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Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) and Internet Domains

John Ribeiro notes that allocation of most Internet domain names will be transferred from ICANN to an affiliate called Public Technical Identifiers (PTI). As PTI aparently shall be controlled by ICANN initially, I don't foresee major changes in the way the Internet works.

-DD

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alcoholism

David Schimke marshalls the evidence that alcoholism is a disease, and learns that the science is currently unclear.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Motivating University Students

University adjunct faculty suggest menthods for increasing student engagement in the classroom.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Technology Drives Up the Cost of Quality Education

Joshua Kim suggests that technology will always drive up the cost of quality education, because it requires a trained educator to use technology well.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Constraints on Educational Technology

Anya Kamenetz shares three facts that research has shown about educational technology such as online classrooms:

    Implementation is really important, yet it's often ignored. Imperfect data and inadequate evaluation make it hard to understand or improve the use of ed-tech. Computers are enhancing access. There's less evidence that they're enhancing learning.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Maintain a Calendar

Matt Alderton suggests that scheduling your time on a calendar is key to time management .

In my own experience, linking my phone calendar and work calendar were excellent decisions, as now I rarely miss appointments.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

OK Google Commands

J.R. Raphael provides 160 voice commands recognised by the current version of the Android operating system.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cortana and Security

Stephen Vaughn-Nickles suggests that the ever-listening Cortana could be a security hole - and he suggests how to turn Cortana off.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Cost of Automated Customer Service

Evan Schuman comments on what is lost when a firm switches to automated customer service. It is the human element, the positive interactions, the follow up questions.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Peer Review Process

Hugh Gusterson suggests that academics should be financially rewarded for their contribution to the production of peer-reviewed research . This article generated many comments which explore nuances of the issue.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Spam Calls on Android Mobile Phones

Derek Walter reports that some Android phones now warn their owners if an incoming call is probably spam.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Corporate Management of Social Media

Matt Alderon encourages monitoring and responding to what people say about your firm in social media. The tool he recommends is Rignite, but there are a number of competitors in that space.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Logic

Geoffery Pullum comments on the lack of academic training in logic which hinders student analysis and decision making.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Cheap Data on the Road

Derek Walter tells how to reduce data costs when travelling.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hacking Public Wi-Fi

Maurits Marijn warns about the dangers inherent in using public Wi-Fi.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Riding Luggage

Andrea Romano shares a press release about ridable luggage . The promotional says that the suitcase has a six mile range and can move at up to 8 miles per hour.

The individuals in the video clip look like they are riding brooms, though the wheeled luggage seems limited to smooth flooring such as carpets.

-DD

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The Opportunity Cost of Taking Time to Learn Corporate Culture

Jeffrey Selingo observes that the lengthy leadership onboarding process used at most universities [or other bureaucracies] slows innovation and change.

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Management Tips

Frank Schwarzbach offers tips on managing in a bureaucracy such as a university setting.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Education and Employment Credentials

Paul Fain summarizes a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation which calls for separating educational activities from credentialing assessment. Such a change would transfer billions in revenue from universities to for-profit testing centers.

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Changing Course

Allison Vaillancourt provides tips for administrators charged with enacting change . A bolus dose of humility is the major recommendation.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Device Driver Hell

Dirk Smith gives techniques for detecting when bad device drivers are causing personal computer issues.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Sales With Civility

Preston Gralla comments on spectacular marketing flops resulting from picturing the audience using a gross sterotype. Pitch with respect.

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Coping With Anxious Leaders

James Altucher suggest that many managers hire excellent workers and then live in fear of being surpassed by their employees .

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Determining the Cause of Windows 10 Crashes

Dirk Smith suggests techniques for determining the cause of Windows 10 crashes .

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Google Chrome Is Leader

Gregg Keizer observes that Microsoft Internet Explorer has been replaced by Chrome in public acceptance.

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Writing Well

Psychologist Steven Pinker tells interviewer Rachel Toor about writing well as a scholar. Pinker has had great success reaching non-academic audiences with popular books on psychology.

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10 Security

Blair Hanley Frank explains new security features being including in the new release of Windows 10.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10 Update

Mark Hachman offers news about recent Windows 10 updates.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Two Factor SMS Authentication

Michael Kan reports that two-factor SMS authentication is no longer secure. According to Kan, a report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology recommends that two-factor authentication messages should only be received by a secure app.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Value of Coding Skills

Sarah White recounts the value of learning to code , even when it is not part of your job description.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Website Access Rights

Evan Schuman interprets a U.S. court ruling

which says that website owners can refuse to allow others to post blog comments, etc. -DD

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Educational apps

School librarian Michelle Luhtala created a list of educational apps which have been posted by Katrina Schwartz.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Network Monitoring Tools

Paul Venezia suggests free network monitoring tools .

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wi-Fi Troubleshooting

Keith Shaw suggests how to configure a home Wi-Fi network . In a related post from 2013, Sandro Villinger suggested how to deal with slow Wi-Fi.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Academic Writing

Noah Berlatski muses on the paradox of scholarly writing .

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Business Intelligence

Sharon Machlis provides business intelligence resources that could be of value to archives and researchers which need to visualize data.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Timely Teaching

Nichole Matos emphasizes the importance of reponding in a timely manner to students.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Private Browsing Mode Caveats

Alan Zeichick shows the weaknesses of private browsing mode implementations.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Statistics Needed for Adult Education

David Radwin presses for more data gathering on adult education . Mandated statistics do not break out non-traditional students (working adults), and this population takes far longer to reach graduation than the traditional full-time students.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Social Media Streams

Mike Elgan reviews social media stream technology.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Google Home?

J. R. Raphael questions the value of Google Home.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Internet Domains Are Malware Havens

Tom Henderson reports that hackers seem to be the most common users of new domains such as .XYZ -- the new domain names are not superseeding the .COM domain for business purposes, which was their original intent. Thor Olavsrud prepared a slideshow illustrating the shadiest domains, based on data from Blue Coat Systems.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Document Design

Jason Jones suggests how to improve document design for clarity.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Microsoft Windows 10

Howard Wen has developed a slideshow documenting the features in the new Windows 10 update

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Galen Gruman has posted articles on accessing Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive from many devices. "Insider" status (obtained by providing your email) is required to view the Gruman articles in their entirety.

-DD

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Flow" Transportation Initiative

Jon Markham suggests that companies will use Google sensor technology to ease traffic congestion and monatize parking throughout a city. Smart metering would allow pricing for parking to vary depending on the time of day.

Sidewalk, a Google subdivision, has a project called Flow which would streamline parking space and transportation usage while providing city governments with income.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Coping With the Stress of the Job Search

Boyda Johnstone address the stress of seeking employment and suggests these steps for self-care:

  • Cultivate friendships, but,
  • Schedule time alone.
  • Talk out your concerns with mentors, but,
  • Keep your general conversation focused on others, not your struggle.
  • Exercise self-compassion.

-DD

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Skype Updates

Blair Frank announces advances in Slype file sharing . Files can now be sent when the recipient is offline, giving Skype some of the functionality of e-mail or file sharing services.

Frank also notes that Skype for Business now allows three particpants to communicate for free (and up to ten during a trial period). Skype for Business is replacing Microsoft's Lync service, and is available for PC and Mac.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Humility

Shubhankar Bhattacharya suggests that humility offers a great advantage to those who employ it. He provides examples of both arrogance and humility to illustrate his point.

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Living Without a GUI

Bryan Lunduke found living without a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to be intolerable after ten days, because our user experience is now so visual. He shared software, some with roots in the 1980's, which provided a form of user experience, but it was extremely cumbersome to command the computer using only text.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Home Security With Teens

Josh Fruhlinger suggests reaching out to the teens in your family so they are aware of the security consequences of some common online behavior.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Nexar Dash Camera

Mark Gibbs introduces Nexar's dashcam app, which uses an iPhone as a camera with motion and location sensors. As Gibbs mentions, there are privacy issues with recording and making publically available the driving behaviors of those around you, but there is also the benefit of greater accountability for bad behavior.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

SearchResearch

Dan Russell has a blog SearchResearch.blogspot.com which teaches students how to search Google and other databases.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

What Technology Leaders Are Reading

Mary K. Pratt asked technology executives about their summer reading and shares the responses.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Anacreon in Heaven

Joao Rocha shares the 18th Century song Anacreon in Heaven, the musical ancestor of the U.S. National Anthem.

Rocha offers the following comments on the tune, as well as the lyrics:

The song was written for the Anacreontic Society, probably around 1771. The tune (...) is now thought to have been written "collectively" by members of the society, led by John Stafford Smith (...). The society met every two weeks to get drunk, sing songs and to indulge in some debauchery. Anacreon himself was a Greek poet from about 570BC who was noted for his erotic poetry (...) and his drinking songs.
To Anacreon in Heav'n, where he sat in full glee,
A few sons of harmony sent in a petition
That he their Inspirer and patron would be;
When this answer arriv'd from the Jolly Old Grecian "Voice, fiddle and flute, "no longer be mute,
"I'll lend you my name and inspire you to boot,
"And, besides, I'll instruct you, like me, to intwine
"The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine."
(...)
Ye Sons of Anacreon, then join hand in hand;
Preserve unanimity, friendship and love!
'Tis yours to support what's so happily plann'd;
You've the sanction of Gods and the fiat of Jove.
While thus we agree Our toast let it be:
"May our club flourish happy, united and free!
"And long may the sons of Anacreon intwine
"The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus's Vine."
Source: http://www.miketodd.net/encyc/anacreo... ; Song performed by John Townley, from "The Top Hits Of 1776", Adelphi Records; Picture: "Drinking-song", Mihály Zichy, 1874

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Reasons for Optimism

Peter Diamandis offers data that suggests that the world is getting to be a better place .

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Chips as Spies

Patrick Nelson suggests that computer chips in devices have the potential to be used for spying . Christof Paar has prepared graphics to illustrated the potential.

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Technology and Fashion

Michelle Davidson's slideshow provides examples of how technology is changing fashion design .

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Google History

J. D. Biersdorfer reviews what Google stores in its history of your interactions, and how an individual can view at least some of what the search giant records.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Laptop Privacy

Katie Rogers suggest that we follower the example of Mark Zuckerberg, and cover laptop cameras with tape .

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Learning Through Gaming

Peter Diamandis suggests that gaming should be incorporated in learning .

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