Discussing career fairs with a Purdue Aviation Technology student

The 2012 Aviation Technology Career Fair at Purdue took place last Thursday in Niswonger Hall. Photo credit: Purdue College of Technology website

As a follow-up to the preview blog that I wrote about the 2012 Aviation Technology (AT) career fair, which took place last Wednesday, I talked with Mark Udolph, who is a graduating senior in Aviation Technology, about the career fair.

Q: Were you happy with the turnout with regard to the companies that participated in the Aviation Tech career fair?

A: I was, but it turned out that Cummins Inc. never showed up. I wanted to talk to them, but I didn’t get a chance to do that, so that was a drag.

I talked to about 12 of the 20 companies that were there, so I was happy with the turnout overall.

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The Hunger Games needs a more restrictive rating in the UK, say experts and parents

The Hunger Games film contains too much violence for its current rating in the UK, according to some experts and parents. Photo credit: Starpulse.com

Experts and Parents in the UK want the restrictive rating for the Hunger Games movie to be raised to a no-one under-15-admitted policy.

The UK has a different rating system than the U.S. has. Instead of ratings, as we call them in the U.S., they have certificates.

The current certificate for the Hunger Games is 12 A – meaning that no one under the age of 12 will be admitted to the film, unless they are accompanied to the film by an adult who is at least 18.

Experts want the film to be raised to a certificate of 15 because of the violent content of the movie.

The film was originally given a certificate of 15, but after the producers agreed to make a 7 second cut of brutality and bloodshed, it was lowered to a 12 A.

According to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, one expert warned that:

“children who see the controversial film are at risk of having its disturbing scenes ‘hard-wired’ into their brains.”

I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hope to sometime soon. I have heard from many people, including my girlfriend, that the books are very violent.

I’m curious to see how much of that they transferred into the film.

What do you think about the movie rating systems? Are they too harsh? How helpful are they?

I’d love to know what you think! Please leave me a comment or vote in the poll!

Preview: Purdue’s College of Tech to host Aviation Technology career fair Mar. 29

Photo credit: Purdue Aviation Technology website

Purdue’s College of Technology will host its annual Aviation Technology (AT) career fair this Thursday, March 29.

It looks to be a busy career fair, so be sure to plan ahead for it if you’re going to attend!

Some quick information about the career fair:

Some of the companies that will be in attendance at this year’s career fair are:

These are only a few of the companies that will be in attendance. A full list of the companies that will be in attendance can be found on the department of AT website.

There will also be representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Officer programs, and the U.S. Navy Officer programs in attendance.

The department of Aviation Technology is urging students to register through Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities Express website.

From the department of AT website:

First-year students through graduating seniors should register NOW to receive important information relating to internship and permanent job opportunities.

Here is a link to a PDF of the registration form, which can also be found on the department of AT website.

After you’ve filled it out, you’ll want to send it via fax, e-mail, or postal service to:

Email atsec@purdue.edu
Fax (765) 494-2305
Postal Address Aviation Technology
1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2015

For any additional information, contact Suzanne Coolbaugh-Walker at (765) 494-9967, or scwalker@purdue.edu

It looks like it will be a beautiful day weather wise, but you might want to check the radar and forecast for Lafayette before you head out to the airport in your formal attire!

Good luck to everyone at the career fair!

KONY 2012 is the most viral video ever

KONY 2012 is the most viral video ever, getting 100 million views in six days, according to research by Visible Measures. Photo credit: The Washington Times

The controversial video KONY 2012, which is a 30 minute documentary which seeks the arrest of the Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, has become the most viral video of all time.

The video was viewed over 100 million times in just six days between both YouTube and Vimeo, and it has only been online for about a month.

The video ran rampant through Facebook and Twitter last week because of people in the 18 to 29 year-old demographic, according to research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

I have not watched the whole documentary yet, but I remember going to class last week and it seemed like everyone was either talking about KONY 2012 or watching it on their computers, tablets or phones everywhere I went.

The sudden spotlight on the director of the film, Jason Russell, caused him to have a bit of a mental breakdown last week. There has also been a lot of criticism of the group behind the film, Invisible Children.

It seems like all of the news that came out of the film’s release is a reminder of the power of the internet and social media.

Here’s a video from Mashable that explains more about the social media phenomena that lead to KONY 2012 going viral:

Andriod apps could be twice as power efficent without ads

Free apps that cycle through ads are killing battery life on mobile devices, according to a group of Purdue University researchers. Photo credit: TalkAndroid.com

If you’ve got an Android phone or tablet, it would get dramatically better battery life without advertisements, according to an article on tech website The Verge.

A team of researchers at Purdue University recently partnered up with Microsoft, and they discovered that a whopping 75 percent of app related battery drainage on the Android platform is due to the processes that show ads.

It’s well-known that free apps on all mobile platforms – like iOS and Android – that show ads tend to be huge battery hogs, but this is one of the first studies I’ve heard of that shows just how much juice those advertisements take out of a battery.

Lead by Purdue doctoral candidate Abhinav Pathak, the researchers developed a really cool piece of software called EProf, which is able to evaluate just how much an individual app is draining the battery.

The group tested five popular free apps on an HTC Passion (Nexus One) running Android 2.3.

Examples of the apps they tested are: Angry Birds, Free Chess, and the New York Times app.

When Angry Birds was tested, they found that less than 30 percent of the battery drainage was caused by actual game play.


After I read that, it made me wonder, where is the other 70 percent of the battery drainage coming from?

The researchers found that it comes from:

  • uploading information about the user (physical location, for example)
  • downloading advertisements
  • displaying those advertisements

A word of advice that can be taken from all this information:

Avoid free apps that contain ads.

Paying a few dollars for the app will help save battery life immensely.


Apple sold 3 million new iPads last weekend

The screen has been much improved on the new iPad. In the image above, the icon is shown on the iPad 2 screen on the left and the new iPad screen on the right. Photo credit: The Verge

Yep, you read that correctly.

Apple sold three million of their latest 3rd generation iPad tablets since last Friday, according to tech website The Verge.

I couldn’t believe that either when I read it.

I had to read it a few times.

That’s a huge number of devices to sell, even for Apple.

When they launched the iPad 2 last year, they sold about one million of them during launch weekend.

The difference this time was probably in part due to Apple taking pre-orders for this new generation iPad, which they did not do for the iPad 2.

The biggest new feature on the 3rd generation iPad is the screen, which has four times the resolution, making images look much sharper, as can be seen in the image above.

I’m very interested to see how many iPads Apple will sell this year.

They sold 15.4 million of them in the last quarter of 2011, which topped HP’s PC sales during that same timeframe.

How many will they sell this year?

I see them selling a lot more iPad 2s because they slashed the price to $399 for a brand new one, or a refurbished one can be bought directly from Apple for about $349.

How many iPads do you think they will sell?

Top 3 free (for the most part) online music streaming services

Streaming music services are a great, inexpensive alternative to downloading music. Photo credit: Nutshelltek

I love music. It’s one of my favorite things.

But what do you do if, like me, you don’t have the money to pay to download music from iTunes or Amazon?

Well, there are some great services that you can stream music from for free.

Here are my top 3 favorite services.

  1. Grooveshark
  • Hands down, my favorite service to listen to music on.
  • Making an account is free, or you can connect with Facebook/Twitter.
  • Truly unlimited music streaming. No limits to how much you can listen.
  • The only limitations are:

2.   MOG

  • Streams very high quality music
  • Can create an account, or use Facebook to sign up
  • Much more limited than Grooveshark. You are given a limit on how many songs you can listen to for free. You can either pay to access more music, or you can add playlists/recommend it to friends to get more free plays.

3.   Spotify

  • Huge library of music on Spotify, if you like it, they probably have it.
  • Free to create an account, or can use Facebook to connect.
  • Spotify is also much more limited than Grooveshark. It’s only available as downloadable software for your computer or mobile device, and to get the most out of it, you have to pay a monthly subscription. The free service is still great though!

If you’d like more information, here’s an infographic that explains more about the services.

Next week is Purdue’s spring break, so this is my last post until Monday, March 19.

Have a great week everyone!