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Gotta love the library

I just have to say real quick that my local library is going to save my life for this class I am taking.

I am writing my first paper on Electronic Health Documents, a huge Information Systems change that is ongoing in the health industry, and one that Obama is pushing hard to get nationalized, one of the few ideas he has supported that I agree with him on.  (I threw in that little dig because my lovely wife suggested the topic based on the fact that EHD’s are currently in the news because he — Ooops, better capitalized that…..  there we go, don’t want to offend the messiah’s followers —  because He is pushing them, but I digress…)

Unfortunately, information on the health industry tends to be hard to come by, especially info that has been published in the last six months, which is a requirement for all of our sources.

The library though, is subscribed to a large, let me repeat, Large number of journals. In the last hour of searching I have already found several articles from different journals that are going to be lovely sources for this first paper. Most of the journals I have found charge fees for individual articles online that are high enough that I can’t imagine the cost of a subscription, but I don’t have to.

Support your local library!! You never know when they are going to be supporting you!

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What have I gotten myself into?

After several years of harassment by my wife and my mom, I finally gave in and enrolled in a Master’s Degree course in Information Technology.  I have a BS in Electrical Engineering, so I figured it would be a pretty straightforward path to take, since I have absolutely zero interest in a Master’s in Engineering.

My first class starts today.  It’s all online through a program with the Florida Institute of Technology.  Everything I have found shows they are quite legit.

I signed in to the website this morning and started perusing the syllabus.  Oh man.

Weekly papers, 2-3 pages in length.  Right now they are all labeled the same, “Write about information technology in work and life.”  I am hoping they get narrowed down a little bit as the course goes along.

I think the course is 7 or 8 weeks long.  That’s a lot of writing.  I hate writing.  I don’t know what I thought this program was going to be like, but I can tell ya right now, it’s gonna suck.

Pray for me.  I’m gonna need it.


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