“Thanks” and “Giving”

The more “thanks” that we say and the more “giving” that we do would bring more warmth, caring, and love in what may be a cold world for many. Every day should be a #thanksgiving day. #banfieldlife #MarsPetCare

US adults and tech knowledge

A recent Pew Research study found that majority of US adults answered digital related questions correctly only less than half of the time. Some security related questions such as two factor authentication were correctly answered by only 28% of the surveyed US adults. 49% of those surveyed were not sure what private browsing is, while only 24% knew that a private browser session only hides the browsing history for other users on the same computer. There were also a high level of uncertainty in answering some of the questions, and the level of incorrect answers varied by educational levels as well as age. I don’t blame the citizens about lack of knowledge for the digital world. At least the majority understood phishing scams and browser cookies. I think technology companies (and governments for public safety) should invest more money and resources to educate the world about technology, safety, and security because they own it. The digital world will only get even more complex over time, and we don’t want to become less knowledgeable than we ought to be. The research article: https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2019/10/09/americans-and-digital-knowledge/

Nature Magazine: early career researchers toolkit

Nature magazine has a very useful and practical segment for early career researchers. The articles cover various relevant topics for starters (and pros too): how to work overseas, how to publish, how to seek funding, how to write an non academic or an academic cv, how to write a great paper, and more. I should have shared this during national STEM day but better late than never. Please share it with your loving science, technology, engineering, and math persons you know. Link: https://www.nature.com/collections/gjdbbdcacd

The old tech is new tech!

My teenage daughter is enjoying listening to her favorite singer on on a 30yr old vintage cassette (tape) playing Walkman. She finds such 20th century technology to be cool. The experience with physical nondigital actions, such as pressing FF (Fast Forward), REW (Rewind), Play, or ejecting then reversing a tape is not just an old school thing anymore. Now, she is asking for a recording option. Similarly, my teenage son loves listening to his latest hip hop albums via a modern LP record player. Turning the disk or switching from one record to another is a cool experience. Both of my kids also bought old vintage instant cameras and are pressing me to find them films. Who said technology need to be solely digital for the future generation? #Retro #technology is true innovation that is crossing multiple generations! We need to continuously learn and appreciate the “old” in order to build a better “new”.

Sad month for IT publication magazines

Sad month for IT publication magazines. After 30 years of publication, the Microsoft Development Network (MSDN) magazine, which first started as Microsoft Systems Journal in 1986 then consolidated with Microsoft Internet Developer magazine in 2000, has released its last paper issue this month. Its technology content will find its place through Microsoft’s document websites, but, nevertheless, the physical paper, the cover, and its headlines were dear to my heart all those years. When the Internet did not exist, we, as kids, would rush to the store to get the latest computer magazines and enthusiastically read them cover to cover. I know that we are moving on through the digital world, but it is really sad seeing more parts of our IT childhood going away through time and technology. #microsoft #msdn #technology #retro https://lnkd.in/eRC5SRn

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