September 25, 2007
Don't Forget the Technology Showcase

Remember that the Extension Technology Showcase is October 9th at the Gateway Center in Ames.

We'll be talking about Social Networking, Free programs, syndication feeds, producing and using video and audio files, taking and publishing photos and lots of other topics. There'll be gadgets to look at and clinics if you want your computer checked out.

There's also evening entertainment:

Stanley's going to be there. Are you?

Posted by dcoates at 10:58 AM
September 21, 2007
It Might Not Be Your Battery

If you're living in Story or Boone counties and have Verizon wireless, you may have noticed that your cell phone has been losing its charge much more quickly than usual, sometimes in less than twenty-four hours.

According to our Verizon rep, this is because Verizon is in the process of testing EVDO for this area. They're doing their testing in the evenings and on weekends and repeated switching between EVDO and National Access will run down the battery. They hope to finish testing and get EVDO on line in Boone and Story counties in two to three weeks. Battery life should return to normal once testing is completed.

So, the bad news is you may have to pay more attention to your battery charge for the next few weeks. The good news (at least for those with a data plan) is that EVDO offers true broadband speeds and access will be much faster locally once EVDO is fully operational in Boone and Story counties.

Posted by dcoates at 08:41 AM