The Sundial

Four iPhone games you must buy

Jacob Nahin

April 27, 2010

If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you've no doubt downloaded the "lite" or free versions of several different games available in Apple's app store. But what about spending a few bucks for a couple full-version apps? Here are five that are guaranteed to give you your money's worth: 1. Plants vs. Zombies ($2....

Manage your money with Mint

Jacob Nahin

April 26, 2010

A soft breeze blows across your skin as you head to the mailbox. It's a new month and you feel great until you open the mailbox. A couple magazines, a letter from mom and credit card bills. Bank statements. Utility balances. If you dread this monthly ritual—and the balance in your checking account—...

Groups Projects without the Travel Gripes

Jacob Nahin

April 26, 2010

When I first started going to CSUN more than two years ago, students had to meet in person at least once to their complete group projects. At the time, I was commuting from, 57 miles, from Lancaster to campus. Fortunately, there are ways around having to meet in person. Students who need to work group...

Put the pencil down and start typing on Evernote

Jacob Nahin

April 19, 2010

Microsoft Word and notebooks are two staples for students pursuing their degrees in higher education. Two problems: 1. The notebooks weigh two pounds too much for your walk from the Arbor Grill to Manzanita Hall. 2. Microsoft Word, with its thousands of features you never use, is almost as cumbersome....

RSS made easy to understand

Jacob Nahin

April 16, 2010

Some access news by visiting a Web site. Others crash on the couch, consuming 30 second snippets crafted for them by one or two news sources (CNN, Fox News). However, this method of news consumption can skew a reader or viewers perception of the world. There’s a more efficient way to browse the news...

Find the spring break parties with Foursquare

Jacob Nahin

March 22, 2010

With less than 10 days until spring break, students are all asking their friends the same question: "Where will you be?" When the flash mobs form and the party starts you don't want to be the last one to hear about it. Your solution: Foursquare. Like other location-based services (LBS), Foursq...

Follow the food truck using social media

Jacob Nahin

March 16, 2010

Food served out of the back of a truck isn't new, but leave it to Los Angeles to make what would otherwise be called a "roach-coach" into something trendy. That said, there are a number of food trucks roaming the L.A. area that use Twitter to tell fan foodies where they are serving meals. If you're...

Four apps your PC needed yesterday

Jacob Nahin

March 8, 2010

Viruses and trojans, malware and bloatware. Let’s face it, the Internet is more dangerous and contagious than Van Wilder’s bedroom. Your computer, if it’s a PC, likely came with some trial-version of a mainstream anti-virus solution such as Norton Internet Security or McAfee Internet Security. Here’s...

Tech changes coming to CSUN

Jacob Nahin

February 24, 2010

New technology programs could be implemented at CSUN to reduce costs and increase efficiency. CSUN must look to the future and compare it to the present to meet the campus’ projected student growth, said Harry Hellenbrand, provost and vice president for academic affairs at a meeting meant to showcase new technology that will be used by CS...

Google Buzz faces privacy backlash

Jacob Nahin

February 22, 2010

Last week, the Google war-machine released its latest weapon in the microblogging turf-war. Its name, Google Buzz, sounds less like a jolting juggernaut and more like a bothersome insect. As many GMail users are already aware, the new Buzz feature can be found under the “Inbox” category in the em...

Protect your digital privacy

Jacob Nahin

February 15, 2010

It’s 12:05 p.m. and your class just let and you  finally managed to etch out 30-minutes for a lunch and some Web browsing. You boot up your laptop and log into Yahoo Messenger and start up an  explicit conversation, the secret kind you don’t want out in the open. Fewer than 20-feet away, ano...

Undelete your final essay

Jacob Nahin

February 10, 2010

It’s 1:45 p.m., nearly an hour before your final English class for the semester. The 20-page final essay, your six-hour masterpiece, is ready to print. While you were typing, you saved the document every five minutes, “just in case.” So what do you do with your free time? A little spring cleaning...

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