August 16, 2013 |
WHEN COMPUTERS arrived at her school, Barbara Ann Knowles, who had been teaching at the Anna Lingelbach Elementary School for 30 years, rose to the occasion. She took a couple of computer courses offered by the school district and finished out her long and satisfying career as a teacher showing her students how to learn by computer. She retired in 2004. Barbara Knowles, an active churchwoman and devoted family matriarch who spent most of her own time on her home computer emailing photos of her grandchildren to friends and family, died July 27 of heart failure.
August 16, 2013 |
FBI AGENTS SEIZED computers and other documentation during a raid of the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office yesterday morning. FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski confirmed that agents were there, but would not comment on the nature of the investigation or its target. A source close to the investigation said the search was focused on the office's real-estate unit. Agents took "a whole boatload of stuff," the source said. Sheriff Jewell Williams released a statement yesterday afternoon through a spokesman, which said in part, "As part of an ongoing investigation begun in the previous administration, the FBI arrived . . . this morning with a search warrant and subpoena for certain records and files.
July 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Doug Engelbart, 88, the inventor of the computer mouse and developer of early incarnations of e-mail, word processing programs and the Internet, died late Tuesday. The Computer History Museum, where Engelbart had been a fellow since 2005, announced the death. The cause was not immediately known. Engelbart said his work was about "augmenting human intellect," but it boiled down to making computers user-friendly. One of the biggest advances was the mouse, which he developed in the 1960s and patented in 1970.
July 2, 2013 |
IN A CITY where nearly half the citizens don't have home Internet access, easily accessible computer labs are an asset. But in some neighborhoods, like Northwest Philadelphia's Allegheny West section, those are few and far between. One church in Allegheny West, though, is working to change that: Through a partnership between Berean Baptist Church and Center City's Peirce College fostered by the city's PhillyRising collaborative, the college last week donated several additional computers for the computer lab at Berean's Lydia M. Edwards Community Center.
June 25, 2013 |
VICKY GADSON didn't hear her teenage son sneaking out of the house on those long-ago summer evenings, opening the garage door and wheeling her motorcycle out to the street. Or, at least, she pretended not to. Her son, Richard, would borrow Mom's bike regularly to race through city streets with his buddies. Maybe she was able to rest more securely in the knowledge that Rickey knew what he was doing. After all, he had been riding two-wheelers since age 5. Mother and son were part of a family tradition that saw motorcycles as a normal mode of transportation - and fun. Her husband was Richard "Suicide" Gadson, a legendary biker who was the only civilian in the New York City Police Department allowed to ride in its thrill shows.
June 23, 2013 |
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.
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.
April 29, 2013 |
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.
April 23, 2013 |
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.
March 20, 2013 |
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.