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Internet hiccups today? You’re not alone. Here’s why

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off

If you found your Internet speed has been pathetic today and some sites wouldn’t load at all, you’re not alone.

Many tier-one Internet service providers (ISPs), and in turn, the last mile ISPs they support, experienced technical problems that resulted in bad service throughout the US and some parts of Canada.

According to postings in the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) mailing list, the professional association for Internet engineering and architecture, there have been “major problems with multiple ISPs since around 4-5 AM EST.” 

According to NANOG, and complaints tracker DownDetector, many Internet providers — including Level 3, AT&T, Cogent, Sprint, Verizon, and others — have suffered from serious performance problems at various times on Tuesday.

And they won’t be the last.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 beta is ready for testing

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off

It’s great that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 is out and ready to run. But, some companies aren’t ready to jump to a major new release. For them, Red Hat will be releasing RHEL 6.6.

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Facebook Messenger: Much ado about nothing

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off

Enough already with all the whining about Facebook Messenger, Facebook’s new standalone mobile messaging app!  It’s Facebook! They make their money from watching everything you do on the net! What did you expect their new messaging-only app to do?

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Nadella’s challenge: Saving Microsoft

August 11th, 2014 · Comments Off

In my recent debate with Ed Bott over Microsoft’s future, the public bought Ed’s arguments that Microsoft will have a bright, shining future with Satya Nadella as CEO. The judge though gave me the win because he agreed that “Nadella’s challenges outweigh his support and time window won out. After all, there are a lot of fix-it jobs to do after Steve Ballmer.”

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Comments OffTags: Business · Cloud Computing · Infrastructure · Management · Microsoft · SmartPhone · Tablet

Six Clicks: The best Chromebooks for school

August 11th, 2014 · Comments Off

Chromebooks have proven to be wildly popular in schools. More than a million Chromebooks were sold to schools this spring alone.

For schools, Chromebook math is easy. In Google’s Chromebooks for Education program, each device can cost as little as $279 and they’re easy to manage from a centralized console. For school districts the real killer feature is this: If they buy through the Google program and a Chromebook stops working, Google just replaces it for no additional cost.

Chromebooks also come with their built-in advantages: They require no anti-virus programs, they boot up in fewer than 10 seconds, they automatically update to the newest patches without any fuss or muss, and with them you can use a wide variety of educational and productivity programs.

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