Is Your Internet Connection Slowing to a Crawl?

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Does your internet connection all of a sudden come to a crawl sometimes? If you own a smartphone or iPod, it doesn't matter which kind, it's likely this is happening to you.

iCloud, Google+ and Microsoft's own backup systems all work similarly. By default, your phone is set to automatically back itself up (photos, videos etc) and by default it happens only when you are connected to a wireless network and oftentimes only when it's charging. There are hundreds of other apps that you could install that also backup your device (all these things can be changed in their respective settings.

Also it's important to realize that oftentimes laptops and desktops all share the same iCloud or Google backup accounts.  This means that yes, those devices could be hogging the same bandwidth while backing up.

When you have a house full of family members with electronic devices, it's likely to be this that is causing your network to crawl. Especially when everyone gets home from school and work and plugs in to charge up. I see it every single day. Right around 4pm the network is almost unusable. We often blame TDS (pay for 15, get 3), but it's important to look at your own local network in your home first before you start complaining about the connection.

So, the next time you are trying to stream Netflix or Amazon Prime and the video keeps buffering, check your phones and ipods, check your settings and if you don't want to take the time to figure out all that "Hocus Pocus", just turn everything off while charging so you can enjoy your movie, or your kids can do their homework.  The added benefit?  No distractions of the bright glow of blue-lit teen faces during your movie!

Hope this helps!

iPod Home Theater

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Fun little 30 minute project I did with my youngest daughter.  I've seen postings all over the web about it and Abby wanted to try it.  She's now watching The Office.  Probably won't see her again until her game this afternoon ;)

Abby's Cardboard iPod Home Theater


Defending in Soccer - Tactics

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Important Defensive Tactics - Indoor or Outdoor Soccer

Some tidbits you may find helpful for your indoor (and outdoor) soccer team.  The field pictured here is of an indoor arena since it's winter in New Hampshire and I'm concentrating on indoor currently.  But these tactics largely can be moved outside to 8v8 or 11v11 depending on your age bracket.

If you are a coach or you are a parent with a child learning to play, you owe it to yourself to review these tactics on a regular basis with your team or your child.  Forwards oftentimes think that once they lose possession of the ball tht it's now up to the midfield and defense to win the ball back but nothing is further from the truth.  WE ALL ATTACK, WE ALL DEFEND.  If you get that in your team or your child's head early and often, they will become better soccer players.

Important Tactics for Defending in Soccer (for all players on the field as soon as your team loses possession):

1) If you aren't marking a player, someone's open for a pass
2) Stay between the player and your own goal
3) Keep your eyes on your man and the ball (head on swivel)
4) Don’t allow your man to run past you
5) The closer they get to the goal, the closer you get to them
6) Shoulder to shoulder when in your own box
7) Close down fast when the ball is in the air
8) Let your teammates know who you are marking by pointing
9) Avoid double teaming unless you have numbers
10) Don't dive in for the ball, they will easily get around you
11) Jockey with both feet well balanced under your shoulders
and in line with the opponent and your goal

This reduces open shots on goal and causes your opponent to pass under pressure, which is where the mistakes are made.

Kearsarge High School Girls JV at Hillsborough

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Fall is in there air now.  This was a fun photoshoot.  We were seated pretty high above the action on a side hill.  Nice perspective.

View the entire album here!

Kearsarge High School Girls JV at Sunapee

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The Kearsarge girls played hard but in the end were bested by Sunapee 4-1 with Sunapee's go ahead goal coming around the 22nd minute in the second half.

Enjoy the whole album!

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