Why am I here?
Oh dear, only day 2 of my 30-day blogging challenge, and I’m getting all maudlin and meta-physical 🙁 No, this is my ‘hello world’ post explaining a bit about who I am, why I’m blogging, and what are these IT elements anyway! There is a 3rd question you may be asking, ‘So what, is there anything in it for me?’ If you indulge me for a couple of minutes I hope I can answer all 3 questions.
Who am I?
There is some of the usual biopic stuff here (scroll down to the bottom, past the virtual staff!) I am a Business Analyst by trade. You’re a what? Sorry but there isn’t an escalator long enough for that particular pitch. I am freelance by inclination, I read, blog, like to travel, drink Whisky, watch boxsets, play with computers. To borrow a phrase and a graphic from my last client (Pearson English, thank you), I’m Always Learning.
Why am I here?
Because of the above, I have things to say, I want to educate, inform and inspire. I am not a teacher of the standing-up-in-class type, I’m too much of an introvert for that and probably too scared to be in charge of young impressionable people! But, I do want to pass on some of my life’s lessons, mostly related to IT and computers in the workplace, possible some career anecdotes and related personal stuff…let’s just see where it goes.
My mission is to make it all a bit easier to understand, hence my new baby IT elements, and some learning material that I have produced for an MSc research project. More to follow in future posts. We IT professionals like to make it more complicated than it really is, using confusing esoteric language, obscuring the simple underlying concepts, the stuff about people, the creativity, the joy and the energy that can be part of this, often maligned and misunderstood, industry that I am part of.
The slightly archaic word ‘obfuscation’ meaning to deliberately confuse or hide the intended meaning of communication…well in programming obfuscation is deliberately creating confusing code that is difficult for humans to understand. Well the whole of IT is a bit like that! I prefer the synonym ‘beclouding’. I am here to part the clouds, and hopefully shine the light of common sense on The Cloud (amongst other things).
Why are you here?
Thank you for getting this far reader. I cheated a little, because only you can answer this question, but I hope there is (will be) something of interest in my blog. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion and maybe creating a spark of interest for the next generation of IT professionals.
Let me know who you are and if you have any special requests, what do you find confusing in IT, what jargon and obfuscation(!) do you need help with? Please have a look at the table of IT elements, post a comment here, or Ask the IT Chemist your question.
Introductions out of the way, now on to the good stuff.
(c) 2015 Antony Lawrence CBA Ltd.