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Friday, May 30, 2014

Taking a Hiatus

Due to a heavy work project load, an internship and homework (I will be graduating in the fall), I am taking a hiatus from the DMC for the summer.  I will still post links on occasion and write articles as I find time but it won't be daily until September.  I promise to come back with new information, great tips and maybe even some audio and video blogging to mix things up a bit.

Blessings! <><
Becky


You can now ask Google to remove links about you - CNET

You can now ask Google to remove links about you - CNET

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Net Neutrality

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

I am an advocate for Net Neutrality where the startups, and the little guy has as much of a chance at success at the big guys such as Amazon, ESPN or Google The fact is that without that neutrality this tiny speck of a blog may never see the light of day.   This is a big BIG issue and you need to be aware of the potential changes to the Internet that could be happening. Voice your opinion, let them know.

Please send your thoughts to openinternet@fcc.gov or post your comment on the form: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=p0e2m


More on the hearings can be found here: http://mashable.com/2014/05/15/fcc-net-neutrality-live/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Getting a Higher Education at a Lower Cost

This morning I was in "dialog" with a friend on Facebook about higher education. In Finland, people have universal "free" access to higher education* and also receive a monthly grant while attending school.  So, now I will get on my soapbox.

Unless you are going for a doctor or lawyer, a liberal arts degree should be purchased within your financial means. And there are exceptions here with less expensive school, Peace Corps, military nursing loan repayment and medical loan forgiveness programs. If you can't afford to attend a high cost college, don't take out a loan! Find a way to get an education that fits your budget. 

If you are low income, you have access to the PELL Grants. In Georgia (my state) there is the HOPE grant and HOPE scholarship.  If you don't have money to pay for going away to school, do your first two years at a community college or technical college where your grant money will go much farther and pay for all those core classes at a much lower cost per credit.

You can also get credit for studying a subject on your own. CBE (Credit by Exam) is a great way to take classes,  and the tests are less expensive than a class, you don't need an expensive book and you can work at your own pace (faster or slower).  There are tons of free resources online for studying a wide range of subjects and many, MANY schools do accept the DSST and CLEP exams.  There is also Mooc credit which is now becoming available through ACE (American Council on Education) and other ACE coursework.

And when you find you really can work better on your own you can even do the majority of the degree at a fraction of the cost at legitimate acredited colleges such as Thomas Edison State College and Excelsior College.  Self motivation is an incredibly valuable skill to have in life.  Distant learning saves considerable housing funds and allows students to actually save for their future home or family instead of spending or borrowing.

There are also work colleges that  require academics and work. What a way to gain experience!  Check out the Work College Consortium. Berea College, for example, doesn't charge for tuition, so the only expenses are living expenses if your teen wishes to go away to college. Even our local college, Berry College, has the the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship which allows lower income students to work, cover tuition and gain experience.


None of this is new information, but it does have a lot to do with our values as a society. We are so used to having what we want "right now" that we will borrow ourselves into a hole they can never climb out of in their lifetime (including bankruptcy). We need to think about higher education in a different, more affordable and realistic manner. Only then will higher education truly become valuable.

This just scratches the surface of the options for higher education, but it can be done. ☺

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*Government paid education is not FREE!  It is paid for by the citizens that pay taxes.   In Finland, the tax rate is 49.2% on income over $87,222

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Typical Tuesday: Busy

This has been an extremely busy day with clients, a real estate closing and more, so I am passing on a little bit of fun instead of some computer tip. Hey, we have to have fun sometimes!  I was a courier for 10 years and this one just struck me as absolutely funny.  Enjoy! ☺

Monday, May 12, 2014

Maintenance Monday: Keep it cool!

Cooling is so important!
One of the biggest dangers to your computer is heat.  Too much heat reduces the life of your computer.   Today's tip is to keep your computer cool.

One of the biggest threats to keeping your desktop cool is dust. Because of the fans on your computer dust will collect in and around the vents and even on the inside if kept on the floor, near pets or in a room with the windows open or even just a warm environment.  With a dry cloth, wipe down the vent panels of your computer. If you are in a very dusty location use a can of bottled air to blow out the dust on the inside of your system. If you aren't comfortable with doing this, contact a professional.

Make sure there is plenty of room around the computer!  Airflow helps keep your system cool and if it is blocked, you are raising the temperature inside your computer and putting it at risk. If your computer desktop inside a desk slot, be sure to keep the door open while it is running.

Laptops are notorious for having overheating problems and it truly does reduce the life of your laptop. Never use your laptop where it doesn't get airflow to the bottom, such as "on your lap" or on the bed. Remember that they can still get hot on a desktop which is why I recommend investing in a laptop cooling fan. Many can be found for less than $10 online.  Most laptop fans are powered by the USB on the laptop.

Keeping your computer cool will extend the life of your computer and less problems for you in the long run.  ☺

Monday, May 5, 2014

Look Up and See

This is why Daily Mouse Clicks is usually only four days a week.  Enjoy the world, enjoy the day, spend real time with your family or make a new friend.