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Plan an Electrifying Start to Your Information Technology Industry Career

It seems that most people these days have a friend, relative or neighbor in the Information Technology industry. One could be forgiven for concluding that this popularity is a product of a well known process supplying the Information Technology industry with rejuvenated stock year in and year out. Nothing could be further from the truth, approximately 70,000 searches a month for the keywords Information Technology Career or similar variances on Google alone validate this claim.

Even with a University degree many graduates find themselves lost and confused about their career path. The problem that graduates face is that Information Technology is a broad description encompassing any and all industries involved with the storage, processing or delivery of information. Telecommunications specialists and hardware technicians alike call themselves “IT” professionals despite very different training and skill sets. As do developers, business analysts, help desk consultants, web designers and database administrators just to name a few others.

In an industry where knowledge is rewarded, opportunity awaits savvy students and trainees who focus their training sooner rather than later. Take our two example students whom Ive very imaginatively called Student#1 and Student#2.

Student #1 wasnt sure where his IT education might take him. He is bright and cruised through his course producing the following impressive results.

2007 High School Graduate
2010 Information Technology Degree (6.1 of a maximum 7 GPA)

Good results are great. But can we raise the bar without improving on the GPA?

Student #2 researched the industry very early into his degree; he spoke with appropriate parties including recruitment agencies and other IT professionals. He even volunteered for three weeks of work experience in his field of choice. He continued on a focused career track throughout his time at university and at the end of his degree his final portfolio of achievements looked like this;

2007 High School Certificate
2008 Systems Administrator (3 week work experience) Company XYZ
2009 Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Self Study
2009 Professional Membership AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals)
2010 Information Technology Degree (5.6 of a maximum 7 GPA)
Major Infrastructure Technologies
Major Network Technologies

Student #2 focused his efforts towards a Systems Administrator role three years before he was scheduled to finish his degree. Apart from the additional experience he was able to get a first hand insight into the industry and learned that an MCP certification would be a valuable asset to his job hunting arsenal. Additional research also led him to join a professional association. Even his university degree shows clear intent and when you compare his achievements with Student#1 he looks a much stronger candidate despite a lower University GPA.

This is an example of well planned career development. The Information Technology industry excels in presenting unique opportunities and this is no exception. Forward thinkers and innovators stand up and get noticed Will you cruise through your studies or are you taking the bull by the horns?

Who’s Going To Profit From Nfc And Mobile Payment Technology

By Contador Wanarua
I would like to first inform you that 2011 will be the year when key players start to throw their hat into the digital payment space and Google wallet could indeed be the start of digital money. This technology of mobile payments has excited firms such as Smartphone designers, such as Apple and BlackBerry-makers Research In Motion, but in my opinion it has worried many credit card companies because this could mean end of their business as time goes by. NFC technology was aimed at reducing fraud. Apparently the anti fraud element is that because you do not need to enter your PIN it cannot be seen by other people. They seem to ignore the fact that fraudsters do not need the PIN just your card. But if Google wallet will overcome that then main beneficiaries will consumers both off and online.
Consumers will generally benefit because the technology is aimed at making it easier for you to pay for and save on the goods you want, while giving merchants more ways to offer coupons and loyalty programs to customers, as well as bridging the gap between online and offline commerce. Google emphasized that the service would be open to all businesses and invited other banks, credit card issuers, payment networks, mobile carriers and merchants to work with it. One of the key reasons why this technology will succeed is the security element of the technology that, when the phone is stolen, the credit cards inside could be remotely disabled meaning unlike our credit cards we will be more secure with the technology. Consumers would have the same zero liability for unauthorized transactions made with their phone as they would with their plastic cards.
The cost of installing payment chips has kept carriers from signing on, as has haggling over how the transaction fees should be divided. For now, Google has decided not to take a cut of these fees, which generate billions of dollars for the likes of Visa and American Express. After Thursday suit, I am not sure whether PayPal refused to waive fees, but it could be the reason they failed to beat Google to the chase of this idea. Google will earn money by relying on revenue generated by the increase in traffic to its websites, its new coupon initiative and the sale of more Android phones.
In closing remarks, this technology will help us store your credit cards, offers, loyalty cards and gift cards, but without the bulk. When we tap to pay, our phone will also automatically redeem offers and earn loyalty points for you. I do strongly believe that soon the boarding passes, ID, tickets and keys could be stored in Google Wallet.My top five beneficiaries of the technology are mobile operators, banks, technology companies, consumers and Google.

Ez Snap Technology The Next Generation Of Soundproofing

What is EZ Snap Technology?

EZ Snap is an innovative technology that makes soundproof drywall as easy to use as regular gypsum board. Whereas most soundproof drywall products available today have a layer of paper or metal down the center, EZ Snap technology eliminates the need for metal or paper, making it score and snap more easily. EZ Snap technology employs an advanced gypsum core technology and a breakthrough manufacturing process that splits the core down the center, dispenses polymers inside, presses the two halves back together and seals the edges. Soundproof drywall with EZ-SNAP technology, developed by Serious Materials, is 4X easier to score and snap than other brands.

Easier: Soundproofing drywall with EZ Snap technology is 4 times easier to score and snap than other types of soundproofing drywall. Soundproofing drywall panels with EZ Snap can be scored on one side and snap easily along the scored line. Other traditional soundproofing techniques are much more difficult. Using resilient channels, while a popular soundproofing technique, is highly susceptible to failure because if the screws are inserted too far and hit the studs the whole assembly is short-circuited. Mass-loaded vinyl requires complex installation including hand-cutting around obstacles, careful attachment to studs and taping around all seams before installing a layer of drywall over it.

Faster: EZ Snap technology makes installation of soundproof drywall quick and straightforward. Just like standard gypsum board, soundproof drywall with EZ Snap technology can be scored on one side and snapped to size it and easily screwed to studs. Other techniques like resilient channel, mass-loaded vinyl or standard soundproof drywall require more steps and are more difficult to size and install.

Cheaper: While soundproof drywall with EZ Snap technology can be more expensive per square foot of material, its quick and easy installation minimizes labor time and overall installed cost. Furthermore, the reliable noise control results prevent future costs of remodel or litigation as a result of failed soundproofing.

Soundproofing drywall delivers extraordinary noise reduction without using up large amounts of precious floor space and the risks failure due to improper installation of traditional techniques like resilient channel and mass-loaded vinyl. Soundproofing drywall achieves STC ratings of approximately 47-80 depending on wall assemblies (compared to the average wall assembly STC rating of 34). Combining the outstanding noise control performance of other soundproofing drywall with EZ Snap technology makes soundproof drywall with EZ Snap technology easier, faster and cheaper to install than other soundproofing products.

General Arts and Science – Arts Program Focuses on Humanities and Social Sciences

Not everyone who wants to get a post-secondary education has the academic requirements to attend the program of his or her choice, or knows for sure what he or she wants to study. That’s why academic arts colleges and programs exist. These undertakings, such as Centennial College’s General Arts and Science – Arts Program, are designed to offer students an overview of humanities, social sciences and communications. As a result, they are beneficial to those who:
Know their college area of interest lies in programs such as Communication Arts, Child Studies, Community Services, or Hospitality and Tourism Administration but do no have the academic requirements for application to those programs
Wish to apply to a university arts degree program but must first upgrade their credentials
Aren’t exactly sure what the right career path for them is and wish to explore their ultimate career goals and various educational opportunities
Must obtain the academic admission credentials needed to enter university

Because of the varied amount of people who benefit from an Arts program like the one at Centennial College, the format of the offering is extremely flexible and student-centered. Students attend one to four semesters, depending on their future goals. After one year (with at least a 3.0 GPA) students may proceed directly into the first year of a university-level arts program.

Making the transition from Centennial College to a university-level offering is made even easier thanks to the institution’s educational partnerships. That’s because qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credits towards further study and include: York, Athabasca, Ryerson and Griffith universities.

But just what topics are covered in this offering? Here is a look at a few that demonstrate the program’s range.
Concepts in Social Science: The title of this course doesn’t reveal its depth, as it is designed to help students to develop their ability to think conceptually (grasp abstract ideas and to relate these various ideas to each other and to everyday reality). It is called Concepts in Social Science because the ideas and theories are drawn from the social sciences; mainly psychology, sociology and political science.
Logical Self-Defense: No, this isn’t a physical self-defense class. In this course, students learn to distinguish types of language, such as descriptive, explanation, and argument, to see how arguments are used to persuade and convince. They then develop their skills by practicing with the three conditions of good argument: acceptability, relevance, and good grounds.
Math in a Digital Age: Although this course doesn’t fall into the realm of humanities or social sciences, it helps students to not only focus on content, but also to develop the thinking process that underlies mathematics. Students solve problems based upon relevant real life situations and learn to use new mathematical technology.

New Technology Could Increase Fertility Treatment Success Rates

The fertility treatment industry and the medical field in general are no strangers to new technology making its way into the field. Innovative procedures and treatments are introduced consistently in the medical industry, with research being conducted every day to help improve the lives of people and, in the fertility field, to help couples conceive.

In vitro fertilization may be a staple among assisted reproductive technologies, as many people have become familiar with the procedure that combines an egg and sperm in a dish in a laboratory so that an embryo may form and be placed in the woman’s uterus where she is expected to carry it to term. With innovations in the field, the success rate of IVF has increased consistently through the years.

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis allows doctors to determine if any genetic defects exist in embryos used in the in vitro fertilization process. By diagnosing genetic disorders in embryos before they are used in an IVF procedure, many scientists and doctors believe that this has helped to cut down on genetic defects at birth and has improved the success rate of IVF.

Still, there are those looking for other ways to increase the in vitro fertilization success rate. Using a procedure called Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (Array CGH), scientists believe that the new technology will increase the success of fertility treatment.

In this procedure, about 8 to 10 cells are removed from a blastocyst embryo on the fifth day following retrieval. The cells are then tested, which many believe has led to an increase in the IVF success rate. The procedure may require a couple of weeks before results may be obtained, which requires that the embryos are cryo-pressed and transferred in another treatment cycle. Research is still being done regarding this new technology in fertility treatment, including whether there are any adverse effects on the embryo throughout this process.

Couples and patients who are interested in this new technology and other fertility treatments should speak to a medical professional at a fertility clinic in their area for more information. In cases where couples have gone through several treatments with no success, exploring other options may be helpful. For couples and patients new to treatment, utilizing a proven treatment may be the best option. Of course, this is a decision that couples must make amongst themselves and with the guidance of a medical professional in the fertility services field.

Texas Schools To Improve Math, Science Instruction With $9M Grant

In July 2006 grants of $9 million were given to Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) academics of the Texas Schools. The grants will go to the creation of 12 new academies and centers in the Texas Schools. T-STEM is a program that provides $71 million to various math and science projects at secondary Texas Schools.

The T-STEM project is under the umbrella of the larger Texas High School Project (THSP), which has the goal of increasing graduation and enrollment rates in public Texas Schools. The THSP is funded by both public and private funds in the amount of $261 million. Its partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Office of the Governor and others.

Why Fund Math & Science in the Texas Schools?

Concerns that both Texas Schools and American students in general are falling behind in the areas of math and science have increased greatly with recent technology. Federal mandates from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act have also added to pressure for Texas Schools to increase academic performance of its students in these areas. Finally, awareness of an increasing achievement gap between races and economic levels has prompted Texas Schools to make these changes.

According to Texas Governor Rick Perry, “The T-STEM initiative focuses our efforts where they are needed most- in areas where there are a high number of disadvantaged students who are too often left in the shadows of opportunity. This initiative will help us close the science and math gap that exists in our schools today before it becomes a salary gap for tomorrow’s workers, and an opportunity gap for Texas families.”

Methods For Support and Instruction in the Texas Schools

Funds from both the THSP and T-STEM will provide resources, instructional methods, and innovative approaches to better educate students at Texas Schools in math and science related areas. THSP funds are devoted to creating new and redesigned Texas high schools, training teachers, and preparing students for college. The development of five new T-Stem centers will give instructional materials to the schools, offer training to school educators, and evaluate best practices that can be recreated in other Texas Schools.

Charter schools, small schools, and a YES College Preparatory Academy will be funded with the three implementation grants awarded to Texas Schools to open T-STEM academies. Four start-up grants have been provided that will give $480,000 to four new academies that will open in fall of 2007. Educators and Administrators of Texas Schools are hopeful that the launch of the T-STEM programs in 2007 will reverse the trend of the growing achievement gap.

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Science Definitions – How to Make Soap

Before you begin making homemade soap you may want to learn some science definitions. Why is it important? There is a science behind making soap. Some chemicals can be very potent and caution should be heeded. Homemade soap goes through a process of soap formation called saponification. Do you know what saponification means? If you studied science definitions you would know the answer. There is chemistry involved in learning how to make soap. Chemicals are reacting with each other and can be very potent. If you do not understand how chemicals react or the properties they contain then you will have difficulty, for certain, making homemade soap.

Chemicals such as lye, essential oils, glycerin, natural extracts, soap making oils and more should all be understood and used with caution. One example, before working with lye, proper safety precautions should be used. Lye can cause very serious burns if it directly contacts the skin. What should you do if lye does contact the skin or any area surrounding your soap making project? If you knew your science definitions you would know the answers to these very important questions. Knowing these ingredients will, also, be beneficial for making your homemade soap recipes.

Making homemade soap can be a lot of fun, but it does have an expense just like any other hobby or project. If you knew your science definitions, you could save time and money. Are there certain ingredients you would like to know about? Learn with science definitions or science terms.

The reason most people make their own homemade soap is because they know it is healthier for their skin than modern, commercial, soap! How is it healthier? Do you know what parabens are? If you knew your science definitions you would understand the dangers of parabens, found in most commercial soaps! You would, also, learn of homemade soaps and many other homemade skin care products made with a paraben-free preservative!

Take time and learn science definitions, science facts, science terms, science lessons and, even, fun science trivia about making homemade soap! You will be learning from a master soap maker who teaches soap making classes, soap demonstrations, soap workshops and more throughout the southeast USA! You can, even, see soap science and saponification in progress by watching a clip from a soap making DVD! This DVD has step-by-step, easy, soap making instructions! You can learn an abundance of soap making information!

Before you begin making homemade soap, stop, and take time to learn the science facts. Learning science definitions can be your starting point for learning how to make soap! Get started! Have fun making your very own homemade soap!

E20-007 Data Science And Big Data Analytics

This exam E20-007 have an good opportunity that exists for organizations in every industry to unlock the power of repetition, the big data analysis with new applications such as digital marketing optimization and social network analysis to improve their salient point. Big data analysis is not just the ability to analyze large volumes of data but the ability to analyze more varieties of data by performing more complicated analysis than it is possible with more traditional technologies. This exam will represent that how to bring the science of data to the art of business by enabling more business users and analysts with operational insights that drives mature results.

The new hardware innovation of EMC E20-007 exam is the Isilons One FS 6.5 operating system that delivers enterprise functionality to improve performance for mission-critical data center operations, while Isilons Sync IQ 3.0 significantly improves the recovery point objectives and providing unmatched big data protection. Your skills and potential will get the right way in IT world and EMC Certification E20-007 exam is the perfect means to this.
The efficient operations of every organization across sectors depend upon the effective use of vast amounts of data, the technology has much faster than the labor skills to make sense of it and organizations across sectors must adapt to this new reality or innovation.
This EMC E20-007 exam certification provides information about infrastructure solutions that the deployment of EMC for next generation backup solutions to create an all new data protection infrastructures across its distributed enterprises. The exam E20-007: Data Science and Big Data is a famous EMC certification. It gives the choice of many IT professionals all around the world who are interested to become a professional analyst.
If you want advance career path, it must be a good opportunity for you to pass the E20-007 exam. The IT industry requires trustworthy E20-007 certification resources so that you pass your E20-007. There are many online training materials are available but the exam PDF E20-007 is present for you. In which you will find out the varieties of questions and answers that are composed by current and active information T\technology professionals, who use their experience in E20-007 exam preparing you for your future in IT industry. The exam E20-007: Data Science and Big Data Analytics provides you hands-on practitioner’s approach to the techniques and tools that are required for Big Data Analytic. The Data Science and Big Data Analytics exam prepares you for Data Scientist Associate (EMCDSA) certification. Through exam E20-007 PDF, you can learn easily and prepare yourself for actual exam. You can easily get this certification by practicing this test.

Oil Sands Technology An Overview

In simple terms heavy oil is any type of unrefined crude oil that is very thick and viscous to flow by itself easily. A kind of thinner is needed to be used to make the heavy oil flow. The thinner is called as diluents and allows the diluted oil to flow freely through the pipelines of an oil refinery. Heavy oil extraction is known more popularly as . The largest deposits of oil sands are found in Canada as well as over 30 countries the world over. The key energy supply of heavy oil is called as oil sands, tar sands or energy sands. These oil sands are utilized in order to extract the heavy oil throughout the world.

Conventionally the production of oil sands consisted of strip mining wherein the sands that contained oil bearing substance called Bitumen, were dug up in enormous measures uncovering the land. This bitumen was then injected with hot steam water to be separated from heavy crude oil and the sand byproduct. This technique of oil extraction was criticized by environmental groups as wasteful and destructive. Since land was dug up and then natural gas was used to heat the water. The method of oil extraction was condemned as too resource intensive and expensive process.

But recently new oil sands extraction technologies have been developed which enables the reduction of both water and natural gas use. New technologies like Electro Thermal technology and Solvent Extraction technology are easier and reduce green gas emission. Importance of Utah oil sands is on rise today as larger part of world depends on this natural resource for their fuel consumption needs.

The petroleum products distribution is carried out at MCW’S patented oil sands extraction technology. MCW Oil Sands Recovery is an LLC owned as a patented, environmentally-safe, continuous flow closed-loop technology that specializes in the extraction of oil from an extensive range of oil and other hydrocarbon sediment types.

The technologies from MCW Energy Group can be successfully applied to “water-wet” deposits like oil sands projects in Alberta, Canada as well as to the “oil-wet” deposits like the resources usually found in Utah. This is a distinctive technology that can be applied even in the remote desert areas where water is scarce as no water is used during the entire process. The total process is safe and free of greenhouse gas production making it widely acceptable. This oil sands technology does not require high temperature during the process in addition to being proficient of extracting 99% of all hydrocarbon content.

Amoeba’ – New Wearable Technology

By Avinash Yadav Photography: Courtesy Sanya Rai Gupta

-Amoeba’ is the new futuristic app on the anvil that will help you navigate through your browsing data; prioritizing and retrieving with ease…

With wearable technology gaining momentum, young students of Innovation Design and Information Technology seem to be coming up with ideas that make everyday life simpler in many small ways.

Brain child of Sanya Rai Gupta, Carine Coll and Florian Puech, students of Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London, the Amoeba App is a device designed for mapping one’s browsing data. Especially suited to web-based research work, the device is a fashionably styled monocle and works on 3 basic biometric parameters – skin conductance; pupil dilation and breathing rate.

Here’s how it works: You need to wear the device while browsing the web, doing your research. The 3 biometric parameters then correlate with your browsing data at any given period of time, measure your interest level (Bigger Circles = Higher Interest) and map it. The app then summarizes the entire detail on a visual timeline that gives you a low down on your interest and relevance; the links you visited with an option on how you arrived at a certain page using the path function. This summary can be accessed on call.

The current version of Amoeba is developed on Windows but the app can run on any Google Chrome-compatible system. Designed to grab eye-balls, its fluid form makes a style statement. As the designers say, -We wanted to be honest about the function. So everyone knows that the wearer is in research-mode.-

With the prototype introduced at various exhibitions, seeking public opinion and reaction, Amoeba awaits refinement in terms of design to ensure maximum user comfort and other software integrations for the product to be market-ready.

In a world, where increasing digital interactions are constantly bombarding us with vast amounts of data, the amoeba App may just prove to be an organizational boon.