Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 21, 2014 9:53 pm
"It struck me that part of the reason we always stay jacked in is that we want everyone — at the other end of the phone, on Facebook and Twitter, on the web, on email — to know that we are part of the now. If we look away, we worry we will disappear."
8:04 pm

Facebook Lets Users Save Items For Reading Later

techtaffy:

Facebook Lets Users Save Items For Reading Later

IntroducingSave2

Facebook has launched a new feature that lets users save items they find on Facebook, for later. Yes, like, Pocket. The feature, aptly called Save, is however for links, places, movies, TV and music, on Facebook only. By default, the items on Save are private, unless the user chooses to share them with friends. The saved items list is organized by category, and can be archived. Facebook says it…

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I’ll certainly use this, it would be nice if it could integrate with instapaper.

3:27 pm
Mobile first? Forget it: Go mobile second -- you'll live longer
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Some Universities Crack the Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science

I think the study that shows women being more into application while men are into coding is skewed more so from there being a higher amount of men and therefore there are more of them in every mindset. I am a man that is certainly much more into the “application” side, part of the reason I chose the major I did was that I didn’t have to focus on coding.  That said, it seems like the women I have encountered in IT seem to have that mindset as they tend to occupy middle management levels of managers and directors having moved from other parts of the company.  Basically the women currently in IT seem to understand how to apply technology to the business but are not as interested in building the technology themselves, which in the age of automation is perfectly fine. That’s not saying this is the case for everyone.

9:47 am
wolfliving:

*My word, that’s impressively bleak.  At last: cranky Internet conservatives exalting the good-old-days.

wolfliving:

*My word, that’s impressively bleak.  At last: cranky Internet conservatives exalting the good-old-days.

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July 18, 2014 10:04 pm
smartercities:

Using Big Data to Make Education Smarter | P4SC
Numbers have always been a core part of any education. Now with smart analytics, schools can harness the power of data to better measure and track student performance in real time. Read how that adds up to fewer dropouts at one school system that has instituted a program of prevention through prediction.

smartercities:

Using Big Data to Make Education Smarter | P4SC

Numbers have always been a core part of any education. Now with smart analytics, schools can harness the power of data to better measure and track student performance in real time. Read how that adds up to fewer dropouts at one school system that has instituted a program of prevention through prediction.

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8:09 pm

Why Music Is The Next Big Battle For The Tech Titans | Forbes

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/1mkuWmi on July 17, 2014 at 05:54AM

What is the big attraction in music to the global tech-titans? It might be that we are on the cusp of redrawing e-commerce.

It seems that it’s agreed-upon that human curation is the focus of music platforms for now.  It’s not clear how that will solve what at least I see as the main issue which is that artists need to be fairly compensated, but it could be a start.  I hope that we find a different way besides advertising to make money on internet content in general soon though.

9:37 am
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Startups tend to hold a lot of meetings. Too many. Have less. One of the easiest ones to kill is the status meeting. You don’t need to constantly meet with your team to provide a round robin of updates. Just have them write it down. Put it in a Google Doc and have everyone read it once a week.

When it comes to decision-making meetings, make reversible decisions quickly. Most decisions in startups are reversible and yet we agonize over them for too long. When you come together, get the right data and the right people and drive toward a decision.

Do this for all decision-making meetings, unless it’s truly an irreversible decision. Take more time with those, have more conversations, involve your advisors and board. Otherwise decide and execute. Your biggest advantage as a startup is the ability to change quickly later since there are so few moving parts.

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70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted - How To Change That via Fast Company

Some useful tips on bringing sanity back to your life, particularly for startup founders.  There is a lot of ways to waste time, so be choosy with what you focus on and eliminate the time wasters that add up during the day.

And probably the most useful tip in the article is this:

NEVER LEAVE A MEETING UNTIL YOU’VE DECIDED WHAT THE OUTCOME IS.

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This is pretty prevalent in large companies as well.

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