Shorten the time from sap to syrup.

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Outside the sun is shining. The temperatures here in Vermont are rising from their early morning chill to something more reasonable – for Vermont that is. Vermont sugar makers are chomping at the bit. They’re waiting for those temperatures to rise above freezing, or more specifically, for the nights temps to drop below freezing and then swing to above during …

Embrace your Frankenstein!

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Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE! Dr. Frankenstein (1931) I remember reading Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein.  The thought of a human being stitched together from different parts of other humans fascinated me. I wasn’t so much into the story after though I remember wondering why the …

Plugins and their outcomes

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I like space music – perfect to settle my mind and help me focus on the work at hand. Not just any space music but in particular the productions that are broadcast by Hearts of Space. Producer Stephen Hill has been at the microphone of this weekly show for over 30 years. His meticulous attention to detail is what separates …

How to kill trust.

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I used to love CNET. I’d go to their site for all sorts of news, information, and resources. I wasn’t on their site daily or even monthly but when I was researching a topic, I would visit their site because I trusted them as a resource. But not any more. Over the past 6 years or so I’ve only gone …

Clean your closet.

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Every time I look in my closet I see a couple of shirts I’ve been meaning to so something with. I never wear them. I don’t like the material of one – too scratchy. And the other was a mistake. The color just doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it. I’ve …

Security: It may be not your job – but it is your responsibility.

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As the owner of a business or the person in charge of a network or anyone that oversees the collection of personal information, you can’t ignore security. You have to handle it carefully and securely – or else. The security of your customer’s data is only as strong as the weakest link that protects it. A recent example is what …

WordPress has an (Android) App for that.

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Not too long ago I downloaded a copy of WordPress for Android app. I’ve been wanting to do this now that I’m getting back into blogging. The latest release of the app on January 30, 2014 made me curious about the history of the app. So I did a bit of digging. In July of 2008, WordPress released its first …

Are you real?

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My daughter ignores me. She’s just about to enter her teens and has fully established independence from all things adult related including me and her mother. So it’s not a big surprise when I’m talking to her about her responsibilities or things that would be nice, helpful, fun to do, or I’d appreciate, that I get no response. “Please clean …

Step away from the plugin sir.

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WordPress is a content publishing platform ready made for bolt on functionality. The bolt-on functionality comes in the form of a plugin. If you’d like a calendar, there are plugins for that. If you want an email newsletter sign-up form, there are plugins for that, if you want to optimize your database – yes, plugins for that too. In fact, …

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Hack WordPress

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Let’s face it – we’re human. We’re curious, and we think know better. And if we’re guys, well, do I really need to mention asking for directions or taking things apart? I for one took apart my mother’s brand new Hoover vacuum cleaner when I was 13 – and couldn’t put it back together again. She was not happy. I …

21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates

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While I agree with the author I worry that the emphasis on technology and education sometimes forgives a lack of basic common manners and decency. It’s all well and good to be a a thought leader in technology but people skills and especially the ability to treat others well, is a skill that sometimes suffers.

Students are my customers.

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Scott Stratten (@unmarketing) was a keynote speaker at the HighEdWeb 2013 conference in Buffalo, New York. If you’ve never seen him, I highly recommend you do. He has a knack for applying spot on common sense to the marketing world and does it in an entertaining way. Scott gave us a lot of great tips and among them was “May …