Apples to Apples

sparked a lot of talk about the new products and software that will be available very soon. iPhone 11, 11Pro, Pro Max, iPad, and a new Apple watch. Plus, new software and apps like Apple TV and Apple Arcade. This all sounds great, but let’s be real. Is there really a difference between what you have already, and the new things Apple just put out? The answer to that question…

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"My Computer is so slow"

“My computer is so slow.” This has to be the biggest complaint about computers or handheld devices like smart phones. Some devices can last years before they can no longer keep up with the pace. Other devices sprint to the finish line and only last a couple weeks or months before they’re barely crawling. Workload for every device varies so much it makes it hard to pinpoint an exact cause of the p…

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Avoid being a Ransomware victim

Ransomware is a type of attack done on a computer to “lock” files and folders making them un-viewable to anyone who does not have the correct key to unlock them.  Attackers use ransomware as a way to make money by offering to unlock user files for a fee.  Sometimes the fee is payed, and the files are unlocked, but at least as often the files are not unlocked, even after the payment is made.  Ther…

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Does your back to school shopping list include a faster Internet speed?

Does your back to school shopping list include a faster Internet speed?

Back to school time means shopping for supplies such as markers, pencils, notebooks and a backpack. But have you taken this time to consider if you need to shop for a new Internet speed? Now is a great time to evaluate your Internet usage and needs as your students go back to school.

How do I know I need a faster Inter…

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STEM: Preparing youth for the workplace

What will jobs and the workforce look like in 20 years?  Many say we probably haven’t heard of the job titles that will be in demand in 2030 let alone 2040. The World Economic Forum predicts that 35% of the skills required for jobs today will change by 2030. And that 65% of children born today will pursue careers that don’t exist today. 

If you read articles about future careers you will find a…

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BAND equips Northern Lights Dairy for next-generation farming

Anytime you unwrap a stick of Land O’Lakes butter, you’re likely looking at a product made with Northern Lights Dairy milk. Northern Lights Dairy is a Grade-A dairy farm facility located just south of Mandan, owned and operated by the Holle family. Andrew Holle is a 4th generation dairy producer, and he lives there with his wife, Jennifer, their four kids, and over 725 milk cows. 


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Do we still need a land line telephone?

I remember when we all used to jump and run for the telephone when it rang. It was so exciting; having the mystery of wondering who was going to be on the other end of the line? Who was this mystery caller phoning in our house? Now when the landline rings no one moves from their chair while the phone continues to ring until the voice mail picks up. Or we casually walk over to check the caller id,…

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Broadband & Baseball

How Giants Snacks became the snack of choice for every American baseball league

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“Hello, I’m a manager for the New York Yankees. We’d like to get some of your sunflower seeds for our dugout.”

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Why managed wi-fi?

Wi-Fi is an essential tool relative to entertainment, work productivity, and daily life activities in general. Wi-Fi issues result in more than 80% of DRN trouble calls from our members as well.

Research shows that more than 50% of broadband households experience problems with their Wi-Fi. The way we use Wi-Fi is evolving rapidly. With more users, more devices, and more bandwidth-intensive ap…

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BAND: Building a North Dakota that Works Smarter AND Harder

Hilary Mehrer grew up like most North Dakotans– in a small town. She always knew when to come home. As soon as that evening whistle echoed through the town, she had better be walking through their door or she knew there would be trouble. And, if she wasn’t there, her parents always seemed to know where she was before she ever got home.

“That’s just the way it is in small towns– everyone knows e…

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Windows 10 Secrets

Hi everyone!  Tim Steinwand with DRN ReadiTech here!

, Microsoft support will be ending early next year on Windows 7, so now would be a good time to update those machines to Windows 10. I am going to let you in on a few secrets that you can use to help your experience in working with Windows 10 that you may not have known about.  These are just a few of th…

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What’s all the buzz about Windows 7?

After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing the end.  Windows 7 is a personal computer operating system produced by Microsoft.  It was released to manufacturing in 2009 and on Jan. 14, 2020 Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates, bug fixes or technical support for Windows 7.

All good things come to an end and every Windows product has a life-cycle. The life-cycle begins whe…

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Customer Service – How important is it to you?

Here’s a million-dollar question …. How important is customer service to you?  I ask that because many times we are caught up with delivering a product or sharing an opportunity and forget the critical importance to your business of offering not okay, not good, but stellar customer service - a crucial aspect to any business success!

Often, we don’t think of the importance of this feature or how…

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Why do my cable TV rates go up each year?

Do you get frustrated when you see your cable tv bill go up year after year?  If you’re like most I’m sure the answer is yes.  DRN feels the same way since cable tv is a service DRN offers to our cooperative members where we set our margins to breakeven at best.  What that means is any extra costs we incur then need to be passed onto the consumer year after year.

Your monthly bill has two major…

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Invested in our Communities

Is your business involved in the communities it serves? Being involved in the community is a great way for any organization to build relationships and boost brand awareness. DRN and ReadiTech recognize the importance of being involved in and focused on the betterment of its communities. Since the cooperative was formed in 1950, community involvement has always been important. As a cooperative, ou…

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