Friday, December 31, 2010

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age - Day 1 - Keynote - Geoff Canada





Geoff Canada
Description: Geoff Canada, of the Harlem Children's Zone talks about the danger of allowing technology to widen the gap between rich kids and poor kids and our responsiblity to ensure that this does not happen.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

10 Ways to get the most out of Technology

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/technology/personaltech/30basics.xml
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Katie Couric Talks 2010's Top Stories With The Root







Check out the freewheeling discussion that our deputy editor, Sheryl Huggins Salomon, took part in on Katie Couric's @KatieCouric Web show with Couric, humorist Mo Rocca and Politico editor Jonathan Martin. They discussed everything from President Obama, health care reform and the Haiti earthquake to the Tea Party, Chilean miners and vuvuzelas

Thursday, December 23, 2010

(Read and Keep This One) Your Free Business Communications (Voice & Conferencing) Arsenal for 2011 by Mike Holman








Amongst your Free Business Communcations Arsenal Packaging for 2011 you must have at least the following two:



1) A Free Service for using your computer to Receive and Make Phone Calls
2) A Free Service to have Conference calls with up to 96 People and be able to reoord and play them back.

Two packages exist today and are expected to be free for 2011. Beyond that we are uncertain of how "FREE" they will be. Whatever and I mean whatever your business is from "For Profit" to "Not For Profit" you need these two free services.


You need to be able to dial a number to Host the Conference Calls and you need to be able Host it for Free. Also those calling in need to be able to dial in for Free.

Even with just the Free Dialing, this is an invaluable services in and of itself. No more waiting for unlimited nights and weekend or low long distances cost, try Free Long Distance costs!

The services which you may have already heard of are as follows:

1. Google Voice - To Make the Free Call to Host your Conference Calls
2. Free Conference Call dot com - To Host or Participate in your Conferences.

Enjoy and Make It Rain In 2011!!!





Computers that trade on news

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Brooksley Born, The Woman Who Warned About The Financial Crisis Early On






The Go-Go '90s
Alan Greenspan rules the economy and "the less regulation, the better" is the administration's attitude toward Wall Street.
11:32




Brooksley Born Arrives on the Scene
She heads up the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and sees danger in a new, highly-lucrative market: over-the-counter derivatives.
11:55




"Get This Lady Off Our Backs"
Brooksley Born's idea to regulate derivatives meets swift and fierce opposition from the Clinton economic team.
8:10





The "Earthquake"
After Born tells staff to take the first step in regulating derivatives, the powers that be in Washington go to war to stop her.
4:40




1998 - Born's Warning Becomes a Prophecy
High-flying hedge fund LTCM nearly melts down. Some in Congress clamor for regulating derivatives. But Greenspan is unyielding.
9:14




Late 2008 - Born's Nightmare Comes True
After Lehman's bankruptcy, markets crash, credit freezes. Many huge banks' toxic assets are tied into over-the-counter derivatives.
10:08

Let Us Pray. A Baby TD Jakes Prays by First Day Church Atlanta




Sunday, December 12, 2010

12/12/10 @ 12NOON (EST) Blog Talk Radio: The Audacity Of Hope with Dr Jamal Bryant






He served as the director of the NAACP’s youth and college division. He is the Pastor of the fastest growing church in the A.M.E. Denomination. His church grew from forty three supporters to ten thousand. He is a third generation A.M.E Preacher. He is Dr. Jamal Bryant. He delivers a stirring message entitled, "The Audacity Of Hope".


He is on the cutting edge of Technology and Ministry as you can watch him walk out and speak directly on his website, http://www.jamalbryant.org/


His church, The Empowerment Temple Delivers multiple Services On Sunday at The Empowerment Temple Website


He is the author of "World War Me"


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Q&A: Omar Wasow






The guest on C-SPAN's Q&A is technology analyst Omar Wasow, co-founder of BlackPlanet.com

Omar is an internet analyst who appears frequently on radio and television. Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online.[1] He is co-founder and strategic advisor for the social networking website BlackPlanet.com.

In 1995, Wasow was proclaimed by Newsweek as one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace." Around 1999 or 2000, Wasow introduced Oprah Winfrey to electronic mail in a series of 12 appearances on her television show. In 2003, Wasow appeared in an Apple, Inc advertisement discussing their latest operating system at the time Mac OS X Panther.

Wasow is currently working on his doctorate at Harvard University in African-American Studies and political science. In a 2009 interview with Brian Lamb, Wasow stated that he had started at Harvard in 2005.

Wasow is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he was President of the Student Union. He then graduated from Stanford University in California with a BA degree in Race and Ethnic Relations

His website is http://www.omarwasow.com/

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Google Voice Offers Free Phone Calls






Google is offering a new service that allows users to call landline and cell phones.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Soldier Knows Best on: Google Voice: Works on Android, iPhone and others



Google Voice gives you more control over your phone calls. With Google Voice, you get one number for all your phones, cheap international calls, voicemail like email, and more, for free! (US only)
Learn more at http://www.google.com/voice





















Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spike Lee Interview for 'If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise'









Spike Lee returns to New Orleans Five years after Katrina for IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON'T RISE, a four hour, two part documentary debuting August 23rd and 24th, exclusively on HBO.


PART ONE OF "IF GOD IS WILLING AND DA CREEK DON'T RISE DEBUTS AUGUST 23RD AND PART TWO ON AUGUST 24TH ON HBO.


A little known secret, Spike was the spark that got BlackTree going in early 1996. While I was in college, Spike came to town to shoot his docudrama Get on the Bus in the dead of winter, I believe it was like February in Tennessee. Spike and the Jackie Robinson Foundation went to all of the local universities, Tennessee State, Vanderbilt, Fisk and David Lipscomb to recruit students to help P.A. on the project which was underfunded as Spike received little help from the studios but went out to actors like Danny Glover, Denzel, and friends like Jordan and Oprah to raise capital to make the film. The perfect dream for a P.A, an underfunded film with major talent, because as a P.A that means that you are going to get major experience. While normally, a PA (Production Assistant) spends his time getting coffee or grabbing waters, we were thrust into the production helping with everything from building dolly tracks to working with the extras to even standing in on some scenes. I even had 1 second of fame as I had a non speaking role that required me to give my best Oscar performance walking from a pick up truck into a convenience store, it was the best 1 second performance of my life! The cast of the film was filled with great actors from the now deceased Ossie Davis and Bernie Mac to then newcomer Hill Harper and other actors like Isaiah Washington, Andre Brauer, Roger Guenveur Smith, Harry Lennix and Wendell Pierce who would later become familiar faces on the big screen. Let me not forget Charles 'Rock' Dutton, who til this day I credit with inspiring me to be better. I mean, this was the experience of my life, especially since until that day I had never considered the possibility of being on a film set, I was finishing up my sophomore year and was well on my way to being what I considered to be my destiny, a medical doctor. Not just any medical doctor, but a specialized neurologist creating medical miracles with my hands and my grasp of science. So this was all new to me. I remember the first day that Spike actually took some time to really speak to us on individual levels, something I didn't even think would occur on a film set. I was a stranger to film sets, but I knew that the PA is not wasting the directors time with conversation, so I was shocked when Spike approached me and asked me about my afro, I was amazed. So I asked him about a shot he did in one of my favorite movies, Malcolm X, and he explained it to me, and from that minute I knew that I had found a new love. I had instantly fell in love with film the way that people fall in love with their perfect match. The crazy thing is that it had found me, I wasn't seeking to find a new career goal, or to dream a new dream. I was perfectly satisfied with which way I was going in life. But at that very moment, I knew I wanted to sit in one of those directors chairs. BlackTree had not yet formed into my mind, but not more than 5 months after shooting this film, I started BlackTree. I started it with a dream to be able to one day tell the world something, and I have. A couple of things came together at that time to make it all possible, one the 1996 Olympics were being held in my hometown, two I got my first camera a Hi 8, and three the internet was sprouting out of it's infancy into childhood and starting to show it's personality, and I got it. and that was the start of BlackTree and the end of my medical career, at least for the time being. 14 years later BlackTree Media is one of the most watched content providers on the web, our content can be indexed on over 64,000 websites and over 350 Million views on YouTube alone. So this interview was truly an honor, it is like seeing things come full circle. Now my ultimate dream will be to do a film with Spike, who knows.....maybe..... Thank you Spike for taking the time. Thank you for opening my mind to new dreams and aspirations, you've helped to change my life.


Warmest Regards,



Jamaal Finkley

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Meet the Author of, "Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview?" Ellen Gordon Reeves






Author and NU alumnus Ellen Gordon Reeves discusses her book "Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview?," on September 23, 2009 as part of Northeastern University Libraries' Meet the Author Series. She shared her advice on finding, landing, and keeping your first real job. She offered advice on: cleaning up your online act, using a professional email address, crafting your best resume, dressing your best for interviews, networking effectively, and avoiding emailing hundreds of resumes. Find her book in the Library's catalog, NUCAT at HF5382.7 R449 2009.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Why Smart Executives Fail





The scene: a CEO is celebrated on the cover Fortune. Soon after, the company is in the midst of a financial fiasco. What went wrong? It seems that top management made some incredibly stupid mistakes. But the people responsible are almost always remarkably intelligent and usually have terrific track records. "Why Smart Executives Fail" relates the stories of great business disasters and demonstrates the ways many businesses make themselves vulnerable to failure.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pastor Marvin Winans - (TBN) You Just Don't Wanna Know










Pastor Marvin Winans singing "You Just Don't Wanna Know" Live on TBN from his solo project. Lyrics are below


I hurt so many nights. Cried so many hours.
Trying to make it right. Just didnt have the power.
You ignored all of my tears. In hopes theyd disappear. I tried to let it show.
But I guess you just dont wanna know

I came to you in love. I came to you in earnest.
Could you possibly explain? Why the flames, why the furnace?
Just needing to get it clear. I was hoping you would hear. I tried to let it go.
But I guess you just dont wanna know.

Now its true that God is always there, He said Hed never leave.
But at times the human touch is what I need.
And if I had a dime for every time I tried to call your name.
Some tell me, Id be wealthy.But I learned that I could cope.
I discovered I could make it. In nights so long and cold.
So cold, you dont know how cold. I learned that I could take it.

Now I wouldnt change a thing. Not for the knowledge, not for the knowledge that Ive gained.
I learned that I could grow. I really did, I tried to let it show.
I did. I tried to let it go.But I guess you just dont wanna know.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

FREE Automated Keywords via Traffic Travis






The Power of Keywords in your Adveritising Campaign: READ THIS ONE: From my early corporate days, we would send an email and because we knew people would bypass alot of emails. if there was something important we would put in the Subject Lines: "READ THIS ONE". Such is the case with this post if you are serious about Adveritising Online (Text,Graphics,Video,TV,etc.)

We've discussed running Ads on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. We expressed the need to get the message out via advertising using Text, Graphics, Video, TV etc.. In each of thesemethods there is one critical component in your campaign, KEYWORDS . They can in some case MAKE or BREAK your goal of a successful Campaign.

There is a FREE, yes FREE tool that will allow you to type in one keyword and you will be given at least 200 Keywords AND be told where those keywords you are being provided at RANK on the Majof Search Engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. You heard that right. You tell the progam just one keyword and it gives you about 200 similar keywords and also it tells you where those key words you were given, RANK on the major Search engines. You can export those keywords to a .csv file or save them. Did I say that the 200 word version is free? It is!

Here's a story (excuse me I have to tell it). I was talking to some representatives at one the aforementioned major Search engine companies and I kid you not. The Rep asked me how I was getting my keywords. I told them about the program and they said, "Oh, your program does automatically, what I am doing manually!". I was blow away!!! Bottom line GET THIS FREE PROGRAM, while it's still FREE. You can get the professional version (along with 2,000 keywords and more) at cost ($5 to try it for a few days and get billed for the balance). Go with the FREE first, it's just me!

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

One Minute Sermon by Tamara Lowe






Tamara Lowe @ Christ Fellowship
Motivational Rap, one minute sermon.....
Amazingly fast! Motivating the younger generation, particularly rappers!

Transcription:
To be a survivor in this Amazing Race with the need for speed you need God's Grace and if your desperate like housewives watching days of our lives, you can't cope without hope and that is not on a soap. If you're looking to Oprah or Dr. Phil you can shop non-stop or pop a pill, but the void won't fill and the pain won't kill until you love the one that hung on a hill.

Kicking back in your lazy boy easy chair watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, nah your not gonna find it there. No American Idol or Council Tribal has the final answer that will satisfy ya. C. S. I. ain't got a clue. S.V.U. don't know what to do Not the E R or the OC not those seen on a CD TV DVD or MP3 can save you and me. CNN has got no Good News here's a headline you must choose. It's not a simple life Paris Hilton, It's treading on thin ice living in sin.

You can be an apprentice for Donald Trump or eat Fear Factor fast food from a dump. You can be a heavy hitter or wheel of fortune winner or a Fox news no spin spinner or flat out sinner but you better check this life that you're livin' and make sure your sins are forgiven. I bet ya 50 cent Elvis done come and went, and eventually every Black-eyed-pea, Gwen Stefani, P-Diddy and Britney. Every wanna-be on M T V with their Icy Bling, every Dixie Chick that Sings, they all gonna see the king of kings. I don't care if you're J-Lo, Leno or Bono. One thing you gotta know. Some day you're gonna die, Bro. Then Where are you gonna go?

Hey, i'm not talking some punk junk that is irrelevant. Like your Grandma's church from way back when. It's not some preacher feature on T B N. that you need to be liking or listening. The real superstar is Jesus Christ. He's the way, He's the truth and the life. One day he's gonna split the sky. He is the brightest light and the highest high and so what I came to say and what I'm telling you is don't buy that stupid stuff they be selling ya. it's all designed to fill your head and waste your space until your dead.

here's the bottom line in my rhyme. Give your life to God while there's still time.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pastor Marvin Winans - "That´s it, That´s All"













Pastor Marvin winans - Preaching "That's It, That's All" at the Azusa Street 2006 West Angeles Chatedral COGIC - Bishop Charles E. Blake

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Eric Schmidt Q&A at the Bear Stearns Annual Media Conference




Eric Schmidt Q&A at the Bear Stearns Annual Media Conference

DR. W.J. CAMPBELL "IT'S FALLING TIME BUT DON'T YOU FALL!' PT. 1 and 2








DR. W.J. CAMPBELL "IT'S FALLING TIME BUT DON'T YOU FALL!' PT. 1 and 2

Eric Schmidt Q&A at the Bear Stearns Annual Media Conference




Eric Schmidt Q&A at the Bear Stearns Annual Media Conference

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Dawning Of The Information Age


Just this week I had to do a paper for a Pace University class I'm taking on one of the historical events that really had an impact on history. The paper had to be somewhat extensive and I thought "Woe Is Me!". Low and behold after conducting a search, I found a website the zeroed in on the Top Ten Historical Events at

http://tinyurl.com/TopTenEvents

Seeing how I love Information Technology, my eyes immediately zeroed in on number 9, The Dawning Of The Information Age.

This was in my opinion a "loaded" topic as there are so many aspects and I had to think of what could I zero in on. I decided to zero in on flow of digital information exchange as I saw it as well as played a role in the early 1990's. Similar to an article I did recently and posted on my Blog, reflecting on Wall Street in the 1980's, once again to some what you are about to read may seem unclear in terms of trying to get a picture of what was going on, to others it may seem a little clear and yet to others it will be crystal clear. Here's just a little portion of the paper I came up with...


The Information Age brought about computers and the internet.
The factual information is that we are able to do more now than we could prior to the dawning of information age. Computers in their current form today were on-existent. The computers that did exist took up the size of a large room. Computer code was written on punch cards and “fed” into the computers. There is a podcast on iTunes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs that speak of how things were prior to the real evolution of the information age.

The computers that did exist that could be used by individuals as noted in the podcast had very little memory and hard disk space. Because of this the programs written to run on these computers also had very limited capabilities. The computer programming code existed on tape recorders. I know this personally because I used the computers like this. One of the early computers that were in existence was made by Radio Shack and was called the TRS-80. The computer was not stand alone with a display but rather was more like a keyboard with outlets to input peripherals. To this “keyboard” I connected my TV which served as a display. I also connected little snap in cartridges which contained the programs I wanted to run. There were cartridges for Word Processing, Spreadsheets and even online communications via Videotext Cartridge. There was also a programming language cartridge called Basic Assembler. You could save your work (Wording Docs, Spreadsheets, etc.) on to a Cassette Tape Recorder. To get online I used a cable connected to the keyboard that when into a separate Modem. This Modem connected me to the Information Services that existed at the time such as CompuServe Information Service (CIS). This was the “Internet” for users of the time. You were able to read the latest news, join in Bulletin Board Discussions as well as participate in Live Chat.

Information Exchange was a key part of the Information Age. As the Information Age further evolved, individual users found that that if they did not want to pay for an online information service such as CompuServe, they could create they own exchange of information between one or more users. This was done via the use of Computer Bulletin Board Systems or BBS’s. I ran one of these systems. Users were able to l dial my system (my actual telephone line) and I had my computer setup “ready” to take calls from users. I had Message Boards setup for users to exchange information with each other on my system. A Network of Computer Users evolved that at certain intervals at night would “drop off” messages to other Bulletin Board Systems. The Message exchange would be to the “next closest” system so that eventually the message “drop off” would cover the global. Popular networks of that time were called Fido Net Systems where numerically assigned numbers were the “ID” number for the individual computer board systems. The cost was just the phone calls and thus the mail drop offs occurred late at night were rates were low.

At this point the Internet was not in full swing, but E-Commerce was “up and coming” Using these same Bulletin Board Systems users were able to subscribe to services during their dial up session and purchase products using a credit card. The Bulletin Board System would just as it “dropped off” mail, would “drop off” credit card transactions to a card processor for payment. Automation in these early stages was key, so I had my Bulletin Board System setup to automatically take an incoming call, from a user looking to exchange email and/or purchase products. That same evening my system would automatically go offline to drop of mail to the nearest BBS System part of the Fidonet Network and then make another call to process any pending credit card orders.

As the Information Age further evolved having a “Website” was the “in” thing to have. With your Website you now became automatically global. Users could now visit your website and do all of the things they did on your Dial up Bulletin Board System. Once more, while you could only have a limited amount of users on your Bulletin Board System, on the Internet via a Website there was no limit. You would only have to pay additionally charges if you had an exceeding large amounts of traffic called bandwidth. The Internet via a Website allowed for Multimedia which was a big step forward. You could now have Sound, Pictures and Video all on your website to enhance the user experience. You could now offer many of the same services that the online information systems such as CompuServe were offering. This capability often led to the demise of companies such as this because “everybody and their mother” could do the same thing.

Today, my Bulletin Board which was accessed by dialing a phone number is now called up via my website bearing the same name Holman's World. I can offer what I offered on the Bulletin Board Service and much more because of the evolvement of the Information Age.

The Big Online Services like CompuServe provided the “neat and cool stuff”. I found their offerings were quite exciting. The offered very manageable discussion boards. I actually served as Discussion Board Leader in many of these online forums. I saw what the board looked like from an Administrative point and was impressed. Just as companies were developing products for the BBS users, they were also developing products for the Large Online Services as well. As the Online Services could have numerous amounts of users online, their message boards were very large and just trying to read everything was a challenge. Companies developed software that allowed users to read their messages offline whether for a large online service or a Bulletin Board Service, thus saving online cost. These Offline Readers (OLR) were key for all users as they could mark read messages and compose responses to be sent during their next online session, whether on a large online service or on a computer Bulletin Board Service.

In the Information Age, we’ve come a long way and it seems we still have a long way to go as today’s technology is history by tomorrow.

As I did with my Wall Street Article, I'd like to mention again an organization that has played a critical role in technological developements and that organization is BDPA Information Technology Though Leaders (http://www.bdpa.org/) This organization was right at the forefront of the Bulletin Board Systems back in the day and had it's own FidoNet Style network called, BDPANET. Take at look at some the BDPA files from back in the day as well. Also the picture in this Blog post is me presenting an Internet Seminar at a BDPA National Conference actually during the time when the BDPANET and my BBS was in full swing. The Laptop Shown is what I actually used to run my BBS.

This paper mentioned the larger online services and offering such as Chat Sessions. I conducted some of them. What did they look like. Have Look at my Chat Logs from back in the day.

Lastly I tried to share an lesson on two on the regular and called them, "Information Highway Lessons".

Enjoy!


Watch this video relative the Dawning of Age:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How Wall Street looked to a high school student in the 1980s



There are many visions of Wall Street. Over the years and much has changed. Let me take you down memory lane just a little bit. For some this tour may be unclear, for some it may be a little clear and for others it may be crystal clear. Back in the 1980’s I started my journey on Wall Street.



I was a senior in high school at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, N.Y., and had joined a Co-Operative education program (Co-Op). I’m not sure how many of these exist today. I had the opportunity to work one full week with pay and then go to school the following week. A high school student stepping on to Wall Street for the first time was an experience like no other.

The first adjustment to the adult world was being told that I could address the adults by first name as opposed to “Mr” or “Mrs” or “Ms.” As I did with my High School teachers. I was very fortunate to work for a well-established firm called, The Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. As it is today, it was then that the firms wanted to ensure that students experiencing the firm for the first time got very familiar with the industry and the firm. Training back then, involved visiting a room where you were equipped with a cassette tape player, cassettes, booklets and headphones. I remember hearing words like “manifold” referring to trading tickets. You don’t here that too often now if at all. The training tapes gave information about the various departments and the company itself.

I did not feel completely out of place as I also found number of other High School Co-Op students working in my same section at the company. I handled the “manifold” tickets relative to trades that had been entered. I worked in the section called “Ticket Check Off”. The Department was called Government Bond. Here I saw trade tickets relative to what I would soon learn were Fixed Income trades such as Treasuries as well as Money Market Instruments such as Certificates of Deposit and Bankers Acceptances.

As I reflect back now what was most interesting was that that I not only got to “see” the manifold tickets relative to these instruments I also got to see the instruments themselves. This was the 1980’s and many of the instruments of the day were in physical form. I got to see US Treasury Notes with the interest payment “coupons attached”. We would attached a one copy of a multi-ply manifold ticket to the Treasury by using what then a “T-Pin” which I have not seen in ages. I was informed one day I would be delivering some Treasuries to the Federal Reserve Bank down the street (we were located on Broad Street across from the NY Stock Exchange). We had an armed Security Guard Accompany us. I later realized that as many of the instruments of the day were in “bearer” form they could literally be cashed by whoever said it was theirs.

Working in Government Bond was an excellent learning experience. I got involved with the daily proof and reconciliation. We reconciled with a group of individuals that were enclosed behind a window called “The Cage”. We ran a calculation tapes on huge calculators that took up most of a desk and used two copy calculator tape (on copy being a carbon copy). We would balance the general ledger tickets that had passed throughout the day.

There were no personal computers as we know them today. For me as a High Schooler, my taste of the Internet was during my "school week" I was able to go into a High School Room and dial-up an on line services. I would need to dial the number on the telephone and then put down the handset on some acoustic couplers (shaped like the phone mouth and ear piece) that was attached to a printing (not display) terminal. The Session information would print out on the long printer as opposed to on a display system. News and other other information would print out. That was it for the "The Net" in those days! Read more on the Technology of those days on my latest Blog.

As with most High School Students of the day, the highlight was lunch time. Most interesting enough lunch was free. Not only that, on those occasions when we had to work late we also got free dinner via a “supper pass”. For me the work, the experience and the food, was the life!



More Information:

Organizations helping Youth in Financial Services and Information Technology at the High School and College Level in New York (Local Chapters have links to their respective National Offices):


Urban Financial Services Coalition New York Chapter


BDPA Information Technology Thought Leaders New York Chapter



Monday, July 5, 2010

The BDPA Insider – July 5, 2010




Message from BDPA Philadelphia Chapter President

Please accept my invitation to come out and join us on Wednesday, July 28th for a day of golf, food, prizes, and networking at Seaview Golf Resort. This is the kickoff event for the32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference on July 28-31 at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia.
http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/message-from-philadelphia-chapter.html

Employment Resources for BDPA Stakeholders
The national Black unemployment rate is now 15.4% with no plan to reduce it in the near future. The economic crisis in America hit hard for many African Americans in the information technology (IT) industry over the past few years. Many are worried about being laid off.
http://betf.blogspot.com/2009/07/employment-resources-for-bdpa-members.html

Using Social Media to Market Yourself or Your Business (Nicole Newman)

Nicole Newman is passionate about seeing businesses grow using technology tools that increase productivity.

I strongly encourage BETF-Blog readers to make every effort to attend the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference in Philadelphia on July 28-31, 2010. One of the great benefits of this conference will be the 58 world-class workshops. I'm looking forward to the workshop presented by Nicole Newman entitled, 'Using Social Media to Market Yourself or Your Business'. http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/using-social-media-to-market-yourself.html


Drill Questions to Pass the PMP Certification Exam (Elaine Jackson, PMP)

There are over 50 workshops scheduled for the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference in Philadelphia on July 28-31, 2010. One of the workshop presenters is Elaine Jackson, PMP. Elaine Jackson enjoys coaching people on how they can pass the Project Management Certification Exam. For the last six years, her style of coaching involved training individuals to understand the project management processes and knowledge areas, and explaining how to apply that knowledge toward passing the PMP Exam. Elaine perfected the study process to achieve a level where students pass the PMP exam on 1st attempt. Her closing rate is holding at 94%. Students followed her advice by studying hard to achieve improvements in practice tests. http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/drill-questions-to-pass-pmp.html

BDPA IT Institute Fall Enrollment Opens

The Fall 2010 enrollment period is still open for theBDPA IT Institute. The course scheduled for the Fall term (September 6th through December 10th) is the PMP Exam Prep taught by Gregory Brown, PMP. The course has been updated to align with the 4th edition of the PMBOK Guide and awards all *35 PDUs* required to sit for the PMP Certification Exam. http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/bdpa-it-institute-fall-enrollment-opens.html

Private Coaching Sessions at National BDPA Conference The 2010 National BDPA Conference is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity for a limited few to receive a private 30 minute career coaching session for $75. Your assigned coach will assist in helping you adopt a leader’s mindset to develop new ways to transform old problems. You will learn to speak more confidentially and professionally about your accomplishments and expertise. Don’t delay! Sign up today and connect with an unbiased leadership expert who is already your advocate. http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2010/07/private-coaching-sessions-at-national.html

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Friday, July 2, 2010

FREE Automated Keywords via Traffic Travis






The Power of Keywords in your Adveritising Campaign: READ THIS ONE: From my early corporate days, we would send an email and because we knew people would bypass alot of emails. if there was something important we would put in the Subject Lines: "READ THIS ONE". Such is the case with this post if you are serious about Adveritising Online (Text,Graphics,Video,TV,etc.)

We've discussed running Ads on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. We expressed the need to get the message out via advertising using Text, Graphics, Video, TV etc.. In each of thesemethods there is one critical component in your campaign, KEYWORDS . They can in some case MAKE or BREAK your goal of a successful Campaign.

There is a FREE, yes FREE tool that will allow you to type in one keyword and you will be given at least 200 Keywords AND be told where those keywords you are being provided at RANK on the Majof Search Engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. You heard that right. You tell the progam just one keyword and it gives you about 200 similar keywords and also it tells you where those key words you were given, RANK on the major Search engines. You can export those keywords to a .csv file or save them. Did I say that the 200 word version is free? It is!

Here's a story (excuse me I have to tell it). I was talking to some representatives at one the aforementioned major Search engine companies and I kid you not. The Rep asked me how I was getting my keywords. I told them about the program and they said, "Oh, your program does automatically, what I am doing manually!". I was blow away!!! Bottom line GET THIS FREE PROGRAM, while it's still FREE. You can get the professional version (along with 2,000 keywords and more) at cost ($5 to try it for a few days and get billed for the balance). Go with the FREE first, it's just me!

The FREE VERSION of the program is called Traffic Travis Standard

The PRO VERSION of the program is called Traffic Travis Professional

Please click here to checkout the company behind Traffic Travis and Learn the in and outs of the business!

Enjoy!


Monday, June 7, 2010

MTV's HIRED - Vayner Media





An internet entrepreneur looks for a new project manager.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jamie Dimon: Address to HBS MBA Class of 2009,






James "Jamie" Dimon (MBA 1982), chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., who has been listed by the Financial Times as one of the leaders most likely to lead the world out of the financial crisis, offered wide-ranging words of wisdom and advice to members of the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 2009 at Class Day exercises on the HBS campus. Also attending were family members, friends, and other guests of the almost 900 graduating students.

Focusing first on career management, Dimon reminded the class of the importance of lifelong learning and building a reputation-a personal brand-for hard work, integrity, and trust, among other qualities. In a sense, he said, a book is put together about each of us as we go through life, and "you can choose the way you want the book to be written."

As leaders face the challenges and opportunities of life, he continued, emotional intelligence is as important as brain power. "IQ alone won't get you through tough times." A dose of toughness was also part of the prescription Dimon proposed. People in positions of responsibility are bound to take some heat along life's way, he noted, quoting Theodore Roosevelt's observation that players are the ones who are criticized, not the spectators in the stands. He also underscored the importance of maintaining work-life balance. When it comes to family, he said, there is no such thing as quality time without an equal amount of quantity.

Moving on to the leadership of organizations both big and small, Dimon noted first the sense of responsibility he felt as a CEO: "If I make a mistake, I can hurt a lot of people," he said, from the bank's employees to its stockholders and stakeholders. He then discussed the wide array of attributes that every leader needs:

- Self-discipline, a work ethic, and a dedication to continuous improvement
- Fortitude and a penchant for action
- The ability to set high standards of performance and integrity. "Compare yourself to the best," he advised, "and treat other people the way you treat your parents. Do the right thing, not the expedient thing."
- Analytical skills that take a hard, honest look at all the facts, including "things we're not doing well."
- A willingness to share information with others and to use it as the basis for making the right decision. For that to happen, everyone a leader works with should feel free to engage in open, uninhibited conversations and discussions. "Have many truth tellers around you, not just one."
- A sense of the importance of loyalty, meritocracy, and teamwork in the context of the success of the entire organization. If someone is not doing the job, loyalty to organization trumps loyalty to the individual, Dimon explained.
- A feel for a firm's morale - something that can be severely damaged by organizational bureaucracy and politics
- Respect for everyone at every level, from the CEO on down
- A skill set that can "get compensation right" based on hard work and contributions to the company, including helping other employees. Long-term deals for CEOs and other top executives don't pass muster with Dimon ("I shouldn't have to bribe you to join us."), nor do compensation programs that automatically penalize failure. Leaders should be able to adjust for the fact that a person tried but ended up being wrong, he said.
- A sense of humility, based on the acknowledgement that no one rises to a leadership position without the help of others, beginning with one's parents.

The final portion of Dimon's remarks dealt with the leader's obligations to companies and society. JPMorgan is a "caring company," he said. "We give away $100 million a year, we pay the salaries of employees who have been called to military service, we send money and aid when disasters strike around the world," but at the same time, Dimon pointed out, "all these good deeds are predicated on the fact that my colleagues and I keep JP Morgan healthy and vibrant. Success is not a given."

Dimon urged the HBS graduates-to-be to play a role in helping make effective public policies that contribute to spreading wealth, not destroying it. There is a great need to make the planet better, he said. On the other hand, current energy policy, he believes, skirts the one solution that will work, namely taxation, and half the children in US inner cities don't graduate from high school. Much needs to be done in these and other realms. "I hope that I'm leading my life in such a way so that when I'm gone, people will say that the world is a better place for my having been here," he concluded.

Charlie Rose Interview with Jamie Dimon





A conversation with Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SPINNING YOUR WEB WITH MIKE EDWARD HOLMAN - MEETINGS ON BLOGTALK RADIO 5/26 12PM AND WEBEX 5/26 2PM EST




OUR FIRST FIRST SESSION WILL BE ON BLOGTALKRADIO AT 12PM ON 5/26. FOR THE ADDRESS FOR THE BLOGTALK RADIO SESSION, USE YOUR RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON ON THESE WORDS AND CHOOSE "OPEN IN NEW WINDOW"




PLEASE REMEMBER TO OPEN UP OUR WEB POWERPOINT BY CLICKING YOUR RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON ON THESE WORDS AND THEN CHOOSE "OPEN IN NEW WINDOW"





OUR SECOND SESSION WILL BE ON WEBEX AT 2PM ON 5/26 INSTRUCTIONS FOR WEBEX ARE BELOW





TO SETUP YOUR IPHONE OR BLACKBERRY FIRST GO TO HTTP://WWW.WEBEX.COM ON YOUR DEVICE AND CHOOSE THE OPTION FOR YOUR DEVICE UNDER "LEARN MORE" OR "INSTALL"







Topic: Spinning Your Web with Mike Edward Holman

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Meeting Number: 734 007 859

Meeting Password: spinweb



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To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones too!)

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1. Using your right mouse button and choosing "Open In New Window", click on the foloowing address link

https://freetrial.webex.com/freetrial/j.php?ED=134323502&UID=0&PW=NOTlhZGVjMTli&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D



2. Enter your name and email address.

3. Enter the meeting password: spinweb

4. Click "Join Now".



To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:




https://freetrial.webex.com/freetrial/j.php?ED=134323502&UID=0&PW=NOTlhZGVjMTli&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D





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To join the audio conference only

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Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300



Access code:734 007 859



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1. Go to

https://freetrial.webex.com/freetrial/mc


2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".



You can contact me at:


webmaster@holman-business.com




To update this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft
Outlook), click this link:



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WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you
join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking
this link:


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appropriate players. To view this type of rich media files in the meeting,
please check whether you have the players installed on your computer by going
to

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

SIMS 141 - Search, Google, and Life: Sergey Brin - Google



Co-Founder Of Google Speaks - Search Engines: Technology, Society, and Business. The World Wide Web brings much of the world's knowledge into the reach of nearly everyone with a computer and an internet connection. The availability of huge quantities of information at our fingertips is transforming government, business, and many other aspects of society. Topics include search advertising and auctions, search and privacy, search ranking, internationalization, anti-spam efforts, local search, peer-to-peer search, and search of blogs and online communities. The Instructor, Dr. Marti Hearst, is an associate professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, with an affiliate appointment in the Computer Science Division. The UC...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It shouldn't cost an arm and leg to get online

GET A .INFO DOMAIN NAME FOR $1.99 AND A FREE WEBSITE



GIVEN OUR PRESENT ECONOMY, YOUR DOMAIN NAME (WWW.YOURNAME.INFO) AND YOUR WEBSITE SHOULD NOT COST AN ARM AND A LEG



AS A MATTER OF FACT YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY NO MORE THAN $1.99 TO GET STARTED



HERE ARE THE STEPS:


CLICK ON THIS LINK HERE


AT THE TOP MIDDLE PART OF THE PAGE (ON THE SAME LINE AS THE SUPPORT PHONE NUMBER) LOOK FOR THE WORDS "CREATE AN ACCOUNT"


COMPLETE ALL OF THE REQUIRED INFORMATION (MAKE NOTE OF YOUR USERNAME, PASSWORD AND PHONE SUPPORT CODE)


YOU WILL ALSO GET AN EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR ACCOUNT SETUP




GO BACK TO THIS LINK HERE

MAKE SURE YOU SEE AT THE TOP MIDDLE YOU ARE ALREADY LOGGED IN, IF NOT TYPE IN YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD


TYPE IN THE DOMAIN NAME YOU WANT WHERE YOU SEE THE WORDS "ENTER A DOMAIN NAME"


(NOTE: .INFO IS ALREADY SELECTED FOR YOU)




IF THE EXACT NAME IS NOT AVAILABLE SOME SUGGESTIONS MIGHT BE MADE FOR YOU (EX YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY INCLUDING A HYPHEN IN THE NAME LIKE "MY-COMPANY.INFO" IF "MYCOMPANY.INFO" IS NOT AVAILABLE




YOU WILL BE GIVEN OTHER PRODUCT OPTIONS, BUT MAKE SURE YOU JUST CHOOSE "1 YEAR" OF DOMAIN SERVICE AND YOU CAN JUST KEEP GOING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO "CHECK OUT"




ALWAYS REMEMBER AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN ON THE SAME LINE AS THE LOGIN IS A SUPPORT PHONE NUMBER (HAVE YOUR PHONE SUPPORT CODE YOU CREATED READY)




CLICK HERE FOR PDF HELP FILES ON HOW EVERYTHING WORKS




ENJOY GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR WEBSITE AND DOMAIN FOR $1.99!






Monday, April 19, 2010

Unleashing The Power Of Facebook Fan Pages (Two Videos)



Unleashing the Power of Facebook Fan Pages:

Question: I notice on your Facebook FanPage there is a tab called, "Wall Street and Technology Learning Center", which is obviously what your Facebook Fanpage is about.

How do you with Facebook Fan Pages, get your own separate page tab next to "Wall", "Info", "Boxes", etc?

Also how are you able to put your own content in this tab here on Facebook Fan Pages?

It seems like you are able to create you own Website Page all with your own content?

Also are their templates to help you build your Fan Page Tab?

Answer:

You are absolutely correct!

You are given that power through something I just shared on my Pace University Blackboard group.

It's called Facebook Markeup Language or "FBML".

Just like you can add templates to your webpages you can add templates to your Fan Pages right on Facebook.

Go to http://www.fanpageengine.net/ on Facebook to see the available templates