Anthropomorphism

Do you talk about computers, software, or web sites as manifesting human-like behaviors? Personally, I have. At work, we manage several machines who collectively provide the GeorgiaVIEW service. When a machine is completely unresponsive, then we refer to it as having died. When a machine stops a performance issue, we refer to it as happy.… Continue reading Anthropomorphism

Computer v Human Diagnosis

I just finished How Doctors Think yesterday. First impression was doctors don't spend very much time thinking and gathering information to make a diagnosis. That impress struck a very negative chord with me as it sounds like in my profession of database and computer administration we spend hours picking apart the data we have to… Continue reading Computer v Human Diagnosis

Computer v Human Diagnosis

I just finished How Doctors Think yesterday. First impression was doctors don’t spend very much time thinking and gathering information to make a diagnosis. That impress struck a very negative chord with me as it sounds like in my profession of database and computer administration we spend hours picking apart the data we have to… Continue reading Computer v Human Diagnosis

Are Books the Only Way to Learn?

Is the Internet really a bad invention? According to Doris Lessing, yes. We are in a fragmenting culture, where our certainties of even a few decades ago are questioned and where it is common for young men and women, who have had years of education, to know nothing of the world, to have read nothing,… Continue reading Are Books the Only Way to Learn?

Certification Courses

Today I received an email announcing new certification courses from Blackboard. Every administrator around our system did as well. We have a large body of certified trainers and administrators with multiple individuals at every campus who have been through the certification plus all the functional support have been through both training and admin certification. I’m… Continue reading Certification Courses

Computers:Impossible

Discovered in the wild… Your mission if you choose to accept it is to record debug information now. This uninstaller will self-destruct in 10 seconds. 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… …BOOM! Pure awesomeness.