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I am a technologist and an author with many interests. I am known as a quiet guy with a curious mind who likes sharing his thoughts. Email: lee@lbentch.com

But in the wrong hands, it’s a problem.

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We have an insatiable demand for data. It is an integral part of everyday life and touches every facet of one’s routine.

Data is electronic information. That information is in the form of online transactions, research, images, movies, music, art, phone calls, and everything else one sees on the web. It doesn’t matter if the device you are using is a smartphone, tablet, TV, or computer.

Data has multiple states of presence. The two most common are ‘Data In Motion’ when moving from one device to another, and ‘Data at Rest,’ which…


A quick quip series article.

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Quick Quip Series Article 1:

Latency

Latency is a delay in data transmission. It’s essential to be aware of it as it affects us in more ways than imagined. The general public can’t effectively control it. But rest assured, data engineers, communication/networking professionals, various apps, software, and hardware developers are all in tune to its impact.

Here’s a quick story. It took me six weeks to get a Covid 19 vaccination appointment. Why? Because of data latency. My home wifi network and internet provider are challenged. Milliseconds of delay on my connection kept me from…


The challenge to create quick quips.

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Today I’m starting a short-short form series on technical topics of interest.

There is relevant technical content all around us, and it’s essential to be aware of it. It just needs to be harnessed.

Here’s the problem, technical topics create literary rabbit holes. And that is a challenge.

There is a tendency to spend countless hours sculpting endless paragraphs introducing, explaining, dwelling, and concluding an article, especially in the technical realm. The longer the report, the bigger chance of losing attention.

My self-induced assignment is choosing a topic, writing two paragraphs about it, crank it out in <15 minutes, like a microwaved potato, publish it, and move on. The commitment is six days of articles, resting on the 7th.

Keep an eye open and enjoy.

We do, after all, live in a world of instant.


Two extreme events are worthy of note.

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An amazing thing happened. NASA landed the Preserverance Rover on Mars along with Ingenuity, its scout helicopter. These are very advanced and technological breakthroughs, the results of many years of research, experimentation, code writing and, engineering magnificence—a quest for the search of life on Mars.

Everyone should be excited and impressed, plus anxious to see photos, telemetry data, and every piece of information gathered and capable of being shared.

Indeed a magnificent step in the quest for life on other planets. But there is a problem unassociated with the Space initiative.

This week…


It’s year end and the chaos created still prevails.

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It’s that time of year when we watch the wailing days of 2020 sliding into 2021. It’s New Years and it happens every 12 months without fail.

Because it’s year-end, we are presented with countless stories, reminding us of the years' events. Newspapers, broadcast reports, and webspace fill up with what I call the ’12 Month Review’ genre.

The ’12 Month Review’ genre consists of articles about the best to the worst of everything that’s happened in the last 12 months. …


A short primer and why it’s good.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a broad-spectrum term.

By general definition, AI is a machine's ability (typically a computer) to understand or learn intellectual human tasks. When expanded, the definition gets very complex. There are thousands of references, whitepapers, and journal articles available on the web.

Regardless of how it is defined, all iterations of AI share one core similarity: AI is not human. But it is created by humans to mimic human behavior.

This article is just a blip on the AI radar. It is intended as a high-level intro to AI with…


There is a lot of good advice out there and some not so good.

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Introduction

I like reading articles titled ‘How-To….’. I have a voracious appetite for information and am always on the lookout for ways to improve. ‘How-To’ articles fill the gap satisfying my need. When I get tired of reading news, spy novels, weather reports, and non-fiction technology articles, I resort to the ‘How-To’ genre.

One day, though, I realized I rarely took advice from the articles I read. I just read them as entertainment. …


Coffee in the early morning, as the sun is rising, inspires me daily.

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It’s 4:30 am. I woke up after a pleasant dream. The room is dark, and the air is cold. The house is quiet. It’s such a magical time.

Laying in bed amongst my thoughts, relaxed and rested, my mind shifts to the anticipation of my first cup of morning coffee.

I think about the lustful first taste sliding into my mouth. I imagine the hot liquid rolling over my tastebuds like waves on a sandy beach. The majesty of a well-balanced, deep dark roast signaling my body…


How writing got into my blood and why it dominates my brain.

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How It All Came to This!

As a young journalism student in college, the internet did not exist, along with many other things we take for granted today. It wasn’t bad, because we didn’t know what life would be like in 50 years. At the time, technical progress focused on mainframe computing, war machines, space programs, and household appliances with the early development of Integrated Processors.

Caught in between the waning days of the Viet Nam War and the microwave oven's early deployment, the timeframe was impressive. Manual…


What drives you to create?

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What inspires you? What little thing sets you off to sit down for hours and write something? Are you writing for you or your audience? Do you understand your audience, or are you casting a net into the unknown? Are you writing to inspire, teach, entertain, or acknowledge?

These are questions to ask as you compose a piece. We all have our focus and ideas. They should be as individual as your personal DNA. But what really turned the light bulb on?

As writers, we need to be readers. If you write about what you’ve…

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