Review: Gapminder Makes Statistics Fun

In putting together Monday's post on Chile, I played around with some demographic information courtesy of Gapminder, a program I downloaded a few weeks ago. I'd been looking for an excuse to use it. Gapminder describes itself as "unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view." Clearly, Hans Rosling, Gapminder's creator, is a geek. I know many people--some of them social science types--who would never use the words "beauty" and "statistics" in the same sentence....more

Software Repair Versus Hardware Repair

This post was donated by Lisa Hendrickson, owner of Call That Girl, a computer repair business based out of Minneapolis, MN. This past week, this was our client work load…Norton causing computer crashes, usb ports going wonky, Microsoft Security Essentials disappearing, two new computer set ups, Belkin router set up issues, viruses, gotomeeting.com not working,  slow computers, Macintosh training and a few Outlook calls. Most of these problems, with the exception of the usb ports going bad were all software repair....more

Ten Years in Tech: Marissa Mayer and Dori Smith

In the ten years since 2000, things changed rapidly in the technology field. We get used to them day by day, adopt changes and never look back. When you do take a moment to look back, you realize how much really has changed in the last 10 years. As part of BlogHer's 10 in 10 series, here are ten things about the last ten years of technology, starting with women in tech. ...more

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Virginia DeBolt
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Apple's New iPad

Whether Apple's announcement of the tablet dubbed iPad made you long for one, scoff at how unnecessary they are, or crack jokes about the choice of name, you have to admit it was a huge announcement. ...more

This was written before anyone had one, so I appreciate you comments as an actual ...more

Blogging Virgin Often Qualifies for Senior Discounts

 I decided to learn about and begin blogging for a couple of reasons. I need to keep my brain challenged by learning new things.  I want to understand the challenges my daughter is facing as a parent in this constantly changing world where technology has created an entirely different environment for her to be parenting in than what I was faced with raising her and her sister. ...more

From iPhone to Droid, Part 1: Top Free Droid Apps to Ease the Transition

I did it. After months of bitching out loud to my friends and colleagues, tweeting about it and blogging it, I dropped AT&T (and thus the iPhone) and got back on Verizon with the Motorola Droid. I thought it would be a rough transition, but it turned out to be not so bad. In fact, the Droid is a pretty slick device. But, like any "smart" tech these days, it's not truly yours until you've customized it, put your mark on it. And on the Droid, like the iPhone, that starts with the apps. ...more

Was just looking for Google Goggles because you made it sound so good! And I can't find it in ...more

STEM Education - The Power of the Investment

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is getting a lot of attention from the White House and from private industry. As a non-parent, I really do have a stake STEM education. On the surface it seems like a good idea to invest $250 million dollars, since most of it is coming from Intel. Why should I care? The most basic reason? My own safety and survival. ...more

Voice Apps: Have You Talked *To* Your Phone Yet?

Have you started talking to the hand yet? The hand with the phone in it, but no one on the other end? I have and I confess I was enamored after one use and will never look back. ...more

I love technology and all it can do.  I specialize in accessibility to people with ...more

Making Search Engines Easier to Use: Exploring the Mind of an Internet Beginner

The search for information was explored from two ends of the age spectrum in "Helping Children Find What they Need on the Internet" at The New York Times and “Where’s my Googlebox?!” – adventures in search for silver surfers at iheni :: making the web worldwide. ...more

Thanks for sharing.

Virginia DeBolt
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