Network products distributor to open Champaign branch

CHAMPAIGN — Graybar Electric Co., a distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products, will open an office in Champaign's Apollo industrial park to serve customers in East Central Illinois.

The 10,000-square-foot branch office at 301 Mercury Drive, C, will employ six to eight people, said company spokeswoman Maureen Hergenroether.

Animator to speak at NCSA workshop

URBANA — Victor Paredes, a professional animator from Chile, will talk about how animation works and how to get started learning it, at a free workshop starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark St., U.

State launches website on Clinton landfill, Mahomet Aquifer

The Illinois EPA has launched a website with information on the Clinton Landfill and the Mahomet Aquifer.

The site includes inspection reports and various applications filed concerning the landfill, whose owners want to accept PCBs — an action several local governments oppose.

Urbana firm finds success providing design services

URBANA — Bryan Wilcox and Mercedes Mane started The Product Manufactory nearly two years ago, expecting to provide a workshop that businesses could use as needed.

But it soon became clear that businesses were more interested in The Product Manufactory's people and their array of skills, Wilcox said.

Rich Warren: Pricey little widget might fix audio issue that won't go away

Even Sherlock Holmes might stumble solving the case of the mysterious digital TV optical output. Fortunately no one died, and no fortunes vanished.

Illinois Ancestors: Family histories accessible on Internet

As reported by Dick Eastman in his Online Genealogy Newsletter (June 19), more than 80,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications are now online. His list includes links to Google Books (at, the Allen County Public Library, and other facilities.

25 Years of Mathematica

CHAMPAIGN — When Wolfram Research launched its Mathematica software 25 years ago this month, it gave students and professionals a whole new approach to visualizing and solving high-level math problems.

Now the technical computing software is celebrating its silver anniversary, and the next version — Mathematica 10.0 — is likely to be released sometime later this year.

Local app a winner in state technology challenge

Two Champaign residents have been awarded $15,000 from Governor Pat Quinn's adminstration for an app they created that's full of local information.

Rich Warren: A few options for unloading electronics, music

Recently, a few of you contacted me about finding a good home for no longer needed, but otherwise good equipment and music collections.

While I urge people to recycle used, obsolete electronics or gadgets that no longer work, nothing pains me more than seeing perfectly good gear pile up at recycling events.

Camp takes students beyond computer science

CHAMPAIGN — A day camp for middle-school girls on the University of Illinois campus is centered around computer science, but that doesn't mean the students involved are only concerned with computers.