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Recently, I had to get rid of my old laptop because of problems with its screen. The laptop was too old, and trying to fix or replace the screen seemed like to much of a hassle, and getting a new laptop seemed like the best idea. Many of us choose to get rid of their old computers… either selling, donating, or even recycling them. Either way, it is important to know how to properly dispose of an old computer, to avoid any problems later on. Here are the steps that I followed:
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Google backup
The number of free services offered by Google keeps increasing, and the number of people using these services grows tremendously day after day. Anyone who reads this blog probably knows by now that I am a big fan of Google. I regularly use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google+, and Google Docs. The biggest advantage of using these services is that they are all very well integrated, and you can access your data from anywhere.
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For the last 4 or 5 years, I have been a loyal fan of Piled Higher and Deeper (a.k.a. PhD comics), which is an online comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in grad school. The comics are done by Jorge Cham, who started them when he was a PhD student at Stanford.

Today, Jorge was at our own University of Waterloo, where he gave a very humourous talk – arguably one of the most interesting talks I’ve attended over my whole time in grad school. The comics have a huge fan base, and the hall where he gave the talk was packed. Of course most of the audience were grad students, with a few undergrads and professors (at whom he poked fun every now and then).
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The highlight of 2011 so far has been the uprisings taking place in North Africa and the Middle East, particularly the Egyptian revolution. The Egyptian people have managed, through a peaceful revolution, to topple down a dictatorship that ruled the country for 30 years. One of the most interesting aspects of that revolution is that technology, particularly the Internet, played a very important role. As an Egyptian and a technology specialist, I figured I should analyze the role played by the Internet as a whole, and by Web 2.0 in particular.
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Another excellent article by Matt Might. In his article, Matt lists his top 10 tips on giving a good academic talk, and goes into detail in explaining each tip. In summary, the top 10 tips (in no particular order) are:
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