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Oracle Magazine
March/April 2011


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Chill Out

If you’ve ever felt the singe of your computer burning through your pants, you may have come close to experiencing toasted skin syndrome. This condition presents with mottled skin that is caused by long-term heat exposure. The culprit? You guessed it: laptops. Now, you can avoid a hospital visit and keep on working with the ThermaPAK HeatShift Laptop Cooler. The thermal pad sits between your laptop and legs (or table) and cools down your laptop using cooling crystals that absorb and dissipate the heat by melting into a gel. The cooler lowers laptop temperatures by more than 10 degrees and promotes airflow through its grooved design. This silent, simple accessory requires no refrigeration or power.
US$24.99–$34.99, depending on size.

Talent Show

In what areas do U.S. companies expect to see talent shortages in 2011?

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Mashup moderate GraphicModerate shortage
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Source: Deloitte Talent Edge 2020
survey of 334 executives of U.S. companies with annual revenues greater than US$500 million.


Smart Expander

“Effective leaders preserve order amidst change and change amidst order. Why? To move their organizations forward in an environment overflowing with hidden risks and momentous possibilities.”

— Phillip G. Clampitt, coauthor of Transforming Leaders into Progress Makers: Leadership for the 21st Century (Sage Publications, 2010).

If you’re looking for a portable hard drive that really screams, check out Super Talent’s USB 3.0 Storage Pod. This 500 GB hard drive transfers files 10 times faster than USB 2.0 devices, at rates up to 90 MB/second. The Storage POD enables an external drive to function as fast as or faster than the internal hard drive. Not just for backups, the Storage POD is a great way to expand the storage capabilities of your current machine. It is fully backward-compatible with USB 2.0–enabled products, has no power adapter or drivers, and weighs just 7 ounces.



Some Originality, Please

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The words or phrases above are the 10 most overused (and clichéd) corporate buzzwords and phrases that appear in LinkedIn user profiles in the U.S.
Source: LinkedIn, blog.linkedin.com


Reading Apps

Use these smartphone apps for reading, becoming a better reader, or organizing your library.

The king of e-book readers lets you buy more than 750,000 books; syncs with other platforms.
Free (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry).

Rate your books, read reviews from 3.8 million members, and find other books that might interest you. Includes a reader for public-domain titles.
Free (iPhone).

This reading log keeps stats on your reading habits. This can motivate you to whittle down that stack of books by your bed.
US$1.99 (iPhone).

Home Library
Inventory the books in your home library (and CDs and DVDs) by scanning their barcodes. Track what you’ve loaned out and maintain a wish list.
US$0.99 (iPhone).



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