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Is this the future of computing?

(Thanks, +Lee Bullis, for the link.)
The hidden story behind the code that runs our lives.
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hey,Larry Bushey and Bill
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MADE for Emails

I recently read a blog post on the science behind effective emails that reminded me of a principle I have used over the years to make my email communications more effective. It's called M.A.D.E. and I'd love for you to use it to take your communications to the next level. 

Actually, I first came across the idea in a paper newsletter (remember those?) about writing an effective memo. That word "memo" tells you how long ago it was! I have applied the principles of that article over the years, first to memos, and then to emails, and I know they have made those communications more effective for me. 

The four letters of MADE are a mnemonic for remembering the most effective way to order the contents of almost any communication. (M)essage, (A)ction, (D)etails, and (E)vidence. I've also heard it referenced as BLUF or (B)ottom (L)ine (U)p (F)ront, but that tells only part of the story. The most important part, but only part of it nonetheless. 

Message: Put your key message in the first sentence. Don't make anyone read three paragraphs deep before you get to the point.

Action: Your message recipient should know what you want them to DO as a result of reading your message as quickly as possible. This is the bottom line up front part. Putting your call to action in the first few sentences lets the reader put all of your other important points in context. It lets them know WHY they are reading your memo... er... uh... email. In addition, if it's an easy decision that doesn't require reading the whole email, then they can hit reply and give your your answer without having to read through paragraph after paragraph to get to "the ask". 

Details: Now go into whatever detail is necessary to describe the rationale for the request, or the background for the decision. You get the idea. This is where you tell your story.

Evidence: If your argument needs facts and figures, this is where they go. A word of advice, here. Don't send an attachment. Summarize instead. Offer the attachment if they need the details. If you summarize well enough, many people will find that sufficient. Many others won't even get this far into your email so don't even bother. 

One final word of advice. In an email, don't make your reader scroll down. If they have to scroll down, many people won't. Especially if they get hundreds of emails a day. If you can't relate your message and ask for action in just a few sentences, maybe you need a discussion rather than an email. Send a meeting invitation instead.

(By the way, you may have noticed that I have used the MADE principle in this writing this post.)
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I enjoyed your review of Chromixium at Knightwise.com. (I would have left a comment there, but the math appears to be wrong on your captcha. Either that, or I have a severe simple math disability!)

Chromixium. is still Alpha, so I won't be using it for anything serious, but this is an interesting distro. I like it! Let us know how you like it after you've used it for a while, Knightwise. 
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Listener +Kenneth Blackwell provides this guest article outlining his quest for the Linux distribution that is right for him. His journey may help you! Thanks Ken.
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Great Article !
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OK. Message received. 74% of you said you want videos. You want show notes or documentation to help as well, but the video's the thing. Now... What do you want videos about?
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Linux tips and tricks
53%
How-to basics of Linux
42%
How-to for apps included with distro "X"
5%
Follow what's in a distro's user guide
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Something else (use comments)
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None of the above, or rather all the above, and more.
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This week I paid for my registration for SCALE (SoCal Linux Expo). Anyone else going this year? I'm not presenting, but maybe a meet-up?
SCALE 13x is just around the corner. And this time, it's one day more. At the same price too! Being a totally volunteer driven event, we are looking for people that can help in all areas, including registration, room management, AV, expo floor management and runners.
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I'll be using the student code
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Saturday, Feb 21. SCALE13 Meetup for Going Linux listeners!

I know +Ken Leyba+Matthew Williams and +Matt McGraw have said they will be at SCALE. Anyone else interested in the meetup?

I'll be registering on Saturday before 10:00AM. I'm planning on registering at the LaJolla meeting room about 9:00 (depending on traffic and parking) in case you want to meet-up before the sessions start. I'll be the one with the name badge with the name "Larry Bushey" :-)

Looks like the morning SCALE sessions end about 12:30. There are a few restaurants within walking distance, and I'm sure there is one within the Hilton. Let's plan on meeting at the entrance to the Cafe restaurant in the lobby at 12:30 to decide whether we should stay in or go out for lunch. https://guidebook.com/guide/31586/list/106675/
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Thanks to +Ken Leyba and Andrew, +Matt McGraw, +Bert Yerke and Monica, and +Matthew Williams for making our meetup at SCaLE13x such an enjoyable experience. It was great to meet you all!
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Chromixium: What ChromeOS should have been! Thanks +Knight Wise 
 
I enjoyed your review of Chromixium at Knightwise.com. (I would have left a comment there, but the math appears to be wrong on your captcha. Either that, or I have a severe simple math disability!)

Chromixium. is still Alpha, so I won't be using it for anything serious, but this is an interesting distro. I like it! Let us know how you like it after you've used it for a while, Knightwise. 
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Yes, +Ken Leyba. The facts that it is alpha and 32-bit only are drawbacks. Reading the blog posts, they are ready to move to beta, but won't because there is an upstream issue with Chromium that the Google folks haven't yet fixed.

I get the impression that as soon as the issue is fixed, we'll see a beta version. Still a bit unfinished for my linking, but worth checking out. 
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While we're at it... How do you expect to use the videos?
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I want video so I can learn to use Linux
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I want videos as a reminder/reference
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I want to refer others to the videos
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The Gparted screen cast was very useful to me. I like this format.
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shhhh...  The secret to desktop Linux adoption! 

(by Matt Hartley)
If Linux is to see greater desktop adoption, one group of tech savvy individuals needs to take the lead.
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Our latest episode: Going Linux #267 · What to do when things go wrong on Linux-Introduction. http://goinglinux.com/shownotes.html#glp267
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Thanks +Ken Leyba! 
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Meanwhile on the Going Linux Podcast G+ community: Is Cheetah Mobile exploiting a security flaw to install its antivirus product with one click?

I clicked a link provided by a community member that seemed to be a link to an article. (I know, I know) This is what Chrome provided me as a warning. 
#Security
Here is the original post:  https://plus.google.com/114130542414277931336/posts/5J1KxaE5vu3

Why, why, why do sites like this provide links that execute actions by default? I wonder if I clicked from an Android phone if it would have opened the play store and started to install something...
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When I tried it at work today, it redirected me to the Google Play Store, and it seemed to be a referral link.  Funny thing was that it reported my device was supported, but I was on a Linux box.
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I am the creator and host of the Going Linux Podcast. As a technology advocate, I use my communication and facilitation skills to help computer users build their confidence and competence with alternative technologies, such as open source software, and with mainstream commercial applications as well.

My broad background in professional training, technology management, management and sales gives me a unique perspective on using today's technology to get things done. Creator, producer and host of a top-rated Internet audio program, I have been helping computer users on-line since 2005, with practical, day-to-day advice on how to use their personal technology.

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