Alex Entrekin

We Second That Emotion

February 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare | Tags: , , ,

Our technological devices are an extension of us. The apps we download, the music we store, our contacts, our photos – they all create an image of who we are as individuals. Our computers, laptops, smartphones, all the way down to the cases we choose, say something about the type of person we are. There is a huge emotional component when it comes to the various technologies we interact with on a daily basis. As familiar and comfortable as we have become with technology, sometimes it fails us and it feels good to get angry. We’ve all been there – a system freezes, something’s working a bit slower than we’d like, or we enter the wrong passcode, and we have to wait to access what we need.

Instead of taking a deep breath and realizing everything will be OK, I’ve been known to react like a child having a tantrum. “It’s not working – I hate ALL technology!”  This is known as tech rage.

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Alex Entrekin

Is it cloudy out? The puntiful work of CloudShare and other observations

February 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare | Tags: , , , ,

Having been “the new girl” at CloudShare for an entire week now, I figure it’s time to share my thoughts, observations, and more.

First, a little about me – I’ve never worked at a startup or a tech company.  I come from an advising and student services background, specifically for an MBA program.  I come from a land of dress codes, red tape, limited funds, and very little room for thinking outside the box, or in the cloud.

So, at this point you’re probably wondering, why am I here?  My work in advising led me to pursue my MA in Media, Culture, and Communication, because I’m interested in the role media plays in shaping our perceptions on gender, race, and identity.  As you all know, technology is a major contributor to media proliferation, so I found myself regularly taking courses on how technology affects society. Read the rest of this entry »

Alex Entrekin

Bringing Techie Back

February 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare | Tags: , , ,

Dave Winer, former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, recently wrote this column about the widespread proliferation of “techie” as cool, which is leading to fewer and fewer actual techies, aka programmers, being featured at tech conferences. Instead, the charismatic VC or social entrepreneur is nabbing the limelight at events that were once dedicated to well, the true techie. Read the rest of this entry »

Alex Entrekin

Work less, play more?

September 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare | Tags: ,

“Chris, relax!” is something I hear a lot.  On my honeymoon these past two weeks, it is not a big surprise that relaxing has been a challenge.  After all, I am writing a blog post right now, with 4 days left on the trip.

I was not aware how bad my anti-relaxation disorder was until I got a full sense of how unrelaxed we are in the US period and how I’m the least relaxed person I know in the least relaxed country in the world.  What is going on?
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