Public works, airport Websites are practical

Tom DiFranscesca

I’ve noticed a pattern in my last couple of columns; the pattern being that I have been real stingy with Web site addresses (URLs).
It’s not that I don’t have many addresses to share with my readers, it’s just that sometimes I get a little long winded when writing about one in particular. This week’s column will be different though. I’ll endeavor to cover a lot of ground — so, our first stop will be publicworks.cityofclovis.org
Just about everyone in Clovis has heard about the City’s Department of Public Works, but few folks truly understand the depth and breadth of that organization’s responsibilities; that should all change once you’ve visited the Web site.
Another new Clovis Web site is the one for the Municipal Airport. If “outsiders” are contemplating on whether or not to relocate to Clovis, either for personal reasons or to set-up a new business — the availability of a nice local airport just might be the key decision factor. With that in mind, the City of Clovis endeavored to build a Web site that was both truly functional and helpful — and, that could generate some good “P.R”. Just fly on in to: airport.cityofclovis.org — and check it out for yourself.
If you are interested in aviation in any shape, form, or fashion, you might check out the “Civil Air Patrol” link on the new airport Web site. That organization is always looking for volunteers and there are plenty of opportunities to fly, learn about search and rescue, and to contribute positively into young people’s lives. The link provides information about the local chapter, and if you navigate on over to www.cap.gov/ you will then be “connected” with the national CAP Web site.
The first time I ever went “online” was back in 1987. Computer Bulletin Boards were very popular back then. Those bulletin boards were not connected to the Internet but there were a lot of similarities. My first modem allowed me to connect at 300 baud — baud not Kilobits — that is very, very slow. I then eagerly advanced up to a 1200 baud modem, life was grand then. When the 2400 baud modems became available, I thought to myself “I don’t see how things could get much faster than this”. It wasn’t long though, and the 28,800 bps modems exploded onto the scene — talk about blistering fast! The jump to 33,600 bps modem connections wasn’t all that impressive, but impressive was the quick jump up to 56,000 bps (in all reality though the average speed was more like 42-46 Kbps).
Now, just about the time the majority of folks are getting accustomed to broadband connections (500,000 to 1,000,000 bps), information about “Internet2″ is making its way into the news. “Internet2″ offers 10 times the speed of our current broadband.
It won’t be available to the general public for a few years though. Right now it’s used by universities and government agencies for the sharing of research data. Hmmm, that’s exactly how the use of the original Internet started out. It appears that history is again repeating itself. To learn more about “Internet2”, just jump over to www.internet2.edu If you have begun piddling around with computer graphics or Web page design, and you’ve been looking for some artwork to use in your creations, help is at hand.
Hop on over to www.tigerdirectart.com – and you’ll have access to a pretty good selection of clipart, backgrounds, borders, textures and fonts. The best part about this whole “deal” is that it won’t cost you a penny. The artwork is provided free of charge from the folks at Tiger Direct, based out of Miami. They offer some great deals on computer equipment at their Web site: www.tigerdirect.com.

Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance columnist and a resident of Clovis. He can be reached at
tomdifran@ureach.com or
www.trackertom.com