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By L. R. Shannon and L. R. Shannon,New York Times News Service | 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.
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May 8, 2014
Regarding an editorial that appeared in The Aegis, while we at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration appreciate the interest in promoting the MVA's "Anywhere, Anytime" online campaign, the editorial mischaracterizes the recent policies enacted to shorten wait times at our branch offices ( "Too young to get served at the MVA?" April 22). Over the past several years, the MVA has been working to transform the perception of the agency; we want customers to think first of online services and of visiting an MVA branch only if necessary.
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By Michael Pollick | August 11, 1991
Look at the online consumer service business as the television business 40 years ago.Growth is phenomenal -- annual revenues are up 65 percent. Yet the services still reach only a small percentage of the families with computers -- and nine-tenths of U.S. households don't even own a computer yet.The promise of such a huge, lucrative market has attracted such corporate giants as IBM, Sears, and General Electric and H&R Block to videotex. Together, they have spent more than $2.5 billion to develop the electronic networks, which offer shopping, games, news and education.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 21, 2013
The Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, or DILP, working in cooperation with the Department of Information Systems, has made technology enhancements that will now allow DILP to migrate from traditional file storage to electronic storage of construction documents. Because of limited file storage space, DILP's practice had been to discard a large percentage of submitted documents after 180 days from the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. The new electronic storage retrieval system will alleviate the need for maintain paper or "hard" copies of approved plans and will assist DILP inspectors in accessing documents while in the field on assignments.
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By Michael Dresser | 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.
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By L. R. Shannon and L. R. Shannon,New York Times News Service | 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.
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By Susan Stellin and Susan Stellin,New York Times News Service | 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.
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By Edmund Sanders and Edmund Sanders,SPECIAL TO THE UN | 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.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | 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.
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By NANCY JONES-BONBREST and NANCY JONES-BONBREST,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 29, 2006
Maureen Sorenson Customer relations manager, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Glen Burnie Salary --$45,000 Age --45 Years on the job --10 years in June. How she got started --Sorenson began at the MVA as an administrative secretary. She started her current job in 1998. Typical day --Sorenson works Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but is unofficially on-call if needed. About 75 percent of her work is dealing with customer complaints, either by telephone, e-mail or walk-ins.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
MARC train and commuter bus patrons can purchase tickets online, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Friday. The consolidated ticketing service, http://MTA.CommuterDirect.com , will begin April 1. It will accept SmartBenefits, vouchers and employer-sponsored credit cards as well as split credit card payments and renewable orders. Weekly and monthly passes for MARC and commuter bus service will continue to be accepted for rides on MTA local bus, Metro subway, light rail, express bus and neighborhood shuttle service.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | 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.
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By The Record | February 7, 2008
GLEN ROCK, N.J. -- Corporations were the first inspiration for Jerry Salvi's and Michael DenBlaker's online tracking technology. Kids, however, soon became the focus of a broader vision. The brothers-in-law and co-founders of uVee Technologies LLC initially set out to create a product that would allow companies to archive and retrieve employee e-mails, an important technological feature after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which was passed after several corporate accounting scandals.
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By BILL HUSTED and BILL HUSTED,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | January 31, 2008
I am a writer and public relations flack who works from home. I back up my computer using MozyPro, but also to an external hard disk drive. You've written about the latter option, so I know not to leave it plugged in to my computer or the wall when not in use. My question: For that external hard drive (with my backups on it) and the many CDs of info I have for clients, is it safe to put them in a fireproof home safe? Or will this wreak havoc on the CDs and external hard disk drive? I just worry about being able to retrieve info in case of an emergency.
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By San Jose Mercury News | October 21, 2007
I want to rent a car next year while visiting Britain, but I'll be 83. Will companies rent to me? Although most major car rental agencies have no maximum age restrictions when renting in the United States, you'll find that countries and franchise owners throughout Europe usually have their own rules. Generally, the age limit in the United Kingdom is 69. However, a spokesman for Vanguard Car Rental, the parent company of National and Alamo, told us those agencies have no age limits in the United Kingdom except in Pembroke, Carmarthen and the Isle of Man, where the maximum age is 70. Auto Europe (autoeurope.
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By NANCY JONES-BONBREST and NANCY JONES-BONBREST,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 29, 2006
Maureen Sorenson Customer relations manager, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Glen Burnie Salary --$45,000 Age --45 Years on the job --10 years in June. How she got started --Sorenson began at the MVA as an administrative secretary. She started her current job in 1998. Typical day --Sorenson works Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but is unofficially on-call if needed. About 75 percent of her work is dealing with customer complaints, either by telephone, e-mail or walk-ins.
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By San Jose Mercury News | October 21, 2007
I want to rent a car next year while visiting Britain, but I'll be 83. Will companies rent to me? Although most major car rental agencies have no maximum age restrictions when renting in the United States, you'll find that countries and franchise owners throughout Europe usually have their own rules. Generally, the age limit in the United Kingdom is 69. However, a spokesman for Vanguard Car Rental, the parent company of National and Alamo, told us those agencies have no age limits in the United Kingdom except in Pembroke, Carmarthen and the Isle of Man, where the maximum age is 70. Auto Europe (autoeurope.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1993
VIENNA, Va. -- America Online Inc., a provider of computer data-base services, Tuesday announced price cuts of as much as 60 percent, sending its stock reeling.The company, the nation's third-largest provider of online services, said it would provide access to all of its services for up to five hours a month for $9.95. The new rate, effective May 1, replaces the current charge of $7.95 for up to two hours of use, and $6 for each additional hour, or a total of $24.95 for five hours.The company said it expects 90 percent of its subscribers will not use its services more than five hours a month.
BUSINESS
By CHRIS GAITHER AND MEG JAMES | November 15, 2005
Time Warner Inc. announced yesterday that it would make more than 100 old television series - including Falcon Crest, Kung Fu and Welcome Back, Kotter, the 1970s sitcom that made John Travolta a star - available free in the first major archive of TV shows on the Web. When it starts in January, the joint venture between Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution and America Online could help TV, Internet and advertising executives gauge the appetite for longer entertainment programs on the Web, which is dominated by shorter bits typically lasting no more than a few minutes.
BUSINESS
By Gregory Karp | March 20, 2005
Convenience costs Americans big-time, from bagged salad at the grocery store to automatic car washes to house-cleaning services. Another convenience is dialing directory assistance whenever you need a phone number. It can be incredibly expensive for what you get. Some directory-assistance services cost nearly $2.50 per request. And many Americans are using the services, according to research firm TNS Telecoms. A survey found that 41 percent of customers used some kind of directory assistance on their home or wireless phones during the past month.
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