National CyberSecurity Awareness Month:Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

  • 2 October 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 83
New Horizons Cybersecurity Month

The National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) website will highlight a different theme for every week of October 2018 to focus attention on the important issues everyone must be aware of to protect themselves, their information, and their online safety. As part of the NCSAM celebration, our Get Schooled blog will align with each of these themes each week during this important month.

Discovering Your Leadership Voice

  • 18 September 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 90

Great leaders know they must provide value to the people who work for them that goes way beyond a paycheck. That value often comes in the guidance, the teaching, and the advice they share with their people. Many emerging leaders wonder how they’re going to find the words to say, and the right voice to share them with. Here are some thoughts about how to find your personal leadership voice.

Getting Ready for National CyberSecurity Awareness Month

  • 11 September 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 83

Like changing batteries in your smoke detector on the change in Daylight Savings Time can save lives, National CyberSecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) comes around every October to remind us that so much is at stake in keeping our networks and data safe. To prepare you for CyberSecurity month, we review many of the activities you’ll want to be doing to “celebrate” this annual rite.

Attend SpecTECHular – The Search Engine for Your Career

  • 4 September 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 169

With 9 distinct tracks, 60 seminars and a newly introduced certificate of participation, this year marks the 10th Annual SpecTECHular New Horizons Virtual Summit on October 12, 2018. Here’s all the great reasons why you must mark that date on your calendar and let nothing deter you from attending!

Cisco Careers – The Fundamentals, Networking & CyberSecurity, Are Still Most Important

  • 14 August 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 179

With all of the innovation taking place in their company, two of the highlights from Cisco Live are that fundamental Networking is more important than ever, and CyberSecurity is a foundational skill in every Cisco environment. This is valuable career information for those building their path in tech. 

Go into CONFIG mode to successfully clear ACL hit count with command (CISCO)

  • 9 August 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 100

Clearing the access-list (ACL) counters is similar to resetting the trip odometer on your car and provides a clean slate for future reports. When making changes to the configuration, starting the ACL counters at zero grants more reliable data in relation to the current changes. A reset command must be performed within the CONFIG mode in order to restart that counter, or it won’t work. 

To reset the ACL, type the command: “clear access-list counters” in CONFIG mode. Results for the ACL command are now cleared. Use the command: “clear int ethernet0” to clear counters in the interface. It might seem more natural to perform these commands within enable mode, but this only works in CONFIG.

Enable Smoothing for greater brush painting control (Photoshop 2018)

If you’ve ever tried to draw with the brush tool—yes, even with a stylus—you know how cumbersome and unforgiving Photoshop can be. CC 2018’s Smoothing feature makes this task a lot easier. When you paint with Smoothing enabled, you’ll notice a pink guide, also called a string, that runs from the painted stroke to your brush tip. This string plays a crucial part in the tool’s functionality.

Select the Brush tool (or Pencil, Mixer Brush, or Eraser tool) from the Tools panel and set your color and brush tip options. The Smoothing option is enabled by default. Adjust the Smoothing slider (from 0, which is no smoothing, to 100 which is maximum smoothing) on the tool Options bar to change the amount Photoshop smoothens the stroke. Then, click on the gear icon next to the Smoothing slider to choose from the different smoothing options:

How a Manager Becomes a Leader

How a Manager Becomes a Leader

There are some managers who are afraid to have any of their people “outshine” them. They fear their own image will be somehow reduced. But this is like a great conductor avoiding having anyone in the orchestra who plays any instrument better than they do. It just doesn’t make sense. No conductor can possibly play every instrument that well that they would have anything but awful musicians in the chairs as a result.

Enhance your text with an attractive image (Illustrator CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

Solid colored text just doesn’t have the same artistic appeal as text filled with a background image or texture, such as wood grain, a painted background, or even a sunset. Background images are plentiful on stock art websites and easy to snap with your camera or cell phone, so there should be no trouble coming up with an interesting image.

To add an image to text, first set some type in a font that is thick enough to display an image inside. Then set both the foreground and background color to none. Select the Draw Inside button at the base of the Tools panel, and Illustrator will display a dotted line around the bounding box corners. Choose File > Place, navigate to the image you wish to place inside the text, and click Place. Reposition the text over the image as needed, select the Draw Normal button at the base of the Tools panel, and you’re done!

Put a copyright notice in your file’s metadata for added protection (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

If you put your images online, you should protect your digital rights with a copyright. Even if you watermark your images, a copyright notice in your file’s metadata is another simple way to tag your photo as your own. Metadata is not visible in the image—it’s embedded in the file information, and it’s easy to access in Photoshop.


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