Category Archives: Ramblings

Ramblings of a somewhat more personal nature.

XPS 8300 Shortcomings

So, now that I have disposed of my old Dimension 9200, I realize that the new (well, year-old?) XPS 8300 isn’t really all that expandable. The Dimension 9200 absolutely crushed it in that category. In the Dimension 9200, I could … Continue reading

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A Work Presentation, and a Comment by a Turing Award Laureate

I gave a presentation at work today to an audience of probably 100 to 150 people, describing my project of the last week. The project involved genetic algorithms for auto-tuning configurations, and I almost put the “Kanye – Gay Fish” … Continue reading

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Three Years Left?

According to a Bloomberg article, I have about three years left before my employability as a software engineer will start to decline. There was some discussion about this on Slashdot. I particularly liked this comment, in response to why software … Continue reading

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Time Wasted

Today was a true Monday — not a pleasant day. Except for maybe an hour at work and two hours at the gym, it was nothing but wasted time. I took my car to the shop today to have the … Continue reading

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Happy New Year (?)

Happy new year! I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve also been busy. You know the story. I’ve done some traveling in private matters, but mostly it was large scale designs and some important improvements for work. I took … Continue reading

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Awful King County Metro Changes Coming Up

I just found out that King County Metro is planning to cut off service for Route 27 at 12th Avenue at non-peak times. This is awful. Route 27 is the only bus that takes me directly to my office. It … Continue reading

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FedEx Nightmare Ended, Setting Up Quad-Core Desktop

My FedEx nightmare ended. The package was found at a warehouse and then delivered to the FedEx store where I had requested it to be held. One thing that worried me a little was that it was listed as “Delivered, … Continue reading

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FedEx Horror, Continued

I got an encouraging email from Dell today. Apparently, someone at Dell had talked to FedEx, and they said my package is ready for pickup at the store. Unfortunately, I just talked to the FedEx store where the package is … Continue reading

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FedEx Lost My $1500 Package from Dell

I ordered a new computer from Dell a couple of weeks ago, and it was supposed to be delivered yesterday. I work, you know, so I wasn’t here when FedEx attempted to deliver it. And because it’s a pricey item, … Continue reading

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ACM Membership Certificate

I received a certificate from the ACM today. “This is to certify that, having fulfilled the requirements for professional membership,” I am admitted into the Association for Computing Machinery. Why yes, I really did pay that membership fee. Which is … Continue reading

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Summer in Seattle

A radio station here in Seattle (I believe it KOMO News) had checked how many minutes of summer Seattle had so far in 2011. They defined summer as 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 C) and no rain. Guess how many? 70 … Continue reading

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Dell Repair Fail

The Dell technician here to repair the Ethernet port on my media computer broke the rest of the computer! The fan doesn’t spin anymore, the PC doesn’t boot up anymore, and the surround sound system makes a pulsing sound when … Continue reading

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Perforce Migration

Ever since my internship at National Instruments, I’ve been using Perforce as version control system. Thanks to their evaluation license, which is limited to two users, this has been completely free for me. I’m glad that I stuck with Perforce, … Continue reading

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Upper Bound

According to Nature, about 37,000 PhDs are awarded annually. If there were that many degree recipients during the last 100 years (and there weren’t), and if all of them are still alive (they aren’t), then there’d be 3.7 million people … Continue reading

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HengeDock Broke

I really like my MacBook Pro. I bought it to make finishing my thesis more enjoyable, and I’ve got to say, it worked. A couple of weeks ago, when I finished the last couple of chapters, I realized how nice … Continue reading

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Excel and Unix

This morning, I spent about two hours analyzing log files and entering the results into an Excel spreadsheet. Excel decided to make my file 105 MB in size and then crashed. Tonight, I replaced myself with a very small shell … Continue reading

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SplashMoney for Android 4.7.6 – What a Disappointment

I had used SplashMoney for Palm for years, and it was a fantastic product. When I got my new HTC EVO Android phone, getting SplashMoney was the first thing I did. Oh, what a disappointment that was. The program crashes, … Continue reading

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Review for iConcept Press

I just finished the review of the book chapter I had agreed to do for iConcept Press. It was an interesting survey chapter, written by non-native speakers of English, about a topic I’m familiar with, but on which I am … Continue reading

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Scrum for COMP 402?

I went to a talk on Scrum yesterday, and it was very interesting. Scrum is an agile software engineering methodology, similar to Extreme Programming. It features a list of externally visible features that need to be implemented, the product backlog. … Continue reading

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Is iConcept Press Legitimate? A Review

I received a review invitation for an article to be published in one of iConcept Press‘s journals today. I already wrote about iConcept Press earlier, when I wondered whether it was a vanity press. Considering the cost of publishing there, … Continue reading

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