Next month will be the fourth anniversary of the weekend in 2008 when I sat out on my patio with my laptop and began banging out what was officially launched as Talk of the Sound on September 1, 2008.
At each approaching anniversary, I like to take stock as to where the site has been and where it is going. Reader engagement is always an important part of that reflection.
Adding an up/down voting module to the site is a sort of "next step" in the evolution of reader engagement on the site where you, the reader, can vote on the quality of a particular article or comment. The criteria is intended to be the value of the contribution to the site -- the clarity of the writing, the quality of a particular insight, the tone. Articles and comments that are useful, well-written and informative get voted up, articles and comments that are self-indulgent, rambling rants get voted down. You, the reader, are recommending what you believe other readers will find interesting and worthwhile and helping them avoid drivel and dreck.Read more
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) introduced legislation to protect cell phone users whose cell phones have been stolen. The Cell Phone Theft Protection Act amends the Communications Act to require wireless commercial services to cut off service to the stolen phone.
“It makes no sense to reward the thief by continuing service on a stolen cell phone. It’s simple common sense to say the victim of a crime isn’t responsible for service they are no longer receiving. If service is cut off on a stolen phone, it just becomes a useless brick. The motivation to threaten, or commit violence, in order to steal a phone goes away. By cutting off service, wireless companies will do wonders for public safety, and I am confident they will support this legislation,” said Rep. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- David Ferrucci, PhD, an IBM fellow and the principal investigator for the Watson/Jeopardy! Project, has been named as the 2012 Iona College Graduate Commencement speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree. He will deliver his remarks at Iona College on May 19.
Widely known for his 2007 challenge to create a computer system that can rival human champions at the game of Jeopardy!, the analytics of Dr. Ferrucci’s Watson technology may be adopted by the world’s biggest financial services network, Citigroup.
Ferrucci is an alumnus of Iona Grammar and Iona Preparatory Schools, he graduated from Manhattan College in Bronx, NY with a BS in biology and received his PhD in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY specializing in knowledge representation and reasoning.Read more
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has pushed back the completion date for its electronic security program by another two years
until 2014, putting the program nearly six years behind its original scheduled completion date, according to a progress report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
In February 2012, the MTA completed all of the projects planned under Phase 1 of the capital security program, begun in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, with the notable exception of the electronic security program. This program has encountered numerous setbacks and is now expected to be completed in June 2014 at a cost of $516 million, nearly double original estimates. The MTA has completed two of the 16 construction projects slated for Phase 2 of the program, but it intends to defer six projects due to lack of funding.Read more
The web site for Westchester County in New York was hacked. The site is currently closed for maintenance. A notice about the incident was sent to county workers.
The site was hacked following the installation of a third-party extension to the Joomla software which is used as the content management system for the county web site. No information was available on possible losses of confidential data.Read more
If you have seen a car driving around New Rochelle the last couple of days with a strange device sticking up out of the roof you might have been wondering what's going on. Talk of the Sound caught up with the vehicle on Aberfoyle Road near Webster Avenue. The vehicle is collecting digital map data for NAVTEQ. The device on top of the car is taking photos from multiple angles
NAVTEQ provides map data used in portable GPS devices made by Garmin, Lowrance, NDrive, web applications such as Yahoo! Maps, Bing Maps, and MapQuest, automotive navigation systems for many car makers, and games such as Microsoft's Flight Simulator. The company is the dominant player in the digital mapping space.Read more
As Talk of the Sound has grown, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people posting articles, not just comments. Obviously, these folks want their articles to be read and articles with a photo are more likely to be read (its just human nature) so we want to explain the best, easiest, fastest way to do this.
The simplest way to publish articles and photos to Talk of the Sound is to user software like Red Sweater's MarsEdit (Mac) or Microsoft's Windows Live Writer (Windows). These programs allow you to add a photo or upload a PDF file along with your article.
To use this type of software you need to do a one-time set up your blog. Once you have set up your blog within Talk of the Sound in MarsEdit, WLW or similar, posting is as easy as sending an email.
This one-time set up requires access to something called an API for the Drupal software that is the Content Management System we use for the site.Read more