Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When tools go Orkut #SMEM

With this note, Google announces the end of a yet another social media platform.  With this note, comes a reminder to focus on the Social in Social media.  There are plenty of platforms.  After that, there are tools.  

It looks like Orkut is heading for this list.

What will you be using for a replacement?

A Farewell to Orkut
After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it's time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.

We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on you, so you may have time to manage the transition. You can export your profile data, community posts and photos usingGoogle Takeout (available until September 2016). We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting September 30, 2014. If you don't want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account. Please visit our Help Center for any further details.

It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those of you still actively using the service. We hope you will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Coming Soon: The Great ShakeOut #OKready


The September 30, 2014 National PrepareAthon! Day may be over, but another exciting preparedness initiative is just around the corner! Join the millions of people, schools, and organizations worldwide who will participate in earthquake drills as part of the Great ShakeOut on Thursday, October 16 at 10:16 a.m. Participants will Drop, Cover, and Hold On, practicing the appropriate protective actions to take in response to earthquakes.
Sign up and be counted! Make sure to register your participation on the ShakeOut website. Can’t participate on October 16?  No worries – You can select another day during the month of October.
To learn more about Great ShakeOut, visit www.shakeout.org. You’ll find valuable information about this initiative, including an earthquake preparedness guide for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
Practicing for disasters is a great opportunity to engage your entire family in preparedness. Check out FEMA’s new animated video “When The Earth Shakes” to see what you can do to prepare for earthquakes.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

End of An Era: KWTV To Take Down Historic Broadcast Tower - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

End of An Era: KWTV To Take Down Historic Broadcast Tower - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |: "By the fall of 1954, we reached the widest coverage of any station in the southwest with the view from the top reaching a 60-mile horizon."

Which brings us to the question "What happens to your repeater when the Big Stick goes away?".

For example, radio operators looking for new repeater location.  That news was replicated months ago in the New Mexico section.

What are your options?

One would be more digital resources such as Echolink, IRLP, and Allstar.  Another solution would be MORE repeaters scattered about on the same frequency with different tones, ex. 146.79 in Oklahoma City and Edmond.

The cost, either way, will go up.

What are you doing today to plan for the day the Big Stick goes away?

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