Today more than ever, we are living in the interconnected and social era. Generation X and the famous Millennials, are so connected to the Internet, and spend so much time sharing almost everything about themselves, that they don’t imagine their life could go any other way. This is without online presence, in their social communities and networks, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Some time ago, I had the opportunity to write an article titled “To be a certified professional or not to be”. It was about why some companies place more weight on certification’s credentials, than on years of experience and college degrees. I briefly explained that it was because some certifications are a must-have, since they “prove” that you are “following” the best practices, industry standards, and keep yourself up-to-date with new technologies and methodologies. This is true, but there are some other credentials that are just as nice to have, just to say that you have it (merely decorative). As the saying goes: “The suit does not make the clergyman, but distinguishes him”
As of these days and since a long time ago, many businesses and enterprise know and take for granted that if they wish to be successful or competitive in their respective markets and industries, they should start using information technologies to achieve it. Nothing is farther from reality than this belief. It is a fact that any business or enterprise not using current technologies for its operational processes plans and marketing strategies will find it very difficult to achieve its goals and objectives of conducting business on a highly competitive and technological world as is todays; so a significant share of its yearly budget should be assigned to this item.
Updating your smart device operation system (OS) seems to be a very straight-forward process and, in most cases, it is. With a few clicks, you can install the latest OS update to your smartphone, tablet or smart watch. But sometimes, the unexpected happens when or after the update is completed. Your device doesn’t normally start anymore, stands still in loading mode, or does not work properly, and your only way to fix it appears to be wiping out your entire device system or restoring it to manufacturer defaults if you are lucky. You do so, it means you will lose almost everything. And everything means, your photos, files, text messages, Whatsup conversations, videos, audios, and so on if you don’t previously back up your smart device.
When it’s time to buy a new smartphone, the majority of consumers do their research by googling through the Internet and reading experts' and tech gurus' recommendations, forums and blogs to make smarter buying decisions. This is not bad, but does it guarantee that you will receive the best advice without any marketing influence from those gigantic smartphones vendors and manufacturers? Maybe yes, maybe not.
Technology changes and evolves so fast that we feel we will never be with the hype or the trend. Big tech companies are always improving their software and hardware by adding new features, functionalities and capabilities. These new features, capabilities and functionalities sometimes may be nice to have, sometimes they are really necessary or critical for the entire company business operations and continuity. For example: bugs and security fixes, stability and performance improvements. Others are just pure marketing strategies to induce you to buy their products. They need to generate money and more revenue.
If you are looking for a job, you are probably doing your homework by using job search engines like Monster, Dice, Career Builder, and Indeed, among others. You should also be creating or updating a profesional online profile in LinkedIn, or a similar network. Maybe you are also strengthening and improving your weak points or skills, or even acquiring new ones on different areas. Among these skills, you could be learning touch typing, how to write a blog, or how to use a new operating system (Linux, Unix, Chrome OS, or Ubuntu). You can also be learning persuasive communication techniques, and neuro-linguistic programing...
With the actual financial problems in our country, and apparently getting worse, the panorama isn't encouraging to anyone who is unemployed or looking for better working conditions. Already we see that the baby boomers believe that “if you work for the Government, then you had a safe and stable work” and that does not exist anymore. At present, a position in any public agency is similar to any position in a private company. In both cases, if revenues are not generated or new products or services are not created in order to produce money, then you are fired and that door is forever closed.
It is said that “in CRI$I$, we must reinvent ourselves”. That being said, to live by our grandparents’ thoughts, we will not achieve the expected results. For this reason, we must find other ways and alternatives to generate revenue or to find work, using a more strategic and effective technique. Here are some suggestions and recommendations:
Which is the best computer you can buy or have?
Well, more than if it is the “Best” computer, you need to ask yourself what are your exact technology needs, and what is the amount of money you are able to expend on a computer. From that point on, you can decide which is the best option for you, among all the varieties you will find when you go looking for a computer.
Lets say that you have a good idea of what exactly your needs are (requirements) and you have a good chunk of budget to expend. Now, here are a few hints that could be nice to take into consideration, especially if you want good performance and a fastest processing:
As of today, we have many technological gadgets around us. We have them at home, in our offices, automobiles, even as personal dressing accessories. Definitively we live in a technological era in which smart devices allow us to make collaborations, and to share personal or business data on social networks, such as Facebook®, Twitter®, LinkedIn®, Instagram®, and Google® to name a few. We also have the never ending clouds on our environment, such as Dropbox®, Box®, AmazonDrive®, GoogleDrive®, and Microsoft OneDrive®, among others.
We have entered into an era in which even baby boomers interact with mobile devices and high-end technologies, not to mention millennials who were born with their genetic codes already programmed for these technologies. Even my niece, less than one year old, uses an iPad. We enjoy technology. Or at least, marketing departments make us believe it is a high-priority need, and convince us to rush and get the latest gadget.
Dr. Gilberto Crespo is an information security researcher & technology expert.