Computers and Education

Who Knew? What do Knitting and Computers/Digital Technology have in Common?

Both have a positive association on cognitive abilities such as executive function, short term memory, reasoning, global cognitive function, processing speed and recall. In older adults these skills can stimulate several cognitive abilities, brain plasticity and  possibly reduce MCI (mild cognitive impairment).   Knitting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels …

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Risk Management – Leverage Excel for fast, easily revised Risk Analysis

Product release to the customer often requires a FMECA (Failure Modes Effects and Criticality) along with the Reliability Prediction to complete the delivery package; in addition, revisions are common along with the pressure to update the Risk Analysis package quickly and accurately.  Excel provides data import, lookup, merge and formatting to automate this process and …

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Productivity? Distractions? Who Knew?

More and more experts are telling us that interruptions and distractions have eroded our ability to concentrate.  Can you imagine a world without smartphones and other devices that make us accessible and distracted and interrupted every second of the day.  This fragmentation of our time and lack of concentration has become the new normal. When …

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Our new workforce, is, simply: Us.

We are living in very interesting times of a new approach to work.  More of us than ever own and control our own ability to work and make income. Uber, We Work, telecommuting, AirBnB, technology, and a very strong desire to be in control of our daily lives is painting the new landscape.  I meet …

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Oh McDees and life is us now!!! #mcdonalds

I spent (sadly) too much of my life at #mcdonalds or #starbucks, and THEY understand US…isn’t that comment (alone) on life?  McDees has now decorative lighting, human-alive plants on stools, and, well, value.  Bucks same but different. All: Free WiFi, so that you, I, can work, socialize. If I (or you?) go to a “coffee …

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Community theater: And arts? What does that mean to us, technologists?

We took a weekend trip to the Berkshires. Of course with computer(s) and phones, but as-said: to get “away”. Lenox Mass, amazing theatre (#Tanglewood being so close).  It’s a different life out here. Values are different, but technology is still present. So we saw this amazing play, “Pipeline” at the Shakespeare theatre. Front-row of a …

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React Native, or PWA, or…? What do you think?

We all know, as we develop life-changing solutions for the world: “Mobile First” rules. Partly (if nothing else) is because: Responsive. Meaning, any-size screen, any rotation, and the “solution” needs to be very usable. Ok, got it, same page. Mobile is a bit different. Some apps are really mobile oriented, some are “game” (and def …

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