Just like Adam Sandler said in a movie once…..

“Back to School. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Oh! Back to school… back to school… back to school.”

Well I got back to school this past week from Spring Break and even though I had a fun time with my parents doing things, it turned out when I got back, things just went out of control. Tried to work on assignment two days before due date after break and I got stuck on it to a point where I had to turn it in late. Would’ve asked questions over break. Also, labs for a particular class went fast pace to where as I was rushing, I forgot to do things along the way. Fortunately, things went back to normal and it wasn’t a problem. However, I have one problem that always struck me. Getting friends that I can go to on campus. As someone with autism, getting along with people on campus is pretty difficult. When I try to converse with people, I was always afraid of what people would say about me. That is because I am afraid that my autism would make me say something stupid. I don’t expect or want to make a lot of friends and that is fine with me. Its just that the school I go to is in a location where it is far away from a few friends I had back in my hometown and mainly, I have no family that I can go to close by. Just remember when you make fun of somebody for what they do and call them (or the activity) autistic, you are using it to insult someone and as in individual with autism, I find it offensive that “autistic” is being used as a cussword. Yes, we do have freedom of speech here in the U.S. I can’t stop you from saying it. All I am trying to say is if you know you are a kind, decent human-being, don’t call something or someone autistic as an insult or incorrectly characterize someone’s behavior to be Asperger’s Syndrome. I noticed that it has becoming quite common for people to be doing it. Like this dude for example. He was using a stereotype that people who don’t act normal according to his view are people with Asperger’s Syndrome. He even said in quote that people with Aspergers “act like children” which I would have to completely disagree with. It is actually the quite opposite (most of the time). If you even look at WebMd, it states that “Children with Asperger’s syndrome generally have difficulty interacting with others and often are awkward in social situations. They generally do not make friends easily. They have difficulty initiating and maintaining conversation.” Are children supposed to be anti-social and do all children enjoy being isolated in the bedroom? Absolutely not! Not to mention on the information given by WebMD, children with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t intentionally become anti-social and isolate themselves in a bedroom. They do the things they do because they have difficulty communicating unlike someone without the disorder. Do me a favor, do your research on the disorder before making such an ignorant video. For anyone reading this, please be more knowledgeable on autism and\or the autistic spectrum before calling something autistic. How would you feel if you have ADHD and I make fun of you for being an attention whore, based on the stereotype that you are hyper? You wouldn’t like that either.

Sorry that I had to edit this article so many bleeping times. It is because this is a touchy subject and I can’t think straight since it is almost midnight. No more edit. lol

IT Certifications: Is it a good idea?

When you are an IT professional, you had heard of certifications such as Cisco CCNA and Microsoft’s MCITP. When attending a two-year community or technical school, certifications is the popular kid on the block as every instructor would tell you that having a certification would make you stand out of the rest of the crowd. As much as having a certification helps you, is it something you can do as an individual who lacks experience in the field or never worked as an IT professional? Every year, vendors of these certifications constantly raise up the requirements and expectations out of these certifications, hence making it hard for just anyone to get it. The difficulty is more than just the intensity of the test. It also costs a lot of money to pass certain ones successfully. There is an about.com article of someone who took one of the hardest exams in the world and describes his experiences here. I can relate this experience when I was taking the Configuring Microsoft Windows 7 certification. They make the material to learn for exam based on business use. An example would be using a Microsoft Image tool and deploy it on multiple machines. There would be a lesson on what parameters you use to properly image an OS and deploy them properly. So if you think you can pass Windows 7 just because you use it on a day to day basis for simple things like homework and web browsing, you are dead wrong. Now that we have Windows 8 out in the market, getting a Windows 7 certification in this day and age is going to be useless. I strongly recommend before getting a certification, have enough experience in the IT field before taking it and if you feel like you are ready for a certification or two, make sure you have enough money to do it because if you don’t, you might waste money anyway because it might take more than one exam to pass. Not that I do not like the idea of trying to get a certification before working in the field, but I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get one yet. I have one certification (CompTIA A+) and as much as I want to get other certifications, I rather wait until I work in the field long enough (based on the experience of getting a Microsoft certification).

Is Linux the best alternative to Windows? Thinking of switching?

As some of you don’t know, I am into technology (one of the main discussions of my blog) and I use many different systems as an IT professional. From the very popular Mac OS X to Windows 7 as well as Linux OSes such as Ubuntu to OpenSUSE (Linux OS of choice). It is nice to have alternatives to Windows considering the features you look for. I have a Mac Mini that runs Mac OS X Lion and a netbook (Asus Aspire One) that runs Linux Mint. It took me a while to get a Linux operating system to run on my netbook. If you consider Linux as an alternative, I have to warn you that the biggest issue I would run into is getting the OS to function properly after installation. That is because Linux isn’t set up right away to run on the hardware correctly. In order to accomplish this, I would have to do a lot of google searching on why something with the OS isn’t working. Even though I am into IT, I don’t know everything that goes on in IT. One of the troubles I occur after installation is that I can’t adjust the brightness level of my netbook. I found on google search that  I had to edit a “default” file located in /etc/default/grub and add a line in it using Vi (a common text editor for Linux). You are probably asking “What the heck is /etc/default/grub?” as well as asking “Why is there no C directory of some sort?” That is because Linux uses a different file structure unlike a Windows environment. I would get into that, but it is very lengthy and I will save for a different time. The point is if you don’t mind taking the time to learn your new operating system, then that is fine and dandy. Back to the issues with installation, even though I was able to figure out the problem, that doesn’t solve all the problems of having my netbook run normally on my netbook. I still have trouble using wifi on certain networks like my university network. If you want to test to see if Linux runs on your computer, I encourage you to create a LiveCD or a LiveUSB (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/). Has anyone tried using Linux on their hardware and did anyone experience the same difficulty of running it properly after installation?