Articles with Slideshows

I just saw an article called ’14 Cool Hidden Tricks Inside Chromecast.’ It got my attention. It turned out to be an article with just a bunch of slideshows. I closed it right away. I understand why people would want to use slideshows. You can put more ads on each slide. But, how effective is the article if only a few people read them? There’s quite a few people like me who refuse to read articles with slideshows.

Learn Git

If you code, then you should learn how to use Git. Git is a version control system for keeping track of your code changes. Even if you’re just a one-man team, you could benefit from using Git. Here’s an excellent website that explains the entire Git process, from setting up a new repository to the more advanced features of Git. In addition, if you haven’t already signed up, I recommend that you create an account with GitHub. It’s free account for creating public repositories.

The Cost of College Textbooks

While in college in the early 90’s, I thought the cost of textbooks were astronomical. I just read an article from NBCNews that the cost of textbooks have risen 1041 percent since 1977. Sounds like highway robbery to me. Publishers are preying on starving students who are just starting out in life. In addition, the resale value of books is worse than having a two year old car. Publishers are constantly updating revisions of their books. In some cases, students are not able to sell their used books a year after they bought it. What a travesty.

Blue Moon

You know the phrase once in every blue moon. It means a rare event that doesn’t happen very often. A blue moon is the second full moon in the same calendar month. Today’s full moon (July 31) is a blue moon. We had a full moon back in July 2 and the second one today. The next blue moon will not happen again until January 2018. Why do we have blue moons? A lunar month is 29 days long, while our monthly calendar is 30 to 31 days, with February being the sole exception. So, it’s not unusual at all for two full moons to fall within the same month. It just doesn’t happen so often. More like every 2.5 years.