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10 Jun

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Read the following about your community on Fwix: Top Stories, Business, Crime, Sports, Politics, Environment, Entertainment, Living, Science And Technology, Home/Garden and Travel.

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August is Recycle Your Computer Month

1 Aug

Is that’s time of the year again where you have the opportunity to get rid of that outdated hunk of metal you call your computer and recycle it. Cuyahoga County residents can recycle their unwanted computer equipment at over 40 participating city service departments during this campaign.

Household equipment will be accepted including CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, software, cell phones and accessories, and ink printer cartridges. No televisions or other electronics will be accepted. All equipment collected will be taken to RET3 job corp, a non-profit computer recycling and refurbishing company based in Cleveland.

RET3 has partnered with OneCommunity, a local not-for-profit broadband provider that works to give students technology skills for the workplace and, in turn, drive economic development in the region. OneCommunity Green Computing has a goal of putting 50,000 computers in Northeast Ohio schools over the next five years. Businesses with large amounts of computers to dispose of should contact RET3 job corp. at (216) 361-9991.

For a list of participating cities or additional information about Recycle Your Computer Month, log onto www.cuyahogaswd.org/residents/comprec.asp or call the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at (216) 443-3749.

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Death by Text, Look Up Or Die?

26 Apr

The other day I almost witnessed a death by text. I waiting at a light at a crosswalk and the guy next to me was busy looking down sending a text message. The pedestrian didn’t bother to look up and just starting crossing the street. I noticed a SUV was traveling right toward the guy and the driver had a phone perched on his steering wheel and was looking down at it. I yelled out, but the pedestrian didn’t flinch and at the last second, the driver looked up and slammed on their brakes. Even though the pedestrian wasn’t looking, if the driver struck the pedestrian, they would be at fault.

Last week Cleveland City Council passed a law that makes text messaging illegal while driving a vehicle; I found it interesting since there is a current law that prohibits doing anything distracting while driving. If you look around in today’s world, everyone is looking down texting, answering a call or playing a game on their phone. I realize that everyone needs to stay connected, but aren’t there actions like crossing a street, driving a car or operating a wood chipper when you should yield from using your phone? Unless it’s an emergency, shouldn’t you make time to look up from your phone at important moments. If you don’t look up, it may cost you your life one day.

Do you think texting while driving should be illegal? Are there times when it’s OK?

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Save Money By Supporting Your Local Restaurants

10 Feb

I was talking with my brother and his wife the other night about getting out and discovering the city. There are many resources right at your fingertips and with a little bit of cash, you can actually go a long way. How you may ask? Have you discovered your local independent restaurant gift certificate auction?

If you live in Birmingham, Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Kansas City, Louisville, Madison, Mt. Washington, Valley, NH, Naples, Nashville, Sarasota, Manatee or Tucson you can take advantage of half-off gift certificates. You can purchase $50 gift certificates for $35 and $25 gift certificates for $15 dollars. The auctions occur at announced times through the year and the best way to stay in the loop is to sign-up for their newsletter.

Note: In Cleveland, the collective of local eateries is called the Cleveland Independents and they use Eat Like A Local network to process the transaction, however I didn’t see it listed on Eat Like A Local’s homepage.

I’ve used this service and love it, have you?

http://www.clevelandindependents.com
http://www.eatlikealocal.com

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iGuiders – More Narrowed Search Tool

6 Feb

On the web, most people these days start at a search engine to begin their quest for information. The standard model for search is Google; you type a term into a search box and then you must sort page by page for your results. Now iGuiders, a local Cleveland area start-up, has a streamlined way of performing an Internet search. I like to think of iGuiders as more of a hand-holding approach to search or tree building way to get to results.

How iGuiders Works

  1. You select from a preselected group of categories.
    • Statutory, Legal, Regulatory, Compliance, and Standards
    • Internal Business Requirements
    • Protect Information
    • Threats and Breaches
    • Customers/Partner
  2. Then you select a subgroup out the first category you’ve selected
  3. Then choose your question you’re interested in
  4. Then it will use a popular search engine to find your answer

IGuiders says, “The problem with searching on the internet is that you get too many results. You need the right words to get you precise results. This sites enables you to research topics without having to figure out what words to use in a search engine. It takes you deep into a topic to help focus your search.”

Right now the “beta” site has limited categories, but try it out for yourself and tell us what you think?
http://www.iguiders.com

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Update on Warming the Hearts

15 Jan

Two years ago Leading Hands did a report on an organization called Warming the Hearts. The group was founded by a girl that wanted to make a difference by delivering homemade blankets to hospitalized children. Watch a recent interview I did for Cool Cleveland about this organization.

http://www.coolcleveland.com/index.php?n=Main.Warming

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What to do in Cleveland during the Holidays?

18 Dec


During the holidays it is always challenging finding things to do with your family that are fun and safe. I was surfing the Positively Cleveland website and I stumbled across this entry.

Ideas:
Visit the Christmas Story Museum
Enjoy the Holiday Lights at Blossom
Toboggan at Strongsville Chutes
Ride Lolly the Trolley

http://positivelycleveland.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/what-should-i-do-in-cle-over-christmas/

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Yelp – Connect to Your City

6 Sep

A month ago I created an ever growing list of social networking websites and there was one that recently jumped out at me. I wanted to find a new restaurant to fine dine. I checked out Cleveland Eats first, then I wandered over to Yelp.

Yelp has reviews on everything from restaurants, shopping, nightlife, spas, coffee shops and just places to go. Find out what people are saying out about the establishments in your town. The site currently features 200+ reviews of local restaurants. It also has reviews of unique places to go like catching an Indie film at the Cinematheque. Yelp is great way to discover your city.

http://www.yelp.com/cleveland-oh

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End of Traditional Newspapers?

28 Aug

The other day I went out to dinner and the way out of the restaurant I noticed an empty Plain Dealer newspaper dispenser. As I walked about Cleveland, I noticed that every PD newspaper pay-as-you-go curbside unit said “Not In Service”. Being curious I called the Plain Dealer subscription department and the representative stated that their focus is home delivery these days and every other delivery method wasn’t cost effective.

As a matter of fact, the size of weekend edition of the Plain Dealer recently shrank, however the cost of delivery increased. To further increase the drama, the Cleveland Free Times recently was purchased by The Scene, a nationally syndicated magazine, which further dwindles your news choices.

Could traditional newspaper delivery be reaching the end? You can now get all your news on the iPhone by downloading a free news application. Do you still buy the daily newspaper? Will you continue to purchase the local news if the cost continues to increase?

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The Rocker

20 Aug

The other day I saw a sneak preview of the new comedy “The Rocker” starring Rainn Wilson. You may know Rainn as Dwight on TV’s “The Office”. I would describe the movie as a cross between Wayne’s World and School of Rock. I went into the movie not expecting much and I was pleasantly surprised.

The premise, a washed-up 1980s rock band drummer aka Robert “Fish” Fishman gets another chance at making it big. The movie believe it or not has good interaction between all characters; I actually laughed from beginning to end. Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate especially had notable performances. If you are a Clevelander, you will be also thrilled that “C” town is featured at every turn in the movie.

The movie is rated PG-13 rightfully so with some crude language and humor. I would recommend seeing “The Rocker” because it’s funny and has a good message to follow your dreams.

Official Website
http://www.rockermovie.com/

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