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ObamaCare’s effect on us

Monday, January 6th, 2014

TL;DR: Premium costs reduced by more than a third. Annual deductible reduced by more than 90%. We have much, much better health insurance for much less cost. **** Full disclosure: I worked in and around U.S. healthcare for over 30 years. My clients have included essentially all aspects of the health care system, ...

Reddy Kilowatt

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

  Here's another closing of the circle. Steph went pickin' with our sister-in-law, Michele, last Saturday. One of the things she found at the various antique and "treasure" shops they visited was the book Advertising Character Collectibles by Warren Dotz. In the book she came across the entry for Reddy Kilowatt, a mascot used by ...

The Answer is 124

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

  The question is: If you start with a laptop that has Windows Vista, that is, Windows Vista that has never, ever been updated since the day it was brand-spankin' new, how many updates does it take to get it current?   The moral of the story is: There is no free lunch. ...

The Food of Christmas

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

  Some things about the Christmas holiday are traditional, and are essential to the entire holiday experience. (click on photos for full size image)   For instance, it just wouldn't be Christmas without Ralphie.     Others things are unique to that year's holiday, and make it a memorable, unique occurrence. Such was our fate this year. One of ...

CS5 Installation Complete

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The install is the easy part. Making effective use of all this capability is the challenge.

Don’t Stop Believin’

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

. Steph and I have four kids between us, all now in their twenties. As everyone who has raised kids to this age knows, there are ups and downs along the way. During the downs there are many times when you wish you could reach inside your kid's head and pull the levers and ...

RTW 1938 Nimbus with sidecar

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I visited our local BMW/Triumph dealer, Lone Star, today to test ride the Triumphs on the Factory Tour. I'm slowly trying to adapt and adjust back into American culture. I'm using riding as one of the tools to accomplish that task. I rode the Bonneville SE. It was fun, but I think ...

Steph’s Dr. Oz Video

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

  Video clips of Steph's segment on the Dr. Oz show: Steph's portion only: http://www.hackneys.com/video/droz-steph.wmv Entire segment: http://www.hackneys.com/video/droz-full-segment.wmv

Steph’s Big Leap

Monday, March 29th, 2010

  Due to formatting requirements I needed to produce this post in PDF format. Please click here for the post: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/stephs-big-leap.pdf

A Worthwhile Resolution

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

I spent my New Year's Eve in a surgical suite. Click here to learn how you can avoid the same fate: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/aworthwhileresolution.pdf Happy New Year. Now go get checked.