Internet should be kept free from taxation

Freedom Newspapers There’s good and bad news on the Internet tax front. The good news is that H.R. 49, the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act, is moving through Congress. It is the successor to the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act, which banned taxes on Internet services until it expires Oct. 31. H.R. 49 passed the House […]

internet Safari, Sept. 14

By Tom DiFrancesca Customer service equals customer loyalty. That’s the equation for the day, folks. I sincerely believe that if an Internet company has a slightly deficient product or service, but offers great customer service, most customers will try to stick it out during the down times. If a company is unable to offer great […]

On-line xeriscaping class to be offered

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Cactus is used as a means to landscape a front yard in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will […]

Web site shows sights of our nearest neighbor

By Tom DiFrancesca The Martians are coming! Run for your lives! At least that’s what some folks around the world are saying. Why? Because the planet Mars has drawn nearer to the Earth, closer than it has in a very long time — 60,000 years to be exact. What a great photo opportunity. In fact […]

Qwest touts broadband

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John Badal (center), president of Qwest’s New Mexico operations, helps Danielle Welsh (left) and Marie DePatti, both of Albuquerque, look for driving directions on the Internet from Clovis to Albuquerque on Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Jack King While many of us still don’t know the difference between an Internet “site” and a “link” […]

Ideas sought for the ultimate cybercafe

Stop the presses — I’ve got nothing new to write about, I’ve reached the end of the Internet. Not really. There are thousands of new Web sites posted every day — I will never run out of things to write about. Now that’s great job security. Last week, I mentioned the fact that a new […]

Library going digital

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Marisa Yanez, 13, foreground, and Eddie Enriquez, 14, background, both of Clovis, use Internet terminals at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler These days at Clovis-Carver Public Library, if you see a line of people sitting on the couches, it’s not that patrons have settled down read their books — or […]

Technology helps out ancient profession

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Buddy Jorde, 14, bags potatos for John Jay Ball at the Portales Farmer’s Market on Thursday. The Jorde family, which includes Sheri (left) and Jessica, is using the Internet to save money on shipping crops. Photo by Kevin Wilson. By Mike Linn While many use the Internet as an electronic maze of MP3 piracy and […]

Exercise care in selecting a blog service

By Tom DiFrancesca Thanks for the visits — the visits to my Web site, that is. Traffic to the site seems to be on the increase. Now that I’ve installed a site-based search engine, I can track what kind of things my readers are interested in — and then write about those subjects. Speaking of […]

Wal-Mart is in the movie renting business now

By Tom DiFrancesca I have something outrageous to share with you, and I’ve entitled it the “Internet absurdity of the week.” It seems as if a 12-year-old girl from England, connected up with a 31-year-old ex-Marine via the Internet. After a year of corresponding, the ex-jarhead traveled to England, and he and the young girl […]

Letters to the editor 6/29

In response to the lady (Christine Nahmens) who expressed “concern” about the Patriot Act: Why? There are no Constitutional rights that are affected much less “trampled.” She says it allows secret searches. So? The police have always had the right to secret searches. They still need a search warrant, but don’t need to tell you […]

Burma Shave signs are thing of the past

By Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits.  For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line […]

Internet helps planning trips

By Tom DiFrancesca I hope that everyone had a “fantabulous” Memorial Day weekend. I hear that it was a wet one in eastern New Mexico. Miss Susie Q and I hopped into the “Country Cadillac” (pickup truck) and headed to the western side of the state to do some exploring, so, unfortunately, we missed out […]

Web great to promote business

By Tom DiFrancesca In last week’s column, I wrote about a couple of Internet success stories, and I asked for my readers to send in their own. I did receive one this week, from Mr. Robert Schriefer of Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s a loyal reader and receives my column each week through a subscribable mailing list. […]

Some random thoughts and one-liners to ponder

By Bob Huber I’m an ardent collector of one-liners, and they stand out like traffic cops on the Information Highway. It used to be, before I learned my computer’s bells and whistles, that I had to stay up late and take notes from TV shows like Jay Leno and David Letterman. Now I just log […]