Lectures, Workshops, and Teaching

Workshop on Building and Optimizing Your Business Online for PC Magazine's Business Tech Summit, in six cities this fall:

  •  Boston:
  • September 17, 2004
  •  Chicago:
  • October 8, 2004
  •  New York:
  • October 14, 2004
  •  San Francisco:
  • October 22, 2004
  •  Los Angeles:
  • October 29, 2004
  •  Atlanta:
  • November 5, 2004

    The Business Tech Summit will provide small-to-medium size businesses with practical information on how to use technology to stay competitive. "For over two decades, PC Magazine has provided millions of people with useful evaluations and product testing to help them select the right technologies," said Michael J. Miller, Editor-in-Chief. "With the Business Tech Summit and Digital U, we take this one step further and provide you with direct access to the experts who help make those evaluations."

    The Business Tech Summit, sponsored by eBay, Trend Micro and NetSuite, is a set of full-day workshops that will help business executives use and leverage technology to keep their businesses on the forefront. Led by PC Magazine editors, Sheryl Canter, John C. Dvorak and Bill Howard, individual workshops will address: aligning technology with strategy, building and optimizing your business online and making the appropriate choices for mobile computing. For more information and to register, visit www.techsummit.pcmag.com.

    April 19, 2004, 7pm
    Southeastern Vermont Computer Users Group
    Web-based Scripting

    HTML—that clever, cross-platform method for displaying formatted text—got old fast. Formatted text and graphics are nice, but they just sit there. Effective user interfaces must be able to respond to user input, and that's where scripting comes in.

    There are many different scripting languages, but they all fall into two broad categories: scripts that run on the server, and scripts that run inside a browser. In this talk, Sheryl will describe the differences between the two—their strengths, weaknesses, and the applications for which each is best suited.

    Sheryl Canter started with PC Magazine as an Associate Editor in 1991, and has been a Contributing Editor to PC Magazine since 1993. She was the editor of PC Magazine's Utilities column from 1993-2002, and continues to write frequently about technology for PC Magazine and the O'Reilly Network. As a speaker, writer, and editor, her specialty is in demystifying computer technology. Sheryl is also a Web developer. You can see samples of her work at webdesign.permutations.com.

    October 20, 2003, 7pm
    Southeastern Vermont Computer Users Group
    The Spam Problem

    In this talk, you will learn:

  • How spammers get your email address and what you can do to stay off their lists.
  • The different types of spam filters available, how they work, and which work best.
  • How to use header information to identify the spammer, even when the return address is spoofed, so you can lodge effective complaints.
  • Persons School of Marlboro College
    Technology Center
    28 Vernon Street; Brattleboro, VT

    October 23, 2003 , 6pm
    Persons School of Marlboro College
    Effective Immunity: Keeping Out Viruses and Worms

    Virus checkers are important, but not enough. Learn six healthy habits that can reduce your chance of infection. Free admission.

    Persons School of Marlboro College
    Technology Center
    28 Vernon Street; Brattleboro, VT

    October 26, 2003, 12-4pm
    Persons School of Marlboro College
    Anti-Virus Workshop

    This is an in-depth workshop on how to keep your computer safe. Learn about the different types of "malware" (malicious software) and how they work. The better you know your enemy, the better able you'll be to prevent invasion. Space is limited so advance registration is strongly suggested. The regular fee for the workshop is $175. If you attend the free Thursday forum, the price is $75. For Persons School students the price is $25. Persons School alumni can attend for free.

    Persons School of Marlboro College
    Technology Center
    28 Vernon Street; Brattleboro, VT

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