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During a storm, more people are trying to use their phones at the same time. The increased calling volume may create network congestion, leading to “fast busy” signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again. This allows your original call data to clear the network before you try again.

Consider wireless text/short messaging services. During a storm, text messages will often go through quicker than voice calls because they require less network resources.

You can also use certain high-end wireless data devices’ messaging capabilities to communicate with employees during a storm.

Keep non-emergency calls to personnel to a minimum, and limit your calls to the most important ones. During severe weather, chances are many people will be attempting to place calls to loved ones, friends and business associates. 

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  • Tulsa’s “basecamp for entrepreneurs,” 36 Degrees North, is now a boot camp for budding web developers, as the ribbon was cut Wednesday on the Coding Dojo. Located in major cities around the country, Coding Dojo chose Tulsa for its first campus in a mid-sized city. COO and CFO Jay Patel told KRMG that’s because Tulsa’s a hub for business in this part of the country, and his company sees a lot of potential here. “You look at large companies - not paying attention to tech at all - there’s many large companies in Tulsa,” Patel said. “And because of that, we realize there’s an opportunity for all of those companies to get tech talent.” Any business of almost any size needs that kind of talent in the modern business environment, he said, and Coding Dojo turns even people with no prior experience into fully capable coders in 14 weeks. Their graduates, he said, start at an annual salary averaging more than $72,000 a year. Gov. Mary Fallin attended the ribbon cutting, along with her entire cabinet. They held their monthly meeting at 36 Degrees North, and before the ribbon-cutting she spoke to the importance of bridging what is called the “skills gap” in Oklahoma. There are more jobs which require technical training and education than there are people to fill them, a problem that will only grow moving forward unless the state takes serious steps to address the issue. Coding Dojo answers that need in a direct way, she said. “We have to have a highly-skilled, relevant, educated work force,” she told KRMG. “So we’ve been talking a lot about what type of jobs we have, what type of skill sets are needed.” Classes at Coding Dojo will begin September 18th. Related Story: Coding Dojo Coming to Tulsa, Offering a New Career Path Related Story: Coding Dojo to Offer Full Java Course in Tulsa
  • Back to school time is a good time to remember safety. Safe Kids Tulsa has six safety tips. They say teach your kids early to put away their smart phone or tablet and look left, right, and left again when crossing streets. Tell them to stand three giant steps away from the curb when waiting for the bus and to board one at a time. If they carpool, make sure the car has the right safety seats for their age. Get the kids a medical check-up before they take part in sports. Remember to teach them to hydrate when they're playing. And check playground equipment for any dangerous defects.
  • Think you’re being nice when you add a smiley face to the end of your email? According to one study, you could be conveying something else.  >> Read more trending news  The new study, titled the “The Dark Side of a Smiley,” examines the “effects of smiling emoticons on virtual first impressions.” Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found that, contrary to popular belief, virtual smiley faces are not a suitable replacement for an in-person smile. In fact, “smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” the researchers found.  The study, which involved 549 participants from 29 countries, tested three experiments to gather findings.  One experiment revealed that when the gender of the email sender was unknown, recipients assumed it was a woman if the sender used a smiley face. This finding did not correlate with participants’ conclusions with friendliness or competence. Another experiment found that not only do recipients of professional emails with smiley faces generally view senders as less competent, they’re also less willing to share important information with the sender. When considering two emails that are exactly the same with the only difference being that one includes a smiley face, the one without the emoticon is more commonly effective. “The study ... found that when the participants were asked to respond to emails on formal matters, their answers were more detailed and they included more content-related information when the email did not include a smiley,” said Dr. Ella Glikson, a post-doctorate fellow at the BGU Department of Management, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management. “We found that the perceptions of low competence if a smiley is included in turn undermined information sharing.” Although using smiley faces in professional emails could hinder communication in the workplace with new or unknown contacts and coworkers, the practice is more acceptable and less harmful when used with workplace buddies. “People tend to assume that a smiley is a virtual smile, but the findings of this study show that in the case of the workplace, at least as far as initial ‘encounters’ are concerned, this is incorrect,” Glikson said.  “For now, at least, a smiley can only replace a smile when you already know the other person. In initial interactions, it is better to avoid using smileys, regardless of age or gender.” The concise conclusion?  “In formal business emails, a smiley is not a smile,” Glikson said.
  • Tulsa’s Commemorative Air Force has posted an online auction for a chance to experience Monday’s eclipse from an airplane with an open cockpit. The minimum bid has been met, so the flight will happen August 21st. But Col. Phillip Kirk of the CAF tells KRMG if the winning bid is $2,500 or more, they will actually fly into the path of totality. “We will give that person an option to have us fly up to Missouri where they see the total eclipse, because that’s a lot of expense to get up there. If not, we’ll do it here for 90 percent (totality), and that will be a pretty good experience.” The flight will be in a PT-19 trainer, a 1942 aircraft fully restored and flown by the CAF out of Jones Riverside Airport. To enter the auction, visit the CAF Tulsa website. The deadline for entry is 10:00 p.m. (local time) Thursday. Kirk says they will provide eclipse glasses for use during the flight, and will carefully instruct the winner on exactly how to use them, and when. The plane will be flying at an altitude of roughly 8,000 feet, above most of the atmospheric haze, and offer a spectacular view of the eclipse. The CAF is a non-profit organization that restores and flies historic aircraft for educational purposes.
  • The doctor who operated on a Wisconsin man who accidentally shot himself with a nail gun says the nail punctured the patient's heart. Dr. Alexander Roitstein performed the surgery on Doug Bergeson at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay in June. The doctor said Tuesday it was difficult to assess how deeply the nail penetrated, but said it left bruising and a hole. Roitstein said the nail was a fraction of an inch from a major artery. Bergeson was working on a house near Peshtigo in June when the incident happened. He told The Associated Press he initially thought the nail had nicked his chest until he tugged at his sweatshirt. Bergeson then got in his truck and drove to a hospital about 10 minutes away.