Cisco Dumps Flip, Begins Re-Focus

Recently, a letter to Cisco employees, written by Cisco CEO John Chambers himself, was released to the public. In the letter, Mr. Chambers talks about how Cisco’s strategy has been, and continues to be, sound. Cisco’s operational execution on that strategy is where it has lost its way, according to Chambers. So Cisco is dumping the Flip digital … Read moreCisco Dumps Flip, Begins Re-Focus

Oh Nokia…

My first cell phone was a Nokia 6185. Heck, my second cell phone was a Nokia too. They both worked really well, always had good reception, rarely dropped a call. But that was 10 years ago. Since then I’ve gone through a couple of Motorola phones, two BlackBerry devices, and one Samsung. I’m currently using … Read moreOh Nokia…

How to Protect Yourself from Facebook's Open Graph

Don’t kid yourself – Facebook cares very much about your data! They care about how much they can get their hands on, how easily they can index it, and then how much easier it becomes for them to target ads based on information you have on your profile and apps you use.

In fact, the defaults for Facebook’s privacy settings completely expose your profile not only to everyone on Facebook, but to the entire public including non-Facebook users. Meaning your current and potential employers, people you like and have pissed off, your parents – everyone – can see your Facebook profile. For a visual representation of Facebook’s expanding public defaults, click here.

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The School of One

Not good enough anymore
Not good enough anymore

While researching innovative approaches to educating our children, I came across a pilot project that was run this past summer at a single school in New York City. It’s been dubbed “School of One,” and the approach is very similar to the types of things I mentioned as possibilities in “The Textbook of the Future?” To quote this New York Times article:

The program […] consists mainly of students working individually or in small groups on laptop computers to complete math lessons in the form of quizzes, games and worksheets. Each student must take a quiz at the end of each day; the results are fed into a computer program to determine whether they will move on to a new topic the next day.

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Software Review: reQall

At times you can find me on my cell phone leaving what seems to be a very odd voicemail to someone else. Other times you’ll find me online adding things to a to-do list that I can access almost anywhere. What am I doing? Adding an item to reQall.

ReQall is a terrific service I started using earlier this year. Basically it lets me keep a virtual to-do list active, all the time, and accessible via my phone and the Internet. If you click here you can see that reQall has built plugins for several different platforms.

Not only does this save paper, but it’s far more convenient than keeping a proper to-do list around. I can set due dates for items, create lists (like a shopping list) and if you sign up multiple people in the same home, you can share lists (as seen on the site).

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