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Who is Karen Spärck Jones?

Karen Spärck Jones (1935-2007) was a pioneering computer scientist and information retrieval (IR) specialist from the United Kingdom who made significant contributions to the field of natural language processing (NLP), which involves the development of algorithms and models that enable...

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The easiest way to create a secure password

It’s Change Your Password Day! The best advice I can give you is to use a secure password manager. Then, you only have to remember one password and it remembers all the others. It also creates secure passwords for you....


Out with the old, in with the new

It’s the start of a new year and I’m sure you’ve made lots of resolutions. I’d like to make some suggestions to help you get more out of your technology. Habits, new and old First, this is a good time...


International Women’s Day

While Charles Babbage is regarded as the inventor of the computer, we all know hardware is useless without software. Ada Lovelace saw the potential in the mechanical device and is regarded as the first programmer. Grace Hopper was a pioneer...

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. How diligent are you in securing all of your devices? Do you change your passwords? How secure are they? Are you using multi-factor authentication for logging into your accounts? I used to give a presentation...

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Have the right tool for the job

In an earlier post I wrote about information management and the tools I use. This is an expansion of that. Simply put, have the right tool for what you’re trying to do. However, there’s a balancing act between having the...

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Fewer spreadsheets, more worksheets

A friend of mine is a professional organizer (who would be appalled at my office!) and she once told me that no more files than will fit on a screen is the ideal number to have in any given folder....

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Get your email message read

Even after all these years of email, it seems like people assume others are just waiting at their computer with bated breath for their message. Surprise, they’re not. I get at least 150 messages a day. Others get hundreds. If...

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Protect yourself from cyber-scams

Back in the dark ages before cellphones, I used a simple strategy for dealing with phone scams. My mantra was “I never discuss anything financial if I haven’t initiated the phone call.” It served me really well.

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Enter first, format later

This is just a tip from my experience — it saves time and effort. When writing, type in the text and edit before you begin formatting. Once you start formatting, you can get carried away making everything look just right....