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The Largest Learning Event in History

December 16th, 2016 Posted by Community, Data, Devices, Hour of Code, Internet, Newsletters 0 thoughts on “The Largest Learning Event in History”
The vision for Hour of Code is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.

Think Network Technologies, the Durango School District 9-R and the Durango Education Foundation teamed up to bring the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week to local schools in Durango. Park Elementary & Sunnyside Elementary students were awarded with a certificate once they completed their Hour of Code. Seven students from Miller Middle School, Escalante Middle School and Durango Shared School were awarded with a scholarship from Think Network Technologies to continue their education in Computer Science.

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No more passwords in 2017?

December 8th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Newsletters, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “No more passwords in 2017?”
Yahoo!’s disclosure that hackers might have vacuumed up the passwords of as many as half a billion users lit the floodlights on two gaping issues in IT:

  1. Passwords run out of steam well before they cross the goal line of today’s security needs
  2. Sometimes you don’t even know they’re gone, which means you’re vulnerable without realizing it

Wakefield Research recently surveyed IT decision makers and found out that 69% will probably do away with passwords completely in the next five years.

The finding of the report wasn’t surprising, nor were the insights that IT professionals are despairing of evergreen problems:

  • Users “securing” their accounts with passwords a child could guess, let alone a script kiddie driving any of a dozen tools available for free download
  • Users recycling the same password for different accounts so that one crack exposes many systems. And it’s especially galling for IT when the breach of its system is the result of a breakdown of a system beyond its control, such as all the systems now at risk because Yahoo! customers used the same password for Yahoo! as for their work access.

Time and place a user is requesting access and deciding if it’s in keeping with that person’s usual behavior

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10 Essential Steps To Protect Your Data

November 17th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Newsletters, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “10 Essential Steps To Protect Your Data”
There are various ways to calculate the cost of losing work stored on computers. Perhaps the easiest way to get a gut feel for the cost is to think for a moment about how long it would take to replace lost work. How many people would have to spend how many days to create everything from scratch?

Here is a simple 10-step plan for making sure they do not have to.

1. Have a strategy

You will not know what approach is right for you until you have answered these questions:

  1. How long can you go without the lost data?
  2. Will you be making full backups or incremental or differential backups?
  3. How quickly will you need data restored?
  4. What devices will you use?
  5. How secure do your backups need to be?
  6. How long do you need to keep the data for?

How much can you afford to lose?

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The Essentials

Do Not Rule Out The Desktop Yet

November 3rd, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Newsletters, Services 0 thoughts on “Do Not Rule Out The Desktop Yet”
Reports of the demise of the PC industry are greatly exaggerated. In fact, market research firm IDC forecasts PC sales will “stabilize” by 2018 and then record slow, steady growth. Another indication of the health of the PC industry is the news of improving demand from chip maker Intel. Reports of the demise of the PC industry are greatly exaggerated.

Plenty of upside to this “down” PC market

Two trends in particular have depressed PC sales, according to analysts:

  1. People are buying more mobile devices and using them for some traditional desktop tasks
  2. The quality of the PCs themselves has improved so much that the machines now have much longer lifespans

After 8% declines in 2015 and 2016, Gartner projects that PC shipments will increase by 0.4% in 2017 and 3% in 2018.

In fact, PC sales continue to outpace the projections of experts. It turns out, people like tablets and smart phones for applications, but they continue to rely on laptops and desktops to get the bulk of their work done—and a good deal of non-work as well.

Reports of the demise of the PC industry are greatly exaggerated

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Are Our Workplaces Smart Enough?

November 2nd, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Services 0 thoughts on “Are Our Workplaces Smart Enough?”
Market research firm Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) interviewed 3,801 employees around the world about what they were expecting in the near future in terms of technology.

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PSB found that respondents were expecting to be more mobile and to do less face-to-face. They were also expecting to be more capable—use artificial intelligence to give them a boost—and more productive. However, they do fear potential job loss as a result of advances in technology.

Are Our Workplaces Smart Enough?

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Do New WiFi Standards Mean New Servers?

October 4th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Services 0 thoughts on “Do New WiFi Standards Mean New Servers?”

WiFi is changing: 802.11ac brings speeds that range from a bit over 433 megabits per second to 3.47 gigabits per second. In 802.11ac Wave 2, the maximum speed jumps to 6.93 gigabits per second. But 802.11ac Wave 3 is coming. It will take that high speed and provide it to multiple users simultaneously. The bandwidth requirements on the total infrastructure are going up dramatically.

Is your infrastructure ready?

A great deal of attention has been paid to the network infrastructure required to fully support 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2. Many organizations that committed to the new wireless standard have begun upgrading their cabled network infrastructure to 10-gigabit Ethernet in order to properly support the access points. Along with the boost in network speed, they’re updating their PoE (Power over Ethernet) components to provide the higher voltage required by the newer, more powerful access points.

Why you should look at every application like a video-streaming app

Video streaming is both the most difficult application for many servers and a common application in the modern enterprise. The vast majority of the Internet’s traffic is video, and organizations, no matter how disciplined, are also very video-centric in their network traffic.

Successfully serving video streams means:

  • A high-bandwidth network channel (think 10-gigabit Ethernet through at least one port)
  • A CPU and GPU that can handle both video rendering and network management
  • Storage that can quickly move data off storage devices and get it moving toward the network

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Where to start

The place to start with network infrastructure is the server since that’s where you can most easily upgrade performance. Next comes the storage interface. This is where data either transfer on and off the disk drives in time to make it to the customer without pauses or delay.

Finally, it’s worth paying significant attention to the CPU itself, with special attention to the number of cores in the CPUs. Moving data in and out of the system can place huge burdens on the CPU. Having a separate CPU core (or two) to devote to data transfer can make the entire application infrastructure display perform in ways that keep your user community happy because of the performance they can expect.

WiFi has become expected — and good performance is something that employees take for granted. If you pay attention to the configuration of your servers, the servers won’t be the bottleneck when you decide to move to 802.11ac Wave 2 or beyond. And having employees talk about the great WiFi at your facilities is much better than listening to them talk about how much better it could be. No joke.

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November 2015 SB152 Ballot Question

October 6th, 2015 Posted by Community, Internet, Services 0 thoughts on “November 2015 SB152 Ballot Question”

La Plata County community citizens will have the opportunity to vote on an exemption from SB 152 later this month. Colorado Senate Bill 05-152 (SB 152) is a measure passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2005. Its intent was to limit governments from competing with the private sector.

Among other provisions, it requires local governments to secure voter approval before entering into the broadband partnerships or business. Without such approval, the law limits the ability of Colorado local governments to provide a wide spectrum of services, including:

  • free Internet service in city libraries, parks and community centers;
  • leveraging government infrastructure and partnering with private businesses to provide affordable and highspeed Internet service throughout the entire community;
  • direct provision of broadband services by municipal governments where needed.

A voter-approved exemption from SB 152 would restore local independence and ability to evaluate all possibilities for next-generation broadband services in La Plata County and our communities. An exemption supports local choice and options, allowing us as citizens to make the best decisions based on the needs of our own individual communities, without raising taxes.

To learn more about this ballot question for surrounding municipalities and county governments, please click here: SB152_E-Version_Inclusive.

To learn more about this ballot question for surrounding municipalities, please click here: www.swccog.org/projects/telecom.

More links:
http://www.durangotv.com/video-detail.php?ID=505
http://www.durangoherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20150803/NEWS01/150809876

All information provided by the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance (www.yeslpc.com) and Southwest Colorado Council of Governments (www.swccog.org).

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