The Bee's Knees
On Oct. 16, the Terrace Theatre will premier Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. The film will be followed by a reception at the Harbour Club and will benefit the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA). LILA is an organization dedicated to improving the basic foundations of language and writing skills of the youth. Sue Monk Kidd, a LILA Board member, is scheduled to attend the premier as well as the reception. The movie was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys. For more information, go to www.lilaconnects.com. —Mark Glenn
Ask This Old House comes to Charleston on Sept. 11. The PBS program specializes in teaching viewers how to solve home repair and improvement problems. The Holy City episode features Roger Cook. He's due to help a Charlestonian with his landscaping. —Myles Hutto
Head in the Clouds
If you use Gmail, Flickr, or Yahoo, you're cloud computing. That's what engineers call it when people store information on the internet. It's a great way to free up space on your computer, but it's not all good. The question, NPR reports, is who exactly owns that information? Lots of us do it — Yahoo boasted some 261 million active e-mail addresses in June; and its file-sharing site, Flickr, hosts about 2.5 billion photographs. But who owns them? According to Facebook's user agreement, it has the right to do whatever it wants with your information — it can "use, copy, [and] distribute it," the NPR report says. Even so, cloud computing isn't going anywhere. It's too efficient and popular, especialy among businesses. —Myles Hutto
Is iPhone 3G a Rotten Apple?
It is shocking that a device that can store your music library, give you directions, surf the web, take and make calls, make you cooler, all while fitting in the palm of your hand has a couple of glitches. People across the globe are complaining about the service for their new iPhone 3G. Apple says causes for poor service range from AT&T's Edge network to faulty chips made by Infineon Technologies. Apple is also saying that a new software update can "partly" fix the problem. Maybe Apple should expect customers to "partly" pay their bills. —Myles Hutto