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Month: January 2020

Storage Field Day 19: Getting Back to My Roots
Tech Field Day, Product Strategy

Storage Field Day 19: Getting Back to My Roots

I’m excited that I have been invited to be a delegate at Storage Field Day 19. This is a little different than the Tech Field Day I attended in 2019, because the focus of all the presentations at this event is data storage. I am looking forward to this because I am a storage person. My career started as a Technical Trainer at EMC, I was a storage admin for a pharma company. I went back to EMC to develop technical training, I then went to work for Dell Storage, and then Inktank (a startup that provided services and support for Ceph). I guess you could say storage is in my blood, so Storage Field Day should be lots of fun. What to expect at Storage Field Day Here are the companies we’ll be visiting (in the order they will be presenting), and what I’m looking forward to hearing ...
Can Small World Theory Explain Polarization? #blogredux
Blog Redux, Community Strategy, Digital Literacy

Can Small World Theory Explain Polarization? #blogredux

This week in Blog Redux: can small world theory explain polarization? This week I’m reviving an old post from blog.ginaminks.com from July 10, 2010. The post was titled How information needs and small world signatures are related to affinity and relevance. Ahh the good ole days when we didn't have to worry about SEO and we could just write to communicate! This blog post was based on my undergrad degree, in particular the work of Elfreda Chatman. Unfortunately she passed away very unexpectedly soon after I graduated. I wish she were around to know how much she impacted my work, and so I could work with her now. As always, I’ll re-post the blog in its entirety here, and add my comments as a quote that start with Thoughts from 2020. How information needs and small world signatures...
Does Literacy Matter in a Digital World?
Digital Literacy

Does Literacy Matter in a Digital World?

Literacy. It is the foundation of American Public Schools, and an important arc in the story of democracy. But what does literacy really mean, especially in a modern, digital world? Definitions This is the Miriam Webster definition of literacy: Being educated, cultured; able to read and write; versed in literature or creative writing; lucid, polished; having knowledge or competence. But when you boil it down, the generic definition of literacy is the ability to read, write, and perform math so that you can function in your society. That’s why in the United States, children are required to attend school and obtain a high school diploma. Graduating from high school (or passing a GED [General Educational Development] test) is the measure to prove basic adult literacy. But is...