How to Enable New Rendering Engine for IE 11 (a.k.a. Sneak Peek on Project Spartan!)

How to Enable New Rendering Engine for IE 11 (a.k.a. Sneak Peek on Project Spartan!)

During last week’s big event, Microsoft also revealed new information about the upcoming Internet browser, Project Spartan. There’s quite a bit of new features and improvements (both technical and design), and if you are running the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build – number 9926 on my ultrabook – then you can try out the new rendering engine with this trick:

  1. Open up IE 11 and type about:flags in the address bar.
  2. Switch “Enable Experimental Web Platform Features” from Automatic to Enabled.
  3. Apply changes and restart the browser.

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Several browser tests already show significant performance boosts in favor of the new engine, and so far I haven’t had any stability issues with it either, so there’s really no reason not to enable it already!

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Studyhackers: Improving Microsoft Word’s Default APA Referencing

Everyone who has had the pleasure of writing academic texts knows the importance of using proper referencing techniques and formatting. I did all the referencing to my Bachelor’s Thesis by hand, and with that experience still fresh on my mind, I decided to look around for better alternatives for my Master’s Thesis.

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Turns out that Microsoft Word has very neat and powerful built-in referencing feature, which supports several different citation standards (including APA, which was our faculty’s choice). However, I soon discovered that although Word lists every reference only once in the automatically generated bibliography, it treats every citation in the text itself as a new and unique entity. Therefore by default it was impossible for me to write as we were instructed by my faculty: “If the original source has three or more authors, all names separated with a comma are written in the first reference: (Jauhiainen, Pirhonen & Silvennoinen, 2009). When referring to the source for the second time, it is enough to write the first author’s name and “etc.”, a comma and the year: (Jauhiainen etc., 2009).

So the first reference can obviously be done, but here’s my workaround for the second one:

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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

I started this blog with few thoughts about the questionable quality of the information available online. However, after seeing these next two videos recently, I decided to contribute more on the topic. This time I will focus on the words used, i.e. the way things are expressed in a certain way to shape your reaction and opinions. This  very cunning method is used in both public and private sectors, and certainly as a phenomenon it’s on the rise.

To get you  to understand this topic, its importance and influence more, check out this must-see video from Billy Johnson:

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The Dark Side of Information Overload

The Dark Side of Information Overload

I’m an information addict, no doubt, but then again isn’t that the case for the most of us these days? The thing is that unlike (unfortunately) most of us, whenever I find something especially interesting/intriguing online, I dig deep and go for the original source – behind the scenes, so to say, in order to see what really is under the polished end-product, which is fed to the masses.

The Internet has indeed made the creating, consuming, sharing and searching for information easier than ever before, but it has not done so without consequences. The openness of the Internet has lots of debatable downsides, ranging from cyber terrorism to illegalized peer networks, but although many of those regularly gain flashy headlines, I’m writing about an issue that is often ignored: the quality and the worthiness of the data itself.

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