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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

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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Monday, March 20, 2017

Analyzing Customer Data

Ralph Tkatchuk shares ideas for small business who want to analyze their data. He suggests using Google analytics and user surveys.

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Internet Service Providers and Privacy Rules

John Ribeiro reports that the Senate's drive to reduce regulation may roll back the privacy requirements mandated for Internet service providers (ISPs).

Tibeiro notes that "The rules have been opposed by ISPs that argue that they are being treated differently from other Internet search entitites like search engines an social networking companies."

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Employing 3D Printer Technology to Build Homes

IDG News Service reports on a Russian 3D cement printer which enabled the construction of a house in 24 hours. It is hoped that the technology will help recovery from natural disasters.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Online Security

Ryan Francis shares tips for strengthening online security .

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Software Vulnerablities

Lucian Constantin reviews the exposed vulnerabilities of Apple and PC software .

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Shark Tank: The Humor Found in Technology Support

"Sharky" tells of how he collected thousands of humorous stories generated from supporting technology in an interview with Frank Hayes.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Problems With Automated Blogging

Mark Gibbs warns of legal and quality issues with automated blogging . Gibbs provides a list of tools if one chooses to go this route, but he does not recommend it.

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Screen Addiction

Claudia Dreifus interviews Adam Alter, author of Irresistable: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Alter believes users are becoming addicted to their screen time. In the interview he refers to clinics which are springing up to help screen addicts recover.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

YouTube vs. Cable Television

Mike Elgin believes that YouTube will devour cable televisions market .

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Slogans Employed by Universities

Chris Quintana shares some cringeworthy slogans he observed coming from Universities.

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Pi Day

Vi Hart's video rants against Pi .

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Pi Day

In this video, Keith Shaw provides the history of Pi Day .

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Privacy Concerns and the Web

Bob Brown conveys the concerns about web privacy expressed by Tim Berners-Lee in a letter written on the 28th anniversary of the World Wide Web's creation.

Berners-Lee is concerned about:

  1. The loss of control of personal data;
  2. The ease at which mis-information is spread; and,
  3. The use of the Web for politics without accurate attribution of facts.
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Planning for Change

Thornton May offers advice on planning for change .

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Minimum Income Experiments

Simon Copland reports on experiments on giving those in poverty a guaranteed minimum wage .

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Best Interview Question to Ask a Potential Employer

Caroline Liu suggests that the best question to ask at the close of an interview is:
“Actually yeah, I was wondering what your best moment so far at [Company Name] was?”

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Bill Gates On Global Improvement

Daniel Roth reports on his interview with Bill Gates . Roth provides charts showing how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reduced childhood disease around the globe.

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

End of Day Productivity

Larry Alton suggests tasks that allow you to productively run out the clock at the end of each workday:

Monday
Organize your email account.
Tuesday
Plan your next big project.
Wednesday
Curate your web presence.
Thursday
Declutter your desk.
Friday
Schedule the next week's activities.

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Alternate Narratives Compel Decisions

Rob Jenkins describes how it is important for faculty to teach students to use facts to bolster an arguement.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Hedge Funds Are Unproductive

Charlie Eaton warns that hedge funds currently offer disasterous endowment performance to universities.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Applying Learning Theory

Mark Lombardi claims that applying learning theory results in greater student acheivement.

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Monday, March 06, 2017

Wearable Devices

Mike Elgan reviews some recent wearable devices .

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Fast Food Purchases as an Economic Indicator

Chris Baraniuk reports that fast food sales and pricing often predict larger movements in the economy.

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Spark Database Engine

Jon Gold reports on the open source Spark database engine.

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Strange Interview Questions

Bob Brown reports the strange interview questions asked of applicants for technology positions.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Net Neutrality

Steven Patterson fears the end of net neutrality .

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

UK National Bibliographic Database

OCLC and Jisc are engaged in developing the UK National Bibliographic Database for academic libraries in the UK.

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