Rich Warren: Cable options on the rise - and so is the cost

Can you believe a technology columnist who wrote a high school term paper explaining why pay TV would never succeed? Of course, back then pay TV consisted of an experiment by Zenith to broadcast one channel of pay TV in Chicago.

Bill Nye says he underestimated debate's impact

DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press

Illinois Ancestors: Virginia library has helpful collections

The Library of Virginia's collections consist of books, newspapers, government publications, maps, photographs and manuscripts and are available on paper and microfilm. The library's helpful website at is a good place to start.

Monticello council OKs fiber deal

MONTICELLO — The council became the second entity to approve purchase of the joint fiber optic network that has been installed throughout the city.

Aldermen approved an amendment to the four-entity intergovernmental agreement that sets the cost to take ownership at $306,074, with the city's share being around $76,500.

'Heartbleed' bug causes major security headache

ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers
MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical workshops aid researchers

Attendance at one or more genealogical seminars or workshops can often provide a necessary boost to one's research.

There are several such events scheduled for the weeks ahead.

They include:

— April 10: Fox Valley Genealogical Society in Naperville.

— April 12: North Suburban Genealogical Society in Northbrook.

Students warned: Think before hitting 'send'

THOMASBORO — Praireview-Ogden Junior High students learned about responsible — and irresponsible — social media use at a school seminar.

Dan Bolsen, a University of Illinois academic counseling graduate assistant, spoke to students last week about the power of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Rich Warren: I've cooled on NEST thermostat

Birds nest. The rest of us should avoid NEST. Two years ago I purchased the $250 NEST "smart" home thermostat. I thrilled at controlling my heating and cooling remotely, and being able to easily set and fine-tune my system to reduce energy consumption. The NEST even automatically keeps track of your daily schedule and operates your heating and air conditioning appropriately.

Illinois Ancestors: Not much is known about Putin ancestry

A recent article in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (March 20) mentions that very little information is known about Russian President Vladimir Putin's family history.

Rich Warren: Want your music on the go-go? Murfie can help

Take advantage of Murfie's law. No, not the Mr. Murphy who causes mishaps, but Murfie from Madison, Wis. The Murfie folks read a recent column about transferring digital media and contacted us about their eagerness to help.

Murfie transfers your personal, commercially released audio CDs to the cloud, AKA that big computer server in the sky.

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