Rich Warren: The dish on cable contracts

Readers of this column resourcefully maximize their access to and enjoyment of technology without descending into penury to afford it.

Here's an e-mail from a regular reader:

Illinois Ancestors: Scholarships available for archivists, volunteers

According to the most recent issue of the Illinois State Archives Newsletter, "For the Record" (Spring 2014), the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board "is offering scholarships to Illinois archivists and archival volunteers to attend a professional archival workshop/seminar of their choice in Illinois, or an online professional archival development course.

Entrepreneur to speak to Parkland graduates

On Thursday evening, Gary Durack, a biomedical engineer, inventor and entrepreneur will deliver Parkland College's commencement address.

Durack was CEO of iCyt Visionary Bioscience, a cell analysis company he established in Champaign almost two decades ago. The company was sold to Sony in 2009 and today Durack works at the University of Illinois, advising technology entrepreneurs.

Mom and manager: Q&A with Yahoo Champaign site director

As site director for Yahoo Champaign, Cathy Singer works with a staff of more than 100 that's expected to move into a new, larger building in the University of Illinois Research Park this fall. She and her husband — Andy Singer, director of the University of Illinois Technology Entrepreneur Center and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UI — have two children.

Rich Warren: 'Airwaves belong to the people'

We begin with a provocative, edited email from a reader in Oregon:

"I came across your article that seemed more informed than the common knowledge as a couple of names I had not even heard of in passing, i.e. Roku.

Illinois Ancestors: Dates set for genealogy conference and cruise

The 10th annual genealogy conference and cruise, hosted by Heritage Books Inc. in consultation with Wholly Genes, Inc., will be held aboard the Crown Princess, Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, 2014, and travel to the "Mexican Riviera."

It will include "approximately 17 hours of genealogy, technology and DNA lectures presented by the preeminent experts in their fields."

To Your Health: Gear up for a productive, safe canning season

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Here in the Midwest, home canning has been a way of life for many since before they could even remember. But home canning has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the past few years, thanks to Americans' increased interest in the local food movement and desire to be economical in the wake of our recession.

SlideOScope invention offers 'interactive' way to look at pictures

URBANA — Optical scientist Donald Barnhart has come up with a novel way of viewing your favorite photos, with a device that resembles a kaleidoscope.

His invention is called a SlideOScope. By sliding apart the instrument's two cylindrical tubes, you can see one of your photos morph into a second photo, and then to a third, fourth and fifth.

State Farm Center live webcam up and running

The State Farm Center is the latest University of Illinois building to get its own live-streaming webcam.

The UI's Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the webcam on Thursday afternoon. It's online here.

Floor lamp/grow light nears production at Product Manufactory

URBANA — The Product Manufactory is getting ready to roll out its first product — a fashionable floor lamp that can provide indirect overhead lighting as well as a grow light for plants.

The Pria lamp uses three poles standing in a crisscross design, with magnetic LED lights fastened to connectors, high and low, that bridge the poles at two points.