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Making a Better Latte with a Walmart Espresso Machine

Image from flickr user MiikaS My sophomore year, I woke up Christmas morning to an espresso machine. Hooray! I thought, my life would be filled with delicious lattes every morning with leaf patterns or heart patterns or whatever pattern I wanted to make with the milk. I plugged immediately plugged it in and made my first ...

Featured Desk Space: Cost-Efficient Customization

HackCollege approves of Ben’s choice in Web sites. Today’s featured desk space comes from Ben Torell, a junior computer science major at Wheaton College in Illinois. He just finished putting together his workspace and sent it in to show off on HackCollege. Being a computer science student, Ben said his second monitor is “unbelievably useful.” ...

HackCollege Turns 3 Today!

Wow. I can’t believe it.    As of today, HackCollege is officially three years old, making us one of the longest running student-powered blogs in existence. We’ve had our best year yet, too. And we’ve got plenty more in store over the next few years. A big thank you to old and new readers for ...

The Basics of Good Coffee

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Photo from flickr user Ben Cumming.

This post is part of the on-going Coffee Week series.

Before we get into the nitty-grindy of making lattes and selecting the right beans, it helps to know the elements of a perfect cup of coffee.

Given the simplicity of coffee, one might think it would be difficult to mess up. But the elements of a good cup of coffee are also very delicate. Without the proper attention, you could easily make a crappy cup of coffee (and most people do, day in and day out without realizing it).

More coffee after the jump!

Introducing Coffee Week

Ahh, coffee. An essential ingredient of productivity, especially for students. The mixture of it’s chocolaty smell, it’s caffeine-bestowing abilities and its social aspects give many students a reason to wake up in the morning. Nothing can beat a great cup of coffee. Since we here at HackCollege are caffeine addicts, we’ve decided to put together ...

Featured Desk Space: Bunk Cave

Dan Miller‘s desk has quite a few nice touches. Schweet! Reader Dan Miller (@jazzdan) submitted his desk for the HackCollege Featured Desk Spaces feature. He’s currently a freshman at Marist College majoring in information systems. He’s got a second monitor powered by his 15″ MacBook Pro. Next to his laptop he’s got a “stuff-I-take-with-me-when-I-leave-the-dorm” basket. He ...

Featured Desk Space: Jack on Tap

Tim Merchant’s desk setup at school in Seaham. Notice the Jack Daniel’s tap.  Today’s featured desk space comes from Tim Merchant (@tmerchant), long-time HackCollege fan from across the pond and business marketing student in Seaham. He submitted a picture of his current desk setup, which is one part study, one part party. Tim’s got a ...

Featured Desk Space: Pristine Organization

Marie keeps her bookshelf pristine. Our very first submission to our Featured Desk Spaces feature (hah) comes from Marie at the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she’s a sophomore accounting major. She likes to keep her room and desk space as pristine as possible, utilizing what little space she has. If it sounds idealized for ...

College News Roundup – Week of 9/6/09

Looks like it must have been a slow week this week. I guess everyone has a hangover from the back-to-school frenzy. College Football Season Begins There isn’t an article on this one, but we’re just saying, it happened. Go Irish. Obama Speaks to the Education Nation While it was primarily geared for younger kids, Obama ...

NYT: Why Colleges Don’t Cut Costs

The HackCollege writers are constantly emailing stories back and forth, wondering what’s worthy of posting or not posting. Chris sent me a link to a post from the New York Times Web site. The article is titled “Why College Costs Rise, Even in a Recession.” During an episode of the HackCollege show last semester, we ...

Blackboard 9: Enough is Enough

an class="thumbnail-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Mere seconds before I had 20 minutes worth of work deleted right before my eyes. LMU spent the summer "upgrading" to Blackboard 9. I had my first encounter with the newest Blackboard system recently while taking a little ungraded quiz. Blackboard 9 boasts Facebook integration, an iPhone app and Web "two dot oh" features. Unfortunately, the core of Blackboard doesn't work. It never has. It's confusing, 

This post deals with the bugs nuances of Blackboard and how to work around them.

Click on to read the rants and workarounds!

The Fall 2009 HackCollege Syllabus

Hey everybody! Kelly here, just giving you a heads up about what’s been up around HackCollege these days. August was an awesome month for us and we’re all geared up for the fall. We hope you are, too. New Posting Schedule Starting today, expect posts daily. Perhaps even twice daily if you’re lucky. We’re bearing ...