What if coding were invented by women

I teach technology, mostly digital design but also entry level coding.
I learned to code in my early 30s. I started with HTML which is not considered a programming language but it’s coding nonetheless. I moved on and taught Javascript, CSS and eventually Actionscript.
I’ve learned one thing during my teaching practice: coding was created…

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Why most online tutorials are a waste of time

Have you ever created a tutorial and wanted to share it on  social media?

Don’t! Or at least only do so when you’re confident of its quality.

You may have the best intentions and a lot of enthusiasm, but unless your tutorial looks and sounds professional it’s a waste of time.

All too often,…

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The technology myth: Why you can be an over 35 tech wiz

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A common misconception about technology is that young adults and teenagers are more proficient users than those over 35.

The technology age, it appears, has bypassed Baby Boomers and Generation X.

As a technology teacher, however, I take great pleasure in dispelling this myth.

In particular, working with teenagers gives me insight into how and why they use…

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Yes, people over 30 can learn to be tech-savvy

Recently, I wrote about the Technology Myth and the common misconception that people under 30 are somehow more adept at using technology than older generations.

This myth is pervasive, but it’s wrong.

This is because research proves that learning technology requires adequate tuition whatever your age.

This is great news for all those mature people — especially…

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VAIO laptops are the Warrior Woman’s best friend

I fell in love with the VAIO as soon as I saw it.

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An Apple a day keeps the customer, hooray!

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I needed to escape like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible before being cornered.

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Five ways to stop your kid becoming an iPad zombie

I read an article in The Telegraph yesterday that made The Walking Dead look like a documentary.

British parents are paying tens of thousands of dollars for their pre-schoolers to attend a 28-day digital detox program. Yes, that’s right. These toddlers have a technology habit so bad that they throw crazy…

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Wanted: Google cafe manager (must be genius)

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In a previous post I lambasted the pretentious language of job advertisements – especially the ridiculous  blurbs from technology companies.

This week’s doozy is from Google, a corpulent company whose slogan ‘Do no evil’ is surely something Aslan would say over tea and scones before a Narnian battle.

Google is advertising for a Food Experience Design Manager. In layman’s terms, this means it wants…

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Everybody must learn code — stoned or not

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‘Everybody must get stoned’, Bob Dylan warbled to a 1960s generation who wanted to ‘turn on, tune in and drop out’. Fast forward two generations and the mantra chanted by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Clinton and even Ashton Kutcher is ‘everybody must learn code.’

Celebrity testimonials promote code to the masses on YouTube and Code.org, — a  code-learning…

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How to become a midlife computer geek in ten easy steps

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This article will help all those people over the age of 35 (and technically middle aged) who yearn to be computer geeks but who think:

they are too old.
they are too dumb.
they don’t have enough time.
computers hate them.

First, let me be clear about the last thought: COMPUTERS DO NOT HATE…

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Anonymous Inc.

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I want to join Anonymous.  I don’t mean anonymous as in women who’ve reached the disappearing age of 45+.

I mean Anonymous, the technology hackers to whom the media collectively refer to as “subversive”.

Imagine being a subversive like Julian Assange (who is, of course, no longer anonymous) with a collection of technology tricks…

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A message for girls wanting to play the (technology) game

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What would you do if your eight-year-old niece said she wanted to be a game designer when she grew up?

For Stacey Mulcahey, a software developer at Big Spaceship in New York, it inspired her to write a public email to her niece about her experience in the male-dominated technology industry.

 20 First  (to which…

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Linkedout: How I was dumped by social media

I received an email this morning from a Linkedin group.  It told me I was removed from their list because I was an inactive group member.

This came as a surprise. I didn’t realise inactivity was worthy of expulsion. Was I meant to leave comments to show my enthusiasm?

I always thought Linkedin…

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I see you

I’ve often heard the Facebook ‘Like’ button maligned as frivolous and useless if not downright stupid. ‘What’s the point of clicking Like?’ say detractors, with a contemptuous rolling of eyes to the ceiling.

But there is a point.

I consciously use the Like button – not indiscriminately, because it carries meaning, but…

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Appreciate your IT crowd

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I’ve worked alongside many IT Departments over the years.

Depending on the work culture, the IT personnel have either been supportive, inspiring, obstructive or downright incompetent.

However, when you do come across professional and dedicated IT staff then it is in your interests to appreciate them.

According to a recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit…

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The printed word is eBook

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In an earlier post I wrote about the technology myth.  This is the assumption that if people are saturated with technology from birth then they will become experts in its use.

This misguided and inaccurate view of how children and adolescents experience technology –  a generation referred to as digital natives (a loathsome term because of…

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Shaker Maker – Is there an app for that?

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When I was a kid I got a much wanted ‘Shaker Maker’ for Christmas. A Shaker Maker was a kit consisting of moulds into which was poured a  disgusting liquid. Over several days, the liquid set and, once dried, you could paint the figurines. Shaker Makers are extinct now as are an increasing number of…

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Tips to demystify InDesign

One of the main stumbling blocks to learning a professional software package is being overwhelmed by the interface. There are so many extra features that even an expert can struggle to use them all.

However, you do not need to know a lot of the tools to create a professional product….

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Beware The Internet Bearing Gifts

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When the Ancient Greeks grew weary of camping outside Troy, they built a wooden horse. The Trojans assumed it to be  a peace offering for having to suffer nine years of blocked seaside views and the  sharp projectiles aimed squarely at them as they strolled across their castle ramparts.

The gift horse was promptly wheeled…

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