Computers and People: Superconnected

In the fast-moving digital economy, networks matter more than ever, for COMPUTERS and PEOPLE. Here's how to turn your home into an electronic nerve center and keep job-seeking skills honed

Todd Thibodeaux, an economist from Arlington, VA., has eight computers in the eight-room house he and his wife Clare share. He wanted all his computers to communicate with one another, just as they would at any corporate office. He also wanted the freedom to work on his website, do a little Web surfing, online shopping or banking from wherever he happened to be--in the kitchen, basement, den or bedroom--without having to wait for Clare to finish surfing first. So last October the Thibodeauxs started building a home network. Three weeks and $950 later, their Ethernet baby was born.

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