Design Your Next Slideshow Presentation with InDesign

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As a marketer with a strong design background, I would often pay closer attention to the graphic quality of a presentation than the presentation itself. Most of the time, these presentations are created using Microsoft PowerPoint and suffer from excessive bullets, oversized headlines, and awful backgrounds. Don’t even get me started on the clichéd built-in clip art. Overall, PowerPoint is an updated version of an old-fashioned slide projector with the combination of built in wizards and templates to aid the user in adding text, graphics, and designs in attempt to enhance the presentation’s appeal. I must admit, Microsoft has created an extremely user friendly piece of design software. However, those ‘helpful’ tools have limited our creative capabilities and have caused page after page of repetitive, often dull graphics.

For years I attempted to construct the perfect, most visually stimulating designed PowerPoint presentation, and failed miserably. I realized after considerable self-criticism…

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Floating point math operations in bash


When writing scripts in bash, sometimes we need to work with basic math functions. Like the trigonometric functions, square root, cube root, logarithms. Bash does not support floating point operations. This is where the problem is encountered, and we cannot write a math function of our own. There must be a way to do this, and yes. Bash supports redirections so we can feed the floating point computations and the math functions into some other program’s input who understands it. The program which can be used is the bc, which is an arbitrary precision calculator language. bc can do floating point operations, and also can do basic math functions. With bash and bc we can do the above. Continue reading to know how.

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5 Hidden Facebook Tricks You Need to Know


More than 1 billion people regularly use Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they’re all well-acquainted with the social media site. It’s constantly being refreshed, and between profile redesigns, new apps and privacy changes, it’s hard to keep up.

Here are five tricks to make sure you’re on top of your Facebook game:

Read the first Facebook message you ever sent to a friend

Get ready for a trip down memory lane (and for a great #tbt) without endlessly scrolling through conversations. The easiest (but slowest) way to see the first Facebook messages you sent to a friend is to download all your Facebook data, which you can do by going to General Settings and following the bottommost link. This can take hours or days because the function compiles every single message you’ve ever sent, among other data.

Here’s a faster way. On Facebook for desktop, go to

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Introducing the Raspberry Pi 2


TL;DR It’s called the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. Quad core ARM Cortex A7 with one Gig of RAM. It’s the same form factor as the Raspberry Pi Model B+. Available now at Newark, Element 14, Allied, and RS Components. It’s the same price as the old one. You’re not a child and you should learn to read.

The original Raspberry Pi released, three years ago, was looking a bit long in the tooth when it was first launched. That’s to be expected for a computer that sells for $35 USD. Three years is a long time in the world of electronics, and the Pi is due for an update. It’s here, now, and the biggest change is a faster quad-core chip, a better processor architecture, and 1GB of RAM.

The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B features a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 running at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM. This chip…

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