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1/29/09 Padma Warrior

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Recently the BBC interviewed Padma Warrior, the head of Cisco’s technology department. In the interview, Padma shared her own story and the future she sees for jobs in technology. She has described herself as a woman and a business person. After arriving in this country with only a hundred dollars to her name, Padma has rose high in a male dominated field. Originally she worked for Motorola where she rose through the ranks eventually leading a team of 26,000. Under her influence, Motorola won the US National Medal of Technology. After her success at Motorola, Padma took at job with Cisco where she still works.

Padma has been very successful leading Cisco. Focusing on what she calls precursors, Padma studies trends to develop the most useful technology for the future. Examples include systems to monitor a buildings greenhouse gas emissions and a unified communication system. Part of her success is due to her fun and creative work environment. “I push my team and myself very hard and I also have fun on the way. I play practical jokes on my staff and kid around. Ultimately you have got to enjoy life.” Padma stresses the importance of technology. Technology isn’t cold an sterile it’s a dynamic field with a deep connection to popular culture. As Padma puts it herself, “what is interesting is what can you do with that technology and how can you change what we as human beings are interested in.”

For more on Padma Warrior please read the interview at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7643308.
Don’t forget to take the quiz on blackboard!
David

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January 29, 2009 at 10:05 am 1 comment

11/26/09: Obama and the Web

Hi everyone!

Our new President is harnessing the power of the Internet like never before. He even had one of the founders of Facebook as his new media advisor during his campaign. Now as President, he is using web technology to communicate to Americans using web 2.0 technology just like this blog. Do you think this is a good idea?

Best,

Greg

PS: Don’t for get to return to Blackboard and take the corresponding assessment. https://blackboard.ilstu.edu

January 26, 2009 at 11:49 am 4 comments

1/22/09: Intel’s New Solar Powered Data Center

Hey Math 120 students! My name is Nick and I was the guy who came to your class today to speak with you. Chances are if you’re reading this, you found the blog ok! That’s good! You’re basically half-way to your extra credit by now 🙂

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Panels like these are sustainable energy for the future.

Panels like these are sustainable energy for the future.

Renewable, “green” energy is a pretty common goal for a lot of companies right now. Not only does it look good from a public-relations standpoint, it’s also good for the planet. I’ve been pretty in to the idea of sustainability recently, and when I found out that the computer chip manufacturer Intel had created a solar powered data center in New Mexico, I was pretty stoked.

According to a representative from Intel,

“[The data center] will offset an estimated 907,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, by 2025, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That is equivalent to as much carbon dioxide produced by 919,005 miles driven in an average car.”

That’s a pretty big deal. The prospect of having data centers powered primarily through solar power is unfortunately a long way away. There are a few drawbacks to using solar power, though. First, solar power does not produce enough electricity to power most older data centers. Second, the initial investment required to set up a solar powered data center is still quite large compared to setting up a standard data center. The reality of the situation is that until the price of solar panels goes down, many companies will opt to use traditional power sources, which will not last forever.

To be totally honest, the country and the world need people to invest more research into alternative energy sources. This, of course, will be impossible without researchers and other people willing to try to make a difference. Change must start small, and by taking technology classes, you can get a pretty rad job where you can actually make a huge difference!

I hope you guys liked the article, and if you have any comments feel free to post them in the comments section by clicking the “comments” button at the bottom of this post!

Thanks,

Nick

January 22, 2009 at 1:52 am Leave a comment


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