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June 23, 2013 | By Jeff McMurray, Associated Press
CHICAGO - Southwest Airlines was operating normally Saturday afternoon after a systemwide computer failure caused it to ground 250 flights for nearly three hours late Friday night. Full service was restored just after 2 a.m. Saturday, Philadelphia time, but the Dallas-based airline experienced lingering delays in the morning as it worked to clear a backlog of flights and reposition planes and crew. The airline - the country's largest domestic carrier - canceled 43 flights Friday night and 14 more Saturday morning.
NEWS
June 17, 2013
D EAR ABBY: My husband and I have five kids, all under 6 years of age. The youngest are 7-month-old twins. A family in our church has offered to watch them so my husband and I can go out on a date. We haven't been alone together in a year. I would like to accept their kind offer, but two things are holding me back. First, I don't think they realize the enormity of the task. Second, I don't have anything to say to my husband. A date would be awkward and most likely consist of "relations.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When floods of data - linking patients to doctors, gadgets, images, and medicines - used to surge through two aging computer centers near Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals' Walnut Street headquarters, senior director Paul S. O'Connor Sr. worried his network could be "one waterpipe-break away" from paralysis. That's why, over the last two years, Jefferson contracted two off-campus computer-server operators to link its network to Verizon, Comcast, and a half-dozen specialty telecom carriers.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Karie Simmons, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In 2013, having access to the Internet seems to be the norm, but for nearly half of Philadelphians, that's not the case. They can't surf the Web, connect with friends online, or check their e-mail because they don't have Internet at home. Research has indicated that more than 41 percent of city residents lack Internet access, and on Monday FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia that she is frustrated with this digital divide.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | BY ALI WATKINS, Daily News Staff Writer watkina@phillynews.com, 215-854-5905
THERE WON'T BE any computers for Barry Jones to fix in prison. At least, there won't be any for him to pretend to fix. The 67-year-old Philadelphian, former president of Mara Management Services, of Haddonfield, N.J., which had contracts to service Philly municipal computers, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison after admitting to a four-year scheme to defraud the city of $1.2 million in unearned wages. From July 2004 to June 2008, Jones' firm held contracts to maintain computers at several city agencies, including the revenue and water departments and Community Behavioral Health.
TRAVEL
March 3, 2013
Most quality electric shavers adapt to different electrical voltages for charging during international travel, but they usually require adapters for different-shaped wall outlets. The diminutive new ShaveTech shaver doesn't need any of that rigmarole. It charges via a standard USB port. About the size of a cellphone, the shaver has a flip-open USB plug, so you can charge it anywhere via your computer (although the computer itself may need an adapter). Many hotel rooms contain desks with built-in USB ports, and some have ports for U.S. appliances, though wattage is usually restricted.
NEWS
March 1, 2013
D EAR HARRY: I am a recently hired regional manager for a large franchising company. My job requires thatI own and know how to use a computer to submit daily reports from remote locations. My computer is a Mac, and I had some problems getting it synchronized with the company's large-capacity PC. As a result, the company shared with me the cost of a PC laptop. My tax preparer said that there was just no way I could get a tax deduction for it, even if my boss says it was required and will support that statement in writing.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Coast Guard Academy has disciplined a service member and five civilian employees for allegedly engaging in sex acts on campus and using government computers to send sexually explicit and other inappropriate content, an academy spokesman said Wednesday. All six people misused computers at the academy in New London and some of them participated in consensual sex acts on school grounds during the workday, academy spokesman David Santos said. Two of the civilian workers resigned and three were disciplined.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
What entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa didn't know definitely hurt her. What Mustafa didn't know was the basics of coding - a problem, considering that her blog marketing business, 123LinkIt, relied on coding. "It cost me time and money and a lot of stress," she said. "If I would have been able to code, it would have helped me a lot. " That's why, in April 2011, Mustafa founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It, an international nonprofit organization based in New York that provides low-cost tech instruction to women - or, as they are called in the GDI world, nerdettes . Since then, 750 women have taken classes in Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Tredyffrin Township man has been cleared of charges that he used software to spy on his wife. While the couple were divorcing, Jay Anthony Ciccarone, 39, allegedly installed the program Web Watcher on her computer to read her e-mails. His attorney, Ellen Brotman, argued that prosecutors could not prove why Ciccarone used the software. At a pretrial proceeding last Friday, Chester County Judge James P. MacElree II dismissed charges of unlawful use of a computer, intercepting communications - both felonies - and unlawfully accessing stored communications, a misdemeanor.
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