April 20, 2016 |
John J. O'Neill, 89, of Blue Bell, a lead computer programmer on the Gemini space program in the 1960s, died of complications of cancer Monday, April 11, at Normandy Farms Estates. Mr. O'Neill was born in Philadelphia and raised in Easton, Pa. After high school, he served as a corpsman in the Navy on the Tranquillity during World War II. The Tranquillity saw action in the Pacific transporting wounded personnel. After his service, Mr. O'Neill attended Temple University, where he met his wife, Claire.
February 29, 2016 |
Edward J. Kaminski was a dinner-plate fisherman, comfortable seeking out blues and flounders for his kitchen from his 18-foot motorboat. Closer to land than to the ocean deep. But in the 1990s, he and a few older men ventured forth, joining a younger sailboat crew. "The young guys sailed to Bermuda, and raced in a regatta there," but they had to fly back to their jobs, his wife, Helen, said. "So it was the old guys who brought the boats back," with all the heavy lifting that the effort demanded.
February 22, 2016 |
In choosing a money manager, one key issue comes down to this: Would you rather have a human or a computer run your money? Last year, many investors voted for the computer, pulling money from "active" money managers who tried to pick individual stocks but failed to beat the market. Instead, investors piled money into "passive" funds that follow a benchmark, such as the S&P 500 index. Or they used "robo-advisers" - strict computer investing models or exchange-traded funds that track a specific group of shares.
February 5, 2016 |
Jerry Augustus, 83, a retired restaurateur and later a computer programmer for the Philadelphia Water Department, died Sunday, Jan. 31, of complications from a stroke at Philadelphia Nursing Home. A lifelong city resident, Mr. Augustus was the son of Dennis and Lela Dialismas Augustus. He attended Drexel University. As a teenager, he was a member of the choir of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Active in many Greek life organizations, he was the national president of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America.
December 8, 2015 |
Slipping inside a red wooden booth containing a computer tablet mounted on a wall, Rutgers-Camden students typed in their names, interests, or whatever word popped into their heads. The Typomatic returned a list of words, some with no apparent connection and others political, poignant, or just funny: STARWARS transformed to STORYLESS , FREEDOM to THUGGERY , LEBRON to LEGEND . The pairs match visually when cut in half horizontally, according to a typeface designed by an artist behind the Typomatic machine.
November 20, 2015
MOST Philadelphians are either down on the city, or skeptical of its chances for future success. That's my reading of a novel city survey assessing attitudes rather than demographics, from the always engaging Pew Charitable Trusts. Rather than lump Philadelphians into the familiar categories of age, income, race, gender, religion or political party, it harnessed computer power to create four attitudinal groups: Dissatisfied Citizens, Die-hard Loyalists, Uncommitted Skeptics, Enthusiastic Urbanists.
November 12, 2015 |
Mitch Albom has spent the past three-plus decades as an award-winning newspaper columnist, best-selling author and popular radio talk-show host in his adopted hometown of Detroit. But, he admitted during a recent phone call, he'd have given up all this fame and fortune he has accrued if he could have made his living as a musician. When asked to elaborate, Albom, 57, whose latest novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto , is a mix of history and fiction about a celebrated guitar player, didn't hesitate to set the record straight about where his priorities lie. "I would probably go back and do it if they just promised me a steady paycheck," said the Passaic, N.J.-born multimedia giant who grew up in Haddon Township, Camden County.
November 6, 2015 |
An FBI data expert told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday that he found a prodigious number of deleted file fragments on accused stalker John Hart's computers, including two Internet programs that enable a user to disguise the computer's identity. Michael Irvin testified that the websites - "Spoof Your IP Address" and "Spoofing Demystified" - offer software that would have let Hart cloak his computer during Internet searches for private information about CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Spoofing is the term for making a computer's unique Internet Protocol (IP)
October 25, 2015 |
Inquirer staff photographer Clem Murray, on vacation at a Mexican resort, suddenly found himself and a companion in the path of Hurricane Patricia. Without time to evacuate, they hoped for the best. We left our room a little after 2 p.m. Friday and were escorted about 100 yards to the back of our resort, the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, to an immense concrete building that looked like a parking garage, rising five levels. The building indeed housed cars but was also home to numerous departments of the Vidanta Resorts, including the executive offices, accounting, telemarketing and one level for the maintenance department.
October 13, 2015 |
Joshua delights in solving computer problems, and he excels at it. Those who know the 11-year-old say he is an IT expert. When not on the computer, Joshua can frequently be found surfing the Web on his iPad. He also enjoys swimming and taking drum lessons. Joshua does well in school, where he benefits from a small class size and individual attention. He is passionate about anything relating to science. He especially loves learning about dinosaurs and sea creatures. Last semester, he earned three school achievement awards, which mean a lot to him. He plans to work hard to receive more awards.