The technology week in view: 22nd February 2008

Have you changed the channel? The default channel that is? What channel? The channel on your wireless broadband router! We have and it’s improved our performance in Wireless woes – change the channel. I also changed my default channel at home when it turned out that many of the neighbours routers seem to be invisibly battling out for the default channel on their equipment. There are a number of useful tools out there to help you so check out the essential application list where you will see NetStumbler listed – this tool will give you valuable information about your wireless access points. Lets face it – as we run our media streaming we need all the performance we can get out of our networks – which reminds me about something I was thinking about recently – is Video killing the Internet star?.

Are you a small business? It seems that Microsoft is smooching up to the small enterprise and getting on the bandwagon with Office Live Small Business for free? It’s great to see this level of commitment from such a large company to the smaller size business – but before jumping in and signing up check all those caveats to ensure it is the right move for you.

Here is a tip which took some time to figure out. Are you running WS_FTP Pro and have upgraded to IE7? Do you have that “Never” ending message. Fortunately there is a relatively straightforward fix in Never error in WS_FTP with IE7.

Finally, do you remember the Sinclair ZX81? (you may also know it as the Timex Sinclair 1000). Well Monk is getting all retro after plumbing the depths of the abbey in Monk101: That Retro feeling.

By Jason Slater

Technology journalist and blogger, software developer, ex-IT Manager.