Nov 302011

by Jason Cross at PCWorld…

Tablets and smartphones are in, but don’t count laptops out. Impressive new laptops planned for 2012 promise to be thinner, lighter, and faster, as well as to carry longer-lasting batteries.

Laptops of 2012: What to ExpectAll the pieces are in place for a surge in laptop sales next year, from new Intel chips to the planned launch of Windows 8 to sleeker designs.

via Laptops of 2012: What to Expect | PCWorld.

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Nov 302011

An interesting list of tools to support Macs in the enterprise environment.  Number 1 and 12 also support iOS devices.

By Ryan Faas at…

The knock on managing Macs in business environments has long been Apple’s ambivalent attitude toward providing significant enterprise support. Apple does, of course, offer tools for deploying, configuring, and managing Macs. But to move Macs beyond a departmental setting, IT will often find it necessary to look to third parties for help.

via 12 valuable tools for managing business Macs | Applications – InfoWorld.

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Nov 282011

Some really interesting info in this article.

By Peter Wayner at…

Depending on your perspective and proximity to the bleeding edge, the world of programming evolves either too fast or too slow. But whether you’re banging out Cobol or hacking Node.js, one fact remains clear: Programmers must keep an eye on the latest programming trends to remain competitive in ever-shifting job markets.

via 11 Programming Trends to Watch

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Nov 272011

Interesting slideshow at, by Fahmida Y. Rashid…

The ability to customize Linux to run on various types of hardware and to suit specific user needs means there are more flavors of Linux-based operating systems available than Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. While administrators generally stick with the well-known ones, such as Canonical’s Ubuntu, Attachmate’s Novell SUSE and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for their servers and desktops, they are beginning to see other flavors sneaking into the enterprise.

via 10 Linux Distros Every IT Manager Should Know – Linux and Open Source – News & Reviews –

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Nov 272011

Sarah Fudin confirms parts of several ongoing conversations in higher education.  Students want to spend time in class getting help solving problems, not receiving lectures that could be recorded and provided asynchronously.  Students also want the option for electronic textbooks.  Traditional classrooms are not as preferable as small group spaces.

By Sarah Fudin at…

Technology is rapidly evolving. This evolution is occurring because people are sharing ideas, resources and themselves online 24/7.

So what does this mean for our education? Education has long been seen as a vertical un-adaptive to change. Fifty years ago schools had individual desks, a blackboard in the front of the room and a teacher who administered lessons and testing in accordance to their specific state. Today, schools have individual desks, Smartboards instead of blackboards and a teacher who administers lessons and testing in accordance to their specific state. What has changed?

via What a classroom will look like in 10 years |

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