Most people know that part of my morning ritual is to read the Kansas City Star. I read it through a subscription that I have for the Amazon Kindle. The paper is nicely formatted for my eBook reader, and is available anywhere I go (as long as I have my reader with me). Today was no different. However, as I read the KC Star, I suddenly was rushed back to 1995!
Well, in all honesty, I don’t know if it is even possible. While there may be obstacles to instant success, those with a will usually find a way to accomplish their goals. The thought arose while I was sitting at a computer and browsing CNN. I noticed that there was a large black bar over the logo for Google, but it wasn’t until I made it to the top stories of the day that I learned about the global protest.
Have you noticed the construction project out back at the Kearney Branch? A company called Bluebird Media has leased the land behind us as part of the Missouri Broadband Now project. The project intends to construct a fiber network that brings ultra-high-speed Internet broadband infrastructure to underserved rural communities. Bluebird is building similar sites all over northern and central Missouri north of Highway 50 and across the state.
Do you want to spend your online time better? The Liberty Branch is offering an Internet 102 program for adults on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Come for this in-depth look at web browsers and how to use them more effectively. Topics include search engines, bookmarks, spyware, and much more.
A couple of weeks ago, I read a handout from the recent RootsTech Conference for a class titled "Genealogy Internet Gems." The author suggested "The Big Three" as the first places to look when you are searching in the genealogy realm: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and Google. This really hit home today when I was helping a customer look for some names in her family tree from the early to mid-1800s. We found a couple of things on Ancestry and FamilySearch, but not as much as we hoped to find.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the Google Fiber Launch Party on July 26, 2012. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much. Since the initial announcement that Google would be turning Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri into the first "gigabit cities," there have been grand announcements and press conferences followed by long periods of silence. New rollout dates were announced, only to be delayed. I was wrong about the event. It was the closest thing that Kansas City will ever have to a Silicon Valley launch. It was cool!