11 Attacks on Fiber Backbone

The FBI is investigating 11 attacks on Internet Fiber backbone in the San Francisco Bay Area this past year. The cutting of the fiber cables resulted in the disruption of Internet access to local businesses, as well as residential areas. Is this an act of vandalism or something more sinister? The attacks reveals the vulnerability of the Internet infrastructure. How do you exactly protect hundreds of miles of fiber optic cables? You can’t put up thousands of security cameras as a deterrent. That would be impractical. In this particular incident, the attackers were able to get to an underground vault. Why aren’t these vaults secure? Why aren’t there any surveillance cameras?

Windows 7 and Windows 10

When Microsoft decided to make Windows 10 a free upgrade, it pushed many people that were still on Windows XP to purchase Windows 7, since Windows 7 gets them to the promised land, which is Windows 10. It’s a brilliant strategy by Microsoft to get people who were reluctant in purchasing another Windows product, to actually spend for a new OS. It might be a free upgrade, but you need at least Windows 7 to upgrade to the new OS. We just hope Microsoft delivers on Windows 10, because they have had a spotty record with regards to releasing Windows OS.

Thunderbolt 3 vs USB-C

This is a good read regarding the differences between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.

Thunderbolt 3 is backward compatible with USB-C.

All USB-C devices can be plugged into, and will work in, a Thunderbolt 3 port, but it will transfer data at the slower USB-C speed. An easy thing to remember is that Thunderbolt 3 ports are technically backward-compatible with USB-C devices.

Thunderbolt 3, however, is not (necessarily) USB-C compatible. While it’s true that you can physically plug a Thunderbolt 3 device into a USB-C port, it isn’t guaranteed to work. Some Thunderbolt 3 devices, like power adapters, may charge your USB-C-only laptop, but devices that transfer data probably will not. You’ll likely get a message on your laptop screen that the Thunderbolt 3 device is incompatible with the USB-C port.

 

 

Batteriser

Batteriser is a device that increases battery life for up to 800%. Batteries that were once doomed for the trash can, can now be revived by placing a tiny sliver of metal device over a battery cell. This device acts as a sleeve and it’s thin enough to fit nicely in any battery compartment in any electronic device. The metal sleeve will sell for about $2.50 each. You can get a pack of 4 for $10. Eight times over the regular battery life is quite amazing. Duracell, Energizer and Maxell are probably not too happy about to hear about this innovation.

Windows 10 Prices

Windows is still a free upgrade if you currently have Windows 7 and 8. If not, you can purchase Windows 10 Home for $119 and Windows 10 Pro version for $199, according to Microsoft. This is most likely to be the OEM version. Earlier this week, Newegg revealed on their website, Windows 10 Home for $109. The scheduled release is somewhere around the end of August. Correction: now I’m hearing end of July.