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Design and Development of Educational Technology

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 1:25

Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a course entitled Design and Development of Educational Technology - a service offering interactive online classes and MOOCs from some of the world's most distinguished universities. The course runs six week and requires 4-6 hours of study each week, and it covers the evolution of educational technologies and how it's being used en masse. Visit: https://www.edx.org/course/design-development-educational-mitx-11-132x#.VGDLQDTF90q



Free tech courses include HTML, Python, Intro to Data Science, and many more

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 1:20
Udacity got its start when Stanford University starting offering free computer classes in 2011. Its free tech offerings include HTML, Python, Intro to Data Science, and many more. In fact, Google recently partnered with Udacity to bring Android development to the masses. Individuals who access the courses for free get access to course materials, such as instructor videos and project instructions. Visit: https://www.udacity.com/course/ud853


Introduction to Linux

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 1:20

Introduction to Linux; have you always wanted to learn Linux then this course might be just what you're looking for. The Linux Foundation has partnered with edX to offer this free Introduction to Linux that covers familiarity with the graphical interface and command line as well as a look at all the major Linux distributions. The course gives an overview of the day-to-day working environment of a Linux administrator and covers pertinent tools and skills.



Google Analytics Academy

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 1:15

Understanding your website's analytics can help you make better data-based decisions while at the same time improving the customer experience. Google can assist with it's product: Google Analytics.

Google has created this online learning center that offers courses to help you better use the hidden data located within your site. Have a look: https://analyticsacademy.withgoogle.com/explorer


7 Steve Jobs Quotes That Could Change Your Life

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 1:15

He came, he saw, he conquered...and he left behind some words to live by:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-steve-jobs-quotes-could-change-your-life-jeff-haden ;


The Definitive Guide to Engaging Content Marketing

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 1:10

Content Marketing has become an increasingly important part of a successful and strategic marketing mix. Today, marketers can become their own content publishers and develop audiences to attract attention. This benefits them in three key ways: it builds brand awareness, creates brand preference, and expands the brand’s reach to more buyers and potential customers at a much lower cost.

http://au.marketo.com/definitive-guides/definitive-guide-to-engaging-content-marketing/?source=Email-Batch-Prospect&comment=EmPr-DG2EEM-APAC-Mar2015+&utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=anz&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuK3BcPirkzDBfrGs5u0kUKWyhplon0V%2Fe%2BDGNkbLjdV4GM9jNL%2FPV1VWHoVvwwRTE%2B68WN0VrKQQI3iVFWKs1w%3D%3D


From ???Hamster Dance??? to Tumblr: The Evolution of the Almighty GIF

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 1:05

Ah, the animated GIF.

 

Whether it’s a tiny kitten scaring a large dog, or Taylor Swift dancing awkwardly at an awards show, there’s something about seeing a few seconds of time captured in an infinite loop that appeals to us.

 

Sometimes a situation becomes funnier the longer it plays out, like a Will Ferrell joke; or sometimes we notice details we hadn’t before, and we stare at it for five, or ten, or twenty loops before moving on to the next image.

 

A GIF can be entrancing and hypnotic when done well (see “Full English” image below) or irritating when done poorly (if the loop is off by a fraction of a second).

Ah, the animated GIF.

 

Whether it’s a tiny kitten scaring a large dog, or Taylor Swift dancing awkwardly at an awards show, there’s something about seeing a few seconds of time captured in an infinite loop that appeals to us.

 

Sometimes a situation becomes funnier the longer it plays out, like a Will Ferrell joke; or sometimes we notice details we hadn’t before, and we stare at it for five, or ten, or twenty loops before moving on to the next image.

 

A GIF can be entrancing and hypnotic when done well (see “Full English” image below) or irritating when done poorly (if the loop is off by a fraction of a second).

Ah, the animated GIF.

 

Whether it’s a tiny kitten scaring a large dog, or Taylor Swift dancing awkwardly at an awards show, there’s something about seeing a few seconds of time captured in an infinite loop that appeals to us.

 

Sometimes a situation becomes funnier the longer it plays out, like a Will Ferrell joke; or sometimes we notice details we hadn’t before, and we stare at it for five, or ten, or twenty loops before moving on to the next image.

 

A GIF can be entrancing and hypnotic when done well (see “Full English” image below) or irritating when done poorly (if the loop is off by a fraction of a second).

The growth of the animated GIF



Stop building the cloud backward

Posted on 16 March, 2015 at 14:50

Too many in IT start wit the technology first, wasting precious time and goodwill

If you are charged with creating cloud architecture, you need to start with the business. Why? Because the business drives IT, not the other way around. Although we all know that fact, it’s too often ignored.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2895934/cloud-computing/stop-building-the-cloud-backward.html?phint=newt%3Dinfoworld_cloud_computing&phint=idg_eid%3D3e45cf41ad8804c6813284518d534497#linkedin

Follow Software Solutions on Facebook

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 19:35

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Software Solutions and AllTranz Training Web Site

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 18:30

Software Solutions was happy to develop the following web site for Neville Irvine Alltranz Training: http://www.alltranztraining.co.nz/

 

Cyber Attacks and Small Business Are you protected?

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 15:15

 

Headlines frequently put the world on notice that large corporations have become victims of cyber attacks, putting sometimes millions of customers' data (names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and sometimes even credit card numbers and other financial data) at risk.

 

Some of the largest attacks in the past year or so included E-Bay (145 million users), Home Depot (109 million customers), JPMorgan Chase (83 million customers), Target (70 million customers), and Michaels Stores (3 million customers). While not all of these involved the theft of customers' credit card or other financial information, all involved theft of some types of customers' personal information.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cyber-attacks-small-business-you-protected-justin-dugal

Apple Watch: 8 things Apple needs to get right or it will fail

Posted on 8 March, 2015 at 0:20

Clearly the Apple Watch is going to be a thing – but will it be as successful as prior launches of the iPod, iPad and iPhone? I’m guessing not at first, but it will be the beginning of an Apple-led revolution in wearables. The company is late to the wearables party (just like it was for smart phones and MP3 players), but if it is in it for the long-haul, I think Apple can really make a difference. The first Apple watch will probably disappoint many. But if it keeps at it, I’ll bet version 3 or 4 becomes a bona fide hit that changes how we interact with the world. Here are the 8 things, in my opinion, that Apple needs to do to be successful.

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2015/03/05/apple-watch-8-things-apple-needs-to-get-right-or-it-will-fail/

The "Tapping" Point for Mobile Payments: Insights from Mobile World Congress

Posted on 7 March, 2015 at 20:45

85,000 attendees. Nearly 2000 exhibitors. One topic: The future of mobile. After my team spent a week in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, it’s clear that mobile payments in particular have reached the “tapping” point, if you will.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tapping-point-mobile-payments-insights-from-world-madding-king-iii

Mark Zuckerberg reveals his one rule for hiring at Facebook

Posted on 6 March, 2015 at 21:35

'It's a pretty good test and it has served me well,' Facebook founder tells audience at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mark-zuckerberg/11450900/Mark-Zuckerberg-reveals-his-one-rule-for-hiring.html?fb_ref=Default

100 Best Companies to Work For

Posted on 6 March, 2015 at 21:35

 

This year’s list marks Fortune's 18th year of partnering with Great Place to Work. Google ranks No.1 for the sixth time, and 16 new companies make impressive debuts, including Acuity (No. 3), Twitter (No. 24), and Riot Games (No. 13).

http://fortune.com/best-companies/

Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

Posted on 6 March, 2015 at 20:55


Ah the good old days. Stocks up $25, $50, $100 more in a single day. Day trading was all the rage. Anyone and everyone you talked to had a story about how they had made a ton of money on such and such a stock. In an hour. Stock trading millionaires were being minted by the week, if not sooner.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-tech-bubble-worse-than-2000-mark-cuban