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October 11, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's Department of Human Services needs to improve security for the computer system that keeps records on troubled children and youth, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Wednesday in a report on the department's Family and Child Tracking Systems. DHS did not perform security background checks on employees of the software contractors that developed and maintain the system, Butkovitz said, and former city social workers have continued to have access to it - including one who left about 15 years ago. "Unauthorized access increases the risk that confidential data could be compromised and abused," Butkovitz said in a news release.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
This message on the Affordable Care Act's online portal Friday summed matters up succinctly: "We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. Please stay on this page. We're working to make the experience better, and we don't want you to lose your place in line. We'll send you to the log-in page as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience!" So went Week One of the nation's great experiment with universal health care: a flood of demand, at least for information, overwhelming new online health exchanges that, at least initially, were not up to the task.
NEWS
October 4, 2013
K HUSHBOO SHAH, 36, of Franklintown, is founder and CEO of Cloudamize, a startup at 17th and Market streets in Center City that helps clients navigate Amazon Web Services. Cloudamize , which benefited from the Philly-based DreamIt Ventures accelerator program that helps startups get to market fast, recently got $1.2 million in seed funding to hire developers and sales personnel. Shah, a native of India, has a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and worked for startups in Silicon Valley and in Princeton, N.J. Q: What does Cloudamize do?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Although Jasper is only 14, he has been thinking about a career, and he has determined what it will be. He wants to be an RC specialist, which he defines as making remote-controlled mini-vehicles and controlling them. If that doesn't work out, he would like to be a professional chef. He recently had an opportunity to learn more about the profession when he visited a restaurant and toured the facility. For now he keeps busy with other interests, including bowling, drawing cartoon characters, and playing video games on the computer.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edmund J. Lally 3d, 44, of Oaklyn, a computer network programmer at the Vanguard Group in Malvern and former president of the Oaklyn school board, died of a heart-related ailment Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees. A native of Norwood, Mr. Lally graduated from Interboro High School in 1987 and from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1991. He did postbaccalaureate studies at Immaculata University. Mr. Lally specialized in information technology, working first for a Philadelphia law firm and the last 18 years at Vanguard.
NEWS
September 14, 2013 | By Rita Giordano and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writers
CHERRY HILL When Cindy Weinberger arrived at the Motor Vehicle Services office in Cherry Hill about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, her feeling was akin to somebody who had scored a winning lottery ticket. Lots of parking spots! Free seats in the waiting area! Then she found out why: The state's computers were down. Closing in on 11:30, she was still waiting. "It's terrible," said the 48-year-old respiratory therapist from Cherry Hill. "It's usually a two-hour wait anyway. It fools you when you see no people here.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 1:01 p.m. on March 13, 2008, David Thomsen gained either a passion or a problem. He isn't sure which. That day, Thomsen made a single Wikipedia edit on the page for the expression "Holy cow," then walked away from editing for two months. Fast-forward five years, and on March 13, Thomsen spent the day editing discussion pages on the soccer players, pairs skaters, and other celebrities of Estonia while occasionally turning his attention to the neglected Wikipedia pages for some antebellum Maryland congressional elections and a Korean pop song.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Michael Liedtke, Associated Press
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.
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