24 May 2003 RyanMuldoon   » (Journeyer)

I graduated last weekend. Which is a bit strange. But I finished my thesis, so I was able to graduate with honors in philosophy and math. Which I am pleased about. This summer I will continue my job, mostly working on the Shibboleth inter-institutional authorization system (an Internet2 project). I'm trying to integrate x509 client certificates into it, allowing for LDAP failover. It is going pretty well. Other than that, I'm relaxing a bit, and taking a seminar on modal logic.

Now that I'm done with my undergrad stuff, I am trying to get ready for moving to Pittsburgh to start grad school at CMU. So I need to find an apartment, get furniture, pots and pans, etc. I also have to fill out lots of forms and such, which is always a good time.

I am pretty lazy with updating this journal. I think it is because I already recount my day a bit with emails, and so this seems like it is redundant. Oh well.

BenFrantzDale: Cell phone purchasing isn't quite the pain that you make it out to be. You can eliminate choices pretty rapidly, in fact. Start with providers. First determine who will provide service in the areas that you care about (National plans are a much better idea than local/regional ones, now that they are so cheap). That's probably two or three places (Amherst, Santa Monica...). I'd bet that just that will cut a few places out of the running. Then from those, cut out the providers that have reputations for crappy service. Then just look at who has the best $40/mo plan. If more than one provider is still in the running, compare phones. It is kind of a waste to spend money on a phone (especially if it is your first cell phone...), so only pay attention to the phones that you can get cheaply or free. From those, figure out what you care about, like talk time, size, and call quality. Then from the phones that satisfy those criteria, compare their extras like good looks and fun features. Then you're done. ;-)

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