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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.

  • A crisis waiting to happen

    There is a new variation of the Crysis (pronounced Crisis by most) malware and it is a nightmare waiting to happen. When Crysis first emerged a few years ago, it was a simple ransomware virus (see my article from August 5, 2015 for more discussion of ransomware). After many updates from nefarious computer black hat hackers (bad guys,) this malware has evolved.

  • Highway fatalities on the rise

    By Terry Mills

    About a decade ago, Kentucky started to see a welcome trend as the number of highway fatalities began a steady decline.

    Totals that regularly exceeded 900 a year before 2007 dropped to 638 in 2013, a figure not seen in the commonwealth since the 1940s.

    Unfortunately, that was as low as it would go.  The number of fatalities on our roads last year was almost a fifth higher than the benchmark set just two years earlier, and through the first seven-plus months of this year. It’s eight percent ahead of where it was last August.

  • Don't let the quietness fool you

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    The halls of the Capitol may be relatively quiet when July arrives, but that doesn’t detract from the month’s importance when it comes to running state government.  It marks the start of another fiscal year and, in even-numbered years, is when most new state laws take effect.

  • Steaming – a healthy way to cook your veggies

    Steaming is a healthy way to cook - no added fat required, zero potential carcinogens from charring, and minimal loss of nutrients. You can add flavors in the steaming liquid or by lining the steamer with fragrant additions such as using your favorite fresh or dried herbs for extra flavor.

  • 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.