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The timeline of computer processor speed

In 1943 IBM’s president said that the world market for computers was only five! If he were around today he would be amazed at the progression of speed in the computer processor. Take a look at this infographic that details the progression of processor speed from the first transistor computer to the XBox One.

My name is Angela and I work for Mozy.

 

Angela has been a great asset for Mozy for many years. She has worked different positions in support and has won much internal recognition for her excellent work ethic. Angela is irreplaceable, and after reading her answers below, I’m sure you will agree.

I define my workspace as…

My workspace is a cubicle in our Pleasant Grove office. While I love work-at-home days because I don’t have to commute to work, I find I really miss the multiple monitors and computers I have to work with when I’m sitting at my work desk. It really makes life easier! I also have a little personal touch in my cubicle, such as my Doctor Who calendar, some KCS (Knowledge Centered Support) awards I’ve won, the Mozy data shuttle astronaut, and a cute little vinyl Maleficent my coworker gave me.

A device I can’t live without….

While I hate to admit that I’m so connected, I’d have to say it’s my iPhone because it has everything I need in one convenient little package: my music, my eBooks, Internet, and social media. It’s also often the only link to my social life when I’m balancing work and school and my only free time is filled with homework and what little sleep I can find.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

When I arrive at work the first thing I do is head to the break room to get water for the morning while my computers boot up, then I like to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while I start by checking in on internal company emails and then customer replies from the day before.

My work routine is…

Check internal emails, work on customer reply cases, work on new customer cases that are awaiting response, follow up with any customers who I haven’t heard from in more than three days, and then repeat. I also like to find time to create Knowledge Base articles when the queue is light or empty.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I prefer listening to music at work. Once I get “in the zone” with my cases, the music helps drown out all the background noise the rest of the office is making so that I don’t lose focus. It also helps that I don’t generally get interrupted if people see my headphones on! The best music to encourage productivity for me has been French music, such as Christophe Mae, Zaz, and Stromae. However, I find that listening to audio books or podcasts are equally as awesome during my work flow AND I’m gaining new information.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Learn or improve your interpersonal skills and try not to take anything too seriously. While working in Support isn’t the ideal of most people, I really enjoy interacting with customers, especially when you can help them retrieve something important like their thesis that they’ve spent three years working on or the photos from their child’s first steps. Those things matter, and so you have to have some compassion for those times when people need a little extra care. Computer crashes can be so frustrating, and sometimes it’s hard not to take that out on a Support representative, even though it’s not personal. When that happens, you just need to remind yourself that it’s not about you, and then be as helpful as possible.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

Writing is probably my main passion. Currently, I’m going to school and have dreams of one day being a renowned author. I also maintain 2 to 3 blogs (author’s note: check out Angela’s handy work at http://www.mysocalledchaos.com). I am also passionate about learning French, volunteering with a local animal rescue, and spending quality time with those who are important to me.

My eating habits are …

I try to eat healthy and I love getting fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market, but I will admit I’ll drop all calorie counting if you invite me out for Sushi or a bowl of pho.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …

One of my colleagues in Ireland. I mean, hey, they’re in Ireland! When they complete their workday they get to look at all that green, and then walk down to the pub for a proper pint! ;)

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

Probably the fact that I genuinely care about people and their lives. Being empathetic is perfect in my personal relationships with friends and family, but I find it’s also perfect when you work in Customer Service. I genuinely am happy for customers who are able to save their data, and genuinely sad when I hear some of the reasons they need to run their restores. When I hear how glad a customer is to have Mozy, it makes me happy.

One thing that makes me unique is….

My eclectic interests. I like to try most hobbies once, so if you visited my home you’d find an entire closet full of all the various things I’ve done and keep because I hope to get around to them again one day. Crochet, wood burning, oil painting, web design, photography, a musical instrument or two, etc. One day I’ll be able to do any hobby I want. Also, I want to be able to speak multiple languages. I’m working on French, and then hopefully I’ll start learning a third!

 

Interested in a career at Mozy?  Check out which positions are available at http://mozy.com/about/careers

Progression of football in video games

Did you know that September 12 is Video Games Day? Be sure to take some time to enjoy your favorite video game today. Until then, take a look at our infographic, The Progression of Football, to see if your favorite football game is among those that revolutionized the gaming industry.

 

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Data transfer speeds VISUALIZED

As the internet has become a common part of the world, it has become easy to take for granted just how fast that information is transferred.  Perhaps a comparison between some other things that are notoriously quick can grant some perspective.

My name is Jason and I work for Mozy

 

I define my workspace as…

My preferred workspace is at home on the couch with my laptop in my lap and the TV on as background noise. I work best comfortable, with some distractions. In the office my workspace is my cubical with a 21.5 in screen; it is big and nice. I flip between three desktop spaces to stay organized and keep work separate from quick distractions when I need them for a mental break. I also use my huge white board for structuring projects before I create them.

A device I can’t live without….

I always tell myself that I could go tech-free for a while if I want to, but I am probably too attached to my phone. I get lost a lot when away from home because I have no sense of direction. Without my phone’s GPS, I would never make it anywhere new on time.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

I start by marking my time in a Google doc, so I can know how many hours I have worked in the day/week. I don’t want to cheat the company or my wife! Then I check my emails for anything pressing. After that I try to get done anything I want done before standup, then lead standup because I am the scrum master.

My work routine is…

Come in and work on those things that everyone expects me to have done. When I have done that, I work on more exciting things, like tools to make my job easier, and making the automation we have better. I love that I can use my ideas to improve my job and the work of those around me.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

Having something to listen to helps me to not lose focus. It depends on the day what I want to listen to. Some days it is audio books; some days it is music; some days it is just others in the cubical farm. I prefer audio books because I feel like that’s a better use of my time.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Believe in yourself and have ideas. Anyone can do most any job, but if you are able to innovate even on little things, everyone will like you. Don’t think just because you haven’t done much outside of classwork that you cannot contribute, because it will surprise you what you know.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

People, programming, and baking. I love being around people; they give me the energy I need to be happy. I am not the best programmer; I am learning a lot every day, but it’s fun to know that I can make things that are useful for the world around me. I have cooled down from baking because I gained weight, in part because I have a job where I mostly sit, but I love the look of delicious things when they come out of the oven, and the faces on people when I share those delicious things.

My eating habits are …

Spastic. Before I was married and had someone to cook for, or for me, I lived off of chicken breasts and quesadillas. Now I get in more vegetables, and have a few recipes that work for meals, like chili, meatloaf, and the classic spaghetti and meatballs.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

This is a hard one. I would either be the best friend of Nikola Tesla so I could see him work from up close, or my wife so I could understand why she appreciates me so much.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

My “secret sauce” is my belief that I can do anything. I know things can take a lot of work, but I truly believe if someone else can do something, I can do it too. Maybe not as fast or not as perfect, but I can do it. I can even do things that no one else has done before because I am original. I am not going to try everything in the world, but if I want something, I can reach that goal.

 

I’m Heidi and I work for Mozy

It’s time to get to know another Mozy employee. The more you know us, the more you love us. Meet Heidi Liebl-Slabinski, who is a Technical Writer.

I define my workspace as…

Utilitarian with a touch of whimsy in the form of frogs and a William Shakespeare action figure.

A device I can’t live without….

I do feel naked without my smartphone nearby, even if I don’t touch it for hours. Love my over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Coffee and a quick scan of some news sites.

My work routine is…

Highly variable, often with less writing than you might imagine. Lots of reading and listening and research and discussion and meetings are required. Some days are random chaos. Other days are focused almost entirely on writing and editing.
I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I started listening to music to block out distractions when I need to focus and write. It took me a while to find the right wall of sound, which is energizing and not distracting. I eventually settled on an instrumental/electronica Pandora station. Now, I’ve discovered that I can’t get into the writing zone without the headphones! But otherwise no music, because I get a lot from random cubicle conversations. The walls have ears (and they are mine)!

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

First and always, you need to be a solid writer. But don’t think this is a career for someone who sits at a desk and writes all day. You must be a perpetually curious, self-managed, extroverted introvert. You often have to pursue people to learn what you need to know, and disarmingly ask probing questions. Do your research first though, or you will only annoy people. Take pride in serving your audience well, and be willing to get hands-on familiar with your subject matter. Technical writers often have to manage their own projects, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines. You need to be very detail-oriented while also seeing the bigger picture.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
Literacy. I cannot imagine how difficult life would be without the ability to read, and how sad and narrow it would be without the joy and knowledge that reading brings. I suspect the best writers are also voracious readers of good writing, in every genre. I also really enjoy alpine skiing, concerts and theatre (though I really don’t favor musicals), and time with my friends and family.

My eating habits are …
Everything in moderation. I am proud to say that I can make an order of Girl Scout cookies last a really long time.
P.S. Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce. That stuff is awesome on just about everything.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …
Living and working on board the Starship Enterprise. What’s not to love about an egalitarian meritocracy? Plus, they have tricorders and replicators and transporters!

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I’m a perfectionist who tries not to take myself too seriously. I love a good laugh.

Apps Maps and Satellite Gaps

Apps Maps and Satelite Gaps

My name is Alex and I work for Mozy

 

Meet Alex: Avid sports enthusiast, future triathlete, and one of Mozy’s BI engineers

 

 

What you do at Mozy I help Mozy make the best business decisions based on the data from our products. I create reports and dashboards to visualize the data. I also manage and keep the BI servers and services running.

I define my workspace as…

Anywhere I am able to VPN into work; most of the time that’s from the office and home. If something breaks, it needs to be fixed. As long as I have a nice view of the mountains and a cold Mountain Dew, I’m good to work.

A device I can’t live without….

iPhone.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…. 

I first check if there is anything urgent or broken and get those resolved. Then I check the health/status of all the Business Intelligence servers and services and make sure that everything is running the way it’s supposed to. After that, I start working on Redmine ticket and requests.

My work routine is….

I don’t like to do the same things over and over, day after day. However, that can’t be avoided all the time. I like to find something new to learn every day and apply that to what I do. That helps change the routine, improves my work, and makes every day different from the day before.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because….

I listen to music as often as I can; however, part of my job requires talking to people and it’s a little hard to listen to a conversation with my headphones on…

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Get a good education and make sure that the degree is in something you enjoy.  Somewhere along the way you will discover among all of your classes that there is a topic that you enjoy more. Take classes in that subject and learn more about it. If you still like it, take more time to learn. Several careers have certain areas of specialization. It also helps to meet people who are already working in that field. Talk to them, ask questions, and also ask for advice. You would be surprised by how much people are willing to help you.

Outside of work, I am passionate about… Snowboarding and skiing in the winter.  Cycling, swimming, and running in the summer.

My eating habits are… If you ask my wife she will say that it needs to improve. I think it’s just fine…. maybe smaller portions?

If I could be someone for a day I would be…. Anybody who can complete a triathlon.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am ….  Mix Brazilian with Japanese and there you have it.

My name is Heidi and I work for Mozy

It’s time to get to know another Mozy employee. The more you know us, the more you love us. Meet Heidi Hanawalt, who is a Mozy billing specialist.

 

I define my workspace as…

Mobile. I have changed cubicles so many times that I’ve lost track, but I’m happy to say I’ve kept the same chair from day one (three years now!). I have my kids’ artwork tacked to almost every wall and then of course Jacob of Twilight fame, to protect me from vampires. ☺

A device I can’t live without….

There isn’t one. I grew up without electricity, which was awesome! So, I don’t really get attached to “devices” and I try to unplug as much as possible when I’m not at work. We did have a Nintendo Entertainment System once when I was a kid, but we had to start the generator if we wanted to play it. ☺  P.S. I kicked butt at Duck Hunt.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Filling up my water bottle and then checking out the Drudge Report while all my tabs are loading. I don’t watch TV at home so this is the only time I get updated on world events. Then, off to Aria land I go.

My work routine is…

Prioritize my emails—ones from the boss get answered first—check my tasks in Sales Force, and then check Redmine tickets, which is where I mostly live. I help sales, finance, and support with billing issues.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I do listen to music at work. I usually have some Pandora station on. The station I listen to depends on the mood I’m in. Some of my favorite stations are Keith Urban, James Morrison, KT Tunstall, Jack Johnson, and Enya. (I usually listen to the last one when things are hectic and I need to calm myself. ☺)

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Well, first of all, congratulations on graduating! I would also say, have fun! Numbers day in and day out can be challenging, so make a game of it. I like to think of the tasks I take on as a mystery I have to solve. I go back through all the data and details and find clues or pieces that fit and then, ta-da! Mystery solved. I’m a total nerd about it, but it’s a good feeling. A huge thing too is always double-check your work. Sometimes I get lazy and forget and it always comes back to bite me.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

My family! I love spending as much time as I possibly can with my kids. My favorite thing to do is take them up the canyon and just toss a football around or lie on a big blanket and read books out loud. I’m also passionate about food. But it has to be quality food. I actually think I might be motivated by food the way some people are motivated by money. And the outdoors; camping, sports, hiking. Hooray for summer!

My eating habits are …

I’m kind of a grazer. I could snack all day. I try to bring healthy snacks to work like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes because if I don’t I’ll just end up snacking on what’s in the break room, and we all know how healthy that is. But I love all kinds of food—cheeses and soups and breads and pastas and meats and fruits and desserts. The list goes on and on and on and on.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

A girlfriend of my mom’s while she was in high school. (I can go back in time right?) I just think it would be so cool to see what kind of teenager she was. She went to an all-girls Catholic school in Texas, uniforms and everything, but I heard she kind of walked on the wild side. I would have loved to have hung out with her for a day.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

Determination. I never give up. I might get exhausted and tired, but I always get back up. I thank my mom for that. Whenever I messed up or things weren’t going my way she would sing this little rhyme to me, “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. “

Journey of the Hard Drive

The life of a hard drive