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Building Mobile Apps for Fun and Profit

March 1, 2014

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Wow! I’ve got 62 students in two sections of Mobile App Development this semester at UNG, the most popular computer science elective we’ve ever offered! We’re programming apps in Android and iOS, and having a blast! It’s so popular, we’ve added a new Minor in Mobile App Development that starts this Fall 2014 – CSCI […]

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Building the next Facebook/Twitter/etc.

November 1, 2013

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The tools to build the next billion-user app (like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, GMail, etc.) are more easily within reach than ever before – in fact, perhaps they’re within reach for the first time, ever. Just ten years ago (2003), there was no Facebook (it first went online in 2004), no Twitter (2006), no YouTube (2005), […]

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Making Ethical Decisions

September 24, 2013

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I gave a presentation today for Junior Achievement to 250 high school students from surrounding counties during their visit to UNG thanks to the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership in the Mike Cottrell College of Business. It was an honor to be able to share my perspective on ethical decision-making with future college students […]

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Celebrating 30 Years of Computer Science at UNG

August 12, 2013

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This semester marks the 30th anniversary of the bachelor’s degree program in computer science at North Georgia. In September of 1983, the Department of Mathematics became the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at North Georgia College, offering a bachelor of science degree in computer science at a time when few universities offered complete degree […]

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$30 per month iPhone 5 with unlimited text/data

August 5, 2013

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I don’t usually advertise on my site, but I do advocate saving and investing, so I’m posting my personal experience with switching from AT&T to Virgin Mobile cell phone service. My close friend and colleague Dr. Markus Hitz has been a Virgin Mobile customer for several years, happy with their coverage here in Dahlonega, and […]

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MOOCs really can change the world

July 20, 2013

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Massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) have been a novelty trying to find a business model, but that could be changing. Having free, top-quality courses from Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, UPenn, has an obvious appeal. Until recently, though, there wasn’t a great deal of evidence that MOOCs were significantly contributing to educational outcomes for either traditional […]

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Passing 2,500 Followers on Twitter

May 2, 2013

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In the two months since Randstad’s Social Media Director, Mr. Scott Graham (http://twitter.com/ScottGraham9), gave an outstanding guest lecture in my MBA course on Information Management (MGMT 6610), I’ve followed just a few of his many tips and insights, and it’s paid off measurably. I’ve been active in social media for more than a decade, but […]

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600 Days of Juicing!

March 21, 2013

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I just happened to type the date we started juicing (July 29, 2011) into Excel and noticed it’s exactly 600 days ago today! I can’t believe my beautiful wife Bev and I have been juicing for 600 days – this July will make it 2 years. In that time, I’ve lost 54 pounds – almost […]

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Two online courses, two very different experiences

January 13, 2013

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I jumped into the world of MOOCs (massive open online courses) this past year, taking two very interesting, very worthwhile courses. Both were through coursera.com, both from top-name schools, and I got a lot out of both courses, but they provided very different experiences. The first course, Gamification, was from Prof. Kevin Werbach at UPenn. […]

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Computer Science at North Georgia

October 31, 2012

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Beginning January 2013, the Department of Computer Science will operate as a separate academic unit from the former Department of Math & CS, and I will be serving as the first Department Head of Computer Science (interim) at the new, consolidated university. The new Department of Computer Science will house Bachelor’s degree programs in computer science […]

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