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  • Explain PM -> App Devel -> Sys Arch -> Engineer | Integrator Multiple functions at a given time
  • INP – Cease and Desist
  • Why *NIX focus: There smaller number of talent Perception of MS Windows platform: Easy. Until there is a problem
  • Taught to believe in working for 1 “good” company (e.g. IBM) and retire. The company will take care of you, if you are a good worker Personality: I dive in “deep”. Corporations began to change: “reorganization” (layoff) was announced with great fanfare. Benefits burden began to shift to employees Consultant: Because the scope is narrow, gain better sense of accomplishment
  • Facebook and Twitter are fads: Underlying IT is the same as others. Also sociologist and social network. User interface. Also reference cloud computing.
  • In the beginning, I took on the social definition of success. However, at some point when I was making a lot, I felt an accomplishment, but not success. Once money became ample, I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with it. Once the physical difficulties began to be addressed, it also eased mental issues. Relieve the stress of wants: e.g. condo for Mother
  • The graphic on the right is from a website describing corporate culture. But this can be used to demonstrate the larger cultural structure.
  • Cultural cookbook – Koreans are suppose to be overachievers Issues: Love: In Korea, bathrooms, faucets were not accessible. In the US, although accessible, family habit continued.
  • Schools in S. Korea – Program: no bus, special arrangement, bathroom, accessibility Special Education in the U.S.: Received awards and in Honor Soc. But the accolades not so meaningful in the real world Needed physics course: Bus’ed to Whitney Young HS Current mainstream trend is financially driven: Cause teacher distress and potentially more student prejudice
  • Manage: heavy bleeding and deep suicidal depression must be resolved Transform: attitude about drugs. Instead of moral, I would ask is it healthy? Motivation: For example – Making money: Instead of running away from fears, I move toward a goal Success and Failure has a connotation of finality Successful = completion of smaller goal/direction Failure = setback Ideals Extremes: refer to the “manage” discussion
  • Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt: Polios? 1921, Pres. 1933–1945 Stephen Hawking: ALS diag at 21, physicist, cosmology, black hole, soap opera life Hawking was asked about his IQ in a 2004 newspaper interview, and replied, "I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers." John Hockenberry: A four-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Peabody Award winner, Hockenberry has worked in media since 1980. Check Booknotes re: Israeli police, Moshe. Daniel Tammet: Asperger's syndrome, memory – PI to 22k digits, language skill Max Cleland: U.S. Senator. From 1996 to 2002 Stephen Wiltshire: mute and autistic. architectural artist Forrest Gump: Diag unknown, owner of successful shrimp company.
  • Father: allowed more flexibility, bought me a car
  • Examples: Richard and restaurant host Physically lower than others
  • Opportunity: respect, withold judgment, conditioned to see me in equal terms
  • Just because the I am entitled, that does not mean the society has to act. Offer of assistance and hesitation by others Use the meeting room example
  • Embed “Due Date” clip Popularity contest Gossip Sex: externally detested, internally desired Sprinkler system – MS Access database for workorders and invoice First Home: Foreclosed condo – Debbie worked on the bank person
  • Use the Chinese, Japanese and current Korean portrayal and jokes Hop Sing of Bonanza, dry cleaning biz owner, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan
  • Condo for my mother
  • Cruises: Bridge tour
  • My it professional life and disability

    1. 1. IT Profession … and disability
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Yong Kim </li></ul><ul><li>Why Am I Here? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pat made me do it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Professional – 23 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share Personal … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>experience as an IT professional, with disability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>lifestyle issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>philosophy for managing and coping </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. DISCLAIMER!!! <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Anecdotal </li></ul><ul><li>Opinionated </li></ul><ul><li>Experimental </li></ul><ul><li>Uncomfortable </li></ul><ul><li>Provide insight </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully useful </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Use for the graphics and video clips </li></ul>
    4. 4. Personal - Summary <ul><li>Disability – Affect of Polio </li></ul><ul><li>49 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalized Citizen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Migrated from South Korea 11yo (1971) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary: Neighborhood school in S. Korea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary: Burbank (CPS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School: Spalding (CPS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Northeastern Illinois University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Illinois Institute of Technology, BSEE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>IT Professional – 24 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consulting most of career </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Married: 24 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wife: K-3 Special Ed teacher at CPS 26+ years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both drive – vans with lift, adaptive equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Home – Living independently </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Venice, Greek Islands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kenya </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Pacific Islands, Bahamas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S.: Hawaii, Alaska, San Diego, Disney World, Los Angelos, NYC, ... </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Disability <ul><li>According to my wife: A real “mental” case </li></ul><ul><li>Polio during infancy </li></ul><ul><li>Post Polio Syndrome </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Progressive with aging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of muscle mass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fatigue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple surgeries: spinal fusion and 3 emergencies </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic discomfort – nausea due to adhesion </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic pain – sciatica </li></ul><ul><li>Light Post Trauma Stress Disorder (and depression maybe) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Resume <ul><li>Roles/Titles (*NIX Focus) </li></ul><ul><li>System Architect </li></ul><ul><li>Security Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>*NIX System Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Application Integrator </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Programmer </li></ul><ul><li>Project Manager </li></ul>
    7. 7. Resume <ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Ameritech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bill Master – Telephone bill delivery via floppies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extended Classroom - K12 BBS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Business Exchange – B2B in Automotive Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IBM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Page Creator – Template based web site creator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrion Financial Svcs. - First generation online banking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AC Nielsen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Category Business Partner – Grocery market data analysis product </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ABN AMRO and Bank of America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Continuity – Disaster Recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Name Space Protection – Prevention and take down fake domain sites and protect trademark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT Security monitoring, analysis and remediation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOXA Audit and Remediation (Policy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization migration and decommission – applications and systems when company is acquired </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Misc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FOG: PC and Servers Disk imaging </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SQUID: Forward Internet proxy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SAMBA: Linux file server </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RT: Help Desk Ticketing system </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Resume <ul><li>Technical Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux – Redhat, Fedora, CentOS, MS Windows (Active Directory) Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source Integration and Packaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*NIX tools for troubleshooting and monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System Performance tuning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solaris 8 and AIX 5.4, HP UX </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intrusion detection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Malware analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Penetration testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System Hardening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firewall rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SSL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programming and Scripting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perl, PHP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C/C++ Programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database and SQL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data conversion and normalization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet related infrastructure technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DNS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HTTP(S), FTP, XML, … </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Resume <ul><li>Clients </li></ul><ul><li>Ameritech* (1988 – 1994, 1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Motorola (1994 – 1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Monsanto (1996 - 1997) </li></ul><ul><li>IBM (1997 - 2000) </li></ul><ul><li>AC Nielsen (2001 - 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>ABN Amro (2004 - 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Bank Of America (2008 - 2010) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Career <ul><li>Change in corporate climate in the ’80s (and ongoing) </li></ul><ul><li>Routine “reorganization” </li></ul><ul><li>Stagnant technology </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation not in your control </li></ul><ul><li>Slightly better benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of “Family” </li></ul><ul><li>Lower “reorganization” impact </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to various technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent Job change = “OK” </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to various corp cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation depends on market </li></ul><ul><li>Lousy benefit </li></ul><ul><li>“ Drifter” </li></ul>Employee Consultant Why Consulting?
    11. 11. Career <ul><li>My First Real (i.e. Paying) Job </li></ul>
    12. 12. Career <ul><li>Is more than a sequence of similar jobs (employment) </li></ul><ul><li>Owner of a business </li></ul><ul><li>External subject matter expert </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speakers (motivational) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Futurist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User Interface </li></ul></ul>There is more than one way to make a living. Be creative.
    13. 13. Career <ul><li>My choice of IT </li></ul><ul><li>More flexible career option for my condition </li></ul><ul><li>I was a lousy Electrical Engineering student </li></ul>
    14. 14. Career <ul><li>Traditional Approach: Employment </li></ul><ul><li>(FT or Contract) </li></ul><ul><li>Sell the Fad </li></ul><ul><li>Learn (and retain) the fundamentals </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the value of Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Think “Brochure” rather than “Resume” </li></ul>
    15. 15. Career <ul><li>Why make money? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the beginning, to prove myself (money = measure of success) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How much? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Objective: freedom to live my life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ease physical difficulties (e.g. home mods) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relieve points of stress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable vacations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retirement </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not balance checkbook </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Challenges <ul><li>Asian </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shame and Embarrassment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Western </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tolerated, with discomfort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helpful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sympathetic </li></ul></ul>Cultural Attitude re: Disability
    17. 17. Challenges <ul><li>Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fears and Anxiety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Failure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Judgment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unknown </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of confidence in ability to accomplish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embarrassment of Disability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love = Dependency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fears </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Motivator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignorance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use cultural “cookbook” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persistence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Belief in ability to accomplish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By indoctrination </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love = Feeling of Security </li></ul></ul>Source: Family Mental Baseline
    18. 18. Challenges <ul><li>Schools in S. Korea </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No special education program at the time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No socialization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic (Rote system) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special Education in the U.S. (better) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal requirement; less concern about education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teach minimal and not excellence (no expectation) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protected environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lacks exposure to the larger culture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Little or no concern about competition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current mainstream trend is financially driven </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My Higher Education Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Northeastern Illinois University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dean’s List: Moved from Top to Bottom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illinois Institute of Technology, BSEE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disaster </li></ul></ul></ul>Education
    19. 19. Solutions <ul><li>Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the difference between Possibility and Probability </li></ul><ul><li>Define Success and Failure at a personal level </li></ul><ul><li>Ideals = Default position; not cast in stone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never go to extreme </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Life Framework of Forward Motion </li></ul><ul><li>“ Manage” Issues vs “Resolve” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some things must be resolved but many can be managed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transform rather than Change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change may happen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace negative ones with positive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Control things within my control </li></ul>
    20. 20. Possibility <ul><li>Q: Does my disability stop me from achievement? </li></ul><ul><li>A: No. It’s my “thinking” that stops me. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>My Main Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Disability </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrant </li></ul>
    22. 22. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>Father with encouraging indoctrination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gave me personal time that my siblings did not have </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents “different” enough to migrate in their mid-life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A tough move and I was one of the considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attitude: Deeply religious but changed religion often </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Various points of view </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes atypical within the Korean standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents brought me to the U.S. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S.: More advanced attitude on the subject of disability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to view the old and new culture as a 3 rd person </li></ul></ul>Positive Family Influence
    23. 23. Attitude and Philosophy Social Value Chart Shared values Family, Friends Me Social Norm Negative attitude toward disability
    24. 24. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>Ideal vs Reality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal: I should be treated as a equal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reality: Everyone has bias, many discriminate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal is the direction and Reality is the road that I am on </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is Equality: What should be equal? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity: I entitled to it as a human being </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The world owes me nothing </li></ul></ul></ul>Equality
    25. 25. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>Be gracious </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out a way to even out the field. Don't wait for someone else to do it </li></ul>World Owes Me Nothing
    26. 26. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>External </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the things that I can push this culture to accept or tolerate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the things that the culture is susceptible to or appreciate? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the values that I can embrace? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the values that I contribute? </li></ul></ul>Leverage The Culture
    27. 27. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>When I embrace a value, I adapt it. </li></ul>Leverage The Culture Problem Cultural Solution My adaptation
    28. 28. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>Study other discriminations </li></ul><ul><li>Yes – a lot of work to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of trying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even if not “Twice as good”, I am still above average </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;...I don't have to be faster than the bear, I only have to be faster than you.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The extra edge provides value that people appreciate </li></ul></ul>Be Twice As Good
    29. 29. Attitude and Philosophy <ul><li>Recognize </li></ul><ul><li>Portrayal </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning of cultural humor </li></ul><ul><li>Power of humor </li></ul>Humor
    30. 30. Career <ul><li>What do all these things get me? </li></ul><ul><li>Above average skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Credentials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Soft skill (Very, Very, … Important) </li></ul><ul><li>Real higher probability of “success” </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Independence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More balanced life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lower stress </li></ul></ul>
    31. 31. Home <ul><li>Front picture </li></ul>
    32. 32. Home <ul><li>Kitchen </li></ul>
    33. 33. Home <ul><li>Bathroom </li></ul>
    34. 34. Home <ul><li>Closet </li></ul>
    35. 35. Travel