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How to bypass the FiOS router entirely.

The best way to start this is probably with a little background about my home network …

I’ve had FiOS for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been using the craptastic Actiontec sad-excuse-for-a-router for about the same amount of time.  About 6 months or so ago, I began to realize that with the proliferation of Kindles, laptops, phones and iPods in my house that my network was simply at full capacity.  So, I upgraded my service to one of their super fast plans and emptied out my wallet at the same time.

A few days after that, I installed a TP-Link TL-WA801ND Wireless N AccessPoint to segregate some of the devices off of the Actiontec wifi – primarily all the wireless devices my kids use to watch Minecraft videos 24/7 on their Kindle’s.  This worked to a certain extent.

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Android L Preview (LPX13D) – Install and Root

With the announcement of the new Nexus devices from Google, we are inching closer to the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop.  The good news for Android users is that, if you have a Nexus 5, you can install the latest Preview version of Android.  Google has opened up downloads of their latest build LPX13D to the public.  In this article, I’m going to walk you through the easy way to install it with multi-rom so that you don’t have to blow up your existing system to take a peek at what’s to come.

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TeamSpeak 3: The Music Bot

I decided the other day that I wanted to put a music bot on our TeamSpeak 3 server, specifically on our Guild Wars 2 channel so we can have a little oontz-ootz and wub-wub to go along with our shenanigans.  As it turns out, it isn’t as straight forward as you’d expect.  In light of that, this article aims to provide a very quick tutorial on how to get a basic music bot pumping up the jams on your TeamSpeak channel.

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Guild Wars 2: The Engineer Grenade Build

A few people I’ve been playing with have asked me about my engineer builds in Guild Wars 2, to explain what traits, armor and weapons I’ve chosen. What most people don’t ask is how do you play Engineer? That, to me, is really the important question people need to ask for any class really. But, with engineer it’s particularly important because you can do so many different things.  If simply spamming 1 is your objective, look elsewhere – you really cannot be effective that way with the engineer class.  This build requires that you use you skills and kits in a specific order to achieve might stacking, vulnerability condition stack and maximize DPS.

Since I mainly run PVE, my grenade build is focused in that area.  Mostly for dungeons/fractals and solo map running.  This build could be more effective in WVW probably with some minor tweaking, but I haven’t gotten into that side of the game very heavily just yet.  I’ll review that last in this article.

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Building the right computer for the job.

Building the right computer for the job.

Getting a cheap computer doesn’t mean you have to get a cheap computer.  What I mean is, you can spend less money than you think to get a quality computer.

Keeping that in mind, you have to make sure that you set some objectives whatever your budget is.  What do you need your computer to actually do for you?  What will the primary use of it be?  Knowing those answers will ensure that you have an appropriate game plan when determining what you actually need to build.  It is also critical to make sure you balance wants vs. needs.  Meaning that I’m sure you really want an nVidia GTX 780Ti GPU … but do you actually need that for an office computer that will only ever see games like Angry Birds?  Probably not.  Do you actually need 32GB of RAM right away?  Sounds cool to brag about, but is it necessary?

Game plan. Stick. With. The. Game. Plan.  Determine where you can make concessions in your initial purchase that you can address at a later time.  Cannot afford 16GB of RAM right now? No problem, 8GB should be just fine and you can always add more later.

So why am I going into all of this?  Well, two reasons honestly … 1) I needed something to write about and 2) my younger sister enlisted me to help her get a new computer for her home office last week.  Sounds like a win-win to me.

Let’s start with her objectives …

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