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#Technology : Microsoft's "Cortana" Personal Assistant Comes to Bing!

Microsoft unveiled their "Cortana" (named after the AI in the Halo series) personal assistant for Windows Phone earlier this month.  Now that feature is being slowly unveiled on other Microsoft properties...namely Bing.

Bing actually powers a lot of Cortana (and it also powers Apple's Siri web features also).  Now you can add your interests and other things you'd like tracked (and to notify you about) via your Bing webpage.

If you take a look at the image here, I've added weather, some general news topics, a custom news topic for "Microsoft", etc.  As things happen (say an accident on my commute, airline travel updates, etc.) they will appear here too.

This, of course, is integrated with the Windows Phone "Cortana" that is coming out for the general public later this year (it's in developer preview in Windows Phone 8.1 right now).  But you can use Bing's "Cortana"-like features right now:

Make sure you are logged in with your Microsoft Account, and go here:
https://ssl.bing.com/profile/interests?sf=hp1%3aalcweb

For more information, read the blog post here:
http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/search/archive/2014/04/16/bing-com-gets-more-personal.aspx

#Microsoft   #Bing   #Cortana  
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#Technology : Microsoft's "Cortana" Personal Assistant Comes to Bing!

Microsoft unveiled their "Cortana" (named after the AI in the Halo series) personal assistant for Windows Phone earlier this month.  Now that feature is being slowly unveiled on other Microsoft properties...namely Bing.

Bing actually powers a lot of Cortana (and it also powers Apple's Siri web features also).  Now you can add your interests and other things you'd like tracked (and to notify you about) via your Bing webpage.

If you take a look at the image here, I've added weather, some general news topics, a custom news topic for "Microsoft", etc.  As things happen (say an accident on my commute, airline travel updates, etc.) they will appear here too.

This, of course, is integrated with the Windows Phone "Cortana" that is coming out for the general public later this year (it's in developer preview in Windows Phone 8.1 right now).  But you can use Bing's "Cortana"-like features right now:

Make sure you are logged in with your Microsoft Account, and go here:
https://ssl.bing.com/profile/interests?sf=hp1%3aalcweb

For more information, read the blog post here:
http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/search/archive/2014/04/16/bing-com-gets-more-personal.aspx

#Microsoft   #Bing   #Cortana  
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#JackieRobinsonDay :  Baseball Great Jackie Robinson Was Sent to Court-Martial While in the Army For Fighting Discrimination

Many don't know that Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, was once in the Army during WWII as an officer and faced the segregation and Jim Crow laws of the South while in Texas.

There is a movie about this, made in 1990, and plenty of material about it as well.  Read more here:  http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2008/spring/robinson.html

In summary, because Jackie Robinson refused to sit in the "back of the bus" (this was a Military bus, which did not allow segregation, however the bus driver was a civilian who didn't care), he faced an onslaught of charges...all while on an Army base.  

Ultimately, all charges we either dropped or found unsubstantiated by the court martial. But it reflected the discrimination that even existed in the military during a time of war, and also the leadership and moral integrity of Jackie who refused to allow discrimination.

While many will look at this and say "but things have changed, that can't happen again", need only look around today.  Discrimination is like a disease that jumps from one thing to another.  For a long time (and to this day) race was a main focus of discrimination, also women, children, ethnicity, religions, sexual preferences, social status, etc, etc.  

And as we have seen with the dismantling (due to a Supreme Court decision recently) of part of the Voter Rights Act...which ensured the South which imposed many voter suppression actions against non-white persons...is now defunct (as was implied that it is no longer necessary in our day and age).  And just as quickly as that happened, Southern states started passing...wait for it...voter suppression laws aimed at minorities.

History, as they say, has a habit of repeating itself.  Ignorance of what has happened in the past leads to it happening again.  Discrimination THRIVES on those who do not study history, and those who think it cannot happen again.  It does...at first slow and stealthy...then it digs its claws and teeth in.

Discrimination must be fought on all fronts...at all times...as it is a war that never ends and is ruthless in it's ability to destroy lives and peace.
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yep, that is the big problem, discrimination is not generated by "evil",people dont do that because they are mean.  Discrimination is rooted in ignorance, that makes it so difficult to eradicate, back in the slavery days people used many ignorant reasons to back up their beliefs, now that that is past, and most of the people knows is a wrong view, it is labelled as a "bad" thing, and they are unable to see it is exactly the same, backing up their fears and ignorance in wrong reasons, i.e. the bible was used heavily to justify slavery, now nobody says is ok, they say it is a wrong interpretation, but they don´t see that using the bble to bash gays is exactly the same, and I´m sure in the future they´ll say that was wrong interpretation.
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#Technology : Microsoft Releases Office Online for Chrome Apps!

Man, Microsoft is pushing out a lot of stuff right now!  First iPad, then free Windows, now Microsoft Office Online in the Google Chrome App store!

Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Excel are all there.  

- PowerPoint:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/powerpoint-online/mdafamggmaaaginooondinjgkgcbpnhp

- Word:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/word-online/fiombgjlkfpdpkbhfioofeeinbehmajg?utm_source=plus

- Excel:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/excel-online/iljnkagajgfdmfnnidjijobijlfjfgnb

- OneNote:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onenote-online/ciniambnphakdoflgeamacamhfllbkmo

- OneDrive:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onedrive/nffchahhjecejoiigmnhhicpoabngedk

- Outlook.com:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/outlookcom/pfpeapihoiogbcmdmnibeplnikfnhoge

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Office Online, this is the FREE...yes you heard that right...free version of Office for everyone.  It's akin to Google Drive's documents (aka Google Docs), but since this is MS's version, it is FULL Microsoft Office compatible.  

Why...might you say...should you use Office Online instead of Google Docs?  Well, you may not want to if:  your businesses has you on Google Docs, you got a ton of stuff on there already (that being said, you can of course move everything over to OneDrive), or you simply don't care.

Otherwise, it's a great option.  Yes, you may NEVER have a need to have a truly formatted Office document...until you really need to.  It's the dominant Office format in the world (and will be for a long time). 

But forget all that...Offline Online is actually nice to use, easy to use, and powerful.  There is even a "tell me" feature where you can type in your commands (reminds me of how Google Docs has that as well...similar, but different).

Collaboration is killer with Offline Online compared to Google, and here's why:  of course both will have real time editing, etc., but with Microsoft ANYONE can collaborate on a document if you want...no Microsoft Account needed (it's your call, though).  

Little things like that make all the difference.

But, if you don't want it...well...that's quite ok.  Enjoy!

#Microsoft   #Office   #Productivity  
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Wow, I wish... "only" would be great for us!
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#TooMuchLearningForMonday :  It's Palindrome Week.

I had no clue what this was until today!  Symmetry gone wild.

From +Slate:

It's Palindrome Week! Think about it, dude.

4/13/14

4/14/14

4/15/14

4/16/14

4/17/14

4/18/14

4/19/14

With that "4" right in the middle, today might be the most palindromest day of all. Celebrate/consult the skies for astral omens accordingly.
It's Palindrome Week! Think about it, dude. 4/13/14 4/14/14 4/15/14 4/16/14 4/17/14 4/18/14 4/19/14 With that "4" right in the middle, today might be the most palindromest day of all. Celebrate/consult the skies for astral omens accordingly.
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There's a lunar eclipse tonight +Alan Peto, to mention omens...
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#Technology :  The Microsoft Surface 2 (RT) Review
A great device for those upgrading from Windows XP PC's

Check out the full review here, along with photos and a video review:  http://bit.ly/1fZvprU

With Windows XP ending it's very long 12 year run, many people are looking at replacing their old computers with something new.  Since the world, and needs, have changed for people in 12 years (back then a PC in your home was the only route to go), the device people need is also different.

Google has been pushing Chromebooks (Chrome OS) as the better replacement to those upgrading (main points they make is that the OS it's free, and simple to use, and immune from Windows viruses).  While Linux fans are pushing heavy that XP users should go to a Linux distro (main points they make is that the OS is free, simple to use, and immune from Windows viruses).  

I'm sure you see the trend from those two camps, and I'm not going to debate if you should go Chrome OS or Linux...please do that if you think you'll like it better!  But the objections made against Windows by both Chrome OS and Linux have all been addressed by Windows RT, and Surface 2.  In-fact, most users would actually like a Surface 2 if they actually could see what it can do.  And that's where my review comes in.

Mind you, this is NOT the Surface PRO 2 which runs full Windows 8.1, but the RT version which runs Windows RT 8.1.  I went that route on purpose...because how many people who are considering Chrome OS or Linux would even purchase a Surface Pro 2...NONE.  

But I'm also a power user.  I have full Windows 8.1 on my computer at home.  So why would a power user opt for Windows RT?  That was my goal to find out if it could be a viable device.

Actually, Windows RT has tons of features that make it an even better option than full Windows 8.1...namely it's immune from Windows viruses and malware (just like Chrome OS and Linus), immune from the "Heartbleed" vulnerability going around right now, and it's very easy (and intuitive) to use!  

In the end, this device gets used more than my regular desktop PC.  I can even run regular "desktop" programs on it (such as Google Chrome and Chrome Apps) using the Remote PC app.

I'm sure many in those two camps will be "up in arms" over such a claim (they are very passionate folks!).  Once again, I'm saying go with what you want to use...but there is an alternative that works just as well, and has benefits and features that many consumers will love.

#WindowsRT   #Microsoft   #Surface  
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#Technology : Microsoft Releases Office Online for Chrome Apps!

Man, Microsoft is pushing out a lot of stuff right now!  First iPad, then free Windows, now Microsoft Office Online in the Google Chrome App store!

Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Excel are all there.  

- PowerPoint:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/powerpoint-online/mdafamggmaaaginooondinjgkgcbpnhp

- Word:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/word-online/fiombgjlkfpdpkbhfioofeeinbehmajg?utm_source=plus

- Excel:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/excel-online/iljnkagajgfdmfnnidjijobijlfjfgnb

- OneNote:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onenote-online/ciniambnphakdoflgeamacamhfllbkmo

- OneDrive:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onedrive/nffchahhjecejoiigmnhhicpoabngedk

- Outlook.com:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/outlookcom/pfpeapihoiogbcmdmnibeplnikfnhoge

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Office Online, this is the FREE...yes you heard that right...free version of Office for everyone.  It's akin to Google Drive's documents (aka Google Docs), but since this is MS's version, it is FULL Microsoft Office compatible.  

Why...might you say...should you use Office Online instead of Google Docs?  Well, you may not want to if:  your businesses has you on Google Docs, you got a ton of stuff on there already (that being said, you can of course move everything over to OneDrive), or you simply don't care.

Otherwise, it's a great option.  Yes, you may NEVER have a need to have a truly formatted Office document...until you really need to.  It's the dominant Office format in the world (and will be for a long time). 

But forget all that...Offline Online is actually nice to use, easy to use, and powerful.  There is even a "tell me" feature where you can type in your commands (reminds me of how Google Docs has that as well...similar, but different).

Collaboration is killer with Offline Online compared to Google, and here's why:  of course both will have real time editing, etc., but with Microsoft ANYONE can collaborate on a document if you want...no Microsoft Account needed (it's your call, though).  

Little things like that make all the difference.

But, if you don't want it...well...that's quite ok.  Enjoy!

#Microsoft   #Office   #Productivity  
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Review of new Windows Phone 8.1 features by +Scott Hanselman 
 
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#Buddhism :  Here's the +Dalai Lama, age 2.  Awww, isn't his dharma cute?!?!
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+Ploy Maria I know!!!  He's probably like "um, wasn't I somewhere else before?"  OK, I know...that's a little corny Buddhist humour ;)
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I'm a author, researcher, designer, and teacher.  Topics include Buddhism, design, technology, and leadership.


My goal is to write informative, yet easy to read, articles about Buddhism to help everyone along the path (especially those just starting).  You'll also find designs that help explain it (I'm a graphic artist) and other helpful materials!

Note:  For my posts, if you are not playing nice:  such as trolling, hate speech, being a jerk, advancing your own cause at the detriment of the comment thread, etc....I will block you.  Fair warning.
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  • Penn Foster College
    Business Management, 2013 - present
  • Penn Foster College
    Graphic Design, 2006 - 2011