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Cold Adapted Insects

I gave a presentation to the Entomology section of the Peoria Academy of Science on cold adapted insects. This was a rather ironic day to make such a presentation as we are experiencing the warmest February on record. It did seem like a good idea at the time (when we […]

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Interesting apps

It has been a while since I reviewed selected mobile apps. My most recent set of reviews focused on those I encountered during my summer of travel in 2016. I have recently been using the following apps. Since they represent a broad spectrum of what one can do with mobile […]

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Super Bowl 51 Commercials

As I did last year, I paid attention to the commercials on the first Sunday night in February. Others may be aware of this tradition as well. Lots of new commercials frequently interrupted by a football game. Ok, it was fun to watch the game as well. This year had […]

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Installing SSL certificates

Given that I teach several classes dealing with security (and we even install SSL certificates on an IIS server in a couple of those), I thought it might be helpful for readers/ students to learn a little about what is required when you are using a Linux server. First, a […]

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I didn’t know you could do that with Google

As we start the Spring, 2017, semester, I thought it might be helpful to review some of the things one can do with Google. Yes, I know there are other search engines. I do find some of the items below most interesting. If you can do the same in other […]

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Browsers

As we start the spring, 2017 semester, I thought it appropriate to discuss browsers a bit. Many students know that I recommend testing web pages they create in multiple browsers. This includes desktop as well as mobile browsers. Why? Because different browsers use different rendering engines. This means pages may […]

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Celebration of Learning

As each semester at school starts, we begin with a series of professional development. I have the honor of being part of three presentations today (Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017). I thought readers may be interested in the highlights of these events. Faculty Fellows (Online Faculty Showcase) – I have been […]

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Moodle upgrade

In preparation for the spring, 2017 semester, I upgraded the Moodle environment that is used as a learning management system for our CMWEB classes. I thought it might be helpful for those using this environment to better understand the effort it takes to maintain (and keep this up to date). […]

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Project Felix

I recently checked for updates in Adobe Creative Cloud and discovered a new app was also available. It is called Project Felix. It is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. Essentially, it allows you to use a 2D background and insert a 3D object into it. You can then […]

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Captioning in Captivate

I recently reviewed the ability to create captions in Techsmith Camtasia. I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the similar capability in Adobe Captivate. Although the approach is a bit different, the end result is similar. given that we are at the end of 2016, it is imperative that […]

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Adobe Captivate Overview

I have been asked to provide an overview of Adobe Captivate to fellow Adobe Education Trainers (and Adobe Education Leaders) this afternoon. I thought this would be a great place to include links to resources I will be discussing. I also hope to include a copy of the presentation (after […]

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Captioning in Camtasia

As we develop online resources, it is important to make certain information we present is available to all. This means any audio or video should also have captions. I have been experimenting with captioning capabilities in various software and wanted to share my experiences using Techsmith Camtasia. I am using […]

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WordCamp Peoria 2016

The first WordCamp in the Peoria area was held on Nov. 12, 2016. Here is a brief synopsis of the event. I also provide some of my insights and notes further down the page. WordCamp Peoria 2016 from Mark DuBois on Vimeo. As you learned from the above video, there […]

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Apple Watch Butterflies

My Apple watch comes with a number of faces. As an entomologist, I had to choose the butterflies. Although I can find articles about the efforts involved in photographing the butterflies (and other subjects – like the jellyfish), I have not been able to find any information on the actual […]

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Apple Watch Series 2

I recently purchased an Apple watch (series 2) to replace my aging Pebble watch (the eInk screen was starting to fade significantly). The watch was shipped directly from Suzhou (China). It was rather fun to watch it transit from Shanghai to Anchorage to Louisville and eventually to my home (taking […]

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