Thank you for the nice review…

Judy B:

Feedback: The Podcasting 101 tutorial was immensely helpful!  I signed up to learn about podcasting to help launch a new business. Not only did I learn the basics, but Burt Lewis customized the sessions and introduced me to the tools I needed prior to setting up a podcast. Burt is a hugely generous person who is passionate and dedicated to sharing his expertise to help others succeed and reach their true potential.  He is one of the most knowledgeable, smartest people I have ever met. More importantly, he has a wonderful, motivating teaching style that doesn’t intimidate. I’m not sure how Burt did it, but after meeting with him for three sessions, I was able to update my social media tools, start a website, and test out and add an ntroductory podcast onto the website.  Best of all, I am now truly excited about playing around with these tools. I would encourage anyone who wants to improve their podcasting and other social media computer skills to sign up for Burt’s classes. He’s the best!

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How I won the 1999 Town of Easton Outstanding Achievement Award

In 1996 I took a part time night job after my day job working for the Internet Connection (iCi) in Mansfield Mass., a local Internet access dial up provider. I took the job for the sole purpose of learning from the inside about the new piece of technology called the Internet and the World Wide Web. It was just starting, I new it was going to be big and I wanted to learn and know all about it… More to come, stay tuned…12654322_10208053919613609_1866953152359562717_n


Google app script coding problem?

I have this sample working OK accept that the email message doesn’t fill up a whole line, it seems to be breaking sentences at 76 to 80 characters and I don’t have any carriage returns in the text. I tested it with gmail and godaddy webmail and the results are the same. I’ve tried just about everything, any coders out there?


Who needs car keys? Hyundai’s New Car Lets Drivers Use Fingerprints Instead of Keys

…The South Korean carmaker unveiled the 2019 Santa Fe SUV at a Chinese auto show Friday, and its new fingerprint technology allows consumers to do much more than open doors.

Hyundai said that multiple owners will be able to register their encrypted fingerprint data on a car and also record certain driving preferences,…

Free tech/computer help every Saturday at Ames Free Library Queset House with Burt Lewis, tech expert and local social media pioneer, 10 to 4

Do you have a computer or technology question, or maybe want to learn more about social media, podcasting, or how to create your own blog or website with WordPress, or how to organize, save, backup and process your photos, files and notes using the free Google suite of tools?

Come see me every Saturday from 10 to 4 at Ames Free Library Queset House. As a state and local government  technology professional veteran of more than 40 years and local Easton social media pioneer, I’ll be glad to help and try to answer all your computer related questions.

You can just drop in any time from 10 to 4 or schedule time here: Note! If you drop in and I have an appointment, you are welcome to sit in…


Burt Lewis, an Easton tech expert, trainer, and local social media pioneer, is available to help you navigate Google and create your own webpage.

  • Getting Started with Google Suite: Burt will teach you how to get the most from the Google suite of tools to get your files, photos, information, notes and more, organized and saved online, by understanding how to store and process information, photos, files, and documents online while syncing with your phone using free Google tools. 
  • Creating a Website with WordPress for Beginners: Using Burt will guide you through the basics of building a blog, a full website, or a combination of both. Bring your laptop and follow along. 

Each session is for one hour, pre-registration is required. If you are interested in either of the topics, or want to explore the other One-on-One with an Expert programs available, please sign up for a session online HERE or call 508-238- 2000, Ext. 3.

Podcasting 101

Podcasting is experiencing renewed popularity! If you’re interested in starting your very own podcast, Burt Lewis can show you all the ins and outs, and teach you what equipment and programs will get you up and running. He is available every Saturday for “One-On-One with an Expert” sessions of one hour each, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. You can register for a session HERE or by calling 508-238-2000, ext. 3.

Event Location: 
Queset House, 2nd Floor Recording Studio


The Easton Lion’s 32nd Annual Holiday Festival – Saturday Dec 1st and Sunday Dec 2nd

Climbing Wall added to Easton Lions Holiday Festival Dec 1st and 2nd
The Easton Lions 32nd Annual Holiday Festival will be held (rain or shine or snow) on Saturday Dec 1st from 12 noon to 6 pm and Sunday Dec 2nd from 12 noon to 5 pm. We are happy to again have the North Easton Savings Bank as our premier sponsor! Other major sponsors are the Farmers Daughter,
the Township Eatery and Spirits. Returning Festival Chair Jon Morgan says it will be bigger and better than ever! The Lions have improved the activities geared for older kids: We have added a 25 foot Climbing Rock Wall and kept the usual Carnival Games on the front lawn of the Ames Free Library. For
little kids we have added an Inflatable Playground.
As always, the activities begin with an Arts and Craft Show at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall (3 Barrows Street Easton) on both days. Two entire floors of arts and crafts will be on display. Great shopping or browsing offered for an incredible array of gifts. The popular Trackless Train ride is back
and is FREE thanks to the sponsorship of Creative World Childrens Learning Center. Outside there will also be bouncy houses/moonwalks; hay wagon rides; musical entertainment  sponsored by the Avery Lee Williams Trust. The usual assortment of food including hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, chili, frenchfries and popcorn will be sold for reasonable prices.Rumors are that Sausage and Peppers and Pigs-in-a-Blanket will be added!
The  Too Much Fun! Charity Dance is Saturday Night from 7pm to 11pm. Cash bar – Free Food! Co-Sponsored by the Easton YMCA. Libations are provided by Eastons own Shovel Town Brewery.
People should note that the Easton Lions is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and that while the Holiday Fest rarely makes a profit, any money left-over goes to Eye Research and scholarships for Easton students. So, if you buy a few extra tickets, it goes to a good cause. During the past 10 years the Easton
Lions have donated over $500,000 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund and over $500,000 to local scholarships, charities and community service groups.
The Lighting of the Rockery in Historic North Easton Village (the Corner of Main and Barrows) and all its displays will take place at 5 pmthats 5 pm  and the energy efficient LED lights will once again be set to music broadcast on local radio channel 102.9 FM. The Lighting will hopefully led by a Jolly Man in a Red Suit. The Lighting is sponsored by Shovel Town Brewery.
Almost all of the activities from the Saturday Festival will be back on Sunday. Posters are being put up around town and flyers and Program Books are available in the schools and many local businesses as well as on the Easton Lions website Boy Scout Troop 193 is hosting its annual breakfast on Sunday December 2nd from 8 to 10:30 am
at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Bring your appetite! $6 per person or $25 per family. Eggs, sausage, baked goods, coffee, tea, milk, juice, quiche, FRUIT, homefries. Music. Big Man in Red Suit!
The Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus leading the way, will start at 1 pm at the Easton Village Shoppes and North Easton Savings Bank on Main Street (Washington Plaza). The parade runs THRU theRockery and ends past the library on North Main St. If you, your family, your group or organization
would like to participate with your business vehicle, a FLOAT, a decorated car, truck, wagon, bicycle, just march in or whatever, you are most welcome! This is an opportunity to be imaginative and get your business or group in front of townspeople. If you have questions or need help or want to participate and dont know how, please contact Anne Martin at (508) 238- 6704 (home) or (508) 294-5409. Email address for the parade is . We are proud to have Shovel Town Brewery as our Parade Sponsor!
Immediately following the parade (about 1:30) will be the popular Reindog Parade where pets and pooches in their holiday finery walk the parade route. We ask for canned donations to the Animal Protection Center of SE Mass (old MSCPA). Full details are available at This event is sponsored by Zesty Pet Services.
Following the parade, the Greatest Kids Show Ever!!! will take place in Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Because of large numbers who showed up in the past, tickets will be sold for $2 at the door only to control the attendance. 1:45 ish to 3 ish.
The closing ceremonies with the re-lighting of the Rockery will be about 4:00 pm or whenever it gets too dark or cold. The Lions Club can always use help from 5 to 7 Sunday breaking down all the stuff!
For more info see the Lions website: or please contact Holiday Festival Chair Jon Morgan or Bill Palmer at .

Turn self-driving cars into offices?

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For as long as the possibility of self-driving cars has filled the imagination, there have been parallel dreams of what people might do inside their vehicles once freed from the monotony of driving.

When the idea of vehicles that drove themselves took hold in the 1950s — with electric infrastructure embedded in highways as a guiding principle — one particular sketch came to encapsulate notions of how passengers would spend their time: A family sits contentedly around a small table, playing a game of dominoes. If not for the steering wheel behind Dad’s left arm, it’d be easy to mistake the setting for this wholesome family activity for a living room instead of a vehicle hurtling down a highway…




Wall St. Journal: Facebook Morale Takes a Tumble Along With Stock Price

Facebook Inc.’s difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year, according to people familiar with the matter and messages reviewed by The Wall Street Journal…

The one skill employers will pay you $111,614 per year to know

According to PayScale, Machine Learning Engineers earn an average of $111,614 per year.
Why the high salaries? We’re in a machine learning arms race.

To gain a competitive edge, leading companies are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve problems of all kinds. From chatbots that reduce customer support costs to medical software that can quickly analyze x-rays, and recommendation tools that drive new sales, the applications of AI are growing in scope and complexity.

But the number of people who can combine theoretical AI knowledge with practical, hands-on coding skills is not keeping up. Over the past 3 years, the number of AI-related jobs posted on Indeed has more than doubled—an increase of 119%. Nearly half of these new job listings remain unfilled for 60 days or more. That’s where you come in, where we come in.
Our new Pro Intensive, Machine Learning Fundamentals, will give you the skills you need to land one of those jobs. All you have to know is a little Python. We’ll teach you the rest, including:
  • Scikit-learn—an essential Python library (and powerful data mining and analysis tool) that provides efficient, scalable versions of many common algorithms.
  • Foundational concepts in multiple linear regression, predictive analysis, and classification of large, complex datasets.
  • How to build your own classifier, neural network cell, and Python library—and leverage those skills to solve real-world AI challenges.
If you’re serious about a career in machine learning, Machine Learning Fundamentals is an ideal entry point. It takes you from basic Python skills to the ability to solve real-world challenges you might encounter at work—in just 7 weeks.
Space is limited, though. Reserve your seat today—our next cohort starts on November 13th.