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Will the Internet Survive the COVID-19 Crisis?

This is a video from CNet about the load being placed on the internet by heavy use for video conferencing and entertainment. Will we start seeing problems? 

Facebook Has Been Spam Marking Posts All Day

Spam

There have been multiple reports that Facebook has been marking totally innocuous posts as spam for the past several hours. I've had that happen myself several times today.

As if there are not enough problems - Internet Services Starting to Wobble

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As more people are working at home, and trying to share information, and frankly just amuse themselves, there are some parts of the internet and cloud that are showing early signs of starting to wobble. 

Many Wisconsin County Websites Don't Use Two Common Security Standards

As Wisconsin voters start going to the polls in the 2020 election cycle, most counties in the state maintain websites that do not employ at least one of two basic practices that would help bolster their digital security and public confidence in their online platforms.

Time to Patch and Upgrade on Windows

Windows

There is lots of security news for your windows computer today. First off, Microsoft has released their January 2020 patch bundle, and you really want to install this one. It features a serious patch to a cryptographic library . Get patching.

Looking for that Book on Amazon? Try the library first!

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I know that a lot of you get excited about books. You hear about a book and want to read it. Things being the way they are, a lot of people immediately look the book up on Amazon. But there are other options. You can go to your local bookstore (please). Or try your library. And now there's a way to try your library every time you go to Amazon.

Today in Menomonie Debuts on Facebook - WisCommunity Starts on News Break

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Small changes have been occurring in Chippewa Valley media. I noted this morning when I opened the Facebook app on my phone that the Today in Menomonie icon appeared at the top of the page. is a Facebook feature that has slowly been rolling out through the US.

Facebook flailing - update

The IT Crowd: Have you tried turning it off and on again... are you sure it is plugged in?

It appears that the great Facebook outage of 2019 is over

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.

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