Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression

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Big data algorithms can do some amazing things for society. They help us find information online, display advertisements for merchandise we might buy, recommend news articles we would be interested in, and provide new insights for research and development. They act as a mirror to reflect not only what we want but what we need. Unfortunately, this mirror also displays, even amplifies, our ugliest aspects. Author Safiya Umoja Noble focuses in on this problem with Google and its effects on … Read More

Review of OSU’s Online B.S. in Computer Science Program

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Last month I completed my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oregon State University’s post-baccalaureate program. This program is tailored to students who already have an undergraduate degree, so there are no concerns about transferring general education classes and you only focus on the courses for the major. It is offered entirely online and follows the curriculum of their on-campus program. Overall, I had a very positive experience. I started out taking a few CS classes years ago as prerequisites … Read More

Holiday Driving Wrap Up: Podcast Recommendations

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We all dread the long hours of holiday driving required of us between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. In-car entertainment can ease this pain, but selecting audio material is no easy task. It needs to appeal to all passengers, be lively, and maybe a little humorous. Below are four podcasts that not only fit the criteria, but also inspired discussion in the car, over road-trip meals, and with relatives at our destinations. Reply All Reply All is a podcast based around … Read More

Digital Archiving Tip: How to Extract Embedded Media from PowerPoints

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Converting PowerPoint presentations into PDFs will provide a better format for long-term preservation in digital archives. However, this will lose any animations, transitions, and embedded video and audio files (not notes, these can be saved as PDF annotations on conversion). The first two may not be a loss as they are less likely to contribute to the intellectual content of the presentation. Embedded media files, on the other hand, probably need preserved separately from the PDF with their relationship to … Read More

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