The World of Networking

Internet computer business

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Networking

Our job as a network administrator is to connect different computers or devices and configure them to communicate with each other. This allows for data to be transferred from device to another over short or long distances. In a way, it is logically similar to the networking we refer to in humans. Different people make connections with others and exchange information or ideas. In the human world, in order to communicate effectively with others, people must speak the same language. The computer world is no different and as network administrator it is our job to make sure these devices communicate effectively and efficiently. If two devices do not speak one another’s language, we have tools to translate the data into something the other device can understand. I see many correlations in the computer world to the human world and it is interesting to look at that similarity. It makes sense because computer networks are created and designed by humans so of course they would have some of those characteristics.

GWP Virtual Network Meeting 2015

Network of People

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Technical Writing and Information Technology

Technical writing is absolutely vital in Information Technology. Computers, hardware, and the programs themselves come with some sort of technical document. The document usually explains the specifications of the device, what it is compatible with, and links to more information on the internet. As IT majors we need to be able to understand these documents,  and we need to be able to create them as well. When a device comes from the factory, it comes with default settings. There are very few devices that you can just plug in and they will work. Most devices require some sort of configuration, in order for it to operate effectively.

Documenting these changes is very important. This way, your co-workers can see what changes you have made to the devices. It makes troubleshooting much easier, because you can isolate what time a problem started occurring. We do this through logs, which record a date, time, and let people know what actions were taken. If we have a common set of things we need to do for certain devices, many times we will create an instruction manual. In the computer field, it is usually a step by step guide that will walk you through the configuration of a specific device. As you can see in the IT field, technical writing is one of the better skills you can have.

Bhutan

Community e-Centers are helping young people from rural Bhutan learn computer skills and programming

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Networkworld.com

This is a website I looked into because I am a Computer Networking student and I wanted to stay up with the current events in the world of technology. The site started as a magazine and now they are celebrating their 30th anniversary. The reason I like this site so much is just the sheer amount of information you can glean off of it. They cover everything form network security to new technology trends. The website is easy to navigate and attractive looking. You can just look at the general news with all categories present or break it down to the specific category you want. There are a couple drawbacks, lots of advertisement, especially in the middle of articles and not many people comment on the articles. I think most just read the articles and probably have a blog they are familiar with where they chat about things. Overall it’s a great site to get familiar with what is going on in the technology world.

My Theme

When creating this blog, there were three things that I was looking for in my theme of choice.

  1. A theme that I could put pictures into, because it really sharpens a blog’s appearance.
  2. A clean and simple interface that wasn’t too over the top, yet was easy to read.
  3. Theme that had a good text format that looked professional

I played around with a couple templates that put an imagine as the entire background. It looked okay but after scrolling around I found that it may drive people crazy so I settled on something more conservative. I like sites that are simple and look good, I am not big on bells and whistles. They cause more issues that you have to troubleshoot, which takes time from your blogging. So that is why I chose this theme pictured below:

 

Problem Blogger

This was my first experience dealing with WordPress in any capacity. The directions on Edublogs.org were great but I noticed they assumed a lot of things. When I was trying to add my class blog widget it didn’t appear. I read through the directions multiple times and then conducted a google search with no luck. Needless to say, I was pretty frustrated at that point. Come to find out the reason it wasn’t appearing is that I wasn’t approved yet. In the Edublogs.org directions it should of mentioned reasons for the widget not appearing. It was all good in the end. Through trial and tribulation, I was able to get my first post through and now here is my second!

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Insufficient Memory Error Message

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What do you think? Do I look like an amateur blogger or have I graduated yet?

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9 Responses

  1. Victoria says:

    Tyler,
    I like your blog format, and you do look like you are ready to move on beyond this class soon. You sound passionate and educated about the world of technology. Definitely over my head. I do like the images you chose for the blog post, but did not see a caption under them. Also, you might want to reread your post as it has some misplaced words in the paragraphs. Overall, good job!

    Have you thought about working for the State of Oregon? They are always in need of good IT people, and they pay well with good benefits.

    Keep up the good work,
    Victoria

  2. jwon says:

    Hi, Tyler!
    your first part of this post, which is about Networking, was greatly interesting to me. To me, that was completely brand new thinking. Despite I came from different country, I didn’t know that device use different language. I thought they use just same language. The website that you wrote in your post looks great also. I easily found the articles’ topics and it’s brief contents.
    For your last question, I couldn’t think you’re amateur blogger. Your blog looks perfect to me.
    J Won

  3. wittlcc17 says:

    Hi, Tyler!

    You’ve created a great post, it’s well broken up with catchy and clear subheadings. I really liked your introduction when you related writing computer codes to spoken networking. Computers are kinda like magic to me, so anytime someone can explain how computers to me and I understand it, it feels like an accomplishment. I thought the body of your post was well thought out and solid. I wish I had something more constructive to say, but I hardly have anything critical to say about this post. You were straight forward where it was appropriate in the post and you made it personal at the end. I’d say you’ve surpassed the amateur blogger category! Congrats.

    ~Whitney

  4. Ryujiro says:

    Hello, Tyler! It’s nice to see your second post. I really like your design of the blog and really easy to read for people coming from other country like me. I definitely think you do look like you are ready to work on the further assignment and stuff. As a tech lover, I think that the networking field is definitely interesting to get in and learn. Here is my personal question, have you made your own personal computer? As the world has currently been upside down by computer software, there are so much interesting things coming up that we should follow and catch up! I also like the way you show some images. That makes it very easy to read and more readable. Overall, you have crated an awesome posting and you did a nice job!! Ryu

  5. amandazarate says:

    Hi Tyler,

    Your blog post is very informative!! I immediately noticed that your ending question to your readers is in bold text. I like that a lot! It really sticks out and it rings true to what I have seen on other blogs. I do want to say that the first two paragraphs seem lengthy to me. I thought if you could integrate bullet points in one of them, it might help your audience read it easier. I really like all the images you used, and I think your layout looks awesome!
    -Amanda

  6. miranddaaa says:

    Hey Tyler!
    I appreciated it how you would translate your computer term into terms that were more understandable for people who would have absolutely no idea what any of those terms mean. You really seem to know a lot about what to do when it comes to technology and are very passionate about it. You really seemed to bring the reader in with your writing. I liked the pictures you used and how you used them after everything you wrote about and how they tied it all together. I just wish that they could have been a little bit bigger. Your blog is very simple and professional, I don’t think you need to have pictures everywhere for it to look nice.You don’t seem to be an amateur blogger anymore, so it seems as a congratulations is in order!

  7. Tyler,
    You got some positive feedback from your peers, and that always feels good!
    I will give you revision feedback that will make this blog post even sharper.

    • This is technical writing, so cut out deadwood–like your first three sentences. What networking isn’t is irrelevant to what it is. Any way, you have a comma misplaced outside the quotes and a word error (is instead of what you meant) in the first sentence, so it’s not doing you any favors. Just get in and get on with it! 🙂

    • Capitalize proper nouns such as Google and WordPress and Edublogs–and other punctuation errors. Strive for perfection.

    • • People don’t like to read long text blocks. A text block should be a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting points, and conclusion. You can break a paragraph up into 2-3 text blocks but never combined two paragraphs (or topics) into one text block. The supporting points can be bulleted–I saw at least one place where you could use bullets to good effect.
    • Each image needs a caption plus an image attribution that is hotlinked if it is borrowed (attribution not needed if it is your own photography.

    The things you say and how you say them are fun, clear, and good. Now, think about page design and presentation :)
In this recent blog post, http://jensens.edublogs.org/2016/04/23/does-blogging-have-anything-to-do-with-age/
I try to show students all the different ways of doing that–using bulleted points, headers, colors, pull quotes, and so on.

    • Go into theme options and get rid of the subtitle “just another Edublog site”; instead, put in your own clever subtitle 🙂

    You have seven days to dive into a revision and to have some fun.
    
Sandy 🙂

    • twooley7 says:

      Sandy,

      Thanks so much for the great feedback. I know I struggle with rambling on sometimes within my paragraphs. It’s hard for me to condense my thoughts and is something I am working on. Your spot on with my grammar mistakes and like you said I need to focus on perfection. I thought I had the images hot linked by I may not be putting that hot link in the right spot but I will look into it.

      Looking forward to the revision and your reaction. Thanks again Sandy!

      -Tyler

  8. Tyler,
    Your revisions really focused on visual layout, editing, and proofreading. (I will say that Google is always capitalized.) Very excellent second time through–thank you!
    Sandy

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