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TODAY'S TOPIC: LIFE IN CYBERSPACE
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Click to see full-sizeIs there life in Cyberspace? So many people these days are walking around with their heads in their smartphones! They're not really here, they're somewhere off in cyberspace. And one of the guilty parties is Calibre, a free, open source e-book management program. Calibre is a program for Windows installed and Flash-Drive, Mac OSX and Linux that lets you import from almost any format, find metadata and book covers for your e-books, subscribe to online magazines and newspapers, read using a built-in e-book reader, convert to whatever format your e-book device (Kindle, iPad, Android, etc.) requires and transfer your e-books to the device, and much more. Here's my Calibre Library of 105 free e-books to get you started! Here are a couple great places to get thousands of free e-books are epubBooks and Project Gutenberg. Also, you can go to Google Books and read over 100,000 free e-books (and millions of e-books for sale) completely online: you don't need to download them. The cost of information has plummeted, so that you can now obtain a whole library of the world's classic literature for free.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The squeaky wheel sometimes gets the grease, but other times it gets replaced.


The fact is, computers - including those devices we call smartphones, tablets and e-book readers - are redefining life. Today, life is both in cyberspace and on earth. Whereas a generation ago most of our aquiantances were face-to-face encounters, today it isn't unusual to have friends and contacts we know by face, talk and chat with, and sometimes even share personal matters with, who live hundreds or thousands of miles away. I often find myself talking or chatting with people in England, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, China or Africa. I teach courses not in a conventional classroom, but rather from my computer to students in the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, etc., using Moodle, another free, open-source software package utilized all over the world by unversities, colleges and high schools. You can study over 2,700 quality online high school-level courses for free at Khan Academy, study over 2,000 university-level courses from MIT at MIT OpenCourseWare and even collaborate together with other students at MIT OpenStudy.


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Most colleges and universities today offer online education for at least some of their departments, and some - such as University of Phoenix, Upper Iowa University, Globe University Online and many others - offer bachelor's, master's and even doctor's degrees online... but often for tuition nearly equal to on-campus course study. Being involved in teaching and developing software for Distance Education for over a decade, I've concluded that the cost for online degree-level tuition should be between 15% and 25% of the cost for on-campus study, because the costs for brick-and-mortar classrooms, faculty offices, libraries, laboratories, student lounges, sidewalks, trees, nice grassy areas, maintaining, heating, cooling, etc. are almost totally eliminated. That leaves only a small amount needed to pay a fair income to their instructors and administrators. The cost of information has plummeted, I repeat, so that it should cost almost nothing to receive a quality education. That means most online degree programs are making huge profits for traditional colleges and universities.


The Security Blurb:
What happens when you're ordered to decrypt your computer, but you might have forgotten the encryption key? See Defendant Ordered to Decrypt Laptop May Have Forgotten Password - did she, or didn't she? This is both an issue of whether a person can be forced to incriminate oneself - a possible violation of Fifth Amendment rights, and whether a judge can determine whether the person is telling the truth!


The goal of our CN.Net-News is to share information that we think you'll find helpful as you wrestle with that little monster on your desk or at your side, your computer. And we aim to present this information from a Christian worldview. Thanks for your time!

Best regards,

"Dr. Bob the CompuNerd"

Robert D hoskEN
See the "nerd" in my name? (It helps if you're a little dyslexic!)
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