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Does the name Bill Machrone ring a bell for anyone?
Bill Machrone was the editor and chief for PC magazine. He wrote his last column in the February 20, 2007 edition of the magazine. For the past 25 years, Bill was one of my favorite reads in the magazine. He was super knowledgeable and a tell it like it is kind of writer. Sad to see that economics was the reason of his departure. He'll be missed by this reader. Now, I wonder what the future of John Dvorak?

Posted On Tuesday, January 30, 2007 10:50 AM

Orlando FL makes Microsoft History
Microsoft is making its way across the country to announce the new VISTA operating system, Office 2007 and other products for businesses to use. Twenty Lake Highland programmers went to the event at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL and made Microsoft history. There were over three thousand in attendance at this event which was a larger crowd than in New York city. Way to go Floridians. We're ready for a change!

Posted On Friday, January 26, 2007 5:51 AM

Are you serious? WiFi for your rental car?
Autonet Mobile, start-up wireless technology company in San Francisco, is expected to announce that it has reached agreement with Avis Rent A Car System to provide rolling Wi-Fi hotspot to Avis customers by March; for $10.95 per day. I can see it now.... someone driving down the highway reading the newspaper, checking the makeup, eating a sandwich, talking on the cell, and now checking e-mail on the laptop. Do you seriously need to have Wi-Fi in your rental? What do you think ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 7:15 AM

2nd week of Programming with Pocket PC Applications
This week marks the second week that I've been with my students in my Honors Programming class. First of all, it's great to see that I have 5 females taking the class and the class size is 16. I started class last week talking about the syllabus and grading. Students did have a chance to login to our school network and save a file to make sure everything was working correctly. I then introduced them to Visual Basic.NET and they did some console applications. You know "Hello World" kind of programs ......

Posted On Thursday, January 18, 2007 12:11 PM

Digital Literacy Certificate Requirement for all High School Students
Alfred Thompson wrote in his blog about a Digital Literacy Curriculum program that Microsoft had on their site. I checked out the site and it covered 5 areas of study: Computer Basics The Internet and World Wide Web Productivity Programs Computer Security and Privacy Digital Lifestyles Each unit has an assessment test and then at the end there is a test that you can take and then print out a certificate when you finish. This semester, I'm requiring all my students to take this certificate exam. As ......

Posted On Friday, January 12, 2007 9:02 AM

Did anyone get this for Christmas?
This handy device will keep track of your photo locations and dates easily with satellite precision. The GPS-CS1 calculates and records position data. When used with the supplied GPS Image Tracker software, the GPS-CS1 allows you to match the time and location data in the device with your photos. And by using the Picture Motion Browser software, supplied with certain Sony cameras*, your photos will be shown on an online map, giving you a whole new way to organize, manage and enjoy your pictures. ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:59 AM

Otronicon is coming to Orlando
(O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention will be at the Orlando Science Center for ten days. OTRONICON brings together the entertaining world of consumer video games with a behind-the-scenes view of the art, technology and science that form the foundation and the future of both the videogame and simulation industries. Families and individuals of all ages will have a tremendous range of places and opportunities to explore. There will be old school games and new ones displayed ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 9:15 AM

New Semester coming up, New Ideas...
The 2nd semester of the school year starts next week after a two week hiatus to rest, relax, and be with family. Most of my classes are semester long classes so I get a chance to meet new students when I go back to school next week. My AP students will be the same and there's always pressure with that class to meet the goals of the AP curriculum and prepare them for the AP exam in early May. They have much more to learn in OOP like inheritance, polymorphism, and they need to learn about recursion ......

Posted On Saturday, January 6, 2007 7:16 AM

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