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What your Smartphone can't do.

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Smartphones are great at doing transactions. But, with all of its features, bright screens, and LED lights: Smartphones are rather dumb.
Introduction Smartphones are wonderful devices. They can get your mail, surf the web, and even get you an Uber when required. Indeed, some people have said that the Internet and Smartphone (or other mobile devices) connectivity has ushered in the fourth industrial revolution. Well, maybe that isn't true. 
Smartphones are great at doing simple, procedural, transactions and connect to the cloud for hardcore processing. But, with all of its features, bright screens, and LED lights: Smartphones are rather dumb. Most of the time, an app sits on a phone solely to connect to a cloud to make things happen. You have to be online 24/7 to get the "full benefit" of that smartphone. Without that cell or WiFi connection, that wonderful, shiny, smartphone is an expensive brick. So, without further fanfare, let's go over some new phone features whi…

Snow Day

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I'm not trying to snow on anyone's parade, but sometimes in life, things don't always go the way you want them to. That's all I am saying. Don't put all of your snow eggs into one basket.
It's December, Christmas is around the corner, then the New Year's Celebration and into 2018. It is around this time of year when the sky is a little bit more grey, the sun goes down early, and the word "snow" is often said. Yes, if it's not snowing in your area yet, don't worry, it will be soon (unless you live in a warm climate where snow doesn't happen).
As a kid, I would look forward to the snow. The time to hang out with friends, build forts, have snowball fights, maybe even get some sledding in. Coming back home to a warm cup of hot chocolate and not a care in the world. There wasn't an Internet to jump on to review email., There wasn't any e-mail unless you received one of those round discs that you put in your computer for America On-…

Christmas, Community, and Democracy: How Social Media has affected Information Delivery to the Masses

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Facebook claims the largest share of social media news consumers, and its news users are much more likely to rely solely on that site for news - Pew Research CenterIntroduction
When you take a look around you, you quickly realize that the holiday season is upon us. Regardless of the store, the aisles are filled with people of all races, religions, creeds, and colors, especially standing in line at the register waiting to check out. Also in the aisles was another familiar device: the smartphone. People were Instagramming, Facebooking, Snapchatting, and even blogging as they are walking, standing, or talking to others engaged with line etiquette and checkout processes. Many people do not go to the store anymore because they can use their computer or smartphone app to order from Amazon, Google, Etsy, or any website they choose. Thus, missing the line, and having their goods shipped directly to their door.

Technology and the Modern Age
The proliferation of computers, the Internet, and mob…

Ten Minutes to Re-Ignite your Life

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Everyone has problems. Everyone has some aspect of their life they want to work on. No one is perfect, which I believe is the basis of most religions on the planet Earth. Each of us has flaws and struggle to improve. Introduction
We've all been there. It's midnight, and you can't sleep. Slowly, you get out of bed quietly and go down to the living room to watch some TV. As you sit there watching commercials about 900 numbers and talk shows where chairs are thrown at guests, you think to yourself, "Within the years I have been on this planet, this is all that I have achieved?". You go to the fridge, grab some week old pizza and try chowing down. Passing the mirror, the figure which stares back at you is an older version of your current self. What happened? Why are you so run down (but not run down enough to sleep at midnight)? What can you do to get that idealistic person trapped inside you back out?  Today's blog is "Ten Minutes to Re-Ignite your Life.&q…

Computers, Children, and On-Line Content: How to get kids online and keep them safe

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"Companies are getting better [at implementing child safety on the Internet], but , engagement with the child, showing them how to get to the right sites, and stay away from the bad ones is the key to sucess."
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The Internet is an excellent place for finding information, looking up phone numbers, and looking at silly cat videos. But, as everyone knows, there is a dark side of the Internet. It isn't very well policed and even trying to look for useful information can put you on a wrong website. Children, through mobile devices, game systems, and also old-school desktop computers can pull report back from the web in record time. How do you ensure that the sites they receive are not riddled with bad images and information? How do you keep your kids safe on the Internet?

Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA)
The summary of this rule is: "COPPA imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 ye…

Happy Thanksgiving

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Sunday Morning Breakfast

Breakfast is a time of community, the time for sharing, and a time for family.
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There's something about a Sunday morning breakfast. Maybe its because Sunday mornings are the least busy part of the week? Maybe it's because that is the time when the whole family is in one place at one time? Maybe it's because you can wake up a little bit early, have a chance to read the paper and brew some coffee before the kids wake up. I had some great memories when the kids were younger, and we had a "sleepy morning," not heading to church, and putting together a family breakfast. That's what we're talking about today. One time, I woke up early to make a breakfast worthy of my family, but something goes horribly, horribly, wrong.

Who wants Breakfast?
Every family member has a different image of what constitutes "Sunday Morning Breakfast." My wife wants to have pancakes, maybe some turkey bacon an English muffin with some orange juice and some scrambl…