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Columns

  • What's hot in tech - a quick recap of CES
  • Medical debt on credit reports

    According to a recent Consumer Finance Protection Bureau study, “52 percent of debt appearing on credit reports is due to medical expenses.” Also, “7 percent of consumers have medical debt in collections, but no other debt on their credit reports. These consumers are likely to be more reliable bill payers than those with other types of collections on their credit reports.”

  • Tips for making freezer meals

    You can free up time on future meal preparations when you make extra food at one meal for upcoming meals. This way you prepare food ahead and freeze for a later time. The following are some general tips for making freezer meals, which are shared through Nebraska Extension.

  • The dark side of IoT

    Last week, we introduced you to the Internet of Things (IoT) and discussed a few of the cool devices to enhance your life. However, like most technology, there is a dark side you should be aware of as well.

  • Get your resume ready for 2016

    Any time is a good time to set new career goals. However, with renewed motivation in January and all the potential of a new year ahead of us, it’s often a time when we find ourselves reflecting on a career move.

    If you’re one of the countless professionals who make a New Year’s resolution to land a new job, enter a new field or earn a promotion, now is the time for a resume refresh.

  • Does technology control our lives?

    I recently received a reality check of how long it had been since I graduated high school and how I am considered old when it comes to technology.

    My reality check occurred after I read an article about what a typical day was like for a high school student in 2005. The article listed things like constantly checking your Myspace account on the computer, instant messaging your friends on the computer after school and having a Motorola RAZR phone so you could be considered one of the “cool kids.”

  • My kids made me a sports fan, sort of

    It’s basketball season for the boys’ recreation league in our county, and this year we have two excited athletes ready to dribble that ball up and down the court with dreams of making buzzer beater game winning shots.

    It wasn’t long ago that I was completely clueless to what a buzzer beater, alley-oop or pick and roll is; a time when I couldn’t care less about a turnover and I paid absolutely no attention to March Madness or NBA play-offs or championships.

  • A look at ACT the test

    By Steven Curtsinger

    Student Columnist

    I recently took a practice ACT Test at school. I was curious to find out more about the test and why it is important for high school students to take it. This lengthy exam has been something our teachers have been preparing us for since the beginning of my high school career. Here are some facts about the ACT test and why we take it.

  • The Internet of things

    The Internet of Things, or IoT, is hot new technology. IoT is about connectivity between smart-devices via the Internet.

    One of the first and most popular such devices is the Nest thermostat. I can control my Nest from my Smartphone, Tablet, or browser. I can set it to “away mode” while away from home or office. and save fuel costs, then turn it on to warm, or cool, my home or office well before I arrive.

  • All we need is just a little patience

    We have all heard the old adage “patience is a virtue.” In a nutshell, the phrase means “patience is a behavior showing high moral standards.” Um, yeah. That sounds simple enough, right?

    The older I get the more I realize just how impatient I really am. Likewise, I notice the same impatient tendencies in a lot of my family members, friends and other people I have met throughout my life.