Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why I Hate Working On Computers


By my own rough estimate, 95 percent of personal computers are repaired not by a shop, but by The Techie Friend. The Techie Friend usually isn't someone with formal training in computer systems per se, but they've been around computers for a long time and know how to do more than just turn one on and launch a program.

Chances are The Techie Friend also knows how to use Google for more than researching funny cat videos -- the computer problem they're addressing is likely a common one, with solutions posted to social media or support websites or discussion forums.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

West Virginia Residents Brace For Higher Utility Rates


Appalachian Power, which serves nearly half a million customers in West Virginia, is asking for a whopping eleven percent rate increase. Roughly half of the requested hike “is due to a significant decline in the amount of electricity used by customers,” the company said.

West Virginia American Water Company, the largest water company in the state, has asked for a staggering 24 percent rate increase. According to a news release, the company said the increase request is due to infrastructure improvements. The company also cites a decline in the amount of water customers use.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Rise of Natural Gas Mirrors Rise of Big Coal


For nearly two centuries West Virginians watched as coal mining operations greedily chewed up millions of tons of earth to extract the rich black stuff. They saw the coal shipped out of state to feed America's industrial revolution. They watched the profits leave to fatten up far-away corporate bank accounts.