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Douglas Engelbart: The Man Behind Your Mouse (And a Lot More)

Posted on 07/3/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf it weren’t for Douglas Engelbart, the computer on your desk might still be little more than a glorified typewriter, and you might still be struggling to remember arcane DOS commands so you could type them into a luminous green C:\ prompt on a black screen. And the multimedia marvels of the Web might not have ever existed. As computer historian Howard Rheingold once wrote, ”We wouldn’t be sitting in front of personal computers today if it wasn’t for him.” Back …

Could That Be a $671,400 Relic in Your Garage?

Posted on 05/29/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you were one of the 200 or so people who bought an Apple-1 computer back in 1976 or 1977 and still have it on a shelf in the back of your garage, guess what? You’re in the chips. And we don’t mean microprocessor chips, either. The technology news website ZDNet reports that a surviving Apple-1, the computer giant’s first product, fetched a breathtaking $671,400 at a German auction. Other Apple-1s have fetched six-figure prices in the past, but this …

The Best Apps of 2012 (50+ Edition)

Posted on 12/26/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyMy life has become app centered.  In fact, I probably spend more time on my smartphone testing apps than most 20-somethings. I ask my friends, I ask the Internet, I ask my Twitter followers … and I download, tap and swipe away. All in the service of this blog. I must admit, I download a lot of toads before I find a prince.  So I offer these suggestions for my favorite apps of 2012 after extensive personal research. What apps …

Easy Peazy Apps for Online Story Telling

Posted on 08/1/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

TechnologyI feel silly introducing myself every week…but there are three of us here on the Illinois Communications Team and you never know which of us you’ll get so…this post brought to you by Jenn!    If you’re like me  – you marvel at how fast technology is moving, you revel in all the time you save when you find the perfect app,  and sometimes you feel absolutely panicked  by the sheer number of digital tools out there. I’m one of those “try any …

App of the Week: Bring Back The Bygone Concerts

Posted on 05/24/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologySummer is starting, and that means lots of outdoor concerts.  But if you’re like me, you have seen most of your favorite bands perform, and the thought of trekking in the heat and humidity to an amphitheater that seems to be at least a mile from your car is not so appealing anymore.  Been there—done that. But the music, the famous live concerts dating back to the 50s at the Fillmore, the Newport Jazz festival, Tanglewood, the Shrine Auditorium and …

App of the week: Exercise and diet with one cool app

Posted on 04/19/2012 by | Technology | Comments

TechnologyExperimenting with a new app reminds me of high school in the early 70s. The banter is the same. “You gotta try it,” a peer says. “Really, what does it do?”  I ask. “I’m not sure, “he says, “but it’s really cool and everyone is using it.” So I try it—I download the Lose It! app to see what the buzz is all about.  And after a few hours, I agree it’s pretty cool—however, now I must admit… I’m addicted. …