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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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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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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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Verizon to Save Trees

Verizon plans to stop distributing old-fashioned paper “White Pages” books to Maryland residents starting in January.  At our house, they’ve gone straight to the blue recycling bucket for years now. If your little people might miss phone-book-as-booster-seat, you can actually buy foam booster seats that look like phone books. [From the Gazette] [PN7NVHHQTW8F]

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