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Technology

From modems to the cloud, company adapts

CHAMPAIGN — When Prominic.NET won the Innovation Longevity Award at this year's Innovation Celebration, it marked 16 years in business for the company — and an even longer run for Justin Hill.

Hill, the company's chief technology officer, was a partner in a business selling modems while in high school. Later, the focus of that business changed to software.

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.

Health district adds hours for health care signup

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will offer extra evening and weekend hours for the final week available to enroll in health insurance to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Open enrollment in health plans available through the government marketplace will end March 31 for the year.

Food-farm initiative has momentum in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Plans for development of a Rantoul food and farm initiative and a renewable energy research center are making the most progress as part of the Rantoul Re-Imagination Project on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

And the food and farm initiative appears to be leading the pack in terms of readiness.

Profs also started firm that makes lamps using microplasma technology

CHAMPAIGN — EP Purification isn't the first commercial venture from University of Illinois professors J. Gary Eden and Sung-Jin Park.

In 2007, they founded Eden Park Illumination, which makes lamps using microplasma technology. Their goal at the time was to displace fluorescent lights with lightweight, energy-efficient lighting.

Company's microplasma technology generating interest

CHAMPAIGN — Two University of Illinois faculty members have developed a better ozone generator.

No, they're not planning to plug the hole in the ozone layer. Instead, they hope to use the ozone for cleaning laundry, purifying water and preserving food.

J. Gary Eden and Sung-Jin Park have formed EP Purification to commercialize the technology.

Final cost in for fiber optic system in Monticello

MONTICELLO — The total installation cost for Monticello's recently installed fiber optic system has come in at $306,074. That means each of the four entities that combined to bring the high speed data lines to town will pay about $76,500 each.

UI: One computer likely browsing at Crimea website

CHAMPAIGN — Wrong place, wrong time?

A University of Illinois computer security official said someone using a desktop computer on the university network to visit the Crimea referendum website almost a week ago was likely just "browsing," not launching a cyberattack.

Deere expanding tech center at Research Park

CHAMPAIGN — John Deere is expanding its Technology Innovation Center in the University of Illinois Research Park, nearly doubling its space there.

The company has enlarged its facility at 2021 S. First St., C, from 7,500 square feet to 13,500 square feet, according to company spokesman Eric Hodson.

Rich Warren: Comcast taking Wi-Fi hot spots to the next level

In utopia, everyone connects for free. Just about everywhere you are there would be free Wi-Fi.

But short of someone like Warren Buffett with the resources to pay for all of us to enjoy free Wi-Fi wherever we go, Comcast now offers the next-best thing, at least for Comcast customers.