Heartburn

The Dangers of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)

Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium. These may sound familiar to you. They work by blocking production of stomach acid. NPR recently published an article describing some of the issues with taking PPIs. You shouldn’t be using them unless you have some serious issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) because your body’s stomach…


Rawr

The Minimum Wage: Dinosaurs, Drones, and Kiosks, Oh My!

With California and New York mandating $15 per hour minimum wages, MSN and The Street published an article by Eric Reed called 4 things you need to know about a $15 minimum wage. The gist of the article is that this is a big win for organized labor and that…


Clinton E-Mails

Hillary’s Arab Spring or Treasure, Power, and Plunder?

In case you were wondering about the character of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, and have not been aware of the Department of Justice investigation of her own personal e-mail server she was using exclusively for State Department business, there has been a treasure trove of e-mails released under the…


5-port swtich

Wiring a Local Area Network (LAN) in Your Home

If you’re considering doing this, you need to be comfortable with exploring in your attic, drilling holes, and stripping wires.  You’ll have to deftly walk on just the edges of the 2x4s so you don’t put your foot through the ceiling. You’ll also want to consider that if you have…


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In Defense of the Capitalist Rebellion

It all started with a post by our CEO: Interesting read I commented on the post about “Star Lords” by James Douglas, but any justice requires more than a few sentences. Given this is the release week of “The Force Awakens,” James published an opinion piece about how contemporary audiences are…


The Far Side of the Moon

Adventures in Hadoop – Hive UDFs

There always comes a time when you use a product or a tool that you say to yourself, “this would be so much better if it could do X!” Fortunately, those of us who live in the software world typically have the option of writing User Defined Functions (UDFs) for…


Afghan special forces arriving in Kunduz on 2/29/2015.

American Hypocrisy

We live it every day.  1984, by George Orwell. It’s eerie how fiction becomes reality. Our government monitors everything we do.  Every phone conversation, every e-mail. Internet, social media, and technology startups have CIA seed funding via In-Q-TEL. Our country’s government, through the guise of “American Exceptionalism,” intervenes all throughout…