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Is there an Internet question you'd like to see answered in a future edition of Website Compass? Email your question to DrWebbie@WebsiteCompass.com.
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QUESTION: Should I be rebooting my router on a regular basis, as I do with my computer?
Yes, it's a good idea to routinely reboot your router — say every couple of months — as well as making it the first thing you do if you experience internet connectivity issues such no connection or slow Wi-Fi speeds.
You might not think of it this way, but your router is a computer. Inside that plastic box is a CPU, memory, and local storage — all running an operating system. And like a computer, things can sometimes go wrong. Perhaps a bug is causing a memory leak or the CPU is overheating. The simplest fix for these types of problems is to reboot your router by turning it off and on again. (You've no doubt heard this advice from virtually every tech support person you've ever contacted for help.)
You'll want to wait at least 10 seconds after turning your router off before you turn it back on. Here's why: Most electronics, including routers, make liberal use of capacitors, which are basically tiny batteries. They don't store a lot of energy, but can at times have just enough to keep a memory chip running for a few seconds. Waiting 10 seconds ensures that every capacitor is fully drained and every bit of memory is cleared. This allows all the settings on your router to reset, including anything that might have caused the problem in the first place.
QUESTION: I'm of a certain age and want to post more photos on social media. What can I do to take better selfies?
The secret to taking great selfies isn't a secret at all. Just ask any millennial. It's all about practice, practice, practice. Young people have taken hundreds of pictures of themselves and scrutinized them for days, until they figured out their face, their pose, and their look. So while selfies may look impromptu and casual, they're actually very studied.
Here are some strategies to try:
- The attributes of a good selfie are lighting, angle, direction, and expression. It's all about downplaying your "bad" points and emphasizing your good ones. Take lots of shots and see how the shape of your face changes as you move your angles or lift the camera up, down, or off to the side. Changes in lighting can make a big difference, too.
- One of the best poses is chin down, camera up. This takes out the jowly look, gets rid of that bothersome double chin and flaring nostrils, lengthens your face, and makes your eyes look larger.
- Another tip is to turn your head slightly and smile. Pretend you're looking at a friend nearby.
- Make your smile appear natural for the camera. Don't go overboard.
- Pay attention to the background. You don't want it to look like an object is coming out of your head.
Good luck as you practice your selfie skills!