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Looking back at the World-Wide-Web

WIscommunity in CERN browser

This brings back memories.  Many many years ago in what seems like another lifetime, I was the head of the UNIX administration team at FERMILAB. We had I believe the 3rd website in the United States. Life was much simpler then - web browsers such as they were only showed text. Links were new and exotic.

That Facebook Hack

On September 16th Facebook engineers noticed a number of anomalies in the behavior of the massive social media site. Although we still know very little about the extent of this breach, how we will all be affected, or if it will just pass in the night as an oddity, there are multiple lessons to be learned.

The Ongoing Pursuit Of Better Broadband Access In Rural Wisconsin

Limited access to reliable, high-speed internet services is an issue facing rural Wisconsin that generates a lot of attention and calls for action, yet may seem to be moving at a crawl. For many Wisconsinites, even for those who could afford it, lower-speed broadband options or lack of access entirely stifles individual economic opportunities and limits business development options for communities.

Cutting the cord - the continuing saga - Over the air and into the house

Plex Logo

I've brought you previous tales of woe on the great cord-cutting experiment out here at Cruiskeen Farm. I thought it was time for an update. 

Why do we stay on Facebook? It's complicated

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A protester wears a mask with the face of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in between men wearing angry face emoji masks, during a protest against Facebook in London in April 2018.

Am I getting old, or is everything a mess?

servers

Internet security has always been hard, and requires vigilance. However, whether it's the effect of old age or just that life is getting completely out of hand, the last few months have been nuts.

State of Wisconsin Web Infrastructure Outage -- update

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Update --- the web sites have returned.

I have not seen it reported in the news anywhere, but it appears a large part of the State of Wisconsin web infrastructure has been down all morning, including the state web portal at https://wisconsin.gov .  It's not you, it's really down.

My cord-cutting story part 3

Roku Box

More of the continuing tale of cord-cutting. I've gone through quite a few iterations so far of the Plex Media Server software and it looks like the behavior of the video recording has stabilized, at least to a large extent.

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