May 19, 1996
SEARS AND IBM finally bailed out of the online service business this month as they sold their interests in the troubled Prodigy Services Co. to International Wireless Inc. and a group of Prodigy executives.The new Prodigy will attempt to claw its way back into competition with CompuServe and America Online at a time when many telecommunications analysts are questioning whether the online industry itself has a future.Much information that used to be available only for a fee through the online services is now available for free to anyone with a connection to the Internet's World Wide Web. Internet access, which helped drive the growth of the online services, is now being offered by powerful telephone companies.
March 23, 1992
Hooking up your computer to the world, or at least to an online service, means making choices and, inevitably, compromises.At the extremes, Compuserve is huge, but it is all too easy to rack up hefty bills. Prodigy is relatively small and inexpensive, but does not offer the full range of services an enthusiast expects.America Online falls between.It is certainly easy enough to get started. Put the installation floppy disk into the drive of most DOS computers, Macintoshes or Apple II's equipped with a modem, type a word, and it guides you the rest of the way.In most parts of the country, you can select a local or nearby telephone number, avoiding running up a big phone bill.
February 1, 2004
The last time I let friends stay in my apartment while I was away, I left a two-page memo on the kitchen table (typed, single-spaced) offering not only lots of tips about the neighborhood but also detailed instructions about various appliances and handling my mail. Depending on your perspective, such a thorough approach either makes me a candidate for a home swap (such helpful advice!) or suggests that all ye who consider entering here should book a hotel instead. I'm still on the fence about swapping homes with someone I don't know, but plenty of other people are taking the leap.
October 29, 2001
Rivals America Online and Microsoft Corp. are unveiling upgraded versions of their online services amid a growing tug of war for Internet customers. AOL 7.0, released this month, includes a variety of mostly subtle changes to the No. 1-ranked Internet service provider, including an online radio, Web-based photo albums, enhancements to e-mail and instant-messaging and more localized content, such as weather, community news and neighborhood entertainment guides. MSN, the online service of Microsoft, has redesigned its Web site and offers new "Net Alerts," which begin by sending users real-time e-mails and instant messages about traffic conditions.
March 9, 2004
Mary Elizabeth Brown, a retired librarian for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory who also raised sheep and sheared their wool for weaving projects, died of complications from cancer Saturday at Mercy Medical Center. The Ten Hills resident was 70. Born Mary Elizabeth Bomberger in Washington, she was raised in Alaska while her father served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. She earned a degree in geography from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also took theater courses.
November 20, 2012
Effective this week, the Abingdon Social Security office has new hours. The office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning January 2, 2013, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. The Abingdon Social Security office is at 3435A Box Hill Corporate Center Drive. While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime, the office said in a news release.