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Computer Tips For Everybody » Blog Archive » Create a custom Control Panel in Windows XP This is a timely tip for me, as I just received aCustomize your WinXP Control Panel

One of the things that surprised me most about Dr. Horrible was the quality of the music. I knew Joss Whedon had written a musical episode of Buffy The VampireHorrible music is really pretty good

How many major "cons" are there in a year (that's "conference" for the un-geeked)? New footage is spilling out like water from WonderCon, held recently, and Green Lantern is pouringSeeing Green... Lanterns

Before jumping into the new stuff, just a quick note on the second episodes of shows that started last week... Heroes - an improvement. I both enjoyed and was annoyed byPremiere weeks 2009, part 2 - SGU and Clone Wars

Uncommon Lifestyles and the Truth About the 4-Hour Workweek: An Interview with Tim Ferriss ∞ Get Rich Slowly This article spurred a long night of reading about virtual personal assistants andOutsourcing your life, and the 4 hour work week

I've fallen really behind on posting lately. Given the upcoming holiday there probably won't be much for the next few days either. But I wanted to quickly throw a fewQuick Notes on Entertainment News

There are a lot of challenges that instructional designers and trainers face in developing and delivering courses in a corporate environment. For instance, usually there is barely time to getChallenge students?! Are you crazy?!

I had over 150 posts from LifeHacker in my Google Reader that I finally parsed through over the last 3 hours. There were a few that I may post aboutLinkList: LifeHacker edition

Lee has his weekly Top 5 list up over at Quit Your Day Job. This time it's the "Five songs that have left their footprint in my life." That's aFive songs that altered my perceptions

Earlier this year I had the windows in my house replaced. This cost more money than I had on hand, so I took the loan offered through the company whoSaving money thru the power of cluelessness

TheGoldenParachute.com: Think Dual Incomes is a Great Thing? Not Always We've had discussions periodically in my house about my wife going back to work part-time. There are a variety of reasonsIs a dual income worth it in a marriage?

Michael Rosenbaum Talks Smallville — A JewReview.net Exclusive - Slice of Scifi Michael Rosenbaum, Lex Luthor on Smallville, gave an interview that reveals that next year's seventh season will be hisLex Luthor teases Smallville's final season

Today a guest post I wrote was published on the personal finance blog Gather Little by Little. Thanks to Glblguy for putting it up! I figured a couple people might wanderQuick overview for new visitors

John Williams is probably the most well known film composer in history. He owes much of that success to the Star Wars series, but Jaws, Superman, Close Encounters of thePre-prequel-era Star Wars music tribute

Applications are open until October 11th. Sadly, my henchmen - Butterball and The Human Chihuahua - are on vacation, and training temps at this late hour is just not a headacheAre you E.L.E. material?

Learning 2.0: useless buzzword

What is the fascination people have with completely non-descriptive buzzwords? And buzzwords with version numbers?! What the heck is the point of that? That is completely faddish and just plain lazy.

Learning 2.0; Web 2.0 . . . I don’t have clue 1.0 what those are about without going and doing research. Something new about learning? Something new about the web? That’s the most I can get out of those.

At least older buzzwords . . . → Read More: Learning 2.0: useless buzzword

24: the movie?

Movies.com: Industry buzz and movie information on the most talked-about upcoming movies

Here’s a movie rumor.

24 Bewitching Prediction Here’s a TV spinoff that should actually make a decent movie. Of course, I liked Starsky and Hutch and Dukes of Hazzard, so my credibility is pretty much shot in this department.

While I like the idea, if they’re going to keep with the Real Time aspect of the show, wouldn’t they have to rename it . . . → Read More: 24: the movie?

Nowhere Man on DVD

SciFi.com: Science Fiction Movie and TV Reviews Oh, man … I loved this show when it aired in UPN’s fledgling season (kind of ironic that it would be released at the same time UPN is closing its doors and joining with the WB to become the CW network).

I still can’t believe they cancelled this one. If this had been on an established network, this show would have been a hit, instead of killed off . . . → Read More: Nowhere Man on DVD

“Bible bill” sponsored by Democrats

Democrats in 2 Southern States Push Bills on Bible Study – New York Times

A couple of Democrats are endorsing a Bible class in public schools—but only if it’s based on a specific textbook about the Bible (“The Bible and Its Influence”) and not the Bible itself (or, for that matter, any other textbook, apparently).

This has stirred up some ill-will among Republicans who have been pushing for Bible classes for years (which the same . . . → Read More: “Bible bill” sponsored by Democrats

Corporate ethics

Survey: Unethical Corporate Behavior Stems From Unrealistic Objectives and Deadlines

First of all, the fact that this even warranted study is a heck of a condemnation of the corporate world. That, in itself, bothers me.

On a grander scale, this is also a condemnation (or perhaps a revelation) of our human natures: many of us will cheat to get things done, given the opportunity and a bit of motive (which could be as simple as . . . → Read More: Corporate ethics

America’s schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

Parkin’s Lot: Stupid in America

Godfrey Parkin takes the notion (supported by a study) that America’s public schools, on average, produce substandard education, and applies it to corporate environments.

As he says, the condemnation of America’s school system is nothing new. I’ve heard it all my life. In fact, my friends even joke about understanding things “despite our public school education.” The study lists the usual reasons: lack of funding, teacher-student ratios, lack of teacher . . . → Read More: America’s schools ineffective? Challenges for corporate learning

Training Mistakes

Learning2005 learningwiki.com – Mistakes Elliot Masie’s Learning Wiki has a page for common mistakes trainers/instructional designers make, as reported by subscribers to his newsletter. He received over 700 responses — the wiki page is just an ‘executive summary’.

Some of the quotes, I can relate to completely. The ones that ring my gong the loudest are quoted below:

Skill Level/Needs Analysis Mistakes: – Responding to ‘crisis’ situations with quick-fix training – invariably, it doesn’t work . . . → Read More: Training Mistakes

Wiki’s in a corporate environment

Informal Learning » Blog Archive » The Weirdness of Wiki Wiki’s are full of potential for learning and communication, and yet for the most part they aren’t being used within corporations (that I can tell, anyway). Jay reports a big reason for that (emphasis added):

The moderator asked people to introduce themselves and say three words about wiki. The positives were terms like exciting, linked, and important. On the downside, people said confusing, disorienting, and . . . → Read More: Wiki’s in a corporate environment

What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

Don’t worry. I’m not going off on another long post about this. I’m really just linking in here because it validates that I’m not the only person thinking about this.

The article from CLO magazine is much better than what I wrote, of course. I’ll just do a quick quote here from Maureen McCormick, director of learning and development, University of Iowa:

Training for a lot of people . . . → Read More: What’s the Difference Between Learning and Training?

Internet Time Blog » Blog Archive » Jaron Lanier

Internet Time Blog » Blog Archive » Jaron Lanier

When Jaron was speaking at the dedication of the Gates Computer Center at Stanford, he said “Naming a computer science building after Bill Gates is like naming a medical school after Typhoid Mary.” That line didn’t make it through to the live audio feed in Redmond.

heh heh.

Also interesting in that post is the claim that no one knows how a khaen (Laotian instrument) works. . . . → Read More: Internet Time Blog » Blog Archive » Jaron Lanier