Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Samantha McLean – Tech YouTuber

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Samantha McLean – Tech YouTuber

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How would you define a techie?

Being a techie for me means being interested in technology, a little more than the average Joe/Jane. It goes beyond just fascination and entails application as well. So for me I love the technology that surrounds mobile software and how one can push the limits of their smart devices and other things of that nature. So you will see me modding and customizing my phone in ways that the average Joe/Jane would not. Being a techie is all about what is new and what is next, whatever genre you may fall in.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

Well I am from the beautiful island of Jamaica, I’ve been in the Tech industry all my adult life. It’s kind of a family business so that’s kind of how I got started. However that was mostly computer related, it wasn’t till I fell in love with Android that my obsession for mobile software modding began.

How has tech improved your life?

I have become more knowledgeable in many things. I started off just messing about with my phones but now it has become a passion as well as my main source of income.

How did you become a tech YouTuber?

I became a “tech youtuber” at the start of 2016. Ever since I got into Android and the whole ecosystem I would watch a lot of youtube videos from Marques Brownlee and Max Lee. I remember when I got my first Nexus device I was so giddy about filming the unboxing but that didn’t work out very well. So when I got my Nexus 6P I made sure to get a camera and film my process of unboxing, setting it up and unlocking the bootloader. I wanted to share my experience with my device with others and maybe help someone who may be looking for help or guidance.

What is it like being a tech YouTuber in Jamaica?

Well for me only my close friends know that I do YouTube so it’s neither here nor there for me. However I do face a lot of challenges when it comes to not living in the US. Firstly getting packages are a pain when we have to go through customs and duties. Even if I get a free item I would always have to pay a lot to receive it, often times I pay more than the value of the item. Secondly various shows, conferences or events are not available here, so there is a lack of experience and exposure where that is concerned.

What tech channels are you subscribed to?

A lot!! A few of them are of course MKBHD, Kevin the tech ninja, Max Lee, Casey Neistat, SuperSaf TV and Fury Pixel.

Canon or Nikon?

I really can’t judge, I only have a Nikon because that’s all I could afford at the time. I have heard that Canon does better videos though so I always wanted to get a Canon DSLR.

How do you go about learning a new technology?

Mostly from the web. Google normally supplies me with what’s new in my feed, or if something new comes out I’ll read it on twitter or see it on YouTube.

What question would you ask yourself and how would you answer it?

What is your favourite non-tech thing to do? My answer: lay in bed and watch tv, if I could get paid to do that I’d quit my day job for sure!!

What computer tool do witches use the most?

That’s a funny one. Spell checker.

What tech would you like to own?

Tough one. Off the top of my head I’ll say a drone. I have been really fascinated by them (perhaps too much Casey Neistat videos).

Would you choose a million dollars or a year with @MKBHD?

I think I’d chose a year with MKBHD. Pretty sure if I spent a year with that guy I’d be making millions by the end of it or at least have the ability to.

The best advice you have received?

Those that matters don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.

Dancehall or reggae?

Dancehall

What sports teams do you support?

Whatever Jamaica is doing then I will support them. [so team Jamaica 🙂 ]

How do you deal with disappointments?

I try not to dwell on them for too long and look for ways I can improve for next time or find another angle to achieve what I want.

What tech event would you like to attend?

CES, seeing all the newest and greatest in tech from various manufacturer would be a dream.

What future technology interests you?

Self-driving cars. I know they are here already but when they become more commercialised and common that the average Joe/Jane can afford one with ease is something I’ll be looking forward to.

If you had to start a tech company what would you call it and why?

Well I’m not good with making up names and all that. I’d probably go with my alias “DaKoin” reason being I always want to link my name when I’m doing something, to throw my identity out there especially when it is something good.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Which tech person would you love to have dinner with and why?

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Julie Sundar – Software Architect

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Julie Sundar – Software Architect

How would you define a techie?

A techie is a person who has technical expertise in computer technology and who enjoys spending a huge amount of time diving into new tech trends by both researching and implementations.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

My name is Julie Sundar, a Software Architect currently working in the ICT field for about 2 years. My passion and goal is to improve the ICT sector in Suriname and to encourage more females to join the ICT sector. I am a programmer, system integrator and software architect with primary focus on the new trends such as IoT (internet of things), augmented/virtual reality and AI (artificial intelligence). I love hackathons and IT challenges and after completely failing on my first one I kind of got the hang of it and started winning a few : 2015 It-Core Hackomation 1st place winner, 2015 WWF Fishackathon Paramaribo 2nd place, 2016 Telesur IT-Core Hackathon 1st place winner.

How has tech improved your life?

Tech has improved my life in multiple ways. Mostly being able to use my skills to train others from kids at the age of 8 Robotic Engineering and Architecture to University students on how to develop IoT products. My passion for tech has allowed me, within just a 2 year period, to select my career path, accomplish many hackathons, and train and inspire a lot of students in the ICT sector.

How can technology be used to improve Suriname?

I believe that by starting with the young ones, training, exposing and getting them involved in the ICT sector, this will improve Suriname in the future. We will be setting up the building blocks of the nation by training the youth as they will become our next generation of leaders.

What do you say to someone who is considering a degree in Computer Science?

From my own experience, I do not have a degree in Computer Science but I was able to accomplish a great amount due to my dedication towards learning more in the ICT field. I am not saying that you should not get a degree but passion and dedication in doing what you love can take you as far or even further than just a degree.

What technical websites do you follow?

None (unless google is considered tech-website)

How do you go about learning a new technology?

By continually keeping up to date with new trends I actually do a lot of researching and study the architecture of that technology. Then deep dive into it. I do many testings and implementation getting first hand experience of what will work and what will not based on where I’m trying to implement this tech.

Tell us something about Suriname that we might not know.

Our IT community is growing stronger rapidly because we have organisations like IT-Core constantly that keep pushing new types of events, training and challenges for the ICT sector.

What is harder to catch the faster you run?

BREATH

The best advice you have received?

Don’t forget who you are and “Stay Confident”

What tech would you like to own?

The latest generation Atlas Humanoid Robot

What would you do with a 1 Gbps home internet connection?

Research and download plenty of movies … TV shows.

What would you build with a Raspberry Pi?

I have already built quite a few products centered around the Raspberry Pi

1. Smart medical aiding kit diagnostic lab in a box
2. Gear tracking and monitoring system
3. Track for security device

What sports teams do you support?

Barcelona Football Team

How do you deal with disappointments?

I deal both negatively and positively with disappointments. Negatively in the sense that I am quite competitive and it gets me pretty depressed when disappointed. Positively in the sense that when disappointed I see it as a challenge to work harder and to do better the next time.

What tech event would you like to attend?

AREX (Asian Robotics Exhibition) 2017

How would you invest a million dollars?

I would first build myself a lab and set up an IOT and Robotics training center in Suriname for students.

What future technology interests you?

Humanoid robots living among humans

Which tech company would be your dream company to work for?

My own!

What question would you ask the next techie?

What do you do when your internet connection is down?

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Bitz Leon – Software Developer

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Bitz Leon – Software Developer

How would you define a techie?

As the name suggests, anyone who is interested in technology- may it be hardware or software.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

I will call myself Bitz Leon- as it is the name I have always gone by. I am from Trinidad and I have had an interest in tech since I was 6, only getting into any kind of development at the age of 12. Went to DeVry University and graduated with a BSc in Computer Information Systems and Systems Security.

How has tech improved your life?

To me, that feels like asking a person “how has breathing improved your life?”. Tech is so inherently a part of my life that I cannot define myself without saying that tech is a part of my life in the most inclusive ways.

How can technology be used to improve Trinidad and Tobago?

So many government run systems would benefit from modernization and computerization. For example, most consumer facing facets such as Public Transport and Public Utilities and Health Care would benefit from being modernized. Also- education. Though, some schools have been taking the initiative to actually have an online presence beyond a mundane web portal.

How did you end up studying and living in US?

Studying abroad was always my goal after Form 6. I had no interest in going to UWI to get a standard education by UWI’s standards. (This was around the time when I was helping my step-dad with his Access Database Project for his Masters). Plus- I knew the job market would be much larger in the US. Affording myself a chance to work here gave me a chance to improve my standard of living.

Do you think a country should tax online shopping?

Yes- though the % Trinidad’s government settled on is absurdly high.

Is CES becoming too mundane?

It’s becoming less about something “new” and more so about innovating the same old products. It’s a consumer based show- and consumers are predisposed to getting the shinier newer version of what they already have. So, by nature, that is what everyone will try to showcase. So, in short- yes. But only because it is what it is.

What question would you ask yourself and how would you answer it?

What do you want to learn next? AngularJS and App Development. It’s been on my mind but I can’t find some time.

What has keys but no locks, space but no room and you can enter but you can’t go in side?

Keyboard? Though technically a keyboard has (caps)locks…

What tech would you like to own?

I really want to build a tower PC- but I really have nowhere to put it and no time to use it.

Would you choose a million dollars or a year with Bill Gates?

Bill himself isn’t front facing anymore. Not much I can learn from him, and I don’t think he would match that 1 mil in cash himself, so I’ll take the cash.

The best advice you have received?

Drink lots of water

Mouse or touchpad?

Mouse.

What sports teams do you support?

Uh. I don’t follow any. Yankees I guess?

What tourist things must I do when I Trinidad?

Go buy a doubles. That’s all. Buy your doubles and leave.

What tech event would you like to attend?

CES. The shiny lights tho.

How would you invest a million dollars?

Neural Net Research or companies that specialize in Neural Computing. Once Quantum computing becomes more viable, I can see computer learning becoming explosively viable as well.

What future technology interests you?

Neural networks and computer learning.

If you had to start a tech company what would you call it and why?

BitzNet. Don’t know, already decided this like 6 years ago.

How can you use technology to help benefit your community?

Introduce online shopping. Man, I would love if more stores acknowledged the rapidly growing market.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Do you think there should be more focus on improving hardware or software systems?

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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Jaeson Bowens – Computer Science Engineer

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Jaeson Bowens – Computer Science Engineer

How would you define a techie?

From my point of view a techie is someone with great interest in technology, keeping update with technological advancements and finding ways to help improve his or her day to day routine or solve basic problems with the technological resources at their disposal.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

My name is Jaeson Alonzo Bowens affectionately known as Papi Chulo by some and Pimp by others, nicknames that I got from my adolescent days as a young aspiring singer / song writer / actor, performing in various events in SVG. Besides having a past in the entertainment industry, I’m a computer programmer / software engineer / database administrator by profession with a degree in Computer Science Engineering. My love for programming came about from my affection for creativity; it’s amazing the stuff that can be created by writing lines of codes.

How has tech improved your life?

Tech has improved my life in many ways but the most outstanding; is that it has enabled me to help others by using my profession or talent to create Software or Information Systems that generates social, economic and environmental benefits for institutions and public organizations.

How can technology be used to improve St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

Technology can be used to improve many sectors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In the health sector for example; an inventory system can be developed along with implementing certain protocols to help carry out a stock control of medicines and health equipment, resolving many problems at the General Hospital relating to its inventory; such as missing equipment as recently reported. Technology can also be used in the education sector to assist teachers in dictating lessons to students. Starting simple by using multi-media, videos, power points etc. in class or taking a step further by developing educational software with lessons incorporated to meet their needs.

How did you end up studying and living in Venezuela?

To be honest I have asked myself that question on many occasions while studying and living there smh loll. As we may know Venezuela present economic and politic situation is no secret but graciously I survived it all and accomplish my goal for going there. Now back to answering your question, I ended up studying and living in Venezuela because I took advantage of a scholarship granted by an agreement between the governments of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela. As we may all know a university education is not cheap, hence the reason why many students try to take advantage of scholarship opportunities and besides it’s way better than borrowing student loans and having to pay it back.

Do you think a country should tax online shopping?

I see no problem with a country taxing online shopping, once the tax on goods and services is not a huge percentage. The revenue generated, little or small can be used to invest in general public necessities.

Is CES becoming too mundane?

Maybe just a bit but recently I have observed that people are gaining more interest for CES as it gives start-up entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their products and to capture potential investors. It’s even becoming something more popular in the Caribbean. Maybe it’s just the Shark Tank effect loll nice show by the way.

What question would you ask yourself and how would you answer it?

How can I use my knowledge and abilities to positively impact those around me? I have thought of a million and counting ways. Maybe not the best answer but too much to write 😀

What has keys but no locks, space but no room and you can enter but you can’t go in side?

I believe it’s a COMPUTER or as Christopher Columbus would say; Una Computadora. (No relevance what so ever to the riddle lmaooo)

What tech would you like to own?

It would be nice to own a new laptop as my previous laptop got damaged. NB: Thou shall not eat or drink around an electronic device. Lesson well learnt lol.

Would you choose a million dollars or a year with Bill Gates?

As influential as Bill is, I would prefer to choose a million dollars as I can think of a million ways to invest it.

The best advice you have received?

“Stretch little and live long” – It’s a quote that I heard as a teenager, it means to do with the little that you have and make it work. It also stresses the importance of budgeting wisely.

Mouse or touchpad?

Mouse – it gives me more freedom using certain image and clip art editing tools.

What sports teams do you support?

Jamaican Athletics Team, Argentina Football Team, Barcelona and Manchester United.

What tourist things must I do when I visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

You must definitely go yachting or boat sailing in the Grenadines Islands; it’s to die for :D. Or go hiking at the Vermont Nature Trail or La Soufriere Volcano. You can also look out for the night limes at various venues on the weekends.

What tech event would you like to attend?

Any tech events with products and start-ups on display would be nice, once it’s not drawn out with long boring speeches.

How would you invest a million dollars?

I would invest it in something profitable, I would need to analyze the market before investing.

What future technology interests you?

Artificial Intelligence.

If you had to start a tech company what would you call it and why?

B-Tech – The B comes from my surname and Tech is short for technology (Bowens Technology). B-Tech can also mean Be Technological; Technologically Innovative.

What question would you ask the next techie?

How can you use technology to help benefit your community?