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Verizon Wireless donated 3,200 cell phones and more to domestic violence survivors in KY in 2010

Kentuckians DONATE MORE THAN 3,200 PHONES IN 2010 TO VERIZON wireless’ hopeline program

Verizon Wireless and HopeLine Donate 1 Million Minutes of Service and $17,000 in Cash Grants to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence in Kentucky

Louisville, kY – Last year, Kentuckians donated more than 3,200 no-longer-used wireless phones to Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® program, helping to support and put resources into the hands of those affected by domestic violence in Kentucky.

HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition, from any wireless service provider.  Verizon Wireless and the HopeLine program provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy.   Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero-landfill policy.

“We are grateful to those Kentuckians who donated their no-longer-used phones to HopeLine in 2010,” said John Granby, president–Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region for Verizon Wireless. “Your actions are making a difference in the community and helping to support the families of Kentucky affected by domestic violence.  Thank you.”

Support for Kentucky

The generosity of consumers and businesses who donated in Kentucky enabled Verizon Wireless to award $17,000 in cash grants to local domestic violence agencies.  These agencies included Bethany House Abuse Shelter, Inc. in Somerset, The Center for Women and Families in Louisville and Chrysalis House, Inc. in Lexington.

Verizon Wireless’ National Commitment

Throughout 2010, HopeLine collected more than 1.1 million phones and awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to nearly 450 domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.   Moreover, through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless provided 25,392 phones with a total of 75 million free minutes of service to shelters and agencies nationwide for use by clients, including more than 1 million minutes to organizations in Kentucky.

Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones; awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to prevention and awareness programs nationwide; and donated more than 106,000 HopeLine phones with 319 million minutes of airtime to victims, survivors and domestic violence organizations.

For more information on HopeLine from Verizon and to learn how to donate a wireless phone, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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Want to get 1000 free rollover minutes from AT&T?

Apparently, word going around, is that AT&T is thanking SOME of its iPhone customers for sticking with them and not switching to their competitor, aka Verizon.  (I am not one of those lucky individuals.  I’m sure it has nothing to do with how I don’t mind pointing out how bad they suck in Kentucky)  One way of saying thanks, is that they’ve offering 1,000 free rollover minutes.  Again SOME people have received this text message from AT&T, I’m unaware of how wide spread it is, if you’re one of the lucky ones that AT&T loves and acknowledges, let us know!  If you’re like me and treated like the red headed step child of AT&T’s, you can still score the 1,000 free rollover minutes, and Uncle Mikie is gonna tell you how.

Simply text “yes” (without the quotes) to11113020 to get a reply text from AT&T saying you’ve been rewarded the minutes.

ATT_free_minutesYou’re welcome.  🙂

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Verizon Wireless Adds 3 New Cell Sites in Kentucky

imagesVerizon Wireless has activated a total of five new cell cites, with 3 being in Kentucky and 2 in southern Indiana.  The new cites are located in Jefferson and Oldham County.  No doubt benefitting potential new and returning customers in Kentucky and Indiana with the iPhone 4 looming on the horizon. Below is a portion of the press release:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.Verizon Wireless has activated five new cell sites in Kentucky and southern Indiana that improve voice and data coverage in three counties in the greater Louisville area.

Three new cell sites in Kentucky, including an in-building site within the KFC Yum! Center, improve coverage in the west central and south central portions of Jefferson County and in southern Indiana.

Another new cell site in Kentucky in Oldham County improves coverage in Goshen.

A new cell site in Floyd County in Indiana improves coverage in the southern portion of the county.

The new cell sites enable more Verizon Wireless customers to rely on their wireless devices for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps and music, exchanging email and text, picture and video messages, watching high-quality videos and making calls.

The company’s ongoing network investment in Kentucky now totals more than $307 million. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed—$5.7 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.

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Verizon Wireless to expand 3G coverage

Verizon Wireless has just released a press release announcing their plan to double their 3G capacity in Kentucky:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Verizon Wireless has announced today that it is near completion of a major capacity improvement project for its high-speed 3G network in Kentucky this year that will ensure the company continues to stay ahead of its customers’ growing data usage on their smart phones, wireless modems and handsets.

The project has entailed adding 3G capacity on 94 percent more cell sites in Kentucky compared to 2009, thereby doubling data capacity of the network across the state.  The enhancements will provide further value to Verizon Wireless customers in Kentucky who are looking to rely more and more on their wireless devices for accessing the Internet, social networking, viewing high-quality videos, downloading music, games and ringtones, and exchanging email.

“With so many of our customers relying on their devices for much more than just making phone calls, it’s imperative that we stay ahead of their usage habits,” said John Granby, president, Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan region, Verizon Wireless.  “It doesn’t matter how many bells and whistles your smart phone offers if you cannot depend on it to keep you connected wherever you go.  Verizon Wireless is committed to making sure our network has enough capacity to handle the increasing data traffic from our customers’ Internet browsing, tweeting and mobile gaming.”

The company’s ongoing network investment in Kentucky now totals more than $335 million.  Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.

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Aliens are attacking!!!

A UFO with an alien on the top off the side of 90 in Wayne County, Kentucky. It’s just THERE!

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A geek in a small town: Mt. Vernon USA

Okay, so its time for a little rant I suppose.  I live in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.  Most people that come to this blog probably don’t even know where that is, or when they read Kentucky, they develop their own opinions rather quickly.  Well the fact is, its a rather small town, not exactly in the rural parts of Eastern Kentucky, but at the same time, not far out of it.  Now of course, some people might find that thought calming and peaceful, and think it sounds like a nice place to be.  I’m not saying its not!!  I’m not condemning Mt. Vernon, or Rockcastle County, or anything like that, far from it!  Sure, it has its flaws, what place doesn’t?  And obviously If parts of me didn’t enjoy living here, I wouldn’t be, but it does makes things more challenging for me at times.

Map picture

Okay, so obviously I’m a geek.  I know, that’s a huge shocker considering the name of the page is Geekasms, so I definitely don’t hide from it or try to dress it up as anything else.  I’m a tech geek, movie geek, comic geek, I hit the high notes of most things in the realm of Geekdom at one point or another, and most that know me wouldn’t argue that point.  Unfortunately, Mt.Vernon doesn’t exactly lend itself to the expansion of certain elements of my geekery.  (I realize I keep making up words using ‘geek’, but hey, I’m entertaining myself!).  There are plenty of examples I can pull from.  One  from a few years back, being Gmail.  I adapted to Gmail as soon as I was able to.  Grabbed an invite from a messaging board, and have never looked back since, and although Google has gradually adapted Gmail with new functions and aspects including chat and others, its been of no use to me because well…..not many people I know have yet to use Gmail, or even consider it, even with me trying to get them to try it.  They have no interest in changing what they already have, and leave me alone in my Gmail Geekground (play on playground….I know, starting to get sad already)

More up to date examples would be things like Twitter, LinkedIn and social iPhone apps.  On Twitter, I have less then 100 followers, even today, and a very small handful of them are actually from Rockcastle County, and even fewer still live anywhere close!  The worst part about that is, I’ve almost reached 1000 tweets!  Those are a whole bunch of lonely tweets, no doubt.  I’m also on LinkedIn.  A website that is obviously picked up in other parts, but no where around me.  I have very few connections on LinkedIn, and nearly all of them come from people I work with, not anyone from home.

Then we have the iPhone.  Yes, many, many adapters to the iPhone, but very little usage in the world of apps I reside in.  No one local uses foursquare at all.  I still play with it, but its more of a self entertainment then anything else.  Even using apps or searches on foursquare or twitter to find users close, its always just me, and people that have traveled  up or down I75.

I live in an area of either very slow adapters, or people that do not adapt at all, while I do my best to be on the front lines and cutting edge of everything going on.  Plus, don’t even get me started on the difficulties of finding graphic design work anywhere close!  (Possible rant for PCS site later on)

So why am I ranting?  I have no idea.  Maybe I hope to get a few sympathetic followers (@Michael_Parsons) or some comments, or I simply have no goal in this but to simply voice my frustration out on the fact that I feel like I’m alone in the world of Geekdom in my general area.  But, it is what it is, and I shall continue to fight the good fight, with my army of 1!!

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KDE migrates over to Microsoft Live@edu – Saving the state 6.3 million

In case you missed it, and more then likely you did unless you work for the school system, beginning on May 21st of this year, our state’s public school system changed their email system from an Exchange Server/Outlook system to a new, no-cost suite from Microsoft called Live@edu running off of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (most were running 2003).  The move will save the state 6.3 million over the next 4 years, and will allow the school systems to be on top with the latest in technology.screenshot

The rollout, affecting 700,000 users including students, teachers and staff, began on May 21st of this year and was officially launched on June 3rd in Frankfort.  Live@edu is a cloud based  full suite of email and collaborative tools based on the familiar Microsoft technologies that were previously in place.  A cloud based service or cloud computing is internet-based computing, where shared resources, software and information, are provided to computers and other devices on-demand.  This will allow people to have access to this new system virtually anytime, anywhere as long as they have an internet connection and a web browser; including access from mobile phones.  Microsoft’s press release states: “Live@edu fosters improved productivity, better learning and skills development to help students prepare for their futures.”

The new system also boats a uniformed state wide system, where every district has access to the same technology.  In what I feel is a somewhat demeaning statement regarding perception of our own state, Dr. Terry Holliday, commissioner of education for Kentucky said that “we can close the technology gap between rich and poor districts and level the playing field for students regardless of where they live”

I have found it somewhat surprising that this story wasn’t farther reaching then what it was.  Considering the state’s budget woes, and papers like the Lexington Herald Leader concentrating on other branches of the state and state’s government, you would think that a 6.3 million dollar budget savings would be worthy of more coverage.  Additional highlights are Microsoft boats about the speed in which they were able to migrate the state to the new cloud service; 700,000 users, 1300 schools, all over a single weekend.  Considering that before, the state had around 180 on-site or on-premise servers running Exchange 2003, to now running on a cloud service, no longer relying on on-premise servers and running the more advanced and robust Exchange 2010.  Microsoft has been working with the KDE on end-user training, some of which they have even posted on YouTube.  Microsoft has stated on their Live@edu blog that “With Live@edu, all school districts in Kentucky have access to the same powerful Microsoft applications and Web 2.0 technologies. That means we can close the technology gap between rich and poor districts and level the playing field for students regardless of where they live,” said Dr. Terry Holliday, commissioner of education for Kentucky.” and “Historically, it would have required months and potentially years to migrate hundreds of thousands of people to a new solution,” said Chuck Austin, Office of Education Technology for the Kentucky Department of Education. “With Microsoft’s cloud technology and a collaborative focus between Microsoft and the Kentucky Department of Education on the planning aspects, we were able to dramatically reduce the implementation cycle and migrate everyone in a single weekend.”

The new system offers the ability for a much stronger collaboration and hopefully lead to a more cohesive group effort within Kentucky’s public school system.  As someone surrounded with family in the school system, I’m probably more aware of the darker, dirtier, more political side to our education system then most.  I feel that the public school system no longer concerns itself with the education and wellbeing of the children it houses, but of money, advancement and personal gain.  It seems that as time goes on, even since I was in school, the concentration and focus goes away from the actual students and their education.  Sure, the subject matter might be more advanced in the different grade levels then it was 5, 10, 15 years ago, but ultimately does it show a difference?  Are they actually learning the material in a practical use method, or simply having it crammed into their young minds, only to slip away later because they have no foundation to base the education on?  As a father, it worries me what education possibilities await my children as they go up through the ranks of the public school system.  As a father/tech/geek I have felt that the education department as a whole has been lacking on the technological front and have found that disconcerting considering that, regardless of if you like it or not, we’re headed towards a more technological dependent society, and if we want our children to succeed in life, the school systems in which they are in, need to follow more with the times then I feel they do now.  Hopefully in that regard, this is a sign that our state is looking towards the future, not only of technology, but in state wide collaboration and development, and if done with the right amount of heart, our children will no doubt benefit and flourish with this new system in place and we as a commonwealth will all benefit in time.

One can only hope



Microsoft’s Press Release

KDE News Advisory


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Rockcastle County Vector

One of the jobs I’ve recently had involved putting together some images for a presentation that was given during a Chamber of Commerce meeting where debates for some of the local positions up for election were held.  In my search, I failed to ever find a clean vector, or even just a clean clipart image of the border of Rockcastle County.  So after a little research and work, I put together a vector of Rockcastle County’s border.  After that, I created the borders for the 5 separate districts within the county, and finally on top of that layer, put the borders for the separate precincts within the districts.

Rockcastle County OutlineRockcastle County with district borders    Rockcastle County with district and precints

Below are links to download the Rockcastle County border, in three separate formats.  Additional versions and variations of the county, including a vector of Kentucky’s 34th district. (Rockcastle, Lincoln, and Madison Co) are available by email.  All that I ask, if you do use this, is to simply let me know by email or comment on here.  Thanks.


Download links

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop

PNG File

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