If you are running Windows PCs somewhere on your campus, then you are probably also running antivirus. Flame-baiting discussions of Windows security aside, it's simply a necessity.
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It didn't long for people to discover that a single click on the search filter settings in Bing made porn clips available right from within the Bing search page. I like to call it "porn-in-a-portal.
What the heck is a proxy war? And why would Microsoft not just have a regular old war-o'-competition with their number one rival? It's an interesting idea floated by Google and the Wall Street Journal this weekend in response to domestic and international antitrust actions that have people asking if Google is the new Microsoft.
The Kane County Chronicle is reporting that one district in this Illinois county has recommended that all high school students have a copy of Office 2007 running on their home computers before heading back to school this fall. Since the district (Batavia, Illinois, if anyone outside Kane County cares) is upgrading all of its machines to Office 2007, it cited the "tedious process" of translating between document formats if students have older versions of Office at home.
While Office 2007 remains a very pretty and highly functional office suite, OpenOffice continues to move forward, providing equivalent functionality in many areas and a price tag that fits school budgets quite nicely (it's free). We are also seeing increasing adoptions of this suite among students who can't afford the Microsoft product, but need a full-featured office suite at home.
Way back in July I posted a few thoughts on open source statistics tools. I received several great suggestions in terms of software (check out the talkbacks to the article) and am actually installing R as we speak.
Sure, the digital divide still exists here in the states. It took nearly an act of congress to get my high school moved into the 21st century and we're busily updating our curriculum to make use of the new technology.
Have you used the beta of Office 2010? I have. It's incredibly slick, well-done software.
Skillsoft, a provider of online training and professional development, released a new tool called inGenius earlier last month. Since then, I've had a chance to both talk both product developers at Skillsoft and watch the web application in action and it's clear that Skillsoft is on to something in terms of using social networking paradigms to change the way people, particularly adults, learn with and through each other.
As I reported this morning over on Between the Lines, Microsoft Office Labs has introduced a prototype training tool called Ribbon Hero. You can read the BTL post for the details, but the long and the short of it is that users will be able to compete with each other via Facebook to learn new features of Office.