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  • Blog Post: Programming is for Girls

    Fair warning: Some gross generalizations and exaggeration for emphasis follow. But some valid points I think. I wrote my first computer program over 35 years ago. There were more women in the field back then. Not as many as their were earlier in the history of computers though. Programming was a woman...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links Post–6 July 2011

    Last week I celebrated eight years at Microsoft. I still miss the students which makes the guest talks I do in schools particularly valuable to me. Interestingly enough I was visiting a Microsoft office on the day of my anniversary and they had ice cream sundaes. Pure coincidence but a good sign I think...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links July 26 2010

    I sure have been traveling a lot lately. I spent the early part of last week at Stevens Institute of Technology talking about user interface design and creating interactive web sites using Expression Web. There were about 30 teachers in these workshops but the best part was meeting some people in person...
  • Blog Post: Over-Educated, Yet Under-Qualified?

    You’ve heard it said many time that “No one who takes a high school programming course is qualified for a software development job.” Sounds reasonable. But how about people graduating from universities not being qualified? That is the question that shows up in a number of posts and...
  • Blog Post: Career Outlook for CS Students

    The CACM web site has an interesting interview with Joel Adams ( Joel Adams Discusses the Career Outlook for CS Students ) Joel Adams’ report on The Market For Computing Careers summarized employment data and projections from a number of sources and shows an optimistic about job openings. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: New England Innovation Month 2010

    June has been designated as New England Innovation month . It was innovation (the company was Digital Equipment) that really caused me to move to New England 30 years ago. Today I think people tend to underestimate the innovation going on in New England. Forbes recently named Boston number 8 on their...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 24 May 2010

    I pretty much took last week off from blogging. I sort of needed a break and since they were migrating this and many other blogs to a new updated blogging engine it seemed like a good time to step back from it for a while. I did still read blogs, follow Twitter and read a lot of email. So I do have some...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 17 May 2010

    I have quite an eclectic mix of links this week. Some career information, some Windows Phone programming links, Internet safety, school IT information and more. I hope you’ll read through it all and find something that is useful to you. If you are interested in more frequent update you can follow me...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 3 May 2010

    Last week was a struggle for me both blogging and otherwise. A lot of stuff going on at work and at home. Plus of course I spent a lot of my blogging energy on the Imagine Cup . I loved being at and blogging about the Imagine Cup though so it was worth it for me. I really hope a lot more top notch high...
  • Blog Post: Credentials or Knowledge

    The ever interesting Will Richardson got me thinking again today. He talks about how to credentialize learning in a post titled An Open Mind (In Higher Ed at Least) from open course ware such as the MIT OpenCourseWare project. How do we validate the self-learning that does on? And I add anohter question...
  • Blog Post: Is Computer Science Too Big For One Degree

    For a number of years I have been on an industry advisory for the computer science & engineering department at Taylor University . In one of my early discussions, back 7-8 years ago now, I remember asking if it was really possible to fit everything they wanted to fit into a computer science degree...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 22 March 2010

    What a week. Very busy with several speaking engagements including a set of hands on labs with high school students at the University of New Hampshire Tech Day event. We built a simple game of Pong . Friday was a tech career talk to several groups of students at Middlesex Community College. A lot of...
  • Blog Post: What does it mean to be a computer geek?

    Well Barbie has a new career as a computer engineer. She looks pretty cool in her Binary patterned blouse, Bluetooth headset, net book and PDA. Well there is that unreal figure and hair as well. It is Barbie after all. Stacey Armstrong linked to an article titled Tech Industry Searching for Girls Gone...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 1 March 2010

    Is it March that comes in like a lion and out like a lamb? Well up here in New Hampshire February left like a lion. At one point Thursday some 40% of the state was without power because of crazy high winds and some serious snow fall. I was lucky not to be without power very long but my cable TV is still...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 18 January 2010

    When it rains it pours! I spent last week at FETC in Florida but kept a weather eye out for interesting things to pass on via Twitter (follow me on Twitter @ AlfredTwo ) and this blog. There sure was a lot going on. This is a larger post that usual which I guess is a good thing. Read though and I’m sure...
  • Blog Post: Let’s drop English from the curriculum

    Just for fun, at your next faculty meeting or school board meeting try the following out. Let’s drop or at least reduce the English requirement for graduation. Let’s face it these kids have been talking and writing for years. They know English. It’s not like they’ll all become professional writers. Some...
  • Blog Post: Project Learning

    Joel Spolsky is an interesting guy with strong opinions about software development and the education of people going into software development. Recently he posted a blog article called Capstone projects and time management which is pretty critical of university computer science/software engineering programs...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links September 26 2009

    Windows 7 released to the general public last week so I have to start with a couple of Windows 7 links. OK maybe I don’t *have* to but there are a couple I wanted to share. From the Teacher Tech blog there is a list of 7 things teachers will like about Windows 7 . From the Microsoft UK Schools News Blog...
  • Blog Post: The Role Model Problem

    A bunch of my friends are at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing this week. I’m following some of it on Twitter (look for the #ghc09 tag ) and on the Grace Hopper Bloggers blog. I think this is a wonderful event and people I know who go come back all charged up and empowered and with expanded...
  • Blog Post: Why Does Diversity Matter

    One of the things I make clear in a lot of talks and meetings is that I want to see more women and minorities in the computer field. Surprisingly a lot of people ask me “ why?” I get that question from women and minorities as much if not more than I do from white males. I’m not sure if they wonder why...
  • Blog Post: CareerForward: Career Preparation in a Global Economy (cFWD)

    Since I was offline for much of last week and didn’t have the time to find new things I thought that the start of the new school year would be a good time to re-introduce a program I have blogged about before. At the start of the year seniors are starting to think about their futures. Yes, most seniors...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links July 27th 2009

    Computers and vision – what’s up with that? Things we do with our eyes without out a seconds thought are difficult for computers. From Scott Lum  (@ scottlum ) I learned about a page outlining Computer imaging & vision projects from Microsoft Research Fascinating stuff. Paolo Barone (@ pbarone...
  • Blog Post: Summer Webcast Series for Interns and Recent Graduates

    July 22 2:00-3:00pm EST Explore productivity and UI enhancements, easier home network file sharing with HomeGroup, new and improved security features, and 10 Great "Under the Radar" Features in Windows 7 RC. Gain useful tips to improve your presentation skills for the classroom and your career...
  • Blog Post: Useful Links June 8 2009

    I was on jury duty for most of this week. That took up quite a bit of my time and I didn’t have much time for blogging, Twittering or much else of what I usually do during my work days. I did manage to collect a few good links though. Some came from Twitter (follow me @ AlfredTwo ), come came from email...
  • Blog Post: Computers In The Court

    I served on a jury this week. That’s one reason why I haven’t been seen on Twitter, email or blogs much this week. Serving on a jury was an educational experience for me. One of the interesting things I learned was how much modern court rooms use computers and other modern technology. Computers and monitors...
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