Category: Tech Stuff

I Code You Not!

Learning to Code on the Colourful Queen Street West Recently I enjoyed a day of coding downtown in my old Toronto haunt Queen Street West. I updated some JavaScripting and jQuerying skills with a wonderful group of people at Ladies Learning Code. The day long course was held at the Learning Labs hub and it was very stimulating to take a course led by an actual Front End Web Developer - Nat Cooper. Tucked in between overflowing textile treasure chests, the classes also have mentors who function as assistants to move things along if you get stuck - while not slowing the rest of the class down. This course allowed me to go thought JavaScript and jQuery from the basics and I was able to go at a pretty good pace to shimmy past the parts I understood. I loved the interaction and availability of the team of mentors. This was my first time in the Learning Lab and the classrooms were airy, light and not at all overcrowded. The pace was based on feedback but also moved along by the instructor to make sure we were able to fit everything in. Quite an exhilarating experience. The wifi was on track in…

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Facebook Isn’t Stealing Your Shizzle!

Since we are not currently in the thrall of a Facebook Intellectual Properties hoax, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that posting to your wall does not mean you no longer own your content. (Queue the twitchy left eye.) For more info, summarized nicely, check this Snopes link which features current links to the legal details: Before you post things that sound like Facebook terms or contract related statements, consider the following to help you determine it's validity: a. Has a certified lawyer, judge or some other empowered law maker verified that you can change the terms just by posting something on your wall? (You can try to change the agreement but you'd better have a whack of cash and lots of time to re-negotiate with this company.) 2. Consider how hard it is to change terms of an agreement in other areas of your life. When you first decided to open a Facebook account, you agreed to the terms they had. And... C. Facebook, reserved the right to modify the agreement when we agreed to the terms. We did not. Things can seem overwhelming and confusing sometimes. Be cautious with information that seems to be extreme like that. And avoid…

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Free Video Tip

Free Video Tip

A pet peeve of mine has always been cell phone videos that are taken from cell phones not turned sideways. This first video below, while the subject matter is adorable, was filmed wrong. I admit that I filmed it before being enlightened. I am posting it and exposing myself to scrutiny so you will have the opportunity to learn from my mistakes. ;) The Wrong Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcuqwQmu8K8 As you can see, having the cell phone in the upright, vertical or portrait position, you lose out on a lot of the scene. All you see is this skinny strip of the world. This can be particularly annoying if you are not filming a tiny puppy in plain old grass. The Right Way:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdX5ztucR7k Do you notice the big, huge, obvious improvement in your viewing screen? All this is accomplished by turning your cell phone sideways, horizontal or landscape. (The quality of the video isn't great that's true but it illustrates the point. Plus it is important to note I filmed it from above.) I had to be told this which really bugs me now since I think it's pretty obvious.The fact is, cell phone video recorders record in the horizontal direction as…

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Guilty Pleasure #1

Awesome and Easy Facebook Tip Alert! SaveAt this time of year I find I am so tempted to just sit down and read all the very interesting posts on Facebook. Losing oneself in Facebook is a hobby, or guilty pleasure, shared by many. There are SO MANY awesome posts I want to read but if I can't when I see them I fear I'll lose them forever. I'll admit I've copied and pasted links into my notepad to be read for later. Recently, Facebook found a solution to this problem. They gave us a 'Save' button. Yahoo!  Step 1: If you want to save a post for later, (and let's face it who doesn't want to read every one of the 20 + Slow Cooker Recipes Kids Love?) find the chevron in the top right hand corner of the post and click. (This will be an option for the posts that have expandable content in it. If it isn't an option you can't save it.) Select the 'Save' option and you are good to go.   Step 2: If you want to know where to find your saved posts, look under your profile photo under all the groups you are part of.   Step…

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