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Effective Communication: Barriers and Strategies

Posted on 11/20/18 7:09 AM by Get Schooled in CLD

People often don't realize that your voice inflection and body language are paramount in communication. Non-verbal and para-verbal communication make up 93% of any message received. This topic was presented at SpecTECHular by Karianne Brooks, and it discusses how to make the most out of communication, with a focus on making sure our non-verbal communication parallels the message we are intending to deliver.

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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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Use ALT+F1 when highlighting a table for a quick list and column definition (SQL Server)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in SQL Server

Next time you need to look up a column definition or information on a database object, highlight the table object and press ALT+F1. This will trigger the SSMS IDE to run a command equal to sp_help ‘object_name’. The object name is the highlighted text. The only idiosyncrasy of this shortcut is that the highlighted object must be connected to its corresponding database. As long as that’s the case, this shortcut can save lots of time!

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Manage many ports more easily and reliably with stacked switches (CISCO)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Cisco

While it's easier to manage one switch than many switches, a single switch may not give you all the ports you need. To solve this problem, stackable switches allow you to combine the individual switches into a single stack, which operates like a single switch. This provides an easy way to manage a large number of ports. InterVLAN routing and spanning tree protocol work with a switch stack in the same way they'd work with just one switch. Another big advantage to stacking switches is the failover capability they provide. For example, you can connect servers with multiple NICs to multiple switches in the stack. In that way, the server is still accessible even if one switch goes down.

Cisco's technology for stacking switches is called StackWise (and StackWise Plus). You can read more about these technologies at

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Engage users with an elegantly simple background zoom (CSS)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in CSS

Engage users with an elegantly simple background zoom (CSS)A gentle zoom into a background image on a rollover state is an effective way to enhance the user experience of a website. With this subtle action, you can draw attention to an important link, send a visual cue of an available product for sale, or encourage a click for users to explore deeper.

Since the image zooms in when the user mouses over it, it literally draws the user closer. This isn’t the best solution for large backgrounds since most of the effect would be lost, but for small graphics, links—and especially e-commerce targets—the CSS background zoom is a pleasant and light-weight tool to enhance a brand and digital experience.

Visit: to see the code in action. Copy the HTML and CSS to your own site, and replace the background image with your own.

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Configure wireless guest access with anchor controller (CISCO)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Cisco

Configure wireless guest access with anchor controller (CISCO)CISCO recommends the use of an anchor controller dedicated to guest traffic to differentiate guest access from secured network areas. Guest anchor controllers are generally located in an unsecured network area, also called a Demilitarized Zone, and efficiently segregate traffic based on access levels. This is a beneficial way to protect the network while still providing access for guests.

To configure the wireless guess access with an anchor controller, create and enable WLAN on the Foreign controller. Set the Layer 2 Security to None. Set the layer 3 security to Web Policy. Set up an identical WLAN on the Anchor controller. Then, set up Mobility between the two controllers via Foreign Controller -> Mobility Management -> Mobility groups and add the Anchor controller’s IP address, Burned in MAC Address, and the Mobility Domain Name.

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Get a "weather forecast" of global traffic from Cisco (CISCO)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Cisco

Get a "weather forecast" of global traffic from Cisco (CISCO)For long-term planning, you may want to have an idea of what data center traffic will be like in your area. Cisco has put together a forecast of cloud and data center traffic in different parts of the world, called the Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI).

You can find out predictions for data traffic trends in different parts of globe from this tool:

To learn more about GCI, go here:

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‘Bulletproof’ your background images for HTML emails (HTML)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in html, in HTML5 tips and tricks, in HTML Email

‘Bulletproof’ your background images for HTML emails (HTML)It is a constant tug of war between the email client and the email designer for control over the way images display in HTML emails. Lucky for us, Campaign Monitor has developed a handy solution for the average email designer/developer called “Bulletproof Background Images.” The tool uses VML and CSS to make sure the image displays correctly no matter what. Even if images are disabled by the email client, the background image will display correctly with this tool.

Visit to generate your code. Paste your image link in the “Background Image” field and designate a fallback color. If the email client gets aggressive and the image still doesn’t load, this is the color your email will display. Copy the generated code and paste it into the source code of your email template. From here, make sure to input your live text in between the generated image code. Above all, make sure to test, test, and test again!

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Increase the inset spacing to pad text set in Area Type objects (Illustrator CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 11/5/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Adobe Illustrator, in Illustrator

Increase the inset spacing to pad text set in Area Type objects (Illustrator CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)One of the ways to make text set within an Area Type object more legible is to provide some padding between the text and the shape. Also known as inset spacing, this padding provides a margin of resting space for the viewer's eye. To add space between the text and the Area Type object, first select the Area Type object. Choose Type > Area Type Options to display the Area Type Options dialog box. Select the Preview check box, increase the Inset Spacing until the padding is sufficient for your needs, and click OK.

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