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Read This: The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures

This might be one of the most interesting blog posts I have read in a few months. Like seriously, you guys. Any Facebook or Twitter or Social Network X profile picture is always the result of days of deliberation. What kind of message do I want to send with this picture? Do I look attractive ...

Read This: How to Manage a College Education

We’ve worked a little bit with blog-network-now-social-network Brazen Careerist in the past. They are great folks over there doing great things. Their founder, Penelope Trunk, just published a great post on her blog about paying for a liberal arts education. The idea of paying for a liberal arts education is over. It is elitist and ...

Guest Post: How to Make the Most of Skype Language Exchange

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Nobody's callin' on the phone, 'cept the pope maybe in Rome. Photo by flickr user re-ality.

HackCollege alumna Rosario Doriott wrote a few posts on learning languages by connecting with other speakers around the globe, and today's guest post refines on those ideas. Today's post is by Harry Ness, a senior at Georgetown University and the guy behind The Simplicity Scholar (which is also a book). If you would like to write a guest post, shoot us an email at [email protected].

Everyone knows that the only way to learn a language is to practice speaking it... a lot. Most students, however, have few opportunities to do this, so oral communication is always their biggest weakness.

HackCollege already discussed the utility of Skype as a foreign language instructor, but finding a good online language partner and practicing with him or her regularly is not easy. In this post, I'll lay out a simple but effective system for optimizing the online language exchange experience.

Take Our Survey, Win a Sweatshirt

It’s that time again, we want to get closer with you guys. While we can’t lay awake in bed with each and every one of you, we do want to know your deepest secret. Or just some cursory information. We need to do the surveys every once in awhile to make sure the companies we ...

An Interview with the Guys Behind Onward State

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Occasionally on HackCollege we interview students doing awesome things, like Jason Sheedy the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon intern or Milkman, one of the best mash-up DJs out there. Last week I got Davis Shaver and Evan Kalikow from Onward State on Skype for a little interview. Onward State is an alternative media outlet for Penn State. They put up posts regularly and compete with the Collegian, the student newspaper at Penn State. I asked them about coming up with a name, rivalries, the future of the student newspapers and journalistic integrity on a blog.

Save Your Loved Jeans with Denim Therapy

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Jeans are a big deal on the West Coast. Like really, you guys. Like you can totally wear nice jeans instead of slacks. Thanks to Miss Fergalicous, Seven Jeans, True Religions have cemented themselves firmly on those hangars in your closet. You hang up your jeans, don't you? But like any piece of clothing, jeans get worn. Eventually, they get worn to the point of no return. My jeans always wear out in the crotchal area because of my long... bike rides around campus. Alas, these expensive jeans usually go to the jean graveyard. That is, until now.

I got an email the other day (we get lots) from Denim Therapy. Conveniently, there was a pair of jeans that I had just worn through. Denim Therapy? More like Denim Serendipity. Denim Therapy will repair your jeans for you, and just about handle anything you throw at them.

CES: Victorinox Presentation Master

Just as Chris got all giddy about the Sony PartyShot, I’ve gotta say that the Victorinox Presentation Master takes the cake for me. I always remember seeing the Victorinox logo on the back of my dad’s Swiss Army knife growing up. It’s exciting to see that the company is keeping their products relevant. I met ...

CES: Aluratek PMP

I caught up with Dave Song, the director of sales and marketing from Aluratek, to talk about one of their newest 720p PMP devices. This thing is sweet

CES: ooVoo

Mike caught up with the guys behind ooVoo, the free video conferencing suite. ooVoo demoed the software and Mike had an epiphany: because ooVoo is Web-based, he won’t need to download any software. Mike says this will help in situations where he doesn’t have administrator privileges

CES: Sony PartyShot

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Lesinski so excited. Chris selects his best find from the Consumer Electronics Show 2010: the Sony PartyShot. As he describes, “It pans, tilts and zooms to take good pictures.” This thing is awesome and means you’ll never have to get stuck behind the camera at a party again

CES: Student Gadget Roundup

We sat down at CES 2010 on the NBC Universal broadcast stage to review some of their favorite gadgets from this year’s convention. Among the devices we review in this video: mipressi TWIST Samsung DualView TL 205 Canon PowerShot A495 Olympus STYLUS TOUGH 3000 Victorinox Presentation Master The Boxee Box Sling Solo WikiReader Wi-Fire Powermat ...

Guest Post: Blackberry Bold 9700 Review

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Today's guest post comes from Dan Northern, a current student at the University of Alabama. He runs the site If you are interested in guest-posting for HackCollege, please see our Guest Blogging for HackCollege page.

I recently picked up the new Blackberry Bold 9700. It is easily becoming the best phone that I have owned, and here is why.