Midterms have come and passed, and I have nearly completed two projects for my information technology course. The first project was the hand-tagged HTML webpage. As I mentioned in my last blog, I had a lot of fun being able to use my creativity for this assignment. The exactness of HTML was also something that really appealed to me. Others may become frustrated searching for the one character that is out of place and throwing their entire page off, but to me it was really more of a scavenger hunt…at least to a point! The next project due in our course is a Power Point presentation on Unix. I will have to admit, Unix was not at all as scary as I thought it would be, and saying words like “VPN” and “server” and actually having some idea of what they mean when I say them has been quite a novel experience. While I would not say that I am ‘fluent’ with Unix, I definitely have a greater understanding of it now and could likely muddle my way through if I was required to in my future career. Certainly, it has not been all fun and games. Apparently the server that houses our websites was set up in an abnormal way, so some of our Unix commands were not working properly, mainly the ls and grep commands that were attempting to search within an empty directory. Working through these problems has been frustrating at times, but I have still enjoyed the experience overall. Perhaps I have missed my calling as a tech person!
While finishing up the Unix presentation, we have also begun working on a group usability study. In order to ensure good group dynamics, Dr. Bonnici recommended that we take the Myers-Briggs personality test here in order to learn more about ourselves and how we interact with others. I have taken a couple of these personality tests before, but it is always good to refresh on exactly what combination of four letters you are. I got INTJ, which stands for Introverted (9%) Intuitive (41%) Thinking (6%) and Judging (25%). I agree with this result for the most part, at least as it relates to my intellectual experiences and my professional relationships – although it seems that INTJs are a little more maverick in the work place than I would consider myself. Where the description seemed less accurate to me was in the sections on personal relationships, where I think I tend towards Feeling rather than Thinking. I think that my result of INTJ bodes well for working within a group as I will work tirelessly to make sure that we are organized, with a well-thought out plan for executing our study efficiently.