Tech drains English of meaning

Semantic Drain and the Meaninglessness of Modern Work makes an interesting point that a problem with knowledge management work is that much of is filler work without a fulfilling purpose. I was far more stressed as the university webmaster than as a database administrator. The webmaster job was highly subjective with people getting upset about… Continue reading Tech drains English of meaning

Automate Yourself Out Of A Job

https://twitter.com/jessfraz/status/942031487809085440 At VSU, my boss got a promotion when his boss retired. Then a shuffling of jobs gave me a promotion, but it also sent my old job to another group. That left the web services group going from 2.5 full-time positions down to 1.5. We did not have that much free time. If anything… Continue reading Automate Yourself Out Of A Job

The Importance of Student Workers to A University

Gille believed that [UGA] Transit could not succeed without its stable of student employees. She said the campus-centered transportation is best fulfilled by students who are on campus nearly every day, not individuals in the community who rarely otherwise come in contact with the University of Georgia campus. It’s easier to acclimate hundreds of students to… Continue reading The Importance of Student Workers to A University

TED Talk: You Fell Through the Cracks

There was a time when my secret project, the thing that brought me in to work ever day and probably why I stayed till 8pm, was attempting to end the error_log from have anyone ever hitting the 404 page. It was after making the 404 page funny. Only no one got the joke. If the below… Continue reading TED Talk: You Fell Through the Cracks

Impersonal

Michelle remarked my blog posts over the years have become technical. I wanted to say “too technical”, but I don’t think she actually wrote that. Instead of writing about the personal aspects of my work I only write about the mechanics. Over the years I’ve read quite a bit about the trouble people get into… Continue reading Impersonal

Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day to celebrate women in technology and science. I’ve read women need role models more than men. If true, then movements like this to promote those who are doing great work in fields like technology are good. First a little about Ada. Ada [Lovelace[ called herself  “an Analyst (& Metaphysician),” and the… Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day

I Caught You Caring Archive

After rereading my Connotations of a Pronoun post, I realized I probably should archive these messages here. Interestingly I don’t have anywhere near the number as other IT employees. January 2006 Ezra Freelove, IT Thank you for “helping us access our email. You really care!” April 2005 Ezra Freelove, Information Technology “When she saw that the web… Continue reading I Caught You Caring Archive