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  • Can you concentrate?

    The Concatenate function in Excel is one of those great features that few users know about. So what does concatenation do?

    To concatenate is to join together. We use the plus, negative, or slash (divide) symbols to do math inside an Excel cell, but what if we want to join the contents of one cell with the contents of another cell? Let’s see how the =CONCATENATE function works.

  • Home canning tips

    Watch your headspace. In canning, this is the empty space between the top of the food and the top of the jar. This empty space allows the food in the jar to expand during processing. If too little headspace is left, the hot food may bubble over the top of the jar during processing, leaving a deposit on the rim and preventing the lid from sealing. If too much headspace is left, the processing time may not be long enough to drive all of the air out of the jar. This may cause the food in the jar to discolor and may prevent the formation of a strong vacuum seal on cooling.

  • Celebrating Independence Day

    As it has for nearly two-and-a-half centuries, our nation will pause on Monday to celebrate its “birth” day, commemorating a time 240 years ago when the Founding Fathers declared our independence.

    Since July 4, 1776, we have weathered a war for our freedom, a war against ourselves, and wars against those who would like nothing more than to see us and our values falter.  Although the world has changed in countless ways since Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, our commitment to protect and promote freedom has never wavered.

  • 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.