Think you really know Geography? Geoguessr is an online game that uses Google’s Street View. With a small map in the corner of Google’s Street View, you pin where you think the Street View scene is. You then submit your guess and the distance from the real location is measured. It’s an excellent way to travel and view the world.
Give it a shot. I just couldn’t bring myself to show one of the answers. Visit GeoGuessr.
One of my students who is an IT Manager for a government entity said young IT personnel (including herself when she was new in the industry) often think that information technology is as simple as baking a pie, when in reality they find they are running a whole bakery.
She found out she wasn’t just fixing computers, she was fixing networks, managing domains, working with dozens of proprietary software packages, managing access points, working with security, web pages, portable devices (laptops, netbooks, ipads) and a ton of other tasks.
Information Technology is a skill that takes years to learn.
2012 Interview with Steve Mallard – TechTarget’s SearchCIO-Midmarket
The biggest thing is IT consumerization. It’s consuming the time and the challenge of learning in all areas of IT, because the IT professionals have to adapt. Those students who bring their devices expect full access to resources and technology throughout our institution. That’s happening in business. That technology keeps you moving, and it keeps you learning. Security and BYOD go hand in hand. Security on the Internet has become a challenge. Primarily, IT consumerization and security are the most challenging.
Can you give us an example of how a technology project created value for the center or for its students? About three to four years ago, we were looking at industry as a whole, because of the economy and what was taking place. Of course, you know we had 10% unemployment rates. The IT sector went flat, or jobs actually fell and hiring wasn’t really taking off. You struggled to get those jobs for your students. We had to make our students élite. We put an open source [LMS] together that now offers over 3,000 different things on the inside, from videos and PowerPoints. When we put this LMS in place, we wanted to make sure the students had 24/7, 365-day access. It had to be accessible year-round. Read more
So we played with the Surface Pro and the iPad and measured each for productivity. What did we find?
After using an iPad for a year and having the Surface Pro for just under a week, the Pro far out shines the iPad tablet and our Android we’ve had for two years; no comparison. Why? Here’s what we found.
With the Surface Pro 128 Gb, you have a stylus, USB and every application that a laptop has. The critics say the 128 Gb is wrong because you get less than you pay for. Part of this is used by the OS. Have you ever purchased a laptop? The Pro can be used with every application you ever had and with the VGA adapter, you can hook it to a full size monitor ($39.99). The USB can be hooked to a cheap USB hub ($1.99) and guess what? External hard drives can be used for storage (and don’t forget you have an SD slot), flash drives, external DVDs, a full size keyboard and 127 other USB accessories including printers. The same as Windows 7. The speed is much faster and the reliability and new features are an excellent addition to this OS compared to Windows 7. Why aren’t critics looking at that? Another great mystery of American consumerization. So there you go. You can have a full desktop by laying your tablet on your desk and plugging in two things. When you are ready to go, just disconnect and you have a tablet or with the keyboard, a laptop. So the $900+ price tag is a bargain.
Also navigation is NOT hard. All you have to do is remember corners…touch any corner and you have menus. Is that really hard? Nope. Are we overlooking a great OS? I truly think so. Thanks Kenny for bring the Pro to school. Mine’s on order.
The Surface Pro and what Microsoft is not telling you – it can replace your laptop and desktop.
For the IT Professionals – join it to a domain and use the policies you have to further control this device on your network.
Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat
Date: May 7 and 8
Location: MTSU New Student Union Building
Registration: March 1, 2013
Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Building Partnerships and Understanding the Threat will be held on the MTSU campus May 7 and 8. This event will address criminal, intelligence, disruptive, and information cyber threats and be of particular interest to city/state/federal governments, healthcare, education, transportation, financial, utilities, and business industries.
Presentations from Department of Homeland Security, TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and private sector cyber security. Registration information can be found at http://www.csimtsu.com beginning March 1, 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft’s Virtual Academy
What is Microsoft Virtual Academy?
It is an online portal for IT professionals that offers a vast amount of information about Microsoft products and technology. Designed with whitepapers, videos and reference materials, MVA gives the modern IT professional materials on topics that are found in IT today. The MVA program gives rewards for completing programs. There is also a points and rating system. You can track your point progress and you will see ratings as follows – Bronze (0-99), Silver (100-499), Gold (500-2,999), and Platinum (3,000+).
Do the course count towards certifications?
No. But taking the courses familiarizes and helps the IT Professional understand current and evolving technologies.
Do you receive a transcript that you can use professionally?
Yes. You can download your transcript at anytime. Course completion does not take place until the assessments are complete.
What is the value of Microsoft’s Virtual Academy?
Not only do you learn some of Microsoft’s technology for free, you can use these type of courses for career advancement.
Are the assessments easy?
No. Microsoft offers challenging questions and a curriculum designed to be informative and educational. You can retake the assessments as many times as you want. Remember, with online courses, taking assessments just until you pass does not add value to your education. Study the material take notes and take the assessments when you are ready.
When working with PHP and Moodle’s LMS, sometimes you have to dig for answers. The error “Unable to fetch available updates data – unexpected cURL error” actually has a fix that is easy to implement. Finding the solution was a challenge.
Moodle 2.4 updates using SSL and now you should place a certificate in the Moodledata folder. Dawn was on this two weeks ago but the documentation was missing something. (She can find anything on the web!) Following up on what she had found, I found the solution here:
“It needs the ca-bundle.crt available at http://curl.haxx.se/ca/cacert.pem – Just copy the contents into a text file and rename it to moodleorgca.crt and place this in the root of the moodledata directory.” This is a comment found here MDL-36903 on Moodle.org.
Ever wonder what cloud computing is? Rackspace has an excellent program that you can take for free. Cloud University offers ten detailed modules along with a exams for each module. A final exam reviews each of the modules and with a score of 80% you can earn a certificate in cloud computing from Rackspace’s CloudU. This detailed program is the work of Ben Kepes. Ben is the curator of CloudU. Through his arduous work, you can download a detailed curriculum, listen to webinars and take exams as many times as you need to in order to understand cloud computing. In today’s world of virtualization and cloud computing, Rackspace leads the pack by educating anyone who wants to learn about these exciting technologies.
After contacting Rackspace so that my students could benefit from the cloud university curriculum as a supplement. I was met with open arms and personally talked with Greg Alfaro, Michael Ferranti and Ben Kepes either by phone or email. Ben sent us this video as a statement. (Thank you Ben!)
Confused about the cloud? Have no fear, CloudU is here. Whether you are simply searching for more information about cloud computing, or are looking to boost your resume with a formal certificate, Rackspace Cloud University, known as CloudU, is for you. CloudU is a vendor-neutral cloud computing curriculum designed by industry analyst Ben Kepes. It’s also completely free.
The extensive CloudU library and certificate program contain all that you need to learn how to take advantage of the biggest technology innovation since the Internet. Boost Your Resume. Gain New Skills. Enroll in CloudU Today.
“CloudU is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn about Cloud Computing. As an instructor of information technology, the certificate provides a great learning tool for the planning, deployment and logistics behind cloud computing.” ~ Ben Kepes
Certifications are a great way to show the IT industry employers, peers and recruiters that you are up to date and knowledgeable on the given topic and, in some cases, that can equate directly to more money in your pocket. But which certifications offer the most potential earnings and will be in demand over the coming years?
Remember it is NOT the certifications alone that gets you a job or promotion – it is also the skills you have. Certifications don’t SHOW if you can do the job…note – these are higher end certifications.
Lockheed Martin’s secure future challenge – “Innovate the Future”
”Lockheed Martin recognizes that great ideas can come from anywhere. This campaign offers a global forum for participants to share their ideas for ways to enable a more secure future for our planet.
Ideas can be submitted starting August 6, 2012 through September 30, 2012. In collaboration with an independent third party, each submitted idea will be reviewed and scored. Finalists will be notified and asked to deliver a presentation to an executive review board after the submission period concludes.
Up to five recipients will be selected to receive incubation services offered through a third party to further investigate their ideas and bring them to fruition. In addition, there will be up to (1) First place $25,000 US Dollar (USD) award, (1) Second place $10,000 USD award, and (3) Third place $5,000 USD awards.
The NSA has launched National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Program; the program is intended to be a deeply technical, inter-disciplinary, higher education program grounded in the computer science (CS), computer engineering (CE), or electrical engineering (EE) disciplines, with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications via labs and exercises…read more