Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Finally made it

I finally graduated on June 19, 2009 and am official Dr. Carol Behrmann. My degree is Doctor of Computer Science with emphasis in Enterprise Information Systems. I'm looking forward to collaborating with colleagues on research and getting published. I would also like to get a couple of on-line teaching jobs. I would also enjoy being a reader for new students in the CTU program.
Well more tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Thoughts

Hi. I'm back blogging. I'm also struggling. I need to finish my Dr. by December. I'm sure i can do it. This is a short blog. More tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Successful Prediction

President John F. Kennedy said "We will go to the moon this decade". This video depicts his confidence that the US could create the technology to go to the moon within 10 years.

The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a 1961 speech:

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

The problems and risks were discovered as the engineers discovered new technologies. And it all came down to the quote:

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong

It was so amazing. Look at all the inventions that came from this directive by President Kennedy. Computers, Velcro, new metals (mylar) and many other discoveries were made during all of the Apollo missions.

Citations are the websites above.

Do you remember the Jetson's? Future Prediction

Do you remember the Jetson’s? Their flying cars were very well designed and although we don’t know what they ran on for fuel it seems there was a predefined air highway for the traffic to be controlled. There were floating stop lights and even places to land at restaurants and events. I believe there will be flying cars in the next 15-25 years for two reasons.

1. Work has already started on the flying cars and continues to improve on ideas and innovations as there is a real need to change the way we commute.

2. The cost of road maintenance is getting extremely expensive as we rely on oil products for taxes to maintain them.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the article page at
UPDATE II: And here's a link to a 60 minutes print story on "flying cars" that also mentions the Cartercopter and “Highway in the Sky”.

Risk is a factor when you get anyone behind the wheel of a car. Even today’s cars are at risk of having a flat tire and swerving into traffic or just plain not paying attention to what is around you. We can run out of gas or even not get the oil changed which will eventually lead to a breakdown. This could be fatal in a flying car with the drop to the ground.

Will there be additional pollution? Work has already begun on alternative clean fuel sources for these “cars”. Efficiency is another factor that is already being worked on at Boeing.

Will there be mid-air crashes? With the use of “smart software” like “Highway in the sky” the craft would be made so there is space around it and the software can detect obstacles and maneuver around them.

How do you keep your children safe? The size of the flying cars are very small, no minivan here. I believe there will be modifications to the cars once the technological details are perfected. Then designs will change to accommodate the largest families.

How much will it cost? Right now the costs are high but as the technology is perfected, the prices will align more with regular cars today. One of the prototypes is $50,000 and a Cadillac Escalade today sells for $75,000. I believe the financial savings will outweigh the costs. There are a lot fewer crashes of airplanes with the tight control of the airspace.

Halal, W. E. (2008). Technology’s Promises. Palgrave MacMillan

Sherden, W. A. (1998). The fortunes Sellers

Simon, B. (2005) © MMV, CBS Worldwide Inc. All Rights Reserved

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Web 2.0 tools

I found a new tool that is absolutely fabulous. Takes still photos and creates a 3-d rendering of the scene. Check out Photosynth.. in order to view you may have to download and install Photosynth from here..

This is from Microsoft labs. It only works on Windows XP and Vista right now but Mac should follow shortly. Check out the wedding, zoom in and out.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Accessibility 508

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This post is about the Section 508 of the accessibility act.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Predicting the future

Lots of tools are available to predict the future results of businesses. I have been reading about predictive analytics and how it takes data mining and business data build a model that will predict which ads to put on a website, or what customers will want to purchase from the department stores.

The Wikipedia definition is "predictive analytics encompasses a variety of techniques from statistics and data mining that analyze current and historical data to make predictions about future events." Developing a model is necessary to capture the relationships between the data This enables prediction of future results. Predictive analytics uses confirmed relationships between explanatory and critеrion variables from past occurrences to predict future outcomes. The predictions are most often values suggesting the likelihood а particular behavior or event will take place in the future.