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Google Tool: Explore


I think the Explore tool in google docs can be used as a great resource for all google drive writers. Its quick and easy to use. It’s more like a shortcut. Instead of opening another page on your browser, you just click explore, and you have a tab on the side of screen pop up. I like that it pops up right next to where your writing so it’s very easy to navigate and you don’t have to search your whole computer, its right next to you.  It also allows you to save time by searching things you write about such as pictures, information, and other documents that you have written in the past because its right next to where your writing. I love to use it when I have another paper written on something similar and i’ll just type the heading right in and it’ll show up right there. Instead of having to open a whole new browser, reopening docs, and then have to find the other paper I was talking about. Explore can bring you insights, design tools, and research recommendations. It’s like having your own researcher, analyst, and designer, all you have to do is click.


Google Tool:  Keep notepad


This is a great resource for google writers. For me, Keep Notepad is very helpful because always before I write, i’ll make an outline and this is perfect for that. Instead of going back and forth from the outline to the paper, Keep Notepad allows us to take notes directly on the side of the paper, and literally drag our notes to the page. This can be very useful because it can save writers a ton of time and frustration. In addition, writers can search notes they’ve used in the past instantly, just type key words. This can be really helpful, because instead of going back through all of your notes, you can just search the topic and its there. Also, you can use notepad as a checklist. Writers can take notes on the side of their paper such as ideas, and check them off as they write about it so they wouldn’t forget. Its simple to use, not hard to find, and a great resource for writing a paper.


searcher; Network neutrality and Privacy Online

Network Neutrality



Privacy online




These links have to do with what I did in my writing class this past week. We have been talking a lot about Network Neutrality (which I explain in my most recent blog) and Privacy online and how they affect our lives on the Internet. If you want to learn more about Net Neutrality check out my recent blog post  Network Neutrality .  The first article is about Network Neutrality and what the problem is and how President Obama and the FCC solved some problems on the web. And the other two articles are about the scenario of privacy online, and how to protect yourself on the web such as, what looks like spam, what looks like a virus etc. In my opinion, these articles give good background information and solutions to these topics for people who don’t know much about the topics. I think people can gain a lot about these topics and how to protect themselves for the future.


Netwrok Neutrality


In 2002, the term Network Neutrality became a big word in US history and across the globe. Tim Wue, a law professor at Columbia University, coined this subject. Network Neutrality “is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.” Wue, felt there were gatekeepers for certain sites and it wasn’t right. Something had to change. As a result, he brought it up to the United states government claiming there should be a  “rule that would ensure a level playing field among Internet applications.” This should only make sense because, according to President Obama, “Ever since the Internet was created, its been organized around basic principles, fairness, and freedom.” Isn’t using the Internet freely and without cost the whole point of the Internet especially in a country like ours where the American dream exists? The american dream is to be able to access the whole world at your fingertips, to do whatever you want, whenever you want, without any restrictions. The internet is a place where millions upon millions of people access unlimited information and if there is someone/something getting in the way of that, there will be problems. The scenario is, without network neutrality, there is no “american dream”, there is no freedom on the internet.  As seen in the article, “Cable companies might want to slow down services such as Netflix that compete with their paid television service.” This is an example of the Internet in 2002 and over 4 million people complained to the government about this issue. If I knew how to complain to the FCC about this, I would be part of these 4 million. I personally use the internet everyday, and if I was restricted to use certain sites, or wanted to start a new company, it would be difficult for me to handle and me and many other would be flat out frustrated. People need the Internet to be a free open market where anyone, anywhere, at any time can access whatever they want. As a result of this scenario, President Obama assigned Julius Genachowski to be chairman of the FCC, and announced regulations that “prohibited ISPs from blocking online content, prohibited “unreasonable” discrimination, and required ISPs to be more transparent about their policies.” Of course Verizon went to court to fight against this claim arguing that they went beyond the powers Congress had granted to the FCC. Shorty after, Verizon lost this case. Thankfully, the new chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, proposed new, stricter network neutrality regulations, and the FCC’s Democratic majority approved them in February 2015. With Network Neutrality, statistics say Network Neutrality is a big reason there has been so much innovation on the internet over the last two decades and hopefully will only continue to grow and develop. Thanks to President Obama, the FCC, and to citizens across the globe, the Internet is now a free place to learn and explore.


Social Collaboration

In the past couple years, social collaboration has had many unfortunate problems. Lots of big businesses rely on these social collaboration companies to be simple and easy to use, but recently, not so much. In a recent article written by Bertrand Duperrin, he explains that these big businesses have struggled to use Facebook and other networks because they are simply not meant for social collaboration.” Collaboration moves to dedicated tools and businesses are asking for simple communication tools” He explains that they have too much going all the time that has nothing to do with social collaboration. For example, Facebook has messenger, but also has news feed, places to meet new friends, whats going on around you… all facebook has for social collaborators is messenger, therefore it makes it not a useful resource for social collaborators. Companies don’t like using these resources because their employees dislike complicated, general platforms. Employees want something that only has to do with social collaboration. Social collaboration companies have struggled to find a platform that would help them. Therefore, Immediate change has to take place. Social collaboration ideas according to Duperrin, are taken from multi-billion dollar companies, such as Microsoft, and try and base everything around them. If social collaboration companies were to come together and think of different ways they can produce a new kind of social collaboration platform, they would be more successful and productive than ever. Also, employees won’t have a hard time using these new platforms because they would be in great need in part of the development of the new platform, resulting in common knowledge of the new platform. If they can help businesses while help average people use these platforms, they would be way more successful and efficient. Businesses and people are looking for an easy to use, efficient platform used for everyday use and if social collaboration can happen, they can be extremely successful.

I Hate Google and Here’s Why


To me, it’s interesting how the whole world revolves around technology and social media. Anywhere you look, or whom you look for, some social media account or advertisement will pop up.


In a recent research project, I was asked to search myself on the internet and see what comes up. I typed my name in Google and the first thing to come up was no other but my facebook profile, followed by my Twitter, Soundcloud, and Linkedin accounts. To me this was very disturbing. Is this all people care about? My freekin social media accounts?! What about me as a person. Get to know me, how many siblings do I have if I have any?  Where do I live? Where do I go to school? Social media isn’t the only way to find this information out, and I hate how these search engines, such as Google, make it seem that way.


In the same study, I tried searching myself in a different search engine, DuckDuckGo, which used for private browsing. This was much better in the sense that social media wasn’t the first thing to show up on the top of my page. In fact, the first thing to show up was a biography of another Isaac Spiegel. And below that was a Wikipedia biography of another Isaac Spiegel who lived in the 19th century. It actually made me giggle for a feeling of relief. Although this search engine was much better, it still had plenty of links to social media accounts and other advertisements for social media platforms. But I guess this is just the world we live in. I guess this is what people really care about nowadays. In my opinion, I could care less if people knew about my social media “page”. I rather people know who I am as a person instead of just a nice picture of me on my wall with tons of other advertisements below. As you can tell, I’m a big believer of getting out there and meeting people face to face and not only through social media. Yes, I agree social media can be very helpful in stalking girls’ pictures, or seeing what your friends did the previous night, but come on, you can’t just send a nice little text saying, “how was your night last night?, or “hey man, do you know who so and so is”… its that easy.


For me, I hope to see a long list of amazing things I accomplished before I see my facebook account. I want to be able to scroll to the bottom of the page and click “next page” to see my Facebook profile. I want people to see that I am the first orthodox Jew to be able to play professional baseball, wouldn’t that be something? Then right under that the heading is, “ Isaac Spiegel gives 10 percent of his salary to charities”. Then below that the list of charities I gave the money too. In my opinion, that is an example of what should be found under your name search, not some social media account, but your life’s accomplishments and your goals. Isn’t that what life’s really about? Can you really “know” a person by going on there social media account? Or can you really know a person by what they want to achieve and what they desire. I don’t know about you, but to me it seems obvious. You Choose.

Manila Envelope?

It’s kind of funny how people look at social media in general. Some people wish that when they post something, they only want their friends and family to see it. On the other hand, some people want to attract outsiders to maybe get a different lense on things.


In the book, Claim Your Own Domain, Audrey Watters speaks about when she was a young girl, her mom used to collect every file from school and keep it in a manila envelope. That includes, paintings, drawings, homeworks, anything a little child would do in elementary school. She speaks about how she loved seeing everything her mom collected and how “meaningful” it was for her. She then brings up how nowadays there is nothing like that on the internet. Nothing is private on the internet. Everything is saved in the cloud, and anyone can see whatever, whenever they want. There is no owner. Its all shared to whomever. Watters questions shouldn’t you be the owner of what you post, and shouldn’t you have say of who sees it? In my opinion, its amazing how everything is saved online. You’ll never lose anything, misplace something, and its always accessible.  Yes, there is no manila envelope online, but aren’t there other things online that make up for it?

On the other hand, in a blog post by Bonnie Stewart, she speaks about the different types of people who use social media and labels them with different characteristics. For example, The Asynchronous Self is a characteristic of a social media user who hates being bothered with there phone. They hate being disturbed with everyday life by the ring of there phone.  Stewart talks about how great it is people use social media to share  their interests, hobbies, stories etc. People want to post on social media to get responses from random people because people enjoy hearing feedback from outsiders. It can give you a whole different perspective on life. Imagine hearing from someone across the globe, the things a person can learn is infinite. It’s amazing what social media can do and how it can affect people’s lives.

Baseball and Technology

Ever since a young age, technology has always been a big part of my life. From growing up playing xbox, to speaking with family from over 6000 miles away, to hours and hours of pitching lessons, technology plays a big role in my life.  

While in elementary school, my family moved from New York city to New jersey. Since my brother and I weren’t happy about the new transition, my Dad bought us a brand new Xbox 360. Not only did he buy us a new gaming device, but with one choice of any game we wanted, 2K 7 baseball. My brother and I still play this game today. I am always the Yankees, and he is always the Red Sox. I can’t remember the amount of times my mom had to step out of her office to scream at us for being too loud, fighting, or breaking the window from the controllers flying across the room. We would play game after game until we finally had to leave the room to go eat or use the bathroom, but even that was infrequent because we thought the other would just take the other controller when not there, place a fastball right down the middle, and smack a home run to increase their lead of the game. Yea, we were crazy but Xbox and technology was a big part of my childhood.

Fast forward around ten years to around the age of 15 when I started getting very serious about pitching and training. When I wasn’t in the gym with my trainer, I was working with my pitching coach and vice versa. I am always doing work towards my pitching. When I would practice with my pitching coach, I would ask him to video me doing drills so I can work on them at home to work on my mistakes. Since technology gave me the option to have those videos whenever I wanted, I became the pitcher I am today. Because of all the hours of drill work, practices, and lifts, I was able to play at all college levels, division one, two, and three all thanks to technology. I am certain that without technology, I would not be at the same level I am today.

At the age of 18, it is common for an orthodox jew to take a gap year in Israel, which I did. The one condition that my parents and coach made is that of course I have to keep up with baseball. This means, find a gym, throwing partner, and join a team. While I was in Israel I tried out for the Israeli national team and made it. It was a big step for me but without technology it couldn’t have been done. Let me explain. I would have to email my pitching coach at least three times a week to get new drills and feedback from the videos I sent to him, or the ones he sent to me. We would go through weighted ball drills, long distance throwing drills, and pitching drills, everything you need to be a successful pitcher. In addition, My trainer would email me once a week to send me new workouts, take down my weight, ask about my meals, and if anything hurt me, he would try to figure out what’s wrong. Again, im certain without technology I would not be where I am today as a pitcher. While in Israel, technology helped keep me in touch with my coaches and trainers, but also my family. I’m very close to my family and being far away from home made it sometimes difficult. Technology would allow me to Facetime my friends and loved ones. For instance, before every shabbat, my family would call to wish me a fun and safe weekend and to never forget to call them back after. I was able to remain very close to my family despite the time far away from home.

Technology on and off the field has affected my life because it helped comfort me in times when far from home, and helped me with my baseball career. Maybe in the near future new technological devices will make it even easier to keep in contact with family or coaches. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see what’s coming for us in the near future of the technological world.