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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vacations Are Valuable

David Wildermuth argues that vacations provide insights and opportunities.

Enjoy!

-DD

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Monday, August 21, 2017

New Madrid Earthquake

Today people are focusing on the eclypse passing through southern Missouri. In 1811 there was another natural event which shaped this part of the United States: the New Madrid earthquake .

-DD

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Android Backups

J.R. Raphael advises Android users about backup strategies.

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Incivility on Campus

Marcia Chatelain suggests that in some cases universities embolden white nationalists . She proposes that this is done by:

  • Faculty playing the devil's advocate;
  • Faculty and staff grumbling about inclusion;
  • Discounting student concerns and failing to acknowledge their pain;
  • Endorsing stereotypes about minorities, and,
  • Nostalgia for the days of campus elites.

-DD

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Smartphones and Mental Focus

Mike Elgan reports that smartphones disrupt mental focus, resulting in a 10%-25% decline in attentiveness at work. A study commissioned by Kaspersky Labs indicates that employees who do not bring their smartphones to work are 26 percent more productive. Just having a powered-up phone is distracting -- Jill Elish reports on a Florida State University study showing that cell phone notifications approach the distraction factor of reading a text message.

For more information on this issues, Elgan recommends Sherry Turkle's book, Reclaiming the Conversation, and mentions additional books on the topic will be published later this year. Elgan interviewed Turkle in 2015.

Elgan also highlights two firms, Siempo and Light Phone which are preparing to distribute limited-feature phones for corporate use.

-DD

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Chrome Extensions

James Martin recommends a list of select Google Chrome extensions . Martin points out that the Chrome browser has 60% of the U.S. market share. The 25 selected extensions include:

  1. Boomerang allows e-mail delivery to be scheduled for a future date.
  2. Accomany dredges up information on the person or company who sent you an email.
  3. MYSMS allows sending and receiving SMS messages from a desktop or laptop through a wireless connection to a mobile phone.
  4. Click & Clean provides tools for clearing your cache, history, and other data on your Chrome browser.
  5. Google Page Analytics is used in conjunction with Google Analytics to view which parts of your web page are attracting users.
  6. Speedtest reports on your internet connection, providing download and upload statistics.
  7. Pocket is a tool for storing web pages for later reading (also available in FireFox).

-DD

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

iOS Typing Tips

Johnny Evans offers 16 typing tips for those using iPhone and iPads.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Android Productivity

J. R. Raphael suggests how to tune the Android mobile operating system into a productivity tool.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Challenges of Being a Diversity Officer

Sarah Brown reports on the challenges of serving as a Diversity Officer at a university.

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Meeting Technology

Alexa Lemzy suggests technologies to incorporate in meetings .

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Telecom Statistics Show Most Youth Have Internet Access

The International Telecommunications Union released statistics on internet usage , indicating that 80% of the worlds' youth have some form of access.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Android and IOS Security

Lucas Mearian analyzes the Android and IOS operating systems, and reports that IOS is more secure in real-world implementation.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chrome to Offer Ad-Blocker by 2018

Gregg Keizer reports that draft updates of the Google Chrome web browser offer ad-blocking , leading to speculation that Chrome users may be able to block ads by 2018.

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The Effect of Offering Live Streaming on Event Participation

Melissa Lombardo interviewed Will Curren, who addressed how live streaming an event impacts attendance, and answered questions about current live streaming technology for event planners.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Social Networking

Manya Whitaker suggests that an important part of having a useful social network is regular updates and maintaining connection with those in your network. It also entails pruning those with whom you no longer have anything in common: "Be willing to remove people entirely from your network if the usefulness of the relationship has expired."

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Machine Learning and Search Engine Optimization

Dave Davies reports on how machine learning will change the way search engines organize content.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Google Scholar

Quora participants suggest improvements for Google scholar

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Gainful Employment Statistics Are Not Available From the U.S. Department of Education

Adam Harris reports that the current U.S. Administration is not collecting data regarding gainful employment rates of students after college. The Obama administration had tasked the U.S. Department of Education with compiling data to allow each university to be evaluated on whether graduates were gainfully employed as a result of their educational experience.

-DD

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MOOC Design

Alice Bonasio shares the latest trends in MOOC development.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Firefox v. 57

Stephen Shankland reports on the upgrade to Mozilla's FireFox web browser, slated for October release.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Overdoing Hobbies

Charles Chu reviews the life of author Oliver Sacks, who almost crippled himself in weight lifting competition . Chu concludes that

"Hobbies are wonderful things, but be careful lest they try to replace the irreplaceable–to supplant love with sex, friendship with fantasy, and meaning with madness."

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Beef Emissions

James Hamblin indicates that carbon emissions could be reduced if beef raising did not consume one-third of arible land.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Google Can Index Hundreds of Megabytes From a Page

Barry Schwartz reports that Google search can index hundres of megabytes from a page , a tenfold increase from a few years ago.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Google Search Examples

Dan Russell offers examples off how to make Google searches more productive in his blog, Searchers Research .

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Mobile Design

Patrick Stox offers best practices for mobile-centered web design .

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Google Creates Images

Barry Schwartz notes that webmasters can add markup to their images, allowing Google to automatically create animated GIF files that users can interact with.

Webmasters can test their structured data using this link: https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Classroom Polling Using Mobile Devices and Classroom Distraction

James Lang recommends polling apps which provide instant feedback from the entire classroom. Lang addresses the concerns about students being drawn off-topic as a result of being allowed to use their devices in the classroom, and recommends the reading of Gazzaley's Distracted Minds as well as review of earlier posts in his series on digital distraction.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Market to Market Accounting

Brian S. Wesbury suggests that market to market accounting played a major role in recent financial crises .

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Somewhat-Homomorphic Encryption

Evan Schuman recommends that corporations investigate encrypting all data stored in a "cloud" because of third-party security issues. He suggests that Somewhat-Homomorphic Encryption (SHE) offers the advantage of being in the public domain, and is fast enough to be practical. Schuman provides a link to David Wu's Stanford University presentation which reviews the technology.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Android Efficiency Apps

J.R. Raphael suggests six Android apps for efficiently using the phone.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Election Flaws

C.G.P. Grey produced a video illustrating the problem with "First Past the Post" elections. Grey is an advocate for the alternative vote or single transferable vote menthod.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Teaching Happiness

Emma Sappala suggests that we can raise children which are driven to success or who enjoy life . She recommends that they chill out and be happy.

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Obscure Web Browsers

Ryan Francis and Himanshu Arora compare six alternative web browsers .

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sleep and Social Norms

Maggie Koerth-Baker suggests that childhood bedtimes are a social construct , and that different children at different ages may have different sleep needs. Various research studies have shown that up to half of children who are forced to go to bed when they are not sleepy develop sleep resistance behaviors, fighting with their parents to stay awake later into the evening.

However, children who win this battle and remain awake late into the evening may develop sleep-wake phase disorders, a where the circadian rhythm is permanently set to a default which differs from the society they live in. For example, in the U.S., a habit of staying up late (and rising late) that can carry on into problems at school, and later work.

-DD

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Google Chrome Updates

Gregg Keizer explains how Google Chrome does updates .

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Monday, July 24, 2017

FireFox Security Tip

Michael Horowitz shares how the user can restrict FireFox to only display sites employing Transport Layer Security version 1.2 or higher . The good news is it makes web surfing safer, while the downside it is it may restrict access to safe sites which have not updated their technology.

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The Unintended Consequence of a Community of Transient Renters

Tom Vanderbilt observed that a community increasing its percentage of high-income rental properties makes it difficult for middle-income residents to compete in finding affordable housing.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Travails of Telecommuting

Rebecca Greenfield notes that employers are reducing or eliminating telecommuting .

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Page Headings Are Important

Marieke van de Rakt provides reasons for using significant headings in your web document .

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Friday, July 21, 2017

How Web Pages Are Ranked

SEO PowerSuite suggests seven criteria Google uses for ranking web pages in search results. Tips are provided for improving ranking for each criteria.

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How to Interrupt, Courteously

Vanessa Van Edwards advises how to nicely interrupt a conversation which has become a monologue.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

University Marketing

Janet Driscoll Miller suggests seven things universities should consider as they hone their strategy for online marketing .

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Travel Bargains

Kristin Wong suggests ways to lower the cost of travel .

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Long Tail Keywords

Aleh Barysevich explains why search engine marketers should provide relevant keywords to attract the maximum amount of attention.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Apps for Education

Meris Stansbury suggests ten apps which will help a college student succeed. These include"

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Marketing Success

Joy Hawkins suggests that online marketers should have a custom URL to track responses from each web venue. This provides valuable data on which messages are causing "clicks." She provides ten other tips specific to user of Google Posts, a program for local marketing.

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Industries and Environmental Pollution

Justin Nobel interviews Lieutenant General Russel Honore about pollution caused by lax oversight in Louisiana .

Nobel also interviews Robert Taylor Jr., a resident of the town of Reserve, which is home to the only neoprene factory in the U.S. Taylor notes that "this past January chloroprene concentrations in the air were recorded at 332 times the federal guidelines." Taylor is concerned about the ongoing effects of the poison, and fears a catastrophic release of toxins. “If we can commit an act of war against another country for chemically poisoning their children,” says Taylor, “how can we stand by and do nothing when chemicals are poisoning our own children?”

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Attentiveness

Carolyn Jennings muses on the importance of attentiveness .

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Marking Your Location as "Accessible" on Google Maps

Amy Gesenhues alerts readers that Google Maps is using crowdsourcing to annotate maps as to businesses which are accessible to the handicapped. Google managers Shiva Thiagarajan and Rio Akasaka explain how to annotate Google Maps for your location in this post.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Need for Online Education Options

Jaime Hannans, Jill Leafstedt and Michelle Pacansky-Brock demonstrate that certain student populations need online education .

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quantum Communications

Patrick Nelson reports that a quantum communication network is being developed for greater security in Internet transactions.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Interface Design

Mike Elgan suggests that new user interface design will revolutionize computing. He posits that virtual reality technologies, where one uses verbal commands to interact with the computer, will replace the current desktop Windows,Icons, Menus and Pointer (WIMP) interface and the tablet Multi-touch, Physics and Gestures (MPG) interface the way that the purely command line QWERTY interface (example: DOS) lost prominence.

My take is that if firms adopt a verbal interface, employees will have to work from home or in offices, as a cube farm of talking knowledge workers would be a confusing babble.

-DD

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Google Docs Features

J. R. Raphael reveals two Google Docs features , which are:

  1. multi-tasking
  2. document organizations
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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Online Education Beyond High School

Michael Strickland shares how Idaho strives to get high school graduates in online or blended courses to improve the number of students entering higher degree programs.

Strickland cites Connie Malamed (of the eLearning Coach website) reminding us that “one of the most important areas we can develop as professionals is competence in accessing and sharing knowledge.”

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Purism Corporation Develops Secure Laptop

Lucas Mearian reports on the development of a secure laptop whose operating system is based on Linux.

A good idea, but I question if enough secure apps will exist to make it useful or cost effective.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trust, Social Spaces, and Room Design

Thornton May expounds on the value of cooperation to companies and other ventures. He cites research by Dr. Karen Stephenson which indicates that cooperation can be measured, and may be enhanced by specific room layouts and techniques.

More influential than room layouts and social manipulation is the the underlying level of trust between collaborators. To be productive, trust must exist between the individual persons involved in group projects for collaboration to flourish. Too much competition within a group destroys the dynamics that make the assembled players creative and dynamic.

My additional reading on this by topic indicates that solitude is as important to creativity as social spaces, justifying the existence of private spaces. Balance is necessary for optimum productivity.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Google Custom Search

Google offers the option of creating a searchbox which searches any site on the Web .

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaching Innovation

Ted Dintersmith suggests in this video that people need to be taught in such a way as to encourage innovation. He has sponsored a new documentary on innovation in some schools, with the hopes that innovation will be generally taught.

-DD

Ted Dintersmith from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Google's Tools for Mobile Web Design

Aleyda Solis exhorts webmasters to consult Google's Mobile SEO tools when designing their website. She specifically mentions:

  1. Is Your Web Page Mobile-Friendly
  2. Fetch as Google
  3. Mobility Usability Report

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Smart Glasses

Tom Elgan provides an in-depth look at the impact smart glasses are having on business and education. He predicts these augmented reality devices, which display additional environmental information to the user, will transform our lives in future years.

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