Well that was unexpected…

We’re having a job shadow day here in the office on the 8th and they asked for volunteers from the groups if they had the time (high school kids follow you around to see what you do). I thought it might be fun so I told them I’d do it, since IT tends to not have much representation in such things. The other teams have at most 3 kids shadowing them for the day (most only have 1 or 2) – i just got my list and I have 11. I had no idea that IT was going to be that popular. This is going to be interesting…

So I have these kids for the entire morning in which I provide an introduction to IT. I’m then supposed to give them something fun to do. What activities in IT would you have high school juniors and seniors do if you were trying to interest them in IT? I’m still coming up with ideas but would love to hear what you guys have.

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Tech sidenote

If you’ve got a screen flicker that looks similar to a Gaussian blur but you’re on an LCD monitor, chances are you’ve got yourself a ground loop. The easy way to find this out is to do a search on Google for “flickering LCD monitor.” The Noah way is with a multimeter and an hour of time that I could have spent doing other things *facepalm*.

It should also be noted if you get a low frequency buzz or whine out of your headphones when you’re connected to your computer’s audio jack this would be caused by the same thing.

You fix this by having your monitor and computer plugged into different power outlets or by removing the ground plug off one of the devices.

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