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Video: Preparing an Emergency Plan

Posted by: leelefever on April 27, 2010- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: emergency plan, Explanation, video

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Today we're publishing a new video called "Preparing an Emergency Plan - Explained by Common Craft" If you've seen the news lately, you know there is no shortage of emergencies.  Tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, earthquakes, fires, it's all out there.  We don't like to think about them affecting us, but they can.  This video is focused on making a plan so that you and your family or loved-ones know what to do when an emergency happens.  It only takes 20 minutes to create an emergency... Continue Reading

Video: Augmented Reality - Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on March 22, 2010- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: augmented reality, Explanation, mobile, video, web

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Today we're releasing a new video: Augmented Reality - Explained by Common Craft We don't make a habit of making videos about every new gadget or technology. Everyone once in a while though, a technology captures our attention and becomes a candidate for a video. The video we've published today caught our attention - it's a topic that I think we'll be hearing a lot more about in coming years. It combines information from the web and reality - what you see through a camera phone.  By making... Continue Reading

Video: Secure Websites in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on February 8, 2010- 4:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: net safety, plainenglish, security, video

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We've published a new video called "Secure Websites in Plain English" Security is obviously an important part of using the Web. Thankfully, through cooperation between a number of organizations, standards have been developed to communicate when a site is secure.  Unfortunately these clues are not always known to everyday Web users.  This video covers the basics of web site security - the common threats, the basics of encryption and how to tell when a site is secure. The video also covers a... Continue Reading
Today we published a new video called Protecting Online Reputations in Plain English. Aimed at younger or inexperienced web users, this video helps explain the long-term risks of sharing inappropriate photos, videos and stories on the Web. We've seen the stories and heard personal accounts about people who shared an inappropriate photo that eventually caused them to lose their job or miss an opportunity. Preventing this kind of problem can come from increased awareness about how the Web works... Continue Reading

Video: Cloud Computing in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on November 10, 2009- 4:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: computerbasics, paperworks, plainenglish, video

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Today we published a new video called Cloud Computing in Plain English: This title has been one of our most requested and for good reason.  Cloud Computing is a subject that has an explanation problem - people have a hard time understanding it because it's difficult to explain quickly.  Like Social Media, it's a subject that is very broad and lacks broad consensus in terms of clear explanations. Our hope with this video is to lay bit of groundwork so people can see the big ideas. We asked a... Continue Reading

Zombies in Plain English - Protect Your Brain this Halloween

Posted by: leelefever on October 14, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: fun, holiday, humor, zombies

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It's that time again folks.  If you're worried about your brain this Halloween, Zombies in Plain English can help!

Video: Saving for Retirement (401ks) in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on September 29, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: Explanation, money, paperworks, plainenglish, video

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Today we've published a new video "Saving for Retirement in Plain English". Since we first considered making the series of videos on Money, we've had our eyes on retirement savings. Not just our retirement, but yours. Too many people start saving too late and/or don't know the basics of why retirement accounts like 401ks and IRAs make sense. This video is aimed at helping people see the long term benefits of retirement accounts.Who is it for?  Along with use in schools, we see this video being... Continue Reading

Video: Stock Markets in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on September 1, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: Explanation, financialbasics, money, ourwork, video

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Today we've published a new video: Stock Markets in Plain English This video is one of our most requested and focuses on a few basic ideas: Why companies offer their stock to the public Why people buy and sell stocks What makes stock prices change How we measure stock markets using indices This video is part of our Money series and one of the first to touch on markets.  It was also one of the toughest to make. Economic forces like supply and demand can quickly turn into rabbit holes. Keeping... Continue Reading

Video: Insurance in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on July 20, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: Explanation, financialbasics, money, ourwork, video

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Today we've published a new video: Insurance in Plain English As we wrote recently, we're focusing on our Money category over the next month or two.  This video, Insurance in Plain English, is meant to explain why insurance exists, what service it provides, how it works and what role it plays in being financially responsible. Insurance is a concept that surrounds us all the time. In fact, it's so common that it's easy to assume that everyone understands it and why it makes sense.... Continue Reading

Video: Twitter Search in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on June 15, 2009- 5:00pm

Topic: Common Craft Video

Categories: Explanation, ourwork, plainenglish, twitter, video

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Today we released a new video called "Twitter Search in Plain English" The video uses an metaphor of the small town of "Twitterville." The town has an election and the people use Twitter to track real-time news, a hashtag to organize discussions and trends to find new information. While it wasn't our intention, the video matches closely with the events currently taking place in Iran, where people are using Twitter to organize and share news about their disputed election. If you know people who... Continue Reading

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