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New Internet Options From Verizon

Posted by on June 17, 2018 at 8:01 pm

With pretty much duopoly of Internet Service Providers in Lawrence, any change is welcome!  If you live in rural areas, you’re options are even more limited.  Verizon could change that according to this announcement. Clients sometimes use their wireless phone service to provide internet.  The problem is those services are slow and expensive compared to […]

Most People Aren’t Recycling E-Waste

Posted by on June 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

When you get a new computer or smartphone, what do you do with the old one?  According to a recent report, only 20 % of people in the US are recycling it. Those old devices could just be sitting in a closet or basement. Sadly, many people just throw them out with the trash.  Not […]

Phones are Highly Personal

Posted by on May 27, 2018 at 8:12 pm

This statement may seem obvious, but still need to be proven by science. I don’t know about you (well, actually I do according to this study), but when I’m without my phone I panic.  Where is it?  I’d be much more upset about misplacing my phone than my wallet.  That dreaded 1% battery sign means […]

Rural Douglas County Needs This for Internet Service!

Posted by on March 18, 2018 at 8:27 pm

Even as we push for better broadband in the city of Lawrence, our community is bigger than that.  People in rural areas have a tough time.  They’re stuck using mobile hotspots that have severe data limits or expensive satellite connections. These don’t always work, especially if you live on a large property. Microsoft is coming […]

Some ISPs Give you Mandatory Ads

Posted by on March 4, 2018 at 8:55 pm

When you go to some websites, you expect ads.  That’s what pays for the site.  Just like commercials on TV.  Some Internet Service Providers add their own ads to your browsing experience. Comcast was caught doing this last year.  They were adding information to web pages you visited encouraging you to upgrade your cable modem. […]

The Digital Divide is Growing (Thanks AT&T)

Posted by on February 18, 2018 at 8:49 pm

Most people know, I’m a strong advocate for bridging the digital divide.  That’s why I work with great organizations like Connecting For Good that help make sure everyone has equal access to technology.  While there are problems in Kansas City and Lawrence, this report shows AT&T is making it worse. What that link states is things […]

How to Get Net Neutrality and Internet Privacy Back In Lawrence

Posted by on February 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

Late in 2017, the FCC made a major change as to how the internet works in the United States.  Instead of treating it like a utility, whereby you can’t discriminate based on usage, internet service providers (ISPs) now have the right to limit your usage or charge extra for some sites. They can also use […]

What are the best kind of references?

Posted by on January 21, 2018 at 10:19 am
Blue Rider needs a phone call

We’re very particular about the people we let repair client computers.  I’ve written about hiring before, but it’s shocking how few businesses check references.  The only thing worse than not checking references is the terrible references we get when we check them for technicians. This article from hiring site Monster.com explains some key points. The obvious […]

Why Does Someone Want to Hack Your Computer

Posted by on January 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Santiago

Clients sometimes take a casual approach to computer security. Their rationale is “I have nothing important on there.”  They don’t do banking or finances.  They’re just casually surfing and interacting with friends. This article explains some of the details why you’re hacked. In a nutshell, they’re not looking to steal anything from you.  The goal is […]

We’re Open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Posted by on December 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Santa Mouse

To celebrate, here’s something I wrote in 2010, publishing it again: Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house… not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse! The web was searched with thought and care, but not a company could get gifts there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, […]

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