6 November 2008 - 11:51pmClasses

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So my schedule for this coming semester (my last one!) is all set.  It goes as follows:

  • COMM 444 (Unix Web Administration) – MW 4:00-5:15
  • CS 444 (Operating Systems) – MWF 2:00-2:50
  • CS 445 (Compilers) – TTh 9:30-10:45
  • CS 452 (Computer Graphics) – TTh 1:00-2:15
  • CS 464 (Game Development) – TTh 8:00-9:15

I think it looks pretty good (aside from the 8am class on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

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26 September 2008 - 5:01pmSubversion and other things

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It’s been a long time.  I’ll try to give updates on as many things as I can think of in no particular order:

Wedding:

Nothing much new here.  Joelle and I continue to brainstorm about miscellaneous pieces of the wedding, but we haven’t made any concrete plans in quite some time.  Keep an eye out on our wedding blog for updates as they come.

Subversion:

Tonight I decided to tackle the task of installing and configuring Subversion with Apache and WebSVN.  I would have liked to do it using the Apache installation on my Windows computer, but alas, Windows sucks (I would never pay money for it).  As a second option, I turned to an Ubuntu virtual machine created using VirtualBox (which I can run all the time thanks to my recently upgraded 4GB of RAM).  Installation of Subversion is really easy, it’s the following configuration of Apache and WebSVN that was the tough part.  I used a combination of this guide, this guide and finally found this template for WebSVN that looks excellent.  I now have a working Subversion repository where I can store any projects I decide to work on (something anyone working on a development project should probably be doing).

Work:

Work’s been alright lately.  I’ve had some interesting tasks involving VB scripts to look at (one was an Excel macro that I wrote, one was updating a script that queries Active Directory).  I’ve also been working on some documentation here and there.

School:

I looked at classes for next semester today.  My tentative course load looks like this:

  • CS 444 – Operating Systems
  • CS 445 – Compiler Design
  • COMM 444 – Unix Web Administration
  • CS 464 – Game Development (?)
  • EC 350 – Microeconomics (?)

I’m not completely sure about the last two yet.  CS 464 may not actually be offered since it’s pending approval right now and I don’t really know if I want to take Microeconomics or not.  I’ll probably end up doing at least one, if not both, of them.

That’s about all I can come up with at this point.  Hopefully I’ll start posting more often again.

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30 April 2008 - 9:55amHappy Birthday Joelle!

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Today is Joelle’s 21st Birthday! If you see her or have some way of contacting her, wish her a happy one. I’ve got to get her a present this weekend (or maybe I already did…).

It has been a long time since I posted on this thing, so several items of importance follow:

First, an update on the RSS Challenge I mentioned that we had in COSI. I didn’t win, Ryan did. My entry had some database issues and several bugs which needed to be ironed out.

An update on Android: We submitted our entry to the contest on the April 14th deadline and are now waiting anxiously to hear from them. Winners for round 1 are notified on or about May 5th.

School: Last week was dead week (the last week of classes before finals). That means I had a buttload of work to do and no time to do it all. I had two programming assignments due last Thursday, a project presentation on Friday, another presentation this past Monday as well as write ups for each of those. I had one final each Monday and Tuesday and I have two today (one of which is already over). Good news is that I got everything done and turned in on time and I think I’ve done decently on all my tests so far.

I start my co-op on Monday and will be working almost full time from then until Christmas. I intend to work on a few different things this summer, hopefully one of which will be Android (I really hope we win this first round). When the fall gets here I’m thinking I’m going to follow along with the Cryptography course Tino is teaching via Ryan and Jake. I’d like to take the course but I won’t have an opportunity since it’s only offered in the fall.

All that said, I have about 80% of my stuff packed and will be heading home tomorrow probably around noon. Hopefully I’ll have time in the near future to mess with the theme and get the colors the way I want them (I know some of you have said it’s too light, too boring, etc.).

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21 January 2008 - 4:46pmStuff

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It’s been far too long, blog.

This post is dedicated to new news. I will discuss this news in several categories. Enjoy.

My life: I miss home, Joelle, my family, and my dog. I’ve been back at school for almost 2 weeks now, just trying to slip into this semester’s routine and stay on top of my work.

Google Android Contest: As I’ve mentioned, a group of us from the lab have set out to build an application that will run on Google’s new Android platfrom (part of the Open Handset Alliance). Progress so far is very good and we’re actually hoping to have two separate submissions for the March 3rd-ish deadline.

Classes: They are going well. Most everything has been fairly straightforward so far but I’m expecting the workload to get somewhat heavier as the semester progresses. One thing I’m looking forward to is an idea Pat and I have for a project for our Computer and Network Security course. I’m not going to delve into too much detail here because I don’t want to leak information about it to anyone on the Clarkson campus (it could affect the results of our little experiment). If you don’t go to Clarkson and would like more details, let me know.

COSI: Maybe I should finish the time server project I started last semester. Hmmm…

K2CC: For those of you who don’t know, I’m a member of the Clarkson Amateur Radio Club. The club does a lot of neat projects, a few of which I get involved in here and there. Check out the wiki I set up. There’s a license exam coming up on February 2nd and I’m considering upgrading to a General Class license. I’ll let you know how it goes.

My Website: Recently added on the right hand side of my blog’s home page is a link to a calendar that shows my schedule. I’ll try to keep this thing as up to date as possible so that if you want to know when I’m available or what I’m up to you can check there. Also, I’m working on a photo browsing application (using some AJAX) that I hope to put up here at some point, I’ll let you know when that becomes available (it will probably be password-protected, so you’ll have to know me to check it out).

Clarkson: Is a mess. There’s construction vehicles all over and it’s become one huge mud/snow pit. Due to the abundance of dirt everywhere, maintenance has decided to use dirt to coat every slippery surface on campus. Not only does this make the surface somewhat less slippery, it contributes a great deal to the mud collection here at the University. This is as opposed to using salt which would effectively melt the ice and actually prevent a muddy mess, and that would be terrible.

Potsdam: It’s cold here (sorry, that’s not new news). This morning my computer informed me that it was -1. -1 is cold.

Snow and Mud

I think that will be all for today. I’ll try to post more often, I promise. :)

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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

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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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