Knowledge Handler

Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Consciousness

Karl Friston explores consciousness in this essay.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Prediction and Mental Health

Martin Seligman and John Terney suggests that "We aren't Built to Live in the Moment ."

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Recommended Readings

Oliver Staley reports on recommended readings suggested by industry leaders.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Worldview Distortion

Michael Dougherty rants about filter bubbles resulting from Internet news and opinion sites.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Computer Specifications

David Nield suggests the most important computer specifications to be considered when purchasing a new computer.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Brain Exercises

Erin Brodwin offers exercises for the human brain.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Cost of Mis-Information

Julia Belluz notes that measles is on the rise due to vaccine deniers .

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Baumol's "Cost Disease" and the Price of Education

Timothy Lee explains William Baumol's economic theory, called cost disease , which explains why personnel-intensive services such as education are becoming more expensive than material goods which can be produced by automation. It is a problem of scaling and values.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Paul McNamara is irritated at having to pay a monthly fee for an "unlisted " landline number.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Collaboration

Michael Frendo suggests that some employees do better work if they can work from home .

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Changing Retail Methods

Jack Gold suggests that current online retail giants may struggle if 3-D printers improve .

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Public Relations and Social Media

Kristin Burnham suggests how companies can defuse a social media crisis .

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Privacy Protection and Abusers

Taylor Armerding observes that unrestricted privacy protection with also protect child abusers .

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Net Neutrality Rulings

Grant Gross explains the FCC's request for comments on its plan to remove some of the restrictions on corporations which privided net neutrality .

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Supporting Obsolete Wi-Fi Technology

Jon Gold notes that old wi-fi technology has many failings, but that organizations with old equipment still must support it.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Employee Surveillance

The Economist recently highlighted how posh tech offices are loaded with surveillance technology to track the activity of their workers.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Power-Sipping Edge Browser

Gregg Keiser reports that the Edge browser uses very few resources compared with the competitors.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Coming Android Update

Michael Simon shares features anticipated in the projected May Android release.

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Secure Data Transmission With HTTPS://

Michael Kan reports that Google Chrome will begin displaying that web pages served with HTTP:// shall be labeled as insecure. FireFox has already been doping this.

This will frighten many users of websites, even if secure data transmission is not important for fiscal security. Therefore, Google has developed a guide for webmasters to enable secure HTTPS:// data transmission, eliminating the message from the viewers of the site.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Exiting Poverty

Gillian White reviews Peter Temin's arguement that the U.S. is becoming a two-class state defined by income inequality. Temin's research indicates that it takes a generation for people to work themselves out of poverty, and that only if everything goes well.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Expertise and Professionalism

Alina Dizik suggests that young people should focus on developing skills, not credentials for a profession . One roadblock Dizik mentions is that many individuals develop their identity from profession, and would not be comfortable expanding their work outside the bounds of the narrow confines of the "profession" concept.

My take is that if a person needs ten thousand hours to gain expertise, then there is still a need for professions with a narrow, defined range of paractice. I would want a brain surgeon to have participated in hundreds of surgeries before working on my head.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

"Sheeple" Enters Dictionary

Paul McNamara observes that "sheeple " has become an entry in the dictionary.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Security and Productivity Tools

Ann Bednarz shares enterprise security and productivity tools.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Internet Archive Software

Ian Paul reports that the Internet Archive is hosting operating system emulators .

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Economic Benefits of Training

James Heskett proposes that more funding be given to training the "human infrastructure " in our nation.

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Related audio on Germans training Syrian refugees.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Speed Up Your Windows 10 Computer

Melissa Riofrio developed a video which shows which settings can be tweaked to speed up a windows 10 computer.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Free Apps for Windows 10

Woody Leonhard lists 30 free apps for Windows 10.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Windows 10 Privacy Settings

Ian Paul has written a summary of Windows 10 privacy settings . His post also includes a video overview narrated by Melissa Riofrio.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Employee Engagement

Jim Harter and Annamarie Mann report on the benefits of employee engagement in a Gallup report.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Not a Paperless Classroom

Adam Schoenbart suggests that a paperless classroom is a poor goal. Maximizing student learning should be the objective. He continues to use paper when appropriate.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Too Dumb to Fail

Matt K. Lewis wrote his book about the hijacking of the conservative agenda ( Too Dumb to Fail ) at the start of the previous election cycle. I found it provides a possible roadmap for returning conservatism to its roots: however, it had little impact in the 2016 election.

Lewis still maintians a blog.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Business Cards in a Digital Age

Paul McNamara muses on the resiliance of paper business cards in an age of digital equivilents.

McNamara notes that incompatible devices can be an issue with transferring data. Unmentioned is that fact that it is probably easier (and less off-putting in a crowded, jostling environment) to jot a note on the back of a business card than to bring out a device, load an application, and type in a note. I also think some individuals do not want strangers connecting to their devices, in case the digital business card is a trojan horse.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Technical Support: Best Practices

Jennifer Schiff suggests best practices for technical support .

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Cloud Computer Vendors

Brandon Butler shares a list of cloud services which provide free storage.

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Windows 10 Creators Edition

Ken Mingis leads a 45 minute video discussion of the features and flaws included in Windows 10, Creators Edition . For a shorter, more lively celebration of the operating system's new features, check out the Microsoft promotional video available on YouTube.

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Friday, April 07, 2017

IBM's Watson Analyzing Financial Trends

Brandon Butler reports that IBM's Watson and its capacity for trend analysis is being implemented in the financial services industry.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Bad Tech Habits

Christopher Null warns of bad habits often acquired by those involved in technology.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Reading and Success

Elon Musk's habit of voracious reading is revealed in Kerry Dolan's interview of his father, Errol, which appeared in Forbes.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Microcertifications

Sharon Florintine suggests that microcertifications provide cost-effective confirmation of specific skills.

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Online Education of Adults

Simon Nelson discusses the international online education market in an interview with Jeffrey Young. Nelson worked for fifteen years with the BBC, and feels that worldwide there is an untapped demand for quality curriculum if one considers adult education.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

Social Networking Is Vital to a Job Search

Joshua Waldman notes the importance of having a positive social media presence and a strong social network.

Because of this, I am going to be organizing a training session on LinkedIn at my University on June 13.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Mobile Phone as a Hotspot

Sarah White's videos instruct users on how to set up an android or apple device as a wi-fi hotspot.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Mobile Apps vs. Mobile Website

Fredric Paul observes that responsive web sites consume less data than installing mobile apps.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

New Green Revolution From Data Mining

Jon Markman indicates that agribusiness is obtaining higher yields by examining existing data about field productivity. He cites a Wall Street Journal article reporting doubling or tripling of crop yields as a result of close analysis of past practices.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)

Bob Brown explains what CBRS is and what its impact might be.

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Optimizing Google Advertising

Matt Alderton suggests that including more specific information about a good or service will increase the number of motivated lead results.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Microsoft Teams Software

Susan Hanley suggests ten tips to working with Microsoft Teams software.

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Storing a Bit on an Atom

Stephen Lawson reports that a team at IBM has stored a bit on an atom . The team, led by Christopher Lutz, stored a magnetic field on an atom of Holmium and read the charge using a single iron atom.

According to Lawson, "The team just wanted to achieve the maximum possible density. Until now, no one knew how many atoms it would take to build a reliable magnetic memory bit. It turns out the answer is just one."

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Measuring Academic Financial Responsibility

Chris Quintana and Joshua Hatch have prepared an interactive listing of how over 1,800 private colleges score on the U.S. Department of Education's Financial Responsibility Test. This year the Department judged 177 schools to be failing.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Microsoft "Teams" Groupware

John Brandon reviews Microsoft's new Teams groupware platform , and is very impressed with its integration with Office and other Microsoft properties.

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Look Good in Photographs

PhotoFeeler suggests how to pose when having your picture snapped.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Taxing the Robots

Bill Gates proposes taxing robotic assemblies support the unemployed.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nonesense Idiom

Anne Curzan suggests that the idiomic use of the word "bootstrap " is nonsensical.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Two Factor Authentication for Apple Devices

Susie Ochs explains how to set up two-factor authentication on an Apple device. As Turkish hackers claim to be ready to hijack the iCloud credentials of millions of users, resetting iCloud passwords and enabling two-factor authentication may forestall trouble.

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Visual Studio Community

Microsoft makes the Visual Studio Community IDE available for free to those individuals learning to develop apps for Android, iOS, Windows or web services.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

NSA Authority to Spy Overseas

Grant Gross reports on the NSA's authority to spy on those overseas, including Americans overseas.

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Origin of "OK"

Allen Metcalf notes that today is anniversary of the origin of the word OK .

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HTTPS Security Protocol

Lucian Copnstantin plugs HTTPS security protocol for all websites.

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Mental Communication With Robots

Sharon Gaudin reports on advances in mental communication with robots .

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Continuing Education Can Benefit a Company

Bart Perkins notes the need for continuing education , especially for those working in high-tech fields. He suggests three ways that an organization can become more competitive through learning opportunities:

  1. Recruit individuals who enjoy learning;
  2. Identify interdisiplinary skill requirements, and,
  3. Identify training sources.

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