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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Your Internet Service Provider May Be Lying to You

Posted by on August 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Time Warner Cable Truck

Unless you have municipal broadband (we’re big fans), your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a for-profit business.  That means sometimes they have an incentive to be dishonest.  Sometimes they even get caught for it. The New York State Attorney General caught Time Warner lying to its customers.  This article explains all the lies they told, […]

Why we Don’t do iPhone Repairs: Another Reason

Posted by on July 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm
Cracked iPhone

We’ve never done iPhone or other mobile device repairs and probably never will.  There are a ton of reasons, but here’s a new one.  Apple has prevented third parties from repairing the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This article explains the reasons, but the nutshell is the Apple Retail store needs to configure the phone after […]

Should You Use Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone

Posted by on June 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Day 164 West Midlands Police Custody fingerprint scanner

I was a little late to the fingerprint unlocking game.  Due to my extreme iPhone case, the fingerprint unlock didn’t work.  I love it, but I’m inclined to turn the feature off. While you can’t be compelled to give up your password due to the Fifth Amendment, you could be compelled to give your fingerprint. […]

Stop Waiting for Google Fiber, Support Municipal Broadband

Posted by on June 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Mario at Google Fiber Kansas City MO

We’ve been a big supporter of local government providing internet. While Google Fiber is great, they’re already cutting back expansion and even cancelling appointments in Kansas City.  Just like trash and water or even the library, the city should be providing internet. Unfortunately, some legislatures like Virginia are trying to block these efforts.  The rationale that […]

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