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Where’s JJ? Schedule Updated
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:12
Written by JJ
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I’ve just updated my schedule– see upcoming events and presentations.

Catch us next week at the NCLGISA Spring Conference for government and education members and see my Thursday afternoon presentation on Successful Security: Starting with Policies. You’ll also find the CAD booth there, right next to the food in the main exhibition hall :). (more…)

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Information Week’s Virtual NAC Tradeshow
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:04
Written by JJ
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

I know I’ve had another week of being a bad blogger- but you’ll find out why soon. There are several current and upcoming projects I’m going to let you in on. For now, I want to tell you about the Virtual NAC Tradeshow!

Today (April 22nd), Information Week opened the virtual doors to it’s virtual tradeshow- an online show hall, full of NAC information, whitepapers and on-demand presentations from a variety of specialists and industry experts. You can explore technical and business-oriented information and even view Mike’s product reviews of some of today’s popular NAC products. GO forth and Visit the NAC Immersion Virtual Tradeshow. (more…)

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RSA Day 1: Tuesday with JJ
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:13
Written by JJ
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

RSA Conference, San Francisco
Day 1: Tuesday, April 8th

This is my first year at RSA, and I really had no clue just how large it was. The expo floor is massive, and it’s filled with near-Interop-sized booths and hooks. To kick the day off, I caught the morning keynotes in the main hall, then took some time finding our partners and other folks on the expo floor. I attended some peer to peer breakouts, but due to the nature of those sessions, I’m not going to publish any information from those. Aside from that, here’s how Day 1 went… (more…)

Women in IT: A Note from the Non-Booth-Babe Blogger
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 04:17
Written by JJ
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Okay Alan! Your blog this morning  has cracked me up, I’ve definitely had a good giggle from it. I have to say though, I’m surprised, amused and embarrassed all at the same time. Blonde- yes, Blogger- yes… not sure about the other parts!

I may disagree on the photo comment. First of all, it’s really bad. Secondly, I’ve emailed responses to several of my readers’ comments and (much to my surprise) found they didn’t realize I was ‘a girl’. Shocking right? When they saw ‘Jennifer’ in my email signature they figured it out. So, I don’t know that the photo has any impact on readership, but I could be wrong. However, if you do read my blog because I’m female and you like the photo- I’m okay with that- you’ll still learn something ;)

Note to self: I definitely have to do something about that horrible photo! I’ve been procrastinating for a while and searching for a photographer and stylist to get some new ‘real’ head shots taken. I hate having my photo taken, so I’ll keep you posted on that.

Women in IT…

The timing of your post is amazing as well. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve received several emails from fellow women in IT who wanted to make a connection, swap stories and find a commerad-ess, or two, in the world. I’ve even received postcards and written notes from thoughtful ladies who found my information online. I guess I never realized what a struggle some women have in the ‘man’s world’ of IT. I’m starting to realize it more, as I meet new friends and hear their war stories of moving up and gaining respect in the industry.

I’ve been lucky- I grew up in the IT industry and somehow managed to circumvent a lot of the ‘gender issues’. When I was about 16, I developed and taught computer and Internet-related courseware, and had to teach it to adults (and yes, they’re actually worse than the 2nd graders!) Around that same time, I was sitting on a state agency board as a SME on web usage and development.

I was young and a female (and blonde), so I most certainly had to prove myself and establish a repertoire to gain the respect of my peers; mostly middle-aged and older men who had been in the industry longer than I’d been alive.

Knowing what you don’t know…

Getting thrown in early certainly taught me valuable lessons. I made sure I knew my stuff inside and out, and conversely, I made sure I was comfortable asking questions on topics I didn’t know about. Part of the respect comes from ‘knowing what you don’t know’ and being able to admit it. I think I’m pretty good at that and it’s carried me far. :)   Plus, I had two great role models to learn from.

However it happened- through some combination of luck and hard work- I’m happy to be where I am. Our customers, partners and colleagues look to me for answers and insight. I know they trust me and and that’s an amazing feeling. It’s also what drives me to be the best at what I do, and to keep learning, studying and working at it.

They’ve given me their trust, and I try really hard to give them something back that’s equally as important.

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Trouble in the Neigborhood
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 04:14
Written by JJ
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Another J! True Story   (yes, with a typo in the title ;)

Yesterday, the emails and group posts were flying around like crazy. Our little neighborhood has a private Yahoo Group for residents to communicate and connect- I’ve been overjoyed to have the online venue and it certainly proved useful these past couple of days.

We live at the end of a cul de sac, with a lovely wooded area occupying the space past our fenced-in back yard. Past the woods is a main street they’re in the process of widening. (I know, grrreeat). A couple of weekends ago, two adult men (who were obviously out of place) came up behind our house out of those woods. Our lab/rottie mix (who looks like a full Rottweiler) took notice and wasn’t happy.

So, as any good dog owner would do in that situation… I let her out to have at it. The yard is fenced, so there was no danger of anyone (them or her) getting hurt. But- it was enough to scare the crap out of them and their lackadaisical walk quickly turned into a swift gait the other direction. I couldn’t help but giggle a little.

Mission Accomplished. For now anyway.

I didn’t think much about it until yesterday when my inbox lit up with posts to our online neighborhood group. It seems there have been several similarly suspicious situations (say that 3 times fast) occurring at various times of the day and night in our little corner of Earth. Mostly, what we (the neighborhood) deemed a childish prank has now turned into a full blown ‘security’ issue. (You knew that word was coming!)

It started with harmless prank doorbell-ringing, but the offense list has grown to include instances of beating and kicking doors in the wee hours of the morning. Other neighbors have noted recent instances of someone coming onto their back deck and tapping on the back door, only to have disappeared before the home owners could make it downstairs. Each time the culprit takes off if –or before– the occupant can respond. There have been only a couple of partial-sightings, where another neighbor caught a glimpse of the incident, and it has been confirmed that these are not kids. From the posts yesterday from a handful of folks, I’d say there were at least a dozen or so instances already documented.

So that leads me to wonder… are they merely childish pranks… or are these adults scoping out a neighborhood and testing to see who’s home… ?

Either way, midnight window-tapping and 3:00am kicks at your front door (which evidently left dents) are nothing to dismiss. We’re asking the local Police Department to increase the frequency of their drive-thrus in the area. And, I’m thinking of having the group organize a neighborhood camera system.

For now, our 75-pound, four-legged black and tan security system helps me feel a little better about it all.

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