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TRACE at 2016 Wizard World Cleveland
Geek Event

Be sure to visit the 10x30 booth of T.R.A.C.E. a Doctor Who fan film web series at the 2016 Wizard World Cleveland. Johnny Wu and the crew will also will also be giving a Panel Workshop on making fan films

Wizard World Cleveland will be February 26-28 at the Cleveland Convention Center.

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TRACE the Doctor

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Joe Cimperman at Republic Day

The Cleveland Indian community and friends gathered to celebrate the 67th Republic Day of India with cultural performances, presentations, food and dancing.

Young girl at India Republic Day

Photos and videos coming soon. In the meantime, watch these remarks from Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman who will be taking over as leader of Global Cleveland.

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More Geek Humor
Geek Humor

Q: Why did the Higgs Boson go to church?
A: For the mass.

Did you hear about the company that sells elastomeric insulators?
Their motto is "Resistance is butyl".

Intern: How I get to the marketing department?
Engineer: Easy, go west until you can smell it and then turn north until you step in it.

We had our engineers work in HR for a week to encourage better teamwork. They immediately sent out an employment ad that read "Supermodels wanted, (must be able to solder.)"

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Facebook Graph
Geek Humor

Graph about Facebook

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Books with a Cleveland focus
Geek Contest

Congratulations to the winners of some terrific new Cleveland focused books.

Winners have been notified and books were taken to the post office for delivery.

The books that were won were:

  • Let's Have Another by Dan Coughlin
  • The Ashtabula Hat Trick: A Milan Jacovich Mystery by Les Roberts
  • The Making of Major League: A Juuuust a Bit Inside Look at the Classic Baseball Comedy
  • The Bone Lady: Life Lessons Learned as One of Football's Ultimate Fans
  • Cleveland TV Tales Volume 2: More Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television

See more about the books

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New Ransomware Tool
Geek Tool

The New Ransomware Kit is Coming Soon.

That's the headline of a blogpost from Third Tier.

It begins, "A lot has changed since October 2013. Yes, it has really been two years since we published our group policies to help mitigate against Cryptolocker. Since then we added instructions for protecting non-domain joined machines, workgroup computers, configuring your firewall, protecting your backup locations, advice on minimizing your attack surface and educating clients. It’s the proverbial onion layer approach. There’s no one solution for something like this because it’s always morphing. "

Follow the link to read the post and sign up for the tool when available.

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Microsoft's free USB-diagnostic tool
Geek Tool

The Windows Secret newsletter had some good info about USB-diagnostic tools.

USB logos

USB 2.0 (lhs) and 3.0 (rhs) logos

Fred Langa says "USB 3.0 data transfers should be up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 — and 2.0 should be almost 10 times faster than USB 1.0. But many factors can cause your USB connections to limp along at a fraction of their expected speeds."

He goes on "The best and most reliable way I've found to fully explore USB setups — in all Windows versions — is to run Microsoft's free and easy to use USBView tool. It isn't part of Windows; it's a separate download. USBView isn't a standalone download; it's part of the Windows debugging (WinDbg) toolkits for Win10, Win8, and Win7. (Vista can use Win7's USBView.) The WinDbg toolkit, in turn, is included in the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK). There are separate SDKs for each Windows version, and all are free."

See more in the Windows Secret newsletter

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IBM Watson in Cleveland
Geek Event

OK, it wasn't really Watson, the supercomputer that beat the Jeopardy champions. But it was Michael Rhodin, Senior VP of IBM Watson, who spoke at the 2015 Cleveland Clinic Medical Summit.

The medical applications for such a huge database with AI capabilities are amazing but so are some of the unexpected and consumer uses of Watson (choosing the perfect wine?)

The 2015 topic was Neuroscience so there were a lot of discussions about Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's, ALS and other areas. Most of us have been or will be touched personally by such a disease so it was gratifying to see the best and brightest minds coming together to show their work.

Dr. Thomas Graham, Cleveland Clinic Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Thomas Graham, Cleveland Clinic Chief Innovation Officer

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Geek Fun

This is Great!

Scientist logos

Do you understand them all?

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3D printing at Timken and PolyOne
Geek How To

Sandra Rapp, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The Timken Company and Brian Schilf, Director, Global IT Computer Services, PolyOne Corporation were on a panel about Innovation at the 2015 OHTEC CIO Symposium in Cleveland. In the Q&A session they were asked about 3D printing and they explained their companies experience with the new devices.

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What the Great Lakes Geek is reading
Geek Book

The Great Lakes Geek just finished reading The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics

The author (cartoonist Grady Klein) wrote two volumes of The Cartoon Introduction to Economics with the intent to make a potentially dry topic, palatable and even fun. He tries it again here with The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics.

I would guess that the audience for the book is youngsters who are interested in math, science and learning beyond their age and school coursework or older students who are struggling with their Intro to Stats course and need the extra help.

Read the Great Lakes Geek review of The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics

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Bill Gates Book List
Geek Reads

Several of you asked about the Bill Gates recommended reading list from Wired Magazine that was referenced below.

What I found interesting is that when I went to Amazon to order Feynman's Tips on Physics I noticed the section that Amazon calls "People who bought his book also bought…"

I expected to see other Physics books but what I saw was books from Gates' reading list such as Tap Dancing to Work and other books that had nothing to do with Physics. So obviously the Great Lakes Geek is not alone in trying to read what Bill Gates reads.

Here is the list that Bill Gates titled "Here Are the Books I Read When Out on the Road"

  1. Feynman's Tips on Physics - A short companion book to Richard Feynman's classic Lectures on Physics. Always worthwhile to return to the feet of the master.
  2. The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics - Bought this to use with one of my kids. Helpful in explaining a complicated subject to a teenager.
  3. Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel - I don't read a lot of fiction, but I thought this was an interesting study of the moral implications of technology. Will technology contribute to everyone's well-being or just make people more narcissistic?
  4. The Great Courses (DVD) - I left college early, but I'm probably the world's biggest consumer of academic courses online and on disc. Lately I've been enjoying Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception and Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness. Neil deGrasse Tyson's lectures on astrophysics, My Favorite Universe, are also really compelling.
  5. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? - I'm a big Jared Diamond fan; I invited people to read this with me last summer.
  6. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffet on Practically Everything - Any compilation of Warren Buffett's wisdom should be kept close at all times. Financial journalist Carol Loomis gathers some of his best here.
  7. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal - I read this to prepare for a family vacation to Panama. It's pure McCullough: epic drama, political intrigue, heartbreaking defeats, and eventual triumph.
  8. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - One of the most important books I've read. Steven Pinker demonstrates how the world evolved to be far less violent. Counterintuitive, if you watch the news, but true.

Microsoft System Center
Geek Freebie

The second title in the new series of free ebooks from Microsoft Press on System Center 2012 is now available. Microsoft System Center: Configuration Manager Field Experience provides Configuration Manager administrators with helpful and tested real-world guidance from consultants and product experts at Microsoft.

The target audience for this book is administrators who have at least three years experienced working with previous versions of Configuration Manager and who have begun deploying and using Configuration Manager 2012 in their environment.

Download a pdf of the eBook for free

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Geek Domain Names

Order Domain Names, e-mail accounts, web hosting, SSL certs and the usual menu of Internet items for great prices at Great Lakes Geek Domains. Follow the link at the bottom of the nav bar (under search) or click to visit

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Certified Partner News
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Desktops, Servers and Notebooks - Oh My!
Geek Store

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Check out our on-line hardware store and browse pre-configured systems or tweak the configuration options yourself and get instant pricing.

We'll ship the custom built system right to your door. Take a look at the Magnum Computers Webstore

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