Thoughts of an Angel

Oh, Hai!

08/30/2011

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My apologies for the late resuming of blog-posting.  Let's see what's new..I am graduated from UNT now and I have a job with a company called CoreLogic, and IS service company for banks and mortgage companies (primarily).  There, I am on the valuations support help desk team where I get to talk to appraisers who are having issues with their appraisal software.  I am also being cross-trained in disaster recovery, which is a field I am beginning to find fascinating now that I'm seeing the process that other sites of the company are going through on the east coast as a result of Irene.  I am also in classes for my CCNA certification, so I will look to have that by next Spring.

I have more to talk about, but I must be up for work in the morning.  Now that I am an "IT Professional," I will probably have more to say pretty shortly.  For now, stay classy, my fellow/fellowette IT people!

Angela
 
 
Due to some needed correction, I have redone the test and made sure that they both came from the same servers (thanks, Billy!).
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Google Chrome
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IE9

Eh...they have their trade-offs, it looks like. 

My guess would be that given that we were on a Microsoft network in Atlanta, that something was configured specifically for the browser, IE9.  Still, "kudos" to Microsoft for making their browser a great deal better over time. 

I still maintain that Bing makes for an awful verb. 
Professional Tip of the Day: Now go Bing yourself.
 
 
I am in Texas again.   Here are the results:
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Google Chrome

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IE9

'Nuff said.

As for location, I am currently in Arlington, the sweaty and slow armpit of internet connectivity.  I only have to sit on a different side of a couch before my phone begins roaming.  And well, the router was $15 at a garage sale...and it's AT&T service (can someone say *blegh!*?).

I also noticed that IE9 had to draw from a different server, which I find interesting. 

Anyhow, g'day!
 
 
Now that I've had a chance to recover from travel, show off new swag, and catch up on the latest Doomsday news that unfortunately needlessly spams our Internet, I shall give a bit of a commentary on my past week in Atlanta, GA.  It has to be brief as the time where I go to the In-N-Out Burger that just opened in Frisco is fast-arriving (heck yeah!). 

I really liked the TechEd Conference.  It was a lot of fun.  A few of my initial impressions were a bit wrong. For instance, due to the three buildings it spanned throughout, it was often more of a track meet than a conference - but it was a very educational track meet.  I did not go to as many seminars as I had originally wanted to, but feel that I gained more from talking with some of the attendees and fellow staff members anyway.  I went to see the Keynote speaker who spoke for nearly two hours about the Cloud, and a couple of the security-related ones such as the Wireshark course, WiFi, and "Defense Against the Dark Arts" courses.  I found most of these informative, but I feel that I should have gauged the courses better to gain more, but that's for next year.  I learned a lot not only about the security of my technical network, but of my personal network.  By that, I mean to say, how to network with people.  I made new friends, found out about different types of businesses (I never would have actually thought that a third party business would make another's application run more efficiently.  Isn't this what the programmers themselves were supposed to do?).  I also learned a lot about techniques in my own job search.  I learned that I was smarter than I thought I was.  Out of it, I got a plan for at least the next five years of my life, which is not something many other college graduates can say they have.  This is priceless!  

I certainly will not leave this blog alone any time soon (though am considering a host change).    There will, however, be a few weeks where updates will be scarce as I finish my last class for my Bachelor's Degree (*happy dance and hallelujah chorus ensues*).  In the next couple of days, I hope to have some pictures up.

Meanwhile, cheers! 
Angel Fox

P.S: Just in case Pastor Crackpot is right and the Rapture really does happen
tonight: So long, and thanks for all the fish!
 
 

Normally, I avoid "technical women's" events like the plague.  Most of them discuss either how to be a man or how to find other women and seclude themselves from the evil, gross, stinky, sex-ridden, and sometimes creepy men in their workplace (or so the impression seems to be).  So far, however, most of my experiences with working with men in IT and Sound Engineering (my first love) have been positive.  Then again, I'm a bit of a tomboy at heart.  I make friends easier with guys than most women - no drama, no super loud high-pitch squealing and/or screaming on excitement, they get right to the point when they speak (perfect for my attention span...or lack thereof), and being logically wired, most of what they say makes sense.  Men are just mentally wired differently from women.  And frankly, I feel that most women take on a sort of "victimized" mentality in the technical workplace by just automatically assuming that life is out to get them because they were born a woman.  Albeit, it is not easy sometimes.  It's even a little overwhelming at times when your thought process is not lined up with the rest of your team (i.e. left-brainers vs. right-brainers, process-oriented vs. detailed oriented).  It's really not that bad though.

Needless to say, this women's luncheon was quite good (as was the food, though I'm pretty sure my table was served last).  I enjoyed the panelists who were speaking.  They gave good advice to those of us who had questions about working in the industry from how to deal with male family members who are not supportive to how to get the men at work to take us seriously.  There was one question that I had that never got answered however, one of etiquette: I've never had so much problem working with men as I have dealing with their significant others.  For instance, when I started working at the Help Desk, my manager's wife (who is also IT, but different department) gave me the evil eye for the first several weeks.  It seems that after I became engaged, she's a great deal more friendly to me now.  I've come across this before in the work place.  I can't help it - I'm just naturally friendly.  It seems that the best anecdote is communication.  While there are still some women who are just naturally jealous, it usually at least helps to try to talk to the girl more than the guy while in the presence of both of them.  I know I'm not alone though.  When I told all the ladies at my table about this, they all were like, "Hey, that's my problem too!  I thought I was the only one who dealt with that!" I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with that problem.

If you're a guy, how do you suggest you deal with this?  If you're a girl, how do you deal with this? I'm interested in contrasting opinions. 

'Til next time.
Angela


 
 
Today is a snow day, probably the coldest day I've seen in Texas in all my 25 years of life here.  How shall I spend this day?  UNT has shut down and venturing down to Fort Worth for work is pretty much out of the question today due to ice.  Snow play is fun, but it's so powdery today that I cannot sculpt anything.  It seems that today will be spent reading for tomorrow's class (assuming there will be a class) and working on this web site.  Meanwhile, I believe that some hot chocolate is in order . 

Cheers!