The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

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Computer Geek 1 Running head: COMPUTER GEEK The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth University of Alaska, Anchorage English A111 Instructor Jill Widdicombe
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Computer Geek 2 E-Commerce (business and trade conducted online) has changed the way that we do business and communicate. The use of computer networks and the Internet allow people to do business without having to leave the confines of their home. People can both work and shop from home, and have the goods that they have purchased shipped directly to them, all with just a few clicks of a mouse. These developments mean that there is a new niche in the food chain of business, a niche that is tailor made for the younger generations (Gen-X and Why?), and for computer professionals in particular. The fact is that today’s jobs are becoming increasingly technical, and in many cases mobile, combined with the adoption of the Internet and computer networks as the major means of information access and communication, has changed the nature of business. E-commerce has been touted as America’s “New Economy”, and gives those who have prepared for the age of information technology a very real edge over those that have not. For many people, e-mail has replaced snail mail (the traditional U.S. postal service), and the proliferation of laptop computers and Internet capable PDA’s (pocket digital assistants; for example, the Palm Pilot) along with cellular phones, has made
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Computer Geek 3 e-mail and e-commerce convenient even for those on the move. In many cases people have begun to telecommute instead of working in a traditional office environment. Lisa Shaw, in her book entitled Telecommute! defined telecommuting as “…an off- site work arrangement that permits employees to work in or near their homes for all or part of the work week. Thus they ‘commute’ to work by telephone and other telecommunications equipment rather than by car or transit” (p. 6, par. 2). Equipped with a laptop computer, modem, and a cellular phone, a person can telecommute from wherever a person’s travels may take him or her, be it a cafe, the airport, or even the beach. Many businesses are now encouraging their employees to telecommute. Telecommuting saves the business office space, money on utilities, in some cases even savings on equipment. It has also been shown that workers who telecommute have higher morale as well as being more productive, even though some managers grouse that they can’t manage employees who aren’t technically “at work”. The ability to work from home has also made it easy for anyone with a computer, Internet
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