CIO In the News|
CIO Solutions, a Santa Barbara based IT consulting firm, will be the corporate sponsor of C4's Green Building Art Show in July's First Thursday event.
Santa Barbara, CA - July 1, 2010 - CIO Solutions
, an Information
Technology (IT) firm in Santa Barbara, is sponsoring the first Green Building
Art Show hosted by the US California Green Building Council Coast Chapter (C4)
The show will include a display
of architectural renderings form local design firms, winners of the USGBC's
Natural Talent 2010 Design Competition, and a fine art showcase. The event will
be part of the First Thursday
festivities which will be held on Thursday, July 1st.
The Green Building Art Show will be held at the Built Green Resource Center
located at 914 Santa Barbara Street, Suite A
in downtown Santa Barbara. This center offers
information, advice, programs and classes on green building processes and
|Really Green IT - Andrew West, Sr. Solutions Architect|
Have you noticed that everything, from companies to the products that they sell, is suddenly "green" almost overnight? Is it possible that the same dish detergent that you bought last year is really green this year? If you're as skeptical as I am, it's probably because your intuition is right on. "Greenwashing" is a common phenomenon whereby companies intentionally highjack the Green bandwagon in order to market their offerings to an environmentally conscious consumer base, often without making any changes at all other than the label on the package.
The Information Technology industry - while far from perfect - has made real and significant strides towards energy and materials efficiency in the past 5 years. While incremental improvements are continually being made in low-power components and manufacturing processes, virtualization is king with its clear and immediate green contributions...READ MORE
|3D Technology: A Review - Chase Christian, Engineer|
|It seems like there's hardly a new movie released to theaters now that isn't
featured in 3D. With the huge commercial success of Avatar last year, many movie
studios are jumping at the opportunity to get onto the 3D bandwagon. Commercials
on television have been saturated with companies trying to sell 3D monitors and
TVs, even Nintendo is making a 3D version of the Game Boy. But is 3D truly a
technology that's ready to take its place next to HD in our homes and
The key detractor of any 3D implementation is that...READ MORE
|Think Brown, Not Green! - Ryan Popke, Shipping and Receiving|
Here at CIO it's been a year of thinking brown. Brown boxes to be exact. Over the course of the last year we have switched over to a new way of doing things in our shipping department. We have purchased exactly 0 boxes and eliminated all of the packing materials needed to ship our products out, except for the tape. I'm still working on a solution for that.
It all started with the review of the old system. We would buy different sized boxes for different shipments and then keep them in stock for their eventual use. Packing peanuts and foam inserts filled the stock room as they were a necessity in almost every shipment. Most of the boxes that we received on a daily basis were broken down and recycled. This I think is the way that most shipping departments work.
I then looked at the size and shipping costs of those size boxes and compared them... READ MORE
|Employee Spotlight - Burt Ribet, Sr. Engineer|
This is Burt Ribet's second time around working for CIO Solutions. Burt first worked for John Petote 20 years ago, he then went and worked at UCSB and has made a full circle, returning to CIO. Burt came onboard (again) about 6 months ago as CIO's newest Senior Engineer. Burt enjoys the challenging nature of IT and looks forward every day to working with clients and finding solutions. He also finds the fun, laid back environment of CIO to be entertaining and welcoming. |
Burt Joseph Ribet was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and grew up in Goleta (La Patera area). He attended La Patera, Goleta Valley Junior High and Dos Pueblos High School. He now lives in Buellton with his wife of 18 years and three children (two daughters, 12 and 9, and one son, 14).
Hobbies: Burt enjoys anything technical, especially studying IT issues or programming languages (including but not limited to: C++, C#, Perl, Java, PHP, HTML, and VB). He also loves anything that has to do with sports including soccer, basketball, dodgeball, kickball and volleyball. Burt is also very involved with Christian leadership and is active in youth leadership programs as well.
Dreams/Aspirations: Burt states that he is already living a dream, he has a wonderful family and a great life. He tries to live in the moment and is grateful for what he has.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Almost anything, just a lot of it. If he had to choose one food it would probably be sushi.
Favorite Book/Movie: Burt is not a big fiction reader but loves to relax with a good technical manual or programming language book. He has some difficulty watching and enjoying movies because he has a hard time of 'letting go' and accepting the crafted realities of Hollywood. Most of the movies he ends up watching are based on history.
Quote: "I long to do a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to do small tasks as if they are great and noble" -- Helen Keller
Interesting fact: Burt's family is his life. Everything he does is for the betterment of his wife and his children. Like the quote above says, he hopes someday to do something great for the world, but for right now he is just trying to make his sphere of influence that much better because of his presence.
CIO Solutions does not knowingly participate in SPAM. If you wish to be removed from this list, please follow the link below and you will be taken off this list. Thank you for your interest in our