FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  mydw test activity confession developerworks tester 10 Comments 2,919 Visits
I created a very simple Activity on My developerWorks and would appreciate some testing assistance. You need to be logged into My developerWorks to open the Activity and then follow the directions to create your own instance of the activity to use.
This Activity servers four functions
1) It is an easy, simple (I hope) checklist for "getting started with My developerWorks" allowing you to go at your own pace to learn more about how to use My developerWorks. You select the steps you want to perform in your own time frame and "check" the box when you complete.
2) It is an Activity. Activities appears to be the most under used function in My developerWorks and hopefully this Activity will help you consider how you could use Activities.
3) It is an Activity template which means if you like the concept of the Activity and the checklist style, you can take the template and edit it for your own needs....and create your own Activity and/or template for others to use.
4) I did it for me. As you may have read, I like to test, and the Activities tab was taunting me... I had to figure out how to use it, try it, not let it break me, find value in it and create something...so I did.
Testers...well...anyone actually ...test away...... and let me know your feedback.........I've posted the how to provide feedback in the Activity
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  php zend smarter green planet ajax open software confession it technology db2 7 Comments 3,878 Visits
Well, I want one that is smart...but what does that really mean? How can the "Earth" be smart or smarter? The planet is full of people...and lots of them... and lots of them are smart or want to be smart. People ...it just takes people....we are the change agents.... as we are the ones that can spur innovation. ...and that is you and me.
We, the people, are the ones that can make a difference. But how? I know I can use (or not use) devices and tools that change the impact I have on the planet. But is that what smarter really is? Yes ...and no. I have the chance to do more.
Technology is key. First though, I need some skills...and that is where developerWorks just SHINES. I have found so many valuable resources on developerWorks - from forums, to free code trials, to tutorials and training, to great technical articles, to My developerWorks blogs and bookmarks. From Ajax to Zend Core, developerWorks is the a great source for technical skill-building resource.
When I take it to the simplest level, Smarter Planet is about making this world a better place to live. So my learning new skills, applying them for the greater good and sharing what I know is one element of Smarter Planet.......and who doesn't want to make this world a better place?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software confession technical comments forums blogs 3 Comments 2,043 Visits
Do you have a fear of criticism? Or are you afraid of apathy? I fear apathy the most ...once of my favorite quotes is "the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy"
Now suppose you are faced with someone challenging you on a blog or in a discussion forum? What's the first thought: Yikes...what an idiot...oh no....darn it?
Perhaps it is time to rethink that....isn't it better that someone took the time to care enough to respond?
A few ideas
1. It is always worthwhile to consider thanking or acknowledging the person for commenting and sharing their perspectives. ...again...they cared enough to share.
2. Don't get defensive and be very wary of going head to head. That can quickly escalate beyond what you wanted and really doesn't serve for the greater good for the audience.
3. Learn from the alternative points of view or criticism that they may be sending your way. That does not mean you have to agree with it, but consider the fact that the person bothered to read your stuff as a gift. If what you all were writing was pointless or useless, the person would not have even bothered to comment.
4. Don't be thin skinned. Think about what you are trying to share and why....every "challenge" is a learning opportunity. It would be presumptuous to think you know everything and have the only or final answer.
The above is how I hope I will respond as I continue to blog on True Confessions and it is one of the reasons I joined the My developerWorks enthusiasts....as I am always learning.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  diabetes health software confession db2 healthcare 6 Comments 1,858 Visits
Many of my friends and family have no idea what software development is and I often struggle to explain it in simple terms. My new quest in 2010 is going to be finding (and sharing) the "real technology for real people" articles, stories and more that I find on developerWorks.
It really hit home when talking to a friend about recent health concerns. We did a few "wouldn't it be nice if" and then I realized... we don't have to wish.
One of our "what ifs" was about being able to mobile devices that measure and track your current health status, can produce a report and even allow your doctor to view it. And that is when I came upon the "real technology for real people". This great article shows one of the simple devices and the software behind it that makes it work. Tools to help our lives are no longer dreams. We take so much for granted. At the beginning of the last century, cars, airplanes, going to the moon, talking pictures and so much more were all "crazy" ideas.
Turning ideas into reality...that is what software developers do. Dare I say it.....software developers make dreams come true?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  developerworksl happiness fun smarter_planet confession 6 Comments 2,377 Visits
Blogs are about being authentic and for me to be authentic I have to have fun. I was inspired to begin this blog after reading about the Chief Happiness Officer (CHO) - happiness at work is the most important factor that contributes to good careers, happy lives and business success. My intention is to blog about the fun, the absurd, the thrills, the chills and the adventures of my developerWorks experience and about what I find on My developerWorks.. Stay tuned as during this adventure I hope to find the things that can make us laugh, challenge our thoughts, vent , ask questions and listen, listen, listen. Oh....and make a few confessions along the way too.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  laptop programming technology confession software pc 4 Comments 2,296 Visits
H = # of hours I am in front of, using technology that has a display, CRT, or monitor and a keyboard type device
D = # of days a week I am in front of said technology
W = # of weeks in a year (excluding vacations, holiday, sick days, non-work days)
Y = # of years I've been "involved" with technology stuff
I didn't grow up with technology...it came into my existence in college and then full blown once I graduated. I decided to eliminate phone and entertainment type devices from my calculations and keep it pure to just terminals, PCs, and laptops. I also used averages as I can be crystal clear on the # of years while the others have more variability. As my entire working life has been with technology, I also decided to just include all my working hours. Granted, in the my earlier days, technology was not portable and so I didn't spend as many hours in front of technology, I figured it compensated as now even if I am in a face to face meeting, the technology is present plus I didn't include weekend hours and so it all balances out as I actually do use technology on the weekends.......this was not meant to be scientific ....and honestly...once I started the calculations it got darn scary.
Net...give or take 5K....I've spent 63,000 hours working with technology.
Breaking it down further.....
Why did I bother to do this analysis..... Malcolm Gladwell's book the Outliers.
Ten thousand hours: That’s how long it takes to become good at something..... and that means
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession computer blue feline neuron matter cat technology 2 Comments 1,408 Visits
A computer system that can simulate the thinking power of a cat's brain. Notice it says "power" vs the real thinking because as everyone knows, what a cat is thinking beyond food, pet, litter box, play and give me attention is just close to impossible. Of course it is fascinating and with the 1 billion neurons and 10 trillion synapses, at just 4.5 percent of a human brain, the computer can sense, perceive, act, interact and process ideas without consuming a lot energy. Being able to mimic the low-energy, high-processing capability of a brain is something researchers have been striving to achieve in computing for years. But the real thinking? Will the computer want to come sit on my lap? Nah.
By combining the cat-brain-sized computer system with a special algorithm, called Blue Matter, that maps the human brain, the scientists are able to test how brain structure affects function. Eventually, they hope to uncover how the human brain’s circuits can perform small and large computations, and then use that information build a chip that has a brain-like architecture.
Scary and cool.....and am actually glad they started with a cat vs a dog brain. This will go down in both human and feline history. I can hear it now "cat's rule, dog's drool"
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  reality confession words technology social irl software acronyms 1,806 Visits
I have to admit, I am a sucker for "pretty pictures" ...interactive content will keep me entertained.
My latest find:
Interactive Solution Finders : Spin the interactive wheels and find the solution to your challenges
and yes...I did spend time spinning....what about you? My favorite...was the green ....the blue was pretty, the red got my attention, the orange felt washed out. Oh wait... there was info too ....of course there is.... I did a bit more than spin....I actually did stop and read..... and the green was still my favorite.
Interactive content does get my attention...the spinning wheel wasn't highly sophisticated...just enough to keep me engaged over flat text.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  tivoli green confession cloud smarter_planet security green_it 2 Comments 2,846 Visits
One of my favorite quotes is "Change is constant. Growth is optional. Choose wisely" Change is the only constant in business today in the face of change. From an IT standpoint, that can mean different organizations will leverage IT assets and services in different ways. What do Cloud, Green Security and Tivoli have in common? Demos!!!
Check out what I found :
Tivoli and Green IT - Datacenter Efficiency
· Part One: IBM CloudBurst Overview
· Part Two: IBM CloudBurst Technical Demo
· Part Three: IBM Smart Business Test Cloud
Tivoli Data and Application Security
Tivoli Identity and Access Assurance
Tivoli Security Management for z/OS
Want more info? Join the dialog on the Tivoli forums.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  learning open source java xml student confession education 1,909 Visits
I hope to always keep learning. Learning is an on-going experience as is teaching and sharing. Once you learn...time to share. developerWorks does a FANTASTIC job of sharing information and it isn't just to techie professionals. There is a plethora of information for the pre-professionals aka "real" students.
Perhaps you are a student or you know one...if so do check out and/or share:
IBM Student Portal: Connect with experts, build skills, and discover the resources you need to find a job and succeed!
Learning Resources – Explore leading edge technologies with introductory offerings especially for students
Certification - Find out what IBM offers in preparation and discounts
Community - Ask questions and get answers from technical experts, connect with others in forums, blogs and groups
Jobs & Fellowships - Get your job search started, including tips on interviewing, resume writing, and more
In 1946, Thomas J Watson asked these 17 questions.
Thomas Watson, Sr. gave these questions to his sales team at the IBM 1946 100% Club ( an event to honor the top sales leaders). I found the list on a blue computer punch card that was handed out during one of the briefings I attended at an IBM Executive Briefing Center. I am a bit of a pack rat and don't know when I received it ( I can tell you though it wasn't in 1946).
These questions ring true today. Although they were meant for a sales audience, today, we all "sell" ...we sell our ideas, our test results, our status, our performance, our work, our application, our code, etc
All across IT we use TMAs.....see I just did it. Sometimes they make us laugh and sometimes they make us scratch our heads. Have you tried writing or speaking without using a TLA (two or three letter acronym) or a FLA (four or fix letter acronym)? Perhaps we are conserving our breaths or the letters we type (could that be a way to lower our carbon footprint?)
Pronuciation is also a challenge. Is it S-O-A or sooooooooooah? Is it W-A-S or was or waaaas? Is it C-I-C-S or kicks? Is it R-A-D or rad? If it is rad is that short for radical which also could be the slang for cool, hip, trendy? So is RAD rad? Are there any BAD products? or OLD ones?
And so many acronyms mean more than one thing. I am not a fan of IM ...well when used to mean Instant Messaging yes...but not for Information Management. A few letters make all the difference in clarity.
Then there is Business Optimization (BO). When used in a sentence " I am currently working on the BO project which will enhance productivity ...." or "due to BO we've improved..." some acronyms just make you scratch your head and laugh at the same time...
Anyone care to share their favorites?
When I break down the components of work to explain it to a 3 year old, here is what appears:
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession problem blog developerworks my group developeworks 1 Comment 1,515 Visits
What do you do when you have a problem? Do you look at the help screens? Open the user manual? Do you first try to locate an expert or the closest person available?