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The editors of The NEWS have something to say... and we want to hear back from you! Here's our take on the news of the day. What's yours?

Powell's Ponderings: What The Hotline Is Not

April 8, 2009
The Hotline that appears from time to time in The NEWS is a Q&A in which technicians send in questions about real-world situations. Then we at The NEWS send that question off to an expert in the industry and get an answer.
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Murphy's Law: Protect Your Computer

April 6, 2009
If you have ever had to have a computer rebuilt because of all the bad stuff out there (worms, viruses, etc.), then you know the importance of maintaining a high level of security for your computer systems.
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A-Game Tactics: Maseratis For Sale

April 3, 2009
I recently returned from Washington D.C., where the media spent much of its time prattling about AIG bonuses. Despite this temporary distraction, the overall clamor heard from Capitol Hill is that of change, and the clanging is much louder than the few coins you have left in your pocket after paying your taxes this year.
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Murphy's Law: Utility Gets it Right with NATE

March 30, 2009
When a utility program comes along that actually helps to incent consumers to purchase energy-efficient equipment and it encourages good installation principles, then it’s time to stand up and cheer.
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Powell's Ponderings: Carbon Travel

March 23, 2009
I started writing about carbon footprints and carbon offsets a number of years ago in terms of building projects. Now there’s a Website to find out “the impact of your travel choices.”
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Murphy's Law: MCAA Weather Report

March 23, 2009
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) national convention is in the rearview mirror, but the sunshine remnants are still glowing on my burnt neck.
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YouTube Video: Stunning Thoughts On The Pace of Change

March 20, 2009
I recently received a link to a YouTube video called “Did You Know?” It is fascinating look at the pace of change, including business and employment trends.
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Murphy's Law: Happy St. Paddy's Day

March 16, 2009
I don’t know what your Monday’s are usually like, but today is mop-up day for me because Tuesday is going to be spent seeking recognition as the best Novelty Float in the Cleveland St. Paddy’s Day Parade.
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Powell's Ponderings: What Rocket Crash Doesn't Mean

March 16, 2009
The fact that there was a need to launch a rocket to really make sure information about the negatives of CO2 emissions was really correct is yet another instance of “how factual are the facts” concerning climate change.
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Murphy's Law: HVAC Stimulus - Get It While It's Hot

March 9, 2009
Weatherproofing companies and others may be vying for those energy-efficiency tax credit benefits for customers. So HVAC contractors better get busy.
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