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So you want to set up a web site. You may have an idea for the next Google, or a great new product you want to sell. What ever the reason you have decided you want to make yourself known on the internet. When confronted with this you will have to decide several things. Do you pay someone to create and host your site? Do you do it yourself? How much will it cost? How do I get a Domain Name? The list goes on and on. This article will address how to get your Domain name and a place to host your site. If you decide that you are going to pay someone to do this for you that will work to but you need to know it will not be cheap and there is always the chance that you will not maintain total control of your site as you will be allowing someone else to do that for you.

So first things first. You will need a domain name. There are a ton of companies that do this GoDaddy.com, Register.com etc but we will give you a place that will do it for free later. For now you need to find out if the name you want is available. Be very careful if you use anyone other than who we recommend. It can be very difficult to change host sites or make sure you are in sole control if you do not.To find a domain name go to WHOIS. You can use them to see if a domain is available but DO NOT buy it from them. Type the domain name in the form to see if it is available or not. If it is not they will have recommendations for you. Once you have your domain name picked out you are ready to buy it and have a place on the internet to host your site.

We recommend that you use Hostmonster to buy our domain name and host your site. If you host your site with them they will register your domain for FREE. They offer great service and you will have total control of your site content and domain name. The cost is only $6.95 per month for unlimited bandwidth, emails, pages, storage....how can you go wrong! Click this link to Hostmonster if you want to use them to host your site and register your domain.

There are a number of free tools on your Hostmonster site that you can use to create site content. You can set up Forums, there are content management programs like Joomla, file managers, FTP, SSH, databases, Tools for setting up web sales (credit cards), and much much more.

Now that you have a site you need to create the content. To do this you will need to learn some HTML and/or get a program to create the HTML for you. There are many products to do this you can use programs like Adobe® Dreamweaver® but there are plenty of programs to choose from.

That is the content of another article, for now you have what you need to get a domain name and have a great, inexpensive place to host your site.  Good Luck!

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Duke Nukem is ALIVE!

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Remember Wolfenstein, and the follow on awesome 3D first person shooter Duke Nukem....How can we forget.  The original game was one of the first and best first person shooters. I actually upgraded to a 486 to play it! (That's how long ago it came out). Well 3DRealms has announced that they are going to update Duke Nukem! According to 3D Realms CEO Scott Miller said in an interview , "The next few years should see a strong resurgence in Duke… There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."

This is really good news for all you former Duke Nukem fans. If you really miss the original you can still get it. (I know you want to go back into the restroom). Duke Nukem 3D is available for Xbox LIVE Arcade via Amazon.com. Amazon has an Xbox LIVE store where you can buy the game through them and you get a coupon code which will allow you to download the game over XBLA.

If you need to play Duke Nukem again Click on the image above to get the XBox version



Routers Setup for Gaming

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I LOVE online gaming, from the XBOX to PC games to the Nintendo DS. Nothing is more frustrating to me than when I am playing Call of Duty, have the perfect sniper shot lined up, breath slowly, start to pull the trigger and then my network connection dies. I also love flying games like Microsoft Flight Sim X or Aces High. This is especially frustrating when I am playing on a team with a bunch of my friends and get disconnected. Sometimes these things can be hard to figure out why they happen and I love to blame Microsoft or some of the other vendors stupid server but in reality many times it is my own equipment causing the problem. If you are using any kind of router at your home it is more than likely that you have more than one PC that you want connected to the internet and are not directly connected to your cable/DSL modem. This article has some steps to help you if you are having problems with you your games or connections to the internet.

If you have a problem connecting to a game or have an intermittent connection one of the easiest things you can do to see if the problem is in your hardware or not is to simply directly connect to the cable/DSL modem. This will bypass your router, if when you do this the problem goes away you have a fairly strong indicator that you have a problem in your router. Assuming you still have a problem after you bypass your router the next step is to see how old your router is. If you have one that is more than a few years old you really should just go out and get a new one. They are very inexpensive new and the firmware/software has been upgraded to handle the new problems people are having with all of the gaming applications. Bypassing the router and buying a new one are easy steps and not to technical. Unfortunately now I have to throw some technical terms at you but don't be to scared, anything you do to the router can be easily undone by doing a hardware reset. So lets talk about that for a minute. Before you begin to monkey around with your router you need to find the owners manual or go on the internet and find out how to do a hardware reset. This will reset all of the configurations in the router to the factory settings so that you can get out of any horrible situation you get yourself into. Think of it as the EASY button. You will be glad to have it should you get buried to far in the weeds. Make sure you know how to do this before you proceed. At any point you can hit the EASY button and it will put you right back where you are now.

Now for some technical talk. When you are using a router your internet IP is assigned to your router. Normally this would be assigned to your PC when you directly connect to your cable/DSL modem. This is the IP that the world sees when you connect to the internet. To the world this is you. If you look directly at your PC or XBOX or whatever you will see that the IP there is NOT what the internet sees. This is your INTERNAL IP that is assigned to the devices on your home network by your router. It is most likely something like 192.168.1.xxx.  So for example if you had an XBOX and a PC on your network the XBOX could be and the PC Your INTERNET IP could be something like In this case BOTH the XBOX and the PC are seen as the IP to the world even though their actual IP is the 192.168.1.xxx. This is done through something called Network Address Translation or NAT. NAT uses the Media Access Controller address or MAC address if your network card to manage this. So what is a MAC address? Well every network card is given it's own MAC address when it is built. This is it's very own number assigned to it when it is built. Your router knows that the device with a certain MAC address is a certain IP on your network and it therefore knows that when that MAC address makes a connection to the internet to a certain server it will route the traffic to that machine and not the others on your network...get it...it ROUTES the traffic..that is why it is called a router!

Ok enough about that. All you really need to know is that it will, in most cases, connect and make sure that all the devices get what they need. Sometimes this does not always work and you need to step in and manually configure your router for certain applications. I will use Microsoft Flight Simulator in this example. When you connect to a server with a game there are specific ports (numbers) that you will use. Think of them as a road. When you play a certain game you use road 123. Sometimes this road or path does not find it's way to your PC, it cannot find the off ramp. So you need to make it clear where your want the traffic to get off. You do this by using something called port forwarding. This is a way to tell your router that you want all traffic on a certain port to go to a specific PC on your network. When you are having an issue with a game the first thing you need to do is find out what ports (roads) that game uses. The best way to do this is to go the the games web site or do a Google search for them. When you find them you need to port forward them to the computer or game you want to use. In this example I show you how to port forward the needed ports for MS Flight Sim to the PC.

If you go to the Microsoft web site you will find the MS Flight Sim uses these ports:

Port Protocol Inbound / Outbound
23456 UDP Both
6073 UDP Both

This means that I want the all traffic on these routes (23456 and 6073) to go my PC that has the IP You can tell the IP of you PC by opening a command prompt and typing "ipconfig" (without the quotes). What pops up is your IP. Now you need to port forward these two ports to your PC. There are many types of routers so you need to read up on yours but it will be called port forwarding or port triggering. Set it up with the port information you find on the internet for your game. Once this is done it is as if your router is no longer there and these ports will always connect directly to your PC. Word of waring, this also means that they will NOT connect to any other PC on your network. If you were to go to another PC on your network it will not be able to connect to the game. Also you need to remember that your IP may change on your PC/XBOX when you re-boot it so you will need to update the IP in the port forwarding when you reboot if you notice it no longer works.

This is the first in a series of articles on Gaming and Routing. There is a lot more that can be done but this would be one of the first things you can do when you have an issue with a game or application. Good luck and good gaming!


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How to get the PC thats right for you

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As time goes by your once proud and powerful PC will start to show signs of age. It could start to slow down, not start, develop annoying habits etc. When that happens it is time to start to think about an upgrade. When I am faced with the question of needing to buy a PC on a certain budget I have a system I use to get the most bang for the buck. I will focus here on the desktop and not a laptop, that will be another article. In order to figure out what is correct for you there are several questions you need to ask yourself.

1) Do I have the skills to build it myself?

2) Can I live without a total PC manufacture warranty and on call help? (Just have the parts warranty)

If the answer to both those questions is yes then read on I will tell you how to get the best parts to build your own PC. If not read on anyway and you will learn how to find out what the best hardware is for you so that when you do buy the PC from Dell or HP or whoever you will know how the hardware that comes with it performs and can base your choice on that.

The first thing you need to do is figure out what your budget is. You don't need to spend a fortune on a PC to get something that performs well and can do everything you need, you just have to be smart about what you buy. For those who think you need to spend thousands for a good PC forget it, you can build a machine that rocks for under a thousand and a good machine for a lot less than that. Once you have a budget in mind you need to start thinking about what you want the machine to do. I will use the example of a Gaming PC to help illustrate my point, after all isn't that why computers were invented anyway...to play games... The Gaming PC needs to be powerful, fast, and have a lot of storage, therefore if you build a good gamer it will be good at most everything else. Gaming really pushes the hardware and that is why it is a good choice. Now you need to break down the PC into the various parts and figure out where you want to spend your money to get the best bang for the buck.

1) Memory - This is critical. Memory is so cheap now that you can get as much as you think you can cram in. More memory is always better but on the other hand you don't want it sitting there doing nothing.

2) Graphics card - This is definately an important decision. For the gamer this is where you want to sink in your money. If you are doing office type work then the motherboard video is usually fine and you can save some money.

3) Storage - Hard drives are dirt cheap now. Like memory more is better.

4) Mother board and CPU - I recommend you get these as a pair. There are usually combo pack deals around. That way you know you are not going to make a mistake and get a motherboard that does not support your processor.

5) Case and power supply - Get whats cheap. Get what you think looks cool. Just make sure the supply can support all of the hardware you are cramming into your PC.

6) Monitor - Totally up to you. Even the cheap LCDs look good these days.

7) Sound card - I am a musician and do my own recording. Even cheap motherboards have 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound now. Save your money and get a mother board with it built it. No real need to spend more here for an extra card.

So those are the basic parts you need to get, now to get into more detail about how to get the best of each of those parts for the money. DO NOT..,,,I repeat...DO NOT... think you have to get the best and most powerful of everything, or anything. Remember that the part that is on the bleading edge today is a door stop tomorrow. Spend your money wisely. If you want bragging rights and have a deep wallet then go ahead and get the fastest of everything and enjoy it for one month knowing you have the best...then enjoy not having the best one month later when the new hardware is released. I usually stay 2 - 3 levels down from the fastest and most expensive and I can play very demanding games with no issue. With the ever changing field of new hardware unless you deal with it every day there is no way you can know what is out there...unless you are reading this article! So the next step us to go piece by piece and figure out what you want to get. For this I have looked to Toms Hardware for years. This is my favorite place to see the specs and comparisons of all the different hardware. They do side by side benchmarks so you can see what the real performance difference of the various parts are and I have found them to be spot on. The two areas you want to pay particular attention to are the graphics card and the CPU. This will make or break your PC. Memory is so cheap I usually get whats on sale and have never had a problem. Same for case, power supply and hard drive. I have heard people say this hard drive or that hard drive crashes, is slow etc. I have found that to be BS and ignore the name on the box anymore. Just get one large enough to store what you need.


There are generally two choices here. AMD or Intel....neither is a bad choice. Intel has been historically more expensive and a better processor for things like graphics design but AMD is a better value for the money. Definitely get multi-core, also 64 bit. Even the cheap AMD 64 bit dual core processors can do an excellent job.I would stay away from the lower end Intel chips like the Celeron/Sempron. The motherboard will be designed to work with it as your getting a combo. I have spend good money on expensive motherboards and also bought the dirt cheap ones. Save your money here, don't spend a fortune on a mother board. The more expensive ones do have a lot of nice features, but you may never use them. Just make sure you have enough expansion slots to hold all of your devices plus extra should you decide to add something later.


Graphics card

I saved the best for last. This is really where you need to do some homework. There are many cards out there and you have to look at the amount of performance improvement you are going to see vs the extra money you will spend. Generally there is a happy area if you look at the performance benchmarks that will get you great performance at a good price at about 75% into the charts. So for example if the bottom of the cart was 0 and the top of the chart was 100 and the best most expensive card, look at the cards that are about 3/4 of the way towards the top. You will see that they perform well but are not the hotest thing out there. Once you start penetrating into that top 25% the amount of money you are going to spend will be exponentially related to the performance increase. In other works your will start to spend more and more money for smaller and smaller increases in performance. We keep you up to date right here with PCModers Best Video Card for under $199.00 so that is a good place to start. Also Toms Hardware has always provided the metrics I needed to find that perfect balance.

So that is basically it. I could delve into the specifics of each part but that should get you started. PC technology is a constantly moving target and the right time to look for that new PC is right when you want to buy it. It is pointless to look six, or even three months before you want to buy it as by the time you do the technology will have changed. When I go to buy the hardware I have found that Tiger Direct is usually a good place to go but there are many others that are find..just look for the best deal for the hardware you decide you want.

My final piece of advice is GO FOR IT. New hardware is always better. Don't fool yourself into thinking this PC will be able to do the job for years and years. No matter what you get even the best PC today will really start to show its age in about two years. Get a new PC and be happy with it. When you start to have problems running applications you want to, then it is time to upgrade again. Don't fall into the trap of thinking you need the latest and greatest. What you need is something that does what YOU need and makes YOU happy.

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