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Friday, June 18, 2004

Career-Op: Traveling Technology

Career-Op: Bars on your Windows
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

Despite the fact that traveling, especially by airplane, is getting more and more troublesome, there are still a lot of people traveling around the US and the world. Whether they are traveling for business or pleasure, those people are probably bringing some type of personal technology with them. Digital cameras, GPS receivers, laptop computers, PDAs and more are finding their way into suitcases these days. This provides an interesting opportunity for high-tech careerists. If people are traveling with this technology, they are going to need help with it. High-tech workers might find that they can still practice their trade while living and working in a tourist town or resort.

Are IT Certifications meaningless?

I often find myself pondering this issue as I write about high-tech career issues. The fact that I carry no certifications probably gives you some idea what I think, though. I would be interested in hearing how certifications have helped you...or not, in your career.

This SlashDot discussion should bring out some interesting points.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Channel Island Fox Video

Here is a small video clip from the Fox Festival we attended at the LA Zoo back on June 6th.

Quicktime Movie - 1.9 MB

Not many peoplw will ever have a chance to see these animals in the wild, so I offer this video of them at the LA Zoo as a poor substitute.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Event: New Tipi Raising at Southwest Museum

I came across this information on the Experience LA web site

Location: Southwest Museum
Address: 234 Museum Drive , Los Angeles , 90065
Cross Streets: North Figueroa Street / Avenue 45
Phone: (323) 221-2164

Website: www.southwestmuseum.org

Description: For the past twenty years, a Southern Cheyenne summer tipi has greeted thousands of visitors, towering over them and displaying its enduring legacy in American history. On June 11, 2004, this cherished tipi will end its tenure and be deinstalled for conservation. In its place, Darrell Norman (Southern Blackfeet–Amiskapi Pikuni), an enrolled member of the Pikuni Blackfeet Nation, will raise a tipi that he painted as a special commission by the Southwest Museum. His art is based on Blackfeet design and imagery. The tipi-raising event is open to Autry National Center members only on June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the tipi will be on view to the general public starting Sunday, June 13.

Experience LA Transit Trips

The Experience LA web site has a host of interesting tours you can take via mass transit, especially the Metro Subway and Light Rail lines.

From the web site...

Pick from the Themed and Neighborhood Adventures listed below to explore LA's cultural treasures for a half-day or full-day adventure. You may also want to check out the Metro Art guide to public art within the actual Metro system. Free Metro Art Tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday of every month.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Career-Op: A Secret Weapon

Career-Op: A Secret Weapon
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

This week, I got a harried call, very early in the morning (for me). My long-time friend and fellow computer consultant, Sam, had a crisis. Rather, one of his clients had a crisis, but this, of course, made it his problem as well. Sam recently started working full-time again and was unable to visit this client immediately. A quick call to me, though, and I was on my way to the client site. We established this reciprocal working agreement in a very ad hoc fashion over the years. We regularly fill in for each other whenever business or family calls us away from our clients for any length of time. There has never been anything in writing, or even a much-discussed agreement of duties or responsibilities. Rather, it has always been an informal agreement to help each other.