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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Dyslexia and The Fonz

Henry Winkler will forever be known as “The Fonz” from the long-running TV show Happy Days. These days, however, he’s gaining a new generation of fans as the co-author of the Hank Zipzer children’s books. The successful series about a New York boy with learning challenges has many similarities to Winkler’s own childhood – except Winkler didn’t find out until his 30s that he had dyslexia. Instead, he went through much of his life with people telling him he was “lazy” or “stupid.”

Winkler’s predicament isn’t uncommon. Though dyslexia often is diagnosed in...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Cyber Assistant: smartQ Virtual White Board

Do you love your whiteboard, but wish you could carry it with you everywhere? With smartQ, now you can. This project management app is a handy way for you to keep track of all of your tasks and projects. It’s like a virtual task board that you can always have with you wherever you may go.

It’s based on a system of tickets, which represent tasks. You can arrange and move the tickets to various columns on your board, where they serve as steps of a process or project. You can easily move tickets through a drop-and-drop system, and assign them to different people or workflows.

You can distribute and assign tasks, monitor progress and status updates, and share files and notes. Using the color-coded system makes it easy to spot specific types of tasks at a glance. You can also...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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When a Co-Worker Earns More than You

What would you do if you found out you were being paid unfairly? Monster Worldwide -- a global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people – asked this exact question to its website visitors. More than 7,800 people responded, with answers breaking down as follows:

  • “Talk to my boss and start looking for a new job” (36%)
  • “Talk to my boss and demand a raise” (41%)
  • “I wouldn’t talk to my boss but would start looking for a new job” (15%)
  • “I would complain to friends and family but wouldn’t do anything else” (8%)

Looking at the numbers by region,...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Thinking Like a Financial Champion

As athletes return home from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, many stand to make large sums of money through sponsorship deals and speaking engagements. While the sudden windfall that can go along with earning a medal may seem like it would set these victors up for life, experts warn that these champions need to exercise financial discipline much like regular workers.

So what can those of us whose main winter pursuits are cleaning snow off the car and trying not to fall on ice while going to check the mail learn from these elite athletes? Consider this advice:

Save for the Future

Yes, it has been said a million times,...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Tech Tip: FreeFixer Computer Cleanup Tool

If you have noticed that your computer seems to be moving increasingly slowly—or you are constantly frustrated by pop-ups, freezes and other annoyances—it’s probably time to clean up your computer. And by that, we don’t mean getting out some spray cleaner and paper towels.

We’re talking about cleaning in the tech sense, as in wiping it clean of all the programs and other stuff that may be dragging it down and hogging up all of its space.

The tricky part, of course, is to figure out which things are causing the problems, and then finding a way to get rid of them. This sounds like a challenging and time-consuming process, and it certainly could be, if you don’t have the right tools.

Fortunately, FreeFixer handles this task for you. It runs a scan of your system, and...

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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And the Oscar Goes to . . .

Got post-Olympic let down? Time to turn your attention to the 86th annual Academy Awards honoring the best movies and performances of 2013. Even if you haven’t seen many of the nominated films, it will be fun to play arm-chair fashion critic and to see what host Ellen DeGeneres does for an opening number.

The event will air next Sunday, March 2, so it’s not too late to put together a contest that will bring some added excitement. To start, set a participation fee (perhaps something relatively low to encourage more people to join). Print out ballots listing the categories and nominees. Set a time by which every person must turn in the sheet with his or her prediction of winners....

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Does Your Office Have a Defibrillator (and Could You Use It)?

If someone at your workplace experienced sudden cardiac arrest, would you be able to help the person by using a defibrillator? According to results of a Harris poll conducted for the Cintas Corporation, a leader in first-aid and safety programs, the answer for most people would be “no.” Although many workplaces have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on site, 79 percent of workers say they do not know where it is located. Furthermore, 88 percent say they have not received training on the proper use of the equipment, and 86 percent admitted that they would not feel comfortable using an AED during an emergency.

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Productivity Tip: Don’t Answer Emails at Night

It’s a common trap: we reluctantly answer emails and do other work-related tasks at night, thinking that will give us a headstart on the next day and allow us to get more done. Plus, many of us feel compelled to answer emails when they arrive and find it hard to ignore messages even when we are off the clock.

However, rather than helping us get more accomplished, experts warn that this habit can actually make us less productive.

That’s because—as this article notes—we can’t get a decent night’s sleep if we haven’t totally disconnected before work for a sufficient period before bed. And when we arrive at the office without being fully rested, we work...

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