One question I am frequently asked is, "Where can someone obtain past columns?"
Sometimes people remember a particular subject matter I covered a while ago, or maybe they missed an issue.
Often I will get these requests from people asking me to email them a copy of a past column.
In just about every case, I find the people asking are surprised to learn that Hometown News has a website with an archive of recent past columns.
Let's take a look.
Fire up your Web browser and log onto www.hometownnewsol.com and take a look around.
If you enjoy the print version of the Hometown News then you are going to love what you find online.
Once you get to the home page, you will see links along the top that will take you to the classified section, information about working for Hometown News, rack locations (a great way to find a copy in your area), a way to contact the paper and links for advertising information and featured advertisers.
Along the left bar, you will find news links for each of the counties the paper is published in: Brevard, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Volusia.
Following these links will allow you to read the top stories in each area for the week, which is a great way to stay informed, especially if a story you may be interested is printed in an edition that is several counties away from you.
Below the county news link list you will find links to all of the feature columns for each week: classifieds, rants & raves, dining guide, entertainment, etc.
Of course, a link to my column is listed as "computer/technology." There are many more links than I've listed. If you have a favorite columnist and miss an article, you can find it here. Also, sometimes a columnist's submission for the week may get published in one edition but not another; here's a way to keep up to date.
One of the nice features of this Website is the column archives. Let's say you are looking for a past issue of one of my columns. Click the "computer/technology" link and this will bring you to my most recent column. Underneath the column title, click "archives" and you will have access to the last six months or so of everything I've written.
The same holds true for all the regular columnists.
Looking for one of Arlene Borg's old recipes? Click the "cooking/food" link and then "archives" under Arlene's name and they're all there.
The right bar on the main page has even more features: date and time, subscription information, a mailing list and a calendar.
And, of course, I need to mention the weather webcam links located on the left side bar near the bottom.
If you haven't already, I invite you to take a few moments to log onto Hometown News online and have a good look around. The Web master who runs the site has, in my opinion, done an awesome job of tying together all the editions of Hometown News into one comprehensive site that's easy to navigate and has something for everyone.
My congratulations to him (or her or them - they've done a great job pulling it (and keeping it) together.
Sean McCarthy fixes computers. He can be reached at (888) 752-9049 or help@ComputeThisOnline.com (no hyphens!)