The Great Internet Outage of 2018

The great Spectrum internet outage in Great Falls has finally come to an end; it lasted from about 7 p.m. on Thursday until about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.


Hello Alexa!

Finally — my Amazon Echo arrived today! I ordered it months ago, and was originally told it would be delivered in late June or early July, but last week I got an email saying it would arrive on June 16th. So far, so good — does what it says on the tin. Not the most exciting product to watch in action (but cool circle-y lights!), but I think it will be handy for quick bits…


Big Red + Turbo!

I have been a faithful Verizon (Big Red!) customer since 2002, and absolutely love upgrading to a new phone. I’ve been through Audiovox, LG, Motorola (Droid X), Nokia, Blackberry (!), LG, and my most recent, the beloved Samsung Galaxy SIII. I was pretty excited about the Droid Turbo and the HTC One M8 (and now M9) and S5 when they were released, but I kept resisting the upgrade because my SIII was so damn good.…


“Choose Great Falls”

It’s cool to see a new website promoting Great Falls has launched — ChooseGreatFalls.com, aimed at promoting jobs in Great Falls — but a little disappointing to see that the GFDA used a Helena-based company to create the site. Not to take away from Edge Marketing or our capital city – they look pretty legit and their work looks good…and going with a Helena company is better than an out-of-state one, right?


KDS Internet

Anyone have experience (good or bad) with Konceptio Data Service, aka KDS? It’s an ISP here in town that caters to folks not just in city limits, but also the “outskirts.” Living in rural Montana has its benefits. Fresh air, the breathtaking view of the Missouri river, safe and serene, ample space. Who wouldn’t want that? Yet there is a glaring downside. The major internet providers forgo these areas, simply because of the lower population.…


Hamster IV

Had to visit Malmstrom today to get a new ID card, and noticed that the digital fingerprint scanner thingie has a really interesting name: HAMSTER IV. Seriously. HAMSTER IV. I suppose it’s called a HAMSTER because…um…the word MOUSE is already taken in computer jargon? Despite the cute name, this non-fuzzy critter boasts some impressive specs: – FBI Certified “PIV Single Finger Capture Device” – GSA APL listed and FIPS 201 / PIV compliant – STQC…


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