Distractions come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a person, an animal, or simply a noise, distractions happen.  How a person handles a given distraction can be life altering—especially in the case of driving. Distracted driving killed 3,450 people on US roads in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. […]

Drones To The Rescue

I know of a few lucky kiddos who received a drone for Christmas last year.  To me, drones look like a lot of fun.  I consider them a device primarily designed for entertainment.  Other than a few exceptions, like videographers taking aerial photos and a handful of businesses using drones to deliver packages, I’ve never […]


The Eiffel Tower weighs 9,700 tons and measures over 1,000 feet high—about the equivalent of an 81-story building.  I’ve not seen it in person but can certainly appreciate the enormity of the monument when considering structures like the 300 feet tall wind turbines scattered throughout northwestern Indiana. Now imagine not one Eiffel Tower, but 4,500.  […]

Tech Maintenance

Cars, furnaces, chimneys.  They all need regular maintenance in order to work efficiently.  Heck, that’s why I try to work out (notice the use of the word ‘try’).  It’s all in effort to maintain, if not improve performance.  These are tasks that aren’t always fun but are sort of the necessary evils to get the […]

CES 2018

Every January the CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronic Show) happens in Las Vegas.  CES is the show that introduces all the latest in gadget technology.  For techies, it’s the show of shows, the big kahuna, the cream of the crop in gadgets. Every year I look forward to seeing the new concepts and […]

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is probably my favorite rendition of that tune.  So…what ARE you doing New Year’s Eve?  Chances are, whatever you have planned, some sort of technology is involved. From balls dropping to massive fireworks, technology has a hand in some of the biggest New Year’s […]

Christmas Ideas

Christmas giving has certainly evolved as my kids have gotten older.  The oversized plastic toys that Santa once brought have been replaced with smaller tech items that are better suited for our family’s current stage of life.  If your family is at a phase where tech items are more your speed, here are a few […]

70s Technology

My cousin recently got married.  At her wedding reception, one of my (many) uncles paused to chat with me.  He shared that he had read a recent tech article that I had written for the paper, but it was a little over his head.  So he had a request for me:  write about something he […]

Siri’s Sense of Humor

What is zero divided by zero? I remember sitting around with my family many months ago, iPhones in hand, asking Siri that exact question.  We were all laughing, caught up by the goofy responses Siri gave to this and other silly inquiries we had. Siri is the virtual assistant found on Apple products.  When enabled, […]

Avoiding Scams

Scams are everywhere, and the telecommunications industry is no exception.   From websites to phone calls, scammers have successfully weaseled their way into the daily telecom-habits of many innocent people.  That’s why the Federal Trade Commission and Better Business Bureau both offer tips on their websites on various ways to avoid scams.  Below is an abbreviated […]