No matter what the product or service, nobody wants to pay more than they have to. It’s so basic that it goes without saying. But we said it anyway because paying too much for IT is the topic of this article, and it’s almost the rule rather than the exception.
If you listen to the radio, watch TV or read a newspaper, you have likely heard the term Internet of Things (IoT). As a matter of fact, you’ve probably heard it over and over and over in the past few months. I’ve heard the term floating around for a few years but it was really amped up during this past holiday season so I thought I’d check into what I’m being pushed into now. I figured that, whatever it is, they are wanting us to buy into it in a big way.
Great Firewall of China Breached? One of the largest outages in the history of the Internet occurred January 21 in China. 618 million Internet users were denied access to all top-level domain names such as .com and .net for a period of about eight hours. Two-thirds of all web traffic in China was directed to a single IP address located in the U.S.
Dropbox Takes a Weekend Off. The popular collaboration software, Dropbox, dropped off the earth for many users over the weekend leading to much speculation that hackers had brought the service down (aided by the fact that the group, 1775 Sec, actually took credit for hacking the site). The truth, however, is something less sinister but still disturbing. It seems that Dropbox didn’t realize that they had grown over the past few years.
In a few short months (April 8, 2014), Microsoft will end support of Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003. This follows the “Support Lifecycle policy” that Microsoft announced in 2002: Windows and Office products receive “a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support).”