Anything about IT- Has Information Technology changed the way we live our lives for the better?

 

 

Welcome back to my blog and to the new view welcome, I hope you enjoyed my last instalment all about what I wanted to do in the field a IT professional in the future. This week I have been been given the reins to a curtain extent, I can pick the topic of the blog, but it must be something to do with Information Technology in some way. Right lets get on with it then.

Information Technology has had a big effect on the world and how we run are lives both in our working lives and our social lives. The question is, is it for the better or worst. Let find out.

There is many positives and negatives on how Information Technology:

Positives:

  1. Expansion of Business:

Information Technology has been the tool that allows business to expand and get there name out there and get there business to different country. Before the advancements in Information Technology businesses would struggle to advertise themselves, now it is at their fingertips, with advertising through Social media.

2. Improved Entertainment:

Information Technology again has be a big cog improve the entertainment industry. Now days we have endless movies and tv shows at our finger tips with Netflix and the same with Spotify in terms of music. Whereas before Spotify and Netflix we had to stream bad quality songs and pay lots of money to buy the DVD of a film tat we want to watch.

Negatives:

  1. Cyberbullying: 

If normal bully wasn’t enough since Social media was introduced due to the advances in Information Technology, Cyberbullying has become a big issue, people think that because they are not talking to the person face to face they can get away with saying what every they like and even things they would not normally say to the person when they come face to face with them and not see any of the repercussions. A staggering statistic of 45% of young people experience bullying before the age of 18. Due to these social media sites there has been 87% increase in the number of cyberbullying counselling session. 40% of 7-11 year olds know someone that has been a victim of cyberbullying. Children of that age should not be worrying about getting bully, they should be enjoying life and playing with there friends. This is an example of Information Technology having a bad effect on our lives.

2. Social implications:

People are spending there whole lives talking to people on a screen and they have got so used to this that when it comes to talking to someone face to face they don’t know what to do. Gone are the days that you would head over to someones house to have a chat, people have become very lazy as they have the option to just contact them over the internet and get an instant response.

To conclude I believe that Information Technology has both had a positive and a negative affect on the way we live our lives now days, but I lean slightly towards the negatives, I think it has a tight grip on the way some people live their lives and they rely on it to heavily I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. I hope to see you very soon.

Thanks again for reading !!!

Reference:

Title: 7 WAYS TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER by Jessie Nuez URL: https://www.babble.com/tech/7-ways-technology-has-changed-our-lives-forever/ Date: 2005

Title: ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY by Karehka Ramey URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMOoh_eTU5M  Date:15th October 2012

Title: Facts and statistics on bullying and cyber bullying URL: http://www.antibullyingpro.com/blog/2015/4/7/facts-on-bullying Date: 7 April 2015

My career aspirations as an IT/IS professional

My career aspirations as an IT/IS professional

There may be a job for you too.

Hello and welcome back to my blog, I hope you enjoyed my last blog entry all about what I have learnt about HTML and CSS over the first couple of weeks of the new semester at Salford University.

This week I will be talking about my career aspirations as an IT or an IS professional. All through my time at school I have always had an interested in computers and how they affect the world and how businesses used IT to succeed. This was reinforced when I was the only student to study ICT at A2 Level and had ones to ones with my teachers who was very passionate about IT and I guess that rubbed of on me.This is why I enrolled myself in the course Business Information Technology at Salford. Like many students (I am sure many of my readers can relate) I am not sure what I what I want to do at the end of my course, but I have got my mind set on a job that makes me the link (middle man) between the IT side and the Business side of a business.

As everyone know it is a common fact the need for more IT and IS professional is evident in this day and age it is hard for any student to get a job so with the rise in jobs there is a higher chance of me getting a job. I can back this up, I was reading an interesting article about how due to high profile IT project failures business have now understood that they need to improve the quality of the IT field. “This has attracted 8,000 new professional since May 2004-2005”

Since I have done a bit of IT and IS during my course I have found out that I enjoy and find the IT side of the course more interesting. Not to say the IS part isn’t interesting, but I cant picture myself sitting down and writing endless lines of code. I like to communicate with people and be working in a group.

I also what to get ride of the gap between the business guy and the IT guy, because if they work together it will benefit the business in so many ways. For example some business people find IT guys weird and don’t understand what they are doing and don’t want to talk to them, this harms there company in this day and age.

My career aspiration is to be the middle guy between the business guys and the IT guys that understand both the Business and IT side of a business so that I can contribute my skills to benefit the company and I can communicate to either the business guys if they don’t understand something the IT guys are doing or the other way.

Here is a link to a youtube video that talks about all the soft skills you need to be a good IT professional. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMOoh_eTU5M it can also be found at the end of this blog.

I hope you have enjoyed this instalment of my blog. I hope I have inspired some readers to have a think about a job in IT or reassure people that already know they want to go into the IT business. I will be upload another blog in the next two week and hope that you come back and read it. The topic heading for that blog could be anything to do with IT so you will have to come back to see what it is all about.

Thanks again for reading!!! 🙂 🙂

Reference:

URL: http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/2959 Date: 2005

Name: CBT Nugget URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMOoh_eTU5M  Date: 5th October 2016 Title: Essential Soft Skills for the IT Professional

 

HTML & CSS

This is my first ever blog post so bare with me! it is going to be all about the wonderfully world of HTML and CSS. So buckle up because your in for a educational rollercoaster.

It has been a very interesting first three week studying the module Principles of Systems Development with Rich and Suzanna. We have been focusing on HTML and CSS and how they are used to create website, which I must admit I was very sceptical to learn about at first, but when we got into and blown away the Christmas cobwebs it was something I enjoyed surprisingly.

For novices much like my self and don’t know the first thing about HTML and CSS, well do not fear I am here to help. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language which allows website to be created, but these websites must be connected to the internet to be fully functional. CSS which stands for Cascading Style Sheets which is a style sheet language which is used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup language (HTML).

We have been mainly focusing on HTML for the first three weeks, as I said before was hard at first. With Rich throwing words out their like tag, element, Heading and many more I had no idea what he was talking about and this only got worst when he actually showed us some coding. For a novice like me seeing a large page of coding was a daunting experience to say the least.

The end of week 2 was a massive turning point for me though as Rich had set out some work for us to do, for example using HTML create Heading, increase a picture, make text bold and italic and many more activity. This is were I really made my break through and everything seemed to click.

I have been introduce to many different type of software to use when creating my website. See list below:

  1. Brackets (Text Editor)
  2. FileZilla (An FTP Client which is used to transfer all the files with your coding on from your laptop onto a network which will make it public to the world for everyone to see)
  3. Mark Up Validation service (just paste and code that you have done and it will tell you if you have made any mistakes and what you need to do to fix it)

All of the listed software above are essential to creating a website, so would highly recommend getting them, they are all free to download and use. It is also good to use textbook when learn how to use HTML to construct your website, one book that I have found very useful and has the answer to all your question. HTML & CSS design and build websites by Jon Puckett, I would highly recommend buy it.

You can find all the links to the software and books I have mentioned on this blog post at the bottom.

The many thing I have take from this experience is that you cant remember every single bit of coding, it is impossible even Rich can’t do it. So don’t be worried when you are coding and forget something, everyone does it, just search it up that is the beauty of the internet.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have done writing it. I hope it has inspired people that have never tried coding to try it.

Thanks for reading.

Brackets: http://brackets.io

FileZilla: https://filezilla-project.org

HTML & CSS: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/HTML-CSS-Design-Build-Sites/1118008189/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487095776&sr=8-1&keywords=html+and+css