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  • f you use the Internet for any reason these days (like a job search?), you can’t help but notice all the advice swirling around on how to capitalize on this holiday season for your job search.

    Sure, you can find all kinds of networking events to attend – professional and personal; some employers may still be hiring this year and you don’t want to miss out, so submit that resume now; stay up-to-date on your LinkedIn discussions and professional Tweets; research new industries that may get government grants in 2010 and will need to hire, so be ready – and on and on. Getting dizzy? I know I am just watching these info clouds race by – and as a career coach, I’ve been spouting off some these things myself!

    But let’s get real. What’s most important right now?

    Of course, paying the bills and putting food on the table take priority. But if you are getting by – however weak you’re safety net is – I suggest taking a break from full time job search this month.

    (tags: lifehacks)
  • The law utilizes acronyms more than any institution save the United States military. These acronyms which identify statutory enactments often lead to confusion amongst practitioners. Two of them, COPA and COPPA, must be distinguished, but amazingly enough, may work hand in hand. Their importance should not be underestimated especially because of their applicability to our most precious resource-children.

    COPA, the "Child Online Protection Act," amends the Communications Act of 1934 and is primarily enacted at 47 U.S.C. § 231. COPA's purpose is to restrict access to minors:

    Whoever knowingly and with knowledge of the character of the material, in inter-state or foreign commerce by means of the World Wide Web, makes any commu-nication for commercial purposes that is available to any minor and that includes any material that is harmful to minors shall be fined not more than $50,000, im-prisoned not more than 6 months, or both.

  • In the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, issued on January 21, 2009, the President instructed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue an Open Government Directive. Responding to that instruction, this memorandum is intended to direct executive departments and agencies to take specific actions to implement the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration set forth in the President’s Memorandum. This Directive was informed by recommendations from the Federal Chief Technology Officer, who solicited public comment through the White House Open Government Initiative
    (tags: opengov)
  • Since it’s inception, the primary metaphor of the Web has been one of location. By framing the Web as a collection of places, we have necessarily caused Web development to focus on servers. But people don’t get online to go to a server. They get online to get something done—achieve a purpose. This talk argues that focusing on purpose allows us to build Web applications that more closely align with what people want from the Web. Focusing on purpose will require a move to more intelligent client-side applications.

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