• How Is Your Website Working for You?

    The first website was the CERN site, posted on November 1992, nearly 25 years ago. The first generally commercial sites emerged in late 1999. The Wayback Machine at archive.org/web/ will take you on a journey back in Internet time. You can enter any number of web-site addresses and view the history of them. The earliest archive of my own business website, www.tsif.com, goes back to May 8, 1999. It is interesting to see how website presentation has evolved, or devolved, over the past couple of decades.

  • Diabetes A – Z Class Series

    According to the 2015 Kentucky Diabetes Report, in 2013, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. and Kentucky. Besides leading to premature death, both types 1 and 2 diabetes are associated with long term complications that threaten the quality of life. Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness, end-stage kidney disease and non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations.

  • Millennials living with parents

    The Pew Research Center reports that more 18 to 34-year-olds are living with their parents than in any other living situation. The generation of the Internet age is one of the largest and most diverse in the U.S. Although Millennials have been defined by a relationship to technology, the generation has been steadily redefining adulthood, and now one-third of Millennials are living in a parent’s home.

  • Small business disaster planning is almost nonexistent

    If you have watched the news for the past few months, you have seen reports of weather disasters every single day. Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, pick one! What’s your poison?

    In this part of the country, we have the potential to be hit by any of these. While most of these news reports focus on the personal aspect and people’s personal lives thrown into chaos, disaster negatively impacts businesses too.

    No matter if it is flood, wind, or fire, if it shuts your business down, you may be out of business forever!

  • Forget the driveless car, a driveless tractor may be in your future

    You might think that the concept of the Driverless Car began with Google. Actually, we can trace the idea back to as early as 1935 where the idea first appeared in the pages of works of Science Fiction. By 1939 the idea of smart, or automated, highways were seen in early plans from GE and others. But, of course, in the early 1930’s, computers to power these magic devices were also things of Science Fiction, so we would have to wait another 75 years for scientists and Google to come along and make an idea a reality.

  • 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.

  • Laboratories of democracy

    By Terry Mills, State Representative

    States have often been called laboratories of democracy, and for good reason: That’s where most cutting-edge ideas to improve government are first tested. The good ones are widely copied while the unworkable ones teach a valuable lesson as well.

  • 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.