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BrightHouse Becomes Charter Today

In April, Frontier took over Verizon. And the fallout is still being addressed 6 weeks later. Today, Charter takes over BrightHouse Networks, and they promise a smoother transition, according to a Tampa Times article.

“When we acquire Bright House, we acquire the whole company,” Dudley said. “The plan ensures that the company that is running today is running tomorrow. There’s not a switch that gets flipped. We can leave them right in the Bright House infrastructure while we work behind the scenes.”

Let’s hope so!

Bright House

Charter Communications Logo.

Frontier Outage Map

I came across this web site tracking outages with Frontier: 


Frontier Takes Over Verizon Services

This is NOT an April Fool’s post.

imageFrontier Communications officially took over landline operations from Verizon today, April 1, 2016 in Florida, Texas and California. This includes Verizon’s FIOS service.

There have been reported outages all day today, including an unrelated fiber cut in Tampa, per this post from ArsTechnica.

All I can say is that if you are impacted, hang in there! Or try calling Frontier’s customer service at (800) 921-8101.

Apple iOS 9.3 Causing some Devices to Freeze or Crash

Apple released their 9.3 update to their operating system (iOS) last week. Since then, many people are reporting that their iPhones and iPads are freezing up or crashing.

Read more on at CNN and 9TO5Mac.

As usual, whether you are using a Windows, Apple or Android device, it is always best to make sure that your files and apps are backed up before proceeding with an operating system update.

Better yet, unless you really love being on the “bleeding edge” of technology, I would always advise to wait several weeks before upgrading to a new OS release. Let others work out the bugs first!

Hard Drive Reliability Report for 2015

2015-4tb-drive-fails-barchart[1]Backblaze, a cloud storage company, recently posted their 2015 hard drive statistics and reliability report (click here), which may be interesting reading for some.


Keep in mind this is a report based on their own internal findings and use of disk drives in their datacenter, and is not a broad survey of hard drive reliability from various users and organizations.

So, for example, if you read through the report, you will see that they have nearly 30,000 various Seagate hard drives in use, versus over 12,000 HGST drives, but only 46 Western Digital drives.

This is not to knock their report … in fact, I found it quite enlightening.


Windows 10 January Preview Now Available

The January 2015 build of Windows 10 is now available for download for those who signed up for the Windows Insider program. If you’re not signed up, you should be – it’s free!

Windows Insider Program

This release is labeled Build 9926. To learn what’s new in this release, go to the Windows 10  January Build blog page.

Please note: it does NOT include all the new features that were shown during the Windows 10 presentation on Wednesday.


Microsoft selects new CEO

imageOne of the most anticipated announcements from Microsoft was made today (Feb 4, 2014) when Satya Nadella was selected as the third CEO of Microsoft, succeeding Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Satya joined Microsoft 22 years ago.

Bill Gates will serve as Technology Advisor.

Read Steve Ballmer’s email to Microsoft employees on the announcement

Read Satya Nadella’s email to Microsoft employees on his appointment

Best wishes to all!

SkyDrive to be renamed OneDrive


It’s official … on January 27, 2014 Microsoft announced an upcoming name change to their cloud storage service. SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro will soon be known as OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, respectively.

The rebranding of SkyDrive is a result of a trademark case filed last year by British Sky Broadcasting.

Server Essentials and Small Business Server Resource Website

Whether you are working with any version of Microsoft’s Small Business Server (SBS 2003/2008/2011) or Windows Server Essentials (2011/2012/2012R2), a great resource is The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog.


The official blog for Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server support and product group communications. There are plenty of great hints and information on installing and maintaining these products.

For example, a recent post addressed the question: “What happens when you release your domain name from windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials?”.

Want to know the answer? Click here to find out the answer!

Received 2014 Microsoft MVP Award

I just received the following email from Microsoft this New Year’s Day morning:

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Windows Server for Small and Medium Business technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”

At Microsoft, we believe that technical communities enhance people’s lives and the industry’s success because independent experts, like you, help others extract greater value from products and technologies through the free and objective exchange of knowledge. As a Microsoft MVP, you are part of a highly select group of experts that represent technology’s best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.
On behalf of everyone at Microsoft, thank you for your contributions to technical communities.


Microsoft Director, Community Engagement
Microsoft Community Program Manager