Friday, December 31, 2010

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age - Day 1 - Keynote - Geoff Canada





Geoff Canada
Description: Geoff Canada, of the Harlem Children's Zone talks about the danger of allowing technology to widen the gap between rich kids and poor kids and our responsiblity to ensure that this does not happen.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Katie Couric Talks 2010's Top Stories With The Root







Check out the freewheeling discussion that our deputy editor, Sheryl Huggins Salomon, took part in on Katie Couric's @KatieCouric Web show with Couric, humorist Mo Rocca and Politico editor Jonathan Martin. They discussed everything from President Obama, health care reform and the Haiti earthquake to the Tea Party, Chilean miners and vuvuzelas

Waiting and worrying by the phone on Christmas

http://www.theroot.com/views/waiting-and-worrying-phone-christmas
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

(Read and Keep This One) Your Free Business Communications (Voice & Conferencing) Arsenal for 2011 by Mike Holman








Amongst your Free Business Communcations Arsenal Packaging for 2011 you must have at least the following two:



1) A Free Service for using your computer to Receive and Make Phone Calls
2) A Free Service to have Conference calls with up to 96 People and be able to reoord and play them back.

Two packages exist today and are expected to be free for 2011. Beyond that we are uncertain of how "FREE" they will be. Whatever and I mean whatever your business is from "For Profit" to "Not For Profit" you need these two free services.


You need to be able to dial a number to Host the Conference Calls and you need to be able Host it for Free. Also those calling in need to be able to dial in for Free.

Even with just the Free Dialing, this is an invaluable services in and of itself. No more waiting for unlimited nights and weekend or low long distances cost, try Free Long Distance costs!

The services which you may have already heard of are as follows:

1. Google Voice - To Make the Free Call to Host your Conference Calls
2. Free Conference Call dot com - To Host or Participate in your Conferences.

Enjoy and Make It Rain In 2011!!!





Computers that trade on news

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/business/23trading.xml
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Brooksley Born, The Woman Who Warned About The Financial Crisis Early On






The Go-Go '90s
Alan Greenspan rules the economy and "the less regulation, the better" is the administration's attitude toward Wall Street.
11:32




Brooksley Born Arrives on the Scene
She heads up the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and sees danger in a new, highly-lucrative market: over-the-counter derivatives.
11:55




"Get This Lady Off Our Backs"
Brooksley Born's idea to regulate derivatives meets swift and fierce opposition from the Clinton economic team.
8:10





The "Earthquake"
After Born tells staff to take the first step in regulating derivatives, the powers that be in Washington go to war to stop her.
4:40




1998 - Born's Warning Becomes a Prophecy
High-flying hedge fund LTCM nearly melts down. Some in Congress clamor for regulating derivatives. But Greenspan is unyielding.
9:14




Late 2008 - Born's Nightmare Comes True
After Lehman's bankruptcy, markets crash, credit freezes. Many huge banks' toxic assets are tied into over-the-counter derivatives.
10:08

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Memphis: Pull Up Yo' Pants Or Get "Steve Urkeled"






Westside Middle School in Memphis discourages saggy pants with the help of '90s sitcom star "Steve Urkel". If kids wear saggy pants, teachers "Urkelize" them by hiking up students' pants and fastening them with twist ties. The initiative has drastically cut the number of students who wear saggy pants or no belt

12/12/10 @ 12NOON (EST) Blog Talk Radio: The Audacity Of Hope with Dr Jamal Bryant






He served as the director of the NAACP’s youth and college division. He is the Pastor of the fastest growing church in the A.M.E. Denomination. His church grew from forty three supporters to ten thousand. He is a third generation A.M.E Preacher. He is Dr. Jamal Bryant. He delivers a stirring message entitled, "The Audacity Of Hope".


He is on the cutting edge of Technology and Ministry as you can watch him walk out and speak directly on his website, http://www.jamalbryant.org/


His church, The Empowerment Temple Delivers multiple Services On Sunday at The Empowerment Temple Website


He is the author of "World War Me"


We open our broadcast by going to The Real Mary Mary Website on MySpace and a selection by Mary Mary called, "I'm Running" from "The Sound" release


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Q&A: Omar Wasow







The guest on C-SPAN's Q&A is technology analyst Omar Wasow, co-founder of BlackPlanet.com

Omar is an internet analyst who appears frequently on radio and television. Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online.[1] He is co-founder and strategic advisor for the social networking website BlackPlanet.com.

In 1995, Wasow was proclaimed by Newsweek as one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace." Around 1999 or 2000, Wasow introduced Oprah Winfrey to electronic mail in a series of 12 appearances on her television show. In 2003, Wasow appeared in an Apple, Inc advertisement discussing their latest operating system at the time Mac OS X Panther.

Wasow is currently working on his doctorate at Harvard University in African-American Studies and political science. In a 2009 interview with Brian Lamb, Wasow stated that he had started at Harvard in 2005.

Wasow is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he was President of the Student Union. He then graduated from Stanford University in California with a BA degree in Race and Ethnic Relations

His website is http://www.omarwasow.com/

From Old School "Beat Street" to the "Bible" former Rap Superstar has a new kind of Rap






From Beatstreet to the Bible, former rap superstar has a new kind of rap, that is much more powerful. Find out what it is

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Google Voice Offers Free Phone Calls






Google is offering a new service that allows users to call landline and cell phones.

Harvest Revival 2010 at Zion Cathedral COGiC

Harvest Revival 2010 at Zion Cathedral COGiC
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Soldier Knows Best on: Google Voice: Works on Android, iPhone and others



Google Voice gives you more control over your phone calls. With Google Voice, you get one number for all your phones, cheap international calls, voicemail like email, and more, for free! (US only)
Learn more at http://www.google.com/voice





















Sunday, November 7, 2010

Business Analysis - BA Collective - Documentation





http://www.bacollective.com No one likes to read documentation. And who can blame them. When is the last time you picked up a user manual? Its probably been awhile. No one even prints documentation anymore. You can maybe find an odd PDF file here or there, and then you have two choices: you can print it out and kill a few trees at your own expense, or you can read it online. Most people dont do either.


When people dont read documentation, its as much a reflection on the writer as it is on the reader.


Thats where the Business Analyst comes in. The Business Analyst is a bi-lingual communicator. The BA speaks the language of Business and of Technology. And each language has many dialects, colloquialisms, and subtle slang in its vernacular. When the BA writes documentation, it needs to command not only the attention, but the respect of its audience. Here are three things to consider when developing documentation as a Business Analyst.


First, balance Documentation Style and Substance * Well-written documentation, formatted and laid-out poorly, is not well-written documentation. * Know your audience. Who are you writing for? * Also, usability isnt just for software; its for documentation, too. Create great documentation that is easy to read. * And remember Re-usability is as important as usability. * Last, if your company/project/SDLC doesnt have a Style Guide, create one.


A second suggestion is to use Microsoft Word to its Full Potential * Know the basic controls for properly formatting documents. * Get it right and then make a template. * And stylesheets are your friend. Use them. * Its easy to master documentation by using Master Documents. Master documents allow you to: specialize, customize, assemble, disassemble, and change scope on a dime


The last suggestion is to create a Documentation Platform and Strategy * It establishes a single known go-to source for all documentation. Plus, network locations provide for security and backup. * Its easy to keep documentation up to date while maintaining historical versions of documents. * It can notify appropriate audience members regarding new versions of documents. * And can provide workflow, online review, approval, sign-off, and audit functions.


Well that is it for today but the BA Collective does not stop. Go to the BA Collective to view more from this article on Documentation written by Andrew Kass the CIO of Collective Genius. Also, stay tuned for up coming Business Analysis videos and articles at BACollective.com

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Invasion, Trip Lee, Jai

Invasion [Hero] - Trip Lee [featuring Jai]
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Jai performing "I'll Wait"

Jai performing "I'll Wait"
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Meet the Author of, "Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview?" Ellen Gordon Reeves






Author and NU alumnus Ellen Gordon Reeves discusses her book "Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview?," on September 23, 2009 as part of Northeastern University Libraries' Meet the Author Series. She shared her advice on finding, landing, and keeping your first real job. She offered advice on: cleaning up your online act, using a professional email address, crafting your best resume, dressing your best for interviews, networking effectively, and avoiding emailing hundreds of resumes. Find her book in the Library's catalog, NUCAT at HF5382.7 R449 2009.

Spring Into Action: Online Marketing for Mother's Day, Father's Day, & Graduation





In the Spring Into Action webinar, the Google Retail Marketing Team discuss strategies retailers can take to get the most out of Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Graduation. Topics include: retail consumer behavior in 2009, a look at how the spring gift-giving season has performed historically, retail category trends and insights, and marketing tactics and tips for building successful online campaigns.

Why Smart Executive Fail





The scene: a CEO is celebrated on the cover Fortune. Soon after, the company is in the midst of a financial fiasco. What went wrong? It seems that top management made some incredibly stupid mistakes. But the people responsible are almost always remarkably intelligent and usually have terrific track records. "Why Smart Executives Fail" relates the stories of great business disasters and demonstrates the ways many businesses make themselves vulnerable to failure.

NYT: Online Learning Is Growing on

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/us/05college.xml
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Pastor Marvin Winans - (TBN) You Just Don't Wanna Know










Pastor Marvin Winans singing "You Just Don't Wanna Know" Live on TBN from his solo project. Lyrics are below


I hurt so many nights. Cried so many hours.
Trying to make it right. Just didnt have the power.
You ignored all of my tears. In hopes theyd disappear. I tried to let it show.
But I guess you just dont wanna know

I came to you in love. I came to you in earnest.
Could you possibly explain? Why the flames, why the furnace?
Just needing to get it clear. I was hoping you would hear. I tried to let it go.
But I guess you just dont wanna know.

Now its true that God is always there, He said Hed never leave.
But at times the human touch is what I need.
And if I had a dime for every time I tried to call your name.
Some tell me, Id be wealthy.But I learned that I could cope.
I discovered I could make it. In nights so long and cold.
So cold, you dont know how cold. I learned that I could take it.

Now I wouldnt change a thing. Not for the knowledge, not for the knowledge that Ive gained.
I learned that I could grow. I really did, I tried to let it show.
I did. I tried to let it go.But I guess you just dont wanna know.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

FREE Automated Keywords via Traffic Travis






The Power of Keywords in your Adveritising Campaign: READ THIS ONE: From my early corporate days, we would send an email and because we knew people would bypass alot of emails. if there was something important we would put in the Subject Lines: "READ THIS ONE". Such is the case with this post if you are serious about Adveritising Online (Text,Graphics,Video,TV,etc.)

We've discussed running Ads on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. We expressed the need to get the message out via advertising using Text, Graphics, Video, TV etc.. In each of thesemethods there is one critical component in your campaign, KEYWORDS . They can in some case MAKE or BREAK your goal of a successful Campaign.

There is a FREE, yes FREE tool that will allow you to type in one keyword and you will be given at least 200 Keywords AND be told where those keywords you are being provided at RANK on the Majof Search Engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. You heard that right. You tell the progam just one keyword and it gives you about 200 similar keywords and also it tells you where those key words you were given, RANK on the major Search engines. You can export those keywords to a .csv file or save them. Did I say that the 200 word version is free? It is!

Here's a story (excuse me I have to tell it). I was talking to some representatives at one the aforementioned major Search engine companies and I kid you not. The Rep asked me how I was getting my keywords. I told them about the program and they said, "Oh, your program does automatically, what I am doing manually!". I was blow away!!! Bottom line GET THIS FREE PROGRAM, while it's still FREE. You can get the professional version (along with 2,000 keywords and more) at cost ($5 to try it for a few days and get billed for the balance). Go with the FREE first, it's just me!

The FREE VERSION of the program is called Traffic Travis Standard

The PRO VERSION of the program is called Traffic Travis Professional

Please click here to checkout the company behind Traffic Travis and Learn the in and outs of the business!

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

One Minute Sermon by Tamara Lowe






Tamara Lowe @ Christ Fellowship
Motivational Rap, one minute sermon.....
Amazingly fast! Motivating the younger generation, particularly rappers!

Transcription:
To be a survivor in this Amazing Race with the need for speed you need God's Grace and if your desperate like housewives watching days of our lives, you can't cope without hope and that is not on a soap. If you're looking to Oprah or Dr. Phil you can shop non-stop or pop a pill, but the void won't fill and the pain won't kill until you love the one that hung on a hill.

Kicking back in your lazy boy easy chair watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, nah your not gonna find it there. No American Idol or Council Tribal has the final answer that will satisfy ya. C. S. I. ain't got a clue. S.V.U. don't know what to do Not the E R or the OC not those seen on a CD TV DVD or MP3 can save you and me. CNN has got no Good News here's a headline you must choose. It's not a simple life Paris Hilton, It's treading on thin ice living in sin.

You can be an apprentice for Donald Trump or eat Fear Factor fast food from a dump. You can be a heavy hitter or wheel of fortune winner or a Fox news no spin spinner or flat out sinner but you better check this life that you're livin' and make sure your sins are forgiven. I bet ya 50 cent Elvis done come and went, and eventually every Black-eyed-pea, Gwen Stefani, P-Diddy and Britney. Every wanna-be on M T V with their Icy Bling, every Dixie Chick that Sings, they all gonna see the king of kings. I don't care if you're J-Lo, Leno or Bono. One thing you gotta know. Some day you're gonna die, Bro. Then Where are you gonna go?

Hey, i'm not talking some punk junk that is irrelevant. Like your Grandma's church from way back when. It's not some preacher feature on T B N. that you need to be liking or listening. The real superstar is Jesus Christ. He's the way, He's the truth and the life. One day he's gonna split the sky. He is the brightest light and the highest high and so what I came to say and what I'm telling you is don't buy that stupid stuff they be selling ya. it's all designed to fill your head and waste your space until your dead.

here's the bottom line in my rhyme. Give your life to God while there's still time.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia, GA - September 26, 2010








Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia, GA

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age - Day 1 - Keynote - Geoff Canada





Geoff Canada
Description: Geoff Canada, of the Harlem Children's Zone talks about the danger of allowing technology to widen the gap between rich kids and poor kids and our responsiblity to ensure that this does not happen.

Davis Guggenheim and Leslie Chilcott: Straight From Sundance: Waiting for Superman Clip










Documentary Director Davis Guggenheim and Producer Leslie Chilcott sat down with ScreenCrave.com at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to talk about their latest film "Waiting for Superman"

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pastor Marvin Winans - "That´s it, That´s All"













Pastor Marvin winans - Preaching "That's It, That's All" at the Azusa Street 2006 West Angeles Chatedral COGIC - Bishop Charles E. Blake

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Re-Broadcast - Guest: Rev. E. Edward "The Preaching Prophet" Robinson, II



THE LINK TO THE UPCOMING BLOG TALK RADIO SHOW IS HERE



We've been in Ministry for about 30 years & we say with the utmost Godly conviction, "The Office Of The Prophet rests upon our Guest for this Broadcast, Rev. E. Edward Robinson, II"


We asked him to move as God leads him. Whatever he desires to share regarding the move of God that he is seeing or whatever God is going or has done in his ministry.


Join us and our Guest, Rev. E. Edward "The Preaching Prophet" Robinson, II, The Chief Servant and Found of Go`Judah Evangelistic Ministries, also known as “G.E.M.” along with Elect Lady Ebony Robinson


Currently on a Tour (stopping in addition to U.S. locations, overseas in Africa and London), as noted at http://gojudah.com/, with an "Apostolic and Prophetic Assignment to cause a spiritual awakening of the people of God all over the globe"


Just a portion of his Bio reads as follows:


Ecclesiastical Accomplishments


Brother Robinson accepted his call to Preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, May 21st 1994. He was thus licensed to minister by Bishop Harrison Hale, Cornerstone COGIC on June 24th, 1994.


Because of Faithful service to the church and the call of God to increase he service Minister Robinson was ordained Elder, April of 2002.


Elder Robinson served on the Executive Board of the Church of God In Christ Guatemala, Inc. in the office of Executive Secretary; He also served as Executive Secretary & Chief of Staff (Ministerial Affairs) and Executive Vice President of Affairs of the Cornerstone Evangelistic Temple C. O. G. I. C. and corporate offices.


Elder Robinson, being led by the Holy Ghost, founded Go`Judah Evangelistic Ministries, also known as “G.E.M.” August of 2004.


Website: http://gojudah.com/

Saturday, August 14, 2010

DR. W.J. CAMPBELL "IT'S FALLING TIME BUT DON'T YOU FALL!' PT. 1 and 2








DR. W.J. CAMPBELL "IT'S FALLING TIME BUT DON'T YOU FALL!' PT. 1 and 2

Eric Schmidt at the Bear Stearns Annual Media Conference




Eric Schmidt Q&A at the Bear Stearns Annual Media Conference

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Dawning Of The Information Age


Just this week I had to do a paper for a Pace University class I'm taking on one of the historical events that really had an impact on history. The paper had to be somewhat extensive and I thought "Woe Is Me!". Low and behold after conducting a search, I found a website the zeroed in on the Top Ten Historical Events at

http://tinyurl.com/TopTenEvents

Seeing how I love Information Technology, my eyes immediately zeroed in on number 9, The Dawning Of The Information Age.

This was in my opinion a "loaded" topic as there are so many aspects and I had to think of what could I zero in on. I decided to zero in on flow of digital information exchange as I saw it as well as played a role in the early 1990's. Similar to an article I did recently and posted on my Blog, reflecting on Wall Street in the 1980's, once again to some what you are about to read may seem unclear in terms of trying to get a picture of what was going on, to others it may seem a little clear and yet to others it will be crystal clear. Here's just a little portion of the paper I came up with...


The Information Age brought about computers and the internet.
The factual information is that we are able to do more now than we could prior to the dawning of information age. Computers in their current form today were on-existent. The computers that did exist took up the size of a large room. Computer code was written on punch cards and “fed” into the computers. There is a podcast on iTunes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs that speak of how things were prior to the real evolution of the information age.

The computers that did exist that could be used by individuals as noted in the podcast had very little memory and hard disk space. Because of this the programs written to run on these computers also had very limited capabilities. The computer programming code existed on tape recorders. I know this personally because I used the computers like this. One of the early computers that were in existence was made by Radio Shack and was called the TRS-80. The computer was not stand alone with a display but rather was more like a keyboard with outlets to input peripherals. To this “keyboard” I connected my TV which served as a display. I also connected little snap in cartridges which contained the programs I wanted to run. There were cartridges for Word Processing, Spreadsheets and even online communications via Videotext Cartridge. There was also a programming language cartridge called Basic Assembler. You could save your work (Wording Docs, Spreadsheets, etc.) on to a Cassette Tape Recorder. To get online I used a cable connected to the keyboard that when into a separate Modem. This Modem connected me to the Information Services that existed at the time such as CompuServe Information Service (CIS). This was the “Internet” for users of the time. You were able to read the latest news, join in Bulletin Board Discussions as well as participate in Live Chat.

Information Exchange was a key part of the Information Age. As the Information Age further evolved, individual users found that that if they did not want to pay for an online information service such as CompuServe, they could create they own exchange of information between one or more users. This was done via the use of Computer Bulletin Board Systems or BBS’s. I ran one of these systems. Users were able to l dial my system (my actual telephone line) and I had my computer setup “ready” to take calls from users. I had Message Boards setup for users to exchange information with each other on my system. A Network of Computer Users evolved that at certain intervals at night would “drop off” messages to other Bulletin Board Systems. The Message exchange would be to the “next closest” system so that eventually the message “drop off” would cover the global. Popular networks of that time were called Fido Net Systems where numerically assigned numbers were the “ID” number for the individual computer board systems. The cost was just the phone calls and thus the mail drop offs occurred late at night were rates were low.

At this point the Internet was not in full swing, but E-Commerce was “up and coming” Using these same Bulletin Board Systems users were able to subscribe to services during their dial up session and purchase products using a credit card. The Bulletin Board System would just as it “dropped off” mail, would “drop off” credit card transactions to a card processor for payment. Automation in these early stages was key, so I had my Bulletin Board System setup to automatically take an incoming call, from a user looking to exchange email and/or purchase products. That same evening my system would automatically go offline to drop of mail to the nearest BBS System part of the Fidonet Network and then make another call to process any pending credit card orders.

As the Information Age further evolved having a “Website” was the “in” thing to have. With your Website you now became automatically global. Users could now visit your website and do all of the things they did on your Dial up Bulletin Board System. Once more, while you could only have a limited amount of users on your Bulletin Board System, on the Internet via a Website there was no limit. You would only have to pay additionally charges if you had an exceeding large amounts of traffic called bandwidth. The Internet via a Website allowed for Multimedia which was a big step forward. You could now have Sound, Pictures and Video all on your website to enhance the user experience. You could now offer many of the same services that the online information systems such as CompuServe were offering. This capability often led to the demise of companies such as this because “everybody and their mother” could do the same thing.

Today, my Bulletin Board which was accessed by dialing a phone number is now called up via my website bearing the same name Holman's World. I can offer what I offered on the Bulletin Board Service and much more because of the evolvement of the Information Age.

The Big Online Services like CompuServe provided the “neat and cool stuff”. I found their offerings were quite exciting. The offered very manageable discussion boards. I actually served as Discussion Board Leader in many of these online forums. I saw what the board looked like from an Administrative point and was impressed. Just as companies were developing products for the BBS users, they were also developing products for the Large Online Services as well. As the Online Services could have numerous amounts of users online, their message boards were very large and just trying to read everything was a challenge. Companies developed software that allowed users to read their messages offline whether for a large online service or a Bulletin Board Service, thus saving online cost. These Offline Readers (OLR) were key for all users as they could mark read messages and compose responses to be sent during their next online session, whether on a large online service or on a computer Bulletin Board Service.

In the Information Age, we’ve come a long way and it seems we still have a long way to go as today’s technology is history by tomorrow.

As I did with my Wall Street Article, I'd like to mention again an organization that has played a critical role in technological developements and that organization is BDPA Information Technology Though Leaders (http://www.bdpa.org/) This organization was right at the forefront of the Bulletin Board Systems back in the day and had it's own FidoNet Style network called, BDPANET. Take at look at some the BDPA files from back in the day as well. Also the picture in this Blog post is me presenting an Internet Seminar at a BDPA National Conference actually during the time when the BDPANET and my BBS was in full swing. The Laptop Shown is what I actually used to run my BBS.

This paper mentioned the larger online services and offering such as Chat Sessions. I conducted some of them. What did they look like. Have Look at my Chat Logs from back in the day.

Lastly I tried to share an lesson on two on the regular and called them, "Information Highway Lessons".

Enjoy!


Watch this video relative the Dawning of Age:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How Wall Street looked to a high school student in the 1980s



There are many visions of Wall Street. Over the years and much has changed. Let me take you down memory lane just a little bit. For some this tour may be unclear, for some it may be a little clear and for others it may be crystal clear. Back in the 1980’s I started my journey on Wall Street.



I was a senior in high school at Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, N.Y., and had joined a Co-Operative education program (Co-Op). I’m not sure how many of these exist today. I had the opportunity to work one full week with pay and then go to school the following week. A high school student stepping on to Wall Street for the first time was an experience like no other.

The first adjustment to the adult world was being told that I could address the adults by first name as opposed to “Mr” or “Mrs” or “Ms.” As I did with my High School teachers. I was very fortunate to work for a well-established firm called, The Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. As it is today, it was then that the firms wanted to ensure that students experiencing the firm for the first time got very familiar with the industry and the firm. Training back then, involved visiting a room where you were equipped with a cassette tape player, cassettes, booklets and headphones. I remember hearing words like “manifold” referring to trading tickets. You don’t here that too often now if at all. The training tapes gave information about the various departments and the company itself.

I did not feel completely out of place as I also found number of other High School Co-Op students working in my same section at the company. I handled the “manifold” tickets relative to trades that had been entered. I worked in the section called “Ticket Check Off”. The Department was called Government Bond. Here I saw trade tickets relative to what I would soon learn were Fixed Income trades such as Treasuries as well as Money Market Instruments such as Certificates of Deposit and Bankers Acceptances.

As I reflect back now what was most interesting was that that I not only got to “see” the manifold tickets relative to these instruments I also got to see the instruments themselves. This was the 1980’s and many of the instruments of the day were in physical form. I got to see US Treasury Notes with the interest payment “ attached”. We would attached a one copy of a multi-ply manifold ticket to the Treasury by using what then a “T-Pin” which I have not seen in ages. I was informed one day I would be delivering some Treasuries to the Federal Reserve Bank down the street (we were located on Broad Street across from the NY Stock Exchange). We had an armed Security Guard Accompany us. I later realized that as many of the instruments of the day were in “bearer” form they could literally be cashed by whoever said it was theirs.

Working in Government Bond was an excellent learning experience. I got involved with the daily proof and reconciliation. We reconciled with a group of individuals that were enclosed behind a window called “The Cage”. We ran a calculation tapes on huge calculators that took up most of a desk and used two copy calculator tape (on copy being a carbon copy). We would balance the general ledger tickets that had passed throughout the day.

There were no personal computers as we know them today. For me as a High Schooler, my taste of the Internet was during my "school week" I was able to go into a High School Room and dial-up an on line services. I would need to dial the number on the telephone and then put down the handset on some acoustic couplers (shaped like the phone mouth and ear piece) that was attached to a printing (not display) terminal. The Session information would print out on the long printer as opposed to on a display system. News and other other information would print out. That was it for the "The Net" in those days! Read more on the Technology of those days on my latest Blog.

As with most High School Students of the day, the highlight was lunch time. Most interesting enough lunch was free. Not only that, on those occasions when we had to work late we also got free dinner via a “supper pass”. For me the work, the experience and the food, was the life!

For another one of my Flashbacks in Time, you must see my Blog: "The Dawning Of the Information Age"

More Information:

Organizations helping Youth in Financial Services and Information Technology at the High School and College Level in New York (Local Chapters have links to their respective National Offices):


Urban Financial Services Coalition New York Chapter


BDPA Information Technology Thought Leaders New York Chapter



Monday, July 5, 2010

The BDPA Insider – July 5, 2010




Message from BDPA Philadelphia Chapter President

Please accept my invitation to come out and join us on Wednesday, July 28th for a day of golf, food, prizes, and networking at Seaview Golf Resort. This is the kickoff event for the32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference on July 28-31 at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia.
http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/message-from-philadelphia-chapter.html

Employment Resources for BDPA Stakeholders
The national Black unemployment rate is now 15.4% with no plan to reduce it in the near future. The economic crisis in America hit hard for many African Americans in the information technology (IT) industry over the past few years. Many are worried about being laid off.
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Using Social Media to Market Yourself or Your Business (Nicole Newman)

Nicole Newman is passionate about seeing businesses grow using technology tools that increase productivity.

I strongly encourage BETF-Blog readers to make every effort to attend the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference in Philadelphia on July 28-31, 2010. One of the great benefits of this conference will be the 58 world-class workshops. I'm looking forward to the workshop presented by Nicole Newman entitled, 'Using Social Media to Market Yourself or Your Business'. http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/using-social-media-to-market-yourself.html


Drill Questions to Pass the PMP Certification Exam (Elaine Jackson, PMP)

There are over 50 workshops scheduled for the 32nd annual BDPA Technology Conference in Philadelphia on July 28-31, 2010. One of the workshop presenters is Elaine Jackson, PMP. Elaine Jackson enjoys coaching people on how they can pass the Project Management Certification Exam. For the last six years, her style of coaching involved training individuals to understand the project management processes and knowledge areas, and explaining how to apply that knowledge toward passing the PMP Exam. Elaine perfected the study process to achieve a level where students pass the PMP exam on 1st attempt. Her closing rate is holding at 94%. Students followed her advice by studying hard to achieve improvements in practice tests. http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/drill-questions-to-pass-pmp.html

BDPA IT Institute Fall Enrollment Opens

The Fall 2010 enrollment period is still open for theBDPA IT Institute. The course scheduled for the Fall term (September 6th through December 10th) is the PMP Exam Prep taught by Gregory Brown, PMP. The course has been updated to align with the 4th edition of the PMBOK Guide and awards all *35 PDUs* required to sit for the PMP Certification Exam. http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/07/bdpa-it-institute-fall-enrollment-opens.html

Private Coaching Sessions at National BDPA Conference The 2010 National BDPA Conference is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity for a limited few to receive a private 30 minute career coaching session for $75. Your assigned coach will assist in helping you adopt a leader’s mindset to develop new ways to transform old problems. You will learn to speak more confidentially and professionally about your accomplishments and expertise. Don’t delay! Sign up today and connect with an unbiased leadership expert who is already your advocate. http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2010/07/private-coaching-sessions-at-national.html

Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of Brotherly Love by registering for the 32nd Annual National BDPA Conference, ( http://www.bdpa.org/conf-2010.php ) July 28 – 31, 2010 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA.

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Reserve your room today by contacting the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 1-800-266-9432 and ask for the BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) rate or register online.
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Friday, July 2, 2010

FREE Automated Keywords via Traffic Travis






The Power of Keywords in your Adveritising Campaign: READ THIS ONE: From my early corporate days, we would send an email and because we knew people would bypass alot of emails. if there was something important we would put in the Subject Lines: "READ THIS ONE". Such is the case with this post if you are serious about Adveritising Online (Text,Graphics,Video,TV,etc.)

We've discussed running Ads on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc. We expressed the need to get the message out via advertising using Text, Graphics, Video, TV etc.. In each of thesemethods there is one critical component in your campaign, KEYWORDS . They can in some case MAKE or BREAK your goal of a successful Campaign.

There is a FREE, yes FREE tool that will allow you to type in one keyword and you will be given at least 200 Keywords AND be told where those keywords you are being provided at RANK on the Majof Search Engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. You heard that right. You tell the progam just one keyword and it gives you about 200 similar keywords and also it tells you where those key words you were given, RANK on the major Search engines. You can export those keywords to a .csv file or save them. Did I say that the 200 word version is free? It is!

Here's a story (excuse me I have to tell it). I was talking to some representatives at one the aforementioned major Search engine companies and I kid you not. The Rep asked me how I was getting my keywords. I told them about the program and they said, "Oh, your program does automatically, what I am doing manually!". I was blow away!!! Bottom line GET THIS FREE PROGRAM, while it's still FREE. You can get the professional version (along with 2,000 keywords and more) at cost ($5 to try it for a few days and get billed for the balance). Go with the FREE first, it's just me!

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

President Obama 2010 Commencement Speech: Persistence in pursuit of dreams



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President Obama: Persistence in pursuit of dreams

June 7: President Barack Obama delivers the commencement speech at Hampton University.

Michelle Obama: 2010 Commencement Address: 'Fully embrace your role'



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Michelle Obama: 'Fully embrace your role'

June 7: First lady Michelle Obama delivers a commencement speect at George Washington University, saying, "Keep going. Keep giving. Keep engaging."

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Face Behind Facebook





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Mark Zuckerberg is said to be worth $3 billion for founding the social networking Web site Facebook. Lesley Stahl talks to the man whose $15 billion company could be the next Google.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jamie Dimon: Address to HBS MBA Class of 2009,






James "Jamie" Dimon (MBA 1982), chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., who has been listed by the Financial Times as one of the leaders most likely to lead the world out of the financial crisis, offered wide-ranging words of wisdom and advice to members of the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 2009 at Class Day exercises on the HBS campus. Also attending were family members, friends, and other guests of the almost 900 graduating students.

Focusing first on career management, Dimon reminded the class of the importance of lifelong learning and building a reputation-a personal brand-for hard work, integrity, and trust, among other qualities. In a sense, he said, a book is put together about each of us as we go through life, and "you can choose the way you want the book to be written."

As leaders face the challenges and opportunities of life, he continued, emotional intelligence is as important as brain power. "IQ alone won't get you through tough times." A dose of toughness was also part of the prescription Dimon proposed. People in positions of responsibility are bound to take some heat along life's way, he noted, quoting Theodore Roosevelt's observation that players are the ones who are criticized, not the spectators in the stands. He also underscored the importance of maintaining work-life balance. When it comes to family, he said, there is no such thing as quality time without an equal amount of quantity.

Moving on to the leadership of organizations both big and small, Dimon noted first the sense of responsibility he felt as a CEO: "If I make a mistake, I can hurt a lot of people," he said, from the bank's employees to its stockholders and stakeholders. He then discussed the wide array of attributes that every leader needs:

- Self-discipline, a work ethic, and a dedication to continuous improvement
- Fortitude and a penchant for action
- The ability to set high standards of performance and integrity. "Compare yourself to the best," he advised, "and treat other people the way you treat your parents. Do the right thing, not the expedient thing."
- Analytical skills that take a hard, honest look at all the facts, including "things we're not doing well."
- A willingness to share information with others and to use it as the basis for making the right decision. For that to happen, everyone a leader works with should feel free to engage in open, uninhibited conversations and discussions. "Have many truth tellers around you, not just one."
- A sense of the importance of loyalty, meritocracy, and teamwork in the context of the success of the entire organization. If someone is not doing the job, loyalty to organization trumps loyalty to the individual, Dimon explained.
- A feel for a firm's morale - something that can be severely damaged by organizational bureaucracy and politics
- Respect for everyone at every level, from the CEO on down
- A skill set that can "get compensation right" based on hard work and contributions to the company, including helping other employees. Long-term deals for CEOs and other top executives don't pass muster with Dimon ("I shouldn't have to bribe you to join us."), nor do compensation programs that automatically penalize failure. Leaders should be able to adjust for the fact that a person tried but ended up being wrong, he said.
- A sense of humility, based on the acknowledgement that no one rises to a leadership position without the help of others, beginning with one's parents.

The final portion of Dimon's remarks dealt with the leader's obligations to companies and society. JPMorgan is a "caring company," he said. "We give away $100 million a year, we pay the salaries of employees who have been called to military service, we send money and aid when disasters strike around the world," but at the same time, Dimon pointed out, "all these good deeds are predicated on the fact that my colleagues and I keep JP Morgan healthy and vibrant. Success is not a given."

Dimon urged the HBS graduates-to-be to play a role in helping make effective public policies that contribute to spreading wealth, not destroying it. There is a great need to make the planet better, he said. On the other hand, current energy policy, he believes, skirts the one solution that will work, namely taxation, and half the children in US inner cities don't graduate from high school. Much needs to be done in these and other realms. "I hope that I'm leading my life in such a way so that when I'm gone, people will say that the world is a better place for my having been here," he concluded.