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“I’m not lost, I’m right where I’m standing” is one of my favorite quotes from Winnie the Pooh. Are you forgetful? There’s a new technology that is making its way into the hands of many. Over the last couple of years, we have seen several small, key fob sized tracking devices hit the market. These […]

Simplifying your digital photo storage

There are some tasks that can be downright terrifying when it comes to technology. One of those is photo management. After all, our photos are one of the most precious files we keep. I have even found myself struggling with this task from time to time as devices come and go and space to store […]

LOOK! A Pikachu

I won’t make a habit of writing columns on video games, however with all the craze revolving around Pokémon Go and some legitimate concerns, I thought it would be appropriate to inform readers. As of now, Pokémon Go has been released to 26 different countries. Although some Russian websites publish content claiming this is a […]

Drones Among Us

You wake up in the morning, grab your cup of coffee, and dash out the door. While walking to your vehicle, you’re numb to the sound of the buzzing propellers coming from the delivery drone that just dropped off a package at your neighbor’s house. Is this our future? I’d like to take a moment […]


Fitbit, Apple Watch, Jawbone Up, Moov Now, Pebble, and the list of wearable technology goes on and on. What do they do? Why would I want one? Can they really help me live a better, healthier lifestyle? These are all questions that I hear asked when the topic of smart watches or fit bands come […]

Helping others helps you and other parting words of advice

It has been six years since I began writing this column. During that time, I have had the pleasure of interacting with many of you outside the confines of this page. In fact, there were times when so many of you responded, I had a very difficult time keeping up! I have to say I […]

Which laptop should I buy?

Claburn from Norris Electric writes, “My laptop screen recently had an unfortunate accident. (I stepped on it!) So, now it won’t show anything on the screen. I can use an external monitor to use it temporarily, but I’ve been meaning to get a new one for a while now anyway. I mostly use the computer […]

The path to an IT career

Often, I am asked what degree a person should seek in order to become an Information Technology (IT) professional. Alternatively, businesses sometimes contact me to find out what credentials they should be listing when searching for someone to fit their IT roles. The answer might surprise you. Some of the IT jobs out there don’t […]

Avoid the scam

Your emails keep coming in and I promise I’m doing my best to get them all answered. If you’re still waiting for a response, then please accept my apology. You will definitely hear from me though! I have been getting quite a few people asking about the latest cyber-related scams out there, so this month […]

Dead hardware doesn’t always equal dead data

This past month I’ve seen a dramatic uptick in e-mails from all of you. Keep them coming! I will try to answer as many as possible. Spoon River Electric Cooperative member Monte Crossman asks, “My oldest son’s external hard drive with a lot of his children’s pictures was damaged (dropped). Now, his computer will not […]