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Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org – Great Online Tutorials For Job Seekers

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org

Put me in the job-seeker category – I’m currently trying to find a technical career. In the area where I live, this is actually not difficult because it’s a large city with plenty of options. However, sometimes you just need a little boost or edge in order to stand above your competition to get hired. Be ready for that interview! In these harsher economic times, you can certainly give yourself and advantage as a job-seeker by educating yourself for free. It can only help you.

I found a great “Freebie” website that has some great tutorials, so I have to share – and you’ve heard of this company before. It’s the Goodwill Community Foundation – yes, that Goodwill. They have topics that can give you some more business savvy.

Go forth and learn!

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/topics

Did You Know You Were Translating Books and Newspapers?

Yeah, found this out yesterday…

Every time you use a reCAPTCHA you are essentially transcribing Google Street Map addresses so they don’t have to. It’s kinda weird to be that I’m being used to transcribe books and invasive Street View to help the world, but I look at the tradeoff. I guess it’s mankind’s way of keeping mankind safe whilst improving mankind…? Or rather, protecting mankind from spam, viruses, bots, and worms…ew! In exchange for aforementioned electronic protection, mankind shall doeth some labour (had to say that in King James English for some reason).

Of note, you have the opportunity to learn another language in exchange for your transcription services through “DuoLingo” if you choose to further your skills (notes below).

Side note – CAPTCHAs are hell on the blind and dyslexic. Also, they can still be hacked.

Google Now Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street View Addresses – (2012) – “Google confirmed it’s currently running an experiment that involves using its reCAPTCHA spam-fighting system to improve data in Google Maps by having users identify things like street names and business addresses.”

Sure, this is ‘old news’ by this point, but I wanted to paste some info from the official CAPTCHA website:

CAPTCHA: Telling Humans and Computers Apart Automatically

A CAPTCHA is a program that protects websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programs cannot. For example, humans can read distorted text as the one shown below, but current computer programs can’t:

CAPTCHA example

The term CAPTCHA (for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas Hopper and John Langford of Carnegie Mellon University.

About 200 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. In each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Individually, that’s not a lot of time, but in aggregate these little puzzles consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? reCAPTCHA does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into “reading” books.

To archive human knowledge and to make information more accessible to the world, multiple projects are currently digitizing physical books that were written before the computer age. The book pages are being photographically scanned, and then transformed into text using “Optical Character Recognition” (OCR). The transformation into text is useful because scanning a book produces images, which are difficult to store on small devices, expensive to download, and cannot be searched. The problem is that OCR is not perfect.

Example of OCR errorsreCAPTCHA improves the process of digitizing books by sending words that cannot be read by computers to the Web in the form of CAPTCHAs for humans to decipher. More specifically, each word that cannot be read correctly by OCR is placed on an image and used as a CAPTCHA. This is possible because most OCR programs alert you when a word cannot be read correctly.

New: Learn Spanish, German or French for free while translating the Web!

Our new site, duolingo.com offers a way for you to learn languages 100% free while helping to translate the Web.

Yodle – America’s Most Promising Companies: The Top 25 Of 2014 – Forbes

Yodle – In Photos: America’s Most Promising Companies: The Top 25 Of 2014 – Forbes.

THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “Dark Circuit Board” Premium Keepsake Box!!

COOL BOX, no?

I love this and should probably get one for myself to store my computer doo-dads!

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If You’ve Ever Heard of “VI”, You Might Be A Computer Geek…

I remember, back in the day, when emails were composed solely on a terminal by which you could connect to a corporate network – no “windows”, no wireless connection at home, no pretty buttons to click, no colors other than your UNIX terminal. Life was rough!

There was an old computer editor called “V.I.” made for the UNIX network that could get you where you needed to go – on the internet to send email! Revolutionary! Here is a cheat sheet to give you an idea of how simplistic, yet complicated, things used to be.

ViCheatsheet

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