels like I have been waiting forever for the new release of Office for the Mac.  With Microsoft Office for the Mac 2011 (Home and Student version, $119; Home and Business version, $149), Microsoft has finally gotten it right. After a string of disappointing releases, the new Mac version of the world’s most widely-used office suite is a spectacular success, and an unexpected triumph for Microsoft’s Macintosh group. Compared with Office for the Mac 2008 and its predecessors, Office 2011 is innovative, better-designed, startlingly faster, vastly more powerful, and far more compatible with Office for Windows. It even includes a few features that outclass anything in its Windows-based counterpart, Microsoft Office 2010 ($499, 4 stars). If you’re a casual, light-duty office-suite user or a student, iWork ’09 ($79, 4 stars) is still a great option, but if you’ve got heavy-duty work to perform on the Mac, you’ll want Office for the Mac 2011.  The cost for the suite is pretty reasonable for the applications you get.

Office for the Mac still has some minor weaknesses, and at least one feature that’s less powerful than in the previous version—Office no longer syncs calendars with iCal. Overall, it’s the best office suite ever for using the Mac as a serious platform for getting work done.  Office for the Mac comes in two versions, a Home and Student Version (single user package, $119; three-user family package $149) and a Home and Business Version (single user package, $199; licensed for two machines, $279). The Home and Student version includes Word 2011, Excel 2011, PowerPoint 2011. The Home and Business version matches the Home and Student version plus Outlook 2011, which replaces the Entourage mail, calendar, and contact manager app in recent versions.

Pros: Fast, flexible office application suite. Most powerful Mac office software. Highly compatible with Office for Windows. Well-integrated with OS X. Visual Basic for Applications recorded and programmed macros fully supported. Newly-designed Outlook replaces Entourage as mail/calendar/contact app.
Cons: No calendar synching with iCal. Outlook won’t synch with or retrieve mail from Exchange Server 2003 or earlier.
Bottom Line: Office for the Mac roars back with fast, powerful application suite the best of its kind for the OS X platform.