Not sure if you're getting the speed your provider promised? Or maybe something else is going on - we've seen everything from overheating hardware to incompatibilities between firewalls and internet service providers slow networks to a crawl. Whatever your reason, if you want to see how fast (or slow) your internet connection is, try SpeedTest.net.
LogMeIn is a great free tool for remote controlling your PC over the internet (and it's secure, as long as you provide a secure password). Why would you want to do that? Well, suppose you're on vacation and need to gain access to your computer, or if you are a small business owner and need to check something on your office computer at 10 pm on Sunday night, remote control sure beats hopping in the car and driving down there. Just visit LogMeIn.com to get started.
Both employees and kids sometimes get into things they shouldn't be getting into. Employees for the most part should be trustworthy and focused on their work; with kids the stakes are higher - you don't want to limit them so much as you wish to protect them. Here are a few good options: k9 web protection content filteringK9 Web Protection - Here's a free content filtering software that's part of the Blue Coat Community Outreach program, an effort to raise awareness in child internet safety.
So it seems almost no one can live without a cell phone these days, even (or perhaps, especially) kids. Besides, what parent doesn't want the option to get in touch with their child immediately? However, as we've seen so often in the news lately, cell phones also can be (and are) used irresponsibly, anywhere from passing "electronic notes" in school, inadvertent texting with child predators, to sexting. If you want a means of encouraging your child to use their mobile responsibly, try My Mobile Watchdog.