Archive for March, 2009

Hazard or Hoax?

March 31, 2009 0 Comments

Just before we sat down this morning to discuss daily assignments, it was discovered that one of our newsroom computers was infected with a virus and had to be taken offline. That, plus the countless e-mails we’ve received over the last few days, seemed reason enough to explore the information behind the April Fools’ super virus. […]

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Is Skype the catalyst for change in the wireless world?

March 30, 2009 2 Comments

On the surface it’s simply a new feature for iPhone users – Skype on your cell phone. And why not. Apple promised you all the perks of computer-based Web browsing on a handheld device. But, heavy data consumers are hoping it will be the spark that ignites change in how we are billed by the […]

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Using social networking to fight flooding

March 26, 2009 0 Comments

I will never forget the e-mails and phone calls we received last summer, begging us to publicize sandbagging efforts. I truly believe the TV and radio stations played a vital role in spreading the message about volunteer efforts. And while I saw some Facebook and Twitter pleas last year, with the way social networking has […]

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Low-budget accomodations

March 24, 2009 0 Comments
Low-budget accomodations

Anyone who knows me (or has read my bio) know that I love to travel. Unfortunately, my hectic schedule and current budget don’t always make this possible. Still, I’m always looking for a good deal – and today I found a new way to score cheap lodging. iStopOver melds an open room post on Craigslist and […]

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What my Tweetstats say about me

March 23, 2009 1 Comment

I’m doing some research on Twitter for a big journalism conference this weekend where I have to sit on a panel and pretend to be an expert, even though I don’t feel much like one. As part of my preparation, I’m putting together a list of useful/entertaining Twitter spin-offs. I found myself analyzing my Tweetstats […]

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The site is ready, the banks may not be

March 19, 2009 0 Comments

The government has a new program it claims will help 7-9 million Americans either refinance or modify their home loan.On Thursday, MakingHomeAffordable.gov launched, with the purpose of educating home owners about eligibility. Visitors can answer 4-5 questions, based on whether they want to refinance or modify a loan, and the site will identify whether they […]

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Let the hunt begin

March 18, 2009 0 Comments

After two people sent me a link to the Boston Globe photo essay on the recession, and I saw it pop up several times on my Twitter feed, I couldn’t resist the temptation to follow the link. I’m always very skeptical of links to begin with, so it takes intense curiosity or repeated suggestions for […]

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What’s on the download

March 13, 2009 0 Comments

Okay – maybe it’s lame to use the blog name as a post title. But I figured since the blog is actually called “On the Download,” maybe I should chat a bit about what I’m actually downloading. I’m not gonna lie, podcasts and I had a falling out up until lately. There wasn’t a big […]

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Two Waterloo kids are off to see the world

March 10, 2009 0 Comments
Two Waterloo kids are off to see the world

As much as I love my job, at least once a week I have to fight the urge to drive to the nearest airport and buy a plane ticket. The destination doesn’t matter much, I just feel the need to go and explore. I grew up traveling, moving from place to place, and I will […]

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Attention Gen Y: You don’t own the Internet

March 4, 2009 1 Comment

As a member of Generation Y (18-32 year-olds), I will admit that we subscribe to the belief that the Internet is our playground. We understand it, we use it, we dominate it. At least that’s what we think. Perhaps that’s why it is so fascinating for me to see my parents trying to use the […]

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