Cablevision has sent out an email to customers warning them to expect television interference due to a phenomenon known as "sun outages" in the coming days. The say these outages occur twice a year, during the spring and fall.
This spring they will occur between March 1st and March 9th. Initially, interference will occur on a few stations for 5 to 6 minutes, starting on March 1st but then impact all stations, peaking at 11 to 12 minutes on March 5th then diminishing to 7 to 8 minutes on March 8th before ending on March 9th.Read more
New Rochelle, NY (February 2012) – Inspired by an elective course that they took in iPhone/iPad applications development, two talented and enterprising undergraduate students majoring in computer science at Iona College have taken their idea for a new music app to the marketplace.
Nicholas Krzemineski ’12 of White Plains, who will graduate this June and Sean O’Shea ’13 of Monroe, New York are encouraged by the initial market response to the iTraxs app they developed in the classroom. Available for purchase on the Apple Store for $.99, iTraxs allows the listener to select songs and other music from their music library on their iPhone and play only their favorite parts. The user can listen to the edited music before adding it to their iTraxs library.Read more
In October 2009, Talk of the Sound asked Why Doesn't the New Rochelle School District Enable IMAP Email?
Back then we described IMAP as a simple, free way to improve communications in the district by giving staff the option to use their personal mobile devices to send and received district emails. These devices have proliferated and many district employees have expressed interest in having the option to use their iPhones, Android phones or iPads to check district email.
Even though the the District has long ago licensed software with a built-in email capability which will allow any employee with a smart phone who wishes to send and receive email wherever and whenever they choose, the Director of IT Christine Coleman, has, so far, refused to check the settings box in Novell Groupwise that will enable this feature.
The New Rochelle school district will be providing free 24/7 WiFi in the homes of students, according to a recent school board resolution.
During the most recent board meeting IT Director Dr. Christine Coleman addressed Resolution 12-148 "Mobile on the Go (EDU) 2011 Pilot Program, a program to "narrow the digital divide in our urban school district and increase student achievement in reading and writing by providing off-premise, ubiquitous 24/7 wireless internet access through mobile devices."
The program costs $555,595 of which $439,335 will be covered by federal taxes and the remaining $116,260 will be covered through local taxes. Schools involved are Columbus, Jefferson, Trinity, Isaac and New Rochelle High School.Read more
We have been told that the City School District of New Rochelle has been blocking Talk of the Sound on its computer network for quite a while now. Since we are not in the network we cannot see that so if you have some experience with this let us know. Most readers have figured out how to bypass the system or just use their mobile phone to read this site or access Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other restricted web sites.
For those looking for a simple solution, we have done a little research and recommend this article from About.com:
Turns out there are many services out there that allow users to bypass blocks although they seem to shut down from time to time. So, we are putting up this post and will update whenever we hear from a reader that the recommended service is no longer available or has somehow been blocked.
The #1 recommended option for now is:Read more
Over the past few weeks the battery on my iPhone 4 was completely drained twice a day after holding a charge for a couple of days when I first bought it last year. The main culprit appears to be the multi-tasking feature in iOS 4.3. Advice on the web began with checking the multi-tasking bar to see how many apps were open and running at the same time. Not even knowing that this existed or that the iOS 4.3 was keeping apps open, it should be no surprise that when I did look there were over 40 apps running. That's going to drain the batter pretty quickly.
In my research I found a number of ways to address battery performance issues on an iPhone and figured I may as well share them here as for those readers who have iPhones.
There were two very good articles plus comments that offered many ideas on how to address batter life issues in iPhone 4.Read more
Talk of the Sound contains quite a few "long-form" articles. Some readers have complained that scrolling down these long articles makes for an unpleasant reading experience. I have been using Instapaper for so long now that I forget that people still head the long articles the old-fashioned way. Old habits die hard but reading long-form articles in a browser is one habit worth slamming in the head with a 2 x 4.
To have a more enjoyable reading experience, take a moment to sign up for Instapaper. If you have an iPhone or iPad you will REALLY like this app.
Readability is a more public-spirited approach in which you agree to pay a monthly fee of your choice ($5.00 is the recommended monthly minimum) and the funds are divvied up among the publishers of the articles you read. They have a very nice video which both explains their service and the general content.Read more