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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Tracy Hackshaw – CIO

How would you define a techie?

Someone who knows the difference between a MB and a Mb

You have to pull an all nighter, beverage and snack of choice?

Coke & Caramel Popcorn or Tobago Red Mango

The longest you’ve taken to troubleshoot a problem?

In tech – about a few hours; in life – a few years

You are in the airport and your flight is in 4 hours, what do you do to pass time?

Hour 1 – Clear Email (like I’m doing now)
Hour 2 – Listen to Google Play Music or watch a couple of Big Bang Theory episodes
Hour 3 & 1/2 – Put feet up and try to get some rest
Last 1/2 hour – Get to the Gate!

Describe a social problem that technology can solve?

Technology can’t solve anything on its own. Anyone who tells you or thinks that is severely misguided. It is an enabler, a facilitator, even a catalyst, for/in a more comprehensive solution. Having said that, those seeking to solve social problems should certainly examine the potential role of technology in developing a comprehensive solution.

Tell us anything strange about yourself.

I broke my left hand during childbirth, and now I can’t eat with a knife and fork the “proper” way or turn my left hand palm upwards

Name a role model and why?

My Mom. She taught me to never give up, no matter how bad a situation gets.

Favourite tech quotation?

Ok, Google.

Best movie you’ve seen and why?

Hard to say. It’s between maybe ET, The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I’d probably give the edge to Shawshank, because … well it’s $&#!@ Shawshank!

Advice you would give to other techies?

You become more valuable to both yourself and others if you mix your technical knowledge with any of the social sciences. Engage in some postgraduate learning in the areas of Economics, Business, Sociology and Psychology, for example.

Autohide taskbar or always show?

I use a Chromebook. Autohide baby.

Mouse clicks or keyboard shortcuts?

Keyboard shortcuts

Most prized gadget you own?

Chromebook Pixel

What question would you ask Elon Musk?

How long until we are able to travel via teleportation?

How much dirt is there in a hole that is 3 ft deep, and 6 inches
in diameter?

None. The dirt is outside the hole.

List five characteristics of a good website

I only use one – can I find the information I’m looking for, on any device, within a few seconds?

Define innovation

This is possibly the world’s most overused, abused and least properly used term. It has lost its meaning and therefore it’s original purpose becoming a catch-all for solving any business or economic problem that we don’t appear to want to take the time to thoroughly understand. I won’t even bother to try to define it again. I’ll leave that to the so-called “experts”.

What do you wish there was an app for?

Navigating LIFE

What city in the world would you locate your tech startup?

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

What question would you ask the next techie?

What are YOU doing to improve the environment in which you live and work?

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