Twelve Weeks Later

Back in January I did some comparison shopping among the major downtown Harrisburg apartment complexes.  I wound up signing a lease for a medium-sized (about 800 square feet) one-Bedroom in Executive House and moved in February first.  It didn’t take long for me to realize I made the right choice.

Tom Corbett Gets Slapped Down

Facing a mountain of criticism from local and national news agencies as well as a firestorm of commentary from social media sites, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett backed down on his subpoenas yesterday. Earlier this month, his office issued a subpoena demanding private information on users critical of his campaign.  With growing accusations that his…

Tom Corbett for Governor?

Generally speaking, I don’t do politics on this site.  If it’s politics you want, you can Google the name of your favorite candidate or party and find approximately eleventy trillion other sites on which to get your fix.  But earlier this month, our Attorney General did something that can only generously be described as “questionable”:…

Clear 4G Harrisburg: Review at the Half-Way Mark

Back on April 28th, I attended a launch party at the Abbey Bar for Clear, a 4G wireless Internet provider that just recently launched service in Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, and Reading.  As part of the event, I received a USB aircard with 30 days’ worth of free service to use as I saw fit.  Previously,…

PA Budget Impasse 2010: Hi

Well. Here we are again. It’s 2010.  For the eighth year in a row, the Pennsylvania state budget is in trouble.  After last year’s major nightmare, you’d think we’d be done with this nonsense. You’d think that after the public outpouring of outrage, our elected officials would go out of their way to pass a…

4G Comes to Harrisburg

As someone who has consistently had mobile Internet since the late 90s, I’m what you would call an early adopter.  About the only technology I missed out on is CDPD.  But ever since the earliest days of circuit-switched 9600-baud data with PCS One, I’ve done it all.  GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EVDO, UMTS — been there,…

How to Alienate Your Customers In 140 Characters or Less

Last week I attended a launch event for Clear at the Abbey Bar in Harrisburg.  Despite the open bar, free food, and promises of free devices with free service, I initially had no interest in going — and I’m not the type of person to turn down an open bar (or, for that matter, free…

Abandoned Turnpike Tour: 2010

Ever since I discovered the abandoned turnpike three years ago (has it been that long?  Really?), I’ve received a steady stream of inquiries about going there.  If enough people are interested, I’d like to organize a group trip within the next few weeks.  This will be a fairly simple day hike on what is more…

March’s Tweetup

This past week’s tweetup was HUGE!  Just check the hash and you’ll see the tip of the iceberg.  There were lots of new faces, most of the regulars, and enough discussion of Linda Thompson’s taco tweetup (I don’t remember how that got started) to last at least a month.  Normally the winter tweetups are much…

Central Dauphin East? What A Riot!

This may be the single stupidest thing I have ever read in my 34 years on this planet. Central Dauphin East is insisting that last week’s epic fight was not a riot.  That assertion by itself is at least arguable.  But the “reasoning” — and I’m using that term generously — used is laughably bad. …

Stay Classy, PennLive

Jersey Mike posted an outstanding comment today that I wanted to call out for the attention it deserves.  You can read the entire comment here, but the part that I really want to point out follows: One: don’t be disappointed in the people who wrote negative comments about this story. You, as a PN employee,…

The End of Radio: 2010

About five years ago I posted a diatribe about terrestrial radio. You can read the original post here. The gist of it was that radio was killing itself by refusing to adapt to changing times. And I said that by 2010, traditional broadcasting giants like Clear Channel and Cumulus will be in the fight of…