Reminder: HW for W 9/10

I hope you’re all having wonderful weekends! Thank you to those of you who have already made your “Introduction” posts … they are great! Don’t forget to read each other’s posts and comment on them throughout the week.

As discussed in class, the goals for this first week are to become familiar with OpenLab and the course themes, materials,and guidelines/expectations, and to begin to research the job market, communication expectations, and career materials for your particular field.

There are a number of different things due before our next class (on W 9/10), so don’t forget to consult our dymanic course Schedule, as always, for all HW (and make sure to click through to all the links, which take you to relevant readings, posts, assignments, and information). Just a friendly reminder that all posts are due the night before class begins; formal assignments are due at the start of class.

There are a number of things that need doing (some brief readings, another post, your “job search” & Cover Letter + Resume in response), and you also need to get a Dropbox account and join our shared class folder (this is where you will be submitting your Career Materials for this Wednesday, and all other assignments this semester going forward). Please don’t hesitate to e-mail me with any questions (and remember, I have office hours on Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:15pm if you want to discuss anything in person). Looking forward to seeing you again in a few days 🙂


Something about Tony

Hello everyone, my name is tony chi. I’m majoring in computer science and I am currently focus on networking. Hopefully this is my last semester in city tech so I can move on for my career. One thing I like about IT is that I don’t have to deal much about people, because I though it would be much easier to communicate with PCs than people(just my little point of view, and I don’t mean to offense anybody).


Fun thing about myself is that I like to bowl, play badminton, watch soccer, and play online game with couple friends. My favorite football club is Real Madrid, I couldn’t tell why I like so much about them, but I know I like that team. I’m also enjoy playing league of legend with my friends just so I don’t get stress out working day by day.

My career goal is to become a network expert. Right now I working on obtaining a CCNA to start off my career. and hopefully after I have some job experience, I’ll be plan on getting a CCNP certificate to become more professional in this field. I’m also working in our computer lab as intern with our technician Richard Rodney, besides that I’m currently working in a Japanese and Hawaiian restaurant in upper west Manhattan, close to Columbia university.

To be honest to you guys, I don’t like to either read or writing. I just find it boring to write about something. I write only when it’s mandatory and read to study for my quizzes and tests. But there is an exception,  I like to read about technology, sports, and military related news and magazine.

comparing to my strength as a writer, I would said I have more weaknesses. I realized that I don’t usually punctuate my essay well, I don’t have know much big word like others, I don’t write cohesively, and I barely knows how to organize my paragraphs the way it should be.

my understanding of technical writing is any contexts that is technology related, either technology in IT, medical, military, or biochemistry.etc. I do expect to learn something that is totally new to me, and hopefully it could be more interesting than ENG 1101.




A brief intro for Jason

Hey everyone, my name is Jason Choy.  I’ve been in City Tech since the Fall 2011 semester, and my major is CST just like many others in this class.  I focus primarily on programming, which is something I’ve been doing for about six years.

The highlight of my summer vacation would be my time spent in Washington D.C.  One of my main hobbies is writing for and moderating a website,, which revolves around hardware/technology and video games.  I’m a real tech geek, and I play video games as well; particularly RPGs and psychological horror.  I like a good workout and I’m a huge fan of MMA.

Since I don’t have any photos, you’re going to have to settle for this somewhat accurate portrayal someone made of me.


I’d like to think my strengths as a writer include my grammar and punctuation.  I also keep in mind the audience I’m writing for, and try to write in an appropriate way.  I like to be detailed and thorough.  One of my weaknesses is my vocabulary which isn’t as broad as I’d like it to be.  I dislike writing about things I’m not interested in.  But when I’m writing about something that I’m actually invested in, the results will be much better and I will enjoy the writing process.

My background with using technology includes building computers, which is something I started doing about five years ago.  I also have some experience with electrical and mechanical engineering, such as soldering/desoldering parts on PCBs and modifying the inner workings of airsoft guns.  I like to experiment with and modify things, to find out how they work and perhaps make improvements.

My initial thoughts about technical writing was that it involved writing things like manuals and instructions; writing detailed steps to help someone carry out a certain procedure or something along those lines.  I hope to become a better writer by taking this course, improving certain aspects of my writing such as accuracy and conciseness.

~Vince here~ It’s My Turn…

Hey everyone! My name is Vincent Cornelio but you can call me Vince that’d be great. I was born  in the Philippines and my native language is Cebuano one of the languages spoken in the Philippines. My major is Computer Systems Technology and I am now entering my fourth year in City Tech. Before attending City Tech I originally attended York College for one semester and the major that I originally chose there was Education. However, I didn’t feel that pathway was the right one for me because since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to be a part in a major where computer technology is involved . Moving on, entering my first semester at City Tech as a Computer Systems Tech major was fun  because I love my major and even though some classes like programming, were very challenging to me it didn’t bother me so much because I’m having fun with it.

One of the best places to go in the Philippines called Simala.

One of the best places to go in the Philippines called Simala.


Now the good stuff. The things that I like to do. Well, I love playing basketball ever since. I grew up playing basketball with my cousins in the Philippines since I was 5 years old and I really have a passion in playing the game. When I was in middle school I played in our school as a point guard and even though I wasn’t really tall that didn’t stop me from playing the game of basketball since I loved it. But when I entered high school I stopped playing basketball because I wanted to focus more on my studies.  Moreover, other hobbies that I like is playing video games and computer games (video games:NBA 2K12, 2K14, Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, Final Fantasy, Mortal Kombat.  //Computer Games: Fly For Fun, Counter Strike).

The things I don’t really like to do is reading and writing. I don’t  know why but I was never really  a fan of reading and writing and I have no reason at all on why I hate it. I just find it hard overall to sit down and read a book. However it doesn’t mean I don’t like to read a book here and there but the book just needs to be incredibly amazing in order for me to get into it and read it.Writing on the other hand is different, because I like writing but I just  find it difficult to write especially if the writing assignment is long and needs a lot of reading analysis in order for me to complete the task. Moreover, reading and writing are one of my goals to be better at and I know it’s not an easy task to accomplish but I am looking forward for the challenge.

I’ll end it here for now. I’m looking forward in getting to know all of you guys. As of now I don’t have anything to ask in regards to the class because I really don’t have an idea what we will be doing in the course. But I am excited to be a part of this class and I do hope I’ll learn new things  about technical writing throughout the course. If you have more questions for me don’t hesitate to ask me in person.

I went back home in the Philippines during the summer. I had such a great time for 3 months!

-Signing off: Vincent Cornelio

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.” -Leo Tolstoy


Get to know Ray

Hello, my name is Zhuo Jun Chen, but I prefer being called Ray, I was born in China, and my birthday is on February 14th, yes, you don’t have to look twice It’s valentine’s day, the day where Mr.Cupid are busy working his magic. Birthday aside, It was October when my parents and I first came to the united states, i was ten year old at the time. Since we just came to America, my uncle decided that it was best that we stay over at his place for a few weeks before my parents find a place to settle in. After a week of getting used to the area, my family decided that it was time for me to attend school.

My first school experience was not that much of a difference compared to others like me. In my first Elementary school I was placed in a advanced program class, because out of all the students in my school, the only two Asian students that spoke my native languages was in that class. Naturally I was not involved in any class works, since the only two English words that i knew at the time was Hello and OK, the only thing I did was listening to a tape recorder of a person reading the story that i was suppose to read, obviously i didn’t understand a single word from that recording. After a month or so my parents decided to move to Brooklyn, thus began my second Elementary school experience, it was not that much of a difference compared my first school, however in this school they have a special program called “ESL” which is the abbreviation for English as second language, this is a class where they teach you the basic fundamental for learning English, and after a year and a half of hard works I was able to pass the ESL class and began attending the normal classes.

Currently I am studying Electrical Engineering Technology, in The City College Of Technology. Hopefully I will be able to work in the fields of my choice when I graduated, my goal for my future career as an engineer, is to be able to develop and design the technologies that help our future generations in any ways possible.

My Hobbies are playing video games and reading web novels, these web novels are only different in term of the format it’s written in compared to normal novels that are published by a publisher. Web novels are written by ordinary people just like you and I, and the authors would post it on a blog for people to read for free, some of these novels has gotten over a million views and ended up having offered a publishing right by a publisher, some even has gotten an animation adaption of it, here is a link to the site where you can read some of these novels if you are interested.

Video games are not only about violence and strong languages it can be educational too, let’s take the game called “Guild Wars 2” for example, there is an event in this game where the players have to work together to fight a gigantic Dragon, this let the players experience the importance of cooperation and strategic planning. Below is a link to a YouTube video that shows the cooperation of players to win the fight against the evil Dragon.


Thank you for reading.


A little be about my life..

Hello, my name is Rosa Cedano I am from Dominican Republic a happy country where you can have the best vacations ever. I’m the type of person who likes to learn new things and to explorer the world. I love to visit new places and have fun. I love waterparks, go to the movies I also enjoy to see the landscape of different places. I am fascinated with the world. My purpose is this world is to discover myself and help others on their needs.

I came to NYC 5 years ago with no knowledge of the English language. I did my high School in my country so I started college here. At the beginning it was so difficult to me to adapt in this environment since I was not able to communicate with people. I took an intensive English class the first 6 month of school (4 years ago) after that I started taking classes of my career.
I did my Associates Degree at Technical Career Institute College of Technology in “Information Technology “then I transferred to New York City College of Technology to finish my Bachelor’s degree in CST major. I choose this career path because I love technology and I also love to help people that don’t understand technology well.
After I graduate I would like to get a job on the Help Desk area since I like to solve problems in the technical area. I don’t like to be sitting in at office for 8 hours; I like to work in the field.

On the other hand, as I said before I love to travel and explorer new places therefore this Summer I went to lot of places. I went to visit Disney World, Six flags, I visited a few parks out of the state, and also I went to different water-parks.
Here is a picture of me at Disney Universal Studios:

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In addition, I have more weaknesses than strengths when it comes to write. Honestly writing for me becomes really hard and I have to give 100% percent of my effort when I have to write an essay or some documents that require to be written in a professional way. I would really like to improve my writing skills and I am looking forward to learn a bit more about it on this class.

Technical Writing for me is a way to communicate with users or clients to describe a process in an understandable and at the same time a professional way.

In conclusion, I am so excited to see what I will learn in this class, and I have a good feeling it will be fun and helpful.


spiritus gladius

Hello, as you can probably see, my name  is Iurii, in the country I’ve came from people/friends usually call me Ura, but that is a different story. I’ve been in the United States since 2010, more than four years now trying to improve my english, which is a little goal of mine. I am not a really good at studying, however, I rather like to have practical knowledge rather than theoretical. Here it is plenty of practical English for me, that’s great.

I and my family were lucky to come “Unto a land flowing with milk and honey”(Exodus 33:3) Well, many people would probably argue with me about such a positive description, but USA is certainly better than many of the lands out there. Any way, since comming here I was set with goals and objectives to get a decent education and, eventually, be a selfpropelled working machine:D just kidding. But, I really want to be able to keep myself and people I love alive, and in good material position during the times I’ve gotten.

Hopefully, I will work in the IT field and be able to fulfill all of the job’s criterias and as some of my plans. Thats basically why I am here. Besides, I have this thought that some time in the future computerized machines or robots might capture the primacy of the humanity in this world, so it will be very useful to know about computers, if you know what I mean.

I like sports and physical challenges, in particular soccer and also working out in the streets, parks etc. I also like reading, one of my favorites is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. I also enjoy to compose some guitar music and lyrics. I like music, of course, and one of my favorite contemporary artists is Ben Howard, here is a great video on the music he does. (Hopefully you will see the inserted video, if not, the video can be seen HERE )




Another hobby I have is photography, here is my photo of the silhouettes of the dark New York City.

Over the years I have noticed that one of my weaknesses in writing is that I have no patience to craft my writing as it should be crafted. I do not like revising it or reviewing, searching for missed letter or punctual, grammatical, and all of the mistakes that there can be. That is also a challenge for me to force myself actually do the procedure of revising, and this is great. I like that it is challenging. Technology is everywhere, we all use it all the time…right now, me writing this post is a one instance. Technical writing is probably something related to professional writing, to work-related situations. I, honestly, do not want to spoil the magic of not knowing what to expect, for myself. So I’ll let this river to carry me away, as far as it tends to. Indeed it will be a challenge for me and a pleasure to expand that tiny brain of mine.

Thank You. 

Guess I’m the first to go o_O


Hello Class. My name is Derrick Richards. Now let’s see… A little about myself… Well I grew up mainly in Jamaica, Queens (AKA as “Southside”) but I’ve also lived in a town in New Jersey called Egg harbor township. At 22 years of age, I am the youngest of three born to a father that hails from Guyana and a mother that is a Brooklyn native.

I’ve been in college on and off for a total of 5 years now. I had initially wanted to be a pharmacist but I took a programming course at BMCC and I was enamored with it. So after I graduated from there I decided to come to get a more thorough education in the field of Computer Systems.

It’s funny because I had wanted to be a video game designer when I was young and it seems that can actually be a possibility depending on how I play my cards. However, I don’t particularly still want to be a game designer and I’m hoping that I find a specialization I would enjoy being in.

The Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  I quite enjoyed myself!

The Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I quite enjoyed myself!

Yes now… Hobbies and Interests… I’d say my biggest hobby is playing basketball. I’m hoping to get a couple more good days of Ball before it starts getting too cold. My second favorite hobby would have to be video games. In particular fighting games (Street Fighter 3 and 4, Mvc 2 and 3, Blazblue etc…). I’ve always loved the concept of one person’s mind tested against another’s (which is why I also enjoy a game of chess here and there as well). I also read from a myriad of different sources daily (Forums, Books, Magazines, Comics, etc…). Hmm… what else now… Oh, I want to get into skateboarding and playing guitar. I also like participating in various types of projects in support of different causes and going to events and generally just having a good time.

In general, I feel that my strengths as a writer lie in my ability to convey my thought process. A weakness I would say I would have is that I always second guess my own writing which causes me to frequently alter my work. I generally enjoy writing. Especially when I feel content with a recently finished piece. Although I do feel it can be a tad bit time consuming. I would say that my experience with technology is adequate. Nothing too special. My sense of technical writing (before the first day of class of course) was that it was a highly focused type of writing. I now understand that’s not the case. I expect this to be a very workload heavy course, honestly speaking. I mean it is a 3000 level course. It seems this class will incorporate many team building and communication techniques. I feel that those techniques can become a fundamental part of whatever career I would pursue. I don’t have many questions now… but I’m sure I will. I hope this will be intriguing and engaging course with you all.

–Derrick Richards

P.S.- Testing out the posting pictures and links



Getting to know Professor Belli …

Jill Belli, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City University of New York) and Co-Director of OpenLab, the college’s open-source digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaborating. She is a founding member of the Writing Studies Tree, an online, open-access, interactive academic genealogy for the field of writing studies, and she serves on the Steering Committee, the Teaching Committee, and as the web developer for the North American Society for Utopian Studies.

That’s me, a few winters ago, in front of a big ol’ rubber ducky (part of an art installation for a big festival) in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia!

That’s me, a few winters ago, in front of a big ol’ rubber ducky (part of an art installation for a big festival) in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia!

I did my doctoral work at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and my current research interests are in utopian studies, happiness studies/positive psychology, composition and rhetoric, digital humanities, American studies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (feel free to ask me what any of these areas are!).

I played ice hockey in college (right wing), and have played the violin since I was two years old (and currently play in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra). I practice yoga pretty regularly, love Thai food (the spicier the better!), kale, & tzatziki, and adore watching old sitcoms from the 70s and 80s (some of my favorites are Maude, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Soap, All in the Family, The Golden Girls, The Facts of Life, & Family Ties)!

I also really enjoy travelling: this summer I spent five weeks wandering abroad, in Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, and Switzerland (some of it was for conferences/work, some for vacation/fun)!

I look forward your reading your Introductions and getting to know you, first virtually and then in person, as the semester progresses :)

Creating your “Introduction” Post

“Introduction” Posts (HW for Su 9/8)
In order to start exploring the site, getting comfortable with posting/adding media (blogging), practicing reflective writing, and getting to know one another, please make sure to create an initial post that introduces yourself to the class.

*This Introductory Post is due no later than the night before our Sunday night (9/7), but I encourage you make this initial post as soon as possible to become comfortable with OpenLab and to give others a chance to learn a bit about you).

Content of Posts
Tell us a bit about yourself … what are your interests, hobbies, desires? Your experiences at City Tech? Career goals? What you did over summer break? What do you plan to do this semester/winter? Share some photos of you (you can either pull a photo from the web if you have one up there, upload one from your computer, or … you can even take one with photoshop right now!) and your family, friends, neighborhood, etc. Practice adding a link and maybe even a video to your post too.

At the end of your post, please address (in at least a paragraph) the following questions (not necessarily in this order):

  • What your strengths/weaknesses as a writer in general?
  • What do you enjoy/dislike most about writing (in general)?
  • What is your background with using technology (it’s OK if you don’t have any!)?
  • What is your sense of what technical writing is? Don’t do any research for this … just state what you think it is, prior to entering the course.
  • What are your expectations for this course (what you think you will learn and what you hope you will learn)? Any questions?

Categorizing/Commenting on Posts
Don’t forget to categorize your post as “Introductions” (and uncheck “Uncategorized” if it is checked already by default). If you forget to do so before you “publish” you post, you can go back and edit/update it after the fact.

I made an Introductory post about myself (if I’m asking you to share some of your personality/background with the class, it’s only fair that I do the same!), so you can get to know me a bit better as well and also so you get a sense of what this type of post might look like/include.  Early next week (before class), browse through everyone’s posts (if you choose the “Introductions” category for the right side of the homepage, you will be taken to all of these posts) and drop comments to get some conversation going!