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To all our loyal customers, it has come to our attention that multiple Cisco products are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug that has been making headlines worldwide. First, some background!
From experience, I know that special educators who work with the mentally handicapped - both children and adults - have a very tough job. They face many gruelling challenges as a matter of daily course. Among others, they have to deal with a crushing volume of rules and regulation-mandated paperwork to sift through. It’s an endless litany of reports, documentation, and consent forms, all of which have be drafted in teams, signed by multiple parties, and warehoused for years on end. And the paperwork just grows over time.
I’ve been in the workforce for some time now. During that time, I’ve been part of a number of different organizations and have done a number of different jobs. Some of them I loved, and some of them… well, let’s not go there, shall we? That said, the jobs, good or bad, all had one common thread that ran through them – a lack of clear communication with respect to daily tasks and objectives.
There is a mindboggling number of languages in the world. At last count, there are over 7,100 living languages, where we define “living language” as a language that has at least one speaker in the world for whom it is the mother tongue.
Readers of this blog know that I’m a BIG sucker for big-screen televisions and interactive collaboration solutions that feel like they popped straight out of a science fiction movie. That said, as much as I love those systems, I’ve always found that these upright solutions are lacking in one element. Namely, to take full advantage of the workspace, you’re going to have to:
A little while ago, I wrote about the CISCO REGS – a videoconferencing solution jointly crafted by Cisco and VPOD that was designed to bring governments closer to their citizens. It was a combination of Cisco’s TelePresence software with VPOD’s Cube cabins. The thing is, while deploying the REGS is a lofty (and obviously worthwhile) goal in itself, the simple fact of the matter is that the REGS is but one possible application out of many for VPOD’s Remote Expert Solutions.
Before I started working in marketing, I had a whole other career where I spent time teaching (which meant I spent a lot of time in the educational system). In that other career, the one complaint that I most heard from students was this: “I don’t understand why we’re learning this.” Frankly, I’ve been guilty of making this statement as well (when I was a student). Many times. From grade school to grad school.
Anyone who talks to me for even a second knows that I love science fiction. There’s a good reason for it – in science fiction we find worlds that do not yet exist, but which could. Worlds filled with fantastical technological wonders: robots with genuinely human characteristics, instantaneous travel to any place and to any time, and intensely personalized messaging to everyone.
The image on top is a picture of what one of my workstations looks like.
Recently, we interviewed a number of candidates in our bid to fill some vacant positions. Fortunately for us, our company – CBCI Telecom – is an open-minded, forward-thinking company (it’s one of the attributes that contributed to our becoming one of Canada’s Top 50 Small and Medium-Sized Employers) – we know that the talent pool from which we can draw is absolutely global in scope. Having this mindset gives us both the motivation and the opportunity to recruit from a much bigger group of potential employees. There is one caveat to all this, however: Distance. What happens when our short-listed candidates live far, far away? Too far away to make an in-person interview cost-effective?
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