Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author .

Guide: Content management systems

"Choosing the right CMS can be a daunting endeavor, but this Test Center Guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision." Read it!


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Matthews, NC Online Community Site @

It’s good to see a social online community forming for Matthews. I’ve had the idea in my head for some time but never the "extra" time to take it on. Cheers to Parker! Click here to check it out.

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How to Embed MP3 Audio Files In Web Pages With Players

For those of you out there who want to embed audio into your web pages but aren’t too geeky and want a "simple" way to do it without causing a lot of headaches for your users… well, check-out this how-to article. Read it!

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If You’re a Blogger or Podcaster…

I would really recommend that you consider subscribing to the "Blogger & Podcaster" online newsletter / magazine. I have always found it to have some good info, resources, etc. It’s free. 

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World Changing Idea: Portable Filtration Device

Wow! This really is quite an innovative product idea. HUGE potential is SMALL package.Now I just need to come up with my own idea. AB

"Lifestraw, a portable drinking water filtration system, took home the fifth Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas Thursday night in a ceremony held at the network’s New York office. The invention is intended to be worn around the neck and used just as a straw would be, filtering 99.9999% of bacteria and 98.7% of viruses with a halogen-based resin." Click here for the full article!

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Is Yahoo! Digg-ing Deep Enough?

"Yahoo rolled out a Digg-like extension to its Web site that will identify top news and blog posts from around the Web based on user votes and search patterns."

That’s all fine and well but does anyone actually search with yahoo! any more? Read full article!

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Wanna Tango?

Hey guys, I just found this FREE tago workshop coming up. Who wants to dance?!?!

"Join us for a taste of Argentina where the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center partners with the Charlotte Tango Society and Friends of Music at Queens to offer a FREE workshop featuring local Tango artists Daniel Arredondo and Talia Buitrago. The artists will focus on the historical evolution of tango, including modern forms and ballroom dancing. They will demonstrate characteristics of tango rhythms and movement through demonstrations of various Tango figures, such as the Cruzada, Ocho, Media Luna and Lapiz, among others. Participants will also learn to appreciate the music and dance tango. By the end of the event, participants will have a better appreciation of tango as an art form, which will contribute to their enjoyment at the Forever Tango performance on May 5th – 6th, 2008."
Read full article!

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Blackboard Wins Lawsuit Against Desire2Learn

"Blackboard has prevailed in an e-learning patent dispute against Desire2Learn. A federal jury in Lufkin, TX made the determination Friday afternoon, following a two-week trial. Blackboard was seeking $17 million in lost revenue, as well as an injunction against the company, which is based in Canada." Full article!

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The Future of Web 2.0 in e-Learning

This article presents an interesting perspective. As these more common web 2.0 collaborative options spread out and integrate into other services, should we still be looking so granularly at tools. If the features spread out, the tools I don’t matter and we’re left with processes and students’ personal services to create learning environment. Read the full article!

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Is The IT Workplace Unfavorable to Women?

We do see very few female tech professionals. Is it reflective of gender differences, learning abilities, societal trends and norms, or something more deeply rooted throughout the industry?

"By the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ own count, women hold 27 percent, just over a quarter, of jobs in computer-related and mathematical occupations. As a result of IT’s numerical dominance by men, it has long been viewed as unreceptive to women. Even among women working in technology, dissatisfaction and disenchantment is high."

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