Why Beware The Ides Of March? Have Some Pi!

This Wednesday and Thursday will mark interesting occasions — one good, the other not so good (if your name is Caesar). And the Internet can help you understand and enjoy both days. March 14 marks “Pi Day,” a time to honor one of the most famous numbers around. You were likely introduced to this figure […]

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Follow The Winter Storm Online

With a winter storm bearing down on North Dakota, you have numerous resources online that can keep you up to date on current weather information, road conditions and how things look visually at locations around the state. In a few minutes or less, on your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can know exactly what’s happening […]

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Track Tesla; Watch For Scams

If you’re interested in tracking the whereabouts of the red Tesla Roadster Elon Musk famously (or infamously) launched into space in early February, there’s a website set up to do just that. WhereIsTheRoadster.com tracks how far the car is from Earth (3.6 million miles), how far it is from Mars (129 million miles), how fast […]

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Chrome Ad Blocking Won’t Change Much For Users

The digital world has been awash with coverage of Google’s introduction of ad blocking capabilities into the new version of its Chrome browser. As of Feb. 15th, the updated browser started identifying 12 types of online ads Google and its special advertising industry group (Coalition For Better Ads, or CBA) have defined as “intrusive” to […]

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Email scammers target area businesses

A handful of Bismarck-Mandan area businesses are reporting a variation on an email scam circulating in the area. Apparently aimed at business-to-business operations, this scam involves receiving an email that appears to be from a local company. The email says you are behind on a payment or an account and need to settle up immediately […]

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Do-it-yourselfers can still build a website

In the prehistoric days of the internet (about 30 years ago), if you wanted a Web page or website, you had to build it yourself. This meant learning basic HTML, the scripting language that makes Web pages possible. It was pretty simple back then: Learn a few HTML “tags” and you could pretty much design […]

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Many moons to see in the sky or online

By now, you’re probably aware of the upcoming “Super Moon” on Wednesday. A super moon is when you have a new or full moon at the same time the Moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. The lunar disc will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. But […]

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North Dakota plays role in taxation of ecommerce

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling it made nearly 30 years ago that, in effect, left most of the Internet a tax-free ecommerce landscape. What’s interesting about this from a provincial point of view is that the original 1992 ruling was prompted by North Dakota’s tax department, then led by Heidi […]

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Online streaming offers few rights

What you think you own in the digital world is more likely just temporary rental rights. Consider: A reader named Phil recently asked me about issues with FilmOn, www.filmon.com, a live TV and movie streaming company that acquired the movie streaming service, CinemaNow, in 2016. CinemaNow members were able to purchase and stream numerous movies […]

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Internet Truths 2018 Edition

As we start 2018, here is my annual list of internet truths: observations and advice that serve as the “warning label” on a technology woven into the fabric of daily existence. • You can’t trust the internet. Fake news, clickbait headlines, agenda-driven content, malicious gossip, biased opinions disguised as unbiased views, statements and images deliberately […]

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