Portland, Oregon—To get to Marty Ringle’s office at Reed College, you have to climb to the top floor of the Educational Technology Center building and get buzzed past a locked door that says “This is a Secure Area.” It felt like I was making a pilgrimage to the digital equivalent of a wise old master on the top of some mountain. And in some ways that’s not too far off. You see, Marty Ringle has been working in educational technology for more than 40 years, and he’s seen it all—the birth of the PC and and their early use at colleges, the building out of the internet, which started at colleges, and the arrival of smartphones. In fact, he was personal friends with Steve Jobs, and he heard one of the early pitches for what would become the first iPod. I made the trip recently to seek out Ringle’s perspective. After all, while tech has brought plenty of changes, not all of them have been positive. Sure it’s nice to take an Uber, but … [Read more...] about This Administrator Helped Shape Tech at Colleges For More Than 40 Years. Here’s His Outlook on What’s Next.
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Microsoft, more than any other institution on earth, has shaped how we work and how we think about it. If you spend your days in an office (and often if you don’t) everything you do is structured around a model that Microsoft popularized: E-mails in Outlook. Documents in Word. Numbers and project management in Excel. And presentations in PowerPoint. Like it or not, you live and breathe Microsoft’s vision of work. IBM invented the the earliest word processors in the 1960s, Micropro International introduced the first commercially successful word processor, WordStar, in 1979. And other early productivity software followed, including WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3. But it was Microsoft Office that first packaged these kinds of apps and overtook the workplace, creating the model we still use for work today Nearly 30 years after Microsoft Office came on the scene, it’s in the DNA of just about every productivity app. Even if you use Google’s G Suite or Apple’s … [Read more...] about The new word processor wars: A fresh crop of productivity apps are trying to reinvent our workday
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader WorldViews by Amanda Erickson by Amanda Erickson Email the author May 1 Email the author Danish national Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman arrives at a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Associated Press) Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman seems like an improbable purveyor of “fake news.” He doesn't run a troll farm or a website designed to spread propaganda. He's not on a mission to destroy a politician or artist. He's not even a journalist. But this week, he was sentenced to a week in jail for a YouTube video he made, the first casualty of Malaysia's “fake news” law. The new measure makes it a crime to … [Read more...] about The new face of fake news in Malaysia: A Danish visitor who made a YouTube video
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Wonkblog by Danielle Paquette by Danielle Paquette Email the author April 4 at 12:00 PM Email the author The reports about Harvey Weinstein helped spark a movement. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Six months after sexual harassment complaints started piling up against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Americans seem split on what the #MeToo movement has meant for the workplace, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Sixty-eight percent of Republican men and 59 percent of Republican women say it’s “harder” for men to interact with female colleagues while 45 percent of Democratic … [Read more...] about Men are concerned about what #MeToo is doing to men at work
Windows 10 isn’t just an improved desktop environment. It includes many “universal apps,” which often replace existing desktop apps. Unlike on Windows 8, these apps can run in windows on the desktop so you may actually want to use them. These apps are much more mature than the apps included with Windows 8. Some of Windows 8’s included apps — like the Reader PDF reader and Windows Scan scanner app — are no longer installed by default, but can be installed from the Windows Store 3D Builder RELATED: When Will 3D Printers Be Worth Buying For Home Use? This app is designed for creating, importing, modelling, saving, and even printing 3D models. Microsoft added 3D printing support to Windows 8.1 complete with a new driver model for 3D printers. While 3D printers still haven’t become widespread, this app is still included for working with and printing 3D models. Alarms & Clock The Alarms & Clock app should be immediately familiar if … [Read more...] about Screenshot Tour: The 29 New Universal Apps Included With Windows 10