Phillip Williams's blog

Closing the digital divide ...

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Sat, 07/15/2006 - 17:46.

France gets poorest citizens online for €1 ($1.28)  a day.

Why is it that I am reading of the digital divide being closed aggressively every ware but in Cleveland?! I thought maybe it was not that big of deal here in greater Cleveland... I mean everyone has a computer right? WRONG!!! It is pathetic that so many people are without a basic computer and Internet connection. What will it take to make this problem go away? I for one am willing to put forth an effort to help solve this problem.

Artist of the day: Herb Ascherman

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Fri, 07/07/2006 - 09:43.

A few days ago I took my children to meet one of Cleveland's finest artists, Herb Ascherman. While many parents have taken their children to photographers to get a few photos taken for use in holiday cards, or to hang on the wall. Herb Ascherman will not only take a photo, he will truly deliver to you a piece of art. My children, 7 and 8 years old, sat for the their photos with a clear sense of their purpose, to allow me have a memory of their visit of the 2006 summer.

eBay is tracking your every move

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 14:45.

ebay flier
I just got the mail today and recieved an ebay mailing.  While this is not that big of deal the back of the flier (show above) is.

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Cleveland water celebrates 150 years!

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Fri, 06/23/2006 - 11:15.

Cleveland Division of Water

The City of Cleveland Division of Water celebrates 150 years of service (1856 – 2006). This is an outstanding organization that servers water the greater Cleveland. There are some amazing facts that we should all be aware of.

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The MPAA and RIAA join forces?

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Wed, 06/21/2006 - 11:40.

While surfing today I came accross an interesting site.  The MAFIAA... this is just too acurate to be real. (It is not by the way)  Organized crime or a legitimate organization to stop us all from ever enjoying the music and film that is produced for our entertainment?

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Are online social networks here to stay?

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 10:45.

I just came across a recent article on C/Net's website (click here) about the possibility that online social networks are not what we might think they are. They state that they are a fad, something that will begone as quickly as it started.

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What does Ubuntu mean?

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 05:43.

At RealNEO the concepts of openness, sharing and community are realized not just in how we as a group of people interact, but also in the tools we use. The best example of one of these tools is the software used on many of the team members notebooks.

SBA offers East Cleveland assistance

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Thu, 06/01/2006 - 14:30.

SBA and East Cleveland

The SBA (Small Business Administration) and East Cleveland announce a plan to help East Cleveland businesses prosper.  This is an exciting time for business owners who really want to see their companies prosper.  Some of the monies being loaned out are at prime or even interest AND payment free. While this is no free lunch, those who are serious about running a business in East Cleveland will find this an opportunity that comes by very rarely!

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What is on the mind of an 8 year old?

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Fri, 05/26/2006 - 21:08.

My children just got into town for their summer vist today.  I was talking to my 8 year old boy about everything that has been happening while they were in TN.

When I was talking to my boy about his hat, and the fact that it was not new he said something that would make any parent as proud as I am now...

Another example of Open Source saving the day...

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Tue, 05/23/2006 - 06:09.

FAA manages air traffic with Linux

BY asternstein [at] fcw [dot] com
Published on May 1, 2006

The Federal Aviation Administration has saved $15 million by migrating computers that manage air traffic flow to Linux, according to an announcement issued last week. The upgrade is part of a broader service-oriented architecture initiative that will replace proprietary traffic management systems with applications using Java, Web services, open-source software and Oracle products.

Ethanol: Myths and Realities

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Mon, 05/22/2006 - 18:51.

With high gas prices making alternative fuels increasingly attractive, no alternative fuel has received as much attention as ethanol. Some hail the fuel, which can be derived from plants including corn, wheat, barley and sugarcane, as a savior of American energy policy, while others see it as a fad popularized by its heavily subsidized corporate backers."

What is a gamer?

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Sat, 05/06/2006 - 12:41.

Maybe this pod can help dispell some myths, or maybe confirm them?

Kent State presents a plan for East Cleveland

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Fri, 05/05/2006 - 11:41.

Members of the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative presented thier vision for a better East Cleveland.

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DIY Wind Generator Competition

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Tue, 04/18/2006 - 08:45.

I saw this contest posting that started April 1st and runs for 6 months.  I am sure  someone in our region will win this!

Click here to go to the competition page

Why open standards matter

Submitted by Phillip Williams on Mon, 04/10/2006 - 07:25.

" I think open source software is a good thing, but I've never bought into the religious fundamentalist fervor of a lot of the circles I move in as an IT reporter. Condemning people for not using Linux instead of Windows, and the strong-arm tactics of some proprietary software makers that try to lock people into a certain product, are just two sides of the same coin. But open standards that make real choices possible? Now, that's something I can get behind." - Tina Gasperson