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Online Dad’s Day Gift Buying Tips From the BBB

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and although there is nothing quite like the gift of fatherhood, many consumers will be trying to brainstorm the perfect gift to honor dad. Spending on Father’s in the U.S. is predicted to reach almost $13.3 billion this year, based on a survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF). That is a 4.5 percent rise from last year’s projection. Consumers will be looking to buy tools or appliances, sporting goods or leisure items, home improvement items, personal care items, books and automotive accessories—with 28 percent of Americans making these purchases from online retailers.

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Photo © 2013 Skeeter Nash
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HD Video: The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio

You've probably read my many posts about the hobby and service of amateur (aka "ham") radio. Some folks think that amateur radio is an "outdated" technology, but as this brief video shows, ham radio remains on the cutting-edge of communications. If you know of a younger person who shows an interest in technology, please share this video with them. Did you know that some kids as young as 7 years old have passed their FCC license test to become amateurs? It's true!

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Word 2010, Part II

This class is a continuation of basic elements in Microsoft Word 2010 word processing software. Participants will edit an existing document in a variety of ways: Exercises include: adding a bulleted list, cutting and pasting text, copying and pasting text, editing the quick access toolbar, spell checking, tracking changes, saving and printing the document.

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Word 2010

Learn the basic elements in Microsoft Word 2010 word processing software. Participants will edit an existing document in a variety of ways: Exercises include: adding a bulleted list, cutting and pasting text, copying and pasting text, editing the quick access toolbar, spell checking, tracking changes, saving and printing the document.

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Skeeter Heard Worldwide On Newsline

Once again this week, KIXS 108 Morning Show host Skeeter Nash will be anchoring the Amateur Radio Newsline® report, heard around the world, over the ham radio airwaves, and online at www.arnewsline.org. This is a valuable service to ham radio operators worldwide, with reports coming in from all around the globe. A dedicated group of volunteers produce these reports, and they use their background in broadcast radio and/or television to give these weekly updates a very

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6 Top Features in Mac OS X Yosemite

I will admit, I love my Apple products...from my first iPod many years ago to the iMac I got this last September, I've really become a big fan. They just work! Now, from the latest World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), comes the preview of the upcoming Mac OS X "Yosemite" operating system, and some of the features being added almost made me stand up and cheer. It's a good thing I was alone at the time.

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Suspicious Email? Gee…Let Me Think About This

So, I'm checking one of my email accounts, and I see one with the subject line: "From Colonel Nick Logan."

"Hmm...," I think to myself. "I don't know anybody named 'Colonel Nick Logan.' I have a brother who retired from the California Army National Guard years ago as a Colonel, but that's not his name. I know a few people named 'Nick,' but none of them are in the military, to my knowledge. And I don't believe I know anybody whose last name is 'Logan.' Ahh...a mystery!" Now, it took much longer to write that than it did to think it, but I digress. So, my curiosity piqued (and my Crap Detector a-tinglin'), I opened the email on my iPhone ('cause it's harder to hack into those than a computer; even I know that). And here, just as it was in my email inbox, is what the mysterious missive said:

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Are The iPod’s Days Numbered?

Some tech blogs are speculating on the possible discontinuation of the product that launched Apple into the stratosphere, and sparked a revolution in both the personal electronics and music industries: the iPod. Unit sales have declined over the last couple of years, as more and more smartphones (with music storage and playing capabilities) make up a larger and growing share of the market. Could the venerable iPod's days be numbered?

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Ham Radio Gaining New Respect

With smart phones, computers, and even landline telephones relying more and more on the Internet, what happens in a disaster that damages cell towers and other infrastructure?

Amateur radio operators spring into action. A method of communication--once thought to be dying off due to the increasing speed and popularity of the World Wide Web--is gaining new respect and unprecedented growth, especially in situations where the only available means of emergency communications is good "old-fashioned" ham radio.

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Skeeter Heard Worldwide On Newsline

Once again this week, KIXS 108 Morning Show host Skeeter Nash will be anchoring the Amateur Radio Newsline® report, heard around the world, over the ham radio airwaves, and online at www.arnewsline.org. This is a valuable service to ham radio operators worldwide, with reports coming in from all around the globe. A dedicated group of volunteers produce these reports, and they use their background in broadcast radio and/or television to give these weekly updates a very

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Victoria Amateur Radio Club Meeting Thursday 5/15/14

The Victoria Amateur Radio Club will hold their monthly meeting this Thursday, May 15th starting at 7:30 p.m. at their new location at the DeTar Conference Center on Medical Drive, off Nursery Drive. Meeting starts at 7:30. "Eating Meeting" at the Mall Food Court, about 6:00. You can learn about the hobby and service of amateur radio, including how to obtain your FCC license, which is required to become an amateur radio ("ham")

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Video: Softwheel Acrobat Reinvents the Wheel

This is fascinating! I have a family member who was--for a time--mostly confined to a wheel chair, due to spinal nerve damage. Every bump and jolt would cause him a lot of pain. The design of the large wheels on the wheelchair shown in this video just might eliminate a lot of that problem. It's another example of how engineering continues to evolve in ways that can make our quality of life just that much better.

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