I have been a customer for many years now. I’ve been to dentists, doctors, auto repair places, and other fine establishments where I might have to wait in the “customer detention center” for maybe a few minutes to several hours.

This is my rant. Too many companies overlook this very important aspect of their buyers’ “experience.” Of course, I am at these place to receive some sort of service, and that may or may not be acceptable, but while that service is being rendered, I am forced to endure deplorable conditions as an inmate in the customer detention center.

Let’s…


Faith Rodriguez, at SUNY Corning Community College. Photo by Jeff Macharyas

Faith Rodriguez came all the way from Bronx, New York to attend SUNY Corning Community College — about 300 miles. Director of Marketing, Jeff Macharyas, spoke with Faith to learn why she chose to attend SUNY Corning Community College.

JM: How did you learn about CCC?

FR: I played softball, in the same travel league, with [SUNY CCC alum, Yvonne Hartridge], and saw her swing and said to her, “you’re not from around here; you must be from somewhere else.” Yvonne said that Stacy Johnson [SUNY CCC Softball Coach] is looking for players and to take a look at Corning…


SUNY Corning Community College — Corning, New York

Is Community College a Good Choice? Yes!

A community college education is just as valuable as any other — and in some ways — better. Community college offers students a fast start right into their post-secondary education. There’s a lot to get accomplished in that short time and it can be challenging. But, it does prepare students for the workforce — and for life. Community colleges are affordable and convenient. Being in “the community” students have the flexibility to work and study around their own schedules.

Community colleges, such as SUNY Corning Community College, offer a variety of pathways, such as healthcare, engineering, business, computer sciences and…


party like it’s 20….21…..
party like it’s 20….21…..

PARTY LIKE IT’S 20 … 21 …

There are many New Year’s traditions.

But, this year is a bit different.

Your updated list for the COVID Era — 2020–2021:

Beforetime: Carry Around an Empty Suitcase

Nowtime: Carry Around Unused Airline Voucher

Beforetime: Eat Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Nowtime: Eat Expired Beans from Back of the Fridge

Beforetime: Make Lots of Noise

Nowtime: Mumble Loudly Through Your Mask

Beforetime: Wear Red Underwear

Nowtime: Wear Red Gaiters

Beforetime: Eat 12 Grapes at Midnight

Nowtime: Eat 12 Ibuprofen at Midnight

Beforetime: Clean Your House

Nowtime: And Your Car, Your Garage, Your…


Everyone should learn and become skilled in cybersecurity and computer science technology. It’s not just to get work in cybersecurity, although that is an option, but these skills are vital in any profession today.

Why? Because just about every possible career requires the use of computers, software, programs, applications, internet access, databases and data. In order to perform almost any job, it requires skills in all those areas.

So, How Does Training in Cybersecurity Help?

Cybersecurity and computer forensics are skills that are developed by testing, logic, cause and effect, investigation and procedures. These skills can be applied to learning…


Newspaper article on Ma Barker. Ocala, Florida

The Barker-Karpis gang of the early 1930s was one of the most notorious collections of villains to plague America during the Age of Gangsters. They were a bunch of criminal misfits, drawn together by friendship, family, and a thirst for easy money. The Barker-Karpis Gang was led by either Alvin Karpis or “Ma” Barker (Arizona “Arrie” Donnie Clark aka Kate “Ma” Barker — pick your favorite name) — it depends on which version of the tale is to be believed. At the time of her death-by-federal-agents, at the age of 61 (or so), “Ma” Barker was considered a controlling, domineering…


By Jeff Macharyas for Clarkson Magazine, Clarkson University. 2018

Friday, October 4, 1957, was a momentous day. Not only did Leave It to Beaver make its broadcast debut, but, at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite into space. It was named Sputnik — Russian for “satellite.”

“Taking a leaf from its past, Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y., has admitted nine coeds after nearly 60 years as a school for men only.”

The New York Times, September 13, 1964

For much of the 20th century, Clarkson had been considered a “men’s college,”…


Four years ago (August 1, 2016), I submitted an article on open source graphic design tools to opensource.com (supported by Red Hat).

Since then, I have submitted 37 articles, that earned 8,148 “Likes!” Thank you. My articles cover a wide range of open source topics and their impact on work, technology, life and more.

I explored subjects and interviewed open source innovators from Toronto, Ontario to New Haven, Connecticut; from Clinton, New York to Tagish, Yukon.

From graphic design and marketing to desktop apps to left-handed rights; from Star Trek and Jenny Everywhere to death to pets and even underwater…


I needed to create a graphic for a STEM-Health Camp at the community college where I work, Rappahannock Community College, in Virginia.

I tried a few static images, but the graphic needed to show three elements of the camp:

Arduino coding

Robotic prosthetics

EKG heart rhythm simulation

Here’s how I created the final graphic:

The Coding section was a free video download from Pixabay. I had to convert the MP4 video to a GIF so I could add it to the other GIF elements.

I uploaded the MP4 to EZgif.com and it returned a GIF. However, I needed to convert…


How open source technology is used in the budding cannabis industry

“Bring me some reefers!”

– Ralph, Reefer Madness, 1936

Open source technology is being used in the budding cannabis industry around the world as legalization becomes more common
Open source technology is being used in the budding cannabis industry around the world as legalization becomes more common

Marijuana cultivation and use can be traced back to about 8000 BC Siberia. It’s medicinal use (cannabis sativa) is thought to begin around 4000 BC. Hemp (cannabis sativa L) has also been used in manufacturing, but does not contain the psychoactive properties of cannabis sativa.

Marijuana has gone by many names: maryjane, ganja, reefer, pot, weed, wacky tobacky and many more. It has been a part of human civilization for many centuries, but for much of that time its us…

Jeff Macharyas

Director of Communications and Marketing at Corning Community College in Corning, New York. Writer/correspondent for Opensource.com. Google and Adobe certified.

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