I Installed a Wireless Router by Cisco in My Home Office – Did It Myself

I just switched to Comcast for high-speed Internet. I want all of my computers to have wireless access so instead of leasing a wireless router from Comcast, I stopped by Best Buy and picked up the Linksys® N Ultra Range Plus by Cisco. It’s a slick-looking unit that resembles something from outer space. I was expecting sticker shock but it was only $100 bucks.

I’m a computer trainer and not a hardware person so I was a little skeptical about installing this router myself. I popped in the installation disk and was amazed at how simple it was. It walked me right through it with great pictures too.

My next step is to share printers and files. I’ll set that up and let you know how it goes.

So if you’ve been thinking about going wireless in your home office, there’s no need to wait any longer.

Note: Some Amazon reviews mentioned this product overheating so I stood it up on one side instead of leaving flat.


Resize a Bunch of Photos by the Batch

UPDATE 11/2011: The software mentioned in this article hasn’t been updated since 2006. I’m currently using FastStone Photo Resizer, a FREE download.

I’ve discovered that just about anything I dread doing, there is some type of technology that will do it for me. Doing something with the photos on my digital camera was one of those projects I needed to simplify.

I found some inexpensive software ($10.00) that makes resizing photos quick and easy. It’s called Digital Photo Resizer (DPR) at www.icegiant.com. There are probably other products out there, but this is the one I found and like.

The software is intuitive in most cases, but I do want to point out the following.

Input Image Folder. Browse to this folder and find the one with your photos.

Autoset Output Image Folders. If you want your images to stay with the folder you created, tick this box. If you don’t, leave it unticked and Browse to find the folder you want to save the resized pictures to. It’s not obvious, but your photos will be resized into the folder you specify, but they will land inside a subfolder named “out.” (I keep all my photos together.)

Resize to. I usually choose the Resize To 438 Height option because I’ve played around with sizing and this usually works for what I’m doing. (It’s a good idea to crop the photos before you resize them. You’ll have to do this outside of DPR.)

FX. This drop-down list leads you to options such as changing photo to black and white, sepia, etc.

Watermark. Tick this box, click Watermark, Browse to find your image.

Generate/Zip File. Explore this feature for different options for your final output. If you need to zip your photos before you email them, load them and click Generate to open the Package Photos dialog box, Create Zip File. Other options in the Package Photos dialog box include Create Screen Saver, Create Slide Show EXE, and Create Photo Website.

Finally, anytime you have a project you dread doing, look for a better, slicker way to do it. Find other free or inexpensive software downloads at www.snapfiles.com.

Note: If the photos you’re using are on a PowerPoint slide, click a picture to select it. The Picture toolbar will appear. Click the Compress Pictures toolbar button and follow the instructions to resize all or some of your pictures.


Peggy Duncan, Personal Productivity Expert