Mike Daisey and a tough question

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If you haven’t heard of Mike Daisey let me give you a quick synopsis. He is an author, actor and play write. He has been in the news lately for a monologue that he wrote and performs called The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. You can download the entire monologue from his blog here. The monologue talks about his love of Apple products and about where these wonderful devices come from: the Foxconn factories in China. In 2010 Mike went to Chine to learn more about these factories and part of his show is about his experiences. He recounts his conversations he has had with workers (young and old) about the terrible conditions in the factories, how they hire children to work and how the work can cause serious health risks.

There is a problem though folks. Read on past the break to learn what ethical issues Mike has stepped into here.

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Apple’s iCloud

Come and GET IT NOW!

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Our good friend, and Mac enthusiast, Paulo has found a way for you to get Apple’s new iCloud service right now. In case you are wondering iCloud is Apple’s new cloud storage area where your iTunes, App store, email, and bunch of other stuff will be stored. Read Gizmodo’s overview of what iCloud is and be sure to check out Apple’s own info here. At any rate, it doesn’t officially kick off until this fall, but Paulo has found a way that you and I can get it right now. The steps below have been created by Paulo himself. All you need is a current MobileMe account. Read on and let us know what you think.

Want cheaper Mac software?

Look in the App store-but DON’T BUY IT FROM THERE!

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The App Store on your Mac is a great place to find new software. It’s easy to browse, it’s easy to check out the features, it’s easy to buy, and it’s easy to install. It sounds like the App Store has it all, but wait! You may be able to find that much needed software cheaper than what Apple is offering it. How you ask? Read on past the break to find out how AND to see proof.

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Gradequick – Arrrrgghhhhh!

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Image by Phaitoon: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2588 Photoshopped by Patrick Cauley

I am a frustrated educator. I mean, I am really, really frustrated. If you could see me right now . . . well you would see me typing, but pretend I am wringing a towel out of utter frustration. I’ve never been a big fan of GradeQuick but have been forced to use it. If you want to find out why this program has angered me read on past the break and if you’re a GradeQuick user yourself please read on and leave your own opinion below.

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My lesson plans are on my desk

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For about 8 months I’ve been scouring the Internet for a free, easy to use, attractive, and easy to share lesson planning program. It didn’t matter to me if I could download it or use it online. I found only disappointment in my search (cue sappy violins). Then I came across this eHow article by Heidismiles (that’s her eHow username people) about how iCal can be used as a lesson planner. While this is far from perfect, it had more or less what I was looking for and beat the socks off the competition in my opinion. While Heidismiles’s guide is not bad, I felt it lacked some pictures, so I’m going redo it and throw in a video to boot! Read on past the break to see how iCal can be leveraged to help YOU out with your lesson planning.

PS iCal is only on Mac computers and the glorious video is at the bottom of the post

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