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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Criminal expungement discussed in Kentucky General Assembly

    By Terry Mills

    An effort to help potentially tens of thousands of Kentuckians truly put their past behind them cleared a key legislative milestone on Friday when the Kentucky House voted to broaden eligibility for criminal expungement.

    Similar measures have passed the chamber numerous times, but there is hope that this year’s legislation will be successful, given the increased bipartisan support it has received.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Human component of the mouse and keyboard

    Last week, I presented the benefits of purchasing Very Large Displays and the current move away from multiple small monitors. This week, I want to talk about the two most used components of any computer system, the mouse and the keyboard.

  • Value of veterans in the civilian workforce

    By Virgil McCloud

    Transitioning from military to civilian life and finding the right fit in the civilian workforce can be a frustrating and trying experience. As I’ve learned firsthand, leaving the military isn’t just about finding a new job, it’s leaving everything you’ve known for years and entering into new territory.

    Annually, in the Army alone, more than 100,000 soldiers make this transition. Of those 100,000, upwards of 3,000 leave the Army from Fort Knox. This past year, I was one of them.