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Sam Kennedy
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Hannah Storm nails the question that Goodell, owners, coaches and players have to answer, What does the +NFL stand for? 

Thanks to +Mashable and +Colin Daileda for sharing video below.

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Farewell Old Friend
Many did not notice that with the new iPhone launch this week, the original iPod design was officially retired by Apple. We knew it was coming and many were surprised to see it last as long as it did. When you think of halo devices this one has to be at the top of the list. Before I got the 4th gen model I was rocking a Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen. I was pretty happy with the device but it was clunky looking and the software on the device and the computer was really bad. So bad. In December of 2004, I purchased my first Apple product. Almost 10 years later I, or family members, have owned the iPod mini, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iMac, Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and MacBook Air. I switched first at work with a Macbook Pro and since then many, if not the majority of the folks, on my floor have switched to Macs as their daily drivers. Were their folks with Macs as a daily driver on the floor before me, yep. But if you looked at the desktops on our floor in 2006 when I switched due to the Intel switch and today, the change is pretty impressive. Apple has had other halo devices come along that have pulled people in to the Apple ecosystem but for me it started with the iPod so I am a little sad to see it go. Farewell and thank you iPod.

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Blackboard Migration Update

The VCU Technology Services Learning Systems team reports that the migration of course data from the locally hosted Blackboard system to Blackboard's cloud hosted system was completed yesterday evening. One final piece of work being completed is routing of VCU traffic to the new system via the web address. Currently this presents a security certificate warning on most browsers. The Learning Systems team is working with Blackboard to resolve. Please feel free to use the web address to access your data until the security certificate issue is resolved. We will post an update at as more information comes available. Please contact the VCU helpIT Center (828-2227, with any questions.

What the heck is Social Engineering? One thing it is not is a new online dating site.  Learn about this and other cybersecurity topics Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cybersecurity Fair. Great sessions, have some lunch, and win a Raspberry Pi (Not the baked kind) as well as other prizes. More information at

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Marketing at its best. Everything we say can be taken out of context and make us look less than informed. But there are some real zingers in here. My favorite? I particularly liked the Balm Dogg referring to the components that make up a computer as  "innards". You can just visualize the engineers in Microsoft shaking their heads at that one. 

Why do I call him Balm Dogg? Just watch the video. BTW, +Cult of Mac  is where I first heard Balmer referred to as Balm Dogg. Props to them.

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PBS presents their thoughts on developing in the mobile space.

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Yet if my line should die,
It dies with its teeth in the enemy's throat,
It dies with its name on the enemy's tongue.
For just as mere life is not victory,
Mere death is not defeat;
And in the next world I shall kill the foe a thousand times,

Klingon ritualistic song from The Hand of Kahless

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Had no idea,.

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I don't agree with the author's premise that open source does not work. I think open has worked pretty well in the server space for Linux. The difference between the server space and the desktop space is the experience. User experience is just not as important for the server space mainly because of the users. Fluffy UI gets in the way for most server and application admins. Say what you will about Microsoft but they do have a solid experience for the Windows user. From the user interface to the developer community, they provide a pretty good experience for the customer as does Apple with Mac OS X. Ubuntu has a strong user interface experience but it is still lacking in developer support. The ecosystem is part of the experience. Mobile is still too early to tell. Yes, Android has the numbers but iOS has the dollars. That one is still to be determined. I did think the article's take on Samsung was good.  They essentially want to be as closed as Apple. 

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I can remember shouting "I want my MSN TV!" Oh wait, no I didn't. 
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