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Standard Seminar Topics

The following topics are a small sample of the types of seminars we provide. Our seminars focus on how technology impacts people, and not just technology for technology's sake.

Oh, by the way, this is not an exhaustive list. These are just some of the topics we have developed for others. We are of course glad to custom develop seminar outlines to meet your training objectives without charge.

Introduction to Computer Security

Audience

People who are responsible for maintaining their own computer and are required to use the Internet. This includes professionals in private practice and college students, for example.

Summary

We have witnessed an updated computer system download and install six spyware or malware programs without authorization—just by visiting a web page. Pages that youth frequent, such as download or game cheat sites, are often the source of such infections.

In this session we will discuss how to break the lethal chain so such infections cannot occur. Students will receive a check list to simply verify if their systems are vulnerable or not. Specific points of discussion will include:

Credit Card Processing

Audience

People involved in the decision to select a service bureau for processing credit cards. This includes business owners and non-profit directors.

Summary

Organizations can accept credit cards with the help of a payment processor. Most businesses can efficiently use of three systems:

All three have advantages and disadvantages. We'll discuss each offering's strong and weak points. We'll also perform a break-even fee analysis as an in-class exercise.

Digital Imaging Primer

Audience

People using digital cameras or scanners who want some technical background on the associated equipment and software. Potential attendees include people involved in the production of marketing material containing images.

Summary

Color depth, CYMK, dots per inch, gamma correction, interpolated resolution, loss-less compression, pixels, RGB, saturation. Such is the language of digital imaging. A language more of us need to learn as advertising and marketing demands the use of full color images and photographs to reach our customers.

We'll not only discuss all of the above terms, but demonstrate basic digital manipulation techniques:

Disaster Recovery With Mepis Linux

Audience

People responsible for the maintenance of their own computer, especially those traveling with a laptop.

Summary

You bring a laptop on a business trip and power it on. You get an error message that a critical file is missing or damaged and the system will not start. You need to print out some files for a morning presentation. It's 10:00 at night. Now what?

Mepis is a version of Linux that boots from a CD. With it, you can start the computer, copy the files to a USB drive, take them to a 24 hour copy center for printing, and still get some sleep.

In this session, we will walk through this process step by step. In addition, we will discuss the protection of information technology assets while traveling.

The Truth About Internet Dating

Audience

People interested in examining the societal impacts of the global Internet.

Summary

At some level, the Internet is nothing more then a way to help people communicate. But no other communication medium offers such diversity of services, geographic reach, or speed. Consequently the Internet has tremendous impact on how we interact with other people.

This session begins with a half playful, half serious experiment conducted with regard to one of the Internet's more popular services: dating. We discuss how the Internet has, for better or for worse, impacted one of our culture's most important traditions. We also discuss how instant communication via email and text messaging has changed how we interact with other people.

A Parent's Guide to the Internet

Audience

People responsible for controlling or monitoring the use of the Internet by minors.

Summary

Machines are stupid. Or more precisely, not sentient. They do what they are told, without wondering if a command's intent is for good, for evil, or just plain benign.

Unlike books, movies, or even television, the Internet offers us a gateway to the entire magnitude of human expression. Good, evil, and benign. And this gateway is controlled by machines. Non-sentient machines that can't determine if a particular access is appropriate or not.

Parents have reason to be concerned. Not everyone on the planet has a child's best interest at heart. Parents must set guidelines for Internet access. This can be a tad difficult without knowing how machines can help in the process.

This session addresses various topics on the subject of parental Internet control:

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