Cheating in an Information Technology Era

Some quotes from an article in the NYT on cheating. This recently came up on a WebCT Users list (usually at least once every year). Maybe the timing is right because the academic year at many schools just ended? Test administrators are usually one step behind the cheaters. There are lots of technologies that have… Continue reading Cheating in an Information Technology Era

Online vs. Print

People are all over discounting email as a useful communication medium. The only difference between email and paper memos is the ability to send them so quickly. In another job, I usually sent important emails to my boss who then rewrote them to make them more palatable for the wide public. In the end, knowing… Continue reading Online vs. Print

Confidence

Confidence is a tricky thing. Sitting in front of a keyboard logged into a shell running vi to edit HTML, I am 100% confident I can and will do good things. Not so long ago, I yet again went through my lesson to the students assistants in my care. Now, in a new job, I… Continue reading Confidence

Company Culture

In this article, Rands describes the building of a company culture in getting a software product to 1.0. Company culture has become a topic of interest to me lately. In taking a new job in a place with a very different mindset, I want to better understand my component in this machine. Thoughts in my… Continue reading Company Culture

TM for Sysadmins

This is on my wishlist in case anyone wants to buy it for me. Moving away gift, birth day, etc. 🙂 Amazon.com: Time Management for System Administrators: Books: Thomas Limoncelli Time is a precious commodity, especially if you’re a system administrator. No other job pulls people in so many directions at once. Users interrupt you… Continue reading TM for Sysadmins

MCDHS Stormtroopers

Maybe this is my stint working in a library back as a college student. There were some shady folks who came into the library to look up pictures of women with huge, obviously fake breasts. Plus the gutteral laugh at the ones where each had twice the volume of the woman’s head. They did this… Continue reading MCDHS Stormtroopers

Rice Seeks To Transform Diplomacy

A few years ago, I happened to be looking at the CIA World Factbook (probably specifically at Seychelles) and ended up looking at job descriptions for the Consular Officer (now apparently a Passport and Visa Specialist). At the time, I thought it was be an ideal job. Go live in a country for a few… Continue reading Rice Seeks To Transform Diplomacy