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New Home

New Home

Been a week or so since my last update, but a smashing time for all things IT at the office is keeping me under. In the midst of all of that, my wife and I have taken the plunge into home ownership. We are now frantically in the mode of getting things packed and moved from the old place and at the same time doing some minor updates on the new place before we get moved into it. In other words, combined with work, I am anticipating very little sleep this coming week. What a way to spend a birthday, eh?

Kentucky Basketball Rant

Kentucky Basketball Rant

Before I start, know that I am very much a University of Kentucky basketball fan. I have been for as long as I can remember, having come to age watching the teams of the late 1970′s and stuck with them through thick years of the late 1990′s and the thin years on each side of that. I will further say that I was pretty excited when Cal came on board. However, shortly after that I really questioned the heavy reliance on the recruitment of “one and dones.” I relaxed that stance a little bit with the win of it all in 2012…

Net Neutrality: Why It Matters to You

Net Neutrality: Why It Matters to You

Have you heard it in the news lately? A court has recently turned the FCC rules for net neutrality on their head. Why should you care? After all will it even impact your life at all if you are not some giant media company anyway? Yes, it could very well. First, though, to understand how it may impact you, an idea of what it is all about. Currently, the internet is neutral to the size and hence ability to pay. The delivery circuits, or “pipes” if you will. They let all information flow at an equal ability.

Winter, Weather, & Snow

Winter, Weather, & Snow

I mentioned to my wife just the other day that the weather forecasting teams, local and national, had since around Christmas made predictions for three snows with a decent accumulation for our area of the country. On all three of those past occasions, the road crews, both state and local had really put forth a major effort with both pre and post-treatment of the roads. Over done in fact, given that on two occasion we were lucky to see two flakes accumulate in total. My concern expressed to her was the what is going to happen when we actually do get a snow?

WordPress & NextGen Gallery Plugin

WordPress & NextGen Gallery Plugin

I have been using NextGen Gallery Plugin for years on the various WordPress blogs I have set up, both for myself and for others. One thing I had not noticed, until recently, was just what a resource hog the NextGen Gallery (NGG for short) plugin is. Maybe I had noticed, because of the light traffic that my blogs typically have. One blog that I helped to set up and continue to help maintain on the back-end has a huge amount of traffic and recently suffered from some major slowdowns due to traffic.

Bing Rewards, Wikipedia, & Bing Homepage

Bing Rewards, Wikipedia, & Bing Homepage

Bing is a search engine that in my humble opinion rivals the big king of search engines, namely Google. About the same level of advertising and generally similar search results (and on occasion, results that I find are more relevant, especially on really technical searches). The really cool thing is that Bing also has a rewards program for using their search engine. Unlike some other search and reward programs, this one still actually returns good results that is worth using in most cases and has a couple of really cool features to help the process along.

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