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Windows 8: A Dramatic Departure from Prior Versions

By Lon Seidman

  Microsoft is betting big on Windows 8’s new interface that is designed more for touch screens and tablets than keyboards and mice.   The biggest and most noticeable change happens after the machine boots, where a colorful start screen replaces the traditional desktop interface… Read more »

The Windows Surface tablet.

Local

Turtles and Roads Are a Deadly Combination

DEEP

  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents to be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads. The months of May and June are the nesting season for many turtles. At this time, egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search… Read more »

Trail Report: Steep Rock Preserve, Washington Depot

James Dietter

  Hike Style: Loop Region: Litchfield County, CT Hike Length: 5 miles Trail Map: map_steep_rock Trail Head and Parking Lot: Map Park Rules: Rules and Regulations Date of Report: 2/24/2013 Approximate Time: 3-5 hours   Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Ascent to the summit is moderately… Read more »

The Fire Escape Garden: May

Amanda Bloom

  What’s one to do when one loves to garden but hasn’t a yard?  Why, accumulate lots of pots and truck loads of soil up to one’s fifth floor apartment, of course!  This is what I’ve been doing over the past four years to create… Read more »

The Fire Escape Garden: June

Amanda Bloom

  It’s late June, and my fifth floor urban garden is thriving.  I’ve already harvested two bins of microgreens, my strawberries “patch” is fruiting, and the hydrangea pictured at left is in full pink bloom.  Two broccoli seedlings have survived a bout with cabbage worms,… Read more »

Tech

Will The New Blackberrys Save the Company?

Lon Seidman

  Research in Motion changed its corporate name Wednesday to that of its only product, Blackberry, and announced two new smartphones running a completely new operating system that finally puts the Blackberry on par with competing devices.   While Blackberry was beloved as an email… Read more »

WestConn Identifies Database Vulnerability, Provides Solution

WestConn

  Danbury’s Western Connecticut State University is in the process of notifying students, their families, and other constituents that their personal information may have been exposed to unauthorized access by a computer system vulnerability that has since been corrected. WestConn has found no evidence that… Read more »

Susan Bigelow: After Satellite – One Year With Roku

Susan Bigelow

  A little over a year ago, after rising frustration with DirecTV’s cost and service, we decided to ditch the dish and buy a Roku for all our television needs.   The Roku, like AppleTV and a few other services, connects a television with online… Read more »

Himes Comments on the Latest NSA Revelations

Lon Seidman

  U.S. Rep Jim Himes, a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, issued a statement last week in response to a Washington Post article that revealed the NSA violated its own rules for electronic surveillance 2,776 times.   Himes statement is below:   “I am… Read more »