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Windows Slowing Down - What to do?

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At a Xmas party last week, while munching on pineapple empanadas (pictured above and absolutely delicious!), the same question that I hear at every gathering arose. Fortunately, I wasn't on the receiving end and was able to keep eating in peace. The question, which the poor tech guy responded to while trying to keep things as simple as possible for the lady with a plaintive note in her voice, was simply this:
It's been 2 years since I bought my computer and it's just slowing down a lot. What can I do to speed it up? Resisting the urge to speak up and say, "Load LubuntuLinux on it!" I listened intently for the response. After hearing the recommendation of Malware Bytes, I realized my response would probably be a bit longer, more involved and not conducive to party conversation.

Here is what I recommend to folks as my go-to tools and steps to follow:

1) Install Malware Bytes and run it. If you find stuff, run it again and again until it's clean.

2) Install Spyb…

Would You like a Milkshake with Your Identity Theft? #identitytheft

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"You should stop reading about data breaches," a voice whispered into my ear. "There's one every time you go shopping." That's not far from the truth...every time I go to the store and buy something, I'm reading about how it's suffered a credit card breach.

For example, earlier this year, I visited Target, Home Depot and Chick-Fil-A. At each location, I made small purchases, only to read of a data breach shortly thereafter. Each breach involved getting a new credit/debit card.
Chick-fil-A has joined forces with law enforcement authorities and IT security experts to investigate a possible breach of its point-of-sale (POS) payment system after a number of financial institutions in the U.S. detected a fraud activity on payment cards used at the restaurant chain.
According to Brian Krebs, a credit card association alert issued before Christmas warning of a breach from Dec. 2, 2013 until Sept. 30, 2014 at a U.S. retailer likely referred to Chick-fil-A. Kre…

CTOs Role: The Power of the Same #edchat

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The power to make things the same is dangerous, and the most often used tool in a manager's toolbox.

"If the power to make things the same is dangerous, then empowering others to be different is transformational." 
Empowering others to be different can result in values-aligned, organizational transformations. This is critical to organizational growth because it means people can grow in ways that may be the same, or different, but are aligned to the values that the organization holds dear. In education, we want each individual to realizetheir unique potential. That potential will manifest differently for each person, yet yield a collective value for all.

While not every change will result in something that moves the organization forward, hope endures that it will.

This week, this email landed in my inbox:
I came across an article you wrote for Education World which directed me to your blog from which I obtained your email address....The school district I find myself employe…

Decluttering and Organizing Your Digital Space

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Overwhelmed by your digital life? Take control! Here is my checklist for digital file management and eliminating clutter. This rumination inspired by Doug "Blue Skunk" Johnson's blog post, A Clutter-Free 2015?
Note: I wrote this while listening to Lindsey Sterling's beautiful violin playing!
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De-cluttering my environment--physical or digital--remains a long-term goal and to that end, I have come up with my own checklist. It may not be incredibly original, but flows from the needs each of us to organize the digital flotsam and jetsam that washes up on our shores. After all, who wants a bunch of junk crowding around you, imposing on your space, catching dust?

Since I've already written much about how I accomplish these goals I've included links to my "how to" blog entries, hoping you will find them helpful. Since there are many ways to get things done, I've included a few of my favorites. I include my "go-to&q…

Revisiting Disintermediation - #Sony 's #TheInterview

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Earlier tonight, I had the opportunity to do my patriotic duty and support Sony by renting (via GooglePlay) The Interview. Isn't it amazing that spending money and being patriotic come together so perfectly? Of course, that's an old tradition, isn't it? I have to agree with this Google Blog entry:
But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be). 
So...you can rent or buy "The Interview" on Google Play and YouTube Movies. It will also be available to Xbox Video customers and via www.seetheinterview.com.To be blunt, I found the movie to be silly, potty-mouthed, and totally inappropriate (BTW, this isn't a family flick...watch Night at the Museum3 or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). As usual when watching Seth Rogen movies, I found myself cringing at the language and humor. And, to be complete…

Adult Learners: Facilitating Social Learning Experiences

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Aside: This blog entry started out as a blend of old and new ideas for facilitating online learning--building on an article I wrote in 2009, but has been fun to write as an exploration of neat tools (mostly, Google) that have emerged since then. The end result is an "updated" article. What would you include that I've left out?

Learning should be social…and in today’s world being social means being connected while you learn. Do we help create these social connections or are we to worried about the time students might waste being social and being connected?Source:The Thinking Stick BlogEasy access to course management systems (also labelled "learning management systems") like Google Classroom, Haiku LMS, GoogleApps as an LMS, Moodle, Sakai, among others, make online learning possible for K-16 educational institutions. This article encapsulates 8 tips that flow from experiences as an online learning facilitator and through the constant reading and reflection.
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