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FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  php zend smarter green planet ajax open software confession technology it db2 7 Comments 3,876 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:  technology software project open management confession source leadership 2,519 Visits
A classic tale and one of my favorites : Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody
I am a big fan of clarity ....must be the project manager training in me. I always want to know WHO. We use too much "we" and "them" and need to clearly identify the who and ensure that named person knows and commits.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  laptop programming technology confession software pc 4 Comments 2,293 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:  technology cloud green smart lotus db2 websphere confession portal software rational jam cebit ids 3 Comments 2,223 Visits
Looking around developerWorks and My developerWorks, you just can't be bored. Now, maybe your eyes get tired of reading...but do your ears get tired of listening and learning?
Chat with the lab
information on Demand
CEBIT on Cloud Computing
Rational telconferences, webcasts and events
WebSphere Portal Conference
IBM Smart Work Videocast and Global Jam Sept 16-18
Tip of the iceberg.... now it is about finding the time... anyone know of an application that can help give you fit more than 24 hours in a day?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  technology software hardware confession system system_z mainframe server 2 Comments 2,042 Visits
This article " The mother of all computers no longer looks that old" makes my heart go pitter patter. I just happen to be a mainframe fan...and I never thought it went out of style. After all, how can something that is reliable, secure and dependable be out of date? If it works, why change?
Do a search on mainframe on developerWorks and you'll find some good info:
Did you say mainframe happens to be my favorite.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  it technology traffic confession green smarter_planet challenge 1,978 Visits
Have an innovative idea on how to solve traffic congestion? The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), in partnership with IBM
and Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations (STCI) has launched a global challenge to identify innovative ideas for combating transportation congestion.
ITS America is challenging commuters, transportation experts, entrepreneurs, techies, students, and academic researchers to come up with the best ideas to reduce traffic congestion and lessen its economic and environmental impact. And you don't have to be from America to participate.
Let's face it....if you commute (plane, train, bus, boat, trolley, ferry, car, bike, ski, walk, etc) you have ideas and being technically minded....I bet you have some GREAT ideas.
At stake is a $50,000 prize presented at the 16th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Stockholm, Sweden, this September. The winner will also receive the development support needed to put his or her idea to work.
Winning ideas are expected to focus on the following five areas:
1. Speed and efficiency: Using technology to reduce delays and transport people and goods efficiently and reliably.
2. Behavioral impact: Innovative ways to convince users to choose options that reduce congestion.
3. Safety: Preventing accidents, improving incident response and providing more timely, accurate transportation information.
4. Sustainability: Lowering energy use and emissions while actively managing traffic and reducing congestion.
5. Economic competitiveness: Improve productivity through new technologies (e.g., wireless applications and mobility tools).
For additional information and to enter submissions, visit the ITS Congestion Challenge
and if you do submit and win....let us know.....
if you do submit and don't win....also let us know as my bet is your ideas are still worth sharing. Share as a comment or post as a message on It's all about Green
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  intel open source green linux google technology microsoft it confession ibm brand 3 Comments 1,926 Visits
The results are in for 2009:
The world's top 10 most valuable brands:
1. Coca-Cola, up 3 percent to $68.73 billion
2. IBM, up 2 percent to $60.21 billion
3. Microsoft, down 4 percent to $56.65 billion
4. GE, down 10 percent to $47.78 billion 5
5. Nokia, down 3 percent to $34.87 billion
6. McDonald's, up 4 percent to $32.28 billion
7. Google, up 25 percent to $31.98 billion
8. Toyota, down 8 percent to $31.33 billion
9. Intel, down 2 percent to $30.64 billion
10. Disney, down 3 percent to $28.45 billion
All makes sense to me...on a given day I could be drinking a Coke(1) Zero, reading about Linux efficiency on IBM(2) developerWorks while on my Microsoft (3) system with an Intel (9) processor under a GE(4) lightbulb with my Nokia(5) phone on the desk thinking about if I want to go to McDonald's(6) for lunch so I search Google (7) for directions, grab my Disney(10) Goofy keychain and head out passing lots of Toyota (8) cars on the road.
When I break down the components of work to explain it to a 3 year old, here is what appears:
Need some inspiration?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  data technology cognos google web baseball confession analytics ibm software 2 Comments 1,826 Visits
How my brain works.....Winter Olympics...Spring....Baseball.... and that got me thinking.....is there anything on developerWorks about baseball?
Sure enough.... check out
Then I found :
Not a fan of baseball or just need to know more about it: here's a lesson plan on America's Pastime (by IBM...isn't that one a surprise)