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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Friday, December 09, 2016

MS-DOS

On December 6, Steven Vaughan-Nichols announced that the Windows command line (which dates back to MS-DOS) was no longer going to be available in Microsoft Windows. Three days later he announced a retraction, observing that the MS-DOS command shell will continue to be available in Windows.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Gaining Inspiration

Judah Pollack and Olivia Cabane explain gaining inspiration .

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Suggestions for Cybersecurity

Jon Oltsik suggests cybersecurity initiatives which a new U.S. president should undertake.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Academic Side-Jobs

Josh Boldt suggests side jobs which a university faculty member can take for additional income.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Audiobooks

Rebecca Rego Barry reports on the success of audiobooks .

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

LinkedIn Buys Lydia.com

Phil Hill raises concerns about LinkedIn's purchase of Lydia.com . LinkedIn intends to offer training to job seekers, but Hill questions whether the information can easily be conveyed in an automated online environment.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Hashtag Usage

David William reports on research on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter conducted by TrackMaven, which found that hashtag usage should differ on each platform for effective discovery.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fact Checking

MetroSverige has distributed a video on the importance of fact-checking before posting on social media. It is based on a recent incident where a false rumor was posted about Moslems and Christmas lights.

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Team Behavior

Charles Duhigg reports on Google's efforts to identify characteristics of the best work teams .

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Email Ettiquette

Aja Frost suggests three words which may be perceived as rude .

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dissertation Side Jobs

Nicole Cesare offers tips for those completing a dissertation.

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Barriers to Educational Attainment

Eric Johnson reviews a new book by J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy," and uses examples from the text to show how small barriers pile-up to deny minorities educational success.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Craft an Apology

Peter Bregman suggests anger can be diffused by a sincere apology that recognizes the wrong which was done.

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Malware Warning

Gregg Keizer explains a new way which users of the Chrome web browser will discover that a website is spewing malware .

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Holiday Business Trends and Advice

Small Business Trends provides statistics and advice for the small business owner during the holiday season.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Procrastination

Allison M. Vaillancourt suggests "Why We Can't Finish Things."

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tools for Online Privacy

Roger Grimes suggest tools to increase online privacy .

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Behavior to Avoid

Bill Murphy, Jr. suggests ten bad practices that can hinder career advancement.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Classroom Incivility

Barbara Lee proposes how educators should deal with classroom incivility . Situations covered include:

  1. Preparation before discussing a challenging topic.
  2. When dialog becomes threatening.
  3. When dialog results in complaints from outside the classroonm.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Website Status Checker

Ryan Francis offered a list of new information technology products, most of which are for a corporate environment. One free product of general interest was an Internet status heatmap, based on real-time reports of Internet professionals harvested by Spiceworks. While a check of the Spiceworks website showed this product was not yet available, a website status checker is available, and this web address may be a useful tool in an end-user's arsenal.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Importance of Confronting Privately

Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz discusses the case of student Tiffany C. Martínez who complained about a lack privacy when her university professor accused her of plagiarism.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Avoiding Hiring Bias

Sharon Florentine offers suggestions for corporations fighting hiring bias .

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Corporate Responsibility

Matt Alderton suggests that corporate donations to schools can be a win both for the company and for the community.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Microsoft Goes 3D

Ian Paul reveals Microsoft's strategy for incorporating three dimensional images in software such as Paint, PowerPoint and Word.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Technology Firms

Sharon Florentine demonstrates that companies need to make a significant effort to succeed in increasing diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Accenture has identified three actions which would increase the number of female technology candidates:

  1. Spark interest in junior high
  2. Sustain engagement in high school
  3. Inspire a career after college

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Apple's Technology Migration

John Brandon laments Apple's rapid transition to new interface technologies, a transition which requires carrying a dongle with your sleek new device to maintain compatibility with the existing sound and data technology infrastructure.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Renewable Energy Sources

Lucas Mearian reports that renewable energy sources (hydro-electric, solar, wind, etc.) was behind more than half of the new energy capacity added in 2015. More information is available from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Bibliophiles

Frank Furedi muses on the motivations of bibliophiles through the ages.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Disseminating Election Results

Andy Cotgreave reviews how election data was shared, and the improvements in displaying information improved the timeliness of each citizen'knowledge of the election results.

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Bookstrap and Color Libraries

Mark Gibbs shares two web development tools in his article on color libraries and Bootstrap Framework . I want to try the Bookstrap Framework, as LibGuides now uses Bootstap for spatially organizing web content.

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Experimental Error

Ransom Stephens reviews the scientific method and the apparent movement of neutrinos faster than light (later determined to be an equipment error).

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Twentieth Anniversary of the Networked Camera

Keith Shaw interviews Fredrik Nilsson about Axis cameras.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Software Development Wisdom

Peter Wayner observes that experienced (older) software developers have developed an intuition for proper design that schools do not teach. Wayner shares seven lessons which old programmers know, and followed it up with five more .

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Friday, November 04, 2016

Google Jamboard

Blair Hanley Frank reviews Google's new whiteboard offering, jamboard , which enhances both local and distance collaboration.

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Data Access: Wi-Fi vs. 4G

Andy Patrizio suggests that if a busy professional requires large amounts of data while on the road, then 4G data access is important. If a slow or intermittent wi-fi signal would only be an inconvenience, using free wi-fi is an option.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Software Best Practices - And Exemptions

Peter Wayner shares seven supposedly bad software programming practices which still are sometimes useful in application design.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Web Browser Comparison

Austin Evans' YouTube video reviews the major web browsers in use in 2016, comparing strengths and weaknesses, and recommends browsers for specific applications.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Identifying Web Browser Flaws

Peter Wayner notes flaws in web browsers which can harass end-users.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Apple MacIntosh Tips

Johnny Evans shares tips on using an Apple MacIntosh .

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Women's Wages and Hours

Gemma Acton reports that globally, women work longer each day than men if unpaid work is taken into account.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Biometric Rights

Darlene Storm notes that privacy law is undefined when it comes to ownership rights regarding biometric markers such as fingerprints.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Fact Checking

Mike Elgan reviews the need for fact checking and offers links to fact checking sites such as:

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Internet Archive Improvements

Librarian Jessamyn West reports that the Internet Archive has developed new methods for searching and viewing e-books.

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Personal Computer Market Share in Decline

Gregg Keizer notes that sales of personal computers has declined 4-6% in the past year. Keizer suspects that low-end PCs may become less available as retailers try to maintain profits with high-end devices.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Resource Allocation

Yuval Atsmon examines the three elements of resource allocation :

  1. Where to allocate resources;
  2. How much money and time to allocate; and,
  3. How to implement the allocation changes.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Selecting a Laptop

Lisa Gade's YouTube video discusses how to select a laptop , depending on what you plan to use it for.

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Academic Innovation

Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University, discusses in a video the initiatives that have allowed his university to grow in a depressed environment. These include starting new technology programs, expanding co-op programs, marketing globally to students, and developing mentors. These initiatives require more effort from faculty, but it allows institutional success.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Logical Fallacies

Don Pepper reviews major logical fallacies : overconfidence, narrow framing, short-term emotion, and confirmation bias - all of which can impair how we handle decision-making.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Motivation and Employment

Clayton Christensen offers thoughts on what motivates purchases and hiring , and uses that lense to examine employment choice.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

SLI.DO - An Audience Participation Tool

Matt Alderton recommends the audience interaction tool called Sli.do, which allows instant audience feedback. Sli.do offers a limited-utility mode for free, but the full-featured app is $199 per event.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Worldwide Typefaces

Mark Wilson explains Google's work to develop typefaces .

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HP's Elite X3 Phone That Doubles as a Lightweight Computer

Austin Evans' YouTube reviews Hewlett Packard's Elite X3 , a Windows phone which can be docked to meet light computing tasks. Evans says that the concept is good, but that the current Windows mobile software and hardware is too limiting for power users.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Establishing Priorities

Brian Tracy suggests how we can set our priorities .

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Linux Distributions to Replace WindowsXP

Ian Paul recommends three Linux distributions for those still using Microsoft WindowsXP: Zorin, LXLE or Ubuntu . He warns that none of these will run Microsoft Windows software, but they have a limited set of productivity software included.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Smartphones in Higher Education

Meghan Bogardus Cortez explains why some faculty encourage students to collaborate using smartphones .

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Visible Light Communication

Patrick Nelson reviews current research at Dartmouth which shows that visible light may be a good medium for disseminating secure communications.

Nelson earlier reported that solar panels may be designed as visible light communication receivers, citing a TED video given by Harold Haas. A side benefit of using solar power for data communications is that the technology could help nations meet their carbon reduction targets.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Refining Your Google Search

Google search results can be filtered and refined, as shown in this video .

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

LXLE: A Lightweight Linux Distribution

Mark Gibbs promotes LXLE a Linux distribution for older computers.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Chatbots Teaching Foreign Languages

Sean Captain talks about conversing with a computer to learn to speak a foreign language.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Resolve Team Conflicts

John Rampton offers suggestions for ending team conflict .

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