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Even Google Has the Outage Blues

As has been widely noted, Google’s popular Gmail service suffered a multi-day outage.  Google says that they were rolling out a software storage update on February 27, 2011 and ran into a bug that wiped out the e-mail of 0.02% of their customers. Fortunately, the data was backed up on tape (yes, that’s right, The [...]

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UMD Solar Project

Standard Solar of Rockville will be installing 2700 solar panels on top of the old Washington Post printing plant in College Park.  The University of Maryland recently bought the empty building, and renamed it the Severn Building.  The Office of Technical Liaison is currently housed there. The panels will cover 6.4 acres, can crank out [...]

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Verizon 4G Conundrum: High Speed Great for Watching Movies, High Price Bad for Watching Movies

Verizon launched their 4G service in the DC area this weekend.  For now, the only 4G devices the company is selling are USB modems for the Windows operating system — one from LG and one from Pantech. Verizon’s 4G coverage map for the DC area claims fairly complete coverage inside the Beltway and along the [...]

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Sprint Sprinkles 4G Coverage Around DC

Sprint is now selling 4G coverage in the Washington DC area.  But as you can see from their coverage map (4G coverage shown in blue), your mileage may vary.  I’m in the zone thanks to a tall condo building nearby, but walk one block north and its back to 3G. We haven’t seen Verizon’s detailed [...]

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ICE Goes All Homeland on 82 Web Sites

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized 82 domain names of commercial websites allegedly engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works.   Sites like and  But Number 80 on the list has drawn some attention, as supposedly did not actually host this kind of content. [From]

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SIPRNET Way Cooler Than Internet

NOT SO SECRET DAILYCRUD 000001 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/01/2010 TAGS: WTF SUBJECT: PSST, DONT TELL ANYONE ABOUT THIS WikiLeaks press-released a pending leak of 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables fetched from SIPRNET, probably via USB-based memory stick.  Only 220 of those cables were available at the time of this post, but many more have been [...]

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AC in DC: Reeves Center Gets Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The Franklin D. Reeves Center in DC now has a public, curbside electric vehicle (EV) charging station. It’s a 240V Level II Coulomb ChargePoint station, part of the ChargePoint network of EV charging stations. Yes, you can charge your charge to a credit card. Installation by PEPCO and NovaCharge, LLC of Tampa. [Photo by Coulomb [...]

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Ocean City Wind Farms

Maryland seeks corporate interest in a a possible wind farm off the Maryland coast, south of Fenwick Island, DE and east of Ocean City, MD. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement published the RFI in the Federal Register on November 9, 2010 under Docket ID: BOEM-2010-0038. There is a cool map showing [...]

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All GSA Staff Social Security Numbers Accidentally E-mailed Out

A GSA employee accidentally sent the names and Social Security numbers of the agency’s entire staff of over 12,000 people to a private e-mail address. GSA notified employees of the breach via security alert e-mails, “which employees said they received frequently and often ignored.” Sounds like a strong culture of information security at GSA! Casey [...]

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Fast Customs Immigration at Dulles Airport

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has rolled out their Global Entry program to speed up the customs process at some U.S. airports.  To join the program, you pay $100, pass a government background check, and get fingerprinted.  Then, you can use a kiosk instead of waiting in line for a customs agent. At [...]

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