Correctly configuring your computers and networks is a good way to get the most out of your complete system. This is especially true if you are running a small business.

Networking helps you to control and manage all  the operations of a small business – such as communication, data transfer, and storage – more easily.



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Technical Glossary

of Terms


Data stored in a small text file by a website, either for storing a user website preferences or to track the users browsing behaviour - normally for marketing purposes.


Stands for Uniform Resource Locator, and describes the makeup of a web address and its protocol (http:).


Bandwidth refers to how much data you can send through a network or modem connection. It is usually measured in bits per second, or "bps."

MAC Address

Stands for "Media Access Control Address". A MAC address is a hardware identification number that uniquely identifies each device on a network. The MAC address is manufactured into every network device.


Basic Input/Output System, A program built into every PC for setting up very basic things, like how many hard and floppy disks you have and what type they are. The Bios is the first thing that loads when you start your PC.


Digital Subscriber Line. A method of connecting to the Internet via a phone line

Q : How do I close down Windows 8 Metro apps ?

A : As you will of found out it is not entirely obvious how to close down Windows 8 Metro apps.

Windows 8 apps run in full screen without the usual window controls you find when you run normal desktop programs. Without the controls, it is not obvious how to close the apps once they have been opened, especially as there is no taskbar where the open apps are displayed.

Microsoft has thought of 2 options for closing apps, using the task manager, or by using a gesture either with your finger or the mouse.

To open the task manager, use the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc, find the app or apps that you want to close, and use the controls available in the task manager to end the processes.

The gesture works the following way: while the application is open, move the mouse cursor to the top of the screen until it changes into a hand. Once the hand appears press and hold down the left mouse button, and move it all the way down to the bottom of the screen at which point it gets closed automatically.

Moving the mouse up and all the way down is not the most comfortable way of closing apps down.

To reduce the distance you need to move the mouse down the screen I use the app “Close threshold for metro apps” you simply need to move the slider for mouse or touch gestures down from its default value of 1000. The minimum value is 100 which reduces the distance that you need to move down the page to close the app to less than a quarter of the original distance.

You can download this free app here

I have also used the ALT + F4 shortcut to close an app, so far this seems to work, but has been reported to be a bit hit and miss.

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