How to: add simple, inexpensive feet to your electronics tower for improved passive ventilation

I’ve often wondered if there was an easier way to improve the ventilation of the consumer electronics in our family room entertainment system.  We have a couple of pieces in a cabinet under our family room television (tuner, Replay TV DVR, DVD recorder, Xbox 360 and other equipment).  Often with these devices, manufacturers often recommend that units be…

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Creating strong passwords (and passphrases) in six easy steps

There’s a good article that was recently posted on on the Microsoft Security At Home web site that outlines how to create strong passwords. Why should you care? Because last year InformationWeek reported that simple passwords created using short, simple key sequences can be easily cracked: “For example, a lowly P3 PC running a widely available cracking…

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