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Ask, and keep asking

"Ask, and keep asking" Continued...

Issue: "The waiting game," March 22, 2008

She (and television viewers) was able to watch videos from inside houses and shops: a baby in a playpen, a lone clerk at a convenience store. All of that is paydirt for pederasts, thieves, and other criminals. The conclusion: Owners of wireless home video systems should make sure their systems are encrypted, scrambled, or turned off.

Caring churches

Technology is making it easier for churches and other groups to meet the needs of families dealing with illness or the birth of a child. Two websites, Care Calendar (carecalendar.org) and Lotsa Helping Hands (lotsahelpinghands.com), provide free tools that are easy to use. They allow a coordinator to set up calendars for meals, transportation, and other services. Coordinators invite friends or fellow church members to the password-protected site, where they can sign up to meet a need, get directions, get updates on families, see photos, or garner other information the coordinator posts on the site.

The 'free' surge

Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and editor in chief of Wired, is provocatively arguing in his magazine that "$0.00 is the future of business." He traces how in media and many other areas the marginal cost of expanding distribution is zero or close to it, which means that the internet age will feature more giveaways of basics to build a mass of buyers who will pay for premium services, or for whom advertisers will pay royally.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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