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The idea for this blog arose from fourteen years of writing columns on the same idea that I produce monthly for my computer club newsletter. Over the years I found a number of the Internet URLs featured in a particular column became dated because I wrote the copy weeks or months in advance. As a result, the urge to write a column with more timely content came about. Newspaper blogs fill the bill nicely.

My first experience with computers came in 1982 using a TRS 80 Model Two. One year later, I introduced IBM PCs in some of my writing classes. In 1983, Internet connection consisted of a dial-up modem with connection speeds of 3, 6 or 12 kilobytes per second, kbs, and a school district subscription to Compuserve, which served then more as a file sharing service than as an Internet ISP. In the early 1980s I participated also in a research project as an adjunct writing instructor at Marist College that studied the effects produced by computers on college student writing proficiency.

Although I now live, retired, in the Finger Lakes, my Hudson Valley roots run deep. My wife and I lived in the Hudson Valley for 22 years when I taught in Dutchess County and later, when I served as an administrator in two Hudson Valley school districts.

I earned two advanced degrees from SUNY New Paltz: a master’s degree in English Education and a CAS in Educational Administration.

Processor Wars Continue

Holocaust Not The First German Genocide The African website, Quartz, posted a report on the recent apology made by the German government to the government of Namibia for the systematic destruction of the Herero tribe more than one hundred years ago, 1904 to 1907. According to the report, the parallels between the Holocaust and this [...]

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Clarit;y Please

Clarity Please The website www.dailykos.com recently published a sample of President Trump’s convoluted thinking. The website says that the aforementioned quote represents a real Donald Trump sentence. The example is too long to quote, but you can access it at https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/8/9/1558359/-This-is-an-actual-Trump-sentence?detail=emailclassic. For truth’s sake, one must note that the Daily Kos is a very liberal [...]

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A Case Of Man Biting Dog?

Android Users Face New Worm Attack Zdnet recently reported that a new malware crypto-miner called ABD Miner attacks android devices and is spreading rapidly. The malware uses the ABD debug interface on port 5555 to spread. The bug is a strain of cryptocurrency mining software. To learn more about this new threat and how to [...]

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New Writing Contest For All Ages

There Is Some Justice The Boston Herald recently posted an article about NECC, New England Compounding Center, supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin. A federal court judge sentenced Chin to eight years in prison for his part in the meningitis outbreak in 2012. This outbreak killed 80 people and sickened 800 due to contamination in the clean [...]

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Sierra Club Unearths Toxic Waste Scandal

Is The Red Cross Guilty Of Enabling A Sexual Predator? A recent news report indicated that a senior Red Cross official, Gerald Anderson, was forced to resign because of allegations of sexual misconduct brought by a subordinate. After termination, the Red Cross provided Anderson with “very positive references,” including one from a very senior official. [...]

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Good News For California

Can Speaking At A Government Meeting Get You Arrested? The Atlantic recently published an article that indicates that speaking in public to a government body may get you arrested if politicians don’t like what you say. Recently, a Kaplan, Louisiana teacher asked school board members why the superintendent just received a five digit salary increase [...]

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Adding Insult To Injury

Many Websites Now Urge Consumers To Avoid Romaine Lettuce Purchases The Centers for Disease Control is investigating 17 cases of E.coli outbreaks in 13 states. Canada’s public health agency is also investigating a lettuce caused outbreak. At least 12 websites urge consumers avoid buying Romaine lettuce until health investigations have been completed. To read a [...]

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Unusual Ancestries Listed By State

Brookings’ Study Reveals Access To Health Care Reduces Crime The Brookings Institution recently released a study that argues access to healthcare lowers crime rates. The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC The institution regularly conducts studies that may offer new insights and solutions to current problems faced by government. [...]

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List of 20 Companies With Highest Profits Per Employee

Good News For 2017 The New York Post reported that the crime rate in New York City is the lowest it has been since the 1950s. Crimes in the seven major categories fell by 2.8 percent. To find out the specific statistics by category, visit https://nypost.com/2017/03/01/nycs-low-crime-rate-just-got-even-lower/. So, those of you who postponed a trip to [...]

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Watch Your Words, Passwords

Holidays Pose Hazards To Pet Health Medline Plus recently posted tips to keep dogs and cats healthy during the holiday season. Most Vets caution pet owners to keep human treats such as chocolate away from pets. Cat owners need to make sure that cats stay away from poinsettias. The plants will kill them. For other [...]

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