This is Offbeat Home's archive of utilities posts.
Setting up a wired LAN in your house is somewhat unusual, because most people do just fine with a wireless connection. But it does offer some distinct advantages over an exclusively wireless network, like faster speeds, lower latency, and better reliability. If you're a hardcore enough nerd, this might be your next home project.
Dudes, I woke up this morning and looked out the window and the world looked SO GREEN after all the rain Iowa got this week. It's been warm here for weeks, but it's not spring until the plants are growing. And it looks like people in the Offbeat Home Flickr pool are feeling the same fresh verdantness. Let's take a look at the world with fresh eyes, and enjoy the Clicky Link bounty.
We moved fast, and found out Internet service in our new building is lacking. Are there alternative options other than "local DSL" and "local cable" internet providers?
So much paper comes into my house that I just don't care about. Bills that don't change month-to-month but that I should keep for my records, receipts, healthcare info, manuals — it's all stuff I don't WANT but I need to keep, just in case. Sound familiar? In an effort to make all our lives less cluttered, here are seven ways to get after a paperless house.
While in college, we gave up TV in order to see more of each other. Seven years and two kids later, and we're still without TV — and it's enabled us to live more richly!
Nine months ago I was sitting at this very laptop, surrounded by every other laptop we had in the flat (all of which were logged into different Facebook accounts), plus address books, and lists of names, and my mobile phone had never seen so much use in its life.
My fiancé had passed away early that morning and we'd just finished letting everyone know.
How can we weatherize our drafty busted-ass house without using plastic? Because we're using plastic right now, but… you know. IT'S PLASTIC.
And I don't mean rugs on the wall like people do in Russia, because rugs are expensive.