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Happy New Year.

by Rebel  

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:

  1.  New android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Mega, and other Samsung android devices. Motorola is still trying to be relevant under the ownership of Google and create the perfect Android/Google device.
  2. Microsoft is still struggling to be relevant with their phone and have made great strides in that arena, but I don't think they will gain that much traction in the US as the iPhone and Android devices continue to be strong contenders.
  3. PC or Mac, that has always been the question for the last 25+ years, but due to the popularity of Android devices I think that Linux may just become the Desktop alternative that I always knew it could be. There are many distributions that are ready for prime time, but look at Linux Mint, Bodhi, Fedora 20(Which I am really enjoying right now) Enlightenment, PCLinux and Ubuntu to name several of the distros that are worth looking at. We also have to look at Google's ChromeOS which is based on Linux even though it truly just presents a browser to the end user.
  4. I also believe that the era of the PC will return as more users want power and look to a desktop or notebook computer to do their Power User tasks, but will get these things in a much smaller format like the Intel Nuc (Next Unit of Computing) and the AMD Fusion. This way all of the power of a giant tower PC, will be in a form factor that can be mounted on the back of a monitor and truly be space saving.

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.

 


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Education is Key - Samsung Galaxy S4 and beyond.

by Rebel  

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.


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Whatever you want.

by Rebel  

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.

Exciting News:

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.



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Monday thoughts.

by Rebel  

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.


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Open Source For All!

by Rebel  

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.


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