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Reasons to GIF not JIF; Hard Vote for the Hard G

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jif-vs-gif looney tunesSeveral years ago, users of the Internet were introduced to the GIF – also known as graphics interchange format. It’s a picture/video combination in which we are shown a few short seconds of action on repeat. So that we might have a better understanding of what the poster was trying to convey. Kind of like a painting from Harry Potter only shorter. And with this release, we started calling the files GIF – with a guh – for short, which is what any English speaker should call it.

The creators, however, tend to disagree. They opt for JIF instead, as if “graphics” was actually “juraphics.” (Which, BTW I’d totally be on board with.) But since graphics has been pronounced with a hard G since the beginning of time, I have to respectfully disagree...

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This Captcha Alternative is a Million Times Better than Alphabet Soup

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captcha game alternativeIn the past, I’ve made no secret about my hatred toward captchas. They’re awkward, confusing, and half the time, absolutely impossible to solve. It’s as if the search engine wants you to fail. And even though Google seems to think I’m half spam-bot (I get at least one Google-prompted captcha per working day, which I’ll take as a compliment), I’m still not accustomed to their difficult nature.

Which is why I was super pumped to hear about a growing captcha alternative. One that lets you play games (games!) instead of muddling your way through unrecognizable letters. Just match the correct food items or play a single hole of put-put golf and you’re on your way to the next web destination. Without having to deal with retrys or angry pops up.

The Captcha Solution

Known as Are You...

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No, I Don’t Have Instagram: This is Why

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instagram logo photoPretty much every time I’m with my friends, the term “I’m going to put this on Instagram” comes up. Then they start typing away on their phones, give me a look of disgust, then keep typing. This look of disgust is because I don’t have an account and therefore, they can’t tag me. Like that is somehow affecting their profile. (Are there points involved? Do they get downgraded for not tagging everyone in the pic?) Or whatever it’s called on Instagram – linking? grabbing? Forcefully outing for doing unattractive things? Despite their pleas, however, I’ve remained strong. Even as a somewhat tech-y, online marketer who regularly blogs about social media.

Does this make me a hypocrite? Probably. But it’s also not making me create an account.

Why? Because it’s too much social m...

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Startup Creates Online Memorial Space … In a Non-Creepy Way

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candle pictureHow many times have you logged into Facebook to see a memorial or in-memory-of page? Smack dab in the middle of your newsfeed and surrounded by an eCard and an offensive meme. Whether the pages was recent or developed to last for the long haul, these memorials offer many a much-needed outlet to cope with a loss. But while the thinking behind it may be solid, in practice it never quite comes off as sincere. Or as if it’s in the right place. “I miss you” posts get jumbled within the rest of the Facebook community, creating an awkward read and a platform that doesn’t do the messages justice. They become just another piece of the Facebook puzzle.

Which is why a new startup, Shadhanjai.com, created an outside, more appropriate place to put them...

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Who Needs Tools When They’ve Got the Internet?

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scientific calculatorJust a few years ago, school children were stuck using their imagination. A technology gap of which I, too, was a victim. Books were required of lessons or for pleasure-based reading. Indoor recess time (for days it was too cold or too rainy) meant tag or board games, not tablets or computers. And grades wouldn’t be learned until days later – auto electronic grading had yet to become a thing.

For one, this meant learning was more authentic. Rather than searching terms or methods, we had to discuss with teachers or fellow students. It also meant things were more expensive. Sure tablets and computers come with a large price tag, but considering that books are $100+ a pop (vs. their $20 electronic counterparts), the savings are almost immediate...

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