I know I'll get a lot of argument on this point but here goes...
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I know I'll get a lot of argument on this point but here goes...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Well, it had to happen sometime...someone needs training in Las Vegas. I know what you're thinking: "He's not teaching anyone anything, except possibly how to shoot craps." That's only partially true!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Recently, a young man and a member of my national fraternity emailed me, looking for some assistance. He was now graduating and like everyone else, was finding it difficult to get a new gig. He sent me his resume and to put it mildly, needed work. The following are exerpts from the letter I sent him. As they used to say on Dragnet: "The names have been changed to protect the innocent".
I'm sorry that all I can offer you is little more than
I've reviewed your resume, and I must say it does not put your best foot forward, based on your email to me. I have interviewed many people in my career and if I came across your resume, I would also be inclined to pass.
A resume is a marketing tool - a sales brochure for a product. That product is you. Your resume (and cover letter) is all the hiring officer has to go on. Based on that, ask yourself, "If I were buying job candidates, would I want a Bob Jones?" If the answer is "yes", go no further. I suspect however, you will agree your current version does not.
Do you go by Joseph F. X. Jones III or Joe Jones? Whatever it is, go with
that on the resume. While not dishonest, it does not tell people who and
what you are (the point of the resume).
Did you know hiring types rarely read the whole document? They usually get down about a third of the page before they use it to weed you out. Put yourself in their shoes: "I have 100 resumes on my desk for one job. how shall I do this? I'll make a process." That process is usually reading a bit to decide who to cut to bring the number of resumes to a more managible number, like 5 -10. Use this information to your advantage - put the most important and most interesting stuff in the top third of the document.
Your objective is obvious: "To get a job!" having said that, feel free to eliminate your Objective altogether. If you must have one, please don't limit yourself to the kind of work you feel you are suited for, like Public Relations - let the company you are applying to do that. What if its a marketing job? You've already taken yourself out of the running with your current objective.
Rather than an objective, you may want to lead with a bullet-pointed list of what you are skilled at, since that is what you are selling. What you lack in experience, you make up for in the fact that you are young and not supporting a family (read: willing to work longer hours for less pay than then current employees). You are a recent grad, hep to new business practices and methodologies like social media, learning management software like Blackboard, etc. You bring a lot to the table that companies know they need more of - no kidding. Believe it or not, guys over 30 don't know half that stuff - most of us don't tweet and REFUSE to text. Employers NEED these resourses to make money in the 21st century. Add A LOT MORE to your computer skills section.
Speaking of experience, why do you bury that stuff at the bottom? Please, lots more detail here and tell where you got it, with dates. You created and launched a business?!? This info should be front and center. Also, take out "Relevant" from "Experience", its redundant.
If you are still concerned your resume is lacking after making these changes, consider not sending one at all. There is no set format for resumes, you can do whatever you
want (need to do). Here's an idea - put the information in a letter saying
everything you would have said, like a resume with an intro and closing. You may
interest the hiring officer enough to make it to the next round, but be prepared
to follow up with a resume if requested to do so.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Anyway, I bought here the new gen Kindle, and she dropped it. Now I know why I don't like them, and I'm sharing my list with you:
You can't share the books - Outside of the B&N Nook and some of the less popular devices, books cannot be loaned to others. This is not a small problem: Libraries are looking to loan ebooks, but those with Kindles and Ipads can't participate. Also, the fun of browsing bargain bins and used bookstores is completely lost with these devices. I can't see myself going through the online version of a store for a similar experience.
These things are expensive. Even with the new reduced prices, they still cost more than they should for the experience, if not for the electronics inside. This brings me to my next point...
Ebooks are expensive. Really, the cost of the books should be significantly cheaper than the printed versions. Why? All printing costs are eliminated. It cousts the same for the publisher to print 100 or 100 million. Instead, Amazon proudly charges $2 to $3 less for the ebook than the hardcover version. I think I'd pay the difference, so I can loan it to someone later.
Better Tech is on it's way. I'm not a big fan of the Ipad either, but it's infinitely more usable than a Nook or Kindle. I think there is a place for even better tablet computers, just not expensive and fragile readers.
Most importantly, E-readers break, books don't. Apparently, it doesn't take much of a drop (!). Like all electronics, they must be cared for, recharged, and kept dry.
I don't want you to think I hate these devices, on the contrary; there's a lot of cool tech there. I just think that they will never replace old fashoned books, at least until some of these problems are solved.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
OK...You know when you pass someplace so often that you don't really notice it's there? This happens to me more often then I'd like, particularly when it's someplace with decent BBQ.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sprint/Nextel unveils full-refund guarantee - RCR Wireless
Friday, March 5, 2010
Time Warner had been saying some pretty nasty stuff about AT&T's IPTV product, U-Verse. This, according to the Council of Better Business Bureaus. AT&T took TW to task after they claimed their HD service was "free" and AT&T was charging. In fact, AT&T does charge $10 per month for HD service, but as it turns out, TW does as well. This was hammered home on many Time Warner TV ads.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Moments after I posted about new methods of financing for FTTH deployments, comes this: Google, who had announced they were looking for community gigabit (yes, gigabit) deployments, appears to be extremely serious. They have now announced that the amount of money will be in the range of "hundreds of millions of dollars", so there is now an unofficial scramble between communities.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
From Lost in Technology: In only a few years Google has become the king of the Web. It went from a college research project to the most popular search engine that rakes in billions of dollars every year. They’ve expanded to mobile, OSs and, in the past few days, promising the fastest broadband Internet to thousands of homes in the States...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
From Fierce IPTV: Motorola's announcement this week that it would split two firms--one a mobile devices and home solutions group, the other an enterprise mobility venture--seemed to catch the telecom industry by surprise. That's a nifty trick, considering the announcement had been rumored and expected since last fall.
But, the overall reaction, mostly a mix of approval and confusion, with just a enough disappointment to spice things up, reflects that many Motorola observers had assumed a different outcome. Specifically, a good number of them had assumed that the company's set-top box unit (the "home" part of its existing Home and Networks Mobility unit) would be sold to a competitor or a private equity firm.
Instead, Motorola, under the split to be completed by early next year, is matching its STB solutions with its mobile phones products, which are looking somewhat revitalized by Android, and its cable modem offerings. Though the effort has confused some observers, it aligns various types of broadband consumer electronic devices under the same roof. It wasn't always the case, but increasingly all of these devices are moving both communications traffic and content traffic, and in some cases might being doing so between one another. They may even start using some of the same technologies. In the consumer devices firm, for example, you could see benefits such as mobile phone experts sharing Android knowledge with STB experts. Creating a consumer devices firm brings that part of Motorola into greater focus, an idea that brings the company closer to its roots and to an expectant future at the same time.
Dan's take: As mentioned in the article, Moto has revived it's sagging cell phone business by adopting Android as the operating system of choice. At the Mobile World Congress this week, Ericsson unveiled a remote that runs Android. Could Motorola be far behind with their own version?
Light Reading Cable has this report
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is one of the best explanations of the new wireless technologoes I've seen. It explains in laymen's tems LTE, WiMAX, HSPA+ etc. and why you want it.
Gizmodo - Giz Explains: Why WiMax and LTE Wireless 4G Data Will Blow Your Mind
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I don't usually veer from my usual topics but this falls right in line with the forward thinking, hard-hitting psudo-journalism this blog is known for! I'm speaking of course, of smart meters.
If you read this blog, I assume you've heard about smart meters from several other sources. For those who haven't, A SmartMeter is an innovative and advanced utility meter that records a business or consumers electricity useage in greater detail than current conventional meters. As the replacement for the current electric grid is being thought through, a large part of that will involve the smart meter.
...Which brings me to my point. If power companies, individuals and Google want to monitor power use, bandwidth needs to be involved. Looking at all sources (satellite, 3G wireless, xDSL, etc.) the one that seems to make the most sense appears to be WiMAX.
These two technologies are a great fit, considering a number of logistical and geographic parameters.
Look for 2010 to be big year for WiMAX - Smartmeters.com
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Remember that new Citycenter that was in the news? This was a huge gamble (no pun intended) by Las Vegas to build a massive new complex in spite of the current recession. Not it appears that this is the site if Cox's first IPTV deployment.
IPTVis already provided by another player (again sorry for the pun) in Las Vegas - CenturyLink, (formally Embarq). I wonder how that deal went down.
Multichannel News - Cox Serves IPTV To Las Vegas CityCenter Complex
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Microsoft unveiled it's new Mediaroom 2.0 at CES. This isn't the first time we've seen a "TV everywhere" type application, but because it's coming from MS, there is (I assume) lots of muscle behind it.
Meadiaroom makes use of the cloud to deliver content to multiple devices including PCs, TVs, XBox 360s and mobile phones. Microsoft will make it available to operators. For example, AT&T will be using it as part of their U-Verse service.
Microsoft, AT&T tackle TV Everywhere - von.com