10 May 2009 - 10:24pmBS in CS

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Today I officially received my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. The graduation ceremony, though a bit long, was very nice.  I especially enjoyed the bagpipe/drum marching band that led the processional into/out of the arena at the beginning and end of the ceremony. Remarks given by the various people in attendance were very well done and, though I thought it would be boring, I found the ceremony to be quite enjoyable.

Now that I’m finished with college it’s off to the real world, I suppose. Joelle and I are getting married in 2 months so we have several planning-related things to take care of in the next several weeks. In addition to that, I will be moving to Baldwinsville, NY at some point in the next week or two.  Joelle and I found a pretty nice apartment there that puts me about 15 minutes from my new job in Liverpool, NY.  I’ll be working for Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors as a Systems Engineer. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I just hope I’m good at whatever it is they’ll be expecting me to do. Joelle will be moving in with me after we get married and hopefully she’ll be able to find a job also. There are definitely many more opportunities in the Syracuse area than there are here in Binghamton.

Also, I got a sweet present for graduation. My parents bought me a Garmin Nuvi 760. It’s a really nice widescreen GPS for the car and will come in really handy when Joelle and I are trying to find stuff in Syracuse and also while we’re in Colorado for our honeymoon.

With that, I’m done for now.

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6 May 2008 - 1:02pmWork

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Well, I’ve been home for a few days now, had a good weekend spending time with Joelle and my family. Joelle and I went shopping on Friday night and I spent entirely way too much money on clothes for work (some of which was funded by generous donations from my parents… thanks for that $0.63 gift card :) ). Joelle’s birthday extravaganza took place on Saturday. We had spaghetti for dinner and cookie cake and ice cream for dessert.

Then Monday came and I started my job. As I understand it, I’m going to be doing some web development using Java Server Pages for possibly two different applications. At this point I’m trying to wrap my head around the structure of the application and the way the different pieces of hardware and software interact. I think I’m going to enjoy what I’m doing, but that remains to be seen.

As far as I know, I’m going to be working Monday – Thursday all through the summer and fall, hopefully maxing out my hours right before Christmas. My intentions are to save the majority of what I make so that Joelle and I will have some money to work with when we get married.

Completely off-topic: Android winners were not announced yesterday, as was originally stated. Word on the street (if by street you mean internet) is that the judges final scores for the top 100 applications are due tomorrow (the 7th). Hopefully they’ll all be on time and we’ll find out by Thursday who the 50 winners are.

I guess that’s all for now. I should probably try to find something to do that justifies my hourly pay rate.

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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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18 March 2008 - 8:03pmHappily Engaged!

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Joelle and I are engaged!! We’re very excited about it and are really looking forward to our wedding on July 11th of next year.

How it went down:

I got home from school on Friday for my spring break. I had been planning for the last few weeks that I would use my week off from school to shop for a ring and plan how I was going to do everything. Joelle’s spring break wasn’t until a week after mine, so I had the week to shop around and such without her being home to find out.

That all changed when Miss Joelle decided she wanted to come home for the weekend a week before her break. I had planned to wait another week but I was so excited about it that I wanted to do it early. So I stayed up for hours on Friday night (the 14th) making this webpage for her. On Saturday morning (the day she was coming home), I went out to do some shopping and found this ring at Ruby and Sons Jewelry.

Later that day, after spending some time at her house, Joelle and I went back to my house and I seized my opportunity. I sat Joelle down at the computer and had her watch the slideshow. At the end, I knealt down beside her and asked her to marry me. Needless to say, she said yes and we spent the next several minutes just hugging each other and looking at how pretty her ring is on her hand.

Watch the slideshow, look at the ring and leave us comments if you want to. We’re excited and we’d love to hear from you if you’re excited too.

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13 February 2008 - 10:51amThis class is boring…

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Some news. Again broken into categories for your convenience.

Life – This past weekend consisted of a series of activities that took place back at home. In no particular order: pizza from Rossi’s, Sportsman’s Show in Harrisburg, church, dinner at Russell’s Steakhouse, grocery shopping and two appointments. Now I’m back at school and very excited because Joelle is coming to visit me tomorrow!

Books – I just finished reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. It was an excellent book and I’m looking forward to reading the one’s that follow it, which I ordered yesterday. Check out my books page to see what else I’m planning to read.

New work – I’m going to be working with a high school student who is part of COSI on a website for some sort of cheese store (?) in the area. Should be interesting.

Databases Class – As boring as always.

Android – After a somewhat lax (is that a word?) week behind us, we should be picking back up this week and continuing to move forward. The new deadline for submissions is April 16th, so we have a good 9 weeks or so to get our project ready.

I guess that’s it for the time being.

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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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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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25 October 2007 - 1:58pmA General Update

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So I haven’t posted in almost a whole month, sorry about that. Anyway, not too much has been going on lately, so there’s not much updating to be done. However, I’ll touch on a few things.

I’ve recently been working quite a bit on the K2CC Amateur Radio Club webpage. We decided to adopt a wiki infrastructure for the site, so I dug in and did some work implementing and configuring the mediawiki package. Check it out at http://k2cc.clarkson.edu.

My 20th birthday was this past Tuesday (October 23rd). My parents came up to visit for the weekend prior and brought me my sweet birthday present. Then, Tuesday evening, some friends from the lab threw me a nice surprise party with balloons and cake and ice cream. :)

In other news, time is down… which is a terrible situation for the world as a whole. What will become of the space-time continuum? What will become of mankind? This is surely not good…

I guess I’ll tie this up with a look into the future (oooo… how’s he do that?). Next weekend I’ll be heading home for a few days to see Joelle and my family. Since I haven’t seen Joelle in almost a month and a half, I’m really excited. As far as this site goes, I plan to take some time in the near future to add a few more pages for everyone to take a look at. So check back soon.

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24 September 2007 - 7:18pmWhat a good weekend

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Joelle came to visit me this weekend! We didn’t do anything too exciting, but we still really enjoy spending time together, even if we’re just playing a game on the computer or watching TV.

And yay for another week of classes! (Could you sense the sarcasm?) Along with the occasional piece of schoolwork, I’m trying to make headway on my NTP project for COSI. So far, I’ve installed the ntp packages on my Debian-based server but can’t seem to get it to do anything productive. One thing I’ve noticed… the ntpdate binary (which is supposed to be included in the ntp package) doesn’t seem to be there anywhere. Anyone have any ideas? I think I’m going to get a Redhat-based server set up and give it a shot there (I’m not a huge Debian fan). Keep track of my progress here.

One more thing… if you’re reading my blog, and I don’t know it, post a comment and let me know what you think. It would be encouraging to know how many people are actually looking at this thing.

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14 September 2007 - 6:22pmThis one looks good

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After checking out 5 or 6 different themes, I settled on this one. I also played with the font style for a while and you’re currently looking at Trebuchet MS (unless you don’t have it, in which case you’re looking at Tahoma or Arial).

I drove home from school today to visit for the weekend. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my family, sleeping in my own bed :) .

And I get to see my babe<3. Probably not a lot, but a little is better than nothing.

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