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Re: “The Jefferson Project Turns Lake George Into the World's Smartest Lake

A Much Fuller PICTURE of Lake George the SEPTIC TANK LAKE ....…

Posted by Isacc Witham on 08/09/2018 at 12:29 PM

Re: “The Jefferson Project Turns Lake George Into the World's Smartest Lake

The CONTINUING Public Nuisance .... YES a Very SMELLY Matter ....…

Posted by Isacc Witham on 08/09/2018 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Game Changer? A College Combats Sexual Assault With Technology

Noah Waltzer

Posted by anon69696 on 11/16/2017 at 12:59 AM

Re: “New Deal: Burlington-Based Localvore Aims to Be the Anti-Yelp

This sounded interesting but is this site still active? Their website shows 'No businesses found'.

Posted by Dave Carlson on 11/15/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “A Coding Academy Prepares to Launch in Burlington

Fact check: when Eric Siegel and I wrote code for Casablanca Video there was no such thing as a website. We wrote them a custom inventory management system running on an Apple ][+. :-)

Posted by Alex Chaffee on 10/31/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Uber Has Sped to the Top of Burlington's Ride-for-Hire Heap

I'll have sympathy for the local cab companies when they can actually provide rides at peak times. The last two times I've called for a cab - once early in the morning to get a ride to the airport, and once in the middle of the day to get back to the dealer servicing my car - at least 3 cab companies told me they couldn't get me a cab for more than an hour. If we didn't have Uber and Lyft, we wouldn't have a taxi service - all we would have is a car-by-appointment service.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 10/19/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “New Deal: Burlington-Based Localvore Aims to Be the Anti-Yelp

Prion - Sorry that you think our efforts are "merely a platform for approved businesses to announce themselves." We do in fact let every farm to table business and farm post to our newsfeed. We feel that people want to know about local food, drink and events - especially the more Localvore among us. And we do mention our intent because we do have intentions of making the platform very clear to understand and a tool you can use rather then yelp - if 2000 locals love a place rather then 684 reviews from tourists, you might see one being of more value. It is odd you wrote a negative sounding review since that is exactly what we are fighting against. These types of feedback are important but rather than posting them on a public forum, we feel feel a dialogue between us should be the way to go, and that is going to be a big part of what we are doing too - sorry you couldn't see it yet!

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Posted by Michael Nedell on 10/19/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “New Deal: Burlington-Based Localvore Aims to Be the Anti-Yelp

Really? I long ago gave up on as being non-functional. Thinking the site had been fixed, I just checked: records from 2 years ago are still visible, and nice headshots of the staff, but otherwise the site is almost totally devoid of content. The latest Blog entry is > a year old. is populated, though strange to navigate, with some links broken and some linking back to That's likely to improve with age. It's just an aggregation of ads, though. Aside from another panel of headshots and more laudable statements of intent, it's merely a platform for approved businesses to announce themselves. Problematic as public reviews can be, without them all we have is smiley faces generated by the businesses themselves.

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Posted by prion on 10/18/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

Hi, I have a house that is off the grid and about half a mile from the nearest telephone service pole. Did I hear correctly from your show that the phone company must provide me a phone connection if I want one? It was a great show, thanks.

Posted by Pat Kelly on 08/02/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

Great piece. Down here in Southern VT, you'd think we would have it made. But living in Marlboro is not without its technical troubles. Landline quality is crackly and cuts out. Internet?! Oh, that's another story entirely. We restart, reboot, re-this and that on a daily basis, sometimes 3-5 times per day. And when technical support is called? They simply say that they see no problems on their end. Apparently, we all must be dreaming out here.

Sure, I AM dreaming. Dreaming of a time when my livelihood, which relies heavily on the internet, will not be threatened simply because Fairpoint or Consolidated do not want to invest money into the "infrastructure" so that we can all have access to communication and information. 2017?! more like 1900.

Posted by Leslie M.G. on 08/01/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

We get cell coverage at home only because I bought and installed a femtocell - a network extender. So, we buy the gear and install it. Yet, the carrier informs us we get coverage. Perfect!

One funny story: A friend was headed down the hill and noticed a state trooper parked in front of our house. Turns out, he stopped because that was the only spot on the road where we could get cellular coverage. Does fabulous things for one's representation in town!

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Posted by Edmond Cooley on 08/01/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “End of the Line? As Vermonters Cut the Cord, Rural Phone Customers Hear Static

Very interesting, informative, and well-written. Thank you for sharing!

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Posted by Sara Vaclavik on 07/20/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “New State Agency's Domain: Fixing Vermont's Tech Problems

It is too bad that the reporting is incomplete. While some of the failed systems' developments had large price tags, there is a failure to acknowledge that thousands of those dollars were recovered by some of the organizations, for example the Judiciary and the DMV. Sometimes the right contract can mitigate the losses. Also, it should be noted that the IT folks now reporting to Mr. Quinn are Executive Branch employees. The Judiciary has a very experienced IT professional, Jeff Loewer, heading its RIS division. He came to the Judiciary with a wealth of experience in systems development. He has established a process that has thus far received high marks from the independent review established by the Legislature.

Posted by Kathleen Lott on 06/26/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “New State Agency's Domain: Fixing Vermont's Tech Problems

Recently, a group made up of 82% females with technical and legal domain expertise, took, in less than eleven months, a State run (not DII) failed system to successful, productive go-live use in less than 11 months. This system - the Supreme Court Docket System - had complex rules and workflows plus the habits and routines of a 32 - year old existing system to compete with for users' alliances. This group of women brought the system live while both maintaining other work responsibilities and not alienating the existing staff. Everyone knows that John Quinn faces formidable challenges but Vermont Government has a vast pool of talented and dedicated professionals to draw on for skills and ideas. The key to tapping this gold mine may be found in non-traditional sources (women) and in applying a standard process - Six Sigma.

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Posted by James Smith on 06/26/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “New State Agency's Domain: Fixing Vermont's Tech Problems

Good luck John Quinn!

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Posted by Bob Frazier on 06/23/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Thanks for pointing out that error, Joe Di Stefano, and my apologies to you, Brian O'Donnell. I misinterpreted your explanation of Gibberfish's encryption technology. The text has now been revised online and a correction will run in next week's issue. -K

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Posted by Ken Picard on 05/04/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Hi Joe,

Just for the record, I don't recall claiming that in our interview, and I agree that you are correct about those other services encrypting user data. That is not one of the major features that sets us apart from those services, but rather one we share in common. This was probably a misunderstanding on the part of the reporter. I don't think anyone involved was trying to deliberately misrepresent the facts, but thank you for pointing it out.

Brian O'Donnell
Executive Director @ Gibberfish, Inc

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Posted by Gibberfish, Inc on 05/04/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

The following claim in this article is wildly inaccurate:

"Its software tools, which are still in the beta testing phase, include a "privacy-focused cloud platform" similar to services available through Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud. Unlike those other services, though, Gibberfish stores its data in an encrypted format, which is inaccessible to those who aren't authorized to see it."

Files stored on all of those services are encrypted. You can read more about each of those services security and encryption policies at the following links:

- Dropbox:…
- Google Drive:…
- iCloud:

Posted by Joe Di Stefano on 05/04/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Gibberfish here. We'd like to thank Seven Days for the great write up. This article covers a lot of complex and thorny issues which we take seriously. We've posted a response to the article on our blog. If anyone would like to start a conversation, you can reply to us here, or on our site. Thanks.

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Posted by Gibberfish, Inc on 04/26/2017 at 5:18 PM

Re: “The Rise and Fall of Springfield, Vermont's First 'Tech Hub'

My father and brother both worked at Felows, I worked at Parks and Woolson. I think part of the success in Springfield was the Apprentice program at the Springfield High School, my father went through it in about 1930, I was in it from 1966 to 1971 and my brother from 1968 to 1973. My father retired as a foreman in the production department and worked on many of the developments after the war including plastic injection molding, and cold forming for things like rifle barrels. My brother worked his way into the cutter engineering and sales department in the 1980's and is still working for the company that bought out the company that bought out Fellows. I went to. College and left Springfield to work in engineering and design of power plants. I agree that the downfall was when outsiders took over, but the failure was not from lack of innovation but from draining of the profits away from the companies and R&D to the new owners pockets. What a shame.

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Posted by keithsp on 12/22/2016 at 3:18 PM

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