Gordon And Mike's ICT Podcast
Perspectives on the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Industries and Education from Gordon F. Snyder, Jr. & Mike Qaissaunee

As part of a National Science Foundation grant received by the Educational Development Corporation in Massachusetts, Mike and I have been involved with a group of small business social media experts from around the country defining a step-by-step social media process for Social Technology Enabled Professionals. These small business people build, maintain, manage and leverages online social networks to engage with customers, business partners, employees and key influencers with the goal of building organizational success.  In this podcast, we cover part one of the first duty and discuss some of the tasks involved. 

Direct download: Conducting_Social_Media_Research_Part_1_July_3_2014_Podcast.mp3
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All businesses and organizations desire greater engagement with their audiences. However, many are not leveraging the social media platforms that allow for the best opportunities for engagement. From static postal flyers, electronic newsletters to a lack of regular communication, engagement becomes difficult.

Social media platforms call for regular, sustained communications and conversations between the businesses/organizations and their audiences. Blogs allow for that engagement by allowing readers to comment on postings, share links and/or rate postings. Some blogs allow for other interaction functionality like including a poll in a posting. On Facebook and Twitter engagement, in the form of “like,” comment, and re-tweet, is much more the norm than perhaps on blogs.

This podcast will briefly introduce the listener to a three tiered social media strategy approach:

.    1)  Primary (Blog or similarly organized content on an organizational website)

.    2)  Secondary (Platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, etc that can deliver supportive content 
to the primary platform via hyperlink)

.    3)  Broadcast (Platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter which can aggregate audiences 
and are engagement friendly)

Social media platforms call for regular, sustained communications and conversations between the businesses/organizations and their audiences. Given the explosion of new media platforms and social media networks during the past few years, there is significant justification for all businesses and organizations to adopt strategies to leverage these platforms more effectively.    

Direct download: Why_Social_Media_June_2014_Podcast.mp3
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Mike and Gordon discuss current topics. 

Referenced Links:

Seinfeld clip


Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech


Facebook Will Disappear by 2020, Says Analyst


Museum of Endangered Sounds


The Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol' Dial-Up Modem Sound


An Honest Review of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus


See You Later WiMAX


Direct download: bits_and_bytes_1-2.mp3
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Mike and Gordon discuss current topics. 

Referenced Links:





Direct download: Bits_and_Bytes_1_1.mp3
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Rumors are that Apple is planning on incorporating support for the new faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification into products this year. In this podcast we discuss the 802.11ac and other wireless specs.
We discuss the following questions:
- So, what’s the deal with this 802.11ac?
- These 802 dot whatever standards - where do they come from?
- So this 802.11ac is considered non-finalized. what does that mean?
- I seem to get interference from things like wireless home phones. I know spectrum is involved.
- So if I set my access point to run at 5GHz, will all my devices work? What do i need to understand to make it work?
- What about range? You mentioned range limitations at 5 GHz.
- Are there any ways to extend the range? I’ve heard about something called MIMO.
- You mentioned 802.11a which is pretty old. Is the use of 5 GHz new?
- When will we see 802.11ac products on the market?
- What kinds of products from Apple? What are people saying?
- What do you mean when you say potentially for the mobile devices?
Along with the Superbowl!

Direct download: Need_4_Speed-_802.11ac_WiFi.mp3
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Mobile Devices and Application Development [28:14]

This is Gordon's December 2, 2011 presentation for a series of mobile boot camps being run by  The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE); and the Boston-Area Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) at the University of Massachusetts.

High school students take a day at locations across Massachusetts, working with faculty and business/industry people to learn how to program, design, and market mobile apps using mobile programming platforms. Students will also have an opportunity to enter an app programming contest to be sponsored by BATEC in the spring.

Direct download: Mobile_Camp_Dec_2_2011mono.mov
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Why We Are Not Google: Lessons from a Library Web site Usability Study [22:40]

Back in September I had the chance to interview Troy Swanson, an Associate Professor / Teaching and Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL. In the interview we discussed a paper he published with Public Service Librarian Jeremy Green, also at Moraine Valley Community College. Here's the abstract from that paper published at ScienceDirect.

In the Fall of 2009, the Moraine Valley Community College Library, using guidelines developed by Jakob Nielsen, conducted a usability study to determine how students were using the library Web site and to inform the redesign of the Web site. The authors found that Moraine Valley's current gateway design was a more effective access point to library resources than a mock-up site which incorporated a central-search box on the site homepage. This finding stands in contrast to the observed trends of library Web site design that emphasizes a “Googlized” search.

Troy's findings are very interesting, especially if you are managing/mdifying an existing site or are considering creating one. Here's the links Troy refers to in the podcast.

The Next Level (Blockbuster article)by James Surowiecki


useit.com: Jakob Nielsen's Website


The Googlization of Everything (book review)



Why We Are Not Google: Lessons from a Library Web site Usability Study


(link to Elsevier's Science Direct)

Direct download: Troy_Swanson_9_19_11.mp3
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In this episode, we discuss a wide range of topics, including: 

- The Jesters denial of service attack on the Westboro Baptist Church website.

- How one might prevent such attacks

- The seizure of domain names by the Department of Homeland Security

- The treatment of Bradley Manning

- Google and bugs in Flash

- A 16-year old girl that may have hacked HBGary 

- Skype and encryption data leaks

and, finally

- How the events in Japan may effect iPad2 availability.

Layer 7 Denial of Service attacks:

th3j35t3r's assault on Westboro Baptist Church Website Continues


Live Performance Report for Westboro Church Website: four sites held down 24 days from a single 3G cellphone: 


Defense techniques:

Protecting a Web server with a Load-Balancer 


Protecting a Web server with mod_security (a Web Application Firewall)


Protecting a Web server with iptables (a firewall)


Westboro Spoof for a Good Purpose



DHS siezure of domain names:

Web seizures trample due process 



Bradey Manning's Continuing Abuse in Captivity

Ellsberg on Obama’s View that Manning’s Treatment is “Appropriate”


WH forces P.J. Crowley to resign for condemning abuse of Manning



Google and Flash Bugs

Google first to patch Flash bug with Chrome update



"Anonymous" Hacker Speaks

Is This The Girl That Hacked HBGary?  16 years old, and in hiding for a felony



Skype Encryption Leaks Data

Uncovering spoken phrases in encrypted VoIP conversations



Shortages of Apple's iPad and iPhone to bleed into June quarter -- caused by Japan's disasters


Direct download: G_M_and_S_Podcast_3-17-11.mp3
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In December at the Convergence Technology Center's Winter Retreat at Collin College in Frisco Texas, John had the chance to shoot an IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) workshop given by Sam Bowne, from City College of San Francisco. Here's the 35 minute and 47 second Part 1 of the 4 part series.


Direct download: Ipv6_1_of_4_Sam_Bowne.m4v
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HB Gary, Voice over LTE and WiFi Breakthroughs [26:50]

In this podcast, Mike Qaissaunee, Sam Bowne and Gordon Snyder discuss recent HB Gary and Aaron Barr news, Verizon Wireless Voice over LTE, along with a recent WiFi Breakthrough.

Here's some of the questions we discuss and answer in the podcast:

Gordon: Sam any new news on the HBGary/Anonymous situation?
Mike: Sam, I see Anonymous has released decompiled Stuxnet code - what does that mean? What's the difference between soucre and a decompiled binary?
Sam: Gordon, you wrote something about Verizon and Voice over LTE - could you tell us about that?
Mike: Sam, one of my former students got a letter from his ISP after download a movie from a torrent site. #1 What do you have to say about the legal and ethical issues of what he's doing? and #2 How could he better anonymize his connection?
Gordon: Mike - you've been writing about Qwiki.com and Khan Academy this past week. Your thoughts?
Gordon: Mike, you had a student point me too some interesting WiFi research being done at Stanford University. Can you describe?





















Direct download: February_18_2011.mp3
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