Jane McGonigal on TED.com

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Quick Posts | 0 comments

Gaming can make a better world

As incredulous as this sounds, she makes some very interesting arguments.

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 Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world.

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Why ICT professionals need to understand the OSI model.

Why ICT professionals need to understand the OSI model.

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Enterprise, Front Gallery | 4 comments

Why ICT professionals need to understand the OSI model.

I have simply lost count of the amount of IT professional’s I have encountered that simply have no idea of what this is.

This, everyone is what sets you apart from the rest, this….. is your never wavering friend that helps you through almost every technical issue you encounter…..this….will simply set you free. Silly cliché’s aside,  this OSI model helps me every day, every single day.

 

 

To have a fundamental understanding of the frameworks involved in all that button poke-jiggery that you do everyday in your ZEN style IT guru-ness is crucial when random button pressing fails and nobody has really bothered documenting their trials and tribulations on Google in a step by step guide that doesn’t really require you to understand whats actually going on.

It is what you refer to when all else fails, well to be blunt it’s what you should refer to straight away. A very simple example, “My internet does not work” –  “is the cable plugged in?” = Layer 1 and so on. Here is a shameless rip off a website that explains what it is.

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The Fall of Pride within IT

The Fall of Pride within IT

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Enterprise, Front Gallery | 1 comment

The Fall of Pride within IT

There was a saying my father always said to me as a child when I was helping him in his workshop. He used to say, “Make sure your job fits the customer or the need, there is no point doing too good of a job.” “What was too good of a job? I thought, and why wouldn’t you make sure that the job you did was the best you could do?” As I am now older it’s all too apparent what he meant, don’t waste your time and expertise if it goes against commercial reality.Fall Of Pride in IT Lance Knight

This however is still a bitter pill to swallow. If I got up in the morning and thought to myself that I will go to work and do a mediocre job, to be honest I think I would stay in bed. That as an IT Professional is what motivates and drives me everyday, to do the best I can everyday, its my validation as a professional, as though I’m in a constant state of learning. I simply couldn’t imagine being in a place where I wasn’t trying to make “that” difference. Having said all that, a startling amount of IT professionals that I encounter somehow do not share my mindset. It’s a cause of most frustration and confusion for me, IT is a job of passion, it has to be.

We do long hours, we have to be constantly learning new technologies, we have to do immense amounts of study, we typically deal with people who have less than ideal planning strategies, we are quite commonly put in situations that the only reason we are there is because something has gone very wrong. In order to push

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