Just an idea

Would anyone be interested in an every other month get together, for 2ish hours, where you would have 3 or 4 people give a 15 minute speech/lecture on a tech type topic and Q&A afterward? Think TED, but local Tallahasseeians giving mini-lectures on technology topics they find relevant. It could be anything they want it to be as long tech play a role in it.

Ideas:

  • Photography and how you use the web to show your work.
  • Digital creation through Photoshop.
  • How to get more followers on Twitter???
  • How to use Twitter to advertise and market.
  • The benefits of using open source technology.
  • How to Partition a RAID 0 disk array.
  • Using Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Media to be more efficient.
  • How to edit music with Audacity. Using technology to enrich church.
  • How to setup a Media Center PC in your Living room.
  • What makes a good password and how to keep your information safe while on line.
  • Spam and Scam how to protect yourself from phishing.
  • How to start a podcast.
  • Whatever………….

 

With the presenters permission we could film it and create a Channel on Youtube to share these presentations.

If you think this might be something that you are interested in please let me know by commenting below or Twitter me @verticalgambit

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 Lent is traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigour during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbour). Today, some people give up a vice of theirs, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations – Wikipedia

 

I have been thinking about what I should give up for Lent. It is a fairly hard thing to nail down something that is substantial to me, but also practical for my life. I have been playing with giving up caffeine, but it that is almost insane!!!! I think that my addiction to caffeine would have repercussions on my physical and mental functions. I believe that I will be sick for the first week.

I have also thought about giving up fast food, but there is a main issues with this idea, how do to classify what is fast food and what is not? At first I was thinking anything that has a drive through, but that would rule places like Sony’s, and Starbucks. Plus, when bringing this idea to my boss he suggested that Publix’s (or anything similar), pizza, sub places all cold be termed as fast food. Another reason I was thinking that this might be a terrible idea is because with the baby coming I think it might be hard stay away from fast food. People bring over food or needing to grab something quick because we do not have time to cook.

In reverse I am going to take up something for Lent too. I am going to do a mile every day for 40 days. That means walking with the wife, soccer, running at lunch, etc… This goal is just to make sure I get ATLEAST one mile worth of exercise every day.

Here are some questions for you:

What is Fast Food?

What are things that you have or have heard others give up for Lent in the past?

What are you giving up for Lent? Is there something that you will start for Lent?

There are so many ways for government to waste money, but learning a little from social media websites, like Facebook, governmental offices could learn to solve problems through crowd sourcing existing staff from around the nation. The government has a wide range of technologies that it uses from Mainframes to SQL servers to Helpdesk software. Even though government agencies are very diverse, most have core sections (Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Legal Department, Information Technology, and Specialized Staff found within the different divisions of government) that have similar technology support needs.

Technology Support Needs:

  1. Server Teams:

    1. Email

    2. File Storage

    3. Active Directory

  2. Database Engineers:

    1. SQL

    2. Oracle

    3. DB2

  3. Programmers:

    1. Java

    2. VB

    3. HTML

    4. SQL

  4. Network:

  5. Client Helpdesk Support:

    1. PC support

    2. Phone Helpdesk


With tightening budgets and layoffs, CIO’s are fighting a delicate balance of low staffing and still keeping a high level of customer service to the end users of the technologies they support. One way that could help with this dilemma is to have a social media website for government technology staff to bounce ideas off each other. If you look at websites like Facebook and Twitter, you will see that in today’s world, most questions can be answered by asking your friends online. With government there are issues that arise when looking for answers online. The first is that government has many policies when it comes to privacy. You cannot just ask, “What is the best way to encrypt Health information” to the general public.

Another issue is environment. The public sector has a lot more flexibility when it comes to install applications within a production environment. Purchasing requirements is another issue with government. There are times, which even thought the software you have been recommended will do the exact job you need, you cannot purchase it because of money or the company is not on the government approved vendor list.

Even with all the restriction put on the public sector there is still the opportunity to use the functionality of social media sites to enhance technology support within the government. I purpose that the government build a password protected, Facebook like, site where government employees can discuss issues with others government employees. A good example of where this could really work is within the core technology support areas.

A Government Technology site could not only help solve problems with common issues quicker, it could also save tons of money in time and resources. Let take for example email. This is the life blood of most communications within the public sector. By having 60 or 70 dedicated government email specialist from around the nation all in one group you could solve common issues much faster than calling a vendor for support (although I am not saying get rid of the vendor). Not only could you solve issues faster, but you can also help prevent them by discussing best practices with people that understand the constraints of government.

This only one way to integrate Web 2.0 in to government, there are many other applications that can be used to help organize and solve issues.

So, I have been trying this new service from Google called Latitude. Basically, it is a location based social media service that lets you share where you are and what you are doing. Latitude can be used through your phone or the web. The service will be within the RC33 release for Android (Google’s mobile OS). Google announced that this service will also be coming to other mobile devices (iPhone???). After giving Latitude a try (less than a day) on my iGoogle page, it appears to do the basics of every other location based social media application.

 

There are a couple things I can already see that Latitude needs. First, Twitter integration. I would like to be able to update my twitter and have it up Latitude. Even better I would like to use Twinkle on my iPhone to give location data and Twitter updates. Next, it appears right now it I can only update it through my iGoogle on the web. Give me a static Latitude webpage like Calendar, Docs, ect…. Also, when inviting people from my Gmail account please give me a “select all” button for my contacts list! Lastly, integrate my contacts list from all my other social media networks. I need Latitude to grab my Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, Linkedin, and Ning contact list for inviting people.

 

Here are the FINAL official results from this year’s election (also attached in a Word document in case you want a nice copy to print or send out).
In total, we had 6,498 ballots counted. (Please note, these will NOT match the numbers reported to the Democrat at 10:03, as we still had 26 hand count sheets to be added to our precinct tallies).

Thanks to all of you who helped out with this year’s election!

National: President and Vice President

John McCain and Sarah Palin 2,634
Barack Obama and Joe Biden 3,665
Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez 95

State: State Senator District 3

Charles S. Dean 1,760
Suzan L. R. Franks 2,106

County: County Commissioner At Large, Group 1

Akin Akinyemi 2,413
Ed DePuy
1,509

Nonpartisan Judicial: Circuit Judge, 2nd Circuit – Group 7 Lisa Raleigh
2,086 Frank E. Sheffield 1,744

Special Survey Questions:

Grades K-12:
Should school lunch options be limited to only healthy options, or
should students have the right to choose from a variety of options,
including junk food?

Healthy options only 1,764
Healthy options and junk food 1,888

Which of the following should be the State of Florida’s official state
bird?

Osprey 1,501
Snowy Egret
700
Great Egret
1,008
Black Skimmer 340
Brown Pelican 501

Grades 6-12:
Should students be required to pass the FCAT to graduate?
Yes
2,042
No
1,620

Should students be allowed to express themselves through words,
messages, and/or symbols on their clothing, even if it is offensive to
other students?
Yes
1,467
No
2,160

Should students be held accountable by school officials for the content
of their on-line web sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, if they are
engaging in on-line bullying of other students?
Yes
1,932
No
1,628

This blog is in response to a Facebook comment about my Twitter status.

November 5th I made this comment on Twitter, “I am SO HAPPY about the Presidential election. I am sad about amendment 2. It hurts my heart that we can’t accept people for who they are.”

My Twitter account auto changes my Facebook status to match.

Later that morning I received this response within Facebook, “You know JP, it’s not always about accepting people for who they are. It’s also about the ways people would take advantage of it. I think that same sex couples have certain rights, but I don’t necessarily with the marriage.”

Below is my follow up comment and I believe it states my feelings and beliefs on the subject:

Please do not take my statements below the wrong way, because they are not meant to be mean or argumentative. I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions, beliefs (religious or moral), feelings, and system of life they choose to live. Also, I know that my opinion is no better or worse than anyone else’s. Here are some of my feelings/thoughts/opinions on this issue.

Maybe I should have said, “I am SO HAPPY about the Presidential election. I am sad about amendment 2. It hurts my heart that we still don’t allow equal right for all humans.” But I feel saying, “that we can’t accept people” is a true statement too.

Acceptance is defined by Webster’s as: “an agreeing either expressly or by conduct to the act or offer of another so that a contract is concluded and the parties become legally bound”

To me the fact that 65% percent of Floridians voted to legally ban marriage between anyone except a man and a woman is not acceptance.

I do want to point out one thing I do not agree with you on. I believe your statement, “It’s also about the ways people would take advantage of it.” is the same type of statement that was said when it was purposed for women to vote, equal pay for equal work, or blacks not to be slaves. Again, I am not accusing you of that, just saying words like those have been heard in the past when something is not socially acceptable, but social norms change.

Throughout time minorities (woman, people of color, types of religion and now sexual preference) have been persecuted for being different. When most people look back on this persecution, they think it is absurd that people could have missed the mark for sooo long. I see amendments like this in the same way. It is not a gay marriage issue; it is a human equality issue. I just think that we should respect all humans and all humans should start out being equal in the eyes of the law. It is not a crime to be gay (anymore) and it should not be against the law for gays to marry. Again this is not me saying that you are wrong or that I am right. It is just how I feel about the situation.

I do respect your opinion and believe that you have as much right to that opinion as I do to mine. Thank you for sharing your view. As seen by the Amendment 2 vote, my opinion on the issue is in stark contrast to the opinion of majority. Also, my thoughts above, I believe, somewhat go with your second comment about, “Most people will win those freedoms they seek.”

I will say that in light of the recent presidential election, America electing its first black President, I am excited to see how far we as a society have come in the last 150 years. I still hope that we as humans can reach true equality amongst our peers before another 150 years passes.

I have not had a chance to update my Blog in a while and wanted to get something up. I was trying to think, “What can I blog about?”

I came up with nothing. Soooooo, I thought I would pose a few questions and see if I can get some ideas about what to write.

What is your favorite online video (YouTube, Hulu, Veoh, etc…) service?

Do you use a similar micro blogging service to Twitter (Laconica, Jaiku, Pounce, etc…)? If so, how do you use it?

Do you use an online storage site for storing things like files or backups? What site?

What is your favorite online image storage website (Flicker, Picasa, Photobucket, Shutterfly, ect…)?

Is there any online technology that you would like to know more about? I love researching tech, so if you have something that you want to know more about or something I can blog about that people might find interesting please let me know.