Category: Cool Resource

6 Free Image Websites to Keep You from Getting Sued

6 Free Image Websites to Keep You from Getting Sued

It’s your typical last minute project. You’re scramming to finish your PowerPoint. Or maybe you’re actually working early for once, making a good impression for this new highly attractive English teacher of yours. You’re towards the end of the assignment and all you need is to add a couple of fancy photos to make your project reach tip top perfection, (or to make it look like you didn’t start working at 12AM before it’s due date). You go to Google and scroll down to find the best looking photo pertaining to your topic. Copy. Paste. Perhaps a small citation in the bibliography. Done.  Turn it in and pray for an A. That’s how it works right? Wrong. Can you tell me again where you found your photos? And “Google” is not going to cut it at this moment. There is a rise in lawsuits for people whom knowingly or unknowingly use other people’s photos for their own work. People are watching. And now with new technology software such as Google Reverse Image Search, it’s a lot easier for someone to find their copyrighted photos in your possession. You have to be careful!  Don’t freak out about old projects. Just delete them from the Internet. This may include your highly liked Tumblr photos and even Pinterest Boards. But it’s better than getting sued. Trust me.

Now what? How do you know if photos are copyrighted or free to use? It’s a little more work than your traditional copy and paste, but there are easier options.

  1. Google: Basic image searches on Google may or may NOT be okay to use. Have you ever searched your name on Google and your photo came up? And you’re sure you never gave permission for Google to show your photo? This websites pulls from everywhere. It has a great variety, but the owner may or may not know your are using their photo. There is actually a search tool you can use to filter out “unpermitted photos”. The far right filter tab will allow you to see its search tools. After selecting this button you will see a tab that says Usage Rights. There are many options to choose from but the easiest and safest selection to use is “Labeled for noncommercial reuse”. And now any photo you use won’t put you in the risk of a lawsuit.

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  1. Morguefile: Use this site for free, high quality professional taken photos. Just make sure to read the terms and agreements and the license terms for the site and the user’s use of the photos.
  1. Unsplash: “Free. Do whatever you want. High Resolution photos.” Need I say more?
  1. Flikr Creative Commons: Free photos with very few restrictions. Some rights reserved, from attribution requirements to providing a link to the licenses. For safe photos, choose the ones labeled Public Domain.
  1. Death to Stock: Receive 5 free professional photos each month for free. Or make an account to access more.

6: Creative Market: Who doesn’t like grab bags? Subscribe and get 6 free Premium items by surprise. This includes WordPress templates, photos, fonts and textures.

Try these six websites to find great quality images and comment if you know anymore. Good luck on your project!

 

Facebook & Accessibility

I’m quite fascinated by Mark Zuckerbergs usage of Facebooks “Live Video” feature. These videos to show the inner workings on Facebook campus, pictures of Mark & Priscilla’s newborn daughter Max, as well as showing off latest technologies and social initiatives. I came across a video of Mark discussing with Engineer Matt King on creating an AI that will allow blind users (and anyone) to use Facebook in a way where the image would be “read” by the software and then vocally read via the computer to the user. This was groundbreaking and fascinating to me! I’ve always had an interest in how technology can assist disabled users, and this video made it clear to me that, I am in a position to do something about that. This video was the catalyst for various discussions and collaborations on what we can do to increase technology and accessibility on Agnes Scott’s campus. Check it out!

Summiyah A. Siddeeq
D-Center Coordinator

HBO’s Silicon Valley

x6tm01otuziy6lgv12fyMy guilty pleasure? Watching Silicon Valley via Apple TV HBO app every Sunday. This show is about 6 guys who created a startup tech company while living in an tech incubator home in Silicon Valley. They have what we as viewers would believe to be a great idea and the “next big thing” to come out of Silicon Valley, but they go through many trials and tribulations of piracy, engineer burnout, legal issues, investment problems and much more. The show also displays the sexist culture and lack of diversity that exists in Silicon Valley — all while being quite hilarious (and crude at times).

Check out some of these articles which talk about how lessons from this fictional show can help you create a better start up company or be a better engineer.  

HBO’s Silicon Valley Gets Everything Right About Startup Life

5 Lessons software developers can learn from HBO’s Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Dictionary

5 Startup Lessons You Can Learn from HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

What HBO’s Silicon Valley Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Doing Business in The US

Summiyah A. Siddeeq
D-Center Coordinator

The Best Instagram Plugin for WordPress

This past week, we’ve had the opportunity to test a ton of different plugins that allowed one to put an Instagram Widget onto a website. So, basically this: Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 2.07.46 PM

Those pictures on the right side of the screen are from the @imascottie instagram account. Lets say you want to display your instagram photos, your friend’s photos, or a hashtag. Well, if you’ve been running into problems trying to do the same thing, or don’t know where to begin, you’ve come to the right place.

First, we should discuss what we are doing. For those who don’t know what plugins are, they are just like apps on your phone. you download them from WordPress, and they do some sort of function for your website. Anything from being able to display images as ‘circle’ frames to being able to change the template of specific pages. So, what we are looking for that adds an instagram feed as a widget to your website. A widget is any of the dodads and whatsits you see on the sidebar and footer of your website. Some example widgets that WordPress automatically gives you are a search bar, Category list, Tag Cloud, Pages, ect. You can customize widgets and where they go by clicking the ‘Customize’ button on your website when logged in. You can’t download widgets, but you can download plugins that come with widgets, or that their sole purpose is to be a widget. This instagram feed is a widget that acts like a plugin.

Now, we should talk about ‘Access token’ and ‘User ID’. Now, because nothing can be easy, a lot of Instagram plugins will ask you to 1.sign into your instagram and 2.ask you to input the access token and User ID. These are just so they can confirm you are who you say you are and you have authorization to see this account. Now, the problem with this is that these plugins assume you want to only display your own Instagram account. What if you’re a Art History Major and want to display an account on your website that does a lot of archeological digs and display it on the instagram account. Or what if you are an engineer and want to display on your website a hashtag from Instagram?

We wanted something more simple. And we found it.

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Introducing Instagram Slider Widget. Its simple, efficient, and you don’t have to worry about an Access Token or User ID. As long as the account you are trying to display is not private, (same with pictures form the hashtag), it should easily be placed in the sidebar of your website. For help on installation and screenshots of the plugin/widget at work, go to the plugin’s webpage.

 

Happy Instagramming!

11 Things Everyone Should Know About Technology in 2016 via Forbes.com/Technology

I visit Forbes.com/technology on a daily basis to check in on the latest and greatest news in the technology industry. The Forbes Technology Council, is a council of CTO’s and Executives who offer insights and analysis on technology and business. This year they created an article entitled 11 Things Everyone Should Know About Technology in 2016. This article ranges from discussion on innovation to cloud computing to cyber security. I’ll share the brief list in this blog post, and please visit Forbes.com to see the full list with all details.

1. There Will Be Ever-Increasing Innovation
2. Cloud Strategy Will Be Important
3. The Competition of Today Will Not Be the Competition of Tomorrow
4. Products and Services Will Consolidate to Target TGT -0.88% Niche Markets
5. There Will Be More Online Attacks
6. Adaptability Will Be Increasingly Important
7. Emerging Markets Will Gain Importance
8. Strategies Will Develop Naturally From Growth
9. Technology Competency Will Become Key
10. Experts Will Be Necessary for True Success
11. Programming Languages Go Through Trends

Summiyah A. Siddeeq
D-Center Coordinator

Do You Speak Visual?

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Do You Speak Visual? – This question is posed by the Toledo Museum of Art in their in-depth Visual Literacy brochure and website. The ability to read and interpret and construct meaning is visual literacy. Being visually literate means that you have the ability to construct meaning from everything you see. We are traditionally educated using Textual Literacy, where we read and interpret the meaning. Yet, images are all around us and even more in our current social culture where we create and use visual content daily. So how do we approach visual literacy even-though it may seem subjective or illusive? Here are a few points on how you can be visually literate:

  • Take an inventory of what you see in the image. Those concepts include: Space & Texture, Principles of Design: Emphasis, Balance, Proportion, Rhythm, Movement, Variety, Unity and Harmony.
  • Use Visual Thinking Strategies: Ask yourself: What is happening in this image? How can I find out more about the image? Analyze the image by using the principles that you’ve seen in the image and think about how all of those elements can create a story surrounding the image.

Here are some resources on Visual Literacy:

Toledo Museum of Art Visual Literacy.

The Art of Seeing Brochure

Artist Toolkit

Principles of Design



Summiyah A. Siddeeq
D-Center Coordinator

“Home Gallery.” Toledo Museum of Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2016. <http://www.vislit.org/>.
images via www.vislit.org

Rock with yet another productivity tool: Google Keep

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There is an overwhelming number of tools and systems being used now to manage tasks and increase productivity. In this era where many colleagues are communicating ideas digitally, tools like Evernote, Wanderlust, Trello, Google Keep to mention but a few are floating on our smartphone and computer screens.

I don’t know about you but I have found it overwhelming to keep up with all the digital tools that are out there. I recently decided to stick to one: Google Keep and it’s been a cool resource. Google Keep is for anyone enthusiastic about digital note-taking. You can download the app on your android phone, iphone, ipad and the web or even install an extension on chrome. You simply log into your Gmail account and you can access your notes even when offline.

My number one favorite feature on Google Keep is the Collaborators item. At the D-center, we have shared Keep notes as collaborators to follow meeting agendas, notes and to-do lists. As a tutor, I check off tasks on the shared notes, my supervisor and teammates are able to see what what I am working on and I stay on track with my work projects. When I step out of the D-center, I am able to add ideas to the shared notes. Another fascinating feature for me is the Make image notes. I take pictures for my ideas lists and any images added are saved just on the note cards so it doesn’t fill up my phone gallery space.

So here’s to noting and sharing ideas in Google Keep.

 

Faridah Nalunkuuma ‘18

D-center tutor

Feedly: A Rad Reader

Does everyone already have a reader? Does anyone read blogs a lot anymore? I don’t know, but summer’s coming up and I want to keep up with my food blogs and my fashion blogs and my education blogs and also all of the other blogs.

Blogs are really useful sources–they’re really informative and fun to read. Personally, I always look forward to getting updates on new recipes, trends, ways to decorate my dorm room (soon-to-be apartment!), educational philosophies, etc., but–not to sound like an infomercial–it can be hard to remember which ones I look at.

Enter a Reader! I played with a few before finding Feedly, and the fact that I haven’t needed to switch again is telling. Here’s a somewhat organized review:

  1. Design and Utility: Super streamlined, easy to use and intuitive. You can organize your own individual feeds based on topic, see articles published today, and–easily my favorite part–the articles open in the same tab, coming out from the side of the Feedly tab. Since I don’t have to open all the articles in separate tabs, my browser isn’t so cluttered, and that makes me happy. You can also save and hide articles straight from the feed page, and once you open up an article you can also share it, copy the link with a single click, and share it amongst other productivity apps such as OneNote and Evernote.
    One of the only downfalls to its design isn’t even the Feedly’s fault. Some websites’ formats do not smoothly reformat into Feedly’s same-tab design, so you’ve got to open it in a new tab. However, I think Feedly offers a good solution–still shows the featured image and offers a few sentences of the article, which I find is often enough to tell whether I want to read the rest!
  2. Add-ons and Compatibility: Automatic sharing links to several of the most popular networks, as well as a nifty add-on to Linked-In. Super easy.
  3. Content: As far as I can tell, Feedly has access to blogs all over the web. Sometimes searching for various blogs is a little tricky, unless you know them by name. I think the search feature could be a little better, but that is just as likely at fault of individual blogs and as it is of Feedly itself. The best method I’ve found for searching is via hashtags for topics of individual blogs. Also, they offer some pre-curated feeds on certain topics, and those are useful as well!

Also, another favorite thing about this reader is that it offers a Chrome extension! Among other things, it adds a happy little transparent button at the bottom right corner of your browser that allows you to save, share, or tag any page you’re on. I find this is a really useful way to come back to any article or webpage I wish to keep for future reference, or even just for when I’m short on time and want to read something later.

Overall, I think this reader excels at what it aspires to do–offer a one-stop shop for all the blogs, websites, and articles you might want to see and save for later use. Happy reading!

 

Amy Laughlin

Wogrammer: Women in technology

In this modern day and age we still have the struggling problem of women being viewed as lower then men in the working world, especially when it comes to the fields of math,  science, and technology. It’s hard for a woman to feel like she belongs in these fields because of the long standing assumption and association that women aren’t competent enough to understand and work in these areas. There is so much imbalance and sexism in the engineering fields that it’s no wonder why women are the minority.

Two women felt that we need more pride and recognition for the women out there who are fighting to change the face of women in engineering fields. They are breaking down the stereotypes by showing that women can achieve greatness in technology. Through their project wogrammer Erin Summers & Zainab Ghadiyalito share the stories of over 50 women who are pushing the boundaries and succeeding in programming from Cape Town to Silicon Valley in all types of industries- from Facebook to NASA to the White House and more!

Check out their collection here:

http://www.wogrammer.org/

Zainab Ghadiyali & Erin Summers · Co-Founders of wogrammer

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you know an awesome woman out there teaching herself code, excelling in the technical field, or studying to be an engineer, ask them to share their story or better yet, nominate them to be featured on wogrammer! Every story counts in breaking the stereotype of women and technology!

Bryn Bassett’17

D-Center tutor

Image from wogrammer.com

 

Technology News Links & Resources

Technology News Links & Resources

Are you interested in all things tech, but feel like you don’t know where to start?

Here a few of my favorite tech-related links:

Tech News:

Hacker News via Y Combinator

Forbes Technology

Tech Crunch

Wired

Code Tutorials:

Code Academy

Code.org

Hour of Code – Khan Academy

Local Organizations

Women in Technology

General Assembly

Digital Literacy

Microsoft Digital Literacy

Have any other links? Share them in the comments section of this post!

– Summiyah A. Siddeeq
Digital Design Coordinator