Archive for November, 2008


ProctorU hits the mainstream!

November 21, 2008

Some of you may be familiar with Slamwire and AJU’s joint venture, Pupilcity.  Our first project is ProctorU, a secure exam proctoring service for distance education.  Using webcams, VNC connections and authentication through a partnership with Acxiom, we allow students who are taking classes online to complete thier exams online as well, all while keep a high level of academic integrity.  Read the press release here.

From the release:

Acxiom’s Mike Jortberg says, “Unlike recording devices that require a user registration process, complex software installation and special training for both students and instructors, Pupilcity’s ProctorU solution is a much simpler approach for the distance learning student and instructor. We are excited to have the Acxiom Fact-Check-X student identity solution embedded into ProctorU. If an institution is considering using face to face proctors for their students, this is the next best thing to expensive, in-person human observation of a test taker.”


3 Awesome Sites That I Use Everyday (besides the obvious)

November 14, 2008

Thought I would take time to share three websites that I use on a daily basis.  I intend to make a case why you should too.

The first one I have spoken of before:

I mentioned this in a previous post, but I want to mention it again.  This site lets you update an endless array of social media sites at once.  People have told me before they think it is neat that my myspace and facebook statuses match my twitter tweets.  That’s all thanks to  With google talk integration and mobile capability, I love to ping all the time.  



Mahalo is one of those great sites that you could be on for hours.  It bills itself as human powered search, and I guess I see that.  But the beauty of mahalo is that it is a great site to keep up with current events.  You know how you will be walking past a TV and you will hear someone say something like “And that’s the latest on the Obama water bed scandal”… and you think to yourself.. “What??!?”

Well mahalo surely has a page devoted to the obama water bed scandal, explaining it with basic facts and relevent links.

In addition to that, they also have a daily show (called mahalo daily) that is a fun watch.  


Lastly, my current favorite is a site that we at Slamwire/Pupilcity have partnered with:  

Tokbox has completely revolutionalized the way we communicate at AJU and at Pupilcity.  It is a super simple, free website that allows you to chat, video mail, and conference… all using webcams.  

Webcams are one of those things that have been around forever, and you have always thought, “this is going to be the future of the web.”  But only until recently have high speed internet connections become common enough to support wide spread, practical use.  They have been around a little while, but they seem to really be gaining steam.  If you have a webcam, visit to call me and see how awesome this site is.  You don’t even have to sign up to call.  Just visit my page and hit the call button.  Seriously, I don’t want to AIM, googletalk, or anything else again.  Tokbox blows them all away.



Sooo… I’ve been neglecting my blog

November 12, 2008

Ok, so I haven’t blogged in a while, and I realize that.  Things have been crazy lately.  Slamwire and AJU have launched a joint venture and it has absolutley taken off.  Marriage plans are moving along nicely, and business trips to Phoenix and Notre Dame are behind me.

So anyway.. a full post is coming tomorrow.  Maybe two!  Wait, no. Pace yourself, Jarrod.