Entries by Eric W. Austin

TECH TALK: Does the future spell the end of local news?

Eric’s Tech Talk by Eric W. Austin Writer and Technical Consultant In August of 1981, an upstart cable TV station began broadcasting these slick new videos set to music. They called it “music television.” The first music video to air on the new channel was the Buggles’ song “Video Killed the Radio Star.” It was […]

TECH TALK: Net Neutrality goes nuclear

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor Do you like your cable TV service? I hope so, because your internet service is about to get a whole lot more like it. On Thursday last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), headed up by Trump appointee and former Verizon employee Ajit Pai, voted 3-2, […]

Opiates in Central Maine: Not just a National Crisis

Part 1 by Eric W. Austin With words like ‘epidemic,’ ‘crisis,’ and ‘national emergency,’ the opioid problem has been in the news a lot lately. But how is this important issue impacting our local communities here in Central Maine? That’s the question I set out to answer. I started by contacting an old friend of […]

TECH TALK: A.I. on the Road: Who’s Driving?

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor In an automobile accident – in the moments before your car impacts an obstacle, in the seconds before glass shatters and steel crumples — we usually don’t have time to think, and are often haunted by self-recriminations in the days and weeks afterward. Why didn’t I […]

TECH TALK: Welcome to the world of Big Data

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor   What exactly is Big Data? Forbes defines it as “the exponential explosion in the amount of data we have generated since the dawn of the digital age.” Harvard researchers, Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel, explore this phenomenon in their book, Uncharted: Big Data as a […]

TECH TALK: Internet “outing” – social conscience or vigilante justice?

ERIC’S TECH TALK by Eric Austin Computer Technical Advisor A couple of weeks ago, a violent clash broke out between protesters and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence occurred at a rally organized by white nationalists, angry at the imminent removal of a memorial for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. I was home and watching […]