Camp at UI aims to get girls focused on computing

URBANA — Calla Carter, then an excited 14-year-old, arrived at a computer science camp in Connecticut, checked in to the girls cabin and wondered, where is everyone?

Turns out she was the single girl out of 60 campers attending the camp.

"I was all on my own," she said of the experience from several years ago.

The fix is in — no, really! — for your gadgets

Welcome to the sheep ranch. We let the corporations controlling technology corral us, then shear us and set us back out to pasture to graze.

Rich Warren: A look at Internet neutrality

The term "net neutrality" — short for Internet neutrality — jumps out at you from this newspaper, radio and TV news, as well as a myriad of Internet sites and blogs.

Rich Warren: Antenna should improve in-home radio reception

When FM broadcasting arrived in the 1940s, it surpassed AM not only with its wider frequency response, but also wider dynamic range with far less noise. Basically, noise, like a weed, is any sound you don't want to hear. Common electrical noise tends to be amplitude modulated (AM).

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogical society creates Declaration of Rights

At the recent National Genealogical Society's 2014 conference, the society's president, Jordan Jones, announced the creation of the Genealogists' Declaration of Rights — a statement advocating open access to federal, state and local public records. All genealogists are advised to review this document and sign it online at

UI names new chief information officer pending board's OK

CHAMPAIGN — An administrator at Case Western Reserve University has been named the next chief information officer at the University of Illinois.

Mark Henderson, currently the interim vice president and chief information officer for information technology services at Case Western, will assume the new post Aug. 16, pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.

Rich Warren: Shopping around for Internet services can pay off

Some loyal readers contribute to this column after spending decades reading it. One of our longtime readers in Champaign County emailed this report on upgrading his Internet service:

Illinois Ancestors: It's been 70 years since D-Day

June 6 will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II. The anniversary will be commemorated with parades, concerts and firework displays at Normandy, France and remembered here in the U.S. as well. Many genealogists have veterans in their families who participated in World War II. What are their memories of that day?

In the market for a new home? Hoodle wants your clicks

CHAMPAIGN — If you want to build a new home but don't know precisely where, you may want to huddle with Hoodle.

Hoodle (rhymes with "noodle") is a new website that provides all kinds of information about subdivisions under development in the Champaign-Urbana area, as well as other parts of Illinois.

PlantLink maker moves to Boston

Oso Technologies, which captivated investors, entrepreneurs and even late-night talk shows with plans for a system that monitors how much water your lawn, garden or houseplant needs, is leaving Champaign.

The company, which concluded a successful Kickstarter campaign for its PlantLink system, is moving to the Boston area.

Why leave? Not enough moisture here?