23 October 2009 - 10:15pmThe Big 2-2

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Today I turned 22. I have neglected this blog for quite some time and figured today would be as good a day as any to post.

There are two main reasons for today’s post.  The first is that I have been trying to come up with an idea for a new project to work on. I’d like to do something web-related but can’t think of any good ideas that I see a need for. After our wedding I thought perhaps a universal gift registry site would be neat.  A place where items from any store/website could be added with some sort of system for keeping track of what has/hasn’t been purchased.  That idea didn’t last long since a quick Google search revealed several similar websites (none of which I particularly liked, but that’s beside the point).  So I decided I’d post my desire for a project here, perhaps one of the 5 people that reads this blog has a good idea for a web application that I could work on.  On a side note, I was recently taking a look at the Yii Framework for PHP development and I thought it might be interesting to try employing it in whatever project I take on.

The second reason is that I’ve been thinking of trying to take this blog in a more technical direction and possibly trying to post on a more regular basis.  It seems that the technical problems I run into and solve on a weekly basis at work would be good content for blog posts and may possibly draw others here who are facing similar issues.  Some of the topics I’ve considered include kernel compilation, ethernet interface bonding using the bonding kernel module (including an overview of the different bonding modes offered), hardware watchdog, diskless booting over a network, creating an automated install procedure using a Linux-based boot CD, and probably some others that are escaping me at the moment.  Some of those are less advanced than others, but each represent a different task/problem I’ve run into at work over the last few months.  If you are reading this and you have any ideas, please let me know in the comments.

The third reason (did I say two?) is to promote the COSI IRC server.  If you’re a COSI member, past member, wannabe member or otherwise you should definitely check out comm.cslabs.clarkson.edu.  Take a look at the wiki page for information on how to connect and say hello.

The fourth reason is to say you should check out openinternet.gov.  There are several Internet Service Providers in existence that are experimenting with internet plans that restrict access to certain lists of websites, charging customers more for further or unrestricted internet access.  Take a look at the website and educate yourself on Net Neutrality and how it may impact you.

That’s all I have to say about that.

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14 January 2009 - 3:11pmBoring

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Operating Systems is boring.  So I figured I’d write a blog post.

My schedule for this semester is slightly different than I’d originally planned for.  Instead of taking CS464 (Game Development), I’ve decided to drop that and take COSI for 2 credits.  The grouping situation for the project in CS464 wasn’t going to work out well for me and since I don’t need that class I decided I’d be better off not having to worry about it.

For COSI, I’m going to be working on a few different projects.  So far, I’ve started working with Ryan and Zach on setting up and testing a storage technology called DRBD.  I don’t know too much about it yet, but we’re thinking it may be a good solution for the storage configuration in the server room.  More information to come as we learn more about what its capable of and how well it works.  Beyond that, there are a few possibilities for other things to work on, but nothing solid yet.

I guess that’s all for the moment.  I’ll attempt to keep this more up to date this semester.

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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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9 April 2008 - 9:18pmBlah

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Sometimes people are very frustrating.

After tonight’s COSI meeting (which is now), I’m presenting my entry to the COSI RSS Challenge. Unfortunately, it’s not ready for public consumption (still has some database efficiency issues, etc.) but pretty soon I will link to it here for people to try out if they’re interested. There are a whopping two other entries to the Challenge by Jake and Ryan so I expect competition to be fierce.

Also being presented tonight is Jake’s Open Server Platform project. It’s a really awesome server framework written in Erlang. He’s just released version 0.2 and his project is attracting the interest of people not only here in COSI but all over the place. His code is all open source and can be viewed on Google Code.

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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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