Tag: digital excellence

[VIDEO] Linux Laptop Screencast

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about tuning up my Linux laptop for writing. Via YouTube, here’s a very quick (20 minute) screencast. Enjoy!

Tuning Up the Linux Laptop for 2020

Tuning Up the Linux Laptop for 2020
Between increased caregiving responsibilities for my mother, looking for freelance work, and the holidays, my Linux-powered HP laptop went by the wayside. (It’s not my only laptop, thankfully, but the keyboard is great for writing). However, the past few months have seen me slowly repair and upgrade the laptop to the point where my Linux laptop is... Read more »

Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition Wins Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition

 Last week, I wrote about the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition and their efforts to drive both digital and healthcare literacy in the city. In my previous post, I mentioned that the CCLC focuses on digital literacy as well as workforce development and healthcare literacy. As I mentioned in last week’s post, technology is at the... Read more »
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Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited

Living the Linux Laptop Lifestyle Revisited
When I wrote about my Linux-powered laptop awhile ago, things were going well, tech-wise. My refurbished Windows 10 laptop was a powerhouse, allowing me to blog and write, as well as keep up with my freelance work. (Writing includes my recent essay in The Joy of Joe: Memories of America’s Fighting Man from Today’s Grown-Up Kids).... Read more »

Red Alert: 48 Crucial Hours for Net Neutrality

Red Alert: 48 Crucial Hours for Net Neutrality
With a potential Congressional vote to end Net Neutrality, it is imperative that people contact their Representatives to urge them to vote against the FCC’s recommendations. (And you can learn more via http://www.battleforthenet.com) But why should we support Net Neutrality? You may be thinking…and here are some good reasons: Ajit Pai, Chair of the FCC, has... Read more »

How Net Neutrality Impacts Chicago Nonprofits

Why we need net neutrality from Vimeo Staff on Vimeo With the February 27th  #OneMoreVote campaign on February 27th to overturn the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality, many organizations – including Chicago nonprofits – may not understand the full implications of not taking action. And with the FCC repeal entering the Federal Register, it is... Read more »
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Net Neutrality Next Steps

Net Neutrality is one of the key issues driving conversation – and activism – in early 2018. (For an overview of the issues involved, check out this recent radio appearance). Thanks to two recent forums on Net Neutrality – one held this past Tuesday at Center on Halsted; the other driving Netsquared Chicago’s February meeting,... Read more »

Fight for Net Neutrality - Now!

Fight for Net Neutrality - Now!
Net neutrality isn’t just a good idea – it’s the very concept that keeps us connected. When the current head of the FCC jokes about being a “puppet” chair while threatening to revoke prior protections, he’s not just being unprofessional – he’s showing contempt for the free expression of ideas and digital access for everyone.... Read more »

Cyber Security Chicago Wrap-Up: Kevin Mitnick

When I learned about last week’s Cyber Security Chicago conference via Twitter, I thought this would be a great opportunity. After all, how frequently does someone from the nonprofit or social enterprise community get to focus on security and data issues? (Plus, Cyber Security Chicago was making its debut this year, so I felt it... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Youth-Led Tech

(Special thanks to Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago and Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago Collaborative for their time and insights). On August 5th, graduation ceremonies were held for a group of 100 teenagers who learned web coding and other computer skills. These teens participated in a program called Youth-Led Tech, which provided seven classes... Read more »