Give a Man a Fish and …

A wise Chinese proverb says, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime“. It’s supposed to imply that teaching a person to provide for themselves is better than having him rely upon someone else. But in the United States, the proverb doesn’t really make sense. In order to teach a man to fish, he’ll first have to … Buy a fishing pole and bait for which he’ll be charged sales tax Buy a $71…
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Law Enforcement Encrypting Scanner Transmissions

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Police scanners are a part of every media outlet newsroom. They provide real-time audio access to police, fire and paramedic emergency calls as they come in. It’s how news crews get to the scene of an accident or an emergency situation quickly — in some cases before the first responders. But the news crews aren’t the only ones listening. Police scanners have been around about as long as the police radios. Enthusiasts have been listening just as intently as the policemen, firemen and paramedics who use the radios to communicate…
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Anti-Gun Supporters Consistently Use the Wrong Terms

If you’re going to debate someone on a particular topic, you better have the terminology right. In recent months, there has been a raging discussion on how best to curtail gun violence in America and both sides are pleading their case with passion and emotion. The problem is, most of the anti-gun supporters have their terminology wrong, and it makes them look uneducated and lack credibility. I’ll point out some of the more glaring mistakes so the people reading and listening to the progressive anti-gun agenda can be better informed….
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What is a Heat Burst?

Many people that live in the mid-west are familiar with sudden changes in air temperature. They are usually associated with a passing cold front or the cool down-burst of a thunderstorm. However, on rare occasions, the air temperature can rapidly increase due to a phenomenon called a heat burst. Within a matter of minutes the wind speeds can exceed 65 mph and the air temperature can increase by 20°F or more. As strange as that sounds, they are well documented (see bottom of article). Even more intriguing, these events almost…
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2015 BMW 800GS Adventurer Review

I’m back in the saddle again! After a 5-year hiatus (mostly due to events out of my control), I purchased a new 2015 BMW 800 GS Adventurer to quench my desire to hit the open road and fire-trails of the great Rocky Mountains. My last motorcycle was a 2005 BMW 650 GS Dakar, and while I was pleased with the bike, I had to sell it to buy a pop-up tent trailer. This was the only way my wife would go camping with me and the kids! Just so you…
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Oracle RMAN Example Backup Script

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This example is by no means meant to substitute a well-thought out backup and recovery strategy for an Oracle Database, but it will show you how simple it is to backup an 11g Database using Oracle RMAN. At the very least, it will point you in the right direction and give you a working example from which to base your testing from. Also, I feel silly saying this, but please don’t try this on an operational database! Let’s change a couple of the default settings within the RMAN console. We…
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How Much Money do I Need to Retire?

Every time I search the internet looking for an answer to the ubiquitous question of “How much money do I need to retire?“, the answers are always just about the same; “It depends“. Yes, it does depend on many things, but very few articles give the details needed to even give a person a starting point. So, I’ll attempt to do just that. Step #1: Burn Rate Get your credit card, checkbook, bill pay records, and debit card statements and add up how much money you spend each month for…
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