The real cost of automation by replacing human …

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The real cost of automation by replacing human workers with robotic ones. Good read, has a video if you are visually entertained as well.

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Samsung warns customers that some smart TV sets …

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Samsung warns customers that some smart TV sets listen to conversation in the room and transmit it to a third party, Nuance Communications. They suggest not having private or sensitive conversations in front of your TV.

Sort of ironic, we spend so many hours in front of the TV watching Hollywood, now something is watching us. This would be true even for other smart devices that listen or watch your home. Even with wake words, it is possible the system misinterprets a word as a wake word when it is not and can transmit a certain amount of information it captured prior to and after the wake word detection. A small nod to Amazon Alexia and Microsoft Cortana.

Does it stop there? What about your your Philips Hue or Samsung SmartThings systems for home automation? They too can transmit information like when your lights are on or off, your schedules, how the lights turned on or off, maybe if you are watching a movie in “movie mode scene”, which room you are located in your home?

Ultimately online privacy is a thing slowly going away as we choose convenience over it. Just be careful what companies you choose to allow in your home as you are giving away pieces of your own puzzle and there is not anything regulating what they can or cannot do except individual user agreements between you and the company. Maybe one day you will have no choice but to greet your guests with legal papers, and signs stating who or what is monitoring your home.

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Fun radar technology.

Fun radar technology.

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Business Owners!

Frustrated with your IT?

Do you just want to do what you are great at? So do we.
Does your staff work on IT problems? Our staff does.
Do you spend hours fixing and repairing? Yeah, SAME HERE!
On the phone with providers and vendors? OH yeah!
Late nights doing upgrades/updates? Our favorite time of day!

Looks like we have some things in common… come on, give us a call, let’s evaluate your situation before it is an emergency. Information is free.

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70% of Global Internet Traffic Goes Through NOVA …

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70% of Global Internet Traffic Goes Through NOVA

Why is Fauquier County so far behind when it comes to high speed Internet access? Culpeper has a datacenter right off of RT29 and claims to be ISP Neutral, meaning you can pick from any number of providers for your Internet, as with most large scale datacenters, which happen to be all around us in Prince William, Culpeper, and Loudoun. All of these counties have FiOS available as well, maybe not in all locations but directly competing with Comcast.

We finally have OVH coming to Vint Hill, they might even be up and running or close to it by now. Will this eventually bring more choices and a competitive market to Fauquier? Or at least High Speed Internet to folks that don’t have a solution? The Internet is not considered a luxury anymore, and we should not treat it any different than water and electricity.

#Fauquier #ISPNeutralSolutions #CompetitiveMarkets

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Interested in our Managed IT Services? See how …

Interested in our Managed IT Services? See how easy it is to install our agent on your computer.

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We thought this was fun.. don’t buy from them …

We thought this was fun.. don’t buy from them direct give us a shout.

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HTDNET Computer Consulting shared Fauquier County …

Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office FAUQUIER COUNTY ALERT NETWORK: Get alerted about emergencies and weather emergencies by signing up for the Fauquier Alert Network. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. You […]

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Have a look at Amazon Chime – A new meeting …

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Have a look at Amazon Chime – A new meeting solution

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Cancer Ransomware forgets how to Ransomware …

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Cancer Ransomware forgets how to Ransomware

Interesting read about the new ransomware that forgot to ask for a payment to decrypt your data.

We recommend keeping backups of your files/folders, software installs, license keys, and when possible complete images of your computers as backups to external network attached storage devices.

This Trojan acts like a ransomware, but during SonicWall’s investigation it failed to show a warning or instructions on how to regain files and send the payment They said, “It ended up being more of an annoyance than a Trojan trying to defraud its victim.” As with any virus/ransomware/malware it would have the ability to upload additional files if necessary.

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