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The Library of Babel and the information explosion

January 24, 2017 | Posted By

The world has been transformed by the internet. Google, founded just 20 years ago, is a major force in online information. The company name is a misspelt version of “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros. This name echoes the vast quantities of information available through the search engines of the company.

In an age of information overload, genealogy center provides a helping hand to researchers

January 24, 2017 | Posted By

The growth of websites like Ancestry.com has helped bring more people into the fold of genealogical research by making resources more accessible. These online tools are helpful to those searching for family connections, but the avalanche of possible matches can be overwhelming.

Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

I’m a millennial computer scientist who also writes books and runs a blog. Demographically speaking I should be a heavy social media user, but that is not the case. I’ve never had a social media account.

At the moment, this makes me an outlier, but I think many more people should follow my lead and quit these services. There are many issues with social media, from its corrosion of civic life to its cultural shallowness, but the argument I want to make here is more pragmatic: You should quit social media because it can hurt your career.

An Easy Way to Get Responses from People Who Never Answer Your Emails

January 13, 2017 | Posted By

A key part of writing an email that gets a response from your busy coworkers is formatting. Here’s the format you should use to make it easier to get the information you need in the time you need it.

Whether your colleagues are flooded by emails, busy with meetings, only answer part of your email, or are simply lazy, Kat Boogaard, writing at The Muse, gives an example of the format you should use to get a quick response.

NHS email blunder clogs up system after message sent to 840,000 employees

December 12, 2016 | Posted By

The NHS email system ground to a halt on Monday after a “test” message was mistakenly sent to more than 840,000 employees.

Hundreds of curious staff immediately began hitting “reply to all”, flooding servers with more email traffic in one morning than the system usually copes with in a month.

How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

“This is the news of the millennium!” said the story on WorldPoliticus.com. Citing unnamed FBI sources, it claimed Hillary Clinton will be indicted in 2017 for crimes related to her email scandal.
“Your Prayers Have Been Answered,” declared the headline.
For Trump supporters, that certainly seemed to be the case. They helped the baseless story generate over 140,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.

Pew: Take One Search Stress Reliever, Call Me In The Morning

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

The search box will disappear in 2017, replaced by algorithms that can identify the type of information people need. The transformation has begun through spoken queries, especially in mobile and smart-home settings, Susan Dumais, distinguished scientist and deputy managing director Redmond, Washington, Microsoft Research Lab, wrote in the “17 for ’17: Microsoft researchers on what to expect in 2017 and 2027.”

Please Stop Sharing Links to These Sites

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

The liberal side of the internet has a serious problem in the form of far too many websites that people mistake for actual news sites that use clickbait headlines and highly distorted articles to feed into the confirmation bias of their intended audience. And it works. Far too many people, including some of you I’m sure, are falling for it.

Married to Their Smartphones (Oh, and to Each Other, Too)

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

Sherry Zheng was cleaning up from dinner, ready to toss out the remaining fried rice, when she grabbed her phone from the counter to text her husband, Chris. He was upstairs bathing their three children. “Should I save you the leftovers?”

Her phone vibrated: “Sure.”

Is it time you had a digital detox? Five top tips on stepping away from the online world

December 9, 2016 | Posted By

Information overload has become part of modern day life, but it isn’t always possible to power down and zone out.

Just a few decades ago, hardly any of us had access to the technology we do today, but now on average we spend up to 12 hours a day transfixed by digital devices and technology.

75% of us are using mobile phones, and over a billion humans are just a few clicks from being friends on Facebook. At the push of a button or swipe of a screen, we communicate, share and create with nearly anyone, anytime, anywhere.


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