Watching TV on the Internet Trends in TV Viewing Presented by Rick Elrod, Fairfax County Government
Today’s TV’s, computers, and mobile devices offer “over-the-top” options to watch movies and TV programs via streaming video over the Internet. Services such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, Sling TV, and Apple TV provide new alternatives. “Cord-cutters” are replacing or supplementing their cable television subscriptions with such Internet video sources. The Fairfax County Department of Cable and Consumer Services will discuss the benefits and limitations of these options.
Frederick E. Ellrod III (Rick) is Director of the Communications Policy and Regulation Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services. Before joining the County in 2009, he worked as an attorney at Miller & Van Eaton, a law firm representing local governments on cable and telecommunications issues. He helped negotiate the County’s 2013 and 1998 Cox cable franchises and assisted with the Comcast franchise renewal in 2005. Previously, he taught philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Rick graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1986 and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University (1979).
Rick has resided in the County since 1989. He has published two short stories and is working on a science fiction novel titled House of Stars. Rick also plays the guitar. He is the proud father of David and Karen, and the grandfather of two charming granddaughters.
Learn in 30: Flightradar24 Presented by Bill Walsh
Flightradar24 is one of several available websites that let you
graphically follow aircraft in flight, with detailed parameters of the
plane and flight route. Founded as a hobby in 2006 by two Swedish
aviation enthusiasts, the program collects data from multiple sources,
with increasing reliance on aircraft use of what is known as ADS-B
transponder data, an important part of the FAA's NextGen air traffic
Thousands of flights are shown around the world, with aircraft location,
speed, origin, destination, etc. being presented. Flights can be
selected and tracked onscreen, with many features controlling the
program being offered to the user. Because of the use of near-realtime
data, the displays are closer than most to showing aircraft positions,
though accuracy is often dependent on reception of transmitted data.
Bill is Secretary of PATACS and has been instrumental managing meeting setup for the club for many years..
Contact director2 (at) patacs.org to arrange a presentation !!
Future Meeting Topics:
June 17th - Dan Feighery: Photography as a Retirement Hobby Judy Taylour: NoMo Robo
July 15th - Gabe Goldberg: iPad and Smartphone - Together at Last
August 19th - Jay Castillo: Preserving Digital Assets
September 16th - Thomas Pratt: East Coast Seismicity
October 21st - Fairfax County On-Line Library Services
November 18th - John Acton:3D Printing - What's It All About?