Infographic: Beginner’s Guide to The Hobbit

I just got The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as a gift and I wondered how someone who knows nothing watches this movie.  Then I found this.

This infographic is here to help you sort out the differences in the inhabitants of Middle Earth, both large and small. It was posted on Yahoo! Movies and it’s there to give moviegoers who are unfamiliar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s work a sort of visual guide to the characters they’ll encounter in the films. In the Lord of the Rings films and The Hobbit, elves (Elrond once again being played by Hugo Weaving in The Hobbit) are, besides humans, the tallest of Middle Earth’s races and they’re also immortal and never sleep.

For more fun info on Middle Earth and its people have a look at the infographic below and have a great day! [Via]


Why it Sucks to be the IT Guy

No one likes to be pre-defined! Even before meeting an IT person, people assume they "get" them.  Shows like The IT Crowd lead to misconceptions about information technology.

There are many jobs IT workers specialize in. Of course no one person can do all of these things well, but often they are expected to be a Security Expert, Systems Administrator, Webmaster, Programmer and even Help desk. Too much to be effective.

Here are a few examples of what we thought customers or co-workers think of us and sometimes what we think of them.  All in good humor.



VPNs on the Rise

In the day and age where advancements to technology (specifically the Internet) are happening at such a high pace, it’s sometimes easy to feel like you’ve been left in the dust. Among all the new phones, tablets and even TVs that are seemingly coming out every month, the position of being completely technologically current is less and less stable. Some things are more permanent than others, though, while still advancing quickly; things like methods of connecting.

Today’s infographic is brought to you by and it explains the many helpful uses of having a VPN (or Virtual Private Network) on your connection. Let’s say you’re taking a vacation in a foreign country, one whose Internet restrictions don’t allow access to the same sites that you would normally go to. With a VPN you would be able to use an American or British IP so that you can still upload all of those fun vacation videos on the go. They even allow you to secure your browsing in public WiFi hotspots.

For more information on VPNs and their uses refer to the infographic below.