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COVID Resources

There are lots of great resources on the state of COVID in general and for your community. Here are some that I frequent:

CDC: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/news-event/coronavirusand https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.htmlOsterholm Podcast: https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/podcasts-webinarsCIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy): https://www.cidrap.umn.eduThe Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/category/what-you-need-know-coronavirus/Don McNeil (former NYT): https://donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com […]

Virginians, Install the COVIDWISE App

Built with privacy potection in mind, and using technology developed by Apple and Google, the COVIDWISE app will alert you if you have encountered someone who later reported testing positive for Coronavirus. If lots of people use this or other interoperable apps from other states, it will enable easy contract tracing and allow people […]

Cheap Comcast for the Poor and Veterans

Comcast has cheap internet for people who get government housing or food assistance, and now also offers this for Veterans. For $10/month you get 15Mbps/sec download and 2Mbps/sec upload. This is 10x faster than the old DSL speeds and more than fast enough for streaming HD video. There are no charges for setup or equipment […]

Why People Torrent

Cartoon from The Oatmeal depicting why people torrent content illegally.

It’s clear why people torrent. But it took me a while to figure out why HBO does not offer HBO GO, their internet video streaming service, as a stand-alone option outside of cable, even for a high fee like $40/month. HBO’s co-president Eric Kessler […]

Stop the SOPA bill

Congress today is working to pass SOPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act). SOPA would empower music and movie companies to essentially turn off sites deemed to be “enabling or facilitating” copyright infringement. This is broad language. Google, Facebook, Twitter and many others are trying to stop this from passing.

Read more at Lifehacker’s All About […]