Did You Know 2.0

In a past posting I made (December 2008) I had come across a great video that was done by PromoMMX for SonyBMG Rome 2008.

Since then many Did You Know derivatives have been spawned on the Internet, some not so serious, some with numbers you cannot trust, but some appeared to be well done. Here is one video that raises some great questions and provides thought provoking numbers.

If you are unable to view the link above, here is the script:

Did you know?!
In the next 8 seconds…!
34 babies will be born!
India 5 China 4 US 1!
What will the world be like…!
For them?!
Name this country…!
– Richest in the world!
– Largest military!
– Center of world business and finance!
– Strongest education system!
– Currency the world standard of value!
– Highest standard of living!
Great Britain In 1900!
2006 college graduates!
U.S. 1.3 million India 3.1 million China 3.3 million!
How many college graduates in India speak English? 100%!
In 10 years, it is predicted that the number one English speaking country in the world will be… China!
Who would have predicted this 60 years ago?!
Who would have predicted this 40 years ago?!
Who would have predicted this 20 years ago?!
Did you know?!
According to the U.S. Department of Labor!
1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer!
Less than one year!
1 in 2 workers has been with their current employer!
Less than five years!
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learners will have!
10 to 14 jobs… by their 38th birthday!
Many of today’s college majors didn’t exist 10 years ago!
New media Organic agriculture e-business Nanotechnology Homeland security!
What will they study 10 years from now?!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Watched 20,000 hours of TV!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Played 10,000 hours of video games!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Talked 10,000 hours on the phone!
And they’ve sent and received 250,000 emails or instant messages!
More than 50% of U.S. 21 year olds have created content on the web!
More than 70% of U.S. 4 year olds have used a computer!
Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million Radios 38 Televisions 13 Computers 4!
Number of Internet devices in 1984: 1,000!
Number of Internet devices in 1992: 1,000,000!
Number of Internet devices in 2006: 600,000,000!
Did you know?!
We are living in exponential times!
The first commercial text message was sent in December 1992!
The number of text messages sent and received today…!
Exceeds the population of the planet!
The Internet started being widely used by the general public in early 1995!
1 out of 8 couples married in the US in 2005… met online!
Revenue for eBay in 2006: 6 billion eBay was founded in 1996!
There were more than 2.7 billion searches performed on Google… 2,700,000,000! …this month!
To whom were those questions directed B.G.?!
(Before Google)!
MySpace visitors!
More than 230,000 new users signed up for MySpace…!
today!
If MySpace were a country…!
It would be the 8th largest in the world!
YouTube visitors since September 2005!
Did you know?!
There are more than 540,000 words in the English language…!
About five as many as during Shakespeare’s time!
widget web-surfer blog dot-commer e-learner Internet!
More than 3,000 books were published… today!
The amount of technical information is doubling every two years!
By 2010, it’s predicted to double… every 72 hours!
New information!
Third generation fiber optics has recently been tested that push 10 trillion bits per second
down a fiber!
That is 1,900 CD’s or 150 million simultaneous phone calls every second!
It’s currently tripling every six months!
The fiber is already there, they’re just improving the switches on one end…!
which means the marginal cost of these improvements is effectively… zero!
Nearly 2 billion children live in developing countries
One in three never completes fifth grade!
In 2005 the One Laptop per Child Project (OLPC) set out to provide laptops to these children!
The first shipments should be in mid-2007!
Kids who have never held a textbook will now hold the world!
And be connected… to you!
Predictions are that by the time children born in 2007 are 6 years old,!
a supercomputer’s computation capabilities will exceed!
that of the human brain!
And while predictions further out than 15 years are hard to do… 2049!
a $1,000 computer will exceed the computing capabilities!
of the human race!
What does all this mean?!
shift happens!
We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist…in order
to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.!
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”.
-Albert Einstein!
Did you know…!
There are students in China, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh and the USA who!
remember understand apply analyze evaluate create communicate collaborate on projects everyday!
Ask your kids: Are you doing this in school?!
Ask your Principal: How are you helping my child become literate in the 21st century?!
Ask your School Board: Are you providing the resources and training necessary to prepare
students to be successful in 21st century society?!
Ask your Elected Representatives: Now that you know all this, what changes should be made to
current education legislation?!
What’s your vision?!
Did you know…!
The original version of this presentation was created for a Colorado (USA) high school staff
of 150 in August of 2006!
to start a conversation about what our students need to be successful in the 21st century!
By June 2007 it has started more than 5 million conversations around the world!
And now that you know, we want you to join the conversation!



Did You Know?

Did You Know?


Going Paperless: Scan to PDF

Going Paperless: Scan to PDF



Going paperless

Scan to PDF



Going paperless is not only environmentally friendly, but also has many added benefits. It is a good way to help de-clutter your life and organize information for greater accessibility. Setting up a quick ‘Scan to PDF’ function on a scanner, along with ‘Print to PDF’ on your computer will help immensely.

Many of the new scanners on the market are now supporting ‘Scan to PDF’ buttons right on the console. Recently, I acquired an HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless, which has saved me plenty of time. You can use it as a fax machine, copier, and printer. However, the main reason I purchased it was for the scanning capabilities. This device can be installed in minutes on your home or office network and allows you to easily place a stack of papers (due to the multi-page sheet feeder), press a button, and instantly have all those papers emailed or saved as a PDF. Fantastic!

If you install a free program, such as CutePDF or doPDF you can view an email, website, or a document and ‘print’ it to a PDF file.

The next step is to rename the generic PDF files you are creating to something meaningful so that you can easily find it when needed.

Using a variety of free remote desktop services and programs, such as LogMeIn allows you to easily access documents that you need remotely. This can be very powerful for many people and it helps reduce the amount of paper stacks in your home or office.

Of course, you need to ensure that you properly secure these files and remember to backup, backup, backup.

Certainly, there are many documents in our world which still need to be kept; however, these tips can help make you more efficient by saving you time and space. Plus, it’s easier to share information with your contacts.

Top IT Jobs for 2010

Top IT Jobs for 2010

Looking over this list, it isn’t surprising to see the following as the top IT jobs for 2010.

  • Information Systems Auditor
  • Computer Forensics
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Engineers
  • Network Administrators
  • IT Security Manager
  • Virtualization Engineers
  • Project Manager
  • Voice Specialists



companies

Top IT Job 2010

Something For Everyone (Movies, Long Distance, Remote Access)

Something For Everyone (Movies, Long Distance, Remote Access)

Apple Logo

“Apple TV redefines what your TV can do. Rent HD movies. Buy HD TV shows. Listen to your iTunes music. Watch podcasts. Even show off your photos.”

Aside from viewing video clips on YouTube or pictures on Flickr, I must say that this device is amazing purely from the simplicity of renting movies.

Right now to rent a movie, you probably have to jump out to your local blockbuster, rent a video, hope it is there, then having to bring it back to avoid late fees, very inconvenient. Not to mention all the careless people who scratch the discs and it can’t play beyond some crucial point in the movie. How frustrating!

With Apple TV, you can rent from movies online, that are available on demand, and it is only $2.99 for older titles, $3.99 for newer titles, and $4.99 for HD movies. The rental is good for 48 hours and can be played multiple times.

For those of you who like movies and convenience, something to think about.

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LONG DISTANCE

Skype LogoMore and more people are needing to reach out to business associates, clients, family and friends who are located (perhaps temporarily) outside of their calling region. Skype keeps improving their product and is worth trying out. It is free. And it also allows you to use a webcam (many laptops have them built-in) for a video conference. It is quite impressive.

LogMeIn LogoIf you need to access your computer remotely, I would highly recommend you look into LogMeIn Free. It allows you to access your computer desktop remotely. It is very easy to install and doesn’t require any special knowledge.

Growing Bits, Bytes, and Backups

Growing Bits, Bytes, and Backups

Here is a picture of a hard disk drive from 1956. It had a whopping 5 MB (MegaBytes) of storage.

1956 Hard Drive

In September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive. It weighed over a ton. By way of comparison, I use 16 GB (GigaBytes) memory sticks. i.e. 16 thousand megabytes. That is over 6,000 times more storage which fits in my pocket and costs around $50.

It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0 x 10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. All this data… What would happen if you lost all of your emails? Your contacts? Your documents? The scary thing is most people store valuable data in a single location on a single medium. And when (not if) disaster strikes, they have no backup. Storage devices fail, it happens.. even CD recordables. People accidentally delete & overwrite files. Files corrupt. Viruses infect. It depends on where you store them, how old they are, how often they are used, and general mechanical or electrical failure. We advise all our clients to have multiple backups. Ensure at least one or two of them are automated. Ensure at least one is offsite. And test them!

Services such as Mozy.com and iDrive.com offer free personal backups up to 2 GB in storage. That is plenty for critical documents, contacts, calendars, etc. There are other solutions for much larger amounts of data. It is worth your while to have someone assess your data storage and backup requirements along with providing suggestions and/or implementation.

How valuable is your data?

Did You Know 2008

Tecently I was provided with a link to a fantastic 4 minute video that really makes you think. It is IT related but is great for anyone to watch. It was done by PromoMMX for SonyBMG Rome 2008. Lots of research went into this.

If you are unable to view the link above, here is the script:

Did You Know?

If you’re one in a million in China, there are 1,300 people just like you.
China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world.
The 25% of India’s population witht he highest IQ’s is greater than the total population of the United States.
India has more honors kids than America has kids.

The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist
using technologies that haven’t been invented
in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38
1 in 4 works has been with their current employer for less than a year.
1 in 2 has been there less than five years.

1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online.

There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace.
If MySpace were a country, it would be the 5th-largest in the world (between Indonesia and Brazil).

The #1 ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Bermuda (USA is #19, Japan is #22).

We are living in exponential times.
There are 31 Billion searches on Google every month.
In 2006, this number was 2.7 Billion.
To whom were these questions addressed B.G. (Before Google)?

The first commercial text message was sent in December of 1992.
Today, the number of text messages sent and received everyday, exceeds the total population of the planet.

Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million
Radio 38 years
TV 13 years
Internet 4 years
iPod 3 years
Facebook 2 years

The total number of Internet devices in 1984 was 1,000
The number of Internet devices in 1992 was 1,000,000
The number of Internet devices in 2008 is 1,000,000,000

There are about 540,000 words in the English language.
About 5 times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.

It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.

It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0 x 10^19) of unique information will be generated this year.
That is more than the previous 5,000 years.

The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years.
For students starting a 4 year technical degree this means that half of what they learn will be outdated by their third year of study.

NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber.
That is 2,660 CDs or 210 million phone calls every second.

It is currently tripling every six months and is expected to do so for the next 20 years.

By 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain.
Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species.

In 4 minutes
67 babies were born in the US
274 babies were born in China
395 babies were born in India
694,000 songs were downloaded illegally.

What does it all mean?

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Every company needs a website. Though make sure you do a good job and keep it current as many people judge you by your site. You website from 3 years ago is already outdated. It is something to think about.

If I want to look up a phone number or a physical address, I open my web browser. I rarely use a phone book anymore.