It’s been awhile!!!

It’s been awhile since I last wrote.  I think it’s time that I start this thing back up.  Over the past two years I have been pretty busy with school, and luckily it will soon be over (unless I end up getting accepted to Graduate School).  My career has taken a slight turn, and I have been fortunate enough to pursue Cybersecurity specialization in addition to the IT specialization for my degree.  I have found this to be a very interesting topic with a potential for many different career paths.  I plan to write here more often, and hopefully I will be able to help teach people more about the world of Cybersecurity and why it is so important.

OnLive Adds “Cloud-Accelerated Browsing” To Its Streaming-Desktop Stable

I love TechCrunch articles, they are always so informative, and I hope all of my readers think the same.

Lesson Learned ~

Every now and then we get a dose of reality, and it makes us realize that we shouldn’t skip the small stuff.  Here is why.

Tonight I received my new Cisco router…  I began installing, and configuring this new fangled fancy router at approximately 7:30pm, it is now approximately 11pm, and I have just finished and I finally have internet access.  What process did I have to go through to get my internet working again?  I’m glad you asked…  Now mind you I have installed numerous routers in the past.  I’m familiar with using Cisco routers, but I have also configured Belkin, and Netgear routers as well.

Nowadays newer routers come with an installation CD that moves you through the process without much effort by using their installation wizard.  Unfortunately in this case it also installs a proprietary software that I will probably end up uninstalling eventually…  So I’m following the directions on the screen (at least I think I am).  Is the router connected to the modem… Check… plug-in your router… Check… and this is where it begins the configuring process.  The process that someone spent a very long time writing a program to help someone like me that doesn’t follow directions…  We’ll come back to that statement here shortly, but after the program does its thing, and everything is installed the computer it informs me that I have network access, but no internet access… So now I’m in troubleshooting mode.  First, I restart my computer, as this is something ever IT pro will tell you to do first thing (well maybe not all cases, but most of them).  Still no internet access.  Now I begin checking my internet, and network settings on my computer.  I switch from my quasi-administrator account (the one I use regularly), and log in to my official administrator account.  Nothing so far has helped me in getting internet access.  Luckily, I have internet access on my phone without the use of Wi-Fi… thank goodness for my Data connection, so I Googled it (since when is that a verb), and it came up with some very interesting suggestions and solutions.  Although, none of them solutions to the problems I was having. I restarted my computer a couple more times, checked some more settings, and was beginning to believe I had been sent a faulty router (I had purchased a refurbished Cisco router).  Now being resigned to the fact that I would have to return it I attempted to install my previous router.  I go through the same motions, and unplug everything from the new router to the old one, and plug it into the cable modem.  Unfortunately for me (or maybe fortunately) I notice that the orange light on the Belkin router is blinking, and for some reason it’s not turning green.  Finding this to be rather odd considering it worked only 3 hours earlier I begin to investigate further, and I end up unplugging the router completely from the modem, and…this is the moment that I realize the mistake that I have been making for the past 3 hours…  I was using the wrong ethernet cable, and instead using the cable running from my t.v.!!!  You wouldn’t believe how upset I was with myself for not realizing it sooner, and for spending so much time on trying to set up my router.  You will all be happy to know — well obviously since I have internet now — that everything is working as it should be.  I have my new router installed, and a piece of my sanity back after finally finishing the setup of my Cisco router…

So I’m sure you realize what the lesson learned was???  Definitely, unequivocally, and without a doubt, CHECK YOUR CABLES, this always seems to be the one thing that stumps me, and for such an easy fix too.  I believe this will be the last time that I have this issue, and will be a bit more through when I’m switching over hardware.


New: Find “courses” from TEDTalks on iTunesU

I love TEDTalks…this will be awesome. Now to find the time to watch them all. That is the hard part.

TED Blog

New on iTunes U: Find TEDTalks organized by subject area into courses, curated for students, educators and lifelong learners. In our initial course offering, explore such topics as “Creative Problem-Solving” … “Understanding Happiness” … “Climate Change” … where you’ll find great thinkers from TED exploring multiple aspects of a fascinating topic.

Explore these curated collections of TEDTalks on iTunes U … and watch for new courses over upcoming months!

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Algorithms & What you didn’t think you already knew about them…

Until very recently (well the last year or so) I had no idea myself what an Algorithm was.  It wasn’t until I started taking college courses that I learned what they are.  I had heard the word used in the past, although I had no idea what it meant, or the desire really to find out more about it because it didn’t seem to pertain to anything in my life… or so I thought, but as it turns out in fact we come across algorithms everyday.

Here is the definition from the World English Dictionary:

1. Compare heuristic a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem
2. logic, maths a recursive procedure whereby an infinite sequence of terms can be generated

As you can see there are a couple of different meanings for algorithms, and in this case definition 2 applies the most.  In its most basic form an algorithm is a set of instructions that eventually make up a solution.  An algorithm is also something that can create something once its set of instructions have been carried out.  This result can be anything from a cake after following a baking recipe or learning how to skydive from an instructor.  I would imagine that mathematicians would argue that they shouldn’t be generalized as much as I have done, but .  Algorithms can be quite complex or fairly simple depending upon the desired outcome of the solution, problem, or recipe.  I’m betting a lot of you with no previous knowledge of what an Algorithm was are having light bulbs go off right about now.  The use of algorithms is all around us in computers, analyses of data, even Facebook, and Google use them to predict things that you are already planning on doing.  They have a similar App for smartphones in development (if it hasn’t come out already), and there is also a really good TED Talk on the subject of algorithms as well.   I’m hoping that I’ve been able to shed some light on the subject somewhat, and have given you the desire to want to learn more about them.


Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials

I know I’ve been getting a bit behind on my programming, and it would be nice if there was a way to ask questions, but I still think this is a great tool for anyone interested in learning basic programming.

Found a great article on technology, and some good tips for anyone that is intimidated by it. From all of my experience up to this point they all ring true, and will definitely help to prevent a lot of frustrations people have with technology by just trying one or two of them. Enjoy!

Inspiration Files

These days, nerds are everywhere. Twitter profiles proclaiming oneself as a nerd abound. Ironic nerd eyeglasses have been popularized by celebrities and adopted by the masses. There’s even a nerd dating website, and I swear at least one of your colleagues is on it. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Nerd candy made a comeback. Blue tongues for everyone!

No longer confined to dusty basement computer labs and all-night LAN parties, one would imagine that the great 21st century nerd outage would result in all of us getting a little smarter when it comes to all things techy. Right? Wrong. Here are 10 things I’ve learned from having my very own live-in nerd. These may sound basic, but they’ve eliminated 90% of my tech problems over the past seven years.

  1. When there’s an update, do it. It sounds silly, but I used to think that those little updates…

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