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Build Your Next Career on Blockchain

Posted on 11/13/18 9:16 AM by Get Schooled in Blockchain

The International Standards Organization (ISO) published a seven-layered Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) model that helps people understand how internetworking actually works. Often, when first introduced to the ISO/OSI model people ask where ‘Security’ fits in. The answer explains why so many students, returning adults and veterans choose to focus on security when creating their training plan.

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20 Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Posted on 11/6/18 10:16 AM by Get Schooled in moderating presentations, in How to improve presentation skills

Presentations help close sales, help impress senior management and obtain their approval for projects, and earn the respect of those you work with, and those you work for. Attendees at the recent 2018 SpecTECHular enjoyed Les Snyder’s presentation about presentations! Here we offer a synopsis of what was discussed for those who missed it, or those who didn’t take notes!

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Fix form mistakes quickly with these handy keyboard shortcuts (Access 2016/2013/2010)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Word

If you make a mistake while working in a form, you can easily undo the last changes you made. To undo your last change to a form field, press [Esc]. To clear every change you made to the entire form, press [Esc] twice. If you made a typo in a text box and wish to remain in that text box control, simply press [Backspace] until you’ve removed the entire typo, then continue typing.

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Call on your Editor to improve your writing and word choice (Word 2016)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Word

Word’s Editor will proofread your document, marking errors in spelling and grammar, and even making suggestions regarding your writing style. To use the Editor tool, press [F7]. The Editor task pane appears, giving an explanation for each error or suggestion, and then listing options for fixing or ignoring the situation. To make your review even easier, the Editor color codes everything: a red wavy line for spelling errors, a blue double underline for grammar issues, and gold dotted lines for writing style suggestions. Once you’ve addressed the issues in the Editor task pane, click on the X in the upper-right corner of the task pane to dismiss it.

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Automatically fill text elements with placeholder text (Illustrator CC 2017)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Adobe Illustrator

Placeholder text comes in handy when you’re creating design mockups. You don't have to make up the content, and placeholder text uses variable length words and sentences to mimic our standard writing patterns. But inserting placeholder text always required an extra step, until now. New in Illustrator CC 2017, anytime you create a new type object, Illustrator will automatically fill it with placeholder text.

You do have to set the preference for this, as not everyone will enjoy this new feature. Choose Illustrator > Preferences > Type (Edit > Preferences > Type in Windows), select the Fill New Type Objects With Placeholder Text check box, and click OK. Now any time you add a new type object, Illustrator will automatically fill it with placeholder type!

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Improve website readability with strategic content display (Web Design)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in web design

Readability affects the user experience of a website as much as the spread layout of a magazine. The structure, size, and format of text determines the likelihood that your audience will read and respond to the content. A website can be beautiful and strategic in every way, but, if the font is too small to read, it may as well not be there at all.

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Shorten IF/ELSE constructions with ternary operators (PHP)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in PHP

Heavy code weighs the system down like a stick tied to a rock and thrown in a river. However, there is an opportunity to lighten code with ternary operators. IF/ELSE statements work great and are easy to code, but they usually end up too long and taxing. Fortunately, IF/ELSE statements aren’t always optimal or necessary, which is where the ternary operators step in.

Ternary operators use "(condition) ? (true return value) : (false return value)" statements to shorten IF/ELSE structures to a more manageable weight while retaining their original function. For example: $message = 'Greetings '.($user->get('first_name') ?: ‘Guest'); instead of $message = 'Greetings '.($user->is_logged_in() ? $user->get('first_name') : ‘Guest’);.

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Use Control Panel to install .NET 3.5 on Windows 10 (Windows 10)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in windows 10

Attempts to install .NET framework onto Windows 10 from a USB drive or any other format, other than the Control Panel, will end in failure. For Windows 10, the Control Panel is the only viable way to install .NET framework.

Fortunately, .NET 4.7 is included by default in the Creators Update v1703, but for earlier versions like .NET 3.5, a manual install is required.

Download the required .NET 3.5 data here: and install onto the system following the download prompts. Once installed, enable the .NET Framework 3.5 in the Control Panel by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and typing “Windows Features”. In the “Turn Windows features on or off” dialog box that appears, check the .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) box, click OK and reboot the computer.

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Override master page elements to modify certain pages (InDesign CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in InDesign

Master pages are a huge time saver when it comes to creating a consistent look across a multi-page document. Being able to quickly apply footers and stationary page elements all at once is, without question, a necessary part of any designer’s workflow. But sometimes you’ll want to modify those elements, and thankfully that isn’t a hassle. Just [command][shift]-click ([Ctrl][Shift]-click in Windows) the page element to release it from the master page, converting it to a standard page element.

Now you can adjust the design element however you choose, keeping in mind that if you do update that particular element on the master page, it won’t update on the page you released it from. Not to worry, if you ever want to reapply that master page, simply click the master page thumbnail and drag it to that page in the Pages panel. You’ll have to manually delete the original, released master page items if you decide you don’t want them anymore.

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Lay a strong security foundation with complete network visibility (Networks)

Posted on 10/30/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Networks

When it comes to security, information is power. Firewalls, anti-virus software, and overzealous character password requirements are irrelevant if unknown devices are already accessing your network. Like a sleeper agent, these trusted yet unknown devices can create huge vulnerabilities for an organization’s network.

For many organizations and network security professionals, guarding against such devices means an end to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and a tighter hold on internal network access. True security can only be achieved if network operators know where a suspicious device is located, who used it last, and how to shut it down.

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