Monday, April 28, 2008

To Blog or Not To Blog?

Ohh Blogging. When i first started this in January Blogs were this amorphous blobs. Who exactly blogs anyways? Week to week i added to my litle portfolio espanding my thoughts and opinions about where these posts come from. I'm just not sure if it's for me...

I don't like blogging regularly. I just can't bring myself to turn on the computer, suffer through password on password (always different for max. security) and then pouring my heart and soul onto a 20' screen. I just don't care enough. It's really neat to see how i've grown and what i've learned, but until i really feel the need to connect with others through the internet and blogs I think i'll just trot on over to my friend's room and share the newest tidbit of juicy celeb gossip...

That's all there is folks!

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Newest Froniter

My how things have changed... Techonlogy is moving so fast and so many different directions its hard to keep up -let alone know which direction to move in. There are so many different cool applications and new ways to use technology. One article suggests a site where you can find pictures other people took of you while on vacation. It's something i've thought of before:

When you're on vaction think of all the camera dodging, stopping, and haulting you do when everyone around you is taking pictures. Now think of how many you're in, maybe in the side of the frame, maybe even with a really irritated look on your face. Wouldn't it be great if you could look through everyone's pictures and find the ones you're in? I think so too...

Well, now with technology it could be possible. The main concern with all these new applicaitons and ideas is always going to be security. If so many things have changed from my parents time to mine, i would how much it will change by the time i'm 50.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Where You At?

Where You At? Boost Mobile's catch phrase can sum up over half of the phone conversations I have. Back in middle school and high school I would spend hours upon hours of time talking to people (mostly boys) on my house phone and later my cell phone. Now, I use my phone for txting people and to simply call them and find out where they are. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just use your phone to find out where all your friends are at? That was the premise of Boost Mobile's introduct of the Loopt Phone, where you could find out where your friends are at.

However, this was several years ago and the phenomenom has still yet to catch on. It seems like phone companies think now is that time...

I'm not sure how this is going to go, but it would pretty neat, in theory. If theres a way to eliminate or decrease the risk of stalkers and theieves this new gps technology will have a huge impact on the social lives of teenagers and tweens everywhere. I know it would be much easier to turn on a tracker to let my friends know where i am and that i'm bored. I wonder who would show up....

Monday, April 7, 2008

What do YOU think?

It seems like everyone on the internet has an opinion one way or the other. And they will not hesitate to tell you every intimate detail of what they think, why they think it and what you should do about it. This is a politican's dream, at least in terms of reading their public. The internet has became a huge forum and tool for the new candidates to gauge their audince and better yet, reach out to them. They are able to show they care about the younger, computer savy, generation and want to interact with them. In fact, the debates were broadcasted on this year! I think that the internet has definatly helped the candidates reach the younger generation. Even if i missed the debates, i can go see watch them online whenever I want like a debate Obama and Clinton had in Ohio about healthcare.

These types of videos help the candidates reach more people and expand their influence and opinions to those who normally wouldn't know or understand them. The internet also allows anyone to post their own thoughts and opinions on how politicians are preforming their jobs and what and how they should go about changing their ways. This is good, as long as the person realizes not to take every morsel of advice literally.

The internet also enales funny videos like this is appear about our beloved candidates.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Job of Finding a Job

Finding the right job is hard. Finding the employee is ever harder. This past summer I worked in the Human Resources department and helped my co-workers with the entire recruiting process. Reading resume after resumse is quite a task. Most are boring, unorgainzed and don't really give a clear view of the person. After reading about blogging for resumes, i've come to think it would be pretty helpful. Yes, you would first have to wade through the daunting stack of papers, but after narrowing down the candidates it would be a great resource to read about how the person works through projects, problems and everyday tasks.

However, I do think professional blogs have a drawback. You have to be careful how much information about specific projects and conflicts you expose. Most large companies have strict confidentialy contracts for employees. Also, an angry blog post about a boss or co-worker will always come back to haunt you.

If HR and recruiteres move towards personal/resume based blogs, people should be exteremly careful how they presnt themselves and the information they give out. You never know who is reading your blog

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Is this my future?

I watched the 8 mintue EPIC video and found it to be very interesting and kind of scary. This whole social progression of news and interactive websites are changing our world very fast. The video takes place in 2014 and reviews history to see how we got to 'where we are today' (in 2014). To think about where we will be in 2014 is weird enough and then to hear about the future like it is the past is very strange.

It did make me think about how these websites such as Amazon, Google, and blogsites will change the future. Now, people don't need real news sources to stay tuned into the world. Instead, the internet allows users to connect to people who are invloved and around these actual stories. People are free to react to and discuss storeis are they evolve. Maybe someday soon traditional news sources will fade out.

Companies will be able to completely customize anything to fit anyone in the world. It is a very scary reality coming true with every new modification and specilization. I wonder how accaure the 2014 video will be once we reach 2014? Only time will tell

Monday, March 17, 2008

....Not Another Group Project!!

Virtual teamwork facilitates conversations and interactions between employees without the need for physcial proxiemity. For someone like my dad who tracels to three or four locations a week to meet with customers this might not be the best idea because a personel interaction is still needed to make and maintain solid customer realations. But for college students like me, this virtaul teamwork would help tremendously. As soon as the words group and project roll off a teachers tounge a collective groan escapes from the class. "Oh no! Not another group project!". It's not that we don't like to do them, it's that they are so hard to coordinate. Everyone has to be in the same place at the same time. This becomes espcially hard when you don't live on campus or you work. Virtual Teamwork could help us by elimnating the physical componant.

For businesses as well as students, there still needs to be enforced guildlines for those who want to use virtual teamwork such as being on time to the "meeting". Just because everyone isn't in the same location doesn't mean that you can sneak in late! Antoher worry would be group dynamics. Does anyone know each other before going in to the project? For a student project meeting in person once would be a good start and then progrossing towards virtual meetings would create a better working envirnoment. I'd really like to be able to try to do a project virtually and to see if it is, in fact, easier