Why Pay Phones and 11 Other Old Tech Still Exist


You’re walking down the street when you
suddenly remember you need to call your bank. Oh no, your phone battery’s at 1%! You look
around and here it is: a pay phone booth! And even better, there’s a phone book inside
with the number you need. Come to think of it, though, how many other seemingly obsolete
things are still out there? And why? 1. Fax machines
If you were born in the 2000s, you probably haven’t even heard of them. To use a fax
machine, you need a printed copy of your document and the recipient has to own another such
machine too. Bulky and pretty unreliable, fax machines became a thing of the past in
the late 90s, when emails appeared, allowing documents to be sent instantly and printed
out by the receiving party. That is, except in many hospitals they still use this technology.
Despite having electronic records, they don’t share them with each other for many reasons
and thus rely on this outdated piece of equipment. Hopefully, you’ll never have to visit a
hospital, but if you do, don’t forget to take a selfie with this digital dinosaur!
2. Photo labs Back in the second half of the 20th century,
developing films with your vacation photos was all the rage. You had only 24 or 36 photos
you could take before your film ended, so you took them carefully and then went to a
photo lab to see what you had. Today, with smartphones capable of taking superior quality
pictures in any number you like, developing photos is a thing only professional photographers
still do. So photo labs have gone, but not completely — and they still offer their
services to those interested. 3. Encyclopedias
How long has it been since you took an actual book in your hands when you needed explanation
of some term or phenomenon instead of just googling it? Let me know down in the comments!
I bet some people haven’t done it in their life at all. But you can still see paper encyclopedias
on the shelves of bookstores — and many people, surprisingly, still use them. I guess
some just can’t help holding a hardcover book in their hands. Speaking of which…
4. Physical books and bookstores In the age when we have e-readers designed
specifically to rid you of the need to carry physical copies of books, and even apps for
phones and tablets allowing you to download as many e-books as you like, it’s kinda
strange to see so many bookstores still up and running. Yet there they are, although
now many of them have changed their profile a lot. Most importantly, a bookshop has become
not just a joint where you can buy a new novel by your favorite author, but a place to sit
back, have a cup of tea or coffee, and relax in a comfortable chair, reading right there.
Admit it, reading in comfort and without a hurry is a much more pleasant experience than
doing it in transport or even at home where there are so many distractions.
5. VHS tapes Gone are the days when you recorded family
events on a Super-8 and watched it later from VHS tapes on your player. And even CD players
that came later are now a rarity — everything’s on hard drives now or even on the web, where
it’ll stay for a very long time, if not forever, or replaced itself by something newer
or better. But surprisingly, though they’re gone from households, there are still VHS
tapes that are incredibly rare and valuable even today. For example, there’s a Star
Wars sealed box tape for sale on eBay that costs $3,500. And owners of Disney Black Diamond
series video cassettes, which got its name for a black diamond symbol on every box, sometimes
ask astronomical sums for their treasures. It’s best to do your research, though, because
some of the prices are simply crazy for no good reason.
6. Photo albums Some decades ago, any family reunion eventually
came to a point where the hosts retrieved a huge family album and started showing their
guests all the photos in their archive. Today, with Instagram and digital pictures all around,
it seems obsolete, but almost any photographer you ask will offer you to make a photo album
of your own. That’s because such things never really get old: a nicely decorated album
with your photos may even become a good present to someone you love, or just be a warm reminder
of things you’d like to remember. 7. Old cell phones
A smartphone is basically a full-blown portable computer that you can use for a variety of
things, from checking your social media to actually doing all your work on it. This can’t
be said of the first mobile phones of the 90s and early 2000s, which were little more
than bricks with buttons that you could talk and send short messages with. Still, they’re
quite popular today, and for a good reason: unlike smartphones and tablets, these simple
devices are very hard to track, so if you’re worried about being watched, an old cell phone
is a really good choice. Better yet, you can use…
8. Pay phones It’s really convenient to have your own
phone to call anyone from anywhere in the world, but cellular network is not as sturdy
as we all wish it was, and it doesn’t cover the whole planet yet. In some distant areas
of the world, you’d be stranded without any connection if not for pay phones that
are still installed in many countries. Also, in case of a natural disaster, pay phones
often remain intact while both cellular network and landlines go down — they’re built
to withstand a lot of damage and ensure connection even in dire circumstances.
9. Pagers Wait, now, what’s a pager? It’s a little
device, like a small radio, that receives messages sent to it from a phone. You can’t
send messages from it, so it’s only works as a receiver. They were extremely popular
at some point in the 90s, but for obvious reasons they soon became outdated and replaced
by more versatile mobile phones. But pagers haven’t become some old junk — rather,
one of them just might save your life one day. Paramedics and emergency care workers
use this little piece of tech in their everyday jobs even today. Pagers are more resilient,
able to take a lot of damage before turning off, they have much more battery life than
a smartphone, and their design is conveniently intuitive, so they’re perfect for such conditions.
10. Copper pennies These coins are probably the most useless
piece of stuff on my list: if you’ve met a person who actually uses pennies to pay
for something, pat them on the back. By and large, pennies are next to worthless, but
they’re still being widely circulated. And if you dig a bit deeper, you’ll even find
out that the cost of producing a penny is more than it’s actually worth: 1.7 cents
for a 1 penny coin. 11. Vinyl records
Hey, vintage lovers out there, you’ll probably say that vinyl discs aren’t obsolete in
the least, but that’s what they are in our modern age, sorry. But in any case, the rugged,
warm quality of sound they give and the feeling of authenticity when listening to the great
bands of the 20th century makes lots of audiophiles around the world collect vinyl records and
keep them as the treasure they certainly are. 12. Landlines
Who uses landline anymore when there are smartphones? Well, the decline of stationary phones is
obvious, and they’re all but gone from households, but many businesses still cling to this piece
of technology, and in some countries banks won’t even give you a loan if you don’t
own a landline. As they explain, having a landline means you own a home or at least
have some place to live — as if having a job record wasn’t enough. Anyway, although
we’re looking at landlines’ complete disappearance in the coming years, they’re still quite
strong in many ways. Finally: What’s more lasting than all of
this technology? Graham crackers. Delicious! Haven’t changed in over a hundred years,
and will probably outlast us all! Don’t you just love graham crackers?
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Flesh-Eating Bacteria Is Real and This Is How It Works


Flesh-eating bacteria sounds like something
out of a horror movie, but in fact, it’s very real. And while rare, cases of it do occur all over
the world each year. So let’s confront this villain head-on and
flesh it out. Thank you for coming. Hi, my name is Isaac Chiu. I’m an assistant professor at Harvard Medical
School in the Department of Immunology. I’m very interested in understanding how pathogens
interact with the immune system and in this case, in highly invasive infections such as
flesh-eating disease. Flesh-eating bacteria is more commonly known
as a necrotizing infection. This cell death of the body’s soft tissue
is called necrotizing fasciitis, and you can get the types of bacteria that cause it in a few different
ways. So you could get necrotizing fasciitis from
a bacteria that came in from an insect bite or from a wound. Maybe you had an opening in your skin and
you stepped in brackish water. So there are many ways which bacteria can
get in. And one of the main types of those bacteria
that causes this disease is from the same family as a common infection we all know and
have maybe even had—strep. Six hundred million people a year get strep throat,
but that same pathogen can also in rare cases cause necrotizing fasciitis, but it’s the
same pathogen. The leading cause is streptococcus pyogenes,
but it can also be caused by both gram-positive and gram-negative types of bacteria, including
staph aureus and vibrio. And some actually are polymicrobial so there are
several bacterias together that form these necrotizing invasions. So a big question is how does the bacteria
become aggressive and dangerous, causing this invasive type of soft tissue infection? When it gets into that person in that
situation, that its tissue environment sends a signal to that bacteria that makes it switch
on genes that are making it more virulent? Is it that individual that’s more susceptible
to infection and that’s why it’s become necrotizing fasciitis? These are important questions. And while necrotizing fasciitis is still rare, fewer than about one in 100,000 adults will contract it, certain people are more susceptible to
it. Some risk factors include diabetes and compromised
immune systems. And with a mortality rate of up to about 30% in the U.S. and higher in developing nations, it’s a dangerous disease no matter where you live. Not to be alarmist, but I think it’s definitely important to watch for symptoms of infection
generally to get that treated. But it’s very, very rare. When it does infect the body, it can spread
quite rapidly, invading the deeper tissues. This happens when blood flow becomes blocked,
destroying the soft tissue. It can occur in our limbs and groin areas,
and that’s how it gets its name flesh eating. One of the major characteristic of flesh-eating disease is pain. So pain out of porportion with other clinical manifestations This could be a sign of potential necrotizing fasciitis. Once this bacteria makes its way down to the deep tissues, you may not see the superficial signs you’d see with a normal infection, such as redness or swelling. But you would experience an extreme amount of pain. This “pain out of proportion” is a red flag for a possible flesh-eating disease. One of the ways unfortunately to treat this disease is to surgically remove the tissue or even
to amputate the limb to prevent the bacteria from getting further than it can go, as well
as IV antibiotics. So I think one of the points is that it’s
hard to treat because it’s so aggressive. Potentially if you treat it earlier on with
antibiotics or surgical removal, their survival rate will be better. And normally, an infected site would be full
of white blood cells like neutrophils, which help trigger inflammation and send a signal
that something is wrong. Neutrophils are kind of the white blood
cell army. They’re mobilized during infection. They’re circulating in our blood and they
hone into the tissues as soon as there’s infection, but they’re not able to get to the necrotizing
fasciitis lesions very efficiently and they’re silenced by the bacteria as well through toxins. If you look inside a necrotizing fasciitis
tissue, you don’t see that many immune cells. That’s one of the contributing factors because
the bacteria has found a way to evade the immune system. But there is hope on the horizon, including
treatments that can block the bacteria from invading as efficiently and even the use of
a common cosmetic treatment. So we have found, for example, by using botulinum
toxins or Botox, you can silence the nerves from releasing these anti-immune molecules
called CGRP. So this is effective because we found that
the nerves block neutrophils, the immune cells that are really important for fighting infections. So by blocking that with Botox, neutrophils
come in to fight the bacteria at that site. So these are areas we’re really excited about
pursuing to slow down this bacterial spread during necrotizing invasion. While flesh-eating bacteria and infection
are rare, it’s important to know the signs and seek medical attention if you’re concerned. I think the point is that you just should see a doctor if you have, like, any infections… period. So the key is to go early and get it treated.

How to Work with Filtering Options in Vue Grid


Hi everyone, welcome back. Are
you working with huge collection of grid records? You might be looking out for a
best way to filter and display the precise information out of
the huge collection of grid records. In this video I’ll show you
how to filter grid records by using different filtering
types and built-in operators in Syncfusion Vue Grid. I will also show you how to add
custom filter template to the filter bar in Vue Grid. First, I’ll start with enabling the
filter option in Vue Grid, which you must be already familiar with. If you have
watched my previous video. Those who have not seen it yet,
can find that video link from the description section below or
the card shown above. So I’ll open my existing
project and begin with small intro about how to enable
filter option in Grid. You can also download this
existing project from the link shared in the below
description part. Here, I’ll open my existing Vue
application where a simple grid code is added and the local
Json data is assigned to the grid data source property. To enable the filter import the
filter module from the EJ2 Vue grids package and inject it into
the provide section. Here in the grid code the
allowFiltering property is enabled. Let me run this example
and show you the output. Here you can see the filter bar shown in the grid. I will
type the text value and based on that grid display
the matching records. Notice here, the grid records
containing a diacritic value. And when I type a text value
‘BO’ in the filter bar. You can see the diacritic
value is not filtered. So let me show you how to
filter grid data with a diacritic character. Under the data method of script
section, define the filter options variable of object type. And include the ignoreAccent property. And set its
value to true. Then assign this filterOptions
variable to the filterSettings property of the grid. Now you can see grid records
are filtered with matching diacritic characters. Now let’s see the various
built in filter operators available in Vue Grid
and it’s supported types. Notice here, the operators
startsWith, endsWith, and contains supports only
string type. Operators like greater than,
greater than or equal, less than and less than or equal supports
number and date types. Equal and not equal operators
supports string, Number, Boolean and Date types. In this example, I will show you
how to use the startswith operator for customer ID column
to filter grid records. Inside the filterOptions object
include the columns property of array type. I will add the field
property and set its value to Customer ID. Then I will include the
operator property and set its value to startswith. Include the value property and
set its value to ‘v’. Now, I will show you the output. You can see the grid records
are filtered based on the Customer ID column value,
which starts with ‘v’. Apart from the default filter
bar displayed in a grid you can also change the filter type
to menu, checkbox and Excel like filter. Here, I will comment unwanted
code snippets from the data method of script section. First, let’s see How to have
the filter option in a collumn header with a menu? I will define the type
property and set its value to menu over here. Notice here, the filter menu is
enabled in the grid column header based on its column type. Now let me show you how to have
the filter option in checkbox? I will change the filter type to
check box over here. Now we can see the filter
options are available with checkbox in the menu and you
can filter the records by checking or unchecking them. Now, I will change the filter
type to Excel over here. You can see the excel like
filter options shown here with checkbox and operators. You can also enable the checkbox
filter option for a specific column in a grid. For the Customer ID column,
I’m going to display filter menu with checkboxes. I will define another object columnFilterOptions
with the type checkbox. Then I will assign this option
to the filter property in the Customer ID field under
the columns directive. You can see the Customer ID
column has the checkbox based filter. And other columns
have the Excel filter. In real time scenario, you may
be required to add custom component to the filter bar. So I will show you how to add
the drop down list component to the Customer ID field using the
filterTemplate property of column directive. Let me remove the filter
Settings property from the grid code and it’s relative code
snippets in the data method to render the grid with the filter bar. First install the ej2-vue-dropdownlist
package from Syncfusion. Import the dropdown list plugin
from ej2-vue-dropdownlist package and register it using
the Vue.use() method. Inside the methods object, I
will define the custom template method and define the template. Inside the template I will
return the drop down list plugin. Now I need to bind the data
to the drop down list accessing from the grid’s
Customer ID field. I will use the dataUtil
function to retrieve unique customer ID values from the grids data source. To use
the dataUtil function I must import it from the
Syncfusion EJ2 data package. Now inside the computed property
of the template, I will define a new method with the name
customerDistinctData and return the unique data values
from the Customer ID field using the dataUtil function. Then I will assign this method
to the dataSource property of drop down list. And assign
the appropriate mapper fields to the drop down list as per
the grid data source. Finally, I will assign this
custom template method to the filterTemplate property of the
corresponding column directive. Now I need to filter the grid
records manually while changing values from drop down list in the filter bar. For that, I will
include the change event and assign the getdata callback
method in Dropdown List Code. Let me create a global event
bus to transfer data between these two components. Inside the getdata method, I
will emit the event with the value selected from the drop
down list. I will turn on the event
and add the filterCustomerID event handler. Now I will add the ref
property to the grid code and set its value to grid. Inside the methods object, I
will define the filterCustomerID method. Using ref I will access
the filterByColumn method from grid instance and pass the
required details like field name, operator name, and event. Let me save this example
and show you the output. Notice here, the drop down list
is rendered in the filter bar. By selecting value from the drop
down list will filter and show the matched records from the grid. Now let me make a quick summary
of what we have seen so far. I have shown you how to enable
a filter bar in the Vue Grid and filter grid records by
using the built-in operators. I have also shown you the
different filter types in the Vue Grid. And to add the custom
components in the filter bar. You can check our user guide
documentation link provided in the below description section to
learn more about filtering in our Syncfusion Vue Grid. Post your comments below if you
need additional information about any grid topics. Thank you for watching this
video. If you found this video useful give it a like and
subscribe to our channel to watch more videos, thank you.

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Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market


Translator: Timothy Covell
Reviewer: Morton Bast This is about a hidden corner of the labor market. It’s the world of people who need to work ultra-flexibly, if they’re to work at all. So think, for instance, of someone who has a recurring but unpredictable medical condition, or somebody who’s caring for a dependent adult, or a parent with complex child care needs. Their availability for work can be such that it’s, “A few hours today. Maybe I can work tomorrow, but I don’t know if and when yet.” And it’s extraordinarily difficult for these people to find the work that they so often need very badly. Which is a tragedy because there are employers who can use pools of very flexible local people booked completely ad hoc around when that person wants to work. Imagine that you run a cafe. It’s mid-morning, the place is filling up. You’re going to have a busy lunchtime rush. If you could get two extra workers for 90 minutes to start in an hour’s time, you’d do it, but they’d have to be reliable, inducted in how your cafe works. They’d have to be available at very competitive rates. They’d have to be bookable in about the next minute. In reality, no recruitment agency wants to handle that sort of business, so you are going to muddle by, understaffed. And it’s not just caterers, it’s hoteliers, it’s retailers, it’s anyone who provides services to the public or businesses. There’s all sorts of organizations that can use these pools of very flexible people, possibly already once they’ve been inducted. At this level of the labor market, what you need is a marketplace for spare hours. They do exist. Here’s how they work. So in this example, a distribution company has said, we’ve got a rush order that we’ve got to get out of the warehouse tomorrow morning. Show us everyone who’s available. It’s found 31 workers. Everybody on this screen is genuinely available at those specific hours tomorrow. They’re all contactable in time for this booking. They’ve all defined the terms on which they will accept bookings. And this booking is within all the parameters for each individual. And they would all be legally compliant by doing this booking. Of course, they’re all trained to work in warehouses. You can select as many of them as you want. They’re from multiple agencies. It’s calculated the charge rate for each person for this specific booking. And it’s monitoring their reliability. The people on the top row are the provenly reliable ones. They’re likely to be more expensive. In an alternative view of this pool of local, very flexible people, here’s a market research company, and it’s inducted maybe 25 local people in how to do street interviewing. And they’ve got a new campaign. They want to run it next week. And they’re looking at how many of the people they’ve inducted are available each hour next week. And they’ll then decide when to do their street interviews. But is there more that could be done for this corner of the labor market? Because right now there are so many people who need whatever economic opportunity they can get. Let’s make it personal. Imagine that a young woman — base of the economic pyramid, very little prospect of getting a job — what economic activity could she theoretically engage in? Well, she might be willing to work odd hours in a call center, in a reception area, in a mail room. She may be interested in providing local services to her community: babysitting, local deliveries, pet care. She may have possessions that she would like to trade at times she doesn’t need them. So she might have a sofa bed in her front room that she would like to let out. She might have a bike, a video games console she only uses occasionally. And you’re probably thinking — because you’re all very web-aware — yes, and we’re in the era of collaborative consumption, so she can go online and do all this. She can go to Airbnb to list her sofa bed, she can go to TaskRabbit.com and say, “I want to do local deliveries,” and so on. These are good sites, but I believe we can go a step further. And the key to that is a philosophy that we call modern markets for all. Markets have changed beyond recognition in the last 20 years, but only for organizations at the top of the economy. If you’re a Wall Street trader, you now take it for granted that you sell your financial assets in a system of markets that identifies the most profitable opportunities for you in real time, executes on that in microseconds within the boundaries you’ve set. It analyzes supply and demand and pricing and tells you where your next wave of opportunities are coming from. It manages counterparty risk in incredibly sophisticated ways. It’s all extremely low overhead. What have we gained at the bottom of the economy in terms of markets in the last 20 years? Basically classified adverts with a search facility. So why do we have this disparity between these incredibly sophisticated markets at the top of the economy that are increasingly sucking more and more activity and resource out of the main economy into this rarefied level of trading, and what the rest of us have? A modern market is more than a website; it’s a web of interoperable marketplaces, back office mechanisms, regulatory regimes, settlement mechanisms, liquidity sources and so on. And when a Wall Street trader comes into work in the morning, she does not write a listing for every financial derivative she wants to sell today and then post that listing on multiple websites and wait for potential buyers to get in touch and start negotiating the terms on which she might trade. In the early days of this modern markets technology, the financial institutions worked out how they could leverage their buying power, their back office processes, their relationships, their networks to shape these new markets that would create all this new activity. They asked governments for supporting regulatory regimes, and in a lot of cases they got it. But throughout the economy, there are facilities that could likewise leverage a new generation of markets for the benefit of all of us. And those facilities — I’m talking about things like the mechanisms that prove our identity, the licensing authorities that know what each of us is allowed to do legally at any given time, the processes by which we resolve disputes through official channels. These mechanisms, these facilities are not in the gift of Craigslist or Gumtree or Yahoo, they’re controlled by the state. And the policymakers who sit on top of them are, I suggest, simply not thinking about how those facilities could be used to underpin a whole new era of markets. Like everyone else, those policymakers are taking it for granted that modern markets are the preserve of organizations powerful enough to create them for themselves. Suppose we stopped taking that for granted. Suppose tomorrow morning the prime minister of Britain or the president of the U.S., or the leader of any other developed nation, woke up and said, “I’m never going to be able to create all the jobs I need in the current climate. I have got to focus on whatever economic opportunity I can get to my citizens. And for that they have to be able to access state-of-the-art markets. How do I make that happen?” And I think I can see a few eyes rolling. Politicians in a big, complex, sophisticated I.T. project? Oh, that’s going to be a disaster waiting to happen. Not necessarily. There is a precedent for technology-enabled service that has been initiated by politicians in multiple countries and has been hugely successful: national lotteries. Let’s take Britain as an example. Our government didn’t design the national lottery, it didn’t fund the national lottery, it doesn’t operate the national lottery. It simply passed the National Lottery Act and this is what followed. This act defines what a national lottery will look like. It specifies certain benefits that the state can uniquely bestow on the operators. And it puts some obligations on those operators. In terms of spreading gambling activity to the masses, this was an unqualified success. But let’s suppose that our aim is to bring new economic activity to the base of the pyramid. Could we use the same model? I believe we could. So imagine that policymakers outlined a facility. Let’s call it national e-markets, NEMs for short. Think of it as a regulated public utility. So it’s on a par with the water supply or the road network. And it’s a series of markets for low-level trade that can be fulfilled by a person or a small company. And government has certain benefits it can uniquely bestow on these markets. It’s about public spending going through these markets to buy public services at the local level. It’s about interfacing these markets direct into the highest official channels in the land. It’s about enshrining government’s role as a publicist for these markets. It’s about deregulating some sectors so that local people can enter them. So, taxi journeys might be one example. And there are certain obligations that should go with those benefits to be placed on the operators, and the key one is, of course, that the operators pay for everything, including all the interfacing into the public sector. So imagine that the operators make their return by building a percentage markup into each transaction. Imagine that there’s a concession period defined of maybe 15 years in which they can take all these benefits and run with them. And imagine that the consortia who bid to run it are told, whoever comes in at the lowest percentage markup on each transaction to fund the whole thing will get the deal. So government then exits the frame. This is now in the hands of the consortium. Either they are going to unlock an awful lot of economic opportunity and make a percentage on all of it or it’s all going to crash and burn, which is tough on their shareholders. It doesn’t bother the taxpayer necessarily. And there would be no constraints on alternative markets. So this would just be one more choice among millions of Internet forums. But it could be very different, because having access to those state-backed facilities could incentivize this consortium to seriously invest in the service. Because they would have to get a lot of these small transactions going to start making their return. So we’re talking about sectors like home hair care, the hire of toys, farm work, hire of clothes even, meals delivered to your door, services for tourists, home care. This would be a world of very small trades, but very well-informed, because national e-markets will deliver data. So this is a local person potentially deciding whether to enter the babysitting market. And they might be aware that they would have to fund vetting and training if they wanted to go into that market. They’d have to do assessment interviews with local parents who wanted a pool of babysitters. Is it worth their while? Should they be looking at other sectors? Should they be moving to another part of the country where there’s a shortage of babysitters? This kind of data can become routine. And this data can be used by investors. So if there’s a problem with a shortage of babysitters in some parts of the country and the problem is nobody can afford the vetting and training, an investor can pay for it and the system will tithe back the enhanced earnings of the individuals for maybe the next two years. This is a world of atomized capitalism. So it’s small trades by small people, but it’s very informed, safe, convenient, low-overhead and immediate. Some rough research suggests this could unlock around 100 million pounds’ worth a day of new economic activity in a country the size of the U.K. Does that sound improbable to you? That’s what a lot of people said about turbo trading in financial exchanges 20 years ago. Do not underestimate the transformative power of truly modern markets. Thank you. (Applause)

How to Access Microsoft Office 365 for FREE – Tutorials for Point Park Community


Did you know that as a student and
member of the Point Park University community you can have access to
Microsoft Office 365 for free? Microsoft Office 365 is an online tool where you
can create and edit documents and collaborate on projects with your
classmates online. You will have access to Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel
among other Microsoft applications. You also have the option to download these
programs on up to five devices including PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones. Getting
started is easy just follow these four simple steps. Step 1: log in to your Point
Park email on a desktop computer. Step 2: click the Office 365 link located in the
upper left-hand corner of your window. Step 3:
click the install office button located at the upper right hand corner of your
window. Step 4: install the software as you normally would on your computer. Your
username and password for Office 365 is the same as your Point Park email login.
Please note that your account is good for up to one year after graduation. If
you run into any problems accessing Office 365 please contact our IT help
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Inside Adobe’s Colorful, Redesigned Headquarters | Open Office | WSJ


– We’re here at Adobe’s
headquarters in downtown San Jose. And this gray scale building behind me might not be what you’d expect
from the makers of Photo Shop but let’s check out the inside. (percussive music) Adobe built its San Jose HQ in 1994. After 20 years, it came
time for a redesign. Designer Natalie Engels
said it was in need of a more colorful update. – You know when we first
ventured to the space, it is exactly what you would imagine, from the outside. It was very bank, institutional like. And that’s not what tech is. That’s specifically not what Adobe is. – So when I walk in here as
an employee during the morning and the first thing I see is
this vibrant orange color, what is that doing for me? – It should have the right
amount of yellow in it actually to have this happiness, a vibrancy, but not too vibrant to agitate you. And so we really wanted,
especially after people are stuck in traffic, to
come in here and just feel refreshed and vibrant and
ready to start their day. – [Adam] Color is more
than aesthetics at Adobe, it’s their business. So Engels and Adobe used color theory throughout the space to
think more scientifically about how hues and brightness
levels inspire work. – So when you think about it
from a scientific perspective that orange, that’s very much kind of an invitation for community. What we find is, we find
people working down here on their own, they’re opting in. It’s a place that they want to be. It’s be active since we’ve opened it. – [Adam] Beyond fresh
color, Engels designed a variety of spaces to accommodate
different types of work. Before the redesign, Adobe
had only closed office spaces. The focus then was on giving engineers the quiet space they needed for work. Floors looked like this one. – As work has shifted, as
generations have changed, it became pretty obvious that they needed to be together. – [Adam] So that meant opening offices up. But Adobe isn’t a full
open office environment. – We really want to create
balanced work space. Do you have the right meeting rooms? Is there a place where
you can make phone calls where you’re not disturbing others? A work station or a desk is
actually about task work. – That’s why each floor also has spaces for group and
individual focused work. Adobe has these phone
booths that are dedicated to special moments in
Photo Shop’s history. This is 1990, the year
Photo Shop was invented. And they actually have the first version installed on this Mac right here. Let’s check it out. Suppose a color picker
doesn’t really matter when you’re operating in gray scale. Each floor at Adobe is different. Some, like this one,
were more experimental, tests to see what worked for employees. So now we’re into this more
open office environment. – Yes, I think something
that’s fascinating about this floor is that
there are no offices. While everything, everything
in life is an experiment, we don’t know exactly what’s gonna work better for you, that’s gonna work for me. And so there is a spirit of innovation. – What we’re trying to
do is be more innovative and to do that you have
to experiment more. And you have almost create a culture and an environment
where you can feel that. – [Adam] In a modular room called Lab 82, named after the year Adobe was founded, the company tests ideas
in work place design including how plants, sounds, colors, and scents can change a meeting. – ]Eric] And what we’re
looking to do is identify the best possible future ways
of being able to collaborate. – [Adam] And when something really worked, Engels and Adobe listened. These booths are really popular? – Oh they’re so popular that we had to come back in and add this whole row. – [Adam] One of the
most noticable upgrades Adobe made in the
redesign was the addition of two new cafes. They went from one, to three. – This space is their
cafe called Pallettes. It’s farm to fork concept and it really harkens back to what this land was. You know this whole area was orchards. And so we really wanted
to give people a place that recognized what the community was. Appreciate it; don’t just
brush it under the rug. – [Adam] The cafe gets some of its produce from the company run garden located just outside its doors. – We’re able to grow about
5000 pounds of produce that we use in our cafes and
in our learning kitchens. And what’s really great about it is, we have employees come
and grow their own produce here on site, we bring master
gardeners to teach them different things that they can grow, and provide them seeds
that they can take home and grow on their own. – [Adam] Adobe wants
employees to be healthy, and that means more than eating well. In its wellness center,
employees have access to cardio machines, weights,
classes, and this: So Adobe has this thing
called the Soma Dome, which is basically a guided
meditation experience in this pink egg. I have to try it out. I’m getting ocean waves. It’s relaxing. Adobe’s redesign continues on some floors, but across the street the company is more than doubling its capacity with a new tower set to open in 2022. Is the new office space going to look like this space inside? – There will be a lot of the essence of what’s happening here, but
also trying to think about how people will be using
devices differently. How they’ll be commuting differently. If you design perfect space for now, for a tower that’s going to open in 2022, you can guarantee that
it’s not going to work. – [Adam] Sounds like the
experimentation will continue.

Why Spend Money in Video Games? – Glad You Asked S1 (E5)


( coin rattling ) ( game sound effects ) Alex: I’ve been playing
video games for about 25 years. One of my first memories
was begging my parents for a quarter at the arcade
just so I could get a little
bit further at “Galaga.” Games used to be simple. You pay for the game,
you play the game. But eventually,
that all flipped.Instead of paying to play…– ( machine gun firing )
…you could be playing
to get paid.
Whether that’s from streaming
or e-sports.
Emcee: ( shouting )
He just made history! Three million dollars
in prizing! Alex:But there’s another
economy at work,
where players can buy
in-game items for real cash.
This flaming mace
is in “Echoing Fury.” In 2012, it was sold for roughly
10,000 real American dollars, making it one of the most
expensive video game items
ever sold.Which brings me to my question:“Why would you spend money
in a video game?”
( music playing ) ( light buzzes ) Games have taken up
years of my life. Literally.I’ve spent more than a year on
the games “Counter-Strike” and
“World of Warcraft,”
and as you can see,
I was a pretty serious gamer.
No! Over the last 20 years,
developers have made it possible for you to spend
more money on games.I sold my first-ever Quest
account on eBay for about
a hundred bucks.
And years later, I paid my rent
by playing “World of Warcraft”
and selling the gold I made.( thunks ) What’s up? – Oh, are we doing this?
– Yes! Welcome! So when we talk about
a virtual item, – in a video game…
– ( laughs ) …these are a range of items
and collectibles that can be bought, sold,
traded, all depending on – the game that you’re playing.
– These are things like… – skins and weapons
and…yeah.
– Yeah. Totally. Sometimes they can make
you more powerful, but – sometimes it’s just clout.
– Mm-hm. – Showin’ off.
– Yeah, exactly. Take “World of Warcraft”… In that game today,
you can buy this. This is Hogrus,
a flying pig that you can
ride on. – A flying pig?
– Yeah. Is this also $10,000? This is only $25. You can get the snazzy
“Fortnite” dance. It’s called “Tidy,”
for about 500 V-Bucks. That’s “Fortnite’s” currency. And those V-Bucks can
be purchased for 5 real
dollars in the game. I’m sorry. What–
what is the Tidy? Uh… it’s like a window-wipe
dance move. – I haven’t actually seen
it yet.
– ( laughs ) This is a skin
in the game and basically it’s
just like a– it’s a visual accessory
that changes the way
this gun looks. And this particular
skin sold for
$61,000. – $61,000?
– Nuts. It’s just a commemorative,
special version of a skin that was very rare.There are many ways
to buy virtual items.
Free-to-play games like
“Fortnite” allow you to buy
items directly from the game
using an in-game store.
– ( coin rings )
But other games use
online marketplaces,
usually run by the
gaming companies.
In this case, players
buy and sell items
among themselves,
and the game company
takes a cut.
But there’s also
another way.
And it largely exists
beyond the control
of gaming companies.
These transactions
take place on
third-party sites.
They’re unregulated and
mostly against the rules.
But players still use them
to buy and sell items.
Back in 2012, only some
game makers allowed you to
buy, sell, and trade items in-game with real cash. And the total sum of virtual
items in the market was $15 billion. And some investors
estimate that today the total value of
these goods could be
as high as $50 billion. – Wow.
– To put that
in perspective, that is more than the
global box office of
the same year. Why is this worth
so much? My guess– I–I actually
have no idea. – ( laughs )
– I have no guesses. Essentially, things are worth
what anybody will pay for them. So, if I have a fictional castle
and you want it, and you think it’s worth $5,
then it’s worth $5. So an in-game economy is the
same as a real-world economy. You’ve got a lot of people,
you’ve got a lot of goods,
and you’ve got currency. What’s the difference?
Nothing. Alex:Games are designed
to give you a better experience
the more time you spend in ’em.
In some games, like
“World of Warcraft,”
there are daily quests
where you have to log in
and do the same thing time after time after time.
But in most games you just haveto grind and spend a lot
of time to be at the top
of the game.
On average, a player over 18
will spend more than seven
hours a week
in these digital worlds.I have a weapon in this game
that took me 14 years to get. 14 years!But what if you could buy a
better experience
instead of just
grinding out the game?
Then a new thing started
to happen when developers
offered items
that you couldn’t even
earn in the game.
I’m talking about
flying pigs. I’m gonna show you
how to get one. So, to get Hogrus, I’m going
to go to the main town, and I’m going to open
up the store.It’s really easy.
You just hit “Buy Now,”
it connects you to the shop. Find my credit card.And it says, “Thank you, you
have just earned
Hogrus, Swine of Good Fortune.” I earned it, guys!Oh, he’s in a little
gift box.
So, let’s see what happens
when I click him. – ( mouse clicking )
– Hello? Are you there? “Unwrap.” And there he is,
he popped out.( music playing )So, he runs–oh! Look at him. Look at those wings. So this is the joy that spending $25 in a
video game can bring you.So this is pretty cool.I’m going to go
to a “Counter-Strike”
tournament and see why other players are buying
virtual items.I’m headed to Skokie
to talk to some gamers
at the national
championship series
for an online shooter called,
“Counter-Strike: Global
Offensive.”
Today, we’re gonna see players
compete for $10,000.
– ( explosion )
– Yeah! Whoo! So we practice almost
every night. Those guys look kinda
intimidating over there. Player:Singularity is
number fourth in the U.S.
Anything that you’re, like,
prepared for, excited about,
afraid of? “MAC-1”: We’re not really
preparing for anything. It’s kinda like,
the skill-gap between us and even the second
best team is so, like
high, that we really shouldn’t
even draw up a map here. Alex:“Counter-Strike” is a game
that’s been around for as long
as most of these players
have been alive.
But the latest version of the
game only recently adopted
a new free-to-play model,
where instead of paying
for the game,
players are encourage to buy
and sell their skins in it,
by using a marketplace
inside the game.
( “Ride of the Valkyries”
plays ) – ( character screams )
– Emcee:Well, okay,Osee making his expense,
knows where the remaining
two players are.
He’s going to force the issue.
He’s going for this.
If he pops one more head–
this is so deadly–there it is!
Osee can win this.
The one-v-one–oh, he gets it!
Osee!
Whoo! So Osee just got a
four-kill clutch play. Basically he just killed the
entire other team that was still
alive, by himself. – Alex:Oh. My. God.
– Whoo! So this is an AK-47
in the game. And you’ve actually put
stickers on it as well, so that’s like,
Rosie the Riveter. One player has an AK-47
that’s got, like, gold
foil on it. Another player has a gun
that looks like a water gun. These are all different
skins that you can get
in the game.Within the first two years
of adding skins to the game,
the “Counter-Strike” player
base jumped by 1500%.
I actually spend a lot
of money on skins. I spent like, 2,000. – Like, dollars? Wow.
– Yep. And it just helps me
stay motivated, I guess? – Do those help you play
better in the game?
– ( laughs ) No. – So, what’s the point of it?
– Uh, just to look cool. – Okay.
– You can always resell ’em. It’s not like an asset
that you’re not able to invest into
and then sell. And, uh, if you
do it correctly, the price market fluctuates
in a way, where like, you can buy it at a low point
and sell it at a high point. If you’re smart about
it, at least. So what that “Counter-Strike”
player was talking about was buying and selling items
in “Counter-Strike” to make
a profit.Players have always found
a way to make money.
And early versions of online
trades date back to at
least the late ’90s.
Hello. Markee Dragon. Also
known as Marcus Eikenberry
in real life. I got into business, buying,
selling, and trading of intangible goods.I saw somebody that had like a
sword for sale for $20 on eBay.
And I’m like, “Holy ( bleep ),
I can do that?”
Then actually developed the
website, Markee Dragon.
– Essentially operating
as a broker.
– Correct. Most of the game companies
didn’t want it legal. Four of the different game
companies started getting
involved, and then you know, things
went south. Alex:After game developers
worked to end third-party
marketplaces
like Markee Dragon’s,
they began creating their own.
They formalized the exchange
of real money
with virtual goods
in currency and games.
But these developer-run
marketplaces brought out
a key concern
with these virtual economies,
and that’s risk.
I’m not sure if you’re
familiar with the
“Diablo III” auction house. Oh, my God, yes.It was the wrong
time to do it.
And everybody and
their mother said,
“Oh, my God! I’m going to
make some money playing a
video game!”
But it imploded
on them.
So this auction house
represents the game
“Diablo III’s” auction house. The only difference between
this game and other games
like it, Blizzard, the creator of
the game, decided that they
wanted to experiment with making the auction house
connected to real money. Now I’m going to give
you some coins. These are so cool!
( laughs ) – That’s your face on a…
– ( laughs ) …Glad You Asked penny.
This is the greatest prop
we’ve ever made! So, Cleo, you’ve got
20 gold. Buy whatever
you want. – Let’s get this started.
– All right. – I probably want a shield–
– Ooh. for 10 gold. And I really like
curvy red one. Ah, the scimitar.
Great choice. Now you’re out of money.
But you were only able to
buy two items, and that’s really
not enough. But imagine for a second
if somebody found out a way
to create their own gold. – I’d want to know how
they did that.
– Hey, Joss? – Yes?
– Alex: Yeah, come on in. What’s up? – Money?
– Yes. And pretty soon – you’re gonna have
a ton of it.
– Awesome. – So in this case, Joss
is a cheater…
– ( laughs ) …who found a way to
duplicate this gold. And she’s going to be able
to buy everything she wants. – How do I duplicate this?
– So there was a bug in
the auction house that allowed their players
to duplicate their gold. And that’s exactly what
happened on May 7th, 2013. You have all the gold you want,
so you can buy whatever you
want now. I’m just gonna take it all.
I mean, that’s what you do,
right? And I’ll leave two swords,
how about that? Okay. Since you just bought out
everything of value, even the middle quality items
were highly sought after. So, eventually,
what happened was
hyperinflation, and those prices changed
because people could spend
anything on it. The dollar values
are just dropping so rapidly. One area of it
spins out of control,
the whole thing collapses. Nobody knew what to do
because, remember, you could sell this gold
for real money. Wait, wait, wait, wait.
That– you can sell that
for real money? – Yes.
– Can I sell this
for real money? – Yes.
– Oh, good. Wait. I clearly want to sell
everything for real money. We want real money, Alex.
Let’s do this. So Joss puts all of her items
on the auction house before the game maker
can figure out what’s going on. Joss gets a boatload
of money. Joss does get
a boatload of money. – So that’s for you.
– Ha-ha. ( trilling ) Alex:Within just a few hours,
Blizzard shut down the game.
This whole thing only lasted
a few hours. But before Blizzard could go in
and correct the bug, a lot of damage
had been done. They couldn’t go back and change
or reverse the real money trades
that had taken place because people like Joss
had already gotten their money.So, they deleted
player accounts.
– Oh, my God.
– Oh, no! I just got banned! Some people who weren’t even
duplicating gold got caught up
in this. And I know that
because it happened to me. I had a lot of gold on one
account, and it got banned, and I lost an item
that was worth about 400 bucks. – 400 real dollars?
– 400 real dollars. – Alex!
– Yeah.The “Diablo” crash shows us
how virtual economies
can be riskier than real ones.They just don’t have the same
guardrails and protections,
and a simple design bug
could cause a catastrophe.
So when people say that,
“Oh, you bought something
in a video game.” It’s like throwing your money
down a pit that you’ll never see again
because you don’t own it. So is the popcorn you bought
at the movie theater.
It’s the experience. Alex:And that’s so true.
For most gamers, it’s not about
the money at all.
Jared:In the first place,
you shouldn’t even be playing
“Counter-Strike” for money.
– Whoo!
– You should be playing it
to reach the top and succeed and win. There’s probably
no better example of this than in the battle arena game
“Dota 2.”It’s annual competitive
tournament, The International,
has the biggest prize pool
in all of gaming.
$34 million in 2019.I decided to come to this
“Dota 2” tournament pub stop. This is in New York.
I couldn’t fly out to China where the game is actually
taking place.( music playing )( cheering )In “Dota,” players could buy
a virtual item
called a Compendium
for the tournament.
It’s a bundle containing
numerous quests,
achievements,
and earnable rewards.
25% of the sales went on
to fund the prize pool
for the tournament,
and that’s right.
The biggest prize pool
in all of gaming
was almost completely
crowd funded by the fans.
People who actually watch
“Dota” itself feels like by
buying the Compendium, they’re actually supporting
the professional players
themselves. We all are, like, literally
financially invested
in this tournament. It’s kind of more
about the social aspect
of getting together, sharing the passion
for the game that we love. all: Oh! So at the end of this,
why would you spend money
in a video game? There’s so many reasons why,
but it just really comes down
to investing in what you love. Boop. We’re gonna talk about other. Beneath the surface.
Okay. Ow.
( laughing )

Outlook 2007 – How To Setup An Automatic Out of Office Reply


Today were going to go through the steps of
setting up an automatic out of the office reply or vacation reply for
microsoft outlook two thousand seven. Now if your using an exchange server you don’t have to do this method, microsoft gives you a nice out of office
assistant but for pop, imap, and hotmail you’re gonna have to do this. You
can also find step-by-step instructions in the video description. Okay first thing you want to do is create a new mail message and you just type in the message body –
what you want your reply to be, this is your template. So this is the message that
anyone’s going to receive if they send you a message. Once you got your message all set up the
way you want it, you want to click the office button, select save as and then you want to select
outlook template, and put the file wherever you want to put it on
your hard drive and name it appropriately. After that, you can exit out of the
message, you don’t have to save it. Next you want to go to tools, rules and alerts, click on new rule and then check messages when they arrive, click next. Here you get a list of different options
you can pick and choose whichever ones you want, Put the check by where my name
is in the to or cc box, click next. Alright at this screen Outlooks wanting to know – what do you want me to do with the message when i get it? so you want to reply using a specific
template, that’s the one we just created. so you just click right there and find it wherever you saved it at. Click ok. there is Click next, and here’s some exceptions you can add to it if you want to, otherwise just click next. Then you can and specify name for
this rule – I’m using out of office reply. You can run the rule for the messages
already in the inbox or leave the checkbox for “Turn on this rule”. When you’re
ready to turn it off you just come right back into rules and simply uncheck the
box. Now you’re done you want to click on
finish, apply and okay. Couple of obvious things i want
mention, in order for this to work: one, you have the computer of course and two,
you need to have microsoft outlook running just minimize it to your taskbar. Well
that’s going to be it for this video hope you enjoyed it and hope it helps you
thanks for watching!