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Women in CS: Alumna Cathryn Posey talks tech

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter

September 29, 2016

Alumna Cathryn Posey ‘05 returned to campus this past week to give the Andjelkovic Lecture on her journey working in the technological industry as a black woman. During her talk, she focused on her thoughts about current inclusion and diversity efforts within the tech industry as well as her journe...

Tech Work More Sensible with a Few Simple Rules

Blair Hanley Frank

April 25, 2013

It's been a wonderful four years writing the tech column for The Pio. But all good things must come to an end. Since I'm going to be leaving campus and taking them with me, I figured I'd share my rules for understanding and contextualizing the technology industry. I've honed these from years of watch...

Race in Tech is Still an Issue

Blair Hanley Frank

April 4, 2013

A couple months ago, Jamelle Bouie published a piece examining why it is that so many members of the tech press are white. What he said, essentially, is that the way the tech press is structured subtly excludes people of color, especially African-Americans and Latinos. Of course, the tech industry would ...

Security risks make web voting impossible

Blair Hanley Frank

October 25, 2012

As the sales pitch goes, we ought to have the capability to vote online. After all, it's the 21st century. We have phones that can watch feature-length films, and there are startups that want to start delivering tacos using unmanned drones. It's election season, and that means the blogosphere has ...

Holiday Techie Tips

Elena Aragon

December 8, 2011

Q: DEAR TECHIE, I have a problem. My fingers can't seem to stop touching the glossy screen of my brand-spanking-new fresh iPhone 4. It's all I can do to break my gaze away from my new baby for any reason whatsoever. How can I fix this? A: DEAR OBSESSED WITH MATERIAL OBJECTS, Wow, can you say first wor...

The early adopter tax and you

Blair Hanley Frank

February 17, 2011

Way back in 2007, when the iPhone was still a brand-new, fairly untested product, Apple suddenly dropped the price of the original iPhone by 200 dollars. Consumers were outraged that the phone they had previously cost 500 or 600 dollars was now going for a paltry 300 or 400 dollars. But people who foll...

Create durable data backup system

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Blair Hanley Frank

September 16, 2010

Imagine you have 12 hours to finish the biggest paper of your life. Now imagine that paper, along with the rest of your files, gone in a heartbeat. Hard drives fail at the worst possible times, especially for students. If you have the one paper your grade is riding on saved to a single hard drive...

Server crash at Penrose: Out with old, in with new

Lea Negrin

November 3, 2009

Early Saturday, Oct. 31, the server for the Penrose Library crashed, disabling the library's catalog as well as other vital tools that the library uses. By Wednesday morning the server had been repaired and was back on-line. As Dalia Corkrum, director of Penrose Library, told the Whitman community via...

Windows 7’s claim to fame: better than Vista

Blair Hanley Frank

November 3, 2009

Rating: 3.5 Ducks Pros: Easy to install, easier to use, fixes a lot of problems, XP Mode is handy. Cons: Preferences are still difficult to navigate, Windows Update is still annoying, versions still confusing. Upgrade process flawed, at best. With the end of October comes the beginning of holiday...

Future of publishing materializes online

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Blair Hanley Frank

October 29, 2009

In 2005, author J.C. Hutchins was at an impasse. "I started looking for an agent in 2005, and that went nowhere," he said in an interview with me regarding "7th Son," his trilogy of novels. His original 1300-page manuscript was turned down by every agent he met. With the advent of the Web,...

Kickin’ it old school: how to get the most out of command line

Blair Hanley Frank

October 15, 2009

Way back in the day, when computers were the size of rooms and Bruce Springsteen was still an up-and-coming rocker, the idea of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) was just a twinkle in the eyes of software engineers everywhere. Instead, everyone used text-based user interfaces to get all of their computing...

Whitman’s list serv, Shantou’s BBS: two ways of living revealed

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Rensi Ke

October 15, 2009

Having studied at Whitman for more than a month, I initiated a Chinese writing project  entitled "Wei Meng Zhi": Whitman Stories. "Wei Meng" means "Whitman," which also means "strong and robust'; "Zhi"  refers to  stories. One day, I got a message on Shantou University Tulip Bulletin Board System whe...

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