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Hidden benefits of using SWCP

Not everyone knows all the benefits you get from having an SWCP account and here are a few you might you know about. There’s a coworking space across the hall from us, Ideas & Coffee. If you need a professional place to meet a client or a quiet place to work with excellent high speed internet access, it’s available at discounted prices for SWCP customers. We’re an Authorize.net reseller and currently they’re offering a free setup for customers using their resellers until Dec 31, 2014. Check out the sign up process here. Get a temporary email address that you can use when ordering something, or if you need to signup to a website that you really only need to use once. From the SWCP Members section, just select “Temporary Email Addresses”. You can set the expire time from 1 day up to 1 month. After it’s expired we won’t give it out to anyone else for six months. Virus scans. Bring in a computer and our repair department will give you a free virus scan (one per year). Five day local weather forecasts for Albuquerue, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos and local and national news feeds (under News). Managed domains. If we’re your domain registrar we keep track of when your domain will expire and start letting you know about six weeks before expiration time. It can be expensive and time consuming to retrieve a lost domain.

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Stuck in the Slow Lane

Interesting new statistics from the Census Bureau concerning individual computer and Internet use in the US came out this week. Depressingly, they confirm that the Land of Enchantment is once again near the bottom. However, another study points out that the whole country, even many areas with the fastest and cheapest Internet access, likewise lags behind most of the developed world. The government has been tracking computer and Internet usage since 1997, but last year was the first time it ever surveyed households and individuals. The basic results were recently published in a report, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013 (PDF format). And they are not too far off from what one might expect: computer and Internet usage (whether desktop, laptop, or smartphone) tends to be “highest among the young, Whites or Asians, the affluent, and the highly educated.” Which means that New Mexico, like other poor states with large minorities across the South, gets the short end of the stick. Whereas nationally 88.4% have computers¬† and 78.1% high speed access, New Mexico (80.9% computers, 68.1% Internet) is barely above bottom-most Mississippi (80% and 62.3%). But even in states like California and Colorado, the picture is wildly uneven. There are urban areas with high numbers of computers (Boulder, CO topping the list at 96.9% with computers) and access (Colorado Springs with 88.5% barely beaten by Corvallis, OR at 89%). Yet these, and many other Western states, have … Continue reading

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What Does Apple’s New Privacy Policy Mean?

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has recently been touting the company’s new privacy policy. In a letter to customers, he said that while the company collected user data, that was not the basis of their business model. In an obvious swipe at Google, he claimed: Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple. More importantly, he went on to write: I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will. In fact, Apple now claims the company is making it impossible for them to turn over data from most iPhones and iPads to police even with a warrant. They claim to have reworked encryption for iOS8 so that they no longer have the keys and thus cannot help authorities. In other words, only users have the passcodes to their accounts (which means if they forget them, they’re in real trouble). But is this truly as radical … Continue reading

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