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How To Fax From A Computer 

by on March 26, 2006

Q: How do I fax from my computer?

A: There are a lot of options for you so I will cover the 3 most common and easiest to use. They include faxing from your computer using the modem in your computer, faxing over the Internet using a fax service, and faxing though a multi-function machine, also known as an all in one, on your network.

Faxing from your computer though your modem is a very simple and straight forward and probably one of the best solutions if you only want to fax something once in a while and are not too worried about receiving faxes. While you can receive faxes remember your computer has to be on to do so which is why I don’t like this option the best for receiving faxes.

Since I am giving more of a quick over view please visit the windows documentation page to see the Windows instructions on how to fax and the Mac documentation page for the Mac instructions on how to fax. Both sets of instructions are great and will have you faxing and even receiving faxes within minutes if that is the route you want to go.

Our next solution is a great solution if you want to be able to send faxes from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection and receive faxes as well. Many companies use this software to send and receive faxes because they come straight to your inbox and you can easily forward the faxes to others or print them.

This is not a great solution if you only plan on sending occasional faxes though as you will have to pay a monthly fee. You can usually try these services for free though. Try eFax free instant activation.

The last option is a networked All-In-One or MFC (multi-function center) which does faxing, printing, scanning, coping, and faxing from your computer. If all you want to do is send a fax and maybe receive a fax this might be over kill. But if your needs are those of a traditional office where you need to fax (sending and receiving), print, and copy then this is an amazing solution especially if you have multiple computers in your home or office.

The key point to this is that the machine is networked. You do not need to leave a computer on in your office or in your house to send a print job, fax job, or receive a fax with this machine. It stays on like any regular fax machine would and you can easily print or fax from any of your computers to these MFC machines with a simple selection of File -> Print. The one I use is the Brother MFC-5440CN Network Inkjet Printer, Scanner, Copier, and Fax and I like it a lot. It works flawlessly with my Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems and I only paid about $130.00 dollars for it, which is what you will pay for a plain non networked printer alone.

It wont do photo quality printing and it wont do high resolution scanning, but if you are going to be using it for office related tasks, faxing, faxing from your computer, printing, copying, then it is a great solution.


What is DMZ mode and why would I use it? 

by on March 20, 2006

Q: I am trying to use a headset when playing my ps2 game but it does not work when someone else is hosting the game. If I am hosting the game then I can hear people and they can hear me but if someone else is hosting the game I cannot hear them and they cannot hear me. I have opened all the required ports what should I do now?

A: If you have done all the research and opened all the ports you think you need opened and your application (or game in this case) is not working the way it should be then this is the prefect chance for you to test your game in DMZ. What is DMZ exactly? DMZ means demilitarized zone, which more or less translates into unprotected.

When you go to your router and put a system in DMZ what you are doing is really telling the router to treat the machine as if it is on the other side of the router. This means the system has no protection at all. Every single port is opened to the machine and this of course allows hackers to get at the system and try hacking it.

Why do we want to put our system in DMZ if it is not protected anymore? Well the problem is that sometimes applications and games use ports for certain things and unless you know the port number you cannot get the specific portion of the application or game to work. In this case we have a headset we want to use while playing a game (this allows us to talk to our teammates which is useful when playing with other people). So we want to put the system in DMZ to see if that fixes the issue.

If it does fix the issue then we know that there are more ports that need to be opened and pointed to our system. If it does not fix the problem then we know the issue is related to the other people not having the correct ports open on their systems.

If DMZ fixes the issue then I would suggest doing more research and find out what other ports need to be opened. I would not suggest using DMZ all the time but if you cannot figure out what ports then just put your system in DMZ while you need it to run the application or game and then take it out of DMZ when you are done.


From Camcorder To Video iPod 

by on March 14, 2006

Q: How do I get a video from my camcorder onto my iPod Video?

A: The first step in this process is getting the video from your camcorder onto your computer system. This is usually done by a FireWire cable or by a USB 2.0 cable using software that comes with your camcorder.

The next step is to download a piece of software like Videora iPod Converter which will allow you to convert just about any video format into a format that can be played on your iPod video.

Once you have installed the software you will need to first click setup, then point the “Output videos to” setting to some other location that’s easier to find, like your desktop. Next you will want to click on the “Convert” tab, select “One-Click Transcode”. Then you will want to select the file you want to convert. The last step is to take the file you just created and drag and drop it into your iTunes software and sync your iTunes with your iPod.