One day I sat my computer down in a violent way. From this point on whenever I turned my computer into power mode it would make a sound similar to that of a bird chirping while attempting to fly, but then the bird dies. Like any college student I shrugged this off and said “oh well, guess I’ll use the library’s computers.” Even after I found out that the hard drive was the only thing broken on the entire computer I ended up at Best Buy getting ready to buy a new computer. Directly before throwing $1,200 of my parents money on a new Lenovo Yoga 2 I realized that a mere mortal like myself could potentially change the hard drive without buying a new laptop, and without paying a service charge. Thus began my journey.
This journey involves YouTube, a knife, a screw driver, and $1,000 worth of savings. I fixed my computer, it felt great, journey over. If you own a Mac, your computer could also break. Use macpartsonline.com to get any parts you need to fix it yourself. I promise it may be the most empowering thing you do all year.
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Today’s infographic, brought to you by My Adventure Store, is probably one of my favorite infographics to date because it’s all about the delicious food South East Asia has to offer. Specifically, it details both of my absolute favorite foods: pho and pad thai. I remember my first pho and pad thai experience: during the first year as a residential assistant, my sophomore year of college. There were quite a few nights a month I was required to either stay in the building or stay within a 3 mile radius of the dorm in case of “emergencies” (none of which ever happened unless you count burned popcorn setting off alarms). On the nights I was allowed my 3 mile radius of freedom, I would saunter across the street to the dingy Vietnamese place that everyone seemed to always rave about.
Feeling overwhelmed with the amount of options on the menu, I opted for traditional pad thai- as requested my waiter. My life was forever changed that lonely night. I continued ordering the same thing until I was brave enough to try the pho, and BAM! It became my new favorite food. Now, I’m always in the mood for pho and am constantly on the lookout for new pho restaurants to try out. Since two out of the five dishes mentioned on this infographic are my favorite dishes, this infographic must have great taste. Therefore, I’m making it one of my goals to try the rest of the dishes mentioned. I encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and do the same! You might discover your next favorite dish! [My Adventure Store]
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Ever wonder why Google is installing extreamly fast gigabit internet infrastructure when the average person needs 200x less speed? It is because of the future of the Internet of Things. In less than 10 years, the internet will not just be for your phone or laptop, everything will be online.
I’m talking about your car, fridge, tv, blender, air conditioner, front door, and even your wallet. This inevitable future is why google is starting today with affordable gigabit internet. This new wave of device overload will open up revenue and advertising streams to a whole new level.
Today’s infographic states that in 2020, every human being on earth will be connected to 10 separate devices. I know I’m already using five and I bet one of the most prominent technology coming up soon will be wearable tech. If its for exercising, sports, general information or just making phone calls, wearable tech will be an exciting addition today’s digital arsenal.
Be ready for the future, its going to be here in no time. The corporations of our world are already preparing for it, it just depends if society will be ready when they are. [Xievly]
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So often in college I hear students talking about how they just saw the latest movie or how they are watching the latest TV shows episode. They don’t have cable and they are too broke to be going to the movies all the time so how are they doing it? They are downloading illegally and they talk about it like its nothing.
The United States is one of the countries found in this infographic that has signed treaties attempting to protect intellectual property and copyrighted material. But there is still large numbers of people downloading. It’s like just like everything else, people hear about the horror stories and think it can’t happen to them. I’m sure the 15 year old in Sweden didn’t think he would be facing jail time and Joel Tenenbaum didn’t think he’d have to pay well over half-a-million for downloading 30 songs.
There are serious repercussions for acting in this fashion. 34 of the some of the world’s most developed countries are taking measures to safeguard copyrighted material. Many of these countries are signing multiple treaties. Enforcement is more difficult when you have signatories acting relaxed against perpetrators. One of those countries, I won’t say which, is the country most looked at for copyright infringement yet everyone talks about that country likes its awful.
If you are illegally downloading or uploading you are not helping the economy. You are harming the very industries that you are looking to for entertainment. You’re putting yourself in harms way. [via]
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Coming from Texas, I grew up knowing that football was important to a lot of people. Being a musician and member of the school marching band, half of the school year was dedicated to following around our team. Although an art has been made from the marching band show (mostly thanks to DCI) it regardlessly stemmed from the obsession of giving importance to football in our culture. So it’s well understood that our state would invest a lot of money into college football. Texas, however, is not the only one.
Deadspin has put together a great infographic that shows what each state’s highest paid employee is. Surprise surprise, there is an overwhelming number of coaches on this list (basketball and football mostly). Only 11 states don’t have a coach as their top-paid employee. Are my tax dollars paying these coaches? Probably not. Most of the money they get comes from the money that the team generates. So what’s the problem then? According to Reuben Fischer-Baum there are at least three: First of all, coaches don’t generate all of the revenue, the team does. So why should just the coach get paid so much more if it’s a team effort? Secondly, coaches don’t need to be paid that much to be profitable. Mack Brown (paid 5 million/year) coached a mediocre 8-5 team to the Holiday Bowl and generated $103.8 million dollars! Thirdly and most importantly, most of these funds generated don’t actually go back into the schools that they play for (mostly they go back into the sports program itself).
If you would like to read more about this, the source article at Deadspin has a lot of great commentary on this issue (just click the via link below). Don’t get me wrong, I love me some football but this is kind of ridiculous.