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Bruce Elgort
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Recent Blog Posts
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How browsers work internally – Tali Garsiel
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 4:47p   Bruce Elgort
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What to do when things go wrong
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 2:26p   Bruce Elgort
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Interviewing Using Skype Pro Tips
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 5:10p   Bruce Elgort
Use the Skype Echo / Sound Test Service to test out your audio prior to your interview Remove any visual distractions that may focus attention away from you in the background Have good lighting in the room so that the people interviewing you can see you Angle your webcam so it shows your face dead-on […]
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Please come see me speak at VanTalks 2017!
Mon, Mar 27th 2017 3:23a   Bruce Elgort
I’m happy to announce that I will be one of the 8 speakers at this years VanTalks event being held on May 24th, 2017 at the Kiggins Theater located in Vancouver, Washington. The title of my talk is “How We Work: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century”. Tickets for the event are […]
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Amazon Alexa Meets IBM Domino
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 4:16a   Bruce Elgort
I had the honor of becoming a contributor for the outstanding NotesIn9 Video Podcast produced by David Leedy. In this show, I demonstrate how I built and Amazon Alexa Skill for the IBM Domino based IdeaJam app. If you have any questions, please let me know. I would be more than happy to answer them! Thank […]
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That Makes 10 Microsoft MTA’s
Thu, Feb 9th 2017 11:14p   Bruce Elgort
Today I completed my tenth Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The test was the “Mobility and Devices Fundamentals (Exam 98-368). This exam focussed on the following: Understand device configurations Understand data access and management Understand device security Understand cloud services Understand enterprise mobility Here is a list of the MTA’s that I have completed: […]
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Amazon Alexa Meets IBM Domino – Sneek Peek
Wed, Feb 8th 2017 4:58p   Bruce Elgort
Here’s a sneek peek of the app I will be featuring on an upcoming NotesIn9 screencast: Here’s a sneak peek at the Amazon Alexa demo I’m building for @NotesIn9 that reads data from @ideajam pic.twitter.com/p43WbOQuEr — Bruce Elgort 🐧 (@belgort) February 8, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
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My New Favorite Podcast
Thu, Jan 12th 2017 5:49p   Bruce Elgort
Software Engineering Daily has been added to my daily podcast listening stream. The host, Jeff Meyerson does an outstanding job of interviewing guests and keeping the conversation interesting. I highly recommend that you give the show a listen. Subscribe on iTunes >
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That Makes 4 Years
Thu, Dec 8th 2016 11:24a   Bruce Elgort
Well, this week marks the end of my 4th full year of teaching classes at Clark College. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by. I’m working on a longer post which reflects back on my experiences. It’s also incredible how much I have grown personally and professionally. I’m looking forward to teaching this winter and […]
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Dale Chumbley: Making Digital Marketing and Social Media Work for Real Estate
Thu, Nov 17th 2016 3:48p   Bruce Elgort
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Updated List of College Classes I have Taught
Mon, Nov 14th 2016 7:32p   Bruce Elgort
Originally posted on Bruce Elgort: Here’s an updated list of the courses I have taught at Clark College in Vancouver, WA over the past 4 years: Programming Essentials (CTEC 112) HTML Fundamentals (CTEC 122) JavaScript (CTEC 126) Intro to Programming and Problem Solving with Python (CTEC 121) PHP with SQL 1 (CTEC 127) Business Web Practices…
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Business Web Practices Speaker: Real Estate, Digital Marketing & Social Media
Mon, Nov 14th 2016 12:16a   Bruce Elgort
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Yeah, this…
Sun, Nov 13th 2016 8:22p   Bruce Elgort
This conversation took place late last night on Slack: Student: Bruce I see you the Sublime Text editor. Bruce: I have tried many of them out and prefer Sublime. Student: I want to be a professional web developer one day. I also have some questions about the assignment that’s due tomorrow. Bruce: A professional web […]
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Eliza Greenwood: The Convergence of Digital Marketing and Accessibility
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 4:13p   Bruce Elgort
This week’s Business Web Practices lecture features Eliza Greenwood, a web professional who focuses on marketing and social media deliverability concerns for people with disabilities. Eliza Greenwood is a freelance digital marketer and accessibility evangelist. This means she attends bleeding edge accessibility conferences, meeting developers and designers who are working on digital solutions that make […]
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Proud Clark College Instructor
Sun, Nov 6th 2016 5:40p   Bruce Elgort
I’m truly thankful for the professional network that I have worked hard to build and maintain, pay off not for me but for my students. What do I mean by this? I’m seeing graduates from programs at Clark College going to work for companies and organizations that started with some “matchmaking” and introductions from my […]
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This Week in the Business Web Practices Speaker Series: Web Career Journeys
Tue, Nov 1st 2016 4:08a   Bruce Elgort
This week’s Business Web Practices lecture features two individuals with strong ties to Clark College; CTEC and CGT adjunct instructor Fellene Gaylord and Web Development program graduate Christine Watson. Both will share tales of their career journeys with a stress on how successful careers in the world of the web require one to be fluid, […]
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Slack Bot – Slack Channel Tone Analysis Using IBM Watson
Fri, Oct 28th 2016 12:40p   Bruce Elgort
Originally posted on Bruce Elgort: In this video, I demonstrate how I used IBM Watson’s Tone Analyzer service to analyze an entire Slack channels’ textual content history. The bot allows you to select the channel you want to have analyzed and then presents charts displaying the various tones in the channel. Slack Bot – IBM…
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Jane Croft: The Importance and Role of Quality Assurance in Software Development
Thu, Oct 27th 2016 12:58a   Bruce Elgort
Here is the video from Jane Croft’s talk at Clark College’s Business Web Practices class entitled “The Importance and Role of Quality Assurance in Software Development” Subscribe to the Business Web Practices YouTube channel.
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So this Happened Last Week
Wed, Oct 26th 2016 1:55p   Bruce Elgort
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This Week: The Importance and Role of Quality Assurance in Software Development
Mon, Oct 24th 2016 10:53a   Bruce Elgort
This week, Jane Croft will be giving a talk entitled “The Importance and Role of Quality Assurance in Software Development” as part of the Clark College Business Web Practices Speaker Series. Jane is a returning to our speaker series for her second time. The talk she gave last year was one of my favorites. Here is […]
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Sun, Oct 23rd 2016 3:16p   Bruce Elgort
Two new videos were added to the “Business Web Practices Speaker Series” channel on YouTube. The first is Dr. Tocarra Stark, Marketing Director, Clark College and the second is Heidi Johnson Bixby of Johnson Bixby and Associates. Many thanks to Tocarra and Heidi for taking the time to speak to the Clark College community. Please subscribe […]
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Dear Web Developers
Sun, Oct 23rd 2016 3:10p   Bruce Elgort
Make it work it before you make it nice. Or better yet – make it work perfectly before adding the visual pizza. Thank you, Bruce Saw the above on Twitter by Rian Rietveld who was giving a talk on web accessibility at a WordPress WordCamp conference Make it work before you make it nice #Accessibility […]
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College Instructor Pro Tip No. 6
Sun, Oct 16th 2016 2:05p   Bruce Elgort
When an assignment has been available for 2 weeks and you ask for an extension on the day it is due isn’t cool.
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College Instructor Pro Tip No. 5
Sun, Oct 16th 2016 12:49p   Bruce Elgort
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A Splash of Color
Sat, Oct 15th 2016 12:15p   Bruce Elgort
The Vancouver Watersheds Alliance, its partners and numerous local artists have given Vancouver’s Main Street a splash of color. The murals remind residents that what flows through our storm drains eventually leads to our rivers. If it’s not rain, it doesn’t belong in the drain! I love this idea and I’m excited to go walk […]
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Cheryl Bledsoe: Ubiquity of Social Media and Social Media as a Social Service
Thu, Oct 13th 2016 4:57p   Bruce Elgort
Yesterday Cheryl Bledsoe, Technology & Accreditation Manager at Clackamas County Communications, delivered an outstanding talk at Clark College. I have seen many talks on social media, but none of them ever resonated with me the way in which the stories Cheryl shared did. This talk is a “much watch” for any company, organization, educator or person […]
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This Weeks Business Web Practices Guest Speaker: Cheryl Bledsoe
Tue, Oct 11th 2016 12:36p   Bruce Elgort
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I’m Too Old
Mon, Oct 10th 2016 9:33a   Bruce Elgort
A week or so ago, I was bantering over text messaging with Chris Martin about some blog posts I made. Chris suggested that I add to my posts how I felt about the topics. I replied “I’m too old. I’m done creating and enjoy consuming”. Man did that open a podcast of worms. I’ll be […]
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Peter Ramsing: The Ongoing Adventures of a Front End Developer
Thu, Oct 6th 2016 4:16p   Bruce Elgort
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How to Configure Canvas LMS Notification Preferences
Tue, Oct 4th 2016 6:09p   Bruce Elgort
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Reflections on John Furniss – Fine Woodworker Video
Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 12:13p   Bruce Elgort
A few days ago when I posted a link to the latest “Innovators of Vancouver” video I neglected to include my thoughts about it. Let me first say that as a child each and every Saturday, I participated in a group at the Industrial Home for the Blind (now known as the Helen Keller Institute). […]
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Another Great Chris Martin Studios Video Production: Dale Chumbley
Sat, Oct 1st 2016 12:39p   Bruce Elgort
 
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John Furniss: A Blind Woodworker
Sat, Oct 1st 2016 12:28p   Bruce Elgort
John is an amazing human being. He is kind, loves a good joke, and creates beautiful pieces of furniture. He is also happens to be blind. I first met John through his wife Anni Becker Furniss. She was featured in an earlier episode of Innovators of Vancouver and also a student in my video production […]
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Getting Work to Work: Coming Up with Ideas
Sat, Oct 1st 2016 12:14p   Bruce Elgort
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Why I Teach Reason No. 17
Fri, Sep 30th 2016 12:22p   Bruce Elgort
I just received this feedback from Troy Uyan’s presentation at Clark College earlier this week: I just finished Troy’s presentation. He is an extraordinary individual. If I didn’t know any better, I would think he had at least 5 to 10 years experience. He is extremely accomplished in such a short time. His story about […]
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I’m Talking about You. Really, I am.
Thu, Sep 29th 2016 2:45p   Bruce Elgort
The one thing I absolutely love about my job as an instructor is the ability to share my experiences working in corporate America, starting an open source community for IBM, producing a podcast, owning a successful software startup and being involved with social media since 2002. I have seen and experienced it all. The good, […]
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Troy Uyan: Beginning a Web Development Career in the Public Sector
Thu, Sep 29th 2016 11:42a   Bruce Elgort
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Business Web Practices Speaker Series Week Two
Sun, Sep 25th 2016 9:38p   Bruce Elgort
When: Wednesday, September 28 Where: Clark College, Foster Hall Auditorium 4:30 pm Session Title: Beginning a Web Development Career in the Public Sector Session Speaker: Troy Uyan, Web Developer, Clark County Government, Washington State This week’s speaker is also a Clark College Alum success story.  A few years ago, Troy Uyan was a Clark Running […]
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Aaron Hockley: A Passionate Intersection: Technology, Photography and Social Media
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 10:18a   Bruce Elgort
Here’s a video recording of the talk Aaron Hockley gave to my Business Web Practices (CTEC 165) class at Clark College earlier this week.
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Getting Work to Work: Results May Vary
Fri, Sep 23rd 2016 10:14a   Bruce Elgort
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Create Your Own Resources
Fri, Sep 16th 2016 10:37a   Bruce Elgort
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Get Involved with an Advisory Committee
Thu, Sep 15th 2016 11:48p   Bruce Elgort
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Announcing the Speaker List for Business Web Practices
Wed, Sep 14th 2016 10:10p   Bruce Elgort
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APIs for Dummies – A Free eBook by IBM
Sat, Sep 10th 2016 11:53a   Bruce Elgort
Modern business ecosystems need to rethink their approach to innovation and integration. This eBook is your guide to applying the power of APIs to business challenges ranging from changing business models to embracing a world of devices and sensors. Get the eBook >
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Dream Big, Act Bigger
Fri, Sep 9th 2016 10:23a   Bruce Elgort
Do you know what the dreams for your life and business are? Are you daily acting to turn those dreams into reality? In this episode of the Getting Work To Work podcast, Chris Martin shares the importance of writing down your dreams for your business, why you should daily act to make them happen, and five ways […]
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You Suck at Excel with Joel Spolsky
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 6:06p   Bruce Elgort
Hat tip to Stan Rogers for sharing it.
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Replace “WordPress” with “Yellow Bubble”: An Open Letter to the WordPress Community
Thu, Sep 8th 2016 5:28p   Bruce Elgort
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Bruce’s Life Experiences No. 3394
Wed, Sep 7th 2016 5:27p   Bruce Elgort
I’m thankful for the experiences throughout my careers at UL, SHARP, OpenNTF, Elguji and Clark College that exposed me to international business, world culture, diversity, and humanity. A day doesn’t go by when I am not working or talking with people from all over the world. Thank you to all of you who were part […]
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Jealousy, Envy and Complacency
Fri, Sep 2nd 2016 9:25a   Bruce Elgort
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Find Out Which Slack Groups You Are A Member Of
Thu, Sep 1st 2016 8:53p   Bruce Elgort
We all know that Slack groups come and go and that it would be nice to know which groups you are still considered a member of. Look no further than this URL: https://slack.com/signin/find
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What is the Value of Your Work?
Fri, Aug 26th 2016 6:03p   Bruce Elgort
As a creative professional, it can be hard to determine the value of your work, especially if your sense of worth is skewed from reality. In this episode, Chris Martin talks about how worth (internal barrier) affects our value (external barrier), how society views the value of creative work, and how we can change the […]
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2016/2017 Must-Know Web Development Tech – Watch this if you want to be a web developer
Fri, Aug 26th 2016 5:41p   Bruce Elgort
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Feast and Famine
Fri, Aug 19th 2016 11:30a   Bruce Elgort
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Video: College Student Worst Practices – Learning from the Mistakes of Others
Wed, Aug 17th 2016 1:10p   Bruce Elgort
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More College Student Worst Practices
Wed, Aug 17th 2016 10:29a   Bruce Elgort
Continuing on from my list of “College Student Worst Pracies” post: Worst Practice No. 4: Waiting until the day an assignment is due to ask the instructor for assistance. As soon as an assignment is announced or made available, read through it in its entirety at least once and maybe twice. Don’t simply do the […]
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College Student Worst Practices – The First Three
Tue, Aug 16th 2016 5:43p   Bruce Elgort
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Perfection is an Illusion: Fighting Perfectionism
Fri, Aug 12th 2016 12:59p   Bruce Elgort
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What I Can Offer You and Your Company
Thu, Aug 11th 2016 11:21a   Bruce Elgort
A year ago I re-opened my professional consultancy and have had the pleasure of working with several local and global companies and organizations. Here’s a partial list of some of the things I can do for you: Provide an honest assessment of your information technology operation Offer executives a “plain English” explanation of technology Provide […]
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Learn PHP and SQL this Fall!
Wed, Aug 10th 2016 12:14p   Bruce Elgort
Hello! Are you interested in learning PHP and SQL? If so, please consider taking my course this fall which is being offered on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10:30am-12:50pm at Clark College located in Vancouver, Washington. Got questions? Please ask. If you could share this post with your friends I would really appreciate it.
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Twitter for iOS Adds Accessibility
Tue, Aug 9th 2016 11:33a   Bruce Elgort
The Twitter fo iOS app added a panel for accessibility. To access the panel tap on the gear in your profile and then tap on “Settings”. Next tap on “Display and sound” and then you will be presented with this panel: Thank you Twitter for adding these options.
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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Images
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 7:42p   Bruce Elgort
Jessica Tate, senior user experience designer at Portland’s ThinkShout gave a very good presentation at Devsigner entitled “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Images”. On the outside, images on the web seem simple: save an image, compress it, and upload it to a website. If only it were that easy. What file type do […]
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Taking control of the Browser Security Model
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 6:02p   Bruce Elgort
This past weekend at the Devsigner Conference held in Portland, Oregon, Dylan Tack gave an excellent presentation entitled “Taking control of the Browser Security Model”: Since the birth of the web, the browser security model has remained nearly static. Recent evolutions make it possible for site operators to fine-tune the security model, and enforce mandatory access […]
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End of an Era: IdeaJam.net
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 2:01p   Bruce Elgort
After serving the IBM community for over 9 years, new idea submission, voting and commenting has been turned off on the http://ideajam.net site. The site will remain available in “read only” mode for the foreseeable future. The site collected 4,581 ideas, 12,346 comments and 108,544 votes.
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Getting Work To Work Podcast: Filling Your Journal
Fri, Aug 5th 2016 10:04a   Bruce Elgort
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9 Microsoft MTA’s Now Completed
Thu, Aug 4th 2016 7:19p   Bruce Elgort
Today I completed my ninth Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (MTA) exam. The test was the “Cloud Fundamentals (Exam 98-369). This exam focussed on the following: Understand the cloud Enable Microsoft cloud services Administer Office 365 and Microsoft Intune Use and configure Microsoft cloud services Support cloud users Here is a list of the MTA’s that […]
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What Were You Born To Do?
Fri, Jul 29th 2016 10:07a   Bruce Elgort
Every week Chris Martin starts his podcast with the same description: “…overcoming the barriers that prevent them from doing the work they were born to do.” In this episode Chris talks about the importance of finding the work you were born to do, the importance of doing work that impacts others, and six ways you […]




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