Archive | July 2015

Why I have a Taylor Swift Poster in my Office

Upon getting my new office I decided to decorate. As a self-declared computer nerd I have issues decorating, and I usually pull things off the shelves of IKEA and place them in alternating corners of my apartment, not unlike a mechanic using the “star pattern” to bolt a tire back on. What usually ensues is people coming over and saying, “oh that’s nice.” Not the “oh that’s nice!” with the audible exclamation point, but the one that involves them stumbling over the last word in that phrase. I decided to try a different approach to my office, and put some things on the wall that really mattered to me. One of those things happened to be a poster of Taylor Swift from her “Red” tour.

So what does Taylor Swift have to do with Information Technology? Well, everything apparently.

She does have her own jet.

The Twitter account @Swiftonsecurity made me realize that anyone could be an expert in Information Technology, even Taylor Swift.

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As you can see she covers a lot of tech arenas, from the conundrum of the fragmented Linux OS, to system administration and system integrity.

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She also seems to delve into details regarding user security in relation to hardware recommendations. Is this really Taylor Swift running this parody account? Maybe.

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What have I taken away from this Twitter account that sufficient knowledge regarding technology is achievable for everyone. You don’t have to be an information security professional to keep your stuff secure. You don’t have to be a hardware designer to pick out a good laptop for you kid, and yes computer geeks are usually approachable and even friendly. They may even have a hit song or two.

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New Blog Title!

When I originally had the idea for this weblog, I was hoping to “get my name out there” to prospective employers. Unintentionally, I started a place to test resources and beta test future projects. This has led me to significant professional growth, as well as my passion to meet the needs of teacher and other professionals. As a technology professional, it is imperative to me that I have sufficient skill to put something together.

Since getting my first job at IU I’ve done a host of new things. Most of the new things that I’ve been doing I’ve done using basic computer skills, and pedagogical knowledge. I do consider myself a “power user,” but at the same time I try to think I’m in a K12 setting still with limited resources.

I’ve opted to name this blog the “Firewire Blog.” I’ve always been a fan of Apple’s deprecated products, and their advanced capability….even after almost 10 years my MacBook is going strong. I’ve had 15 year old Apple routers still able to put out great signal through walls. The Apple FireWire connection was a great technology, that was left behind in favor of the flexibility of the USB port. Today, I still prefer FireWire due to it’s slightly faster speeds, and its ability to capture HD video with Adobe products.