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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Exercise and Brain Development

Adami1, Pagano1, Colombo1, Platonova1, Recchia2, Chiaramonte1, Bottinelli2, Canepari2, & Daniele Bottai1 (2018) report on improving an animal's brain function through use of leg exercise , an activity which encourages brain tissue development.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Social Isolation

Hilary Brueck writes how social isolation damages your brain and body.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Student Recovery From Trauma

Beckie Supiano offers suggestions for helping students cope with trauma .

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Price's Law

Darius Foroux blogs about Price's Law and productivity.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Domain Name Service

Lin Clark describes the Internet's domain name service (DNS) and security enhancements now available.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Technology Trends

Josh Constine condenses Mary Meeker's 294 slide 2018 report on technology trends to 10 major points .

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Rest for Success

By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang suggests that successful innovators need rest and relaxation as much as hours on the job. Pang cites a survey of psychology professors done by Raymond Van Zelst and William Kerr:

Scientists who spent 25 hours in the workplace were no more productive than those who spent five. Scientists working 35 hours a week were half as productive as their 20-hours-a-week colleagues.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Inculcating Positive Habits

James Clear recommends that those seeking to develop a positive habit should:

  1. "make a specific plan for when, where, and how you are going to implement it."
  2. "focus entirely on one habit."
  3. Practice! "it takes at least two months for new habits to become automatic behaviors."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Steps to a Quicker PC

Preston Gralla suggests nine steps to speed up your Windows 10 PC.

  1. Optimize power settings
  2. Disable programs which run on startup
  3. Turn off search indexing
  4. Clean the Registry
  5. Disable visual effects
  6. Launch the Windows Troubleshooter
  7. Use Performance Monitor
  8. Kill Bloatware
  9. Restart Windows

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Images of Teaching

James Lang muses on the importance of images picturing learning occuring in academic classrooms.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Duolingo

Micheal Coren reviews Duolingo's translation development.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Educational Advantage

Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz notes that a college education results in more wealth to a student whose family is wealthy .

My guess is that wealthy students have better preparation for college, and thus have more time for the extracurricular activities that forge a social network which lasts beyond college. While those with less preparation, or those who need to study to maintain the "free ride scholarship" are struggling just to complete the academic program. The best solution might be for a university to "adopt" a few schools in a struggling public school district, and work to give their students an excellent education, so that the college-bound graduates would have a level playing entering college.

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Android Apps

J. R. Raphael recommends his favorite Android apps .

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Friday, June 08, 2018

HTTP:// Sites Will Be Marked as "Insecure"

Barry Schwartz notes that in September, Chrome will mark all sites with the HTTP:// prefix as inscecure .

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Faraday Bags

Mike Elgan describes the virtues (and problems with) a Faraday bag for shielding your wireless device.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Fingerprint Identification

Chantel Tattoli reviews the biometric use of fingerprints from the past to the present.

Tattoli shares a 2013 quote from Apple's CEO Tim Cook: “Let me put it this way: if hackers get a hold of your thumbprint, they could use it to identify and impersonate you for the rest of your life.” To me this is a scary thought, as biometric identification is becoming common (and I presume more subject to being hacked).

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Linux Apps on Chrome OS

J. R. Raphael extols the technology advance which allows Linux apps under the Chrome operating system.

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Monday, June 04, 2018

Networking Events Pale to Projects

David Burkus has researched personal networking events to discover that they do a poor job of creating a diverse social network. Far better for improving your contact list is joining a project team where you will work with other people with diverse backgrounds and skills.

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Dark Matter and the Big Bang

Lisa Zyga reports on a new theory that questions the existence of dark matter and the "big bang ."

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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Tools for International Travel

Brian Chen offers packing suggestions for international travel.

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Friday, June 01, 2018

Free Network Tools

Mark Gibbs shares insights into free network tools that an organization should have available.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Compliance Issues for IT

Jennifer Schiff suggests the most important compliance issues and general responses.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Android File Management Apps

J. R. Raphael provides a video and text review of Android file management apps, including:

  1. Solid Explorer File Manager
  2. Pushbullet
  3. Folder Synch Pro
  4. Files Go

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Student Debt

Jillian Berman analyzes a Federal Reserve report on "Consumer Credit Outstanding," which indicates that student loans now exceed $1.5 trillion.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Gmail Client for Offline Email

J. R. Raphael notes that a native offline Gmail client is now available.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Data Analysis Project Failures

Mary Branscombe explains the causes of common failures in data analysis projects :

  1. Assuming your data is ready to use — and all you need
  2. Not exploring your data set before starting work
  3. Expecting too much
  4. Not using a control group to test your new data model in action
  5. Starting with targets rather than hypotheses
  6. Letting your data model go stale
  7. Automating without monitoring the final outcome
  8. Forgetting the business experts
  9. Picking too complex a tool
  10. Reusing implementations that don’t fit your problem
  11. Misunderstanding fundamentals like causation and cross validation
  12. Underestimating what users can understand

Note: A free registration is required to read this article.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wire Heads

Lone Frank writes about the addictive nature of brain stimulation , which can result in individuals stimulating their happiness centers for hours at a time.

In 1980, Larry Niven began his science fiction novel The Ringworld Engineers with the protagonist as a wire addict. It is unfortunate that speculative fiction is becoming reality.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Antivirus for Android

James A. Martin compares Android antivirus offerings.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Apple iPhone and Health Apps

Johnny Evans explains the security built into the iphone making it a suitable tool for medical data.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Android P -- Navigation

J. R. Raphael shares what he has learned about gesture navigation in the new Android operating system, "Android P."

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Graduation Caps

The Ohio State University's Center for Folklore Studies examines the practice of decorating graduation caps . Examples are welcomed!

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Force Copy in Google Docs

Lisa Nielsen illustrates the power of force copy in Google Docs.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Moving Beyond a Paper-Based Mindset

John Sowash describes how to teach with a mindset freed from bondage to paper. Electronic resources empower the user to go outside the textbook and classroom, and allow greater collaboration within the school.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Duplication and Copyright

Jake Swearingen reports that Eric Lundgren is going to jail for pirating CDs.

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Social Media Use and Depression

The Economist published a chart showing a negative correlation between social media use and reported happiness. The article reports on American study which showed that heavy social media use preceded mental illness.

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Female Voices

Eden Faithful considers the primarily feminine voices employed in artificial intelligence as reinforcing cultural subservience.

Faithful's criticism reminds me of the description of a household robot from a 1956 science fiction novel:

"That's why we called the monster 'Hired Girl' -- it brought back thoughts of the semi-slave immigrant girl who Grandma used to bully."

Heinlein, Robert A. (1956). The Door Into Summer. Fantasy and Science Fiction, 11(4), p. 17.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Insecure Hotel Safes

Stacey Leasca warns that hotels often leave the master password for room safes at the manufacturer's default , making it easy for professional thieves to steal the contents.

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School Shootings

David French muses on the cause of school shootings .

Throughout U.S. history there have been a few insane individuals who have shot students and teachers in schools. Acts of insanity cannot easily be prevented. However,my own thought is that these sad events should not be receiving the massive publicity that seems to evoke copycat killings around the nation. To do so seems as irresponsible as yelling "Fire" in a crowded theatre.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Asymmetry

Anthony Phillips provides examples of how both symmetry and asymmetry are important .

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Recipe Markup for Google Properties

Barry Schwartz explains the specialized markup recommended for recipes to place well in Google search results.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Google Assistant

Mike Elgan suggests that Google is likely to develop the most useful virtual assistant .

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Right of Assembly

Chris Quintana explains how Berkeley is developing a policy to ensure that provocative speakers at Berkely will be protected. Security costs for some speakers have drained millions from the University budget.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Police Can Locate Mobile Phones

Joseph Cox muses on the ability of police to quickly locate mobile phones .

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J.R. Raphael suggests ways to reduce data usage when using an Android phone

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Parenting the Gates Way

Hilary Brueck interviewed Bill and Melinda Gates about their parenting strategy .

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Compendium of Windows 10 Update Information

Preston Gralla provides this long list of updates which have occurred since the initial release of Windows 10 .

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tending Your LinkedIn Profile

Rachel Sokol reviews establishing a quality LinkedIn profile .

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Google Disavow and Web Search Results

Edd Wilson reports on a study of the use of Google's disavow feature.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Disavowing Links

Derek Gleason explains about disavowing links .

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Expiring Messages and Other New Features.

Amy Gesenhues suggests how users can ensure confidentiqality, sich as a setting which deletes email after a short pause.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Urban Intelligence

Menno Schilthuizen explores how city birds develop curiousity .

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Online Buying Habits

Greg Sterling reports that Millenials are the most active U.S. demographic for purchasing goods online .

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Education Technology Podcasts

Vicki Davis has created almost 300 podcasts on technologies and techniques for educators.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Search Engine Opitimization

Katie Gerweck suggests how to plan for a website redesign that will be optimized for searchers.

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Learning Keyboard Skills

David Kapuler provides links to ten sites for learning keyboard skills.

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FAFSA Assistance

Jennifer Lee reviews an effort to increase Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion at Georgia State University.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

The Last Day of Work

Brooke Nelson suggests tasks for your last day of work .

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Sabine Baring-Gould

Matthew Walther writes a short biography of Sabine Baring-Gould , the anglican clergyman "who knew everything" and who wrote novels, hymns and children's books.

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Biological Roots of Romance

Sean Illing interviews biological anthropologist Helen Fisher about the chemistry of romantic love .

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Friday, May 04, 2018

U.S. Taxation In Retirement

Alicia Adamczyk reviews how retirement income is taxed in the United States.

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