Archive for June, 2010

June is Internet Safety Month

June 29, 2010 0 Comments

June may almost be over – but it’s not too late to talk about Internet safety. Today the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force unveiled a new website aimed at providing resources for parents in educating their children and even instructions on how to report potentially criminal activity on the Web. In 2009, the task […]

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#CVTweetup @NEIFB

June 28, 2010 0 Comments
#CVTweetup @NEIFB

We had a good turnout for our first ever civic tweetup at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Many familiar faces and some new. We packed almost 200 boxes of food in about an hour and a half. We were like a well oiled machine with a group assembling boxes, a group wheeling the boxes around the […]

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Your broadband story

June 24, 2010 1 Comment

As a journalist/blogger/techie/researcher – the new Iowa broadband map is right up my alley. Being able to layer data from more than 170 Internet providers in Iowa and compare things like mobile, DSL and fiber coverage is entertaining and useful for me. But, as many people who know me have pointed out, I’m not normal. […]

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Iowa unveils Broadband availability map

June 18, 2010 0 Comments
Iowa unveils Broadband availability map

Connect Iowa is presenting the new broadband availability interactive map during a webinar on Tuesday. I’m signed up and I’ll plan to give a full recap and maybe even tweet the event if any of you are interested. Connect Iowa is federally funded with the goal of documenting and expanding broadband access in Iowa. It’s […]

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CFU announces fiber project

June 10, 2010 0 Comments

Today Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) announced a new project to build a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) communications plant. CFU says the new plant will deliver Internet connections at 200 mbps for downstream and 100 mbps for upstream traffic.  We all know that data usage has drastically changed over the last few years, but here’s some hard numbers. The peak bandwidth […]

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A relaxed summer tweetup

June 7, 2010 0 Comments
A relaxed summer tweetup

Our most recent tweetup last week was a small and relaxed affair at Mulligans. It was a gorgeous sunny day. And although we decided to sit inside since the outdoor space was limited, there was still plenty of sunlight coming through the windows. It was a smaller group than usual, with several of our organizing […]

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How do you search for something you can’t spell?

June 5, 2010 0 Comments

Yahoo! sent out a list of commonly misspelled searches. I thought they were entertaining enough to share. According to Yahoo!, the most misspelled word of 2010, so far, is the Iceland volcano which erupted a few months ago. The correct spelling: Eyjafjallajokull. Other misspelled search phrases come from mishearing, misspelling, or mis-typing: “Gulf Oil Spell”: […]

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Privacy

June 3, 2010 0 Comments

The conversation may have started with Facebook, but I think privacy needs to be examined in a much wider sphere. Anytime you put information on a device with the ability to connect to an Internet source, you need to be aware of how that information is protected and what could potentially happen to it. Let’s start off […]

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Short Notice – #CVTweetup tomorrow!

June 2, 2010 0 Comments

It’s a quick turnaround, but we finally settled the date late last week and now it’s time to get the word out. #CVTweetup is tomorrow! Thursday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. at Mulligan’s in Cedar Falls. And then we’re having our first civic tweetup on June 24, at 6 p.m. at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. […]

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