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By Scott Fegette | Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrate 12 Days of Learning — with Free Online Courses

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Stuck indoors? Need a break from holiday revelry? Join us at lynda.com, where we’re celebrating 12 Days of Learning by offering 12 free online courses over the next 12 days.

Join us each day and learn something new as we unlock a free course in each of the following topic areas.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 26, 2014

He Helps Fight Hunger in Rwanda. And lynda.com Helps Him.

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At a time of year when many of us are filling our homes and our bellies with an abundance of delicious treats, Jules Rugwiro is fighting hunger in Rwanda.

Jules is a database manager with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency that addresses hunger.

“The work that we do includes providing food and/or cash for refugees, responding to emergencies, feeding school children, and connecting farmers to markets,” says Jules, a Rwandan who lives and works in Kigali, the nation’s capitol. “I collect information on whether food is available and accessible, and how it’s utilized by people in different parts of the country. Once we have this information, we identify who the vulnerable people are (i.e. those who are ‘food insecure’), where they live, how insecure they are, and why they are insecure. WFP bases its interventions on these results.

“If my job is not done properly, the most vulnerable people would not be identified and thus not assisted.”

How does he make sure his job is done properly?

“I learned most of my programming and database management skills through self-study and the material available on lynda.com,” says Jules, who studied information technology in school.

By Alicia Katz Pollock | Thursday, December 25, 2014

Open Anything in One Click Using Your Mac Dock

Use the Mac dock to clean up your desktop

Is your Mac desktop covered with icons?

You may think this gives you easy access to your most-used applications, files, and folders. But in fact, you’re working outside your Mac’s built-in file management system. It’s a bad habit you may have brought over from your Windows days—and Apple has better options.

I’m going to show you how to clean up your desktop while customizing your Mac Dock for one-click access to every file, folder, and app on your computer.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

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It’s said that a picture’s worth a thousand words, and when you need to communicate what’s happening on your Mac screen, getting a clear screenshot of what you’re talking about can make all the difference.

Taking a screenshot in OS X isn’t difficult if you know the “secret key combinations.” For the power user, there are also several handy utilities that can supercharge your screenshots with annotations, graphics, and various ways of sharing. Here are some great options for taking a screenshot on a Mac.

By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Were Your Photos Stolen and Reused? More Options …

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Last week I gave you some advice on what to do when your photos are stolen and reused elsewhere—without your permission.

Here are some more options you have if you discover that someone has poached your photos.

By Toni Saddler-French | Monday, December 22, 2014

Manage Your Projects with the SharePoint Issue Tracking App

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Is it hard for your team to stay on top of issues? When it comes to helpdesk snafus, customer service glitches, or hitches with the new website, do you need to keep track of who’s working on which project, what’s been done so far, and whether the project is still hanging open?

You might consider using the SharePoint Issue Tracking app. It can help you define and categorize issues, and wrangle them into a manageable heap with a systematic approach.

By Joseph Linaschke | Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Stunning View of Autumn — Using the Glow Plugin

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I live in Southern Oregon, where we get these things called seasons. Not every place in the world gets them, but we’re lucky enough that we do. Fall just ended and boy, was it pretty.

The colors here are so vibrant that it’s not hard to make a beautiful image—which means if you want your photo to stand out from the others, you really have to work at it!

Outside of obvious things like shooting in the best light, getting a great composition, and nailing the exposure, there’s a lot you can do to a photo in the computer.

But it’s also easy to go way over the top, resulting in an image that just looks fake. There’s a very fine balance—and this article shows how that balance was achieved for the image above.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video Gear Weekly: Working with a Wireless Mic

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Cut down on wire clutter by going wireless. 

Wireless microphones are essential to your audio kit. From presentations to narrative films, you can use them in any production to give your talent mobility.

But are they the best audio option for your production? This week on Video Gear Weekly, guest host Cheryl Ottenritter and I will walk you through how to work with a wireless mic.

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