Fall Foliage Photography Tips

[This post was originally published in October 2012 and has been updated here.]

After seeings the fall landscapes during the “golden hour” yesterday and this morning, I was reminded of some sites with great information about photographing the fall color colors.  And a site and an app that will help you find the perfect time of day to take these shots no matter where you are located. Continue reading “Fall Foliage Photography Tips”

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Listen Up Apple-Haters: IPhone Sales Eclipse Microsoft and Amazon Revenue

by Eric Chemi @ businessweek.com

Apple (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has taken plenty of flack for running a company that is supposedly well past its glory days—and the iPhone smartphone franchise is sometimes dismissed as a spent force, losing ground to more innovative brands such as Android and Samsung (005930:KS). Well, here’s a little perspective for the Apple-haters.

The iPhone 5s and 5c sold a record 9 million units during the first weekend after its launch. Consider this: The brand’s sales haul over the last four reported quarters eclipses that of such companies as Home Depot (HD), Microsoft (MSFT), Target (TGT), Goldman Sachs(GS), Amazon (AMZN), PepsiCo (PEP), Comcast (CMCSA), Dell (DELL), Google(GOOG), Pfizer (PFE), and UPS (UPS).

If this single product were its own company in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, IPhone Inc. would outsell 474 of those companies—ranking between Wells Fargo (WFC) ($90.5 billion) and Marathon Petroleum (MPC) ($84.9 billion). The iPhone’s $88.4 billion in annualized revenue tops 21 of the 30 component companies in the Dow Jones industrial average—it would be the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30:

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Ctrl+Alt+Del 'was a mistake' admits Bill Gates, who said 'no' about returning as CEO

by Ms. Smith, Privacy and Security Fanatic @ NetworkWorld.com

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

At a Harvard fundraising campaign, Harvard Campaign co-chair David Rubenstein, askedBill Gates, “Why, when I want to turn on my software and computer, do I need to have three fingers on Ctrl+Alt+Delete? What is that — where does that come from? Whose idea was that?”

Gates began with a “complex” reply, “Basically, because when you turn your computer on, you’re gonna see some screens and eventually type your password in – you want to have something you do with the keyboard that is signaling to a very low level of the software – actually hard-coded in the hardware – that it really is bringing in the operating system you expect, instead of just a funny piece of software that puts up a screen that looks like a login screen, and then it listens to your password and then it’s able to do that.”

Then Gates finally cut to the chase and just admitted, “So we could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button and so we programed it low level that you had to — it – it’s – it was a mistake.”

Full post here. 

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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200 Million Older iOS Devices

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Apple reports that two hundred million older iOS devices have been updated to iOS 7, which is the new version of iOS that shipped with the new iPhone 5s and 5c.

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Apple Sells 9 Million iPhones Over the First Weekend

Apple reports that it sold 9,000,000 new iPhones over the first weekend of sales and that its revenue should be near the high end of its previous forecast.  This breaks last years new record of 5 million phones.

Apple Press Release

Wall Street Journal Story

AllThingsD.com Story

CNN Money Story

Bloomberg Story

CNET.com Story

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Lauren Goode Reviews Samsung Galaxy Mega Phablet for All Things Digital

She ends by saying:

It feels like an experiment.  As a smart phone it is hard to see where it fits, literally and otherwise.

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Infographic: How Google Glass Might Be Used In Education

Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or a jacket. The benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools, devices, power needs, and connectivity within a user’s everyday life and movements.

One of the most popular incarnations of the technology was the calculator watch, which was introduced in the 1980s. Since then, the field has advanced significantly, but the overarching theme behind the technology remains the same – convenience. These tools are portable, light weight, and often take the place of an accessory the user already wears, such as a t-shirt, glasses, or wrist-watch, making them easy to take anywhere.

Google’s “Project Glass” features one of the most talked about current examples –  the device resembles a pair of glasses, but with a single lens. A user can see information about their surroundings displayed in front of them, such as the names of friends who are in close proximity, or nearby places to access data that would be relevant to a research project.

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Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/how-google-glass-can-be-used-in-education-infographic/#ixzz2ePrPVVrf

An Infographic by www.OpenColleges.edu.au

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