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Deregulation means taking crimes against the people and making them legal. Oct. 23rd, 2010 @ 04:25 pm

After graduating college, I’ve noticed a lot of things in my life have changed. I have a much more fixed schedule. I’m not longer stressed about how many hours I’ll be working. And I don’t have to write papers at home anymore (although I’ve pretty much already done two brief ones for work). But the biggest difference is how much I hobby on computers now.


I miss having a computer problem and writing a program to fix it. Now I just go “eh” and move on, secure in the knowledge I probably could write that program if I wanted to.


But the inspiration for this post is that a few months ago I acquired a new used computer. Anyone who knows me knows I probably don’t need another; the specs were a bit below my desktop but definately were above my server (which isn’t even dual core). The only problem: no video card and probably a bad power supply. “That’s fine as my current server has both a video card and a good power supply” I thought to myself. That supposed-to-be-new-server has sat in my closet for at least three months. Two years ago, doing hardware transplants was almost something that would be fun. But I’ve been dreading doing it. I finally pulled out both boxes, and started the work. I’m not done, I can’t find the screw driver I need and dell cases have horrid layout. And I’m not doing it because its fun anymore. I’m doing it because I need to get rid of one of them.





Interesting Feb. 24th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm
I just searched my name on three search engines. Interesting enough Bing returned the most relevant but not the most important result. All results on Bing were indeed relevant, as opposed to Google, but only Google actually found my homepage (this website) which I would consider the best result, but the rest of what Google found was largely irrelevant, in my opinion including entries from years ago at the top. For example, a help question I posted when I was a Junior in high school (2004) was the third result. For reference, I am about to graduate from college.

Interested in seeing who's search is best for you? Do a blind test at http://blindsearch.fejus.com/.

Originally published at Socks for all.


Why do I use Linux? Oct. 8th, 2009 @ 06:22 pm
I get asked this question sometimes, and after reading Hellow's Blog, I decided to post my responce in both places.

I don't own an Apple because I can't afford it -- more expensive for slightly different hardware. I can't customize it -- for a box which expresses how 'cool' you're supposed to be they all look really similar (you can't think different if everyone is on a Mac).

I don't use Microsoft Windows because I can't fix it -- most people aren't programmers, but the fact that simply knowing one (or being one) can get a bug fixed is awesome. I can't use it -- I can't work without multiple deskops and sloppy focus. Its just too painful.

I use Linux because I can do anything. I can do just about anything I want. :-)

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Why do I use Linux? Oct. 8th, 2009 @ 06:20 pm
I get asked this question sometimes, and after reading Hellow's Blog, I decided to post my responce in both places.

I don't own an Apple because I can't afford it -- more expensive for slightly different hardware. I can't customize it -- for a box which expresses how 'cool' you're supposed to be they all look really similar (you can't think different if everyone is on a Mac).

I don't use Microsoft Windows because I can't fix it -- most people aren't programmers, but the fact that simply knowing one (or being one) can get a bug fixed is awesome. I can't use it -- I can't work without multiple deskops, and sloppy focus. Its just too painful.

I use Linux because I can do anything. I can do just about anything I want.

Originally published at Socks for all.

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I want a centrifuge to make unmixed drinks. May. 21st, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
Well school's been out for a while. Obligitory grade post:
ClassTitleGrade
Computer Science 562 01Pinciples of Operating SystemsA-
Computer Science 563 01Basic Systems Administration LabA+
Computer Science 567 01Pinciples of Computer NetworksC-
English 105 05Introduction to NarritiveA-
Math 532 01Graph TheoryB-


This means that my semester GPA is a 3.05, or a B average, not too bad. I'm disappointed by the C- in Networks, but it was a "Revenge of the non-programmers" class -- everyone who hated programming did well. I'm (obviously) not in that category, nor did I find much of the information useful.

I'm still trying to get my room mate situation resolved. My preferred room mate waited too long to cancel his housing and got his balls caught in a vice by UNCG. Why do I need a room mate? In case you haven't heard Meg and I are no longer together (though we are still on friendly terms) and she's moved back to the Charlotte area. While obviously I'm upset, I'm done lamenting over that, and now all I can see is my entertainment system is not longer entertaining. 37+ HDTV downgraded to 21 SDTV. Blech.

I've wooted lately, my prize? Why Unlimitted supply of air! For a guy who regualarly does tech support and is in possession of too many computers, that's a good thing.

I got a full time job lined up, and I start on the first of June, but more on that later. These is enough words for now.

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I should clean: there's stuff over all my dust. May. 1st, 2009 @ 04:42 pm
I didn't get into Summer of Code. I'm sad. I'm guessing it wasn't even close, which is a shame because I thought I had a good (original) idea that could have improved Linux in the office as well as the home. Oh well. School is winding down, but really that means up because of all the exams, final projects, etc.

Meg and I are no longer together, so I'm hopefuly going to be rooming with Zach next year. For two months though, I'll have the apartment to myself. I'm keeping our dog, Corabelle (my little minion), but Meg gets the fish. I need a new TV! Because I've now been spoiled by that HighDef thing, and I can't go back to SDTV and its pitiful 480i resolution. Bah. And I almost had my media center set up just right, too.


If I wanted a cap I'd buy a hat Apr. 13th, 2009 @ 06:07 pm
Time Warner's gonna start capping our Internets! Starting in August, only 40GB/month for what we're paying now. An unlimited plan would be $150 (compared to the $35 I pay now). 40 Gigabytes per month isn't even 8 highdef movies (ala Hulu or Netflix). This is unacceptable. I hope that ATT U-Verse comes to our area shortly. Sounds like a much better plan.

Easter was alright. Got the FAFSA filed for my final year of college next year.

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A required "I'm not dead" post. Apr. 7th, 2009 @ 08:26 pm
Bah! I'm still alive and kicking. Getting sick, that sucks. Last weekend there was a local ACM contest between some schools in the triad. My team took second place! Hooray (and it was close).

I've applied to Google's Summer of Code. My project is entitled "Simplification of Authentication", as part of Gnome. The gist is that on one machine you say "Allow others to log on via this machine" and on a bunch of others you say "Log on via that machine". Now you only have one computer to keep up to date with everyone's user names and passwords, and any computer in your network can use those. Hence the Authentication. Can you do this already? Yes. Can you do it easily, let alone with two clicks? No. Hence the Simplification part. That's important when you discover you have seven+ logical operating systems:
  • Main computer, Ubuntu Linux partition

  • Main computer, Microsoft Windows Vista partition

  • Main computer, Microsoft Windows Vista virtual machine (so I don't have to reboot to test something)

  • Server

  • Netbook

  • Girl friend's computer

  • Test computer

  • Any other virtual machines I may run from time to time


Being able to have one log on helps tremendously here.

I wrote some patches to clean up Evolution, and remove some of the old libgnome (because libgnome Must Die).

Easter's coming up. I'm going to Charlotte.

Goodbye.

Originally published at Socks for all.

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This semester halts, apparently Dec. 17th, 2008 @ 12:54 pm
Well, I've reduced UNCG's schedule to the Halting Problem. And apparently this semester is halts (is finaly over), and I've passed all my classes, hooray! Not that I was expecting to fail, but I wasn't really expecting to be this consistant:

Subject & CourseCourse TitleFinal Grade
Bio 111Principles of BiologyB-
CSC 540Human-Computer Interface DevelopmentB+
CSC 553Theory of ComputationB+
MAT 293Calculus IIIB-
THR 130Fundamentals of ActingB+*


This is the first time I've made a B in any of my Computer Science classes, let alone two. Theory of Computation was difficult, but the sore part was just the crappy book. Really crappy. Human-Computer Interface Development wasn't really what I thought it would be. I was expecting a class full of wonder in how to design UI and it didn't really feel like a 500 level class. To top it all off, the whole emphasis on the class was on how only the user mattered, not how hard it was to code, and our final project had to be written in a Java Applet. What a mistake.

*UPDATE: Apparently, this should be a B+, but there were some e-mail issues; My updated grade will have to wait.

Originally published at Socks for all.

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Ah crap, I mean, OOPS. Dec. 14th, 2008 @ 02:45 pm
My system had a little oops today. Which is kind of like a BSOD, only your system MIGHT still work. Mine didn't. I'm kind of sad though, because this is just a few days after I turned off OOPS reporting for some reason, probably in search of more performance. I wont do that again, in case something happens again.

On the up side, my machine can suspend now! Turns out it wasn't a problem with Linux, but a problem with the BIOS, which could cause "64-bit operating systems with more than 4 GB or more of RAM to fail to resume from suspend", which I guess explains why my machine shipped with the 32-bit version of Windows Vista. A quick BIOS flash later, and everything worked on the second try (I have no idea what happened the first time).

I've got one more exam left, but so far I've made a B- in Biology, and a B+ in Theory of Computation. Still waiting for the last 3 grades.

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