Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Dimitri Pollard – Student

Dimitri is a graduate and scholarship winner from Hillview College. He topped CAPE in Information Technology this year (2015). I am glad to see young people excelling in education. I asked him to take part in 20 questions and here are his responses. As a side note this is the 20th 20 Questions and I hope you are liking reading these. Spread some positivity by sharing this blog post, it will be greatly appreciated.

How would you define a techie?

I would describe a techie as someone who loves everything electronic and especially loves keeping up with the latest gadgets.

How has tech improved your life?

I have reached the point where I can’t survive without electricity because everything I do uses technology and especially the internet. If I can’t get wifi then I slowly die. Unless I have a good book.

How can technology be used to improve the education system?

Children in this age need to be technologically proficient or at least adequate. Also, the ‘wealth of data at your fingertips’ thing makes all assignments and research projects so much easier than our parents had it. Can you imagine convincing a reluctant child to do a research project if they have to read books to research it? Not to mention online learning is just all round more convenient although going completely online reduces human interaction which is a bigger problem than people think.

Who is your favorite tech YouTuber?

I don’t have one. I suppose I’m a faux techie. I youtube things when I want to know something. That usually leads to a random binge of tech videos but the whole experience happens once in a blue moon and certainly isn’t based on the person making the videos.

What advice would you give to students in IT?

If you’re doing IT, or any subject for that matter, you have to love it. Not all of it, but most. It makes learning it fun and not a chore. I suppose a more specific piece of advice would be don’t think you know everything just because you’re doing IT. Always gonna be someone better than you in something.

Tell us anything about yourself

It may come as a shock to some but just because I love computer science and reading and gaming doesn’t mean that I don’t love a variety of sports. Especially archery, swimming and badminton.

Most prized gadget you own?

My most prized gadget is still my laptop. Although I have a tablet and a smart phone and my laptop sucks, it still is more important to me than the others.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza. Like is this even a question really 😛

What is your favorite tech brand?

Don’t have one. God you must be cringing in horror. To me, the performance matters more than the name. For example my current smart phone is a POSH (didn’t hear about it till I won it in a competition) and my previous one is a samsung galaxy. The POSH works way better and they are around the same price. Then again, I noticed samsung phones that aren’t ridiculously expensive, generally suck.

What question would you ask the creators of Instagram?

No question. I would congratulate them on creating something perfectly tailored for the vanity of this generation and its obsessive need to keep everyone, and I mean everyone, up to date on every second. I would then rebuke them for the same thing.

What sports teams do you support?

Please, I like to play sports, doesn’t mean I watch it… I’m complicated what can I say?

Divide 30 by half and add ten. What do you get?

Sneaky… the wording lends itself to either getting 25 or 70. I like 7 so I’ll go with 70.

What do you wish there was an app for?

I wish there was an app for scanning your house to find the best place to put your router so that signal loss is reduced. To be honest I think it exists already but it’s so important there should be multiple.

Describe how the internet works?

Magic. Jk but I thought these were short answer questions. It’s basically a worldwide system of connected networks. Like the network of networks. It has an extensive range of information, resources and services.

What tech event would you like to attend?

Anything with robotics or artificial intelligence.

What keeps you motivated?

My dream is to find a job in computer science that I love so that I can make money and not get bored.

How would you invest a million dollars?

Probably as miserly as possible. I don’t know, maybe an important, promising design that can change the world for the better if it’s available at an affordable rate to all. My investment would be to get it working and then subsidize the cost.

What future technology interests you?

Robotics and Artificial intelligence….dejavu

Steve Jobs or Bill Gates and why?

Um neither? Don’t have a heart attack… When it comes down to it I prefer Bill Gates because Microsoft made a lot of what Steve Jobs did, possible. But I don’t like the precedent they set where people drop out of school and become rich and successful. I hear people my age saying it all the time and I just want to hit them. Like, they were brilliant and probably prodigies and you suck and need education more than ever. I most likely will never be as important as Bill or Steve and I’m not going to just get as important as them by squandering my education which is a gift.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Do you really call yourself a techie? Like honestly? I’m just a dude who likes computers and electronics. I call myself Dimitri. * No this wasn’t me being difficult, I genuinely wonder if everyone who loves tech call themselves techies. I would never, but to each his own right*

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