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Off the Cuff
By Chris A. Porter
WNI Web Developer and PVtrib.com webmaster shares his perspective on technology, local and national politics, and life in the Quad-city area.
Blog: So long open broadband internet, you'll be missed
In February, an appeals court overturned the FCC's net neutrality rules. Now Comcast, the largest cable company in the country, is set to buy out the #2 cable company, Time Warner Cable. It is a timely coincidence, or could this truly be the beginning of the end for the internet as we currently know it?
Friday, May 2, 2014
Blog: Marijuana overdoses a reality, law enforcement official says
When providing testimony before a Judicial Committee, verifying research is key.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Blog: Arming Arizona's teachers seems like a terrible idea.
Representative (R-Sierra Vista) David Stevens is once again shopping his controversial HB 2412 legislation to lawmakers.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Blog: Net neutrality - why you should care about it
Net neutrality is the principle that government, as well as Internet Service Providers (ISPs), treat all data equally.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Blog: America Under Surveillance - is Snowden a patriot or terrorist?
Edward Snowden's former job was as a technical contractor working for the National Security Agency (NSA) through the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting firm. Before that, he worked for both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the NSA directly as well as with other private contractors since 2007.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Blog: Google's Chrome - Not your typical flavor of computing (PT. 3)
I give my verdict on the Samsung Chromebook & Chrome OS.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Blog: Google's Chrome - Not your typical flavor of computing (PT. 2)
I researched installing Google's Chrome OS and got a plethora of good advice online.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Blog: Google's Chrome - Not your typical flavor of computing (PT. 1)
Google is on a foray lately by merging its browser-based operating system into a line of branded computers called Chromebooks.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Blog: The AR-15 - home defense, sporting rifle, assault weapon or indictment for tougher gun control laws?
In light of several events in which firearms have been used to cause mayhem and tragedy over the last year, AR-15s and AR-15-style weapons have been at the foreground of the debate, seeming to defy description depending on the individual or news organization discussing them.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Blog: Worlds collide - O'Reilly goes "Gangnam Style"
I sometimes run across nuggets of material that truly jar all my preconceived perceptions, leaving me a quivering shell of my former self.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Blog: 2012 ADA Step Out
A few years ago, I had just a cursory understanding of diabetes.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Blog: God Hates Republicans? WBC protests the RNC
It turned out one rather unlikely group received a permit to protest at the Republican National Convention this week.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Blog: Magic wombs - The Todd Akin story
Every so often a public figure strings together a pattern of words in response to an interview question that physically evokes migraine headaches and waves of nausea.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Blog: Do you use facebook? Congratulations, you're a social media manager.
On my short list of rules by which I try to abide when writing is to avoid disparaging any one particular generation.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Blog: Romney vs. Obama vs. universal health care - A tale of two contenders
In an election year more than halfway through, Mitt Romney has come out as the top Republican contender to foil Barack Obama's re-election chances, or so it would seem.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Blog: Spotlight on 2012 Presidential Candidates - Part 6: Newt Gingrich
Newton "Newt" Gingrich is a former United States Representative (1979-1999) for the 6th Congressional District of Georgia, who served as Speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999. This year, he is currently campaigning for the Republican Nomination for President of the United States.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Blog: Spotlight on 2012 Presidential Candidates - Part 5: Mitt Romney
Willard Mitt Romney is a businessman and former Governor of Massachusetts (2003-2007). He is a Republican frontrunner for the nomination for President of the United States.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Blog: Spotlight on 2012 Presidential Candidates - Part 4: Barack Obama
44th President Barack Obama is currently the Democratic incumbent candidate seeking reelection in the 2012 Presidential election.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Blog: Spotlight on 2012 Presidential Candidates - Part 3: Ron Paul
Ron Paul is a medical doctor, author and United States Representative currently campaigning for the third time for President of the United States this year.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Blog: Spotlight on 2012 Presidential Candidates - Part 2: Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum is a former United States Senator and Representative currently pursuing the Republican nomination for President of the United States later this year.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Blog: Spotlight on 2012 Presidential Candidates - Part 1: Rick Perry
Rick Perry is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. He is in running for the Republican nomination in the upcoming election for President of the United States later this year.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Blog: Occupy Movement - Another day, another misstep?
I willfully submit myself as part of the '99%'. This is proficiently underscored in slogans used by the current 'Occupy' movement.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Blog: Hacker warfare: Harmless pranksters or terrorists in-the-making?
Anonymous hackers hacked Arizona DPS computers Thursday releasing hundreds of sensitive law enforcement files to the public.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Moving @ light speed, time trickles away: Part 1
Happy New Year. To butcher a phrase from the immortal movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Life sometimes moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once and awhile, you could miss it." Indeed.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Blog: Twittered right in the face! book.
A geek's take on the 'social networking' craze.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Blog: The 'question' heard round the world
A perspective on the Miller Valley mural incidents.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Blog: PVtrib.com has a new facelift
Fellow readers of PVtrib.com, here is some exciting news regarding this website.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Rural air gets a boost; smart move, more industry welfare or just plane crazy?
I'll be the first to admit, I've grown a bit concerned regarding the magnitude of failed industries Americans have been persuaded to bankroll via bailout packages approved by our elected officials over this past year. Heck, what do I know? I'm a techie, not some self-proclaimed economic guru.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Online News - The Price of Print?
The unstable future of print journalism industry has been rocked yet again recently as a result of our current economic downturn being felt across the board by many Americans these days. Colorado's Rocky Mountain News

was forced to close its doors on February 27, 2009 - a mere 55 days away from commemorating its 150 year anniversary.

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Common sense: extinct, or on its way there?
Back in my younger days, I used a sort of 'barometer' that aided me in deciphering right from wrong (I was far from an angel, so I'm sure I utilized this almost constantly). I would use it tirelessly, and it made huge impacts upon structuring my choices in certain situations, making the difference between getting a pat on the back and getting a kick to my posterior-regions crystal clear.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Another holiday season among us
As 2008 comes to a close, I've taken some time to ponder the number of accomplishments Prescott Newspapers Inc.'s internet division and I have completed this year. There have been quite a few.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Elections, polls and pets, Oh MY!
So, the trib hosted its first Halloween pet costume contest over these previous weeks, and though we did it a little later in October than we probably should have, it seems to have been a success. We've learned from that, and will likely start accepting new entries much sooner in coming years. However, we got a bunch of new pet-related sponsors for this contest, and the unique visitors to our photo gallery of participants and finalists was impressive.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Google Chrome - New kid in the browser world

Google has released its own browser. The "new kid in town" may or may not completely make your online experience more robust - the browser taps resources from the online open-source community to continually improve users experience.

Monday, September 22, 2008
Private security agencies in Iraq: Civilian contractors or war profiteers and murderers?
I've been reading about the roles civilian security contractors have filled over the years in the middle east as of late. The overall methods used in carrying out missions as well as a staggering lack of funds accountability seems disturbing, to say the very least, in terms of 'rebuilding' Iraq's infrastructure to try and restore the country back to a level of sovereignty.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Spotlight on '08 Presidential Candidates - Part 6: John McCain
John McCain is a Republican Party candidate running for the 2008 Presidency. He is a former naval fighter pilot who flew carrier attack aircraft. During the Vietnam War in 1967, McCain's aircraft was shot down. Badly wounded, he was captured and remained a P.O.W. in a Hanoi prison for over five years until his release in 1973 following the Paris Peace Accords.

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Spotlight on '08 Presidential Candidates - Part 5: John Edwards
John Edwards is one of the Democratic Party candidates running for the 2008 Presidency. He is a former trial lawyer who graduated with a textile technology degree from North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctor from UNC - Chapel Hill. Before politics, Edwards had a successful law career earning a reputation as North Carolina's top plaintiff's lawyer winning several verdicts including high profile liability and medical malpractice suits.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Spotlight on '08 Presidential Candidates - Part 4: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is one of the Republican Party candidates running for the 2008 Presidency. He is a former CEO and founder with vast experience in business management and investments, a summa cum laude graduate of

Brigham Young University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard. Romney won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1994, but was defeated by Democratic encumbant Ted Kennedy. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, serving only one term (did not seek re-election). Romney's family is a well known, politically motivated one, with his father, George W. Romney, serving as a former Michigan Governor and his brother G. Scott Romney currently serving in the State University Board of Trustees.
Monday, January 14, 2008

Spotlight on '08 Presidential Candidates - Part 3: Barack Obama
Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill) is currently a frontrunner candidate for the Democratic party in the current '08 Presidential election bid. He served eight years in the Illinois state Senate in until he was elected to the U.S. Senate via landslide victory in 2004.

Obama is the fifth African American in U.S. history to serve in the Senate. Born in Hawaii from a mix of American/African descent, Barack Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, and has experience working as a state legislator, civil rights lawyer, community organizer and guest lecturer on the university circuit.

Thursday, January 10, 2008
Spotlight on '08 Presidential Candidates - Part 2: Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is a Republican party frontrunner in the current Presidential race. He was Arkansas' 44th Governor (1996-2007), and is running on a platform spotlighting the need for a "reawakening" of leadership to address America's infrastructure, education system, environment and health care.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Spotlight on '08 Presidential Candidates - Part 1: Hillary Clinton

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-Ny) is currently one of the frontrunners in the Democratic party for the '08 election. Wife of former 2-term President Bill Clinton, Hillary is in her 8th year as junior Senator to New York state.

Clinton graduated from Yale university in 1973 and worked as a lawyer at Rose Law Firm before marrying Bill and becoming First Lady.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Merry Christmas
The days leading into Christmas and New Years seem to become more and more hectic with each passing year. whether it is weathering through the drama of any media-induced "war on Christmas", dealing with visiting/incoming family members or trying to get everyone on your shopping list covered without breaking your budget, this time of year can be exhausting! Mix in your 'Black Fridays' and your 'Cyber Mondays', and it's a wonder more people don't need seperate mini-vacations before their real Holiday vacations begin! I like Christmas even though i'm not religious. My family doesn't get too wrapped up into its significance, so that's a big relief as well. It's a wonderful time when the year is winding down for me to celebrate via spending precious time with my family and friends. With our lives being as busy as they are, these times are becoming fewer and far between.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Weblog... Awards?
Yes, it's true. This phenomena of 'blogging', once seen as a cutting-edge medium used primarily by news junkies, technophiles and webmasters, has become a mainstream avenue of communication utilized by over 106 millions users worldwide. It has even spawned its own yearly convention and awards show, the Blogworld Expo (November 8-9, 2007).
Monday, November 5, 2007
Hope for our neighbors to the west
The Quad-City area was fortunate this year with wildfire threats being generally low.

Our neighboring state of California, specifically Southern California, isn't so lucky.

As of Sunday, October 21, 7 seperate wildfires have ripped through parts of Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties damaging or destroying 1,300 homes and 100 businesses. As of this posting, some 900,000 residents have been forced to evacuate to safer ground.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Our new digs
Welcome to my first of many contributions to the new PVtrib.com site. Our readers have no doubt noticed that we've taken on a new look and feel similar to the format of the dCourier.com site. First, allow me to highlight a few new areas of interest.
Thursday, August 16, 2007

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