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News, Sucka Free City Phone Jack: The Promise of a Wi-Fi City is Beset by Analog-Era Problems

Phone Jack: The Promise of a Wi-Fi City is Beset by Analog-Era Problems

Free Wi-fi came to Market Street last month with all the fanfare of a coronation. It didn't quite approach the citywide installment plan that former Mayor Gavin Newsom and former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin devised in 2007, but…
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News, Sucka Free City Long-Distance Call: Dialing City Hall Results in a Blast from the Past

Long-Distance Call: Dialing City Hall Results in a Blast from the Past

A long time ago, Alex Tourk left his position as Gavin Newsom's deputy chief of staff to run the mayor's re-election bid. Newsom repaid his friend's loyalty and devotion by carrying on an affair with Tourk's then-wife — who also…
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News, The Snitch City Unsure Which San Franciscans Would Get Google Internet Coverage

City Unsure Which San Franciscans Would Get Google Internet Coverage

As noted yesterday, San Francisco publicized its full application to enter the Google fiber network sweepstakes, which has taken on something of a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket feel -- but with delicious Google fiber instead of chocolate.  San Francisco is…
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News, The Snitch Techies Optimistic S.F. Will Enter Google Fiber Sweepstakes

Techies Optimistic S.F. Will Enter Google Fiber Sweepstakes

The city's technology mavens are anticipating the Board of Supervisors will tomorrow give them the go-ahead to enter Google's much-ballyhooed fiber sweepstakes. A sub-committee of supes last week unanimously sent a motion to the full board recommending San Francisco get…
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News, The Snitch S.F. 'Likely' to Enter Google's Fiber Network Sweepstakes

S.F. 'Likely' to Enter Google's Fiber Network Sweepstakes

Google: It's a noun, a verb, and, soon enough, it'll be the Ryan Seacrest of a national contest determining which municipality wins a brand new ultra-high speed fiber network -- only with discernible talent.The Bay Area-based search engine recently announced…
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News, The Snitch Thirteen Years and $20 Million Later, City Still Trying To Computerize Justice Records

Thirteen Years and $20 Million Later, City Still Trying To Computerize Justice Records

San Francisco is still struggling to complete a project, initiated in 1997, to update a criminal justice records system dating from the 1970s, according to a new report issued by the city's Department of Technology.Despite spending $20 million on the…
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San Francisco's Annals of Incompetence

• Between 2002 and late 2006, the Committee on Information Technology — responsible for coordinating all city departments' hardware and software purchases — didn't meet at all. Hardware and software purchases, meanwhile, continued — to the tune of hundreds of…
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News, The Snitch Web Server Switchover Would Supposedly Save City Tons of Money. Naturally, We're Not Doing It.

Web Server Switchover Would Supposedly Save City Tons of Money. Naturally, We're Not Doing It.

Guess how much money the city of San Francisco spends, each year, to maintain its current Web content system. Just maintenance -- whatever costs are associated with data entry are extra. Remember, this is San Francisco, so think of a…
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News, The Snitch Supes Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del on Department of Tech's Plea for $750,000 Temporary Home

Supes Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del on Department of Tech's Plea for $750,000 Temporary Home

On Monday, SF Weekly's Benjamin Wachs was bewildered that the Department of Technology was begging the Board of Supervisors for a $750,000 new temporary home -- after three years of failing to locate a permanent home, which won't be rendered…
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News, Sucka Free City Channel 29 producer Ace Washington's shows canceled

Channel 29 producer Ace Washington's shows canceled

Free speech has always been a cherished aspect of San Francisco's political and cultural life, but apparently speaking your mind goes only so far at a local bastion of expression, the city's public-access cable station. Longtime producer Ace Washington found…
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