Sunday, February 25, 2007

You're Hired!

So as I was reading this week's edition of Time magazine, I stumbled across a one-page article that really caught my attention ("It's a Wrap. You're Hired!). After learning all of these news digital techniques, I've been thinking about how to apply these skills to my resume in order to find a high-paying job after graduation.

Well, this article gave me an interesting idea. It's premise, was creating resume videos. Although this particular articles focused on posting them on YouTube, I thought about how affective this concept could be in other forms, such as e-mail attachments, DVDs and on personal Web sites.

In some ways this reminds me of auditioning for a TV game or reality show, but isn't that what applying for a job is any, an extensive audition? And why not do it while showcasing some of your personal talents with technology? Maybe this is is the wave of the future with the easy availability of online and computer-based sound and video editing. Then again, maybe some employers just aren't ready for a generation of digital natives and still prefer the typical paper resume.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Buying Technology

Over the last few weeks I've noticed that finding, and buying, reputable technology is quite the daunting task. I always figured that Best Buy was the end all for techonological needs, but over the last few weeks I've found that stores like Target and Radio Shack are other viable outlets for new stuff. However, I've found that expertise at all of the above stores is lacking. Sheesh, why is it so difficult to find an expert on every question I might have? Is that so much to ask?

If I had an unlimited amount of money, just buying whatever piece of technology I want would be easy. However, since I live off of student loans and a teaching stipend, I often rely on the unofficial advice of the store clerks. Oh, well.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Portable Hard Drives

Okay, cleary I've been spending way too much money on new technology over the last few weeks, but it's been fun nonetheless.

During the digital recorder debacle last weekend, I was walking through Best Buy, depressed that they didn't have the recorder I wanted, and stumbled upon a rack full of portable hard drives on sale. Granted, I don't know much about these things other than that they're used for storage. Anyway, I bought one that was 80G for $79.99. Is that a good deal? I really don't know.

As I'm writing this post, I'm installing it onto my desktop. Since my computer is getting kind of old (I've had it almost six years) I decided it might be a good time to backup all the files on it (hence why I spent the $80). Although I haven't gotten it fully up and running, I am optomistic that this will help me save all my digital pictures, documents and such in a safe manner, without risk of losing them.