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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Photographer Needed an App — So He Built One

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Mike Wong didn’t want to build an app. He really didn’t. All he wanted was to take awesome long-exposure photos.

But he could never figure out what shutter speed to use for those trial-and-error pictures.

“I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way than having 50 shots that didn’t work for every one that did,’” says the hobby photographer.

There ought to be an app for that, he thought, as so many of us do these days.

And then—much to his own shock—he built one.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, October 17, 2014

Visit to lynda.com Studios Surprises First-Time Author

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Ever wonder what it’s like to record a course at lynda.com?

Flying out to our seaside California studios from his Pennsylvania home, first-time author Karl Kapp was surprised by the overt friendliness of the staff, the exotic afternoon snacks, and the intense recording pace (he shot 29 videos in a single day!). So surprised, in fact, that he blogged about it.

During the five days he spent recording his new course, Gamification of Learning, Karl learned a lot about lynda.com that you’d never know just from watching our videos.

Here’s what surprised him most:

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 05, 2014

Barriers? Ha! Web Design Expert Champions Accessibility

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Derek Featherstone has spent his life leaping over barriers—and helping others do the same.

“I was born with a club foot,” says the accessibility expert, “but I never let it get in my way. I’ve been in sports all my life and try never to make excuses.”

Though his left leg has always been weaker, and occasionally in casts, he teaches fitness classes and played competitive rugby for many years.

Oh, yeah—and he completed the Ironman Triathlon (a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride followed by a marathon run) three times.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mom and Daughter Bond — by Learning to Code!

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In May, after announcing with some shame that only 17 percent of its tech employees are women, Google dropped $50 million on a new campaign to encourage more girls to study programming.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Rhea Hebert and her daughter Josephine were cozied up on a sofa together watching lynda.com videos on an iPad—and learning to code.

You know. Just for fun.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, August 31, 2014

Learned It and Earned It: Tripled his Income with lynda.com

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Three years ago, David Sumler was driving a car without a hood on it.

“Some lady ran a stop sign and hit me, and I didn’t have the money to fix the car, so I drove it without a hood,” he says. “I’d park as far back as I could in parking lots when meeting friends, so they didn’t see it.”

But that wasn’t the worst of it.

“I was buried in debt,” says David, 32. “I could barely keep up with my bills and I couldn’t buy nice things for my kids or my fiancée. I had no health insurance so I just never went to the doctor. If one disaster had happened, I would have been on the streets—and I came very close a few times.”

Then opportunity knocked.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Work Faster and Easier in Microsoft Office — Weekly!

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Over a billion people use Microsoft Office software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. That’s one in seven people—on the planet.

If you’re one of them, you need the essential time-saving tips in our new Weekly Office Workshop. (Or as we like to call it around here, “W.O.W.”)

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, August 09, 2014

Binge-Learning Experiment: Success!

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Back in May, 20-year-old Sean Witzke launched an experiment: Take the time he would normally spend watching his favorite TV shows and devote it instead to learning stuff.

His theory: If he began producing things, instead of just consuming them, he could become self-employed in 90 days.

So he cancelled his Netflix subscription—quitting Breaking Bad, Lost, Prison Break, and Suits cold turkey—and dove into lynda.com.

And guess what?

It worked.

By Starshine Roshell | Monday, August 04, 2014

Author Spotlight: Dan Gookin

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Dan Gookin is no dummy.

An expert at simplifying technical concepts, our new Android Essential Training author wrote the very first For Dummies books, helping to establish the popular series’ tone and format.

But even expert teachers can learn new things at lynda.com. Find out what Dan learned—and how he thwarts the “programmer priesthood” daily—in our Q&A.

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