Northland CAPS 2015-16 Class is Off to a Great Start

It's 9:00 AM on a Wednesday morning and I'm sitting in a series of presentations from groups of high school juniors and seniors. They're all dressed in business attire and presenting technical solutions to stakeholders in the local business community. They're giving and receiving feedback from their school peers as well as the adults in the room.

The Hype Over Windows 10

Windows 10 launched on July 29th and in 24 hours over 14 million computers were upgraded to it.

Everyone is yapping about the return of the Start Menu, but the most appealing part is Microsoft’s first FREE upgrade.  Yes it’s FREE for those who have a Windows 7 or 8 license.   Unfortunately, those who have Vista or earlier will have to purchase the boxed version of Windows 10 for about $120.  

Microsoft Internet Explorer Use-After-Free Vulnerability

On April 26, 2014 a security vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) came to light that could allow a malicious website to gain remote access to your computer. We strongly recommend that instead of using Internet Explorer you use a different web browser until a patch for this vulnerability has been released by Microsoft and installed on your computer.  Alternate browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari are not affected by this vulnerability. The vulnerability affects current versions of Internet Explorer on all current versions of Windows (XP to 8.1).

NKC Datacenter Internet Outage

On August 6 we experienced a significant Internet outage at the datacenter where our VELOXcloud services are hosted.  Around noon a contractor began boring through 11th Street between McGee and Oak Streets for a new manhole.  The area they were drilling should have been free of utility cables; however, it was not, and the fiber that carries our Internet access along with a number of other data services was cut.  An investigation is underway regarding the accuracy of the cable location markings.

Network Solutions DNS Outage

Network Solutions DNS appears to be down.  We detected the problem at 7:53 AM CDT today (12:53 GMT).  We have been unable to contact them via phone or website to open a technical support ticket.  Many websites, email, and other Internet-based services are affected.