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  • 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.

  • Back away from the winter-time bad habits

    Winter is the perfect time to curl up often with a good book or movie.  When it gets cold and snowy we tend to like comfort foods and quiet times in a warm spot. Comfort foods tend to be higher in carbohydrates, smooth and warm such as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cornbread, biscuits and grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

    Comfort foods tend to be high in fat as well. They are fine in small amounts, but along with comfort foods in the winter you probably have a decrease in physical activity.  You can see the result in your waistline.  

  • The human component of large displays

    For more than a decade, professional services based businesses were encouraged to move to multiple computer displays, 19” to 27”, per user, as a way of increasing productivity.

    For the past couple of years, the move has swung back to a single large display, referred to as a Very Large Display or VLD. A VLD is considered any monitor of 30-inch diagonal measurement or greater.

  • General assembly is underway

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.

    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15th, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.

    Our biggest task during this time will be enacting a two-year state budget that will take effect next July.  While it is too soon to say what policy decisions will be made, the overall numbers are already known.

  • A look back on the 2015 legislative session

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.

    This period is known as the interim and it gives the house and senate’s two dozen joint committees, plus several temporary ones, time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting.  In some cases, meetings are held across the state.