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Dude I Got a Dell

Today DHL came to the office with a stack boxes from Dell. Being that I work for the UNIX group we don’t often get deliveries from Dell. We actually thought that the delivery guy was delivering to the wrong part of the floor. Anyway, we opened one of the boxes and it was a 24 inch lcd monitor. We’ve been bugging my boss Mark for dual 24 inch lcd monitors for about a year now. Needless to say I was very surprised.

Here’s a couple of pictures of my new setup. You can click on them for bigger versions:
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The last 2 pictures are of an excel document stretched across both screens. It goes from column A to column AY. Now if that doesn’t say productivity I don’t know what does.


Quicktime VR

After my last post, I started wondering how people made those Quicktime VR movies. I found a couple utilities, but they all required Mac OS 9. I’ve got Mac OS X, and don’t have the classic support turned on (or what ever they call it officially). Anyway I came across Apple’s Quicktime tools page, and found the program that does it in OS X. It’s called QTVR Make Cubic. Sorry Windows folks, this is a Mac only program.

Any way here is a Quicktime VR movie of my cubical. Click and drag your mouse on the image. To zoom in and out use the shift and ctrl keys. Click Here to view.


My Slice of Heaven

Ever wonder what my cubical looks like? Well now you can know, thanks to my co-worker Byron. He built a 360 degree tripod head for his Nikon D50. We used it to take a 360 degree picture of my cubical at work. The picture is to large to embed in this post so you’ll have to click on these links to see it:

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The pillar on the far right and left of the picture is actually the same pillar. You can see the Hitman and Call of Duty posters on both.

I think these turned out pretty cool. Byron also took some of our datacenter, his garage, and some other co-workers cubicals.

If you want to build your own, you can find the plans at:
http://www.worth1000.com/tutorial.asp?sid=161123&print=1

We took a picture every 10 degrees. I then ran the pictures through a program called “AutoStich.” It is what puts all of the photos together into one large panoramic picture. The program is free and can be downloaded at:
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html


I’m Back

Let me wipe off the spider webs and see if this old blog still posts. I don’t really have a good reason for not posting. Every time I would think of posting I thought, “I’ll do that tomorrow.”

So what have I been doing?

In November Treah and I took a trip to Denver. I spent the week in AIX training, Treah spent the week site seeing. We also saw my brother (Ryan) and his girlfriend (Jes) when we were out there. The next week we went to Vermont to see my parents for Thanksgiving. Ryan and Jes rode back from VT with us and went to a WVU football game.

In December I finally graduated from the Software Engineering Master’s program. My parents and grandparents drove in from Vermont, my brother flew in from Denver, and Treah’s parents drove up from Beckley, all to watch the ceremony. The funny thing about December graduation at WVU, is that it takes place before the end of the semester. So even though I was pretty confident I had the grades to graduate, I didn’t know for sure. Anyway, here’s a picture of me and President Hardesty at graduation.
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Later in the month we had Christmas with Treah’s parents. We spent most of our time in Beckley, but spent Christmas Day in Charleston at her grandfather’s house.

Now I’m stuck in the 3 day work week between the end of Christmas break and New Years. I’m hoping most of our troublesome users are out of work this week!

Mix in work, a couple days of school, football, basketball, a broken laptop battery, and you’ve basically got my life since my last post. I’ll try to do a better job keeping up.


Life update

It’s been quite some time since my last update. Here’s an overview as to what has been going on.

I finished up the spring semester. I finished the semester with an A in Artificial Intelligence and a B in Software Reliability Engineering. I guess that means my programs are smart but are flakey.

I flew from Morgantown, WV to Burlington, VT for a long weekend. I did this to go see my little brother graduate. He almost has an MBA from Clarkson University. He has 3 credits left that he is working on right now by touring Europe for 3 weeks. Sounds rough. It was pretty funny, they gave him a diploma holder when he walked across the stage. Most people had a diploma in the holder, his said something like “You’ll get your diploma when you finish.” His friends were calling it an IOU.

This flight home taught me a valuable lesson, NEVER fly USAir. On the trip up every flight was delayed by at least an hour. I barely caught my connection in Philadelphia. I was supposed to be in Burlington around midnight. It was after 1:30am when I got off of the plane. Then to top off the evening they lost my bags. I didn’t get my bags back again until 6:00pm the following evening. Coming back to Morgantown, I went to check in at Burlington and my flight home was canceled. I was able to reschedule for a flight leaving later that day but it was still a hassle. The last leg of my flight from Pittsburgh to Morgantown I was the only person on the plane other than the 2 pilots. It was like having a private jet. The only bad part was they took me first to Clarksburg, WV to pick people up. When we got to Clarksburg no one was there to be picked up. It seemed as though they should have called ahead. Luckily USAir doesn’t fly out of Morgantown anymore. This weekend it switched to Continental. I hope they do a better job.

I’ve been working pretty much nonstop on the student portal upgrade at work. A co-worker who was the lead person from my group on the project left the university. So it is now my project. Chris and I spent most of last week trying to get stuff to work and to get support to actually answer our questions with relevant information. Next week we are in advanced Solaris 10 training so Jason gets to have fun with the project in our absence. I’m actually at work right now. I have been since about 7:00am this morning, on a Sunday. It’s our yearly fire suppression testing. We have to test to make sure our fire systems work. As a result we have to come in and shut everything down, test the fire system, then power everything back up. We’re also doing a bunch of updates as getting an outage is rare around here. We’re scheduled to have everything back up by 6:00pm this evening. I hope we’re done before then. I know what you’re asking yourself. Why am I blogging and not working so I can go home early. Our storage system takes about an hour to boot. Until that comes up we can’t do anything else. So I’m killing time right now.

I start my summer course next week. I only have 3 credits (1 course) left to take this summer then I’ll have my Master’s in Software Engineering. The course is in something like personal software development. The syllabus looks like it will be a lot of programming projects. So that should be fun. I’d much rather write a program than write a paper.

I think that’s it. I’ll try to do a better job with keeping this up to date. Sorry about that.


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