Jim’s WebLetter for 12/5/15

Hi-ya!

As you know from reading my blog, from time to time I like to encourage parents to get their kids involved with Coding primarily because it is the building block to Tech jobs, which has become one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In short, if you can code, you can find a job. What’s more, there are many places teaching the fundamentals to coding. One such place is Code.org. Again this year, Apple is presenting a range of interesting sessions, including a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming taking place on December 10 at local Apple Stores. Here’s the link to find a participating store near you. http://www.apple.com/retail/code/

Get more about the push toward kids in Tech, read this piece from AP News … http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2015/Growing-push-to-expose-more-school-kids-to-computer-science-even-in-kindergarten/id-1cd1248a5b8849b5a71185c2145e984a

Learning computer science and its management can be an expensive task. Everyone knows attending college to earn such a degree can set you back tens of thousands of dollars. That’s where CourseBuffet serves up a newer idea and the opportunity for us to get the education, get the degree and get it for free. Leading colleges are providing the information online. You just make the application, pass the courses and enjoy the fact that you did it taking these courses from such higher institutions as the University of Michigan and Wellseley. https://www.coursebuffet.com

Now let me suggest something for you to ponder. An Internet without screens. I remember years ago reading about the future of the World Wide Web without a computer screen. In essence, speaking and the computer acts and talks back to you, all without the need for you to look at a screen. In many ways, this is happening today. Siri for Apple and Google’s Talk is providing information while we do something else, like driving or watching some sort of event. But, a fellow by the name of Tom Uglow provides some ideas he’s been involved in that takes what we now use and pushes it to another level. In his TED Talk, recorded in October of this year, he explains what an Internet without screens might look like. I invite you to watch this 8 minute video and ‘get the picture’ … http://www.ted.com/talks/tom_uglow_an_internet_without_screens_might_look_like_this

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and you are stringing lights up in your home when you notice that your home’s WiFi isn’t working so well. It might be spotty or has reduced to real slow speeds. Maybe connecting to it has become impossible. You know what? You’re not alone. In a story from the Washington Post, it seems Internet companies see a spike in support calls from concerned and frustrated customers siting connection issues. Turns out the strings of lights can and are causing radio frequency interference. The kind that can knock down WiFi signals. Read about it and get some helpful hints to avoid having the problem in your home this season. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/12/01/are-your-holiday-lights-killing-your-wifi/

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In this week’s iTab Magazine, the Opera browser wants to bring you the news, and YouTube Red is working to bring movies and TV shows. Read it today. http://iTab.jimonline.com 

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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
c-ya!
Jim

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