Reuters said:Turn off the microwave to boost wifi, says UK's media regulator
People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as they are making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online because the ovens can slow wifi signals, Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said on Wednesday.
Interesting article with visualizations of measurements:
The kitchen in the condo we moved into four years ago currently has two microwave ovens: a countertop model we brought with us and the combo range hood model that came with the condo. I can't wait for the one on the countertop to die, as it completely takes out the WiFi in the adjacent family room. I tried to convince my wife that it's dangerous to use, but she prefers it to the one over the stove. And I can't complain when she uses it, as I'll end up having to make dinner (again).
Annoying, definitely. Dangerous? Probably not unless the door mechanism is damaged.I can't wait for the one on the countertop to die, as it completely takes out the WiFi in the adjacent family room. I tried to convince my wife that it's dangerous to use, but she prefers it to the one over the stove.
US Food & Drug Administration said:Microwave Oven Safety Standard
... A Federal standard (21 CFR 1030.10) limits the amount of microwaves that can leak from an oven throughout its lifetime to 5 milliwatts (mW) of microwave radiation per square centimeter at approximately 2 inches from the oven surface. This limit is far below the level known to harm people. Microwave energy also decreases dramatically as you move away from the source of radiation. A measurement made 20 inches from an oven would be approximately 1/100th of the value measured at 2 inches from the oven.
Ric, many thanks. I'm starting to suspect upstream problems with Comcast. Symptoms that I had ignored or not associated with the Zoom problem now look related: occasional hiccups using On Demand on the TV, audio dropouts using Facetime, intermittent freezes loading web pages.Not sure this is the issue, but it's something to check:
System Preferences > Network > Advanced > TCP/IP
Here, you can Renew DHCP Lease and type your DHCP Client ID.
System Preferences > Sharing > Computer Name
I've had problems in the past from cloning a system drive from one Mac to another, thereby duplicating Computer Name, network settings, etc. – they need to be different for the two different computers.
I'm wondering if this may be the Smart Packet Detection bug I blogged about all the way back in 2010.I'm starting to suspect upstream problems with Comcast. Symptoms that I had ignored or not associated with the Zoom problem now look related: occasional hiccups using On Demand on the TV, audio dropouts using Facetime, intermittent freezes loading web pages.
Zoom's service is currently broken (i.e. it has nothing to do with your computer or your company).I am wondering what happened in the last 24 hours, as well. Yesterday, Zoom worked in browser-mode (no install required), but today all I get is: 403 Forbidden...
Zoom said:Zoom Status
Zoom will be placing the Web Client into maintenance mode and take this part of the service offline. This will also impact users utilizing Zoom’s Web SDK. This will have no impact on users utilizing Zoom’s desktop or mobile application.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Apr 3, 00:00 PDT
Ric, thanks! for that update, puts my mind at ease a bit, although I'm in hot water for missing a meeting...Zoom's service is currently broken (i.e. it has nothing to do with your computer or your company).
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My first two meetings using Zoom were "bombed" with racist comments (audio) and pornographic images (screen backgrounds that come to the fore when participant unmutes/talks). The meeting URLs were not public but were accessible on a site (at a large educational institution) that required AD credentials to log in. I supposed the URLs could have been shared from there. A post-meeting analysis suggested that the miscreants were using email addresses (like gmail) that were not in our AD domain. These miscreants left/rejoined the meetings multiple times. No need to respond with "Zoom best practices" as we have read through these various guides and have changed a number of settings (e.g. "only host can share screen", "require registration", "only authenticated users can join") and the problem has not recurred. I will say the settings are confusing and in so many places (on the web app, on the desktop, in meeting) that I am not sure what worked. Live and learn I guess but I hope our institution considers an alternative virtual meeting platform for the future.Unbiased security review of Zoom:
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- In an interview with CNBC, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said he sees an opportunity to compete with existing video conferencing companies in Verizon's distribution platform and integration with its 5G network.
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