Sunday, October 30, 2011
NaNoWriMo Month - What a “Novel” Idea!
Have you even been half way through reading a novel and and thought to yourself, “I can write something like this - and do it better! ” Or perhaps, you have writing a novel on your “bucket list” - something to accomplish before you die. Maybe you always wanted to be an author (or to just look like one).
If so, then November is the month to stop putting off writing that book because it has been declared as “National Novel Writing Month! ”
In this Tech Tip - we’ll take a look at that phenomenon known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) and see what they can do to help you “git ‘er done! ”
It all started back in 1999 in the San Francisco bay area when a group of friends (headed by one Chris Baty) decided to stop putting off writing that book - and to (paraphrasing the famous words of the Nike commercial) “JUST DO IT”. Fast forward to today and you now have a something that just can’t be stopped! You have it all its glory - NaNoWriMo! The goal is simple, to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. From November 1-30, you write for “thirty days and nights of literary abandon” - creating your masterpiece for the personal satisfaction of knowing that “you just did it! ” That’s a mere 1,667 words a day. When you break it down that way, you realize that it is really doable.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
RC Helicopters - “Learning To Fly”
If you haven’t been to a mall recently, you may not be aware that remote control helicopters are the hot new item for 2011. They are showing up everywhere these days, and there is good reason for it. The technology that they use has finally graduated to the mainstream.
Let’s take a quick look at whats available out there and what the differences are between a $25 helicopter and a $200 helicopter.
Micro Helicopters are the least expensive of the bunch. They are remote controlled via infra red and are very forgiving for any new pilot. They are of the co-axial style, which means that they have two counter rotating main rotor assemblies to make them very stable in flight. The micro heli is also very forgiving with crashes and what are called blade strikes. (when the blade hits something that won’t give) If you are buying for an 8 or 10 year old, this is the way to go. The micros usually recharge through a cable from the controller to the unit and can be flown indoors without too much worry for damage to anyone or anything.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
The Legacy of Steve Jobs
On October 5, 2011, we said goodbye to arguably the person most singularly responsible for the way we have been using computers (and, more recently, entertaining ourselves and making phone calls) for nearly 30 years.
In the interest of full and fair disclosure, I should state up front for the record that I have never personally purchased an Apple product. It was (and is) easy at times to poke fun at the “Cult of Apple”. Like so many of my contemporaries, though, many of my formative computing cycles came on an Apple ][, and I have always admired the design (and marketing!) of Apple products.
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Sunday, October 09, 2011
Coffee Shop Computer Etiquette 101
First and foremost, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family of the late great Mr. Steven P. Jobs who has, without a doubt, more than influenced the world’s personal/business computing, engineering, science, and academic industries with the advent of Apple’s products. He will be sorely missed and such a loss of a legendary visionary and pioneer is a blow to the continued advancement of our society’s computing technology and innovation.
That being said, this Tech Tip is a list of experiences that I have found to be a hindrance but can otherwise be remedied for all you mobile tech commuters. Have you ever found yourself trying to get work done at a Starbucks/Panera Bread (or name your favorite go-to spot) but can’t because some inconsiderate customer is making it difficult/impossible to get work done? Let’s dive right in to what this article is all about, coffee shop etiquette!
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