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iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

There are two sides to every story – and iWoz is the Yin to Steve Job’s Yang.

Steve Wozniak is everything a geek dreams they could be.  The dude built a computer for the science fair before computers were even a thing.  The story about his joke calling line is awesome.

The guy dreamed up and though of the personal computer – without his vision…we may not have them yet today.

Book Review:

iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

  • Link to audio version
  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (October 17, 2007)
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VUCIZO

Steve Jobs

If you’ve ever wondered how an empire can be thought of, built, torn down and built again – please read this book.  You may have seen the movie – but this is a great biography about on the legends of technology.

The details revealed in this book show all the different sides of Jobs and really gives insight to why he was the way he was.  (Link to iWoz – Steve Wozniack’s Biography)

Book Review:

Steve Jobs

  • Link to audio version
  • File Size: 23555 KB
  • Print Length: 657 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W2UBYW

Netbook Use in Schools – K-12 – Google is taking a lead

Apple has had a firm hold in the academic market for a long time – when Apple came out with the iPad line, things took off even more.  Educators were loving the portability of the devices and app makers were building all kinds of great educational apps.

Apple vs Google – Academic Market “Wars”

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In 2012, Interactive Educational Systems Design reported “More than 80 percent of district technology officials said districts use or plan to use iPads over the next year or two, according to the results released by Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc.”. – source edweek.org

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They also noted, in the same article that “Google Chromebooks came in a distant second, with 31 percent of district officials identifying that tool as the mobile technology they have in place or are planning to adopt. Twenty-seven percent said they are using or will use “mixed technology” supplied by students, as part of bring-your-own-device approaches. Android Tablets were next in line, the choice of 17 percent of respondents.” – source edweek.org

Netbook Use in Schools – Google Use Up

Fast forward to 2015 – the New York Times said “the Chromebook category is fast gaining traction in the United States” and even though Apple shipped over 4 million devices to schools, Chrome was making a run with a huge increase where “3.9 million Chromebooks were shipped in the education sector, an increase in unit sales of more than 310 percent compared with the previous year, IDC said. By contrast, iPad unit sales for education fell last year to 2.7 million devices, compared to 2.9 million in 2013, according to IDC data.”

It does appear apple is feeling some pressure from the netbook market – Bloomberg mentioned “Apple Acquires Education-Tech Startup LearnSprout” – that article mentioned “Apple Inc. said it acquired education-technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance.”

And USA Today mentioned “Apple is no longer the undisputed head of the K-12 class. – For the first time, Chromebook sales surpassed 51% in the K-12 market nationwide in the third quarter…The surge reflects a fundamental shift in how American schools are buying tech in bulk and assessing students online, placing an emphasis on low-cost, easy-to-manage machines.”

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In 2015, edweek.org said by the time 2016 hits “mobile devices will be available for 1-to-1 computing for half of the U.S. K-12 student and teacher population”.  (See chart footer to note data represents Notebooks, Netbooks, Chromebooks and Tablets.)

Mobile devices are sometimes a little confusing – these are considered any notebook, netbook, chromebook, tablet or phone.  This gets a little grey – because some of the numbers reflect chrome and apple’s share of markets.  These informational sources revolve around this concept.

Education World posted in January 2016 “Google’s Chromebook Tops Apple in the Education Market” and said “For schools with tight budgets the Chromebooks have been viable options when it comes to bringing blended learning to areas that without less expensive options, may not have had the ability to do so. For schools who want to cut cost and expand their network Chromebooks also prove to be a pretty easy option again due to how low the prices are.”

Also from education world’s post – “It’s a tidal wave: Chrome is the clear U.S. market leader now,” says Mike Fisher, associate director of education technology at Futuresource, according to the report.

Why is Google Pulling Ahead?

And why does Google seem to be “winning”?  One big reason is the package.  Apple has a fantastic product in the iPad – and the apps which live on the Apple App Store are very good, most better than what you can get on the Chromebook.

But its the “other stuff” which makes it better.  As Apple’s iPad is better suited for elementary education – Google’s infrastructure makes the middle and high school needs a better match.

The San Jose Mercury News mentions in a January of 2016 “Students have their own Google accounts. They work on math problems on chromebooks, file their homework in Google Drive and keep up with their classes through Google Groups.”

This is a great step – and may be why netbooks have taken a firm hold in these types of markets.

Domain Name Flipping: Better In Smaller Doses

Anything manufactured, computer implemented, immaculately conceived or dreamt up overnight can be flipped for profit, as our current technologically savvy society is proving.  Domain names, content, or anything which another man, woman or child slaved tirelessly over is being forfeited for someone’s fiduciary responsibility, or personal benefit.  With domain name flipping, however, you’re entering one fierce battleground where OTSS, baby.  Only the strong survive.

Those considering entering the domain name game should, in addition to normal due diligence, perhaps begin their quest for Brewster’s millions on smaller scales.  We’ll explain why, and potential ramifications of being stuck with 700 useless WhoIs entries.

Buy In Bulk, Sell ‘Em Low

Businessmen think too high, creating entrepreneurial depression when their expectations aren’t met.  Imagine buying twelve $400 domains and trying to flip them for $600 each.  Now imagine buying 3000 domains for $9.99 and selling them for $15.00 each.  Sure, the margins seem much smaller, yet you’ll never touch the names – only register, then flip.  Buying low priced domains in bulk and upselling perhaps 20%-50% over margin works just as well, if not better, than finding one great name and attempting to pander it for 3 times its buy price.

It Must Be Brand Worthy

If domain investors wanted domains which cannot be branded, they’d register their own.  Unless you get into LLL or LLLL domain flipping, most businesses want some part of their product or service out there on Front Street, making the domain name the most obtrusive place to start.  Remember, cybersquatting is frowned upon; instead of registering Apple iPhones, you’ll probably need to concentrate on the phones facet – verbose to multimillion dollar giants like Apple – since you’ll find yourself slapped with $1M lawsuits by taking property names already trademarked.

Draw Parking Income First

Another logical choice domainers are making revolves around monetizing before flipping.  One reason why Sedo, Afternic and GoDaddy offer attractive parking incentives is because they’re already two steps ahead of your thinking. Ultimately, you’ll register your $12.99 domain name, and in several months, have earned that registration fee back with parking income.  During the process, you’ll index that domain name, perhaps grab some backlinks and increase traffic tallies.  In just one year, that $12.99 domain just increased its worth to $29.99.  Taking your proof of domain income to investors, you’ll see that perhaps they’re thinking $15.00, and you sell it.  Still came out with two bucks profit – yet multiply that by the hundreds.

Getting Stuck

You’ll often find yourself making a seemingly intelligent choice by purchasing several domain names for high dollar, thinking you’ll turn profit quickly.  What seemed excellent for you may have been someone’s ten year burden; make sure you investigate the domain, request their monetization records and anything relevant to legal action taken on that domain name. You’ll find yourself with more problems, financial loss from re-registering yearly and angst from not moving the domain fast enough unless you take your time to self-educate before flipping domain names. Like other major investments, it’s better to test domain waters in smaller doses before making purchasing decisions you’ll later regret.

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Roger Klawinksi is a domainer and freelance writer for Namefind.com where businesses can find the best brand name domains in their niches.

An Introduction: Google’s ‘Scan and Match’ Music Service

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Google, in its usual mischievous style, launched a free “Scan and Match” Music Service in the US on 18th December. Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s Cloud Player cost users an annual fee of $25 for the same service. After its successful launch in Europe last month, in collaboration with Warner Music Group, Google has brought this service for music buffs in the US.

What do you get from it?

  • A cost-free scan-and-match online locker to store your favorite songs.
  • Online access to most of the major and other independent music labels.
  • A song is uploaded to a registered user’s online locker.
  • It scans the existing songs in your music library and automatically uploads them to the Google music locker even if it is not in the Google music store.
  • Music streams at 320kbps, which is must faster than the Amazon and Apple streams.
  • Access to 13 million songs in its store.
  • A music locker with a capacity of storing up to 20,000 songs in the Google cloud.
  • You can download tracks or albums online onto your mobile devices and listen when offline.

Why is Google’s Scan and Match Music service better?

Once you register with play.google.com/music, you can listen to music from the cloud library. The Music Manager will take care of all the locker activities and music syncing. When you first register with Google Music, it will seek a match for your existing songs in its own database. If the same song is found, it will copy it to your online cloud library. If it doesn’t find a match, your song will be added to its database and uploaded to your cloud. One little bit of advice – make sure your songs are in the default music library and not in a custom folder.

Google’s Scan and Match music service is very portable and versatile. It works through the Google Play Music app for Android users. For Apple fans, gMusic is compatible with iOS. With Windows-based phones your best option would be Goooovster.

That fact that it is Internet-based is a plus point. If you have a large collection of music that might be lost in the unlikely event of a hard disk crash, your music on Google’s server is safe. Secondly, it does not use up precious storage memory. The downside is it won’t work that well if you have an unreliable and inconsistent Internet connection. But you can download individual songs to your playlist and listen to them later when you are offline. Bulk downloads of course is not yet possible.

At present, it looks like Google is bearing the cost of major labels to give users a free service. But in the long run the Google mp3 store will probably march ahead of the other two. Also, tracks are scanned and saved in your online library irrespectively of whether you have purchased from the Google Store. So when you want a free store for music tracks that’s accessible from any geographical location without overloading your smartphone memory, Google’s Scan and Match music service will be a real advantage.

This is a guest post is brought to you by Samantha Kirk, a writer for Centurylink Internet. Samantha provides up to date content and information for high-speed internet, phone services, bundles and other Centurylink offers.

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