What is “fiber” Really?
In a world of ever expanding technologies, many new hype or jargon words can be thrown around that don’t necessarily come with an easy or readily available explanation. One of those words that you might have heard lately with regards to technology is fiber. While we all know and have used the word fiber when talking about clothing or dietary supplements, do we know what fiber stands for when speaking about technology? Continue reading
What is “the cloud” Really?
We have all seen the TV commercials boasting about the speed and reliability of the cloud, but what s it really? Essentially, the cloud is nothing more than an abstract idea for hosting files on the Internet. Put another way, it is the idea of accessing something on the Internet rather than a physical object. A good example of this is file sharing programs like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. Instead of physically moving files over like you would do with a flash drive you can have the same effect but over the Internet. Think of it as a digital locker where you can put your photos and emails and via them from any computer with an Internet connection.
Read on to learn what is the cloud?
FRII’s data center
When considering a data center, there are many different factors that should be considered that tailor to the unique needs of any business. Decisions should be made on whether or not a specific data center meets your business needs, as not all data centers are right for all needs.
Read on to learn how to choose the right data center?
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 
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?
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.
It’s easy to understand why people use the terms Wi-Fi and Wireless Internet for the same thing. And, while both are wireless, they usually refer to different services. We talked about Wireless Internet two weeks ago. This week we’ll look at
A lot of folks use the terms Wireless Internet and Satellite Internet interchangeably, but they aren’t the same. Last week we explained what Wireless Internet is. This week we’ll look at
We often see a lot of confusion about the difference between Wireless Internet, Satellite Internet, and Wi-Fi. For the next three Wednesdays, we’ll briefly look at these terms. This week –
Bandwidth. 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.
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.