August 2014
In this issue:

Fiber Networks: A Catalyst for Next-Generation Apps and Services?

Go Greener Right Now: Updating Your Business Technology in a Sustainable Way

What's Next In Social Networking? Meaningful Simplicity

Basic forms in Microsoft Word 2013

Monthly Trivia

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Basic forms in Microsoft Word 2013

Do you want to insert check boxes for list options, textfields for names, or automatically formatted date fields in a Word document?

Using basic form options can make life easier for people filling out your documents. They can also make your document appear more professional.

In this tech tip, you�ll learn how to access the Developer tab on the Ribbon, insert the most basic and useful fields, and using the Properties of drop-down lists to add the necessary options.

Accessing Form Options on the Developer Tab

To begin adding form items, you need to enable the Developer tab on the Ribbon. This tab is usually hidden by default, but it�s easy to turn on.
  1. Go to File > Options.
  2. On the left hand side, choose Customize Ribbon.
  3. On the right side of the window, under �Customize the Ribbon�, check the box next to Developer.
  4. Click OK.
You should now see the Developer tab on the far right side of the Ribbon, up at the top of the Word program.

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Fiber Networks: A Catalyst for Next-Generation Apps and Services?
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by Laurence Cruz

Networks of the future may usher in bandwidth-intensive apps that can boost innovation, entrepreneurship and quality of life.

As the UK and the Balkans emerge from their wettest winter in over a century, debate is raging over how to respond to such patterns of extreme weather. But what if there was a way to predict floods and send detailed warnings directly to the people in harm�s way?

A team of experts in the United States is building a mobile platform that would do just that. Dubbed FloodCube, it would send accurate flood warnings to tablets and mobile phones. There�s just one snag: current broadband networks can�t handle the amount of data FloodCube will need. The U.S.-wide platform will tap real-time information from over 14,000 stream sensors and super-resolution rainfall data feeds from the National Weather Service�s next-generation network of radars, which produces more than 3 gigabytes of data every hour.

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Go Greener Right Now: Updating Your Business Technology in a Sustainable Way
used with permission from MSFT for Work

In the living world there�s no landfill; instead, materials flow. One species� waste is another�s food. Energy is provided by the sun. Things grow, then die, and nutrients return to the soil safely, and it works.

As humans we�ve adopted a linear approach: we take, we make, and we dispose. A new phone comes out, so we ditch our old one. Our washing machine packs up so we buy another one.

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What's Next In Social Networking? Meaningful Simplicity
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by Melissa Jun Rowley

Data scientist and MIT professor, Alex Sandy Petland, coined the term social physics to describe the way human social networks spread ideas and transform those ideas into action. As niche social networking services are becoming more prevalent and more focused, a window of opportunity is wide open for studying and understanding social physics.

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Monthly Trivia

First person to submit the correct answers by email to will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Entries are judged by date/time received and correctness. Include your name and phone number, the question number and the answer.

1) What is Jack Dawkins' nickname in "Oliver Twist"?

2) Which US state is home to Acadia National Park?

3) On the TV show "South Park", which character wears a blue hat with a red pom-pom on it?

4) Which US president walked down the aisle with a three-months pregnant Nancy?

When was the first Wal-Mart store opened?

Cartoon of the Month

Quote of the Month

"If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners."

 - Johnny Carson


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