Microsoft founder Bill Gates
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The big take away from Bill Gates’ discussion at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA was the idea that education will be less “place-based.”

According to MG Siegler's piece at, Gates said,” Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world.” 

You can sort of already do that on sites like TED or just by doing a topic search on Youtube. Gates says that kind of widespread knowledge will be better than any single university.

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In an old ice cream factory outside downtown Binghamton, two teams are at work restoring mid-century technology from the Southern Tier. Retirees from IBM and Singer-Link, which made flight simulators have begun restoring a 1940s era flight simulator and a quarter-ton computer from 1961 to full operation.

Why are these men using their retirement to fiddle with the machines they once worked on for a living?

"I'm retired and it keeps me off the street," says Jim Herz.

Photo of 1940s rural farm with electrical pole out front.
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We ran a quick bulletin last week on Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack's announcement of $40+ million in new stimulus money to bring more internet to New York State. That money actually goes to companies as grants and loans to build broadband infrastructure.

But this story really got us wondering, when did the Department of Agriculture (USDA) get mixed up in internet service?

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Ahh, Galloo Island: a distant gem in the northeast corner of Lake Ontario.