Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! What a year 2013 was. I have changed jobs 2 times and my father passed away suddenly in August. I have gone through the grieving process and it is still hard to think that he is gone, but he lived a full life. I am very glad that I knew him and there is not better father.
That being said, let's look at what this year will bring in the way of technology:
What are your predictions for this year as we embark into making new technology relevant and do you know what new tech is out there. Please join my blog and let me know your ideas as to what will make it and what will not.
I am hoping to appeal to the many people out there who are trying to improve their skills as well as try and improve their standing and marketability in the world of IT. I started going to school again and this time to get a degree in the field I am already in. I have been told by people that I work with that certifications and even a degree in IT don't mean that much any more. When I got laid off from my job back in February and was told that I could work until the 15th of March, I had a job that I started on the 4th of March. This was working for a small networking company that sells connectivity as well as service. Hosted PBXs was also another product they sold and serviced. 6 months later I have an opportunity of a lifetime to go to work for a large global company in their Global Monitoring division and have been really learning alot and doing large scale implementations. So, I am back to the question of:
Is it necessary to have a degree or certifications in IT anymore to get good jobs and be a skilled/valued employee?
I believe that it depends on the person. I like to learn and in the IT field it is an ongoing task. I also want to broaden my skills in the field that I have chosen. I will never know everything in the broad range that is IT, but I will know systems and software as well as IaaS, SaaS and some of the the other more modern acronyms as well as the whole networking pieces. Am I an expert, maybe by the time I have my new job down, I will be in SNMP and Global monitoring. I look forward to being more than just a Jack of all trades, Master of none. I look forward to be able to say that I have learned many disciplines and have broad knowledge, but also that I am an expert in my field which is monitoring.
Let me know your thoughts and please give me suggestions on how I can improve my site.
Hey out there. What do you think of my Blog? I am looking for input from anyone out there. I am working on trying to put more content on here without going months between posts. This is really hard with work, yoga, biking, school, time with the wife, friends and sleep.
I am just now starting school again looking to improve my vocation by getting some long overdue certifications. I am starting up this week online with WGU (Western Governor's University) which is both inexpensive and self-paced. The fact that I can work on classes at my own pace is the big draw. Currently I am scheduled to graduate in 3 years with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. That seems to be a long time for me as I have been working in the IT field for over 12 years now and already have a Bachelor of Arts in German. (Sprechen Sie Deutsch?) Someone commented that all schools like to drag your schooling out as to get more money from you, but I know that we will be covering all of the information that I need to further my career. I am really looking forward to not having a life for the next 2-3 years again. WooHoo! If you want more information about WGU's online program, go to www.wgu.edu and see how their program works. I am very excited about my future for once.
I would like to take this time to write about one of my favorite pieces of Open Source software, Virtualbox. If you have a newer PC that was made in the last 5 years with multiple cores, Intel i3, i5, i7 as well as the AMD Athlon X2, Phenom X3 - X4 and now the FX 8Core, then you are most likely able to use virtualbox to run almost any OS available. Have a Windows Vista machine and want to run Ubuntu or CentOS, create a new machine using the Virtuabox Client. Virtualbox has many different virtual machines that you can create from Windows to Linux, BSD to Mac OS/X and even other machines like Haiku.(Open Source BeOS clone)
I have been using this software now for the better part of 3 - 4 years, since before Sun was purchased by Larry Ellison and crew. Oracle has done a good job of supporting this software since the acquisition. Try the software and let me know what you think in the comments section below. I will try and add some basic tutorials in the future on how to use the software and setup you own virtual machines.
I had a thought today as I work on serveral projects and here is my question:
1. How does your company create and maintain documentation for your servers and network? Is this a combination of Word/Excel and Visio or do you use other more specific tools. Please let me know what you use in the comments section. I will post an update later to see what most of you use.
Thank you for your input.
We have all heard the buzzword of Cloud Computing and most of us use it in one way or another oftentimes without even realizing it. Cloud Computing is defined as: the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet... and typically has the word Cloud in it due to the diagram in which it is depicted. See the image below provided by wikipedia.org.
It is funny to me that when computers were first used, they all belonged to a larger server and only displayed the information the server had for it. Then with the advent of the personal PC, data started to seperate from the networked server and the end user. Ultimately people stored all of their data on their personal computers and servers acted as large data warehouses for companies only. Now, with the advent of the Internet came the ability to view and search data that was in those servers and people on PCs could once again gain access to that information as the older legacy systems came online. One problem was that people had been storing documents, pictures, music and etc. on their PCs and if their hardware failed, most likely the data was gone as well. Now, with the Internet and access to all of these servers with idle storage and the cost of storage going way down, companies had the great idea to make space available to end users for either free or a minimal charge. Google has lots of cloud storage as well as Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, Apple iCloud for those of you who use Apple products, Microsoft Skydrive and even Ubuntu One which is not just for use on Linux systems. So, the computing world has come full circle by putting everything back on the server and interconncting all of the systems once again. Please tell me what you think and if you use Cloud Computing in your daily life.
I have upgraded my blog site to the latest version of the b2evolution software and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas with all of you. I am planning on this containing tutorials for new and open source software, such as the Gimp (Graphics Image Manipulation Program) which is totally cool and a very free alternative to Adobe Photo$hop as well as other software like Scribus (Typesetting software), Open Office.org (Office Software), LibreOffice (spin off from Open Office.org after Oracle buys Sun), Inkscape (Vector Drawing), PDFCreator (Print to PDF) and other software that can make your computing experience more creative and enjoyable for the home and/or small business. I have tried and used all of the software mentioned and if you do a quick search (with Google or Bing or Yahoo) you will be able to find each of the websites where you can download it and install it on your machine for your immediate use, and the nice thing is that is does not matter if you are running Windows, Mac OSX or Linux, as most will work on all three platforms.
Click on any of the links above to go directly to the website of the software creator/maintainer. Again, each of these applications are excellent alternatives to the more expensive commercial products and can be used to create the same type of electronic documents, images, ebooks with little more effort than their commercial counterparts. I hope that you will experiment and use all of the software mentioned in my blog here as well as supporting the developers by giving to them donations for their work. All of these products are developed by software engineers that give of their free time to create these quality programs.
This is a new site that is connected to my Alienyak website and will contain the following stuff:
My goal is to try and make technology as easy as possible for the end user. You can expect to find tips and tricks here as well as methods of keeping your PC, notebook, netbook, tablet free of virus's and spyware/malware.
Please le me know what you think of the site as it gets updated over the next few months. You will not be required to join the site, pay any dues(at the time of this writing) or donate anything that you do not want to. I will do my best to keep the site FREE.