FRII Break Room

Informal tech chatter from the geeks of Northern Colorado’s largest commercially available data center

People still use dial-up?

close-up image of rotary phone

Although called dial-up, a dial up connection is actually calls out through your computer, not a rotary phone.

When FRII started in 1995, all of our customers were dial-up users. There was no broadband. And we still have many customers on dial-up [1].

Inspired by Verizon’s acquisition of AOL, CNET recently questioned why anyone would still be on dial-up. The answer isn’t that difficult.
So, why do people still use dial-up?

Mysterious email settings: IMAP and POP

A chalkboard is covered with advanced mathematical equations. A man stands facing it, back to us, scratching his head in confusion.

Setting up your e-mail shouldn’t be this hard.

Are you excited about the new laptop you bought? Playing with your new tablet? Well it’s all fun and games until someone gets POP-ed. That’s right: we’re going to talk about POP and IMAP.

Don’t be ashamed that you have no idea what that means; for most of my life I have closed my eyes and selected my email settings randomly and hoped for the best.

Read on. No advanced degree required.

Why is my Internet so slow?

highway sign for merging trafficBandwidth. The data world’s equivalent to Black Gold. With life migrating to the digital world more and more everyday, everyone is fighting to get their worth of this prized resource. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) promise faster and faster speeds to residential and business users and faster dedicated speeds to enterprise-class users. But are they actually providing these speeds or are they fudging the numbers to build a customer base?

Read on to find out.

The Internet, then and now

A screen shot of Primenet, an early Internet Service Provider, offers Gopher, Telnet, and WWW, along with e-mail, files, and Unix shells. Image shows user connected at 2400 boud.

ISPs often offered Gopher and Telnet, in addition to www, in the early days of the Internet.
(c) Tim Patterson, via flickr; CC BY-SA2.0

To me, in 1995 the Internet was not a thing; I had no idea it existed! I was 12 at the time and was more concerned with riding bikes and just being a kid. So when I was asked to write a blog on what the Internet looked like in 1995, I wasn’t sure I knew what to talk about. I did some research and I found that the Internet in 1995 was . . . how do I put this nicely? . . . for super nerds.
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A Beginners Guide to Network Devices

Devices Everywhere

computers, smartphones, scanners, printers, servers, IP phone routers, and switches all connected to the Internet

With modern advancements in computing, consumers are demanding more and more data. We think its really interesting how these technologies work, which devices play an integral role in allowing other devices to communicate, and hope you do too! This article provides a simple overview of the types of devices that comprise a network and how they interact to transmit information from one place to another.

Let’s look at specifics

Data Privacy: Are you protected?

Data Privacy Day - Your privacy is in dangerPrivacy of personal information is a contentious issue. In a day and age when people share more information about themselves than ever before, intentionally or not, there is an intrinsic value in privacy that we cannot forsake.

Data Privacy and anonymity afford us protection, ensuring certain information cannot be used to harm us.

Data Privacy protects our bank accounts from being robbed and safeguards our health and welfare from the eyes of those who would target us among the masses.
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