Tech comes home for the holidays

While it wasn’t my intention, I had a tech-heavy 2016 holiday season, dealing with a number of new devices and systems, despite having aimed for a relatively simple, scaled-back holiday.

I probably shouldn’t have been surprised — I usually...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:27am

Coastal Point — now appearing in an app near you

Coastal Point • Illustration: The new version of Explore Coastal Delaware includes instant access to the Coastal Point newspaper, tides and more.Those of you who have already downloaded our Explore Coastal Delaware app got a major update in the...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 9:57am

Pokémon – Give it a Go

This season has been a confusing time, clouded in mystery and unstuck in history. People have Clinton campaign stickers, the Backstreet Boys (or was it ’NSync?) have announced their latest tour, and Pokémon reigns supreme once more as the king of...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 9:04am

No injuries in Wallops rocket explosion

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thankfully, there were no reported casualties at the scene.The Antares rocket exploded...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 9:40am

Coastal Point releases new Explore Coastal Delaware app

Our new, free app -- Explore Coastal Delaware -- is now available in the Apple App Store ( and Google Play (

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 9:29am

Coastal Point releases new Explore Coastal Delaware app

Our new, free app -- Explore Coastal Delaware -- is now available in the Apple App Store ( and Google Play (

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 9:29am

Heartbleed bug makes online accounts vulnerable

Coastal Point illustration • Shaun M. LambertHave you changed your passwords this week? If you haven’t, you may want to consider doing just that, after the Heartbleed bug impacted an estimated two-thirds of the world’s websites this week,...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:22am

Hamfest to welcome radio, electronics fans

Calling all ham radio lovers: the annual Amateur Radio & Electronics Expo will return to Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 26. Electronics hobbyists, CBers, boaters and everyone with an interest in communications and electronics is welcome to...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:41am

Library offers computer classes this fall, winter

The South Coastal Library is offering free, introductory computer classes. In addition, an iPad Users Group meets at the library on a monthly basis.

The classes are offered on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, on a rotating...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:38am

Sussex County students get robotic

Robots aren’t just for mad scientists and Jedi knights anymore.

Ashley Conroe, an Indian River High School senior, formed the Retro Robots team to compete in Delaware’s own robotics tournament.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 7:59am

WEB EXCLUSIVE - SOPA and PIPA: How these bills might affect you

The controversial SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act – “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011”) are set to be debated during upcoming committee hearings on Capitol...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 10:46am

The best device I'll tell you not to get

There was more than one fitness gadget on my holiday wishlist this year – perfect timing as we hit New Year’s and the season of resolutions. Near the top of that list was the Up, from Bluetooth headset manufacturer Jawbone, which incorporates the...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:53pm

Apple gets Siri-ous with new iPhone

Last month, the world lost a man who may someday be considered one of the most influential people of our generation, at least in terms of how we, as individuals, interact with the world. Steve Jobs’ death was not unexpected, though it came...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:01am

Steven P. Jobs: Feb. 24, 1955 – Oct. 5, 2011

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 5, after several years fighting off pancreatic cancer and having received a liver transplant back in 2009. Jobs died just one day after the first major product announcement from Apple...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 3:42am

Fraudsters use ‘local’ ties to pull in victims

A Frankford couple this week reported an online scam that they said took more than $200 from their bank account.

Using the allegedly “true” story of a Dagsboro woman who had purportedly made thousands of dollars by posting information via...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:00am

Are you vulnerable to a hack attack?

It seems a new hacking or security-breach story is erupting into the national and international headlines every week, lately. With people increasingly doing business and managing their personal lives online, it’s an issue that affects nearly...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:12pm

Drivers, start your hands-free devices

Did you pick up some thumb socks for Dad for Father’s Day? If not, you may want to put it on the list for an early Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Yule present later this year, because Delaware lawmakers on June 22 passed a bill that bans texting...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 11:17pm

Biden teaching kids to be safe online

The Internet has undoubtedly changed the way we live our lives. It’s changed the way we learn, communicate and spend our time, especially for today’s youth. But there are risks out there, hiding behind the anonymity and ambiguity of the Internet...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:47am

New software helps put Selbyville police on the map

Late last year, the Selbyville Police Department became one of the few local law enforcement agencies to utilize a computer service, called Nixle, to directly contact members of the community in the event of an emergency or other urgent concerns...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:50am

Calling all cell-phone losers

We’ve all had it happen: A co-worker or family member heads out for a few hours. You call them on their cell phone to relay a message or ask them to pick up a gallon of milk, only to hear the distinctive sound of their phone’s ringtone coming...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 6:28am

Taking social networking to the next level

We’ve had a great response in the last two weeks to our new Coastal Point Facebook page, with dozens of new “fans” and an ever-expanding network of “friends” for our staff. It looks like some of our friends and fans are relatively new to Facebook...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:31am

Users flock to social networking site

Judging by the attention it’s been getting in the mainstream media lately, social networking seems to have come into its own. No longer are Facebook and MySpace the isolated bastion of college students. No longer is Twitter just the sound a bird...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:47pm

Time ticking down on analog TV broadcasts

I received a recorded message from my satellite television provider a few weeks ago, letting me know that if I’d like to upgrade my equipment, I could receive the new digital television broadcasts right through my satellite box, with no...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:08am

Wii putting the ‘we’ in many holidays

After two years of short supplies that have sent many a parent heading to eBay or home in discouragement, supplies of the popular Wii video game console are finally showing signs of freeing up, just in time for the 2008 holidays.


Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:52pm

Nelson and Burris launch state’s first Internet talk-radio station

The future is here.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Dave Burris and Randy Nelson started the state’s first Internet talk-radio station. The duo will cover everything from upstate to downstate and bring in guests from all over the...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:01am

Classic consumerism: Vintage favorites and retro specialties find a home on the Web

This voyage into some tips for the modern consumer started innocently, with a newsroom discussion of Nabisco Crown Pilot crackers that originated in topics unknown and probably better left that way.

For those who don’t know what Pilot...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 6:00am

Things you can do on the Internet

Periodically, we get requests from Coastal Point readers to expand our technology columns to offer tips to those who are just learning to use computers and other gadgets, or those who know the basics but want to expand their horizons, with some...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:43am

Coastal Point Health-Tech Challenge, Week 2

Well, it’s the end of Week 2 of the Coastal Point Health-Tech Challenge, and I’ve been pleased with my ability to keep up my new exercise regimen using Wii Fit. On the down side, I’ve gained 4 pounds since starting the program two weeks ago. On...

Friday, June 6, 2008 - 8:05am

Get rid of that old TV the green way

The average computer user replaces their computer every two to three years. New television technology is tolling the bell on millions of TV sets across the country, as viewers upgrade to sets capable of displaying high-definition signals. And...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 7:23am

Introducing the Coastal Point Health-Tech Challenge

In our recent series of health stories on technologically-savvy ways to get (and stay) in shape, I noted the expected release of the Wii Fit game and balance board peripheral this month. Well, May 22 arrived late last week, and with it my very...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 6:52am

Take some of that green and get greener

Many U.S. taxpayers will start receiving their 2008 stimulus payments in increments of $300 this week through direct deposit, with $300 or more for many single taxpayers, $600 or more for many couples and $300 additional for each eligible child....

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Weaving a ‘green’ Web

While the back-to-basics, low-electricity push of the green movement may seem incompatible on some level with computers and computer monitors, there’s no question that the Internet has been a major mover in the efforts to protect the planet and...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 5:16am

Technology for better sleep, better life

While we’ve been talking mostly about “active” fitness technology in our series of stories on health tech, I don’t think many would argue about the value of good sleep in overall health, so this month, I’d like to look a little at some high-tech...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 8:31am

Are you ready for the DTV transition?

Chances are when most of the remaining analog cellular phone systems were turned off Feb. 18, you didn’t lose the use of your more modern wireless phone, even if some people were surprised to find their alarm systems and older cellular-based car...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:51am 2.0 unveiled

Welcome to 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.


Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am

Health technology gets moving and grooving

In this second part of our story on health technology, we’ll be looking at some alternative exercise devices and online dieting options.

Office work gets moving

No, we’re not going to recommend you try out the Hawaii Chair (www....

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 8:14am

Got cell? Put that old phone out to pasture gracefully

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s certain that quite a few of us woke up Christmas morning with a new cell phone under the tree or unwrapped something shiny, silver and technological to go with the traditional blue and silver of...

Friday, January 4, 2008 - 12:29am

For the ultimate cool Yule

Ah, the holidays… when all good geek brains turn to thoughts of e-goodies and tech toys. Yes, it’s time for the annual round-up of my top tech gift ideas for you and yours, with items for all budgets and every tech lover on your gift list.


Friday, December 21, 2007 - 4:34am

For the kids

While picking technology gifts for teenagers and adults is more a process of narrowing down a wide range of options, it’s only been in recent years that technology for the smallest of humans has really started to come into its own.


Friday, December 21, 2007 - 4:32am

Book 'em Bezos

It’s likely that at least as many of you will read this column online as on paper. So, what’s keeping you from reading your copy of “War and Peace” or the latest bestselling crime thriller in digital format rather than in paper and ink format?...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:37am

There's something dirty in my computer

Have you vacuumed your computer lately?

Yes, I said vacuumed.

Better question: have you cracked open your computer case lately and taken a look at what’s inside?

And, no, I don’t mean the hard drive, CD/DVD drive or whatever...

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:14pm

Which 'smartphone' is the smart choice?

Like many technology writers this week, I’ve had to take some deep consideration of how I’d deal with the subject of the iPhone.

After last Friday’s long lines and cult-like enthusiasm, it’s already clear that Apple has a hit with their...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Wireless Internet: the Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving

"tricia, what is this box hooked up to my computer?” my father asked me this week, in the typical all-lowercase e-mail he started sending me after I informed him some years ago that uppercase typing in e-mail was equivalent to shouting.


Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 4:14pm

Nintendo’s latest game console a win-win

I bowled a 229 game last Sunday. Pins were flying, and I managed six consecutive strikes. And I haven’t picked up a bowling ball since kindergarten.

Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
The Wii is Nintendo’s latest gaming machine...

Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:52am

Apple’s new iPhone

The buzz from tech-heads over last week’s Consumer Electronics Show was easily drowned out by the enthusiastic sighs over Apple’s new iPhone – the long anticipated cell phone/iPod hybrid that CEO Steve Jobs announced at the company’s annual...

Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 12:30pm

Great tech gifts keep on giving

Ah, the days after Christmas, when all good gift cards go back to the store for a belated spree of shopping goodness and all bad gifts are hoped to do likewise.

Did you get a set of USB-powered hedge clippers for Christmas? Was Santa off...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

It's the most wonderful time of the year

So it’s about time that I write my Christmas technology column for this year. Now, I usually do a list on ideas on what I might get my co-workers for Christmas, but this year I’ve decided to break the norm. This year I’ll be writing about what I...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm


To many of you, this acronym has no meaning. But to some of us, it is a large form of entertainment. MMORPG stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Basically a bunch of people from all over the world start up a game on their...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Selbyville VFC jumps on Web wagon

In what has become a growing trend for towns, fire departments and other organizations locally and nationally, the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company recently launched a seemingly all-inclusive Web site.

Although the company has maintained...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Surf's Up--Some online marketing tips

Nearly 75 percent of Americans — or more than 204 million people — have access to the Internet, according to a 2004 report from Nielson/Netratings. Just a year prior, 181 million Americans were Internet users. That means there’s been a 15 percent...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm