Pay attention for signs of Blue Whale


This is something that is not necessarily technology related, but then again, it is.  My brother Steven first alerted me about this recently, when he posted a link on Facebook about this.  Then, today, articles about the Blue Whale Challenge are starting to hit mainstream media.  Apparently this is some sort of online suicide game that young people are getting involved with.

Please take time to read the article, and if you have kids or have friends with kids, make sure they are aware of this.  This is done online over the course of about 50 days.  Because it uses so much technology and pop culture that kids are using these days, you may not see the signs at first.

If you are a teacher or coach or anyone who has daily dealings with young people, you may want to do some research on this subject, as it could help you spot someone who is involved with it.

Read the article, and if you have any comments, please add them to the comments area below.

And thanks for taking time to read this.

Source: Family finds clues to teen’s suicide in blue whale paintings – CNN.com

Experience What Work Felt Like in Windows 95


So it’s a hot Monday afternoon and everyone is sitting at their desk trying to make it through the day.  Maybe you are having some IT issues with your computer.  Maybe the net is slow.  Maybe a site you need is down for maintenance.  Maybe you are a teacher and you are getting ready for your students to come back to school and complain that your computers are not as fast as the ones they have at home.

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Drop iPhone in water? Germs? Why devices in the bathroom are bad news


And good Saturday morning to you all.  Sitting here with my morning cup of coffee, and ran across this item in my news feeds.  Now I realize, most of you could care less about cellphone etiquette, but it is a subject near and dear to my heart.  Nothing is more perplexing to me than why a person would come walking out of a public restroom with their cellphone stuck to their ear, after carrying on a conversation with who knows who while you were taking care of business.  C’mon folks.  Shouldn’t some things be kept off the grid?

The link below gives a variety of reason why you should NOT use your mobile device in the bathroom of your home or a public restroom.  Give it a read, and leave your comments in the box below.

Oh yeah, and if you are one of those folks who think it is cool to use your phone in the restroom, try this…next time you go to the restroom, just take whoever you are talking to into the stall with you.  It’s what you’re doing anyway.

Source: Drop iPhone in water? Germs? Why devices in the bathroom are bad news