Give Back to IT Community (Help)

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Julio C. Delgado Jr. (DJ), Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Guys,

    I want to start giving back to the IT Community, and start helping
    out. I would appreciate if you guys could answer some of the below
    questions.

    1. How do you guys read your newsgroup subscriptions? Software or
    Via Web? List which do you use.

    2. Which web portals do you recommend to use to read/respond to posts
    & blogs during lunch/break at work? (At work I cant access newsgroups
    or blogs via a program or nntp)

    3. What program do you guys use for managing your blog subscriptions?
    Software or Via Web? List which do you use.

    4. How do you keep track of all the messages you've posted or replied
    too, this way you can follow-up on it, in case someone responds?

    5. Do you guys provide your email address in your posts? If you do,
    how do you handle protecting yourself from spam? If you dont, how
    does anyone ever get a hold of you, if needed?

    6. Out of curiosity, what email provider do you use, and what program
    do you use to read your emails?

    7. What do I need to do to make sure I get credit for giving back to
    the community, this way I can work my way up to an MVP?

    8. How else can I become part of the IT community and start giving
    back and networking? Any Ideas?

    I appreciate you taking your time to respond to my posts, and I plan
    to begin giving back to the IT community, and hope we can become
    friends.

    - Julio (DJ)
     
    Julio C. Delgado Jr. (DJ), Dec 18, 2006
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  2. Welcome Julio. Here are my answers to your questions:

    1.) I use NewsHound (http://shorelinesoftware.com/). I like this
    newsreader because it integrates with Outlook seamlessly. It creates a
    Newsgroup folder in my personal folder with subfolders of the individual
    newsgroups I subscribe to.

    2.) Again I use Outlook 2007. With the integrated newsreader and RSS
    feeds, I am up to date on all the information I subscribe to in one
    interface.

    3.) Once again, RSS feeds in Outlook 2007. This is getting easy!

    4.) With Outlook 2007, and NewsHound integration; I can flag my threads
    I leave replies to. That way I can see if someone replies to the thread.
    Also using NewsHound within Outlook, I can use custom views and sort the
    messages according to conversations. That way the new conversations and
    replies get placed to the top.

    5.) I have my email address available for everyone. I use a SPAM filter
    in Outlook and all the SPAM goes in there. I have not had an incident or
    increased SPAM by providing my email address in newsgroups (yet!). I
    find it allows people to contact me directly if they want to talk
    "offline".

    6.) My ISP is BellSouth. And I obviously use Outlook 2007 :)

    7.) That is a tricky question. The way I understand it, you are awarded
    the status of MVP (i.e. you have to be nominated). The MVPs of this
    community (Montreal MCT) could provide better info on that.

    8.) This is a start. Newsgroups. Providing accurate and helpful
    solutions in a patient, understanding manner. Remember you are here to
    help, AND LEARN. I learn more than I have ever provided help.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor



    "Julio C. Delgado Jr. (DJ)" <> wrote in
    message news::

    > Guys,
    >
    > I want to start giving back to the IT Community, and start helping
    > out. I would appreciate if you guys could answer some of the below
    > questions.
    >
    > 1. How do you guys read your newsgroup subscriptions? Software or
    > Via Web? List which do you use.
    >
    > 2. Which web portals do you recommend to use to read/respond to posts
    > & blogs during lunch/break at work? (At work I cant access newsgroups
    > or blogs via a program or nntp)
    >
    > 3. What program do you guys use for managing your blog subscriptions?
    > Software or Via Web? List which do you use.
    >
    > 4. How do you keep track of all the messages you've posted or replied
    > too, this way you can follow-up on it, in case someone responds?
    >
    > 5. Do you guys provide your email address in your posts? If you do,
    > how do you handle protecting yourself from spam? If you dont, how
    > does anyone ever get a hold of you, if needed?
    >
    > 6. Out of curiosity, what email provider do you use, and what program
    > do you use to read your emails?
    >
    > 7. What do I need to do to make sure I get credit for giving back to
    > the community, this way I can work my way up to an MVP?
    >
    > 8. How else can I become part of the IT community and start giving
    > back and networking? Any Ideas?
    >
    > I appreciate you taking your time to respond to my posts, and I plan
    > to begin giving back to the IT community, and hope we can become
    > friends.
    >
    > - Julio (DJ)
     
    Michael D. Alligood, Dec 18, 2006
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  3. Julio C. Delgado Jr. (DJ) wrote:
    > Guys,
    >
    > I want to start giving back to the IT Community, and start helping
    > out. I would appreciate if you guys could answer some of the below
    > questions.
    >
    > 1. How do you guys read your newsgroup subscriptions? Software or
    > Via Web? List which do you use.


    I use ThunderBird. I used to use Outlook Express but am gradually
    moving over to FireFox and Thunderbird completely.

    >
    > 2. Which web portals do you recommend to use to read/respond to posts
    > & blogs during lunch/break at work? (At work I cant access newsgroups
    > or blogs via a program or nntp)
    >
    > 3. What program do you guys use for managing your blog subscriptions?
    > Software or Via Web? List which do you use.


    I don't do newsgroups when not at home. Portable Thunderbird can work
    for this, I am told. For Blogs, I keep track of them in Gmail.

    >
    > 4. How do you keep track of all the messages you've posted or replied
    > too, this way you can follow-up on it, in case someone responds?


    Thunderbird helps with this. I also periodically search Google Groups
    to make sure I don't miss anything.

    >
    > 5. Do you guys provide your email address in your posts? If you do,
    > how do you handle protecting yourself from spam? If you dont, how
    > does anyone ever get a hold of you, if needed?


    I used to provide my main email on newsgroups. Spam percentage went up
    a LOT, so I have a dedicated box for it now. It is a hosted Gmail
    account and Google's spam filtering does wonders to it!

    >
    > 6. Out of curiosity, what email provider do you use, and what program
    > do you use to read your emails?


    Outlook 2007 and Gmail's own interface.

    >
    > 7. What do I need to do to make sure I get credit for giving back to
    > the community, this way I can work my way up to an MVP?


    No idea on MVP... The best credit might be simply being helpful to others.

    >
    > 8. How else can I become part of the IT community and start giving
    > back and networking? Any Ideas?


    I just signed up for the IEEE Computer Society. It seems to have a lot
    of training and books available. I'll post in a few weeks with more
    info on this.

    Learn to cross-post, not multi-post! :)

    >
    > I appreciate you taking your time to respond to my posts, and I plan
    > to begin giving back to the IT community, and hope we can become
    > friends.
    >
    > - Julio (DJ)
     
    Jonathan Roberts, Dec 18, 2006
    #3
  4. 1) outlook express on home pc
    2) i dont know what a web portal is per se
    3) i dont have a "blog subscription" lol
    4) when i see something stupid on here, i usually delete it or the whole
    thread and i usually just remember what i have gotten interested in and
    responded to
    5) I make my email address like it told me to in the MS Press book for
    newsgroups it should be fairly obvious what
    the real email address is if you look at this closely
    6) I use yahoo. I have an email forwarding service from my alma mater though
    that forwards to my yahoo account.... Go Purdue!
    7) Beats me. Do PC work for free around the neighborhood? I've not yet been
    interested in being an MVP. lol
    8) There's tons to do on the web and lots of ways to spend your time. I'm
    sure you can find what you're really interested in more than me.

    Good luck!
     
    Keith Chilton, Dec 18, 2006
    #4
  5. Julio C. Delgado Jr. (DJ)

    Montreal MCT Guest

    Sheesh, Michael is really putting pressure on me, ever since he learned I'm
    an MVP. Ok, here are my answers:

    1. I read my newsgroups in Windows Mail which is the next generation of
    Outlook Express. I read some forty channels across four newsgroups, all
    Microsoft (three private, and the microsoft.public groups)

    2. For the public newsgroups I would use
    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx.

    3. I read blogs via the web. I used to use an RSS Reader and just have not
    reinstalled one since going to Vista.

    4. I have stopped trying to keep track of what I posted. I see the threads
    with new messages and open them, and catch on pretty quick if I`ve
    participated or not. Frankly in the public forums it is nice to see
    `Thanks!` but honestly I usually only get follow-up questions, so when I
    have the time I read them.

    5. In pubilc newsgroups I occasionally provide my address if I really want
    to take a conversation private. Frankly if someone wants to reach me they
    can go to my blog and contact me there. Having said that I have earned my
    stars and say that with a bit of arrogance that you probably have not earned
    quite yet.

    6. I host my own Exchange server. I read my e-mail chiefly in Microsoft
    Outlook 2007, but when I am teaching or in another situation where I do not
    have my laptop open I revert to Outlook Web Access.

    7. If you are spending time giving back to the community with the intent of
    earning credit for it and being nominated an MVP, take up another hobby.
    What I do is very time-consuming and if I had started out with the intent of
    getting credit for it I can tell you that the rewards were not worth the
    effort. There are great advantages to being an MVP, but the thousands (yes,
    thousands) of hours I have spent over the past two years could have been
    better spent and enjoyed if I did it for the reward. Do it for the passion,
    and if you are serious and true (and not obviously gunning from the getgo
    for reward) we notice you and you will be nominated. That will not happen
    in 2006 or 2007 if you are starting now.

    8. Find a local user group and participate. Contribute to on-line forums.
    Write blog posts about relevant (and sometimes irrelevant) topics that will
    be useful and interesting to your peers. I started the Montreal IT
    Professionals Community two years ago because there was a void but honestly
    I would have been better served joining an existing group, and participating
    and attending seminars.

    Remember Julio that we all exist on a scale. A combination of our
    experience and expertise will eventually place you in the right place on
    that scale. Those on the lower end ask questions. Many of those questions
    will be... less informed. When you start rising on the scale your questions
    will start being more informed, and you will start answering but will still
    mostly ask. You rise on that scale by answering more questions
    intelligently. I am not saying that I do not ask questions - I do. But the
    questions I ask are much more advanced. The issue is the higher you are on
    the scale, the fewer people who can answer your questions. It also
    increases your likelihood of being noticed.

    Good luck!

    M

    --
    Montreal MCT
    MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCP
    President, Montreal IT Professionals Community (www.mitpro.ca)
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    Microsoft Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at:
    http://dnn.mitpro.ca/mitpro/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx


    "Julio C. Delgado Jr. (DJ)" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Guys,
    >
    > I want to start giving back to the IT Community, and start helping
    > out. I would appreciate if you guys could answer some of the below
    > questions.
    >
    > 1. How do you guys read your newsgroup subscriptions? Software or
    > Via Web? List which do you use.
    >
    > 2. Which web portals do you recommend to use to read/respond to posts
    > & blogs during lunch/break at work? (At work I cant access newsgroups
    > or blogs via a program or nntp)
    >
    > 3. What program do you guys use for managing your blog subscriptions?
    > Software or Via Web? List which do you use.
    >
    > 4. How do you keep track of all the messages you've posted or replied
    > too, this way you can follow-up on it, in case someone responds?
    >
    > 5. Do you guys provide your email address in your posts? If you do,
    > how do you handle protecting yourself from spam? If you dont, how
    > does anyone ever get a hold of you, if needed?
    >
    > 6. Out of curiosity, what email provider do you use, and what program
    > do you use to read your emails?
    >
    > 7. What do I need to do to make sure I get credit for giving back to
    > the community, this way I can work my way up to an MVP?
    >
    > 8. How else can I become part of the IT community and start giving
    > back and networking? Any Ideas?
    >
    > I appreciate you taking your time to respond to my posts, and I plan
    > to begin giving back to the IT community, and hope we can become
    > friends.
    >
    > - Julio (DJ)
     
    Montreal MCT, Dec 18, 2006
    #5
  6. It's only love and respect brother! Wow, $400 to get my MCT! A friend of
    mine who works at the local community college wants me to start teaching
    part time. I am reviewing the MCT agreement now. I might see if they
    will pay for the certification. When that happens, remember you said you
    would get your + certs! And well we have that MVP issue now! LoL.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor



    "Montreal MCT" <> wrote in message
    news::

    > Sheesh, Michael is really putting pressure on me, ever since he learned I'm
    > an MVP. Ok, here are my answers:
    >
    > 1. I read my newsgroups in Windows Mail which is the next generation of
    > Outlook Express. I read some forty channels across four newsgroups, all
    > Microsoft (three private, and the microsoft.public groups)
    >
    > 2. For the public newsgroups I would use
    > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx.
    >
    > 3. I read blogs via the web. I used to use an RSS Reader and just have not
    > reinstalled one since going to Vista.
    >
    > 4. I have stopped trying to keep track of what I posted. I see the threads
    > with new messages and open them, and catch on pretty quick if I`ve
    > participated or not. Frankly in the public forums it is nice to see
    > `Thanks!` but honestly I usually only get follow-up questions, so when I
    > have the time I read them.
    >
    > 5. In pubilc newsgroups I occasionally provide my address if I really want
    > to take a conversation private. Frankly if someone wants to reach me they
    > can go to my blog and contact me there. Having said that I have earned my
    > stars and say that with a bit of arrogance that you probably have not earned
    > quite yet.
    >
    > 6. I host my own Exchange server. I read my e-mail chiefly in Microsoft
    > Outlook 2007, but when I am teaching or in another situation where I do not
    > have my laptop open I revert to Outlook Web Access.
    >
    > 7. If you are spending time giving back to the community with the intent of
    > earning credit for it and being nominated an MVP, take up another hobby.
    > What I do is very time-consuming and if I had started out with the intent of
    > getting credit for it I can tell you that the rewards were not worth the
    > effort. There are great advantages to being an MVP, but the thousands (yes,
    > thousands) of hours I have spent over the past two years could have been
    > better spent and enjoyed if I did it for the reward. Do it for the passion,
    > and if you are serious and true (and not obviously gunning from the getgo
    > for reward) we notice you and you will be nominated. That will not happen
    > in 2006 or 2007 if you are starting now.
    >
    > 8. Find a local user group and participate. Contribute to on-line forums.
    > Write blog posts about relevant (and sometimes irrelevant) topics that will
    > be useful and interesting to your peers. I started the Montreal IT
    > Professionals Community two years ago because there was a void but honestly
    > I would have been better served joining an existing group, and participating
    > and attending seminars.
    >
    > Remember Julio that we all exist on a scale. A combination of our
    > experience and expertise will eventually place you in the right place on
    > that scale. Those on the lower end ask questions. Many of those questions
    > will be... less informed. When you start rising on the scale your questions
    > will start being more informed, and you will start answering but will still
    > mostly ask. You rise on that scale by answering more questions
    > intelligently. I am not saying that I do not ask questions - I do. But the
    > questions I ask are much more advanced. The issue is the higher you are on
    > the scale, the fewer people who can answer your questions. It also
    > increases your likelihood of being noticed.
    >
    > Good luck!
    >
    > M
    >
    > --
    > Montreal MCT
    > MCT, MCSA, MCDST, MCP
    > President, Montreal IT Professionals Community (www.mitpro.ca)
    > Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    > Microsoft Small Business Specialist
    > Visit my blog at:
    > http://dnn.mitpro.ca/mitpro/Blogs/tabid/59/BlogID/2/Default.aspx
    >
    >
    > "Julio C. Delgado Jr. (DJ)" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Guys,
    > >
    > > I want to start giving back to the IT Community, and start helping
    > > out. I would appreciate if you guys could answer some of the below
    > > questions.
    > >
    > > 1. How do you guys read your newsgroup subscriptions? Software or
    > > Via Web? List which do you use.
    > >
    > > 2. Which web portals do you recommend to use to read/respond to posts
    > > & blogs during lunch/break at work? (At work I cant access newsgroups
    > > or blogs via a program or nntp)
    > >
    > > 3. What program do you guys use for managing your blog subscriptions?
    > > Software or Via Web? List which do you use.
    > >
    > > 4. How do you keep track of all the messages you've posted or replied
    > > too, this way you can follow-up on it, in case someone responds?
    > >
    > > 5. Do you guys provide your email address in your posts? If you do,
    > > how do you handle protecting yourself from spam? If you dont, how
    > > does anyone ever get a hold of you, if needed?
    > >
    > > 6. Out of curiosity, what email provider do you use, and what program
    > > do you use to read your emails?
    > >
    > > 7. What do I need to do to make sure I get credit for giving back to
    > > the community, this way I can work my way up to an MVP?
    > >
    > > 8. How else can I become part of the IT community and start giving
    > > back and networking? Any Ideas?
    > >
    > > I appreciate you taking your time to respond to my posts, and I plan
    > > to begin giving back to the IT community, and hope we can become
    > > friends.
    > >
    > > - Julio (DJ)
     
    Michael D. Alligood, Dec 18, 2006
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