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Over the last 8 years, I've worked as a system administrator, an independant consultant, a programmer. I've been hired my university to teach courses on COM, UML, C++ and OO design at local companies and to work with local buisness as part of the technology incubator program they run. I'm involved in an adaptive communication project for the hanicap right now. I quit my last job as a programmer to get my masters degree which I'll have in a few months


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I normally *hate* HTML & making web pages. But in an effort to procrastinate I took a look at CSS2. I'm very impressed at how well (modern) browsers handle this stuff now. In the past, I had to work a few projects where I was required to make some sort of HTML or another. One of them involved making XSL that created HTML order forms, tabbed and everything, from XML. The nightmare of getting anything to layout correctly in those 4.x browsers was endless. I'm so glad those jobs are over.

Anyway, I put up all most of my projects & my papers and started to play with a psuedo blog. There are still a few things I'll have to get around to putting up there. I think it looks pretty good, I didn't really have to spend that much time on it - and using only CSS & no tables makes everything 100x easier. So take a look. . Now I have to get back to some programming.

1 Jul 2002 (updated 1 Jul 2002 at 19:10 UTC) »

I will never order a MB & CPU online again. Espeically not an AMD & espeically not from TCComputers. i'll go insane if I try to explain why, the customer service guy got the brunt of it though :) This is an awful day.

1 Jul 2002 (updated 1 Jul 2002 at 11:34 UTC) »

The only good thing that happened today, so far, has been that I've gotten permission from several big companies to use thier expirence in using ZThreads for a paper I'm planning on submitting to the WIESS conference. I hope I will be able to attend and be able to add that to my publications with an actual citation, rather than just an accepted at note.

1 Jul 2002 (updated 1 Jul 2002 at 11:29 UTC) »

I am VERY unhappy with my worthless university, SUNY @ Buffalo. I have now had papers accepted at three conferences and I have been unable to participate because they do not support thier studentds research. I was offered $100 for all of these conferences, not for each - for ALL of them, and that was it; making it completely impossible to even travel to these events, much less register for them. Its cost me alot of valuable opportunities to meet people both in the industry, and involved in research. I am extremely frustrated right now. I spent alot of time and effort on that and right now, it all seems like its been for nothing. You'd think the school, like others, would encourage thier grads to publish thier work and build the reputation of the school.

I just stumbled upon this site today, because Farscape is not on, I am bored and its gotta be at least 80 degrees right now; so I thought I'd give this a shot.

Did a little bit of coding this morning, adding MacOS support to ZThreads, a C++ thread library I started some time ago. Unfortunely, my cable modem likes to cut out right when I'm in the middle of updating a CVS somewhere and leaves stable file locks that I have to wait for sf staff to remove. So the next release will be out monday when they get around to cleaning it out for me.

Other than that, been busy writting various papers. I've got about 5 that I'm working on right now for a couple conferences coming up in the next 6 mo's, so that's occupying a few cycles of brain power. Also, trying to learn japanese & read harry potter, and come up with a masters project, and work on this grant sponsored adaptive communication project, and watch the anime I've been meaning to get to, and a million other things that come and go.

See the trick here is, come up and implement something creative (distributed or grid computing oriented) complete the papers and complete the masters and write a paper about it for a conference in Japan next summer. I'd kill 3 birds with one stone; and I'd get to climb Mt. Fuji and see Tokyo Tower. Nice. If everything goes like I hope it will, I should be able to see some sort of monster, magic or technology destroy some part of the tower. Its unavoidable, at least according to the knowledge of that place I've gleened from my anime collection. What a great summer that'll be.


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