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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:
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Is there such a thing as coincidence?
At this point I'm not so sure. A few days ago I found myself drawn to an article by Thomas DeLong in the Harvard Business Review claiming that no matter how successful you get, there's always someone higher up the ladder who can make you feel small:
I have to admit this resonated and got me thinking about how to deal with this.
Next thing I know, Friday comes around and I find myself railing against deadlines and conference calls to clear enough space in my schedule for a day of volunteering: my elected Celebration of Service in honor of 100 years of IBM. I get in my car and compete with the rest of the early commute traffic through ever-decreasing approach lanes up to the metering lights, silently pleading for my release onto the Bay Bridge, into San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood where Project Homeless Connect (PHC) awaits me. By the time I arrive and meet the rest of the IBM crew, I confess there's just one thing on my mind: coffee. Bless the PHC organizers, for somewhere amidst the health tents, housing and shelter information, food banks and book giveaways are canteens of filter coffee and within minutes I'm somewhat human and ready for action.
In this case 'action' is the service of helping poor and homeless folk find the DMV, legal and substance abuse counseling on offer at the far end of the site. As Project Homeless Connect is a quarterly city-sponsored event bringing together over twenty services, it sprawls across a couple of blocks and so navigation between services can become an issue. From our centrally-located table, we do our best to help people find the service that can best help them.
I quickly realize that’s not always straightforward.
For instance, what if you're a single mother with a couple of kids and what little you have burns down in a house fire (including your ID)? Or if you've been on-and-off methadone and in and out of rehab so many times that you can educate the drugs councilors? What if you've had to quit your job to care for an arthritic mother and suddenly your taxes have gone up effectively halving your monthly check?
Life can be tough, but finding available help can be even tougher. That's where PHC comes in. Whilst many of the services provide the basics we need in life, such as food and medicine, there are more esoteric offerings too: a photo project aimed at sharing portraits with loved ones, and in a similar vein a voicemail service for those without access to telecommunications.
It would be optimistic to assume all problems can be sorted out in a day. And also a little naive to take all stories at face value: surely some stories did have layers of hyperbole and half-truths. But seeing the look of relief on an individual’s face, returning clutching a priceless ID - their ticket out of the shadows - more than validated the whole exercise. Indeed, the federal government’s Interagency Council on Homelessness has declared Project Homeless Connect a national best practice model, which has led to PHC being replicated in over 260 cities across the United States.
By lunchtime, I confess that the conference calls and my ever-expanding Inbox awaiting for me back at the office had drifted far from my mind. By the end of the day, gone were any comparisons with my more successful colleagues. All I could think of were a bunch of people pretty much the same as me (often more eloquent, lucid and vibrant) but who for whatever reason had been denied the same life-chances I’ve had.
An estimated 6,000-12,000 people are homeless on any given night in San Francisco.
John Swanson 120000GK2E Etiquetas:  os/400 cloud desktop dita newsletter i os computing system developerworks news weekly i5/os edition ibm 1 Comentario 6.977 vistas
This week's developerWorks newsletter focuses on our new IBM i zone. Not subscribed? Sign up for your customized newsletter today!
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If you're a fan of the IBM i Operating System, you've seen it go through a number of changes over the years (it has previously gone by the names OS/400 and i5/OS). And while you may have noticed IBM i resources here on developerWorks, we've never had a central repository for all of our IBM i content. Until now. Our new IBM i zone makes it easy to find a wide range of technical resources -- articles, forums, downloads, technical updates, and much more -- related to this popular OS. Those of you who are already familiar with IBM i know how unique it is, with its high level of integration (that's what the "i" stands for) and an underlying architecture that provides for simplicity, stability, and security.
If you haven't discovered this powerful OS, our New to IBM i page provides a solid overview while this podcast offers additional background on the new zone. And if you want to stay current on all of our new IBM i content, why not update your profile to include IBM i resources in your newsletter? (This week, the IBM i listings appear below for all subscribers.)
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In 1984, i was writing my Thesis @ RaboBank Nederland HQ. Together with Rudy Vink, Niek de Ruiter and Theo Reyme. It was a very interesting time. I just had read the book '1984' .As a student i was already making more money then everybody else around, as testified by the 'IBM ASAP' payment check. It did get me a new girlfriend back then. Yes, we did VM/SP and OS390 integration on DATATRIEVE and VSPC bulprocessing back then. When nobody heard of an ATM yet!
Now, 26 years later, it appears that our RABObank is the strongest in the world. Where even Michelle Obama has an account. In case the Liberal Democrats AND the Republicans win the next elections. As a friend of Laura in Miami Dade County once said, Elections are about people and not about voting machines.
Now, in 2010, i have found 9 people that use SPSS. What does that mean to the current Standard Deviation and MBTF @ SOX?
Our oldest son wants to be a Pharmacist, and not an engineer.
Lessons from the past remain useful for the future, and i still love SPSS @ age 56.
John Swanson 120000GK2E Etiquetas:  faces intro introduction developerworks 2.0 mediawiki jsf gnumeric server spreadsheets newsletter 2 java 1 Comentario 7.096 vistas
This week's developerWorks newsletter intro focuses on our superb JSF 2 resources, which will help you achieve mastery of the framework in no time. Not subscribed? Sign up for your customized newsletter today!
With the remake of The Karate Kid filling movie theaters worldwide this season, we are reminded that the best way to learn a new skill is to train with someone who's mastered it. And if you're looking to get a handle on JavaServer Faces, version 2.0, then who better to show you the ropes than a JSF 2.0 Expert Group member like David Geary? His three-article introduction to JSF 2 trains you in the fundamentals of this web application development framework, while his new JSF 2 fu series takes you deeper into the framework and its surrounding ecosystem, enabling you to hone your skills like a martial arts master. The latest installment shows you how to implement an Ajaxified wizard by combining JSF 2 with Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI). Black belt stuff? Not quite, but you're getting there. (Patience, Grasshopper.)
As yet, I haven't managed to catch either version of The Karate Kid -- though I'm genuinely curious to see the current one, if only to find out how they chose that title for a movie about kung fu.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
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Connecting with other bloggers can make your blog stronger and attract new readers. Here are three ideas for connecting:
1. Read other blogs
Just reading other blogs - any other blogs - will help you grow as a blogger - although it helps to read other blogs on topics you blog about. You'll start to learn about what makes a compelling post. You'll also see what other people are writing about - what are the hot topics? what hot topics might you want to join in on? You can also find sources of inspiration when you're running dry. Other blogs also present the opportunity to discover new bloggers and readers related to your topic - start visiting them and connect.
RSS readers will help you subscribe to blogs (and any other website with RSS feeds) you want to check back in on regularly and see what's new whenever you have time. Check out Google Reader for a simple RSS reader.
2. Comment on other blogs
Did you know that commenting on blogs is a frequent way that bloggers learn about each other and connect? Go comment on other people's blogs! And when someone comments on your blog, you should view it as an opportunity to make a connection. Answer when people comment on your blog posts - especially if it's a question. If someone comments on your blog post, get to know them - add them to your network, and if they have a blog, go visit it and comment in return on one of their posts.
Learn more about the etiquette of commenting on blogs and how to handle comments on your own blog.
3. Guest blogging
Guest blogging is one key way that bloggers connect with each other and gain exposure to new audiences. Guest blogging can happen several ways:
Invite others to guest on your blog - Are you going to be busy for a couple of weeks and can't blog? Consider inviting some other bloggers to do a guest post on your blog. This is a great way to keep your blog alive and kicking in your absence and introduce your audience to some of your favorite blogs. This is where it helps to already have some favorite blogs you regularly follow and comment on, so you have someone to ask! They should be bloggers who blog about the same topic and you'll probably have more success reaching out to smaller bloggers who are still growing their audience.
Offer to do a guest post for another blogger or ask if they'd be interesting in exchanging - you do a guest post on their blog and they do one on yours. Again, it should be a blogger who blogs on similar topics. When you contact them, you should demonstrate that you regularly read their blog, understand their audience and share what topic you'd like to guest post about.
There are many ins and outs to guest blogging and this Guest Blogging 101 post on PROBLOGGER is a great resource.
Look at a good example of a guest blog post - note the intro to the guest blogger at the beginning of the post and the paragraph with more about him at the bottom of the post.
Do you have any other ideas for connecting with fellow bloggers? Share in the comments!
*image via mckaysavage
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When it comes to an online group, size isn't everything! Having an active, meaningful group that provides value to group members is what matters. But to get there, you may want to grow the size of your group - and not just by getting larger, but by finding people who are truly interested in what your group is all about. Here are some ideas to help.
Before you get started, be sure you have a clear picture of what your group is about and who good group members would be. Define any key words or key roles or attributes that you'd be looking for.
1. Find people
Search Profiles for people on My developerWorks and invite them to join your group by writing on their wall. You can find people based on tags, roles, country, etc.
2. Find blogs
Search My developerWorks blogs using tags to look for bloggers who write about topics relevant to your group. Then go to their profile and write on their wall and invite them to join. You should also start following their blog and begin commenting on their posts, and develop an ongoing relationship - this builds the possibility of genuine, useful networking in the future. If you feel comfortable or have a good relationship with a blogger, you could also ask if they'd be willing to blog about your group. Also, look outside of My developerWorks to bloggers who write about your topic. Begin commenting on their blog and forming a relationship with them.
3. Use a watchlist
Set up key words to watch on your watchlist on My developerWorks. Check everyday to see who is active and then go to their profile, write on their wall, and invite them to join.
4. Reach out to your extended network
If you use Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or other social sites in a professional capacity, invite your network to join your group. You can also post group updates and news within these types
5. Ask your group members for help
Email your existing group members and share your vision to grow the group, ask if they could invite people in their network to join. It will help if you give them text they could use in an email.
6. Connect with related groups
Search for other related groups on My developerWorks. For example, if your group is about jQuery, you might check out the Java-Lover's group. Don't spam the entire group, but visit other group member's profiles, write on their wall, and invite them to join your group. If a related group is also active and you have good synergy, consider connecting with that group leader to brainstorm ways your groups might work together in the future.
*image via Crystl
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This week get to know Joseph Amrith Raj, a WebSphere specialist at Wipro Technologies in India. Connect with Joseph on his My developerWorks profile and on Twitter.
Tell me about yourself and what you're currently working on...
I'm currently working as a WebSphere specialist with one of the India's Top3 MNC, Wipro Technologies. This role deals with WebSphere products such as WAS, WMQ, WMB and WPS. I've had good exposure to SOA and Clould Computing and I'm slowly making steps into the latter technologies. I'm pretty fortunate to work on different middleware and WebSphere products like web, application servers, mq, brokers, process server, LDAP etc. over the last five years. I'm presently working on an SOA and Websphere related project and some migration work.
What's your favorite aspect of your work?
You don't just upgrade the software products you are working on but you also upgrade yourself as well. Isn't that a challenge to keep you up and running? At this point in my career, I try to analyze the presently implemented architecture designs and those provided by architects to see how I can put my knowledge in it and how it’s going to be with the future technologies and products, because one day I'm going to be in the architect's shoes.
What advice would you share with students or IT professionals just starting out in their career?
What's your approach to keeping your skills current?
I always choose a new skill that is related to my present skill. I have a simple 4 step approach to gain a new skill:
In my view certifications are not only to show our skill but also it gives confidence to your employer or clients, that this person is capable of doing my job and i can bank on him. You work hard for months and months and reach a level, and then you need to face competition from a person who is as motivated as you. Certifications can provide you an edge.
How do you use developerWorks?
I come here for articles and to see what people have been discussing in the forums about different products and the issues they have faced. I can say 40% of my knowledge is from developerWorks articles and tutorials. I follow developerWorks on Twitter as well.
What new topics or areas are you learning about right now?
Presently I am reading about Cloud Computing and SOA convergence in the enterprise. It's Interesting to see how a technology and skills I have can extend and take me into future technologies.
Another area I'm learning about is how business approaches IT, with present developments in BPM technologies.
Do you have any big plans for the future? Where would you like to be in ten years?
Yeah!, I'd love to see myself as CTO before I retire. Next ten years? I want to be an Architect in middleware technologies. Also, if possible I want to move to Europe.
What are a few of your favorite publications, websites or blogs?
I'm not a big fan of reading but have few site/blogs which I follow. I use Google reader to subscribe and get updates from the sites, I like. A Google bookmarks list of sites: http://goo.gl/lists/GOKB
When you're not working, what hobbies or interests do you enjoy?
I love playing soccer so obviously I watch the matches on weekend and Manchester United is my favorite. Also I watch Tennis and Formula1. While not working I'll spend some time on updating and interacting with my blog network and listening to music.
- Thanks Joseph!
The 2010 IBM Beacon Award winners have been announced. We're very excited this year, because there is a new award category for Outstanding Contributor on My developerWorks to Drive a Smarter Planet.
We'd like to issue a huge congratulations to the winners and finalists:
Winner: Tamir Gefen, the founder and CEO of GoMidjets.
Finalist: Sebastian Fratini, at NSX in Argentina
Finalist: Martina Riedel at ReleaseTeam.
Go visit them on their My developerWorks profile, write on their wall, and congratulate them!
I finally grew tired enough of my boring, photo-less, bio-less blog that I took the time one evening last week to dig into the instructions and template in the My developerWorks bloggers group and add some pizazz to my blog. I'm not sure pizazz is the right term. Maybe just getting up to waterline is more appropriate. But anyway, it was worth the time. However, I would recommend pulling snippets of code from the template and as opposed to replacing your current weblog code entirely. The later didn't work for me and kept giving me errors. And finally, this note between Valerie Skinner and Bob Leah helped me solve a problem with including a bio at the top with the photo.
Check out the new and improved developerWorks podcast blog!