A little about myself.
I am an IT technician, participate in many projects, some HTML work, and reading a lot. I also contribute articles to IT magazines about Open Source Software as a core member of Japan Apache Users Group. I've been in computer related fields from 1978. starting in college, nuclear physics major, I had to take a class in FORTRAN and that was it, I was hooked on the machines. I started working first as an application programmar at a system development
company. Then moved on to a system integration company, and specializing in data communication, small & mid size systems. I run a small intranet at home, a router, Windows Servers, Windows Desktops and CentOS Linux . The Linux runs DNS, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and POP3 making it nice for software testing and development.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Speed reading for IT tech

I read Sydney Sheldon’s biography who is a famous best seller writer in America. When he was young, he was a digest writer for movie producer. The movie producers in Hollywood have to read a ton of books, novels and scripts of plays and others. But they are too busy to read them all. Then they hire digest writers to make them read easier. For example, digest writer sum up 500 pages novel in 5 pages.

This seems very important for IT tech. IT field is changing very quickly, and many new products and solutions are developed, announced and published almost every month. But we have no time to study or find out all of them. If you tried to do so, you couldn't have time with your family, increased stress, finally you could burn out.

You usually need general information, not detail information. The important thing is you learn them quickly. That mean you must have “speed reading” because you can not hire digest writer. And almost all new technologies are published in English at first, so you'd better read them in English.

In my case, I attend an IT conferences in America once a year. I usually buy a book I am interested in at a book corner there, and I try to read it all on the flight to Japan without dictionary. I pick up words very quick rather than read them. This is my way of speed reading.

I hear American college has a speed reading class. I believe Japan need it too.

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