Friday, February 19, 2010

Information Technology as a Career

Information Technology. What is it? It is the use of computers, computer software and computer networks to transmit, process and store information (or data). It is happening all around us every day. From the cash registers at your local department store to your favorite restaurant. It is on the job in your cell phone and your car's GPS. It helps us travel as tools to control traffic lights and air traffic schedules. We even rely on it to manage our money within our financial institutions.

So, with so much Information Technology in the world around us, what does it take for a growing young person to make a career out of it? I'll tell you.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mount Windows Shares on Linux (at startup)

So you can't use Linux because you have to operate in a Windows world, huh? Well, guess what... so do I. As a matter of fact, I have one of only two Linux laptops operating in our almost entirely Windows-based company. I get along just fine.

Recently, however, I made the switch from the Gnome desktop environment to XFCE. I was looking for something a little lighter and quicker, plus, I like to try new things whenever possible. Unfortunately for me, Thunar (the XFCE file manager) does not include an option to "connect to server" like it's Gnome counterpart Nautilus does. I thought, for a while, that I'd just have to suffer through the loss of the network shares that are hosted by Windows for the rest of the company.