System Alert: Hacker Found Hacking

Hacking, which is more commonly used in context of “Computer Hacking”, is defined as the practice of altering the features of a system to accomplish a goal which is not in the scope of the purpose of its creation, while “hacker” was the term used to denote a skilled programmer who had competency in machine code and operating systems.

Almost all organizations nowadays hire their own IT personnel who are in charge of solving unsatisfactory problems and often interpret competitors’ code to work as the company’s intelligence agents. But some hackers are mere lurkers who perform hacking due to the following reasons:

ryuzaki hacker1. Theft of service;
2. Valuable files;
3. Vengeance and hatred;
4. Thrill and excitement; and
5. Sake of knowledge and experimentation

Organizations will always have their own weakest points, but it does not necessarily give people, hackers in particular, the freedom and right to just access their system without any permission for it is an absolute case of privacy invasion. Yes, it is the organizations’ responsibility to take proper steps to improve and maintain their security but that is not an appropriate excuse for unauthorized persons to have freedom in hacking the organizations’ systems.

Today’s notion about hacking may give a negative impression to IT people since they are inevitably interconnected to it. But this is not always the case since it has been numerously proven that people who do the hacking have actually some positive contributions to the maintenance of an organization’s system security. To say whether hacking is ethical or unethical? Well it all boils down and depends on the hacker itself.

Inauspicious or Not?

decision-making softwareHave we mechanized and computerized ourselves into total obsolescence?

Are we in danger of losing the “race against the machine”?

Do “smart machines” threaten us with “long-term misery”?

Have we reached “the end of labor”?

These are just few of the thousand questions that paint our minds every time we encounter the words information technology, decision-making, labor force, etc. But will increasing decision-making by software really diminish the demand for college-educated workers?

Well, if we consider the short run productivity, labor-saving technological changes might necessarily displace workers performing certain tasks. However, over the long run, it will generate new products and services that can raise national income and increase the overall demand for labor.

In my own point of view however, no matter how immense these software can aid people in decision-making, the presence of adverse effects are still inevitable. I think their fast emergence can somehow diminish the manpower and labor force in the society thus, reducing the demand for college-educated workers.

Since there is already the availability of these new types of software, poses a threat to newly graduates because organization will hire talented, expert and skilled people with knowledge in information technology. With the aid of information technology works in the offices are now automated and there is a lesser need for organization to hire.

So as for me, the existence of decision-making software does not reduce the quantity of jobs, but rather degrading the quality of jobs for a significant subset of workers. Demand for highly educated workers who excel in abstract tasks is booming, but the middle of the labor market, where the routine task-intensive jobs lie, is dropping.

In the end, people still decides whether these changes are impelling or not.

High-Speed Connections on the Go

The rapid development in technology – Information Technology in particular – is considered one giant leap for mankind for it has brought great progress to society. Because of high-speed broadband connection, we may witness the world undergoing changes which we are not used to in the present.

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What are these possible changes?

1. In the field of business, technology is evolving many of its aspects and creating new opportunities for different industries. It allows workforce to work more flexibly from home, or another office which can lead to increased productivity, greater employee satisfaction, reduced travel, and can save money in the long term.

2. As for school-related matters, instructors and students may no longer be required to literally attend school since they can now have real time video chat on the internet and do classes lecture without having the need to see each other personally.

3. For shopping aficionados, if at some point they don’t feel like going outside and doing shopping at malls, they can just purchase online at any moment and have their orders delivered instantly in front of their houses. Same is through with online sellers where they don’t have to establish a physical store but instead have their products sold through online shops.

4. In terms of social media, video enthusiasts will now enjoy watching their favorite movies online thus, making movie houses unnecessary. People can endlessly watch live streaming videos of their most-watched drama series continuously and without any internet “lag”.

Despite their evident usefulness, these changes may however have downsides in different aspects of man’s life. But it is all up to the user on how he would use such high-speed broadband connection excellently and effectively.

OSS and its Unstoppable Booming

The creation of computers, mobile phones, internet and interactive software have caused the world to become more globalized and more accessible – in case of information – imagesto the general public. As with any type of advancement, the standards of all technologies have been raised to cater our shifting needs for information and data processing. Open Source Software is merely one of these advancements. As the IT industry expands, Open Source Software becomes more extensive. It is as defined, a computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.

Almost majority of the entire population who have access to computers doesn’t have the idea that some of the software they are using are free. Some of these software I’m talking about are Wikipedia, Mozilla Firefox, WordPress, Ubuntu, MySQL and a lot more. This benefits the users because over time, programs can be changed to fix bugs and ultimately evolve the original version into a better end-product. Along with low-cost and being network friendly, OSS provides the opportunity to customize software to satisfy people’s needs. And since it is a given fact that OSS can be freely modified, it is an advantage for most or all of the programmers who can easily manipulate and develop the codes which will continue to exist even when the original author or company that created it fails or collapses.

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Though at some point it can be considered an intriguing issue in terms of privacy and incompatibility to different “platforms”, I still believe that Open Source System will never be dissolved in the future but will continue to boom and proliferate for it brings so much benefits and advantages for all its users.

Are There Any Differences?

The advent of technology have favorably and, in some way, detrimentally changed our outlooks in life.
Such cliche expression, but admittedly a faultless bull’s eye.

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Looking at the bigger picture, can we really say that a gadget be distinguished from a helpful device?

Just because it’s a gadget, doesn’t mean it’s already an obstructive device. It all depends on how an individual user perceives and takes in its entire facets. Say for example our laptops and smart phones. Nowadays, technological companies are actively producing lots of devices with different features and designs from its software and pleasurable applications to its user friendly attributes. Indeed, these devices are of big help to humans.

On the contrary, gadgets could be destructive if not used well. There was a time – I was in first year college, I guess – when after the opening exercises, my group of friends decided to spend the rest of the day at the mall for unwinding purposes, before our hell-like classes officially start. I never had fun, for the undivided attention albert-einstein-fear-technology-surpass-human-interaction-generation-idiots I thought I’d get from them turns out to be an all-techie moment. For an entire hour we were seated next to each other but they are busy fiddling with their own gadgets just because there’s a wifi connection. Since I can’t still be considered as a “cool kid” – given that I held no gadgets like theirs – during that time, I did nothing but stare at them. Poor me. This is also associated with studying and group events where various electronic devices eat the time allotted for the accomplishment of these activities. In situations like these, I see gadget as a counterproductive device.

For all these cases, I would like to mark out that there’s no concrete distinction between a gadget and a helpful device, because the former can both be helpful and useless at the same time. It all depends on whether one would use it wisely or nonsensically.

A Sneak Peek Into the Future

Far beyond everybody’s knowledge, the future unveils more than what we could really imagine. We must be aware that at some point each of us should embrace the possible pros and cons of what technology usurping human’s ability could bring us. And speaking of which, if I could visualize my own “factory of the future”, I want something that is efficiently beneficial and convenient to both my consumers and suppliers.

Since I have a thing for books, movies, music, and coffee, combining all these would be a perfect indulgence for someone who wants to loosen up from the tension brought by reality. This is why I would love to envision a futuristic bookstore where one can find all these luxurious necessity at once.borders-book-store This could be a similar concept to the Borders Bookstore in the US but with a little twist, it could bring so much enhancement and difference. With the help of IT, people in charge of database encoding and accounting need not enter data into information systems. Instead, for every purchase of the customers, – may it be a book, a movie or music album, or even a cup of coffee – once the item is scanned, it will automatically send a notice that will be transmitted into a database encrypting every detail related to the product. It also includes the direct encoding of payments and collections made by every customer. Hence, the need to hire an accountant would now be redundant.

RFID-TagIn the case of suppliers, they would be easily informed about the inventory and stock of goods. Installed in every product is an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) that will monitor its quantity and will directly transmit data to the suppliers whenever it is purchased by a customer for an immediate delivery. Any of these would be FAR from impossibility, only with the help of Information Technology.

Disclaimer: Everything stated above is a mere idea of the blogger. Any concept similarly owned by anybody is coincidental.

Strategic Information System: Leverage or Weakness?

Information technology can change the way businesses compete. SIS precisely, has been proven to be a useful tool on the overall development of different firms – strengthen the solidarity of employees, hasten the increase in profit, and opening new ideas that could expand the range of their operations in the long run. Larger companies are usually the ones who get hold more of these benefits since they are those who can afford more of this system. As an effect, companies are able to highly satisfy the needs and wants of their costumers in a more convenient way.

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On the other hand, how could these innovations affect other businesses and firms especially the smaller ones that lack the ability to build such programs for their companies? It is true that weaker industries are more incompetent when it comes to these issues and may even lead to the demise of their enterprises. But this is how global market works. Every running business must think of a way to make its operational processes substantially more efficient, and its managerial processes much more effective. Otherwise, they would regrettably be left behind.

Bigger firms indeed have the edge over smaller companies, but does it mean that the latter could no longer change the status quo? Yes, it is in some ways unfair for slow-improving companies. It may be a difficult job for them to deliberately compete but they must not easily accept defeat. Instead, they must take these as a challenge on their part to strategize more and make room for improvements. We must take into account that this a new world we’re living in. Everyday people compete for a praiseworthy spot in the market. And it is in the part of these companies to deal with these problems and take into action their approaches for advancement.