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by apotheon In reply to bITs and blogs

<p style="text-align: justify">It's a dangerous thing to run a blog about one's IT career. It's the technically proficient who are most likely to read a website like this, and who are most likely to read a tech-related blog, and it's the technically proficient on whom I'm most likely to want to make a good impression as my career advances. Blogs are a good way to make bad impressions on people you've never even met.</p><p style="text-align: justify">Blogs are self-conscious things. They assume an audience, and without that audience there's no point to them. Sure, you might think of the idea of a private journal or diary, but blogs are not that at all: they're very public things. If you're reading one that isn't your own, you'll find it difficult to justify such a thing on purely private grounds without lying to yourself in the process. As such, you should expect that every blog you read is written with its audience in mind. Things will always be censored to some degree, in some way, or will be made intentionally shocking for the "benefit" of the audience. You'll see a lot of passive-aggressive behavior in blogs, a lot of pity-seeking, a lot of trend-chasing and a lot of trend-resisting, and a lot of attempts to spread ideas and opinions to infect the minds of others. This blog is no exception. Keep that in mind whenever you read what I have to say about someone else here, and keep that in mind whenever you read anyone else's blog entries, too.</p><p style="text-align: justify">Blogs can be great advertising. People link to things they want other people to see. Sometimes they use those links to advertise themselves by making their own blogs seem interesting by way of what they link. Sometimes they advertise things they support or other online endeavors of theirs by linking to them. Often, they do both at once. It's typical to see people throwing gratuitous links to things into their blogs to drive up traffic and to show how cool they are, and also to drive traffic to whatever it is they're linking. What that will sometimes translate to in TR blogs is links to businesses that TR members run or that employ them, in hopes of increasing business. I'll do that too, right now, just to get it out of the way. Here's one of my employers:</p><p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.wikimedia.org">Wikimedia Foundation</a></p><p style="text-align: justify">Here's what you've probably already seen of the Wikimedia Foundation:</p><p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org">Wikipedia</a></p><p style="text-align: justify">As of this writing, I'm a thirtyish professional computer geek: I work both as a datacenter technician (for the above-linked nonprofit organization) and as an IT consultant (as an employee of a consultancy, mostly doing 1. web development and 2. unix/linux systems implementation and management). I'm an ethical theorist with very strong and well thought out political opinions, and that spills over into my analyses of IT industry trends quite a bit. I'm an INTJ, a "synthesist", the focus of whose strengths is apparently in qualitative analysis, according to the personality tests. I'm also "smart" and "lazy", according to Rommel's leadership metrics.</p><p style="text-align: justify">Perhaps I should explain that: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, despite taking orders from a bunch of murderous, genocidal Nazis (but I repeat myself), was a brilliant military commander in World War Two. He has made interesting statements about the desirable qualities of leaders, and if he wasn't hampered by basically insane superiors (Hitler, in short), he may well have won the Second World War for Germany. I'll just directly quote what he said about how he selected leaders within his command.</p><p style="text-align: justify">"Men are basically smart or dumb and lazy or ambitious. The dumb and ambitious ones are dangerous and I get rid of them. The dumb and lazy ones I give mundane duties. The smart ambitious ones I put on my staff. The smart and lazy ones I make my commanders."</p><p style="text-align: justify">Enough about me. What do <b>you</b> think of me?</p><p style="text-align: justify">In case you're interested, you can look up Field Marshal Rommel at Wikipedia.</p>

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by Oz_Media In reply to on blogs and IT

Good read in fact even as I am trying to move away from IT again, I know I will become more involved in the fall. So you just may keep my interest in IT alive.

As for looking up Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, I always thought you were a we bit younger that, but it is a good picture if it's recent.

And you're right in saying that he was a brilliant commander, I've seen several biographies and history recreations that accredit him well. There are a lot of things Germany did that were very clever, yet they are often looked at as being so inferior, I feel a great deal of that actually came later in the war when hitler had deteriorated mentally from his STD's.

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by Bob Starr In reply to on blogs and IT

Every so often a post comes along that represents a real paradigm shift. This is one such post. I never real thought about the impact of a "simple" blog turning on you from a career point of view. I'll have to watch what I write from now on...oh, man, I hope this doesn't sound too stupid..darn first impressions. Thanks for the terrific post!

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by AV . In reply to on blogs and IT

I think it took alot of guts to be the first one to take the step into blogging on TR. After all, you are putting a more personal side of you out for all to see; it makes you very vulnerable. Its different than posting to the TR forum because that only shows your view on that particular subject.

I'm not sure what to think of blogging yet as a medium. Its a great advertising technique I have to agree and it also offers anyone anywhere their 15 minutes of fame. I've been looking at alot of blogs lately because I'm working on one for work and the sad thing is that many of them have no comments to their daily posts. They all work so hard too. I still don't think that makes them useless though. Its actually a good outlet for the person involved and it does give you a web presence all your own. A blog is truly a modern day diary about what you thought about on that day.

The Desert Fox is an interesting choice to mention. You must be a history buff. You have also compared yourself to the smart and lazy ones that became commanders. Thats good. I don't think I'd say I was one of the dumb and lazy ones ever in my blog; though I don't know, smartness doesn't guarantee popularity.

Ok, tell me, what is an INTJ?

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by DC_GUY In reply to on blogs and IT

OK American Voter, apparently you didn't follow the links to the Jungian paradigm of the human spirit and you've never done a Myers-Briggs personality profile. None of this will make sense to a Freudian, much less to someone who isn't interested in psychology as a way of studying the human spirit. So here's the decoding of INTJ, made as short as possible.

I: introverted, not extroverted. Jungian use of the terms, basically an extrovert is slowly energized by dealing with ANY other people whereas an introvert is slowly drained.

N: guided by intuition, not senses.

T: processes using thoughts, not feelings.

J: trusts judgment, not perception.

Any three of these vectors occurring together are the obvious formula for the anti-"people person." A geek, someone who lives internally and keeps his own counsel. All four of them together are the classic IT professional, "Give me a computer any day, I'll never understand people."

I was a textbook INTJ, with four strong vectors, the first time I took this test about 25 years ago. Over the years I've mellowed. Now my N and J are less strong, and I'm right on the borders between I and E and between J and P.

There's hope for geeks.

BTW Joseph Campbell was a magnificent popularizer of Jung's work. He worked heavily with "archetypes," images that occur in our "collective unconscious," e.g. in nearly all cultures and eras. You can transpose a discussion in Jungian jargon into one involving Greek gods or Shakespeare's characters to make it more accessible.

The concept of the archetype itself is wonderfully accessible. To a pragmatist it's a preprogrammed synapse that happens to be included in our brains because sometimes nature is random. To an evolutionary biologist it's an instinct that at one time was a survival trait so the individuals who had it were around to pass down their genes. To a spiritualist it's a legend that was breathed into us by the Goddess on our way down the birth canal.

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by AV . In reply to on blogs and IT

Actually, DC_GUY, I didn't see any links to explain INTJ in the post. I have never taken a Myers-Briggs test though I do know what they are about. Many years ago I worked in a contract position for an outplacement agency for executives. They relied heavily on those tests for placement purposes.

Thanks for your explanation, it was very in a nutshell. I'm glad to hear that you've mellowed over the years. I think you should rephrase that and say you've grown. Geeks today have to have it all.

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by jmgarvin In reply to on blogs and IT

Nobody reads my blog, so it is a diary. ;-)<br />
<br />
I tend to post mostly dry howto stuff, but I do vent on
occassion.  I also tend to think that if a company doesn't want me
based on what I've blogged, than they probably would have fired me
after a while anyway.<br />
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Generally, what I post and what I blog is how I am in the meat
world.  I am a pretty straight forward person and I like to joke a
bit, get a little serious, and discuss technical things (aka geek
out).  I also think you hit the nail on the head.  I tend to
fall into all 4 categories at any given time.  To be honest, I
couldn't rate myself at all given what Rommel describes people as...<br />
<br />
Apotheon you fall into the smart category for sure.  However, I
don't think I know you as a worker, so I don't know where you fall in
the lazy or ambitious categories.  From the sound of things (how
you post, what you say, and your web presence) you are smart and
ambitious.<br />
<br />
Excellent post.  I quite enjoy your blog...<br />

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by apotheon In reply to bITs and blogs

<p style="text-align: justify">Well. <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5213-6257-0.html?id=1797647&redirectTo=%2f1320-22-20.html">Oz_Media</a> has created a wanted poster inspired by my own subtly personalized TechRepublic user icon. I might as well commemorate and chronicle the occasion here, as my first non-introductory TRB post. Here 'tis:</p><p style="text-align: center"><b><a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?&p=3&uid=3087922&gid=7406772&&imgid=96877184#top">Wanted: Apotheon</a></b></p><p style="text-align: justify">Feel free to have a good chuckle. I know I did.</p><p style="text-align: justify">Oz_Media has passed copyright for the image to me (TR logo included under fair use), and I hereby provide it to the public under terms of <a href="http://ccd.apotheon.org">CCD CopyWrite</a> with fair use restrictions in place as regards the TR logo.</p>

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by apotheon In reply to wanted poster

this is a test
this is only a test

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Destroying Tokyo

by apotheon In reply to bITs and blogs

<p style="text-align: justify">So this person named Kat said something about Godzilla, and that inspired this post. She wants everyone to "know" that this was all her idea.</p><p style="text-align: justify">Yeah, right.</p><p style="text-align: center">_______</p><p style="text-align: left"><img src="http://www.apotheon.org/gunk/icon/mozilla-icon.gif" border="0" /> vs. <img src="http://www.apotheon.org/gunk/icon/msnbutterfly.gif" border="0" /></p><p style="text-align: center">_______</p><p style="text-align: justify">That's right, folks, Tokyo is in trouble again. An epic battle between titanic monsters looms, and untold destruction will result. It's Mozilla Versus Microsoftra!</p><p style="text-align: justify">Sadly, that's all I've got. I'm lacking in originality right now. I rather imagine a big red dinosaur stepping on some pathetic little multicolored butterfly/moth thing, then going on about its day like nothing happened. Could be fun. As I was composing this, doing searches for icons and so on, I did make the k3wlest monster noises, though. You really missed out on quite a show here. The other four people here (one of them about two years old), on the other hand, were much amused. Well, maybe frightened. It's hard to say.</p><p style="text-align: justify">Roar.</p>

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