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Go geeky with a computer systems research paper

You don’t have to be a geek to write a research paper on the subject of technology. Whether it’s the latest in computer systems, the Internet or the web, you can easily find good resources that are easy to understand and use in your papers.

Learn more about technology by writing a research paper on computer systems. (Credit: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

Learn more about technology by writing a research paper on computer systems. (Credit: Damian Dovarganes, AP)

The big challenge in researching these subjects is that things are changing so fast you have to make sure that your information is up to date. Let’s look at some resources and ideas on how you can research technology, computers and the Internet. Read more

Hackers target New York Times and China — Will cyber attacks increase?

Cyber attacks increaseThe last month has not been good for the Internet, with the websites of several major news organizations, including CNN, being hacked as well as most recently the sites of the New York Times and Twitter. But what is bad for online media just shows the growing power of hackers around the world. The attacks have also included a large part of the Internet in China during late August, in what is being called that country’s largest ever hack. The subjects of cyber attacks and security breaches are perfect research topics for your next computer science or technology course. Read on to learn more about computer hackers targeting the New York Times, CNN, Twitter, and more. Read more

Book lovers, are you ready to celebrate Library Lovers Month?

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With technology providing many of us with easy research tools and downloadable books, we may not visit our local library as often as we used to. This month, though, you have the perfect excuse to get reacquainted with an old friend. Yes, it’s Library Lovers Month. Book lovers, take a moment to celebrate! Stop by your local or campus library, appreciate the resources it has to offer and check out some library books (pun intended).

Libraries have been around for centuries, but those in the United States date back to the 18th century when Benjamin Franklin provided the first social library, and William Rand opened the first circulating library. It wasn’t until the 19th century, though, that Horace Mann pushed for libraries in schools. Compiled together, this library history evolved into the structures we know and love today. Read more

Six must-have gadgets and tech for student success this fall

Must-have tech gadgets

Must-have tech gadgets

What will the well-equipped student be carrying this fall? It used to be enough to have books, paper and pencils in class. If you were a techie you might have a souped up calculator or (wow!) a small voice recorder. Now, college students are more likely to carry a tablet or smartphone instead of a shoulder bag stuffed with books. Many student resources are located online and student success depends even more on your ability to access the Internet at any moment. What are the gadgets and tech resources that you should have for the fall? Let’s take a look. Read more

Red Letter Days

“Handwritten letters are becoming a thing of the past,”

says Wendy Lustbader, adding, “We have e-mail now…” In her Aging Today essay The Demise of Letter-writing, she acknowledges, “It is true that e-mail from dear friends can be printed out and given the heft of paper. I have done this, placing each email in a file folder labeled with the friend’s name. But I prefer my shabby boxes filled with 30 years’ worth of letters from these same friends. When I open them, envelopes of different colors and shapes, stamps of all varieties and postmarks greet me. I see my name written in familiar handwriting, addressed to past domiciles…However, when I open a file folder of accumulated e-mail, I remain unmoved by those pages of bloodless, typed uniformity.” Read more