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Studying a male-dominated field: Information Technology & Informatics

I personally enjoy this major and it doesn’t bother me that in all my classes I’m one girl out of maybe 3 or 5 girls in a class of 40 to 50 people. If anything I stand out and being a female might give me more of an advantage later when I’m looking for a job, or it might give me more of a problem- but I accept the challenge. I’d like to see more females in this field of study though.

Anyways, today in my Gender and Technology class we were discussing what are the succeeded and failed in attracting women to video games and all the answers these guys were giving were just so -____-

Some of the things guys said:

“Girls like shiny and fluffy things. They like to shop they don’t like anything violent.”

I’m one of many girls out there who love playing video games. Sure, I like to shop and I like pink. But, I also love first person shooters and the feeling of getting a head shot. If anything, I’m attracted to gore, violence, and killing zombies.

“Girls tend to like games that aren’t too complicated like Tetris because games like COD or WoW may be too difficult for them”

Now they are just insulting our intelligence.

I’m sorry but so many things that I heard today made me so aggravated and inspired me to write this post. Feel free to ignore!

Your Digital World

Information technology has blurred the line between professional and private lives. 

Imagine one morning, when you step out of the airport, embracing the cold winds of New York. All you wanna do is get to your hotel room and sleep off that 19-hour flight from Manila. Now that you’re well rested, you wanna go see the famous Empire State Building. But you don’t know how to get there. No worries, just take out your phone, open Maps, and type in “Empire State Building,” and there your go; the directions to the tourist spot. 

We are currently living in a digital world. An anthropologist would describe todays generation as “digital natives.” Why? People spend most of their time in front of a screen, whether it be a Samsung SmartTV, an iPhone, or a Laptop. Before, sending a mail would take days before it arrives to recipient. Now it barely takes a second.  What could’ve made this possible?  Its called Information Technology or  IT. It is the general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, communicate, and/or disseminate information.IT made it possible for you to get directions to the Empire State Building. IT lets you post your life in Instagram. IT lets you send mail in barely a second. IT is today’s Era. IT is the way of the world. But how did IT started?

Everything has a beginning. None was quite profound and quite unexpected than Information Technology.

Information Technology is mostly associated with computers. That is partly right but we are missing something. IT has two parts: Communication and Computer. Lets differentiate the two.

  • Computers. Almost all people in the world has one. A computer is a programmable multi use machine that accepts data, raw facts and figures, and process, or manipulates it into information we can use such as summaries, totals, or reports. 
  • Communication. We communicate everyday. We share our experiences on Instagram, talk about our plans on the phone, or typing our statuses in Facebook. One way or the other, its still communication. It consist of electromagnetic device and system for communicating over long distance. Telephones, radio, satellite, broadcast television and cable TV are all examples of telecommunication technology.

Information technology affects almost all aspects of our lives, including education, health, finance, recreation and entertainment, government, and jobs and careers. Knowing a little about IT isn’t that bad since we are living in a digital world. There is no doubt that for most of us, information technology is becoming like a second skin-an extension of our selves creating almost a parallel universe of “digital selves.” How can knowing IT benefit you in your life? 

  1. YOU CAN MAKE BETTER BUYING DECISIONS. Sooner or later, your gonna have to a computer which you will use in your career. Knowing IT can help you decide what is the best type of computer you will need in your career path.
  2. YOU CAN FIX ORDINARY COMPUTER PROBLEMS. Calling a technician to fix an internet connection would cost some money. Knowing the basics of IT will save you that money for some pizza, or something.
  3.  YOU CAN UPGRADE YOUR EQUIPMENT & INTEGRATE NEW TECHNOLOGY. Most gadgets have updates. An iPhone has updates and bug fixes almost every month. It would be awesome to get rid of those App bugs and glitches to have a smooth running iOS right?
  4. YOU CAN USE THE INTERNET EFFECTIVELY. The internet is like a metropolitan. If you know your way, you will find what you’re looking for. If you don’t, then IT will show you the directions.
  5. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST ONLINE DANGES. The online world is full of evils. Those evil can use your personal information against you. IT can protect you from those evils.
  6. YOU WILL KNOW WHAT KINDS OF COMPUTER USES CAN ADVANCE YOUR CAREER. Today’s era requires almost everyone to have their own computers. IT will help you decide what kind of computer will help you advance your career, whether it be in medicine, music, or a businessman. 



The telephone is not what it used to be.

About 82% of Americans own a phone. Today’s generation makes it hard if you don’t have a phone. These very advanced gadgets called “smart phones” are a giant step in the field of Information Technology. Smartphones allow you not only to make a call or text,  but also send emails, photos, browse the web, get map directions, music, or even play games. They are basically like “computers in your palm." 


Email revolutionised communication

Email, or electronic mailare messages transmitted over a computer network, most often in the internet. It doesn’t take you more than two seconds to send one email. Some people receive as 300 emails a day with perhaps 200 being junk. Its clear the emails are only useful when you use it properly. Overuse or misuse just causes problems and waste times. Here are some idea to when using an email.

  1. Do your part to curb the email deluge.
  2. Be helpful in sending attachments.
  3. Be careful about opening attachments you don’t recognize.
  4. Use discretion about the emails you send
  5. Make sure emails to bosses, coworkers and customers are literate.
  6. Don’t use email to express criticism and sarcasm
  7. Be aware that email you receive at work is the property of your employer.
  8. Realize that deleting email messages doesn’t totally get rid of them. 

The Internet, The World Wide Web, and the "Plumbing” of Cyberspace.

The net, the web, the cyberspace are not the same things.

Most people would think that these three words have the same meaning. They’re not. The Internet is the “mother of all networks; it connects hundreds of thousands of smaller networks. These networks link educational, commercial, nonprofit, and military entities as well as individual. Ever wondered what "www.” means? For starters it means World Wide Web. The World Wide Web on the other hand is an interconnected system of internet computers called servers, that support specially formatted documents in multimedia form.  So basically, the internet is part of the world wide web. The world wide web is the website you visit. 

The Cyberspace encompases not only the online world and the internet, but also the whole wired and wireless world of communications in general. Cyberspace is where you go when you go online in your computer. 

What does it really mean to be “online?” Does it mean reading and updating you Facebook? Posting photos in Instagram, or writing blogs in a blog site? Yep. Being online means using a computer or some other information device, connected through a network, to access information and services from another computer or information device. And to make that even clearer, a network is a communications system connecting two or more computers. The internet is the largest network there is. 

THE “ALL PURPOSE MACHINE”: Varieties of Computers

There are five basic computer sizes and they vary according to their processing power. 

1. Supercomputers 

Supercomputers are used in very special situations.

Typically priced from $1 million to more than $350 million, supercomputers are high-capacity machines with thousands of processors that can perform more than several trillion calculations per second. They are fastest computer and the most expensive there is. They are mainly used for tasks requiring enormous amount of data like Census counts, forecasting weather, or designing aircrafts. 

2. Mainframe Computers

Mainframe computers are used in many large businesses.

Mainframes are water- or air-cooled computers that cost $5000 - $5 million and vary i size depending on their use. They are used mainly in banks, airlines, insurance company, and colleges. Often users access a mainframe by means of terminal. A terminal , which has a display screen and a keyboard and can input and output data but cannot process data. 

3. Workstations

Workstations are used for graphics, special effects, and certain professional applications.

Workstations are expensive, powerful personal computers usually used for complex scientific, mathematical, and engineering calculations and for computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. There computers are used to breathe three-dimensional movies such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Avatar. 

4. Microcomputers

Microcomputers are used by individuals as well as businesses, and they can be connected to networks of larger computers. There are many types of microcomputers.

Microcomputers also called personal computers (PC) can fit next to a desk or on a desktop or can be carried around. These are the typical computers you see in in people’s houses. The Mac Mini (right side of the picture) has the smallest desktop microcomputer case, just 6.5 inches square and 1.25 inches tall. 

5. Microcontrollers

What gadgets do I have that might contain microcontrollers?

Microcontorllers are also called embedded computers are the tiny, specialized microprocessors installed in “smart” appliances and automobiles. Some can be found in microwave ovens which enable it to store data about how long it would cook your popcorn.

In volleyball, there is a server. A server serves the ball into the game which literally begins the game.  Similar to computers, servers are computers and special software dedicated to providing service to other computers. It holds collections of data and programs for connecting or supplying services to PCs, workstations, and other devices, which are called clients. The entire network is called client/server network.

Understanding your computer

It is important to understand the different parts of a computer so the you can maximize your skills. 

All computers use four basic operations and can be connected to various types of devices.

How do computers work? There are three Key Concepts. 

  1. Data is turned into information
  2. Hardware and Software have their own specific functions
  3. All computers involve input, processing, storage, and output plus communication. 

First of all, lets talk about the terms. These terms can be confusing if not understood.

  • Data - consist of the raw facts and figures that are processed into information. 
  • Information - is the data that has been summarized or otherwise manipulated for use in decision making.
  • Hardware - consist of all the machinery and equipment in a computer system
  • Software - or programs consist of all the electronic instructions that tell the computer how to perform a task.
  • Input - whatever is put in to a computer ex. numbers, symbols, shapes, colors..etc
  • Output -  whatever is put out of the computer system ex printer, digital files stored in a CD…etc.
  • Storage operations -  consist of two which is the Primary storage or memory and Secondary storage. Primary storage or memory is the internal computer circularity that temporarily holds data waiting to be processed. Secondary storage refers to the devices and media that store data or devices. 

Now that you know some of the information technology, lets see what the future of Information technology.