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Rich Warren: Can't stay quiet about television sound levels

One of our online readers decries fluctuating TV sound levels.


Illinois Ancestors: Genealogist tracks digitized newspapers

California genealogist Larry Parker recently learned of many websites having digitized newspapers and forwarded his list to Richard Eastman for his online genealogy newsletter.


Rich Warren: It's time to donate your plasma (screens)

Farewell, plasma.

Recently Samsung and LG, two of the world's largest TV manufacturers, announced they would no longer manufacturer plasma TVs.


Web customers fuel 15% rise in Comcast income

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast's second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace and video-subscriber losses moderated.

The nation's largest cable provider topped Wall Street estimates and shares edged up in afternoon trading.


Illinois Ancestors: Scots-Irish research easier with guide

What is Scots-Irish? Where did they settle in America? Where did they come from?


Microsoft focusing more on product design

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder base; and a fork that squeezes out sauce.


'Simpsons' marathon, website coming

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be followed this fall by a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy.


Rich Warren: Finding media services can be bundle of trouble

Aereo, an advanced technology service that allowed residents of major cities to watch local TV stations via computer, smartphone or tablet, suffered bad reception from the Supreme Court. Unlike local cable companies, Aereo paid no royalties to broadcasters for relaying their programming, which greatly riled them.


Illinois Ancestors: New Irish Lives Remembered online

The July/August edition of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now available free on the Internet at http://www.irishlivesremembered.com. The cover story spotlights actor George Clooney, whose Irish ancestors left County Kilkenny and settled in Kentucky.


Illinois Ancestors: Mennonite ancestry in database

The California Mennonite Historical Society has created The GRANDMA database (Genealogical Registry And Database of Mennonite Ancestry) with information on over a million individuals, "most of whose ancestral lines can be traced to Mennonite communities in Prussia (now Poland) and South Russia (now Ukraine.)" For more information on this project, visit


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