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BNMC Assists Leominster Public Schools with WiFi and Network upgrade

BNMC is proud to announce that they have been selected by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (previously MassIT) and Leominster Public Schools to upgrade the WiFi and Networking infrastructure at all the Leominster Elementary Schools through the state Digial Connections Partnership School Grant Wireless Solution.  Together with K&M Communication who will do all the wiring and cabling work, BNMC will work closely with the Leominster IT team to procure all new hardware and software and then configure and implement the switches and access points along with managing the entire project.

 

The Leominster School Department was informed in March that it would get a $436,143 Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It would be used to upgrade the technological infrastructure at five schools: Fall Brook Elementary School ($105,930), Frances Drake Elementary School ($102,942), Johnny Appleseed Elementary School ($96,109), Northwest Elementary School ($95,485) and Priest Street School ($34,676).

 

For Superintendent Paula Deacon, the recent announcement of a grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve technology at five of the city’s public schools is a dream come true.

“I’ve been a principal for eight and a half years, and this is something our schools have struggled with so much,” she said at a press conference in April. “So to know that this is actually happening, the timing of it — this is like Christmas Day.”

For information on the press release, click on the following links:   Leominster Champion News Article      Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise news article

 

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My First PC - Dell 486P - 1992 - What was Yours?

Ben McDonald shares his story. 

As a fresh faced teenager (well actually a bit spotty), I walked into Dell as a trainee direct from leaving school and I was faced with this amazing piece of technology sitting on my desk, a shiny new Dell 486P desktop computer.

Now back in the day I had a Commodore 64, and a Spectrum that my brother and I used to play games on, I especially remember waiting for the tape games to load, listening to all the funny noises it used to make during the process.

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What’s Your E-rate Plan? Three Things to Consider

What’s Your E-rate Plan? Three Things to Consider
 According to Scott Grebe, schools and libraries applying for E-rate funds also need to have a plan. And he isn't talking about figuring out who is going to complete and file Form 470 and when it should be submitted. He believes it's about understanding your current network infrastructure and how you will use the funds to build a better, faster version that delivers on new initiatives over the next few years. When you’re building out your plan, here are three things you should consider.

 


1. Look ahead three to five years.

Considering how fast technology changes, three years will keep you on top of new developments although five years is more practical from a cost perspective. E-rate Category 2 services such as firewalls, routers, switches and access points continue to evolve rapidly with new features and faster speeds. For example, today’s firewalls can block threats such as ransomware that the previous generation can’t, and those legacy firewalls are only a few years old.

2. Don’t let hardware slow you down

The use of online learning in the classroom continues to grow. So too does the use of bandwidth-intensive apps. When evaluating products that will go into your infrastructure, understand how much of your current capacity is being used. Then buffer that by 20% to 30% to plan for future growth. Just as important, make sure any hardware you look at can handle the increase in bandwidth. Otherwise it can become a bottleneck in the network.

3. Let someone else manage security for you.

Something that schools and libraries may not be aware of is that they can outsource security as a Managed Internal Broadband Service within Category 2. This covers services provided by a third party for the operation, management, and monitoring of eligible broadband internal connections components. The good news with this approach is that you won’t incur any upfront capital expenditures, you typically pay a low monthly subscription fee and you have a predictable annual expense model.

 

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One Third of Americans Prefer a Software Robot Over a Human Boss!

One Third of Americans Prefer a Software Robot Over a Human Boss!

A recent study conducted in the US, UK and Denmark explores people’s openness towards working with and for “unbiased computer programs”—defined as “a software robot that makes decisions or proposals for decisions based on data from HR, financial or market information. The software robot is unbiased, i.e. it is not affected by the personal, social and cultural bias that influence human decision making, but balances all input only based on the data.”

The study shows some surprising results in openness, and big geographical differences.

 

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Here Are the Best Ways to React to Criticism, According to 13 Experienced Speakers

Here Are the Best Ways to React to Criticism, According to 13 Experienced Speakers

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO RESPOND?

According to MINDA ZETLIN, here are some things to keep in mind when you receive negative feedback or bad reviews. 

 

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