Are you living in an Engineering paradise?
Are you living in an Engineering paradise?
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From the web site of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina:
"Established in 1980, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2009-2010, the Food Bank distributed more than 41.5 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies.
Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 500,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. Nearly 29 percent of the people served by the Food Bank's network are children, and another 8 percent are elderly. Thirty percent of the families served are the "working poor" people who work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities such as medicine and housing."
Given these sobering statistics, it's not difficult to muster the motivation to volunteer at the Food Bank. Today, Debra Hayley, Jack Pizzolato, Janet Willis, and I sorted sweet potatoes, gleaning the good from the bad and bagging them up to be distributed to families in need. (Interesting fact: North Carolina produces about 45% of all sweet potatoes grown in the U.S.) We had a blast, working outside under the shade of a big tree, with a cool breeze blowing most of the morning. We talked about our families, vacation plans, and how we really need to volunteer more often....while we filled two 27 cubic foot containers with perfectly edible potatoes....potatoes that otherwise would have rotted under the sun because they weren't large enough, or "pretty" enough for grocery store stock.
As we neared the bottom of the container we were picking from, it became more difficult for some of us (well, OK, for Janet) to reach the potatoes. Of course, this being Janet, she was not about to give up. Nope. She climbed right in the container and helped us fill our bags!
From left to right: Debra, Janet (who's still IN the container), Jack, Tom:
I grew up in Endicott, New York, often referred to as the birthplace of IBM. I remember thinking that IBM was the only company in the world because all my friends' fathers worked for IBM. And so did mine. I never thought about working for any other company. I wanted to be a writer and I loved the Think magazine that was delivered to our house every month, so I decided that's what I would do, grow up to work for IBM as a writer for Think magazine. I did become a writer, a technical writer. And I did come to work for IBM, right out of college. I never got to work on Think magazine, but I developed many technical manuals for IBM system software products, and I am now an editor at developerWorks.
One of my favorite memories of working for IBM dates back to my summer as an intern at what was then IBM's Federal Systems Division plant in Owego, New York. An announcement came over the PA system announcing a successful test of one of the early space shuttles (Enterprise maybe?). The IBMers at the Owego plant had built the onboard computers and the Input/Output Processors for that space shuttle. I remember a collective cheer resonating through the plant when that announcement came over the PA system. Everyone stood up at their desk and shouted for joy and with tremendous pride.
I eventually came to work on IBM software development projects and I must say, I never experienced any PA announcements or collective cheers when we announced a new release of WebSphere. It's just not the same. Those days of IBM's involvement in the space program were really special. When I visit the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and see the IBM shirts hanging on the backs of the chairs in the mission control room and stand inside the big ring that was the Instrument Unit (IU) for the Saturn V rocket, I feel a tremendous sense of pride. It occurs to me that I was beginning my IBM career in the early days of the space shuttle program and now in the later years of my career with IBM, I will experience the last space shuttle flight. What a run!
Me inside the IU (built by IBM) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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This week's developerWorks newsletter intro spreads the word about our new Forrester Groundswell Award. (Yeah!) Not subscribed? Sign up for your customized newsletter today!
Time once again to open up the trophy case.
Of course, we at developerWorks feel honored and energized whenever we get to make an addition to our growing list of accolades. But last week's announcement that we've won a Forrester Groundswell Award has special meaning for us: These awards are presented to companies that exhibit excellence in the effective use of social technologies -- which is yet another sign that My developerWorks is the community resource for IT professionals. In truth, we kinda already knew that; after all, the network now boasts more than a half million profiles, with thousands of you taking advantage of the blogs, forums, groups, and other resources every day. (Haven't joined yet? Set up your profile today!)
Naturally, we're excited by the news, and we will continue working to keep you coming back to developerWorks. But for the moment, we just need to figure out who has the key to that case.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
Friday morning I confessed to a friend that I'd spent weeks seeking just the right angle for the post I wanted to write. She offered the FlyLady's solution for predicaments like mine: use a kitchen timer. It's not a new idea, of course, this notion of sprinting short dashes to cover the long distance between Stuck and Done.
But the solution seems too simple. And besides, I don't own a kitchen timer.
"Download one," my friend, the FlyLady fan suggested. So I did the next best thing: I jotted download a timer just below write a blog post on my to-do list.
Seven hours later, after dabbling unproductively at many (still incomplete) tasks and watching many (fruitless) ideas dance across my Firefox window, I stumbled onto this tidbit in Fast Company magazine, which quotes -- can you guess? -- the FlyLady and 5-Minute Room Rescue version of the timer rule.
Alright, already. I get it. Eggs and writing projects turn out better when an egg timer minds the clock. Wonder what the FlyLady has to say about hollandaise sauce?
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After reading a recent blog entry from Dr. Eoin Lane titled Henry Ford on Facebook, this got me thinking about IBM's own founder, Thomas J. Watson. Now anyone familiar with IBM, knows of IBM's famous one liner THINK signs. One of the most famous of these sign's is displayed on this well circulated picture of our founder:
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I have been busy for many months now with the QA activity for one of the product and have hardly had any time to come and be with my good old friend My developerWorks.. There was a time, I used to read more than 5-6 blog entries a day and recommend/comment. I don't have that luxury now. How ever, My developerWorks is friendly and is aware of such busy souls !
So, now a days, I login and get to Browse Blogs page. I look at most happening blogs .. I do this by 2 ways..
1. Either visit Most Recommended entries Or
I also find interesting entries in Featured Blogs.
If I have more time to spare [I need to confess that the day I get a window to visit My developerWorks, I kind of grab the opportunity to read many interesting blogs and I dont get tired :-) ] I end up reading other entries - mostly by "Similar Entries" Feature.
Many of you may already be aware of this and may be practicing.. Still I felt I should pen down this tip for those who may benifit.
Greetings My developerWorks Enthusiasts, here's highlights this week - suggested activities, tips and things happening in
1. Suggested activity of the week:
Use Bookmarks to share your favorite resources with the My developerWorks community and demonstrate your areas of interest and expertise. This week create at least 5 new bookmarks. And if your bookmark topics relate to a group you're part of, add the bookmark to the group while you are creating it. If you have a question about how to bookmark, use our tips for getting help on My developerWorks in the tip of the week below.
2. My developerWorks tip of the week:
Don't be this guy! Thanks to Bob Leah for providing tips on how to stop being "Mr. Anonymous"! If you don't already have a photo in your profile, add one.
Help! Three tips for getting help using My developerWorks
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Don't be this guy!
Including a photo in your profile personalizes your dW experience. It’s a creative outlet for members to pictorially express themselves with either a real image or a caricature of how they want their colleagues to view them. It associates a real individual to the words on the screen giving them a presence in the community. Your photo is associated with you everywhere you make a contribution in our community.
A well thought-out profile showcases who you are, what your technical interests are, and why you have joined the developerWorks community, and this information is invaluable for everyone with a stake in this community. While the actual creation of a profile is simple, you should carefully consider the information you want to reveal about yourselve.
A completed profile is only as good as the quality of the information it contains. As the fields are populated, you should be cognizant of how others will use this information. Its critical to recognize that the profile is the primary vehicle that members of the community use to find and reach out to each other. Think of your profile as an electronic business card. How do you want others to view you?