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  • Pressure canner dial gauge testing

    Canning season is here. If you are planning to pressure can this summer, be sure to get the dial gauge on your canner tested for accuracy before you use it. Every pound of pressure on the gauge is important to ensure that the temperature inside the canner is high enough (240 degrees F) to kill the spores that can cause botulism.

  • Windows 10 will no be free much longer
  • Social Networking is dead

    The word is spreading that Social Networking is dead. Or, at the very least, it is on life support.

    There are many active social networking sites, but in the US, it could be argued that the most popular are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. I could continue with sites like Tumblr, Flickr, Reddit, etc., but frankly, the majority of users who are out of their teens have never even heard of these.

  • How to improve cell phone reception

    My office is in the basement level of my home. And even though it is a sunlight basement, one wall is exposed with walkout and windows, cell phone reception from local towers is weak. Even when upstairs, I had difficulty receiving a cell phone signal because I am almost equal distance between two cell towers. I imagine many of you have the same problem. But, take heart, there may, and I say “may,” be a solution for you.

  • New dangerous drug emerging in state

    By Terry Mills

    It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield. When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up.

    Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.

    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • Hot new technology - Virtual Reality Devices

    The hottest technology emerging today are Virtual Reality devices, or VR. The strongest of the early competitors include, Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus (owned by Facebook, the Oculus Rift model is now shipping,) and Google Glass (also see Glass at Work, for some very interesting work place applications.)

    These devices are for moving about and viewing in a 3D world, However, the experience does not come cheaply, as the Oculus Rift bundle from Amazon will set you back about $1500! A developer’s version of the Microsoft’s HoloLens can be purchased for only $3000.

  • Frankfort Focus - The veto process

    Other than constitutional amendments, which go before the voters, every bill the General Assembly passes has to clear one final hurdle before becoming law: The governor’s pen.

    The governor has the authority to sign or reject bills, or to let them become law without a signature. He or she can only approve or veto bills in their entirety – except in budgetary matters, which can be line-item vetoed without affecting the rest.

  • May is Kentucky Water Awareness month

    Are you water aware? Do you know how your home and garden water use impacts the water around you? May is Kentucky Water Awareness Month, and that’s a good time to think about how what we do affects the health of waterways in Kentucky and beyond.

    Kentucky has more than 90,000 miles of rivers and streams. Each stream eventually meets the Mississippi River, either directly or via the Ohio River. That means everything we put into the water can potentially reach as far as the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Spring clean your way to a safer kitchen

    Spring is a great time to target harmful bacteria that can lurk on kitchen surfaces and even in your refrigerator. Harmful bacteria especially like moist environments. A clean, dry kitchen helps protect your family from foodborne illness.

    Some cleaning tips you should practice year round to make your kitchen and your meals safer include:

    Always clean surfaces thoroughly with hot, soapy water.

  • Is your business generic?

    From 1997 through 2002, I stayed busy helping many businesses convert from computer accounting software that was not Y2K compliant.

    To refresh your memory, when the calendar turned over to January 1, 2000, a number of older software codes failed to work properly. This was because a lot of programs used a six-character date, representing the year in two digits.

    This was done to save the costs of data storage; I know, seems funny now. This practice worked great until we cycled to zero-zero. Then, not so good.