Commentary

It should be no surprise that smart computing devices are outselling traditional desktop and laptop computers. There is an intensive battle for market share of operating systems for these smart devices, which includes smart phones, tablets and related devices. The primary combatants are Google with its Android operating system, Apple with its iOS, and Microsoft with its newly released Windows 8 version for smart devices.

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One way to truly get to know a vehicle is to take it on a family vacation, which is what we did this week with the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali. Classified as a luxury small SUV, the Terrain Denali is generous in comfort and style. And whether you’re going over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house or driving around town, the GMC Terrain Denali aims to please.

Under the hood

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I am fully cognizant of the level of frustration and anger when a hard drive or other mass storage device fails. While I am personally careful to keep contemporary backups of all of the critical data on all of my computers, all too often I receive calls of despair from individuals whose computer “crashed” and they are convinced that they have lost all of their important information. In some cases the alleged “crash” is not really a catastrophic hard drive failure, but a recoverable error or problem due to either hardware or software issues.

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It’s no secret around my house that I love the holidays. From pre-Thanksgiving through the first of the New Year, I have decorations, music, ideas, plans and, so far, the energy to make them happen. I also celebrate a milestone birthday this year among all the other festivity. My home now has bright fall leaves in oranges, golds, rusts, reds and yellows, although they are silk and not real. They are carefully nestled among pumpkins, gourds, nuts and other similes of fall.

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Joining Subaru’s lineup of crossover-utility vehicles is the new 2013 XV Crosstrek. Versatile and fun-to-drive, the XV Crosstrek debuts with a bold five-door design and impressive fuel economy ratings: 33 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city (28 mpg combined).

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From its chiseled front grille to its standard rear spoiler, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is an iconic sports car. Not one to blend into the crowd, the Camaro is easily recognizable with its long, athletic hood. Looking to personalize your Camaro even more? A variety of stripe packages are also available (ours came with broad black stripes running from hood to trunk).

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“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus reaffirmed this Old Testament truth by repeating it, living it and gaining victory over the devil with God’s Word. Today we will hear Him speaking words in parables. I am reading from Luke 16:19-31.

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Brenda Cannon  Henley

An article caught my attention recently, and I found it to be interesting reading. The writing centered on the word “ego” and what it basically means in our lives. I have often heard a person say, “That guy has such an ego.” Or perhaps, “That woman thrives on her own ego.” But what do they mean?
One writer describes ego as the “I complex.” In other words, life is all about the one person, and they thinks they’re more perfect than their counterparts. Generally, it is difficult to be around someone with a big ego even if they haven’t accomplished a lot to brag about in their life.

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The presidential election gives me an opportunity to comment about the future of our country, and it is my hope that you will read this even though it might differ from some Republican and from some Democratic perceptions. We might have different perceptions and perspectives, but I don’t think we differ in our goals. Let me introduce myself and then, if you choose to read further, you will see what my solution to our society problems are.

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One of the popular categories of PC software is the type that can perform comprehensive system analysis and repair, probably leading to improved system performance. There are quite a few of these utilities available, both as freeware and as paid commercial products. Many of these utilities have previously been reviewed in this column with comments from readers indicating a general high level of satisfaction with most of them.

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