Archives for October 2014

Why do engineers confuse Halloween and Christmas?

This puzzle/joke has exploded this year.  I have seen it on Twitter, Facebook and many blogs.  Could it mean that engineering is really catching hold in Social Media circles?  I hope so! The answer:  Because Oct 31 = Dec 25 or octal (base 8) 31 = decimal (base 10) 25 It is a mathematical equation for number systems in base 8 and base 10.  We are most familiar with base 10 or decimal because we use it all the time. The penny, dime, dollar or 1, 10, 100 system.  Octal is not used very often, but it is built on the same principle where 8 is the base.  We use 8 digits (0-7) in octal, just like we use 10 digits (0-9) in decimal. Here's the conversion: 25 decimal is  8x3 (24) plus 1 or octal 31.  It takes a little practice but once you get it - you'll always have it - just like riding a bike. Here's a link to a converter! Need help?  Have a good math puzzle?  Leave a comment or … [Read more...]

Do women like technology?

Of course they do!  Why don't more women work in technology?  It's complicated. As a women engineer (electrical), I ponder this question quite often. I just finished reading an article "Women Engineers Trace Tech Gender Gap to Childhood" that has some good points.  Being the oldest sister of three brothers and the mother of two daughters (one is an engineer), I have a theory based on my many hours of observation. First, engineering and technical studies are designed for concentration not discussion. As a child, learning the laws of physics requires trial and error and lots of concentration. Especially with girls, it is important to discuss what is happening and why.  My girls never spent much time throwing a ball. In contrast, my brothers spent hours pitching a baseball to each other.  They pitched just about every day, whatever the weather.  They did this mostly without … [Read more...]

LAN Systems CEO Among Finalists for WIT Women of the Year

October 8 – Women in Technology (WIT) yesterday announced the nine finalists for its 2014 WIT Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Mary Hester, CEO, was selected as one of the top three nominees in the Small/Emerging Organization category. Mary Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. LAN Systems is dedicated to providing business technology that makes businesses more competitive and solutions that work for people. Mary brings extensive experience managing a support and service group renowned for its “Best in the Industry” rating and standards. She is an expert in customer loyalty and retention. She has designed and delivered numerous training courses and workshops on a variety of topics. Mary is an Electrical Engineer that believes her greatest strength is her ability to connect with people and understand their unique … [Read more...]