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Facebook flailing - update

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

March 13, 2019

It appears that the great Facebook outage of 2019 is over

Looking back at the World-Wide-Web

WIscommunity in CERN browser
February 20, 2019

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

October 4, 2018

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

August 24, 2018

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
August 1, 2018

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. 

Am I getting old, or is everything a mess?

servers
March 5, 2018

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

web
December 1, 2017

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
October 14, 2017

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

Wisconsin/Russia Voter Hacking - So what DID happen?

Voting
September 24, 2017

On Friday Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that a Russian entity attempted to hack the Wisconsin voter registration system during the 2016 election. Although DHS announced in July that 21 states had been subject to attempted attacks, it was assumed that Wisconsin was not one of those states, since the Elections Commission had not been notified specifically. It turns out that DHS has been very quiet about details.

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Today, July 14

  • Steve Hanson
    4:07pm

    Gov. Tony Evers today signed creating the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access. The task force will advise the governor and Wisconsin State Legislature on broadband actions and policy, including strategies for successfully expanding high speed internet access to every residence, business, and institution in the state; initiatives for digital inclusion; and pathways to unlocking and optimizing the benefits of statewide, affordable access to broadband for all communities in Wisconsin.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored that access to high-speed broadband is a necessity, not a luxury, and folks across our state have had to adapt—from kids and educators shifting to virtual classrooms, workers having to work from home, and even folks using telemedicine to visit with their doctor,” said Gov. Evers. “I'm proud the People's Budget made the largest investment in our broadband infrastructure in Wisconsin history, but we know we have more work to do and we have to connect the dots on how lack of reliable, affordable broadband affects folks across our state. This task force will bring together experts from across the state to research and recommend solutions that state leaders can adopt to connect every person in Wisconsin.”

    Broadband access is an essential catalyst to drive community, public safety, learning, health, and economic goals across the state of Wisconsin and, as outlined in a , will be critical to the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, there are dire consequences that result from a lack of connectivity. According to the Federal Communications Commission 2020 Broadband Deployment Report, 7.1% of Wisconsin residents lack access to at least one broadband service with a speed of 25/3 Mbps or better, compared to the national average of 5.6%. This percentage deepens in rural areas of our state where 26.7% of...

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