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International Women’s Day

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Womens Day

For nearly 20 years, the Design Center celebrated International Women’s Month in March, and then “Designing Women” in April.

Now we’re following those incredible photographers at UnSplash as they celebrate the visions of Women’s Day …

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Cybercrime, and Cyber War will get you long before climate change!

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cyberwar

I recently had a discussion with some folks about the worst threat facing the world today.  Climate change was the answer.  Then there was an NPR survey on Facebook asking “what’s the biggest threat to America” … and you guessed it, climate change won the cigar. I wrote Cyberwar, but it didn’t even come up in the top ten list.  People just don’t know what’s really going on. (more…)

Do you HATE telemarketers, robo callers? Are you mad?

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death to robo calls

The spam telemarketing calls these days are really irritating me. I had eight of them yesterday. There’s nothing you can do because they use a hijacked, “dead” number, and run a recording. If you trace the number, or call back the number has been disconnected — if you stay, and click to talk to a representative, they gather your personal data from your smart phone, then hang up. The FCC says that 50% of the calls you will receive on your smartphone this year will be spam and scam calls. (more…)

The Problem of Calling Donald Trump an Idiot

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who is an idiot?

Most of you already know I don’t usually take sides, and I’m not particularly a fan of Donald Trump. But seriously folks, when is enough, enough?  I’ve been blocking and deleting friends on Facebook because of their prolific, venomous, insidious hate in political posts — I don’t hardly have any friends left!

What is most shocking is that people will lie and spew slanderous garbage just for their own gratification with no thought of reality.   Of course Trump is not an idiot.  You don’t become a billionaire and the President of the United States by being an idiot. Or stupid. So each time someone says that, you know they’re either just lying or they’re stupid.

Everyone needs to read : “The Insidious Problem of Calling Donald Trump an Idiot”

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What does data collection mean for a child’s future?

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children and computers

We often see parents using technology as a baby sitter.  That’s pretty concerning, but then I see children in the 8, 9, to 12 range with YouTube channels, and Instagram movie channels, and discussion forums on Facebook.  It’s a little bit more than concerning — knowing there are stalkers and predators collecting their every move!

Netscape has taken the initiative to ask  “What does data collection mean for a child’s future?”

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Fred Showker explores design, graphics, computing, social media, marketing, and the online world with an eye to entertaining, amazing information that will possibly make you think!

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