Archive | February, 2014

The state of sensors

“Sensors” and “internet of things” are buzzwords that repeatedly come up during the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) quarterly meetings with the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) that helps shape program curriculum.  Christopher Mims at Quartz, a digital news outlet, offers a thorough overview of the state of sensors today. On one hand, to […]

Top Ten IT Skills for 2014

Global Knowledge’s Paul Simoneau projects a list of major IT skills he suspects will be in demand in 2014, taking into account a number of different surveys and reports.  Below is the skills list, along with a few words of explanation from Paul. 1. Programming and Application Development – “Major organizations are planning to transition […]

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and malware

Network security remains an important element of IT/convergence training, as this article from Infosecurity magazine’s website proves.   The United States is now the world leader (a whopping 44%) in hosting malware, according to a report by Solutionary.   Part of the reason seems to be the boom of domestic cloud providers like Google and Amazon which […]

It’s the cloud closer to the ground

A lengthy discussion of IT/convergence trends is always a staple of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) quarterly meetings with the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) that helps shape program curriculum. One recent meeting mentioned something called “the fog” that Cisco is developing.  PC World provides an overview.  As we’re surrounded by more and […]

Bunches of bits and bytes

Everyone knows megabytes and gigabytes.  Most know terabytes.  (Old 1980s owners of Commodore 64s also know kilobytes.) But the digital world is expanding rapidly, creating massive amounts of data that need to be stored somewhere.  How do we talk about that kind of volume? Consider these data measurements: Brontobyte Exabyte Geopbyte Petabyte Yottabyte Zettabyte Can you […]

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802.11ac is finally here

If you don’t already know about 802.11ac, InformationWeek provides an overview of this new wireless standard. According to the article, which of these statements are myth and which are fact? 802.11ac performance advantages are minimal 802.11ac requires ripping and replacing my wired infrastructure Not many 802.11ac clients are available 802.11ac is 5 GHz only and leaves 2.4 […]