September 2, 2013
I've had a fairly good working relationship with technology. I believe I was first on board when they started equipping coffeemakers with timers, which eliminated that horrid, bleary wait every morning for the syrup-slow drips to add up to a full cup. Computers were no problem, even though I had learned to type on a manual typewriter (there are still some of us around; we can be discovered by the way we still pound sensitive, electronic keyboards with...
September 1, 2013
The U.S. Small Business Administration is partnering with Microsoft to offer a free technology e-learning series to help small-business owners more efficiently use technology to run their businesses, help grow their businesses and create jobs. The Business Technology Simplified online course series teaches the benefits of using modern technology that can take businesses to the next level of success. The online course series is available at www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center/series/business-technology-simplified.
August 28, 2013
Increasing access to high-speed fiber-optic Internet connections in the home and office could be a future boon for economic development throughout Washington County, according to a Virginia-based consulting firm. “Washington County has, we think, a lot of strategic advantages,” said Andrew Cohill, president and founder of Design Nine, Inc., of Blacksburg, Va. Design Nine recently completed a broadband impact study for Washington County, unveiling its findings and financial projections before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
August 8, 2013
Personal electronics are supposed to keep us connected. Conversations on the cellphone, texts and tweets are meant to link people through shared information. Social media are supposed to be the way we keep up with each other. But they can be isolating, too. If Mom is always on her handheld device, if Dad can't get off Facebook, if the kids are more invested in texting their friends than being present at the dinner table, family life is fractured. It's a malady of the times.
July 28, 2013
PennDOT HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's modernized field data collection process recently received an international achievement award for its innovative use of geographic information system, or GIS, technology. The Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award was presented at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego. It recognizes vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of technology. PennDOT received the award for its use of technology to collect information on local roads and bridges, including location, condition and structure type.
July 18, 2013
“Welcome to 1997.” That was my brother's response to my message, “I have texting!” If it's 1997, I joked, then my son is 2 and won't be going to college this fall. I'd gladly turn back the clock to that year. But, alas, I can't. Besides, my son is the reason I wanted unlimited texting anyway. I finally had to give in to this technology because I feared that I wouldn't hear from him otherwise this fall. Well, perhaps he'd call if his college meal plan ran out of points.
June 29, 2013
The following area students were named to the dean's list for the spring semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology: - Meghan Boehman of Frederick, Md., a fourth-year student in the film and animation program - Michael Conrad of Frederick, a second-year student in the ASL-English interpretation program - Robert Harris of Middletown, Md., a fourth-year student in the criminal justice program - Jacquelyn Lenta ...
June 27, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission sponsored the 29th annual Awards for Excellence in Career Technology Education ceremony at South Hagerstown High School on May 6. Kaplan University and Washington County Public Schools joined together to recognize seniors who excelled in career technology education programs. Washington County Public Schools recognized the following students: Â¿ Arts, media and communication: Skyler O'Neill, computer game development and animation; Larissa Saunders, digital communications; and Christopher Brittle, multimedia and graphic design.
June 21, 2013
It's a question with no correct answer. Is the loss of our privacy a valid price to pay for greater security? Or, as Ben Franklin once suggested, are those who sacrifice one for the other bound to lose both? The NSA claims that it is only collecting metadata, described as “data about data.” Theoretically, this is one step removed from more egregious acts of eavesdropping that involve listening into phone conversations or reading email. And because the NSA wants the metadata, it too must be revealing.
June 14, 2013
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College said Friday that it will hold a free seminar called “Technology 'How to's' for the 50 something” on June 25 on the main campus at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive near Martinsburg. The seminar will help answer common technology questions for students over the age of 50, but all adults are welcome to attend, according to a news release. The seminar will feature fun demonstrations using Facebook, smartphones, iPads, and useful websites. Participants also will become familiar with technology trends, the release said. The event is among a variety of free technology seminars offered by the school that can be viewed online at: http://blueridgectc.augusoft.net . Individuals with questions or more information can contact 304-260-4380 ext. 2411 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org .