I plan to take the next Cisco test soon.  It will be nice to have the Cisco preparation over and done with.  I am eager to start on my next project.  I am looking at a wireless certification. I went to a Renaissance Fair over the holiday.  It was a nice break from the usual.  I took a few pictures but I ran out of space on MSN spaces.  We saw a number of good events and looked at many crafts.  I wish I had a little more artistic skill…

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The problem of motivating employees to do the right thing in security is an increasingly hard one.  Many companies have developed cultures that worked well prior to the digital age,  but are no longer applicable, and often detrimental to information security. We live in a money-motivated world, but not all motivation happens due to money.  Fairness, decisiveness, giving praise, and constructive criticism can be more effective than money in the matter of motivation.  However, they cannot be relied upon for all motivation.  There needs to be a well-balanced system of rewards.…

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As some of you know, I bought an Apple Cinema HD 23" widescreen display about 6 months ago.  I still love the beautiful picture and high resolution it offers.  Here is another interesting thing about Apple monitors that I found on Engadget. Unknown to many Apple retail store customers, especially those dialing AppleCare for help with the matter, at the manager’s discretion any retail store is able to replace displays, laptops, or iMacs with even a single dead pixel, regardless of location. Even displays that exhibit dead pixels within the…

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I was named Instructor of the Month for August.  I am very happy for that.  It has been a great pleasure teaching everyone at Remington College.  We have a great group of students and remarkable faculty here.  It is a great honor to be selected instructor of the month.  Thank you to those who nominated me and all who make teaching here possible.
A new quarter is starting on Monday.  I will be teaching Programming 1, Career Development and Packaged Applications.  I was going to get some things from a coworker that have to deal with my Packaged Applications class but I have not gone into work in the last few days.  I guess I will have to structure my syllabus without looking at his information first.  My plan is to give them a syllabus but to hand out the assignment list later so that I will have more time to prepare it.…
On Friday I went to an event in Columbus called Teaching Technology in 2005.  I learned a few things that might help me in my classes and I met a number of new people.  There were professors from all over at the event and each of them is teaching computers.  I also got to meet my book rep and I will soon be on the list to order books from Thompson Publishing.  I can order whatever ones I want and they will be shipped to me free of charge. The…

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This week I am teaching on protocols in my networking class. I love the topic and I got excited when I noticed what this chapter was about but I am sure my students will feel differently. I was preparing and I found there to be about 25 acronyms that they will need to learn. They are not so good at memorizing acronyms so I am sure they will complain a bit. On the bright side, this is the first chapter with real networking "meat" so I am excited. I think…

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I interviewed for a position as the Computer Networking Technology professor at Remington College on Monday. After the interview, I was asked to come back and give a sample lecture. In the lecture, they had students do various disruptive things so I had to maintain order in the classroom. They also asked a few questions that were meant to lead me in the wrong direction. I guess I did ok because they offered me the job afterward. I am really excited. Thanks everyone for your prayers. I guess the next…

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The International market for personal and mobile robots is about $5 billion and could grow to $5.4 billion this year.  It is growing by around 7% a year.  Biggest growth over the next three years will be in domestic rather than industrial robots. Robot milking systems would rise to around 1,550 by 2005, while the number of robots used in surgery would reach almost 8,000. Some 2,000 bomb-disposal and other security robots would likely be installed in the next three years The main challenge robot designers and manufacturers are facing…

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According to the Japanese patent office, the number of applications worldwide for robot technologies between 1990 and 1999 by Japanese firms, including those for industrial use, totaled 14,500. That far exceeds the 1,900 of Europe and the 1,000 of the United States. An official at the Japan Robot Association acknowledges that software programs used in robots are led by U.S. players. The software gives the robots communication ability and artificial intelligence.  Japanese companies are working hard to be a leader in the software behind robotics as well as the hardware…

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