Welcome Walden students to a great new academic year

Welcome Walden University students and all students to a great new academic year. It is natural and even expected to feel the high adrenaline when starting the year. Whether picking up new pens and fresh new notebooks for your desk or begin learning with fresh new writings and readings in your digital study environment, every new academic new year is destined to advance your knowledge and take you forward in your goals. Here is my advice to you for a good new year start:

  • Organize up your digital folders before starting the new year but don’t go overboard. Make use of cloud storage, such as Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, or Google Cloud, to keep everything stored and protected. Note that Microsoft One Drive is a great solution because it gives you a huge 2TB space and is provided for you by Walden University.
  • Put up a Kanban board with your “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done” columns – a physical or a virtual one is just the same as long as you keep it up to date. More about Kanban boards
  • Make sure to have a reference manager tool that you will use to store and access all your research material. The popular ones are Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote. There are a lot more, and you can review the comparison list at Wiki – Comparison of reference management software. I personally like Zotero because it easily fits in the way I do my research.
  • Write something each day. I know that you might say “but I need to do a lot of reading first before I write something.” It is true, and yes you should be reading a lot – not just what you are tasked to read but also everything relevant to your research that you can find online. Whether it is writing a sentence, paragraph, or a page each day, it helps reinforce the writing habits in you which would make it easier for you to write and publish your major academic papers. While you are at it, make Grammarly an integral part of your writing process – believe me it is a live savior during the dissertation writing process. Walden offers you a premium account of Grammarly for free

From a person who enjoyed every moment in his Ph.D. journey at Walden University and is an ambassador of better learning for everyone, I wish you the best of success this year and all upcoming years as well. Feel free to connect with me via Walden Ambassadors Network or on LinkedIn

Regards,
Tarek Hoteit, PhD

http://tarek.computer

 

while cutting the lawn..

Been occasionally cutting my lawn for a long time and the lawnmower was always ready for the job until it decided to stop yesterday. It just won’t start even if there is fuel. I realized then that I have not been taking care of the machine – no oil and left it unclean. My first reaction was this is broken machine and I got to get a new one or just rely on others to cut the grass. Oh how I love finding a reason to go shopping for techie stuff … However, I am a curious person and I always tinker/hack things when needed so I removed the hood and noticed everything ok except that all it needed is attention and oil. Once I did that, the machine became helpful as always. I think its motor noise sounded like “hey, it is about time you seriously took care of me!” Why am I saying this? This applies to team work just like me and the cutting grass machine. Fuel or money does not solely do the job. It is caring, learning, and easiness/lubricating that makes a great team work!! Now I should get back to finishing the job of cutting the lawn before someone else tells me “it is about time you or someone else finished the job!”

“Ant Intelligence”

“Ant Intelligence” podcast with Dr Deborah Gordon on DataSkeptic is my new favorite podcast episode that I highly recommend for computer and data scientists. Professor Gordon explains how ants are not necessarily intelligent or have a CPU or have decision making tendencies but do make perfect use of frequency rates, rhythm, patterns in behavior that evolved for millions of years and ultimately lead to their complex network and powerful colonies. The ants’ simplicity yet powerful within the biggest complex system of all, Mother Nature, is a perfect example of how artificial intelligent can be very effective without necessarily placing the biggest brains or the most expensive GPUs on it. hashtag#artificialintelligence hashtag#gametheory
check the podcast at https://dataskeptic.com/blog/episodes/2018/ant-intelligence

digging the past

Why it is important to dig the past of computers by reading, for example, early 1970s issues of Byte magazine? Going back to the roots of personal computers and living the technology footprint, the innovation and limitations at that time would give you, not only appreciation of where we are today and how far we have come, it might just as well gives you ideas for future development that someone might have missed all this time! hashtag#imagination hashtag#innovation hashtag#beinthemoment
check out https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine 

be in the moment

Be in the moment. Instead of an hour chess game, play a 2 minute game! Instead of an agile ceremony, put up a poc on the fly and showcase it! Instead of hey let us meet to discuss a project, just code together instead. Want to challenge your self even more? Go learn assembly language! It is hot again!

innovation first

You know what is much more valuable in the work place then words like “agile”, “garage”, “devops”, “scrum”, “lean”, or  “mba”, “masters”, or even “phd”… it is innovation, inspiration, and true invention that makes a difference.   Let’s actually and honestly do more today and talk less about what we did yesterday or can do tomorrow.

Digging the past of personal computers

Why it is important to dig the past of computers by reading, for example, early 1970s issues of Byte magazine? Going back to the roots of personal computers and living the technology footprint, the innovation and limitations at that time would give you, not only appreciation of where we are today and how far we have come, it might just as well gives you ideas for future development that someone might have missed all this time! #imagination #innovation #beinthemoment

archive.org/details/byte-magazine

New Arabic NLP findings – An Arabic speech corpus and an Arabic Root Finder neural net

Published a new blog post on Arabic.Computer about two projects I found on the Internet that are useful for Arabic NLP initiatives. The first one is Arabic Speech Corpus in a Damascian accent provided by Nawar Halabi and is offered under a non-commercial license. The other one is Arabic Root Finder, a useful Keras/Scikit-Learn neural network for finding Arabic word roots and is offered by Tyler Boyd under a GPL-3 license.

Links and more information are available at the blog post.