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Columns

  • Ways to Eliminate Food Waste

    Nebraska Extension shares that about 40 percent of the United States food supply (1,500 calories/ person/day) goes uneaten. Discarded food in homes and foodservice accounts for 60 percent of this total food loss and is mostly avoidable. The remaining portion is lost or wasted during food production.

  • Will there be an everlasting battery?

    We see those ads for the Energizer Bunny that goes and goes, but we know the truth. That little bunny will run out of power at the least convenient moment.

    I have often speculated that the people who truly make money from technology are the people who produce the batteries. Billions and billions of batteries. If you have owned a cell phone for several years, you know how performance fails as the life of the battery decreases. The same is true for recharging lithium-ion batteries.

  • The evolution of special education

    By State Representative Terry Mills 

    Before the mid-1970s, special education in our country’s public schools was all but non-existent.  Many students were either outright denied the opportunity to attend because of their disability or they received inferior instruction if they were able to enroll.

    That thankfully began to change in 1975, when Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and required each state to provide appropriate services in this critical area.

  • How to enable hidden Windows 10 administrator account

    This week, I want to help users understand the differences between the Administrator User account versus Administrative Rights, and why knowing the difference is important.

    This article may seem pretty technical for some of you, so please share it with your IT person, and ask them to verify that your computers are setup correctly. Many technicians and computer users are not aware that Microsoft changed how the user Administrator works with Windows 7,8, and 10.

  • 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.

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  • 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!