Technology

NET NEUTRALITY PRIMER

November 10, 2014 - 20:40
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There are three ways to have high speed internet. You can get high speed Internet via cable, telephone, and cell phone. The issue is in many areas you only have one provider of high speed internet and rarely more than a few. This means that there is no real competition. Their monopoly was built with the help of the government. Counties and municipalities signed exclusive franchise agreements with cable companies. Phone companies provided lines with numerous government incentives including the Universal Service Fund.

Fact Check Labels

October 07, 2017 - 09:01

One of the new additions to the search aggregator Google News, Bing News, and others is a new fact check label. They are using a select group of news sites and including their articles marked as fact checks.

Fact checking can be very subjective, since often the statements are not purely measurable. To determine true or false, there is interpretation that is required to arrive at something that is measurable. This interpretation of the statement and distilling it down into something that can be verified is an area where these fact checkers fail.

Cutting the cable cord

September 03, 2017 - 08:58

The price of cable has increased significantly over the years. Many cable bills are north of $200 a month, but that also includes phone and Internet. This means that customers can save around a $100 a month by cutting the cord.

Depending on your viewing habits, dropping cable may or may not be a major sacrifice. If you watch movies and older TV shows you may be able to replace cable with Netflix or Amazon Prime. These services usually cost around $10 a month depending on the options chosen.

Fine-tuning online search options

August 20, 2017 - 08:53

It use to be if you wanted to find a local business you would grab the phone book and look up their name or their category. If you wanted a plumber you would look under plumbers and chose one of the listing to call. The business could buy a larger listing (ad) in the yellow pages to stand out. You would pick one of the business under the plumbing listings and call them.

County revises hardware replacement policy

July 14, 2017 - 09:59

Technology Services Manager Karolyn Anthony presented to the Board of County Commissioners revisions to a Hardware Replacement Policy ( No. 34-01) that was approved in September 2011. The Hardware Replacement - Internal Service Fund Policy essentially requires all county departments to budget 20% of replacement costs annually for the Internal Service Fund, resulting in a self-sustaining fund that provides the Board of County Commissioners stable funding through the normal budgeting process.

State Infrastructure Technology Bill Vetoed

June 30, 2017 - 08:41

A bill dealing with state infrastructure technology, sponsored by Representative Blaise Ingoglia has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott.

According to Ingoglia, the bill would have moved the state toward utilizing cloud technology. Ingoglia stated that if state agencies migrated to commercial cloud products, then millions in tax dollars could be saved. HB 5301 also would have created a cybersecurity task force, but Ingoglia emphasized that the major cost saver is cloud conversion.

Hernando County School District Technology Refresh

June 05, 2017 - 10:39
Hernando County School  District Technology Refresh

The Hernando County School District is upgrading some of their technological equipment. They upgraded student computers, other equipment, and laptop tops for the teachers. A majority of the money for this upgrade came from the state of Florida in the form of Digital Classrooms Program (DCP) Plans & Allocation and a portion came from the School District's General Fund.

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