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We Can Code It

10 Apr

Trying to learn computer programming? If you want to discover one of the best coding bootcamps, then you should consider We Can Code It. You can learn hardcore languages with real people. You also discover software development in a collaborative, inclusive and engaging community.

Do You Need Windows Previous Documentation?

10 May

Here is a  great resource for Windows previous versions documentation thanks to Great Lakes Geek.

Are you running an old version or Windows? If you are searching for previous documentation, this site has content for older products or services, such as release notes, deployment guides, and how-to articles. It’s the archive of all Win7/8, Windows Server 2012/2008/2003, R2, etc. info previously in TechNet.

Unfortunately that legacy content isn’t searchable as of now from Google or Bing. But it is searchable on the archive pages.So if you’re looking for specific information (like Windows 8.1 release notes or how to repair a Windows image), you can use the Search box to search all of the older Windows client libraries.


Change Happened: Big Data for a Better World 2017

25 Nov

Northeastern Ohio nonprofit innovators met for first annual Big Data for a Better World Conference on November 16 at Hyland Software’s sprawling Westlake, Ohio campus. Leading Hands Through Technology (LHTT) and Workman’s Circle teamed up to offer the event for local nonprofits to discuss how analytics could be used to help their organization’s stay profitable and sustainable. The conference, sponsored by Hyland Software and Kent Displays, captivated the attendees offering participants the chance to ask the panelists and keynote speaker questions.

Panelists included Leon Wilson from the Cleveland Foundation, David M. Holmes from the Foundation Center and Jason Therrien from Thunder::Tech. Moderated by Marc Majers, the founder of LHTT, the session focused on questions ranging from where a nonprofit should start with analytics to how an organization should continue to grow their metrics. Mr. Wilson focused on planning funding for nonprofits so they can ultimately gain traction with their mission. Leon stated that in order to start and grow metrics, organization’s need to carefully plan how they are going to generate donations and funding. Mr Holmes, a veteran of the Foundation Center, highlighted that there is a plethora of free resources to help organizations understand how to increase their reach. David gave examples of groups that walked into his center wondering how to strengthen their efforts and left with a solid game plan. The key to strengthening their efforts was first determining what they wanted to achieve. Jason spoke about using analytics as a bargaining chip to negotiate with other groups; it is amazing how most groups do not understand the value of their data and how they can use it. An organization must harness the power of their own information to effectively change minds.

The panelists stressed that nonprofits conduct an information audit and realize the what they are first own. Once organizations determine the information they have, then they must figure out what to focus on. Start with a goal and then map out a plan to accomplish it – a goal without a plan is just a wish. Find low hanging fruit and get small wins. One of these starting points is website analytics. Mr. Therrien specifically cited an organization that used Google Analytics in conjunction with Google Maps to pinpoint where donations are coming from. After doing the geographical overlay exercise, the organization identified that a high target donor area was not giving because they never canvassed the area. The group also stated that “Big Data” and “Data Scientists” are buzz words and each organization needs to define what these words need. “Big Data” from one organization to another can mean something totally different – do not get lost in the tech jargon.

Todd Packer, co-creator of the event and volunteer from Workman’s Circle, introduced the keynote speaker Kambiz Ghazinour, PhD from Kent State University who lead an intriguing session on how organizations should pay attention to how they encrypt their data. The keynote started by defining how “Big Data” was introduced during the dawn of the Internet and then moved to how it has evolved today.

Kambiz lectured that companies have time and time again run contests to challenge the world to crack their data and the Internet easily figured it out. The professor stressed that with just a few pieces of information like a date of birth, gender or ZIP, a person can be quickly identified. He referenced two examples from NetFlix and Yahoo; the two tech giants thought they had done enough to protect their customer’s identity, but that was far from the truth. Dr. Ghazinour stressed that nonprofit organizations must protect their constituents data at all costs and follow strong tactics to reduce risk of breech. He said, “Anonymization is difficult so any privacy guarantee must be proven and established formally, minimally.” If you would like review the presentation, please continue on SlideShare.

On behalf of Workman’s Circle, Leading Hands Through Technology would like to thank the speakers, sponsors, volunteers and the attendees of the first annual Big Data for a Better World Conference. If you would like to sign up for upcoming LHTT events or donate to the cause, please contact us.


Big Data For A Better World

1 Nov

Does your non-profit need direction on how to properly handle analytics? Are you trying to figure out where to begin with the information you are collecting about your customers? Come to a discussion on how to be effective with the information you are collecting in this big data world.

Join us on Thursday, November 26th to discuss this topic with other non profit professionals in the Cleveland area. This is a conference on how finding and funding projects that use complex information help people and our planet. Meet researchers, technology experts, development professionals, non-profit leaders and activists to share ideas and experiences with the power and potential of big data for constructive social change.

Satya Nadella: Ideas For Tomorrow

1 Jul

Recently Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, was interviewed by CEO and President Toby Cosgrove of the Cleveland Clinic as part of an educational series calledr Ideas for Tomorrow. The crowd at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland sat glued to their seats as the thought provoking Nadella shared his thoughts on business and where technology is going. Learn how entrepreneurs can continue to innovate and thrive in this new world. Understand how your business can continue to grow and how Microsoft has turned itself around under his leadership.

Where Do You Dispose of a Car Seat?

18 Dec

Do you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area and have an old car seat you need to dispose of? Car seats have expiration dates and they only last a few years. Instead of throwing it out, have you considered recycling it? If so, here are some car seat locations in the Northeast Ohio area.

Best Site To Plan Your Travel

20 Nov

HipMunk is the best site to plan a trip because it has easy features that other sites of this nature don’t have. The site compares multiple flights, hotels and car rentals at once with the goal to find the lowest price. However the site defaults the search results screen to sort by agony. The agony sorting feature shows a users how many total stops and the length of layover time a flight has. A user can also sort by duration, take-off and landing. The site displays all this information in nice simple graph. Take advantage of the power of this site and book your next trip here.

Where Does Your City Rank?

18 Oct

What’s your city population? What professions do residents hold in your area? What building permits have been filed in your town? City-Data collects and analyzes data from numerous sources to create detailed, informative profiles of all cities in the United States. From school ratings to weather patterns, you can find the data you’re looking for on City-Data.

I also discovered the site also has information on restaurants, city guides and tourist attraction articles. If you want to lookup details on your city or one you are planning to visit, then check out this site.

Because I Said I Would

19 Sep

Because I Said I Would is an organization dedicated to helping people keep their promises. Alex recently lost his father to cancer. He wants to honor his Dad and the promises he kept, by helping others remember their commitments with Promise Cards.

How to use a Promise Card:
1. Write your promise on the card.
2. Give the card to the person you’re making that commitment to.
3. Fulfill your promise.
4. Get your card back and keep it as a reminder that you are a person of your word.

Follow the link below to get you free promise cards.

Patch – New Local News Source

3 Sep

I was clicking through my LinkedIn updates and I saw a connection recently became a manager of I was pleasantly surprised that my community was represented and instantly clicked to read more. Currently the website features news from the following states: California, Connecticut District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The site says, “Patch is a new way to find out about, and participate in, what’s going on near you. Patch is run by professional editors, writers, photographers and videographers who live in or near the communities we serve.” Patch is an online community newspaper written by locals. The site features local news, events, places, markets, house and general Q&A.

Are you in the Patch?