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Learning Bytes & KBytes, a bit at a time! Read it online @ Suite# 889, Unit # 234, 5149 Country Hills Blvd. NW, Calgary, AB, T3A 5K8. Tel: 587-581-2988 | Email: Editorial for our “Return-to-Spring Edition” Equip with IT Quip! Learn IT through IT Quip! Equip yourself with IT knowledge ‹‹ Gift your loved ones with IT Quip! ‹‹ Know more about your city businesses. ‹‹ Advertize through our magazine which reaches thousands through our business network. ‹‹ ‹‹ W elcome to another edition of IT Quip! The spring season has begun and all the effulgence has shown up bundled with its onset. We take delight in calling this edition “Return-toSpring Edition”. We thank our authors for providing wonderful content to our readers! We, at IT Quip team, learn as we compile and share our magazine with you. We trust you liked last month’s articles. love, hopefully! This month, let’s learn some more IT terms, a section in our magazine to promote IT Repertoire grasp! We will look into Steve Jobs’ life, the part that we may not be aware of. And we will endeavor to delve more into IT, the print media way. Let’s tune up our knowledge with the happenings of 21st century! Please feel free to give us your ideas, suggestions and feedback. We look forward to your responses. If you want a section or a page included for a topic that you like or wish to learn about, please share about it with us. Shoot us an email at: to let us know Your write-ups and articles are most how you enjoyed the articles that welcome! were in IT Quip in the last couple of Best of spring times! editions. Warm Regards, We try to share IT articles that you will IT Quip Team “IT Quip’’ your monthly IT Knowledge magazine endeavors to promote computer knowledge, commonly speaking. On a more formal and advanced level, IT Quip promotes and encourages all of today’s geeks and geeks-to-be to learn and enhance the IT skills of their choice! Please send us your topic choices and suggestions and we will be happy to consider likewise! Enjoy IT Quip over coffee, on your weekend trip or anywhere. Share it with your loved ones! IT Quip Spring Edition


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Social Media Management: Save Time, Learn More, and Reach More! platforms one may use and different social media accounts one may have for both personal and business use. To deal with this in your busy life, you may want to consider a social media management system as a way to get the most out of social media and use your time most effectively. Hootsuite. com is one social media management system that I believe can help with this. The free version of hootsuite allows 4 social media platforms to be used, and you can have 10 free twitter hashtag streams. So when you want to make a post, you can choose which social media accounts to send from and which social media platform to send to, and thereby eliminating the need to post in each stream individually. I Stephen Garvey Social media can be quite daunting and time consuming due to the number of different social media use hootsuite to search twitter streams for relevant information and news, and to share in posts in different social media platforms. The image below will give you an idea as to what I am talking about. Happy managing your social media! IT Quip Spring Edition 3


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S Facts You Didn’t Know About Steve Jobs and Apple teve Jobs cofounded Apple Computers in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985 from the company, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way he helped to transform seven industries: personal computing, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, retail stores, and digital publishing. He thus belongs in the pantheon of America’s great innovators, along with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Walt Disney. None of these men was a saint, but long after their personalities are forgotten, history will remember how they applied imagination to technology and business. Here are some facts about Steve not commonly known. 1. When asked why he had named his company Apple, he said: “Because it came before Atari in of the advertising budget away the phone book.” Jobs worked for from Apple 2 over to the Mac. Atari before starting Apple and Sculley disagreed. He argued he also said that he likes apples that price had no bearing into and that they had to come up Macintosh’s poor sales, but rather with a name by 5 o’clock that day. the unimpressive software it ran. 2. Why was he fired from his own Sculley took the matter to the company? Everyone knows that Apple’s Board of Directors which in 1985 Steve Jobs was fired from sided with the former Pepsi CEO, Apple. Some might even know thus firing Jobs. that it had to do with a fallout 3. “I’d rather sell dog shit than between Steve and John Sculley, PCs.” In the mid 90s, with NEXT Apple’s CEO at the time, but few sinking after failing at coming know exactly in what consisted up with a successful computer, the disagreement. Well, Steve Steve Jobs faced the discouraging Jobs wanted to drop the price prospect of having to sell the of the then underperforming software they had developed. Macintosh and shift large portion “But Steve,” a friend told him, 4 “why don’t you just sell PCs?” Steve replied: “I’d rather sell dogs’ shit than PCs.” 4. Before starting Apple, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built and sold digital blue boxes, a $100 equipment that could hack telephone systems and allowed them make calls to any number in the world. One of their first calls they made using the blue box was to the Vatican with Wozniak pretending to be Henry Kissinger, they asked to talk to the pope. Without success. 5. Steve Jobs calls one of the mysteries of life how his friend and Apple’s Co-founder Steve IT Quip Spring Edition


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Wozniak never built a floating point BASIC for the Apple II, despite Jobs having begged him for several weeks to do it. As a result of Wozniak’s refusal, Job reached out to Microsoft to license Bill Gates’ BASIC. 6. In the early 80s, Steve Jobs visited Adobe Systems. Impressed with their technology, Jobs made an offer to Adobe Cofounder Charles Geschke to buy the company and integrate it into Apple. Geschke refused it. Apple and Adobe had a very good professional relationaship until Apple of Steve, by the end of the first decade of 21st century, decide to rid their very commercially successful mobile devices of Adobe’s Flash. 7. The movie “Anywhere But Here” starring Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon was dedicated to him and was based on a book written by his sister Mona Simpson. The story is about a mother and daughter who are searching for success in Beverly Hills. Anywhere But Here is dedicated to “my brother Steve.” 8. He took LSD in his younger days and had no regrets. In a book interview, Jobs called his experience with the drug “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.” As Jobs himself has suggested, LSD may have contributed to the “think different” approach that still puts Apple’s designs a head above the competition. 9. Steve Jobs kept his salary at $1 since 1997, the year he became Apple’s lead executive. Of his salary, Jobs joked in 2007: “I get 50 cents a year for showing up, and the other 50 cents is based on my performance.” 10. Jobs dropped out of college. After graduating from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California he went on to study at Reed College. He only took one semester of classes before dropping out. For the next 18 months, however, he continued to audit classes that interested him. Courtesy: IT Quip Spring Edition 5


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A New Trend in Cowtown - Structured Technical Documentation By Monique Dietvorst Technical Communicator at Aria Solutions The majority of Calgary’s Oil & Gas organizations do not use structured content, but when I left my c ons e r v at ive province, I noticed some striking differences in way source content is stored. With smaller industries, and smaller gaps between profit and bottom line, it is more important to conserve every dollar and be open to innovation. Back in Cowtown, Alberta’s Oil and Gas industry has millions of pages in pdf paper format, which are stored away in Iron Mountain filing cabinets. Even the process of digitizing the legacy content seems daunting. Obviously, the mounds of pdf are not machine friendly, and certainly not machine search friendly. It is very difficult for anyone to find what they are looking for. Even if someone has a scanned pdf, it is often a “flattened” document. That is, the text is a picture and it is not possible to copy and paste the plain text, or search through the text with a search engine. These PDFs are difficult to read on a small mobile device etc., since the screen shrinks the outdated PDF technology. It is not possible to automate the re-formatting of these pdfs, or reuse this source content. We cannot automate this source content to multiple outputs (such content that is suitable for smart phone, google 10 glass, or smaller computer screens) at the drop of the hat. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could somehow automate source content to any output quickly, and reuse the same source content for online manuals, ebooks, online html, or custom pdfs? Nowadays, people are using smaller and smaller portable devices. It seems that sometime in the near future, we will need auto-formatted content for smart wrist-watches, augmented reality glasses such as google glass, and smart televisions. Also, how do we prepare source content for quick language translation? Machines (such as a Google translate) can quickly translate small segmented pieces of content, but we need to have the source content in some machine friendly, recognizable format, which helps the computer learn and record for language recognition. The only realistic solution to these technology problems is DITA (Darwin Information Type Architecture.) Welcome to DITA and structured content, which I learned about in Silicon Valley. DITA allows me to tag up all sorts of source material, as plain text, xml-DITA. The rich semantics and strictly enforced structured of the source content allows machine reading of the rules and regulation. For the humans, the tags are self-evident, as it was developed by IBM specifically for technical writers and technical documentation needs. DITA is a flavor of XML, and uses self-event tags (such as paragraph, unordered lists, etc..) to markup all the content. The tags fit together in a rigid structure, and authoring programs such as oXygen or structured Framemaker employee easy dropdown menus to choose the correct tag per nesting, to ensure proper enforcement of the structure every time. This way, you can be sure you are following along with the right structure, and Formatting Object processors will be able to read the entire structure. You can use the DITA open tool kit (IBMs open source ANT based FO) to quickly format the plain text into any output that can be programmed. This allows automatic creation of PDF, online html, ebooks, mobile sites, or anything with the same DITA XML building blocks. DITA is also a realistic solution for automatic language translation; machine translation is the secret behind the quick translation of Google, Oracle, Microsoft, etc., all of whom need to translate very quickly. Usually, if a human manually-translates text documents, it is a very long process. It is not just the translation process that is time-consuming, but all the lengthy process of manually reformatting for each language. Different languages take up different amounts of space on the page. For example, German uses many compound words, and it takes up double the space as English. French and Spanish takes up about 60 percent more space as English. So we must consider how much time a person spends reformatting the text to fit on the page. With the advent of computer auto-formatting of structured content, a computer can instantaneously process where to break up the paragraphs, how to space the lists, etc… With each new language, it saves thousands (or millions) of dollars of manual labour to have machine friendly content. IT Quip Spring Edition


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