Recent Posts by Jamey Schilling

 
Jamey is a recent graduate of Creighton Prep, and a rising junior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is double majoring in Marketing and IT, but also holds a love of writing. This passion has led him to write for Marquette's student newspaper, as well as The College Tailgate, an online sports site with content from college writers across the U.S. Jamey has always been interested in sports, and though his teams' lack of success regularly disappoint him, he remains a loyal fan of Washington D.C.'s teams, particularly the Washington Capitals. Jamey is excited to join the FNTS team again, and looks forward to gaining valuable experience.

10 jokes for your Halloween

While it may seem counterintuitive to combine a holiday know for fright, with comedy, a good joke can do wonders for bringing you into the spirit. Here's hoping it doesn't bring any other spirits in to haunt you... Here they are, 15 jokes for your Halloween! 

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Kicking off college football weekend, and new technology

Perhaps nothing is better for a college football fan than the opening kickoff weekend. There are dozens of marquee matchups to keep you entertained, your household is stocked up on snacks, and every team gets a clean start, with the aspirations of national relevance.

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Business Done Right

“What is it exactly that you do as an intern for First National Technology Solutions?” I get the question from my friends about as regularly as I see a Nebraska football shirt when I’m walking around downtown, a lot. For me, there’s not a specific answer to that question, which I love.

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Pokémon GO: collecting pocket monsters and problems

The Pokémon GO app has gone absolutely viral, and is now the biggest mobile game in US history. As of writing this article, the app tops the charts in downloads in both the App Store, and Google Play, and that’s with just the United States, Australia and New Zealand marketplaces. Not only has the app seen success in downloads, but Nintendo’s stock price also rose 25% the first week. The kid in me loves the app, but as an employee at a technology solutions company, I realize some of the app’s problems can no longer be solved by simply blowing air into a game cartridge like previous Pokémon games.

With all this rampant success and demand for the game, it only makes sense that some issues will arise. One particularly frustrating error was inability to access the game itself due to server connectivity issues. Niantic, the company which developed the app, released the following statement regarding the issue:

“Due to the incredible number of Pokémon GO downloads, some Trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues. Don’t worry, our team is on it!”

A possible solution to this highly demanded server? According to a Network World article, the answer may just lie in cloud technology. Specifically an IaaS cloud computing platform which is ideal for viral workloads with spikes in traffic could be the solution to the server woes.

Whether IaaS is the solution to the server issues remains to be seen, what is very apparent however, is that these issues will need to be improved if they want continued success. Simply, it will be quite impossible to “catch ‘em all,” if you can’t connect at all.

Even more concerning than server problems however, are the privacy issues that have been brought to public view. iPhone users playing with a Google account were unknowingly agreeing to grant Niantic full account access. While the app couldn’t change passwords, delete accounts, or make Google Wallet payments, it was able to see the contents of Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Calendar. An update was released to resolve this issue, but the damage has perhaps already been done.

Besides these main problems, there have also been complaints of distorted audio, heavy battery usage and temporary resets. The pressure is certainly on Niantic to resolve these issues.

While there have certainly been issues, the Pokemon fan base patiently waits for improvements to the app that brings their beloved Pocket monsters to life. As for this trainer, I need to go, I think I see a Nidoran. “Gotta Catch em all.”

 

Sites referenced:

Apple Insider

Niantic Labs

Network World

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The Big Fourth of July Question

If Abraham Lincoln were still alive today, would he be a Coke or Pepsi guy? What would the result of the 1980 Olympic “Miracle on Ice” match between the Russians and Americans be if they’d had a pie eating contest instead of a hockey game? Is it time for the Big Mac to finally replace the bald eagle as the symbol of the United States? These are the questions that keep me up at night. But as I sit here in my cubicle, mere days away from our country’s Independence Day, an even more important question dawns upon me. The question isn’t figuring out how many burgers I’ll be taking down at various barbecues this holiday weekend, or even what red, white and blue apparel I’ll be rocking (a throwback Dwyane Wade USA jersey if you were wondering…) No, the real question is: if we were to make an “All American” team of most American Americans throughout history (and fiction), who would make the cut? Through a complex thought process, I narrowed it down to five patriotic individuals. In no particular order, here are your most American, Americans throughout history.

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Solutions Customized, Not Cookie Cutter

There are a lot of companies out there that need to update their software, and think “where can I get the resources to do the testing, do the update and then get rid of it without using a lot of capital?” Susan Couron, Senior Client Executive at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) has the answer.  Every day she helps customers find solutions to this issue and more.

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Putting The Custom Back In Customer

Susan Couron, a Client Executive at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) interacts with clients on a daily basis.  She understands more than anyone the importance of technology, and the impact it has on her customers.

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World Class Protection: the FNTS data center

A crucial element of all data centers is a secure environment so data isn’t put in harm’s way. Whether it be natural or otherwise, accidents happen, and a well-protected data center can greatly help reduce the chance of damage. At First National Technology Solutions (FNTS), data has never been safer thanks to one of the most technologically advanced centers in America.

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Thank You For The Experience

Omaha Public Schools are back in session, NFL pre-season football has started, and pumpkin flavored drinks will soon begin their hostile takeover of Starbucks. All of these are indicators of fall’s arrival, and summer’s end. It’s hard to believe it’s already over, and (for this summer at least) my internship with this great company comes to a close. Though my time here has been relatively short (roughly a month and a half) it has been a wonderful experience, and one I’m truly grateful for.

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Learning Experiences

During one of the first days of my internship here at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) I was offered the opportunity to take a tour of the First National Data Center. A tour was being given to a potential client, and some coworkers who were giving the tour offered to bring me along so I could see everything as well. I had just gotten acclimated to my workspace, but I thought it’d be a great chance to learn more about the company I work for. So I eagerly came with.

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