A Life in Reuters

Took forever to get here but I finally got hold of “A Life in Reuters”, the 1951 autobiography by Roderick Jones, managing director of Reuters from 1916 to 1941. Reuters the company later became part of Thomson Reuters, my employer. What I hope to find are references to the technology of news and journalism that occurred at that time. History is always important for future thinking!

August 9, 1982

August 9, 1982 Commodore released the Commodore 64. It took me close to 5 years of wanting it, asking for it, dreaming of it and then eventually saving for it (you can ready me story at https://lnkd.in/de-XWks). It fueled my passion along every other 8-bit machine. At the end of the day, the c64 and its predecessor that I cherished, the Vic20, have wired my technology mind and helped me build my career which I am thankful for. If only I still have my machines again! Cheers, Commodore 64!

my advice to young professionals and restarters in IT.

Learn Python both as data scientist tool and web developing tool. Learn JavaScript for a richer web experience. Just don’t go bezerk wanting to learning everything there at once, and, definitely do not put every single technology you encountered in your resume! Don’t always follow instructions. Be badass sometimes – not all the times. Be humble but break status-quo. Be fearless just like you are playing Fortnite. Use Jupyter Labs extensively, enjoy ZSH scripting, try stuff and break stuff. Blog about anything and write something new each day. Have fun even at work. Talk and chat often.  Cry sometimes (we are humans after all) and cheer at other times. Love what you do and you would do great !

Welcome Walden students to a great new academic year

Welcome Walden University students and all students to a great new academic year. It is natural and even expected to feel the high adrenaline when starting the year. Whether picking up new pens and fresh new notebooks for your desk or begin learning with fresh new writings and readings in your digital study environment, every new academic new year is destined to advance your knowledge and take you forward in your goals. Here is my advice to you for a good new year start:

  • Organize up your digital folders before starting the new year but don’t go overboard. Make use of cloud storage, such as Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, or Google Cloud, to keep everything stored and protected. Note that Microsoft One Drive is a great solution because it gives you a huge 2TB space and is provided for you by Walden University.
  • Put up a Kanban board with your “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done” columns – a physical or a virtual one is just the same as long as you keep it up to date. More about Kanban boards
  • Make sure to have a reference manager tool that you will use to store and access all your research material. The popular ones are Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote. There are a lot more, and you can review the comparison list at Wiki – Comparison of reference management software. I personally like Zotero because it easily fits in the way I do my research.
  • Write something each day. I know that you might say “but I need to do a lot of reading first before I write something.” It is true, and yes you should be reading a lot – not just what you are tasked to read but also everything relevant to your research that you can find online. Whether it is writing a sentence, paragraph, or a page each day, it helps reinforce the writing habits in you which would make it easier for you to write and publish your major academic papers. While you are at it, make Grammarly an integral part of your writing process – believe me it is a live savior during the dissertation writing process. Walden offers you a premium account of Grammarly for free

From a person who enjoyed every moment in his Ph.D. journey at Walden University and is an ambassador of better learning for everyone, I wish you the best of success this year and all upcoming years as well. Feel free to connect with me via Walden Ambassadors Network or on LinkedIn

Regards,
Tarek Hoteit, PhD

http://tarek.computer

 

while cutting the lawn..

Been occasionally cutting my lawn for a long time and the lawnmower was always ready for the job until it decided to stop yesterday. It just won’t start even if there is fuel. I realized then that I have not been taking care of the machine – no oil and left it unclean. My first reaction was this is broken machine and I got to get a new one or just rely on others to cut the grass. Oh how I love finding a reason to go shopping for techie stuff … However, I am a curious person and I always tinker/hack things when needed so I removed the hood and noticed everything ok except that all it needed is attention and oil. Once I did that, the machine became helpful as always. I think its motor noise sounded like “hey, it is about time you seriously took care of me!” Why am I saying this? This applies to team work just like me and the cutting grass machine. Fuel or money does not solely do the job. It is caring, learning, and easiness/lubricating that makes a great team work!! Now I should get back to finishing the job of cutting the lawn before someone else tells me “it is about time you or someone else finished the job!”

“Ant Intelligence”

“Ant Intelligence” podcast with Dr Deborah Gordon on DataSkeptic is my new favorite podcast episode that I highly recommend for computer and data scientists. Professor Gordon explains how ants are not necessarily intelligent or have a CPU or have decision making tendencies but do make perfect use of frequency rates, rhythm, patterns in behavior that evolved for millions of years and ultimately lead to their complex network and powerful colonies. The ants’ simplicity yet powerful within the biggest complex system of all, Mother Nature, is a perfect example of how artificial intelligent can be very effective without necessarily placing the biggest brains or the most expensive GPUs on it. hashtag#artificialintelligence hashtag#gametheory
check the podcast at https://dataskeptic.com/blog/episodes/2018/ant-intelligence

digging the past

Why it is important to dig the past of computers by reading, for example, early 1970s issues of Byte magazine? Going back to the roots of personal computers and living the technology footprint, the innovation and limitations at that time would give you, not only appreciation of where we are today and how far we have come, it might just as well gives you ideas for future development that someone might have missed all this time! hashtag#imagination hashtag#innovation hashtag#beinthemoment
check out https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine 

innovation first

You know what is much more valuable in the work place then words like “agile”, “garage”, “devops”, “scrum”, “lean”, or  “mba”, “masters”, or even “phd”… it is innovation, inspiration, and true invention that makes a difference.   Let’s actually and honestly do more today and talk less about what we did yesterday or can do tomorrow.

Digging the past of personal computers

Why it is important to dig the past of computers by reading, for example, early 1970s issues of Byte magazine? Going back to the roots of personal computers and living the technology footprint, the innovation and limitations at that time would give you, not only appreciation of where we are today and how far we have come, it might just as well gives you ideas for future development that someone might have missed all this time! #imagination #innovation #beinthemoment

archive.org/details/byte-magazine