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

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 a path to understanding why it’s been in the news lately. …


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 that great things lie ahead for the day. …


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 Smith Corona typewriters were the technology de jour for students and reporters, while electric ones were just a dream for Christmas morning. …


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 read, then there’s your inspiration. But if you write about something extreme or unusual, the remnants of a dream, a vision, or a combination of things, then all of a sudden, you’re on the road to being very creative. …


Said the little girl to her Granddad!

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“All I want for Christmas is a 5G Connection”, said the 5-year-old to her Granddad.

“Why?” came the gruff reply.

“So I can download Baby Shark faster,” she said.

“You’re kidding me, right?” Granddad snorted, relaxing in a recliner while finishing off a gin martini and puffing a fine cigar.

“Granddad! You don’t understand. Our home WiFi is bad in the afternoon, and my tablet slows down. Sometimes the signal goes away,” she rambled with the innocence that only 5-year-olds portray.

Grandad sat there, amazed. …


And why you should enjoy it!

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We like fast cars, fine wines, bold coffee, and majestic movies. So, why shouldn’t we get excited about massive improvements in technology designed to improve our lives?

Let me explain, and I am talking about 5G. The latest evolution of cell technology.

Before jumping into the rest of this article, I admit I am associated with the industry. Technical Communications, Networking Technology, Cyber-Security, Information Technology, Fiber Optics, Cellular has been my career field for over 40 years. I am still very active and astute in all these areas. …


What motivates your creativity?

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What inspires you? What little thing sets you off to sit down for two hours (or longer) 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 yourself as you compose a piece. We all have our focus and ideas. They should be as individual as your personal DNA.

As writers, we need to be readers. If you write about what you’ve read, then there’s your inspiration. But if you write about something extreme or unusual, the remnants of a dream, a vision, or a combination of things, then all of a sudden, you’re on the road to being very creative. …


And then mold it to perfection.

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When I was in college, I had a freshman English professor who was excellent. She was in her mid 60’s, full of energy and spirit. She broke the mold of what an English prof should be.

Her classes were always full, office hours never long enough, she was as popular as one could be. Her teaching style was bold and majestic, and it incited a level of excitement about the English language, which stimulated thousands of young college students over the years. …

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