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Holiday App Guide (for iOS)

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in EduGame, Game On!, On the iPad, Productivity Apps, Technology, The "Pad" Principal | Comments Off on Holiday App Guide (for iOS)

Holiday App Guide (for iOS)

Well, it is that time of year when we all dip into our pockets a bit and give the gift of gaming and productivity to those around us (especially if you want folks to shell out the $9.99 to play Carcassone). This year, I started publishing my own set of App Reviews. I started publishing my own, when I realized that some of my favorite games were not covered by a lot of review sites. There was nothing out there to help me find the best SciFi games or games that you can learn from. There has been a lot of trial and error in my review process,...

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BYOC Research: First Edition

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in BYOC, Education, Professional Development | 0 comments

BYOC Research: First Edition

As I continue to work through the BYOC Model, and the idea that we should “flip” the roles of students and teachers in BYOD, I am still constantly trying to find research and best practice for BYOD/BYOT in an educational setting. Since the BYOC model that I propose is based upon the architecture and methods of BYOD, it has to be valid for a traditional BYOD implementation and current trends in BYOD. I like to think of BYOC as the natural evolution of BYOD to be more person centered, rather than device centered. That was a lot of...

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A Private Move

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Featured, Privacy | 0 comments

A Private Move

Well, it is official… I am moving. In some ways, this move is more difficult than if I were moving in real life. I am moving my virtual life, from where it has been for two decades and trying to engage in the fight for privacy that I have been advocating for so long. If you happen to have not been paying attention lately, you can catch up on the Privacy section of my blog. Leaving Google I have been an avid Google user for more than a decade. In my professional life, I am very in-bed with Google (being a Certified Educator and Certified...

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Remember, Remember, the 18th of December…

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Privacy | 0 comments

Remember, Remember, the 18th of December…

Last week, Congress passed, and President Obama signed the Omnibus Spending Bill (HR.2029). Attached to that bill was the most widely opposed CyberSecurity Law in history – known as CISA (Division N of the Omnibus Spending Bill). Many Technology Companies, Privacy Advocates, and Human Rights Organizations have openly opposed CISA and its provisions. Just so that you, my friends and family, are more informed, this is what CISA does. Section 104 of the bill allows all private entities to monitor all “information that is stored on,...

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Privacy Review: TutaNota

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in App Reviews, Privacy | 0 comments

Privacy Review: TutaNota

Tutanota is one of the “up-and-coming” encrypted email providers. What I like about Tutanota is the ability to send emails to anyone – regardless of if they have the encryption keys or not. As the video shows, you can send messages to anyone with a predefined password. You will of course need to communicate with those folks to give them the “secure” password. Tutanota is free right now and has a wonderful app (and is one of the few encrypted services that does). There is a soft spot in my heart for TutaNota – simply because it was one of the first Zero-Knowledge providers that I began to work with. For a free service, they cannot be beat – organization of emails is easy, creating emails is simple, and the app is streamlined. They are missing two very important things: Drafts and PGP Support.

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Privacy Review: SpiderOak

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in App Reviews, Privacy | 0 comments

Privacy Review: SpiderOak

SpiderOak is one of my favorite Zero-Knowledge companies. A few months ago, I was sent a promotion on “Supporting internet Privacy” and a locked price “Unlimited” storage amount on SpiderOak. Up until that point, I had not even heard of the company – or Zero-Knowledge for that matter. I jumped in to see what it was like, while I still sorted out my 1Tb Google Drive.

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Privacy Review: Silent Circle

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in App Reviews, Privacy | 0 comments

Privacy Review: Silent Circle

That is a great question! I had not heard of the Circle until I started researching how to make the internet free. When you do that research (and you should), you will come across several important names: Edward Snowden (the notorious whistle-blower), Julian Assange (founder of Wikileaks), Sir Tim Burners Lee (widely credited with creating the internet), and usually Phil Zimmerman. Phil Zimmerman created a program known as PGP – or pretty good privacy. When he created it in 1990, he was arrested by the US Government for distributing encryption systems across borders. After winning his court case in 1996, Phil has worked tirelessly to create systems that ensure privacy on the internet. His most recent project is the Silent Circle.

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Is Privacy Important?

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Privacy, Technology | 0 comments

Is Privacy Important?

Over the past two months, I have been asking myself and my social networks the same question. The answers I have sought to uncover were masked by partisan politics and moral indecision. Following the advice of Richard Ledgett (of the NSA) I continued to learn and dig into the facts about Internet and Cyber Privacy. What I found, and what I learned, opened my eyes to a world that I had never seen before – the world of digital warfare. We All Need a Mentor At my first teaching job, I worked with “At-Risk” High School Students...

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Shifting Privacy

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Privacy | 0 comments

Shifting Privacy

Privacy is important to me. I had forgotten that. As a technologist, and an amateur hacker, I spent five years of my life learning the means to hack by joining gangs and buying books. Back then, I was an idealist, and definitely toed the grey line of technology. I thought I was awesome – I had created an alias that I used to learn about hacking and I had this great little rig (8″ eePc running BackTrack) that I used to exploit networks around the College. I still remember the first time that I broke a into a WEP Network. It was...

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Game Review: Dead Trigger 2

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in App Reviews, Game On!, On the iPad | 0 comments

Dead Trigger is one of my favorite iOS franchises. Even though it has been in my Pocket since I first owned an iPhone 3, I have never taken the time to review a game in the franchise. When the first game came out, I spent hours leveling my character so that I could smoke a couple of zombies with the crossbow and golden gun. Dead Trigger had everything you wanted: waves of endless zombies, creative weapons, and an engaging storyline. Dead Trigger 2 has been out for some time now and it takes the mold made by Dead Trigger and creates a more engaging story and improves upon its own gameplay mechanics.

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Game of the Week: Eclipse New Dawn for the Galaxy

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in App Reviews, Game On!, On the iPad | 0 comments

Game of the Week: Eclipse New Dawn for the Galaxy

Eclipse is an epic board game. I have not had the pleasure of trying the physical game, but I have seen it played in videos. What an intense game!

Eclipse for the iPad is also a significant undertaking. If you have never seen the game before, think of it as a mixture of Carcassonne and Risk. Each player uses a turn to expand (placing tiles), build armies and fleets, or grow their economic might. As the game evolves, it becomes more and more difficult. Players change the physical board in each round, making more opportunities and removing play options each turn. I have seen strategies range from Isolationist to Scientific to Conquest. In my world, Eclipse fills a critical gaming niche: Hardcore SciFi Strategy.

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Game of the Week: European War 2

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in App Reviews, EduGame, Game On!, On the iPad | 0 comments

Game of the Week: European War 2

This game is old, for the app store, but is a fantastic game that I have not had a chance to review yet.

When I was in college, say 10 years ago, my friends and I would play board games. I very clearly remember the first time we played Axis and Allies. It is a game about managing resources, waging war, and making strategic alliances. The only games that have ever come close to that on the iPad are the European War Series.

A few months ago, I wrote about the more recent game in the European War Series, the Napoleon Wars. In that game, you can control the forces of the American and French revolutions. In European War 2, you explore a different, more recent, and more publicized war, World War 2.

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