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Are You LinkedIn? LinkedIn Profile Picture (or not)
By Dave Brown This has come up at networking meetings several times. Some peo‐
Adjunct Instructor ECC ple say that you should post your picture on LinkedIn and others say
that you shouldn't. Both have valid reasons beyond the scope of this
How to Join LinkedIn article. Making your profile personal vs. avoiding discrimination are
Go to LinkedIn and find the “Join LinkedIn Today” box. You the usual reasons. To post your picture on your profile or not is up to
will need a valid email address that's not used by any other you and you need to be comfortable with your decision.
LinkedIn account. Your email address is used as your User‐ It doesn't have to be an all or nothing choice though. I propose a
name when you sign in. compromise, make your profile photo visible only to your Connec‐
Enter your first and last name, email address, and desired tions and disable it from your Public Profile. That way your friends
password and select “Join Now.” and associates will relate your face to your name. People that you
“Your account has been created” will be displayed. Enter do not know will not see your profile photo unless you want to add
your Country, Postal Code, current employment them to your network. That's better than not letting anyone see
status, Company name, Title (from list), and Industry your profile photo and avoids discrimination or privacy issues.
(from list) and select “Save Now.” You can use a basic There are two things you need to configure in LinkedIn to use this
job title to start with and edit it later. Your Title will method:
display under your name at the top of your Profile and Under "Profile" > "Edit My Profile" > "Edit Photo," select My pro‐
is called a “Professional Headline” by LinkedIn. You file photo is visible to ... "My Connections" and then select
can use it to highlight your personal brand. "Save Settings."
“Confirm your Email Address” will be displayed. Check Under "Profile" > "Edit Public Profile Settings," select "Full View"
your email for a message from “LinkedIn Email Confir‐ and uncheck "Picture" if it is checked. Select the items that you
mation” and follow the directions to confirm your would like to be visible in your Public Profile and then select
email address before you can edit your account. "Save Changes." Everything that you select will be visible to
When you sign in to your account, LinkedIn will prompt anyone, including your Connections, but only your Connections
you to “Build your network.” I recommend that you will see your profile photo.
start building your Profile first so that your Contacts Consider this method for controlling access to your picture like
will recognize you when they receive your Invitation. meeting someone in person for the first time, that's when they see
Ideas to Ponder:
Forget everything you’ve learned
about problem solving
The majority of projects are based on When your energy is focused on your need to make it right? is the focus
previous experiences or even copies of strength… question to guide the constructive ac‐
jobs already done. We usually look for ….it creates a vortex effect of attracting tion.
and find what was not done right and the very results you desire to obtain.
What is more energizing and powerful
what resources we need to fix the prob‐ This effect also means that strength‐
than concentrating on the true, the
lems encountered. Besides technical focused people generate the energy
good, the possible, and the better? It is
issues this also includes unsolved inter‐ needed to achieve desired results with
far easier to achieve results when your
personal and interdepartmental ten‐ less effort than would normally needed
attention is focused on managing en‐
sions, solutions that worked briefly but for a positive outcome.
ergy rather than managing facts.
caused more problems further down
the road, and problems ’solved’ through The answer lies in ‘Appreciative In‐ Where is your energy being focused?
placing of blame. quiry’ (IA). IA turns the problem‐
A parable to the point:
A powerful approach in avoiding the solving habits upside down. Instead of
above problem is suggested by Kurt and trying to find the problems find the A Seneca elder sitting with his grand‐
Patricia Wright, the owners of “Clear positive aspects of the task, ask: What children tells them: In every life there is
Purpose” (www.clearpurpose .com). do I know is already right? It is the terrible fight – a fight between wolves.
They suggest follow the energy; the en‐ agenda‐setting question. It automati‐ One pack is evil: They are fear, anger,
ergy of your focus: cally eliminates the concern: Where am greed, arrogance, selfpity, resentment,
I at risk? and deceit. The other pack is good, repre
When your energy is focused on your senting: joy, serenity, humility, confi
weakness… The other questions are: What is it that dence, generosity, truth, gentleness, and
makes it right? (It is the insight pro‐ compassion.
….it creates a vortex effect engulfing the
ducing question that produces energy). A child asks: Grandfather, which pack
very consequences you want to protect
yourself against. This is even true if you And asking: What would be ideally will win?
think you can fix those weaknesses so right? produces the vision and asking: The elder looks him in the eye and says:
they will no longer be a source of con‐ what is not yet quite right? the moti‐ The one you feed.
cern. vating question. What resources do I
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Backing Up Your Hard Drive
By Josh Biggs
excerpt from: www.howstuffworks.com
Personal computers are perhaps the an external hard drive. We'll get to
most significant invention of the 20th those in the next section.
century. Nearly every industry relies Both of these applications give you
on them. Even trades such as con‐ the option of setting up a schedule to
struction and deep sea fishing utilize perform backups. This allows you to
computers to improve efficiency. But back up data regularly should you
personal computers can also be frus‐ forget. What's more, these applica‐
trating. If you use one long enough,
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your computer. be able to retrieve it even if you do
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To make backing up your hard drive next section, we'll explore some de‐
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as a useful application. Once you Options
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ard and decide what exactly you wish are readily available at your local
to back up. If your computer's hard retail store and can be found at vari‐
drive is split into separate drives or ous Web sites online. Most of these
partitioned, you can chose to copy drives connect to your desktop or
back to the original drive. This should laptop computer through the univer‐
safely store your data and be retriev‐ sal serial bus (USB) port on your ma‐
able should your hard drive crash ‐‐ chine. Installation is usually a matter
though if you have corrupted data, of plugging them in and letting your
this option may not be as helpful. operating system discover them.
Macintosh computers with Mac OS Many of them come with third‐party
10.5 or later have a similar applica‐ software to help you back them up.
tion called Time Machine. This appli‐ Once installed, you can access your
cation allows you to back up data and external hard drive much the same
set up a profile that will allow you to
save it on the machine or export it to (Continued on page 6)
Backing Up Your Hard Drive
(Continued from page 5)
way you would access your internal drive or
another device connected to the computer.
Backing up your data is as simple as clicking
and dragging those files you wish to back up
into the external drive. This is perhaps the
best solution for backing up your hard drive.
Your data is safe on the external hard drive
should your computer crash.
A second option, one which is gathering
more popularity, is cloud storage, backing
data up online to a virtual location. There
are lots of cloud storage sites on the Web;
many offer a few gigabytes of storage for
free but require you to pay for more space.
Many of these sites boast security measures
aimed to protect your vital information such
as Social Security, bank and credit account
numbers. Still, anytime you put information
on the Web, you should do so with caution.
Information on the Web, no matter how
secure, is susceptible to hackers and secu‐
If you want, you can back up your hard drive
on CDs, DVDs or on a flash drive. CDs have a
relatively small amount of storage space
and are better for smaller data backups.
DVDs can handle about seven times more
information than CDs. Most CDs and DVDs
are designed to be used once and can't be
rewritten, though you can buy discs that can
be erased and reburned when you back up
your computer again. Flash drives, in com‐
parison, can handle a few gigabytes of infor‐
mation and can be rewritten the same way
you would with a regular hard drive. The
downside is that larger flash drives can be
costly, which makes backing up an entire
hard drive an expensive proposition. If you
use removable media, you can lock your
backups in a fire safe or safety deposit box ‐
‐ which you can't do with cloud storage and
you may be less likely to do with an external
If your hard drive crashes, chances are good
that you will lose some data. But taking a
proactive stance by backing up your hard
drive will limit the damage. It's better to
lose a few files than a whole life's worth of
work and information.
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A Certified Control Systems Technician CAP Associate Recognition Program
(CCST) Program The ISA CAP Associate program is a recognition program for
Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Program offers third students graduating from a four year technical degree program
party recognition of technicians’ knowledge and skills in automa‐ who are interested in working in the field of automation.
tion and control. Being a CCST can help gain respect from man‐ The following questions were taken from the CAP® examination
agement and peers, advance career and earn credibility. question item bank and serve as examples of the question type
The following question comes from the CCST study guide: and question content found on the CAP Associate examination.
CCST question: CAP Associate question:
1) One of the most important considerations of the installation 1) Which symbol represents a capillary tubing line on a P&ID?
of an electromagnetic flowmeter is:
A. the Reynolds Number of the fluid
B. the use of a straightening vane
C. bonding the flowmeter to the piping
D. observing the correct polarity
2) Control valves that have a plug positioned by a stem, which
slides through a packing gland, are often referred to as __.
A. rotary motion control valves
B. linear stem motion control valves 2) Which of the following instruments would typically require
C. ball control valves only a discrete I/O Interface to a PLC System?
D. motorized control valves A. Alarm Beacon Lamp
3) Butterfly valves are _____. B. Thermocouple
A. rotary motion control valves C. Pressure Transmitter
B. linear stem motion control valves D. Variable Speed Drive
C. ball control valves 3) What MUST be present for a PI Loop to produce an output?
D. motorized control valves A. Control Valve
CCST answer: B. Error
1) The correct answer is C. D. Bias
The principle behind magnetic flowmeters is Faraday's Law.
4) What is the purpose of Uninterruptible Voltage Source
When a conductor (the fluid in the pipe) moves at right an‐
gles to a magnetic field, a voltage difference is induced in the
A. Protection against short duration outages
conductor that is proportional to the conductor's velocity.
B. Provision of power system backup
Bonding is the electrical connection of the piping system,
C. Provision of battery based redundancy
which includes the flowmeter electronics, to keep them at
D. Protection against equipment failure
their designed potential. If proper bonding does not happen,
stray voltage in the fluid can affect and alter the measure‐ 5) Cause and effect diagrams and control charts would be
ment by causing a current to take an incorrect path to ground MOST useful during which troubleshooting activity?
or elsewhere. Bonding helps prevent this. A. Problem definition
B. Problem analysis
Wafer‐style flowmeters establish a magnetic field across the
C. Proposed solutions
entire cross‐section of a pipe from outside the pipe. This design
D. Testing proposed solutions
allows the magnetic field to be evenly exposed to flow condi‐
tions at all points in the pipe cross section. CAP Associate answer:
Insertion‐style flowmeters, use sensors inserted into the pipe to 1) The correct answer is D.
generate the magnetic field. Electrodes in the sensors detect the 2) The correct answer is A.
voltage across the liquid which is used to determine the
flowrate. 3) The correct answer is B.
2) The correct answer is B. 4) The correct answer is A.
3) The correct answer is A. 5) The correct answer is B.
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