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the 9 p's of personal protection

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When teaching about digital citizenship and staying safe online, try using the 9 Ps for personal protection: 

1. Passwords — learn how to set long and strong passwords. Don't use silly common ones or very complicated ones. You must remember them, don't write them down. 

2. Personal info — guard information that identifies you and be very aware of sharing it. It is usually best not to do so, so use nicknames, avatars, etc. 

3. Privacy — Be aware of who can and can't see your details and set privacy settings accordingly. Some sites change the rules for these often, so stay current with their policies. 

4. Photos — these are so easy to share but always be very careful what you post. Often best to turn off geo-tagging and watch out for photos that can be used to identify where you are, as well as other details about yourself 

5. Property — be aware of the intellectual property laws, and copyright laws. Teach your students to be aware of Creative Commons and how to use it. Don't…

dslr and photography terms for beginners

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APS-C: Describes an imaging sensor size or a camera using this size of sensor. APS-C stands for Advance Photo System, type C . Sensor size 15.7 x 23.7mm approximately. Varies slightly between manufacturers
Aperture: Set of metal blades that control the amount of light entering a lens (same as Diaphragm)
AVCHD: Advanced Video Coding High Definition. A format for digital recording and playback
AF Sensor: A sensor used in achieving autofocus
Buffer: Temporary storage of data before the images are written to the memory card
Bridge camera: Describes a camera that fits between a compact and a D-SLR. Also known as Prosumer camera
Ball-head: (Used on a tripod). Performs similar functions as a pan and tilt head but uses a central ball as a pivot to allow for camera movements
Battery Grip: A device that attaches to the base of a D-SLR. The battery grip, not only provides better grip for vertical shooting, but uses extra batteries to supply power to the camera when the camera battery dies down. In some…

frequently used tech terms

4K Video with a resolution of at least 3840x2160 pixels.
Architecture A set of rules and language that govern how hardware and software work.
Beta A version of software that's being tested.
BIOS Software that connects the vital components.
Cache A temporary space for storing information.
Cookie A small text file stored on your computer by a website.
Client A program used to access and manage a users email.
Core Units on a processor that carry out program instructions.
Cryptocurrency Digital currency.
Dark web Websites accessed using the Tor privacy program.
DCI P3 A colour space that has a wider spectrum than sRGB.
Delta E A measurement that shows how the human eye perceives different colours.
DIMM An older standard for computer memory modules.
Direct X A Microsoft technology required to run many games.
Emulator A program that makes one computer act like another.
Extension A program that adds extra features to your browser.
FAT32 An old system used for formatting hard drives.
Feedback Tactile resp…

english is a funny language

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There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England. Quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guineapig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? We ship by truck but send cargo by ship. We have noses that run and feet that smell. We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway. And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes …

know your apple glossary - common apple terms

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Airplay
A protocol for streaming sounds and video from an Apple device to a set of compatible speakers, or a device such as an Apple TV. It’s wireless, and easy to use as well.

App
Short for ‘application’, another name for a computer software program. Apps can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.

App Store
The App Store is where you can download free and paid programs to your device using your Apple ID.

Apple ID
This is the email and address and password that you have registered with Apple. It’s required to access many online applications on your Mac, including iTunes, App Store and iBooks.

Dock
The opaque strip at the bottom of the screen. Apps in the dock are easy to access and open, and you can customize it to best suit your requirements. Apps that are currently running are also shown in the dock.

FaceTime
You can make video and audio calls to other Apple devices using the FaceTime app. These are made over the Internet so are free unless using mobile data.

Finder
The Finder is the Mac’s user i…

brush up on your tech glossary

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Not that you need it, as you use these terms almost daily; but here are some frequently encountered technology terms, and what they mean.

1080p Of the common types of high-definition videos, this is the popular one: 1920x1080 pixels.

4K
Video with a resolution of at least 3840x2160pixels.
64-bit A technology that processes information in larger chunks. Most modern computers are 64 bit.
720p  A common resolution of high-definition video: 1280x720 pixels.

Add-on
A program that adds extra features to your browser.
Airplane Mode Phones and tablets in this mode disable all radio communication (GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) so they are safe to use on aircrafts.

Bandwidth
A measure of how much information can be transferred through a connection at one time.
Benchmarking
Comparing software and products with an accepted standard.

Beta
A version of software that's being tested. Beta versions are often released so problems can be ironed out.
BIOS Basic Input-Output System. Essential software built int…

fun letter from 1909 & other jokes

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And now some fun with the arrival of April Fools's Day:

First, here's a funny letter from 1909:
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"I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too much swelling with jackfruit.

I am therefore went to privy.

Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with 'lotah' in one hand and 'dhoti' in the next when I am fall over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on plateform.

I am got leaved at Ahmedpur station.

This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung that dam guard not wait train five minutes for him.

I am therefore pray hour honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers."
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Next up, is a generous letter from a neighbour:
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Dear Charlie,
We've been neighbors for six tumultuous years.
When you borrowed my snowblowe…

tips for keeping your computer secure

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Getting your computer infected by virus is a real headache. In this hyper-competitive world of apps and software, it is indeed difficult to maintain a clean computer system. So, here are some handy tips for keeping your computer secure.

Update all your software and apps regularly.Use a firewall.Install a good antivirus program. Despite all the varieties you find on the market, we suggest you do some research before coming to a decision.Clean up your browsing history, temporary files, and cookies from time to time.Check the settings of regularly used apps for privacy options. Also, you should review and/or revoke authorized apps that you have allowed to run in the past.Keep your passwords strong. A good strategy is to create a password that is at least 12-characters long containing a mix of numbers, characters, and mixed-case letters. Also, it is recommended to change your passwords at least three times a year.If you consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), make sure it has the h…

brush up on your drone glossary

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With drones now rapidly becoming mainstream, it's easy to get one. You can choose from an entire range and once you bring home a drone with all the excitement, it's time to get it up and flying. So, here are some common terms to bring you up to speed.

Almost-Ready-to-Fly (ARF)A partially built drone that needs extra assembly before it is ready to fly

Altitude HoldMaintaining height in flight mode

AutonomousA pre-programmed flight mode for a drone with no live input from pilot

BindConnecting a controller to the drone so it can pick up signals

BuildA completed, usually DIY, drone built from parts or a kit

CAACivil Aviation Authority

Camera DroneA drone with a camera attached

DroneA popularized term for all unmanned aerial vehicles

FAAFederal Aviation Administration

First Person View (FPV)Viewing the drone’s flight via a camera mount to goggles or a monitor, usually for racing

Flight ControllerControls the movement of the drone

GimbalMount that steadies the camera’s movement relative to the …