My Blog Posts

2014 31/Jan

What Technology Issues Made the 2014 State of the Union?

Tuesday night, President Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union address, a speech anticipated to be a call against inequality in America. Today, that increasingly means giving students and communities across America access to the technological resources they need to keep pace in our fast-advancing society.

Privacy is another emerging issue in the 21st century with news coming out this week that NSA surveillance also includes harvesting sensitive user information from mobile applications such as Angry Birds and Google Maps.

How did President Obama measure up on STEM education, privacy, and other technology policies in his address? Keep Reading

2014 26/Jan

It’s been nearly two weeks since the United States Court of Appeals (USCA) for the D.C. Circuit overturned a key portion of the 2010 “Open Internet Order” imposing “disclosure, anti-blocking, and anti-discrimination requirements on broadband providers.”

This section stopped Internet service providers from blocking or adjusting the quality (speed and reliability) of access to certain websites or for certain customers. Keep Reading

2013 5/May
Khaled Said Facebook Profile Picture

How Egyptians used Twitter during the 2011 protests in Cairo through their tweets. This is not a complete list of tweets from the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, there are over 60,000 of them of which this compilation only begins to skim the surface. This is a timeline that attempts to create one story, much like the novel, Tweets from the Streets, an invaluable source I found out about only after I began my quest to compile tweets.

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2013 14/Apr
Hinge Application Dating Mcleod9 Google Play

Graduating from Harvard Business School in 2011, Hinge Co-founder and CEO Justin McLeod was invited to attend a “last chance dance” function hosted by the school. Everyone was supposed to write down who they were interested in and the organizers would let students know of any matches. The logistics, however, were too much, even for Harvard, and the plan to connect matches fell through.

This idea of connecting matches would lead to an idea for McLeod and eventually an entrepreneurial endeavor to create an application that would transform the way people look at and interact in online dating – Hinge.

Download Hinge for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad in iTunes App Store

Download Hinge for Android in Google Play Store

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2013 7/Apr
LinkedIn logo

There are many underutilized and unknown ways to make the most of your LinkedIn profile page. Even if you are a student with limited professional experience or fresh out of school, there are many ways to make yourself much more appealing and easy to find on the professional social network.

There are already many resources available to find out how to make your profile stand out. This post will focus tips for people like me: students and young professionals trying to get our feet in the door with limited professional connections and experience. With that said, these tips are also applicable for people at any point in their career.

We will focus first on how to get found by potential employers and colleagues on the site. We will then move onto what to include and avoid in your profile. Then comes the finishing touches that can really make your page stand out from the crowd of competition.

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2013 31/Mar
PDF .pdf create

Adobe PDF Symbol

This weekend, my roommate had so many tabs open in his browser his computer nearly came to a halt.

We all seem to have a bunch of different tabs with different stories, videos, social media, and even homework open all at once. There is no need to have a bunch of articles or other webpages to be taking up tabs when you can save them for later as PDFs or for offline viewing in programs like Evernote.

PDFs are great because they can look clean and professional, are easy to read with no distracting ads, and can be read offline.

A super simple option to make a webpage into a PDF is to select “Save as PDF” under printer destinations as shown below.

(To access printing options while on any page for Windows you can use Ctrl + P)

Make Webpage a PDF in print options

We can take this simple method one step further though!

Let’s tidy up the webpage we want to turn into a great looking document. This is an incredibly simple process with plugins and extensions available for all the major web browsers to help us do the job quickly.

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2013 24/Mar

Moving Pictures Don’t Need Magic

Sirius Black GIF Harry Potter Newspaper

I’m Sirius about the future of GIFs.

Everybody knows the pictures in Harry Potter that move within the frame. We’ve thought to ourselves, how cool would that be if those of us muggles could having moving pictures of our friends and family and in our newspapers and magazines.

The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) was introduced over two decades ago,  in 1987, and allows us to have a little bit of the magic that Harry and his friends experience in their daily lives.

For More History Click Here

On Tueday, Google announced  a new search filter making it easier to search for only animated and/or transparent images. In other words, GIFs are here to stay – and why wouldn’t they be with their hilarious animation?

Classic dancing banana GIF

Classic dancing banana GIF Courtesy:

So how can you make a GIF? Here are a few of the best and easiest ways:

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2013 3/Mar
Obama and Boehner

Proposed government budget cuts designed to be so painful Congress would have to reach a deal were signed into effect by President Obama, who was required by law to order the so-called sequestration by 11:59 p.m. Friday night. How did we reach the point that compromise could not be reached to avoid the worst possible plan for budgetary cuts? What can we do now? I lay it all out below. Keep Reading