At the workshop I attended last week ("Publish, blog, tweet - furthering one's career in science") I discussed blogging for a researcher. One of the points I made was that through a blog a researcher may sometimes ask for the help of his or her readers, with usually great results.

Today I would like to put my own creed to the test, because I am searching for an article and I have no idea how to do it - usual searches with Google are insuccessful in this case. It is a newspaper article of 1989, which I need as it has relevance for a chapter of the book I have been writing.
Last Thursday and Friday I attended a workshop aimed at students of science communication and researchers who want to use the web tools to improve their collaboration networks and the visibility of their scientific output.

I gave a talk discussing the good and the bad sides of blogging about one's research. My contribution was very well received and I received great feedback from the organizers. You can find a live streaming (with the slides I am discussing also shown) at the workshop site, here: http://www.scicomm.it/p/blog-page_1.html . To see my talk go to h.mm.ss 1.17.00 .

UPDATE: the raw videos are now here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBmlEGOgCPEhQFRFw-cwf2qZG7oTsia-r
After 24 hours of using Windows 10, as a tablet user, it is an incremental improvement on Windows 8.1.  The biggest improvement is that my Pro 3's WiFi now works without issues. Right now Windows 10 is not a HUGE revolutionary jump that would merit skipping a whole major version number.  That said Microsoft had at least two good reasons for that, one of marketing and one which is technical.  For non touch users or those who follow the myth that every other Windows release will suck (without even giving them a try) Windows 10 will be the tolerable touchable Windows. 
The real reasons to skip the name Windows 9 are legacy code and marketing.
Like a plant that needs the right environment for it to grow healthy and bear fruits, FIER is believed to be more of use in a world that shares its supporting principles and theories.  That is referring to  a supportive educational system.  What educational system would that be?
The educational system that is deemed supportive of FIER is the one that fosters the following principles:
Today and tomorrow I am attending a workshop in Padova titled as per the title above (but it is in Italian). If you know the language and are interested in the topic, there is available live streaming at the workshop's site, here: http://www.scicomm.it/p/pbt-2014.html

My contribution will be titled "The researcher who blogs: social value, opportunities, challenges, anathemas". I am speaking tomorrow at 10AM (Rome time zone - it's 1AM in California!). I will post some extract of my slides in the blog later on...

The workshop should be interesting, as many reknowned science popularization operators are present, and the topics in the agenda are attractive. Give it a look if you like...
I own a brand new Surface Pro 3, and if  all the good touch features of Windows 8 are removed to make Windows 10 placate non-touchscreen users, I and others are going to be very disappointed.  Many websites are reporting that the new Windows 10 "kills the start screen" and more or less abandons all the good touchable features of Windows 8.  As one who's used windows since XP tablet PC edition, through Vista and 7 on touch screens the start menu sucks on a touch screen.  So here are the main questions a long time touch, and user of Surface Pro and Surface Pro 3 has for MS. 

Will Windows 10 that I have the keyboard attached and a mouse and in that mode it makes some sense to have the start menu?  

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