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Blog // Connect Michigan

St. Clair County Becomes a Certified Connected Community

By Wil Payton

St. Clair County, Michigan is now officially a certified Connected community. The county became the sixth community in the nation to achieve certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. This achievement was commemorated at a public event Thursday at the St. Clair County Administrative Office Building in Port Huron. Photo caption: From left, Bill Kauffman, St. Clair County Administrator, and Lori Eschenburg, Broadband Team Champion and Planner, Metropolitan Planning Commission, receive the certification award from Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan program manager. To obtain Connected certification, St. Clair...

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Michigan Retailers Diversify Techniques to Combat Showrooming

By Wil Payton

Showrooming is the practice of examining merchandise in a traditional brick and mortar retail store without purchasing it, but then shopping online to find a lower price for the same item. While price matching is an obvious strategy, Michigan retailers are making a concerted effort to accentuate personal service and encourage technology adoption by their employees. Below is an excerpt from a Detroit Free Press article on the subject: “Our store is being used as a selling tool for online retailers,” said Norcross, the owner of McLean & Eakin Booksellers. A few days ago, he added, he even caught a shopper taking pictures of recipes to...

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Siemens Initiates Technical Job Training Program for Veterans

By Wil Payton

Siemens has announced a new, job training initiative for U.S. military veterans with engineering and manufacturing backgrounds as part of a nationwide effort to assist veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce. The program will provide free training in the use of state-of-the-art digital lifecycle management and computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) software technology. The courses will be available at 22 of the company’s software training facilities including the following cities: Huntsville, AL, 
Cypress, CA, 
Atlanta, GA, 
Chicago, IL
, Boston, MA, 
Detroit, MI, 
St....

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The World’s First Website is Getting a Makeover

By Wil Payton

Twenty years ago a team of researchers from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (more commonly known as CERN) released to the world the technology and software to run a Web server. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of this history-making occasion, a team hosted by the project’s creators have gathered to recreate a working version of the first website. When the Web was born in 1993 there were approximately 400 known Web servers. Today, the Web has a ubiquitous presence with around 630 million websites. Below is an excerpt from a CNNTech article on the subject: "There is no sector of society that has not been transformed by the...

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