March 2015 Newsletter

Net Neutrality:
New Rules of the Road

Net NeutralityLove it or hate it, the die is cast. The FCC has ordered that broadband providers are a telecommunication service and therefore a public utility with certain rules of the road to ensure consumers fast, fair and open access to the content of their choice.

According to the FCC, because large broadband providers have innate economic incentives to “prioritize their interests above the interest of their users,” the new new rules prohibit certain behaviors:

Users should understand that the new rules don’t mean that all customers will receive the same level of service. You already pay for different speed levels. The ruling essentially says that gatekeepers (the major broadband providers) as a public provider of services may not unfairly abuse that position to interfere with user access to unfettered content of their choice.

Hugely controversial, the new rules will likely remain a contentious issue and will be challenged on both sides of the fence. You can read more at FCC, PCWorld, USAToday


outlook mobileMicrosoft’s Outlook For Mobile
Gets A Thumbs Up

According to most reviews, the new Outlook apps for iOS and Android are both welcome and quite robust.

They feature integration of mail and calendar functions from multiple accounts including Gmail, iCloud and Yahoo, and can save files to – and email from – Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.

Note that the Android version is a preview, with some attendant glitches, while the iOS version was called “butter smooth.” You can read more at Re/Code and PC World


Chrome 40 WarningGoogle To Warn Of Malicious Sites:

Google’s Chrome browser will now warn you before you enter a site that encourages you to download nefarious programs. The new warnings also extend to Google search and ads. You can read more at Computer World and PC Mag


Show-Me-The-Money Thermostat

ThermoneystatThermoneystat promises to let you control the money you spend on heating and cooling, help the planet, and alert you about a failure. Still in the Kickstarter phase, the developers claim it uses load leveling algorithms to manage your heating and cooling, and by so doing eliminates big surprises in your energy bill. Whether it works out or not for the developer, time will tell, but it’s at least an idea you could warm up to, eh? More at TechHive and Kickstarter


Eero: Seamless Home Networking
Here, There, Everywhere.

eero+three-fourths+viewEero promises to bring state-of-the-art wireless (think no dead spots) to your home in one pretty little package. It’s not only a router, but a range extender and a repeater in a single device. While one Eero works just fine, the beauty is that by adding another Eero or two, you have an instant mesh network with no mess or fuss, because it’s all self configuring.

eero mesh networkingJust plug the additional Eeros into any wall outlet, and the Master Eero auto configures the added units. With its cloud component, Eero constantly optimizes connections and monitors speed, updates and security issues. Though a startup, Eero developers and advisors have some sterling credentials. You can read more at Eero, and reviews at Engadget and The Verge.


Quick Takes

Android Smartphones Dominate Worldwide,
But Apple Profits

Pepple Time Smartwatch Kickstarter Campaign Grabs Nearly 15 Million So Far.

Security News Weekly Update

Freak – Another Big SSL Security Hole

18 Nifty Google Map Tricks


Chris Smith Joins SiteVision In Network Administration

Chris SmithRoanoke, VA March 6, 2015:   Chris Smith has joined SiteVision as Network Systems Administrator reporting To Steve Gunter, Hosting Manager.  Smith was formerly Network Administrator for Robertson Marketing Group, Salem, VA.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Computer & Information Science, Skyline College, as well as a Bachelor of Music, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, and was an Accelerated Graduate of US Combined Forces School of Music, Norfolk Virginia.  In his former position as Network and Security Administrator for The Robertson Marketing Group, he was responsible for administering, configuring and securing the corporate network; warehouse management systems; physical and virtual servers; email systems; public and private cloud environments; and ecommerce platforms.  Smith also performed system and disaster recovery planning and was responsible for ISO compliance.

In his new position at SiteVision, Inc., Smith will be responsible for effective provisioning, installation, configuration, operation and maintenance of systems hardware, software and related infrastructures in cooperation with SiteVision staff.  He will also be working with security systems and software to enhance network, device and website security. Additionally, Smith will participate in technical research, planning and development as it relates to continued technical innovation within the hosting environment.


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