Becoming a Learn-It-All

Becoming a Learn-It-All

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Hey guys!  Phew has it been a crazy busy summer.  There have been so many bunnies to chase, hamburgers to steal - I mean eat - and lakes to jump into.  It's been so great!!The downside is I haven't been in the office much lately.  And I miss my ASI family!  I sometimes think longingly about them as I gaze out my window.  I was trying to pinpoint what makes them so special the other day, and I think I have an idea.  At least partly.  I WANT to spend time with all of these people, not NEED to spend time with them.  I mean don't get me wrong, they're all just cool people in general.  But what I like most about being in the office is I'm not just…
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COBOL is King

COBOL is King

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Hi guys!!! I know, it’s been way too long. But today’s story is worth it, I promise!! SO when we last chatted, I was going on and on about different kinds of programming languages. You remember, high-level and low-level and such? And I made a great throwback to Naughty By Nature’s O.P.P. that I thought was hilarious, but maybe didn’t go over so well.... anyways. So. Thinking about throwbacks got me thinking about one of the very first programming languages: COBOL! Well, technically it’s called the Common Business Oriented Language, but pretty much everyone just calls it COBOL. And I’m pretty hip and cool in the insurance and programming world, so that’s what we’re going with! So how did COBOL get started? I’m so glad you asked! Back when computers…
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Diving into Coding Languages

Diving into Coding Languages

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Ahhhh-hhaaaaaa!  Oh!  Sorry, guys, I didn’t know you were waiting for me.  I’ve been taking lots of naps lately because there is SO MUCH dirt and mud around to dig in; I just get all tuckered out so easily!  I’ve also been getting more baths and washed down with the hose more often, and I have no idea why... Ok, where were we?  Oh, that’s right, coding languages!!  So, I feel a little sheepish; I might’ve jumped the gun a little on my last entry.  I got so excited letting you all know how many languages were out there that I didn’t really talk about why we needed them.  Like we talked about a while ago, these languages allow software to function.  They tell them what to do!  They make everything from websites, factories, machines, and even your shower radio, work! So, these tons and tons of coding languages can be grouped into a few different categories.  To get started, you can sort…
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There are 13 ways to say…

There are 13 ways to say…

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You guys are probably wondering how I'm able to talk with you, right?  I mean, how are you understanding dog language?  Well, just like the internet and technology in general, magic.  That's the secret everyone in IT is trying to hide.  It's really magic. But I'm not here to talk about magic today.  Instead, we're talking about languages!!  No not dog language, I'm not giving up those secrets.  But I am drawing the curtain back on what makes technology – well, to be specific, programming – so magical, is that there's not just one way to communicate with computers.  There are numerous languages!! Now to be completely honest, I struggle with languages.  Sometimes I KNOW that Trever wants me to do something, but don't know what.  Or I'll get in trouble, but have no idea why he's mad at…
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Hardware vs Software

Hardware vs Software

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Hey guys!  So now that Trever’s been working from home and I get to be with him EVERY SINGLE DAY rather than just on the days he brings me into the office, I’ve started to realize just how much time he spends on his computer.  I mean, it’s his whoooooooole job.  He fixes things on the computer.  But remember when I said that I can’t ever see what he’s fixing and he just stares at the screen?  Well I got confused, because when he fixes the door I scratch up, I can see the difference.  It looks great after!  So if I can SEE the computer, why can’t I SEE the fix?? Oh boy.  Ladies and gentlemen, today we’re diving into hardware versus software!  Here’s a little cheat sheet to get…
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A Whirlwind History of Insurance Technology

A Whirlwind History of Insurance Technology

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I'm baaaaaack!  Didja miss me?  Yeah, you did.  I know. Well.  Trever and I had an exciting weekend.  He's tried putting a few Snapchat filters on me before, but I'm usually not having it.  After all, my fans know and love me for me.  But this weekend I was introduced to a thing called TikTok.  And let me tell you, after watching dog after dog with all the sticks and snuggles and strange voices they had (come on guys, we don't sound like that), I definitely fell down a rabbit hole.  Not an actual rabbit hole; that's a recurring fantasy of mine.  But man, did I lose track of time fast. Why am I talking about TikTok?  Because you guys, I had no idea how fast technology was moving!  I just learned that MySpace isn't really a thing anymore.  Guess I should go shut down my sparkly music-filled page...  And I'm not the only one behind the curve.  I know you saw it coming, here's my analogy to ASI – a lot, and I mean…
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Software Solutions

Software Solutions

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Oh, hey guys! After last week?s post, it?s nice to see you?ve safely reached my blog today! Well, I talked a few weeks ago about what ASI does and who we are and promised you more. And I ALWAYS deliver on my promises! (Just like ASI does! Hehe, Trever tells me I should be a salesman. But I much prefer CFO. More treats. And naps.) Anyway, I thought today we?d dive into another activity we like to help out with, which is custom software! Don?t worry; I didn?t know what that was either. But I?ve done a little, erm, digging for you. Not in Trever?s mom?s garden, don?t worry! Well, at least not this time... SO. What is custom software? Well, it?s the opposite of Commercial Off-The-Shelf Software, or COTS.…
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Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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You guys. I'm so embarrassed. I?ve had these two blog posts out on the interwebs, and I?ve let the stardom go to my head. Already. Alright, I guess I?d better back up and share the whole story with you.  I set up an email account. You know, for all of my fan mail. And I got some!!!  You guys are too kind. I just say what?s on my mind you know, it?s nothing special. But I?m glad you like me. You really like me! Anyway. The most exciting email I got was from a guy named Kenedy Stoner. And you guys will NEVER guess what he said. He said he had a business transaction for me!! Now, you all know I haven?t had the swankiest of lives. So when he said business transaction, I was sure he was looking…
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So What Does ASI Do?

So What Does ASI Do?

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Hiiiiii?guys!!!?It's?me again! Didja miss me? Didja miss me??I'll?keep?pestering?you until you give?me some belly scratches, so?you may as well???ahhhhhhh, thanks!!!!?Uh. Sorry about that. I just get so excited to see people! I love people! But?I'm?calm now. And so focused. Because I realize I fell asleep last time before?I could explain that even though I talked all about?Insurance, ASI humans, uh,?don't?actually DO?Insurance. Like,?they're?not the ones that would give me a?new bone if?it got destroyed.?It's?more magical than that. And by magical, I?mean you?can't?see the things they do because?it's?magic. Something called technology.?What I can tell you?first hand?? er, paw, is that Trever stares at a screen and things happen. But he gets mad at the screen at ASI for?'code fixes not working', and I?didn't?know how that was different from getting mad at the big…
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Welcome To My Blog

Welcome To My Blog

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Hey guys! By now you?ve heard of this super sweet deal I?ve got going. I mean, yeah, I had it rough the first half of my life. But I am adulting in style now!! If you haven?t heard Trever?s and my story, check it out here. I?ll wait.  Cool, right?? Well. Now that I?m spending a lot of time hanging out at ASI, I figured I should start to learn a little more than just when Amy restocks the treat jar in the kitchen. (Usually on Thursdays, in case you?re feeling peckish). So, I thought I?d start easy. Da humans work primarily with something called P&C Insurance companies, but ? what is insurance? If you?ve moved out of your parents? house, you should probably know what it is. And since I…
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