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Columns

  • Talk to me baby!

    I remember conversations decades ago discussing both touch and voice recognition technology in our computers with the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Both had their dreams and both felt that typing was too cumbersome and too slow.

    Touch (and by association Gestures) is well ingrained in our technology today, but voice is just now coming to the forefront. The biggest issue for most of us is the multitude of voice integrated devices we have.

  • Buttermilk Basics

    Buttermilk is a great way to add flavor and nutrition to many dishes. It has a longer storage time than fresh milk, and is therefore a great ingredient to have in your refrigerator.

    Buttermilk was originally the fluid left behind after churning butter from milk. Today, you can find reduced-fat varieties and locally produced buttermilk that is thick and rich in flavor. Buttermilk retains the nutrients from the milk used to produce it and is a good source of calcium and protein.

  • How to delete duplicate photos

    For Christmas, my son-in-law gave my wife a MacBook Air laptop. I know, what a guy! Anyway, I got to set it up for her, which meant bringing all her files from Windows to Mac.

    When I say all, she had less than 100 data files, and more that 30,000 photos. Yup, you read the number right. The age of the digital camera in our phones has done nothing to teach us how to manage the massive number of pictures we take.

  • The internet is down! April Fools

    True story. Many years ago, I was lecturing on technology at a conference, and a man came up and asked me how he would know when he had reached the end of the Internet! I realized immediately there was not going to be any way to answer his question, at least in time allotted, so I simply said, “No problem, it will display a message for you that you have “Now, reached the end of the Internet.”

    He walked away seemingly satisfied with the answer. Sometimes I wonder if he is still looking for the message to pop up in his browser.

  • Devices from CES I would buy in 2017

    The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas in January and hundreds of vendors came to show off their wares and attempt to convince resellers that you, the consumer, could not live without their products.

    CES is the geek show of the year, and if you have an interest in technology, I strongly suggest you do some Googling and check out what the show had to offer this year.

  • Senator Steve Meredith’s legislative update - March 8, 2017

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 session.

    The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 pieces of legislation including:

    Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;

  • Rep. Brandon Reed’s legislative update - March 8, 2017

    As the end of the Regular Session draws near, we continue work on behalf of the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to combat our state’s drug epidemic, protect innocent life, and support our firefighters and veterans.

  • Extending the life of your computer

    My primary Windows computer is nearly 10 years old. Purchased in May 2007, this computer is well beyond what manufacturers tell their customers the expected life should be.

  • Renaissance Recycling is about to “Flip its Lids!”

    Recently, a church group let me know that they were saving lids to recycle and they would go to a new bench or table for their church. This program is sponsored by Green Tree Plastics out of Evansville, Indiana.

    We have been saving for them and others for some time and we are overrun. I have misplaced the phone number for the group sponsor that had requested help in the summer, and hope that someone reading this will call me with that information, PLEASE!

  • Easy ways to increase your savings

    This is America Saves Week. Most of us understand that saving regularly is one of the simplest ways to reach our financial goals, but we don’t all take advantage of easy ways to automate our savings.