8 December 2007 - 1:08pmDead Week

I can now say I’ve survived my first Dead Week at Clarkson University. Dead Week is defined on campus as the week before finals, during which no new assignments can be given and the professors cannot give any quizzes or examinations. Therefore, the only thing left to do is rush to finish all the stuff you didn’t do that was supposed to be turned in back in September.

That said, I got almost everything done. A portion of one assignment for CS341 will go unfinished and that’s mostly because I don’t have the first clue how to do it. And that’s it. The only things I have left to do are test corrections for CS345 by the final on Wednesday, a few minor additions to the project for CS350 and then the finals themselves (4 of them, one each day from Monday to Thursday).

Then I’ll be on my way home for winter break. Plans for while I’m home include spending time with Joelle and my family, enjoying Christmas, finding some way to make some cash, hopefully going skiing a few times, fixing Mr. Woodruff’s computer, enjoying the new year, reading 2001: A Space Odyssey, setting up Tomcat on my computer and messing with Java (JSP, servlets, Java Beans, etc.) in preparation for CS462 next semester and my job the following summer, and probably about 209323 other things I haven’t thought of yet. I’m really looking forward to being at home.

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22 November 2007 - 1:21pmHappy Thanksgiving!

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Hello everyone, hope you’re all having a great Thanksgiving! It’s good to be home enjoying the holiday with my family and spending time with the girl I love.

An update on classes… instead of COMM341 (which was a question mark anyway), I’ve registered for COMM440 – PHP and MySQL. I’m just hoping that it will be at least slightly entertaining and challenging, I would really like to learn something in that class. Everything else is the same, this 5 class line-up shouldn’t be too bad for next semester… the only class I’m a little concerned about is CS344…

In other news, I want an Ipod Touch and a MacBook Pro. Enough said, I think.

VMWare Server 2.0 Beta was released just recently (check it out here). I downloaded and installed it on my Windows Vista desktop and have been very pleased so far. The biggest difference I saw right away is that the application is web-based. All the management functions and VM usage occurs inside your browser. I’ve found two issues I think I should point out:

  1. I first tried running it in Firefox… this worked fine until I went to the VM’s console tab to view my VM as it booted. The program told me I needed to download a plugin for Firefox, so I clicked the link and the plugin wouldn’t install properly (it gave an error about not being able to write to something). So (using IE Tab) , I tried it in Internet Explorer. The plugin installed fine and I’m now able to view my VM’s console.
  2. The first thing I noticed after installing VMWare was that it asked me to login. What was I supposed to login with? Good question. After doing some hunting online, I found that I was supposed to use the existing user account on the system. But my user account wouldn’t work. Upon further investigation it occurred to me that it probably wanted the administrator account. I had to go through the process of enabling that account and setting a password and I was instantly able to login to the VMWare Infrastructure Client.

With that, I’ll be off for the day. It’s time to pay more attention to the football game at hand. Again, I hope you enjoy your holiday.

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8 November 2007 - 1:34pmSlacking off


So here I am, sitting in class… what better time to post?

I know I haven’t kept up with updating this thing like I should, but at least I post once in a while. Not too much going on lately… Clarkson University is not that exciting of a place. I am, however, going to visit Joelle this weekend. I’m very excited about that. Then, when I get back, it’s only a week until Thanksgiving break and after that only a few weeks until the end of the semester.

The next few weeks will probably consist of me trying to finish up a bunch of homework (programming assignments from CS341 and the project for CS350, namely) so that I’ll hopefully get halfway decent grades in my classes for this semester.

Registration for spring classes started today. Looks like I’ll be taking the following next semester:

  • CS460 – Database Systems
  • CS462 – Web Development (Java)
  • CS344 – Algorithms and Data Structures
  • CS457 – Computer and Network Security
  • COMM341? – Web Design

Not sure about that last one yet. I’m not too thrilled with the idea of taking that class, but I need a class to put there and I figure I can probably get a good grade in that one without too much effort (I like easy A’s).

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2 October 2007 - 11:06pmMainframe Contest Update

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So it’s 11:03 Tuesday night and I just finished Part 2 of the Mainframe Contest about 20 minutes ago. I got stuck while working on it last night and come to find out the part I got stuck on was really easy. I could have easily finished the rest of the contest last night had I been able to figure it out. I’m hoping I got mine in quick enough to be a winner for Part 2, but I guess we’ll see.

Overall, I thought the contest was very well structured and educational. I think that it was laid out in such a way that you were told just as much as you needed to know to finish the task. Each time something new was presented, some background information was given and I think that added to the “real world” feel that the contest has.

I will definitely add my completion of the contest to my resume, finishing it was no simple task and I feel as though I’ve really accomplished something by doing so.

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29 September 2007 - 8:50amOh, it’s Saturday, it’s Saturday…

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Hanianianianiahchacha. 🙂

Another weekend at home to relax and visit with my family. Good times.

On another note, the IBM Mainframe Contest starts on Monday at noon. If you’re interested and haven’t registered yet, visit here. I’ve never done it before, but I’m going to give it a shot and see if I can win anything.

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18 September 2007 - 7:09pmThe wonders of Emacs


I was using emacs in class today and I thought to myself wouldn’t it be nice if I knew how to copy and paste in emacs? I also knew from prior experimentation that it was possible to have multiple files open at once within emacs and to have them paned to be easily viewable at the same time. So I did a quick search on Google and was presented with this webpage, a quick reference for all things emacs, which seems to have been put together by a computer science professor from Williams College. This was exactly what I was looking for so I thought I’d post it here for the masses (which at this point is basically myself).

Now maybe I can keep up with Tino when he whips through a 200 line program in C like its the easiest thing he’s ever seen… and he’s using vi.

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