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Which new phone is best?

John  Traenkenschuh

How do you evaluate the many new mobile device choices?

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1830 wasn't so long ago

John  Traenkenschuh

My family and I had a meal in Pigeon Forge, in an old mill building that's quite old, in an area settled in 1830.  Walking in with a MacBook Pro certainly seemed odd to some, but no one noticed my phone offering tethering rights.  And so it was that I posted a blog in a building that dated back 160 or more years ago.

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Iโ€™m ready, but the United Stateโ€™s infrastructure is not.

John  Traenkenschuh

I’m outside the Cades Cove visitor’s center, hearing acoustical instruments like bangos and hammered dulcimers play.  I have my MacBook Pro, alive—charged and ready.  My phone is charged and ready and has a tethering plan, just begging to be used.

I am signal-less.

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By John TraenkenschuhCommentsSeptember 17, 2014
Topics: Access, Data

Google On Air Live Hangout with the Father of C++ Bjarne Stroustrup

Brad Yale

On August 20th, the father of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup led a Google On-Air Live Hangout event in which he talked about everything C++. The event was sponsored by InformIT, Pearson Education and the Google + C Plus Plus Community. 

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The CAPTCHA: A History, A Problem, Possible Solutions

Brad Yale

Everyone, every online user, at some point in time (most probably during a purchase) has outwardly professed "COME ON!" when trying and failing to enter a CAPTCHA. 

There is an old Ellen Degeneres joke which dryly states whoever is in charge of CD packaging must be sarcastically mean. Personally, this is how I feel about the inventor and users of the CAPTCHA.

Where did the CAPTCHA go wrong? How did it start with the best intentions of hackers and grow into a security solution almost guaranteed to cause cart abandonment? Why does the CAPTCHA make me/us so mad? Why hasn't something else come along to replace the CAPTCHA yet? 

In this post, we explore the history of the CAPTCHA, noted issues with the bot/spam tech and possible alternatives. 

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Operating System Battleground: iOS vs. Android

Brad Yale

Unification: [yoo-nuf-fi-key-shuh n]; Noun. Origin: Unify, 1495 – 1505, Late Latin

  1. The process of unifying or uniting; union
  2. The state or condition of being unified
  3. iOS

Varied: [vair-eed]; Adj. Origin: Vary, 1300 – 1350, Middle English, Latin

  1. Characterized by exhibiting variety; various; diverse; diversified
  2. Changed; altered
  3. Having several different colors; variegated
  4. Android

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Windows 9 When?

John  Traenkenschuh

Traenk is looking forward to Windows 9:  Here's Why.

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InformIT Labor Day Programming Event

Brad Yale

Welcome to the InformIT Labor Day Event.

From August 28th - September 3rd,  the following deals apply to all ebooks, books, video learning lessons, interactive learning lessons, software and practice tests:

- Purchase three or more titles. Save 55%. 

- Purchase two titles. Save 45%. 

- Purchase one title. Save 35%.

**Free Shipping to all locations in the United States*

*30 Day Trial to Safari Books Online**

Coupon code (Case Sensitive):  LABORDAY

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How the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud

Brad Yale

Too often the vast majority of online articles and blogs concerning the Cloud talk about the technology through the guise of generalization as if saying "the Cloud" multiple times succinctly and clearly explained everything about "the Cloud"

Well, as a believer in the more knowledge you have the better, below is a quick starter course in Cloud education aimed at peeling back the layers of "Cloud Computing" to introduce you to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. In this entry of "How the Internet Works", the Cloud is broken down into its core elements.

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Full Programming Life Cycle Learning with Pearson Learning Labs

Brad Yale

Here's the thing: I work for Pearson Education and InformIT. As such, I already know anything I say, do or mention that promotes Pearson Education and InformIT products will be looked at as a nod to staying employed. I get that. I do.

But in all honesty, what I am about to endorse is not a product of wanting to stay employed or a product of a forced corporate hand. No. What I am about to endorse is a product which I have used, compared to similar services and have come away impressed.

Code Academy is one avenue. The Flat Iron School is another. All in though, Pearson Education Learning Labs trumps them both in terms of overall programming learning lessons.

Here's why.

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How the Internet Works: TCP/IP, Trace Routes and Hops

Brad Yale

In an attempt to educate you about how the Internet works, this blog post will serve as the first in a long line of posts to come titled "How the Internet Works". My aim is simple: educate readers how various aspects of the Internet work, why they are important and how you can utilize them for personal means. This week in "How the Internet Works" TCP/IP, Trace Routes and Hops.

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On The Importance of Continued Education

Brad Yale

Normally, I use this space to talk about tech issues. In a way, I will use this post to do that yet more than anything else, I am going to use this space to talk about the reality of continuing to learn in a professional setting. More specifically, I am going to use this space to talk about the importance of continued education in a professional/personal setting and some of the interactive tech tools – Learning Labs – InformIT offers to help you to continue to learn. I promise you, you’ll love Learning Labs.

 

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