December 2014 User Experience and Web Professional Events

first_imgIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with colleagues. It takes time to find interesting local events. And if you’re new to the area, where do you start? I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list of southeast Michigan web professional and user experience events for December 2014. Whether you’re a user experience professional, designer, developer, programmer, project manager, content strategist, social media professional, or digital marketer, you’ll find some events to interest you.With the end of the year, this month’s calendar feature many holiday mixers and networking opportunities. Holiday mixers are a great way to meet new people working in your field of interest and catch up with friends/colleagues you haven’t seen in a while.Celebrate the Holidays MixerDate: December 2, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Conor O’Neill’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to Conor O’Neill’s)Cost: Free (pay for your own food and drink)Celebrate the holidays with members of Michigan Computer Human Interaction (CHI)Southeastern Michigan Society of Technical CommunicatorsMichigan Usability Professionals’ Associationat their year-end holiday mixer in downtown Ann Arbor. Wear a user experience t-shirt, technical documentation or conference t-shirt. There’s no reserved room or purchased food. Members will meet in the bar, order food from tables, and shared stories of successes and failures in their work projects. Drupal Meetup–Year End MixerDate: December 3, 2014, 6:30pm to 9:00pmLocation: Ann Arbor SPARK Central in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to SPARK)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredJoin the Michigan Drupal Web Designer & Developer Meetup for their year-end mixer with Brad Czerniak giving a short presentation on extending the webform module. You’re invited to enjoy drinks and networking with other group members.Mobile Year in ReviewDate: December 8 2014, 5:30pm to 12:15amLocation: Macomb-Oakland University(OU) Incubator in Sterling Heights, Michigan (map and directions to Macomb-OU Incubator)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredWhat happened in mobile in 2014 and what does the future hold? Join Mobile Monday Detroit for its annual meeting where organizers Glenn Everitt, Randy Nunez, and Linda Daichendt will review Mobile Monday Detroit events of the past year, as well as highlight key industry issues of 2014, while looking at what we can expect in 2015. Note the new location for Mobile Monday Detroit.Sudo and UNIX/Linux Milestones in 2014Date: December 9, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:45pmLocation: Farmington Community Library in Farmington Hills, Michigan (map and directions to Farmington Community Library)Cost: FreeAt the December meeting of the Michigan!/usr/group Unix user group, Michael Lucas’ talk “Sudo: You’re Doing it All Wrong” will focus on some of sudo’s lesser-known features. Leaders Craig and Jim will discuss past milestones in the UNIX and Linux communities, as well as what to expect in the future. Social Media Club Detroit Holiday Party 2014Date: December 10, 2014, 6:00pm to 9:00pmLocation: Firebird Tavern in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Firebird Tavern)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredShare the holiday spirit with your Social Media Club Detroit colleagues with an evening of appetizers, open bar, and good conversation. Bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots.December Casual NetworkingDate: December 11, 2014, 5:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Falling Down Beer Company in Warren, Michigan (map and directions to Falling Down Beer Company)Cost: Free, register online For their December Casual Networking event, IT in the D is partnering with Michigan Friends of Education–Operation: Kid Equip for a holiday fundraiser. Stop in to enjoy networking and meeting new people working in the technology field, and bring an unwrapped gift/monetary donation to benefit the IT in the D cause for the year. Detroit UX Holiday MixerDate: December 18, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:00pmLocation: St. Cece’s in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to St. Cece’s)Cost: $5.00 , pre-registration requiredOur Detroit User Experience group is ending the year with our annual holiday mixer at St. Cece’s. Join us for networking, food, and our first book gift exchange! Bring a bring a gift-wrapped UX-related book (new or used), and exchange it for another wrapped book! Think of it as passing great knowledge along, and hopefully getting some in return. Hope to see you at some of the events this month!It’s impossible to include every event. If you have any events to add to the calendar, I’d love to know about them! Feel free to share them in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedDecember 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio? If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find…In “Calendar”December 2018 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be challenging to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and web…In “Calendar”July 2014: User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. I’ve taken some of the work off your shoulders with my curated list of…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Hitwise: Search Queries are Getting Longer

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#Real World#search#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting According to Hitwise, search queries on all the major search engines are starting to get longer and longer (PDF). While the average search query is still around two words long, queries that are longer than four words have become increasingly popular over the last twelve months.Hitwise’s latest data also confirms that Google’s market share in the search business is continuing to grow at a steady clip (9% year-over-year). Year-over-year, all of Google’s larger competitors lost ground, though at least between December and January, both Yahoo and Ask.com saw a very minor increase in their market share. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Longer Search QueriesYear-over-year, using one and two-word search engine queries became slightly less popular, while the number of three-word queries remained flat. Instead, a growing number of users are now opting to use longer queries. Overall, longer search queries have increased ten percent over the last year.This is an interesting trend, and it could be interpreted in a variety of way. This could mean that a growing number of users is finding less value in the search results they get from relatively unspecific, short queries. It could also indicate that users are becoming more sophisticated in how they structure their queries when they are looking for very specific answers. Do you have a theory why more users are turning to longer search queries? Feel free to let us know in the comments. Related Posts frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Facebook Confirms Hiring Famous iPhone and Sony Hacker, GeoHot (George Hotz)

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez George Hotz, also known as “GeoHot” on the Internet, is now working at Facebook, the company confirms. Hotz is best known for both his iPhone hacking skills and as the person who jailbroke and reverse engineered Sony’s PlayStation 3, leading to legal battles. In April, Sony announced it reached a settlement with Hotz, with Hotz agreeing to a permanent injunction against publishing any further code.The following month, Hotz was hired at Facebook. Hacker’s New Day JobReportedly, Hotz began work at Facebook as a software engineer in May 2011 and his first day was May 9.  A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the hire but did not provide any other details regarding Hotz’ position or duties.The news was reported by TechUnwrapped and others over the weekend, citing an interview with Chronic-Dev Team member Joshua Hill (aka “P0sixninja on Twitter). The Chronic-Dev Team, for those unaware, is a group of developers who work to release software for jailbreaking iPhones and other iOS devices.In a video interview (see embed below), Hill discussed the upcoming jailbreakers’ convention known as MyGreatFest, During the chat, Hill also mentioned that he recently challenged Hotz to find an exploit for the iPad 2, but Hotz turned him down due to his current employment at Facebook, as well as his desire to escape the limelight after his legal troubles with Sony.Additional confirmation came from Gabe Rivera, founder of the tech news aggregator Techmeme. He did a little sleuthing of his own and discovered that Hotz had announced his employment at Facebook via his Facebook profile. According to this post (viewable by Hotz’ Facebook friends and network only), he began in May and revealed the news to friends in June. Facebook has yet to officially confirm Hotz’ role with the company, only his hire, but speculation has it that he may be involved with Facebook’s mobile efforts, specifically its upcoming iPad app. The New York Times reported earlier this month that the iPad app, in development for nearly a year, may only be weeks away from release. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Sneak Peek of vPro Uber Geek’s IDF demo of KVM Remote Control

first_imgThe Intel Developer Forum is just around the corner! I went into the lab and found Jake Gauthier, our vPro Uber Geek, in the lab. Check out this sneak peek of his KVM demo for IDF. I hope that you don’t suffer from motion sickness – I shouldn’t have had that afternoon latte….last_img

Akshay’s Brothers, Salman’s Sultan, Aamir’s Dangal: The rise of combat sports in Bollywood

first_imgWrestling and boxing might not be that influential as sports in our country, but B-Town is clearly eager to tap into the potential of the games in their films. With Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom, Bollywood has started following the trend of such films which portray boxing, wrestling or Mixed Martial Arts. The latest one to join this club is Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra’s Brothers.RELATED: Apart from sibling rivalry, all forms of Mixed Martial Arts too in Brothers Brothers is the remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warriors. It is a tale of two estranged brothers (David Fernandes and Monty Fernandes), who, in order to prove themselves, are ready to fight each other inside the boxing ring. The film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez in a pivotal role. It is the first time that the trio would be seen together on the silver screen. Akshay is well-trained in Martial Arts, but still found preparing to play David in Brothers a difficult task. As for Sidharth, the boxing and MMA sequences were not exactly a cakewalk for the actor, as the Brothers’ team has repeatedly emphasised.WATCH: Akshay and Sidharth in an emotional song Gaye Jaa from Brothers Here are some other recent films that have had and are portraying wrestling and boxing on the silver screen: Mary Kom The 2014 Mary Kom was based on the life of Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, the champion boxer from Manipur. Director Omung Kumar’s film is an account of what actually happened in Kom’s life, all the troubles which she has had to face, and everything else that made Mary Kom a name to reckon with in the boxing scene of the country. Piyanka Chopra played the real life five-time world boxing champion, and totally nailed the character. The film was much appreciated by the audience and claimed numerous awards as well.advertisement Dangal Aamir Khan is also not far behind, as far as displaying wrestling in Hindi films is concerned. He plays the real life wrestler Mahavir Phogat in his next film, Dangal. In fact, he’ll be playing father to two grown-up daughters (Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat) who play boxers in the film. There were a lot of rumours that Kangana Ranaut and Taapsee Pannu were also a part of this script, but all were rubbished by Aamir. Bollywood debudants Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra have been roped in for the roles of the two daughters in Dangal.Aamir gained around 22kgs for Dangal  Sultan On his part, Salman too is not far behind vis-a-vis portraying wrestling in films. He is wooing his fans with his forthcoming film Sultan, which is the tale of a wrestler from Haryana. The teaser of Sultan was released a few weeks back. The teaser glorified Sultan the wrestler to the T – ‘Haryana ki shaan, Haryana ka sher, Haryana ki jaan… Sultan Ali Khan.. jab vo ring mein move karta hai, toh aisa lagta hai maano dance kar raha ho’. The film has created a lot of buzz already because of its clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees. The shooting of Sultan will begin in November this year, while director Abbas Ali Zafar has already begun hunting for locations for the film. It is expected to hit the screens on Eid 2016. Holiday Yes, the film had as its theme terrorism and patriotism, but had the Dabangg Girl Sonakshi Sinha, who played the role of a boxer in the film. Holiday did not really focus on the sport as such, but was a delight to see actors like Sonakshi and Priyanka taking up such roles in their movies.last_img read more

Be The Non-Pleasing Job Seeker

first_imgA job seeker writes to me to ask:“What am I doing wrong? I research the employers I’m going to see. I answer their questions thoughtfully and work hard to please each interviewer on the schedule.I let them know how interested I am and how I can help their company. I go to every interview ready to convince them that I can do a great job, but I’ve had no job offers. What am I missing?”I write back to her. “We haven’t met, so it’s hard for me to give you feedback on your interviewing technique,” I say. “I can share this tip with you however. Employers don’t hire the candidates who try the hardest, have researched the firm most thoroughly or who please them. They hire the people they believe can help them solve their problems.”We have been taught to show up at a job interview ready to please. We forget that pleasing people is the booby prize. Companies don’t hire out of compassion. They hire people because they have faith in those candidates’ abilities. Big difference!Job seeking is not all that different from dating. When we read the personals ads, are we attracted to the person who writes “I want to please you. I will work hard to make you happy. I can learn what you like and dislike and devote myself to your happiness. Please, just give me a chance!”? Most of us are turned off by this personals ad, because the person who wrote it sounds desperate and creepy. The person sounds as though he or she has no life and no self-esteem. This person isn’t interesting. We may feel sorry for the lovelorn personals-ad-writer, but we don’t want to meet the person.We can apply the same filter to the job search scenario. A person of substance who walks into a job interview ready to talk about a company’s needs and his or her own needs is a person to take seriously. A person whose persona screams “Hire me, I beg you! I’ll work myself to death to meet your expectations!” doesn’t inspire confidence in a hiring manager. We can’t be surprised at this, because in our social interactions, confidence and spark are compelling. The recruitment-and-selection arena is no different. We’re attracted (socially or business-wise) to people who know what they want and who are sure of themselves. That’s why it’s never a good idea for a job seeker to go into an interview primed to convince the employer s/he badly needs the job. Desperation is anything but appealing.Job seekers need to drop the idea that we go on a job interview to please anyone. Pleasing is worse than beside the point — it can actually hurt our chances. We can adopt a new job interview mindset.We can go on a job interview to learn more about the employer’s business pain and to investigate the intersection of our own talents and the employer’s needs. If there’s a fit, outstanding. If there isn’t a fit, life goes on. We don’t need to grovel or crawl over broken glass in a job interview. If we did those things, we wouldn’t be in our power.A great job interview stance is a friendly, inquisitive demeanor that says “I’m excited to learn more about you.” We don’t go on a job interview to say “I can do the job – really I can!” We go to say “Let’s see what is going on here at XYZ Industries. Maybe I can help you. Maybe I can’t. I’m happy to be here, because I like to meet people and learn about businesses. I don’t need anything from you, and you don’t need anything from me.”When we grovel on a job interview, we fall into a psychological pit. We’re focused on saying the “right thing” versus listening carefully and enjoying a conversation of equals. If you don’t feel equal to the people who are interviewing you, you’re bound to go into supplicant mode and lose your interview mojo. If you remember what you bring, and remember that the right job for you is out there — in other words, that you don’t have to force the situation, or forget your power – you’ll have a better chance of staying in the moment and turning off the censor in your head.Here’s a quick story to illustrate this idea. My friend Steve was flown into Chicago by a large company that was interviewing him, but the flights got goofed up and he spent six extra hours en route. He was tired, hungry, disheveled and highly frustrated when he finally got to O’Hare. The company changed its plans and interviewed him the next day, so he spent an extra night away from home. When he got to the interview, wearing the same suit he’d worn the day before, he was exhausted and frustrated. “I was so tired and burnt that I laid it right out,” Steve told me. “I told them exactly where their company was vulnerable, what I’d change in the business, and where I thought they had trouble in their products and their marketing.” At the end of his rope, the real Steve came out. When he reviewed the interview in his mind the next day, he was amazed at his forthrightness. Steve got the job.If you fear ‘being you’ on the interview, imagine how life on the job would be! Stop going to interviews to please people. That’s not what an interview is for. Go to the interview in your power and see if there’s a fit – that’s as much your decision, as theirs.last_img read more

Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy rested as South Africa turn towards youth in T20Is vs Sri Lanka

first_imgSouth Africa head coach, Russell Domingo, is excited to usher in the next generation of international cricketers in the upcoming T20 International series against Sri Lanka. The Proteas’ squad boasts six new caps in Jon-Jon Smuts, Theunis de Bruyn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson and Lungi Ngidi, players who have been rewarded for consistent performances in the domestic T20 Challenge.  The series will be an opportunity for Domingo and the selectors to have a look at the depth of their resources, and more importantly, unearth new talents on the international stage. Although the date for the next ICC World T20 has yet to be officially confirmed, the youngsters in the new-look squad will still see it as an opportunity to make their mark for further international honours with one eye on the next tournament.  (Also read: 3rd Test: Sublime South Africa smash Sri Lanka to sweep series)Farhaan Behardien will make his captaincy debut as stand-in captain for the first two matches, and will gain valuable leadership qualities which will no doubt add value to the strong senior-player group in the Proteas environment.”I’m excited by the group of players that I’m going to be working with,” Domingo said. “I’m not going to be seeing Faf (du Plessis), JP (Duminy), Hashim (Amla), AB (de Villiers), KG, there are going to be 13 completely new players who will be so hungry and desperate to make an impression on South African cricket, that is exciting for us (coaches).”I’ve told our coaches that we have to have our ‘A’ game because it will be like the first day of school for a lot of these players. They are so desperate to play for their country and it’s exciting for me to get to work with those type of new players.”advertisementThe first match of the series will take place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.last_img read more