Wednesday, December 24, 2008

haven't blogged in a while

So I noticed that I haven't blogged in a long long time. Well that's due to the fact that the semester was coming to an end. With two jobs and full time student it's kinda rough having time to do anything now days. Well here's an update on anything and everything.

With work at my internship. I think I am slowly moving along in my path to awesomeness. My program logic is slowly getting better. Things are coming to me a little bit faster than when I first started. Slowly but surely I think I am coming along with my career. With the help of everyone at my company I hope to keep progressing.

I thought I was having a hard time with my probability and statistice, and linear algebra and differential equations classes but I actually passed. I guess I must have been doing better than I had thought. I also passed electromagnetic fields and waves, and basic computer architecture. YAY!

Work at the restaurant just sucks. I plan to win big on my vacation to tahoe so that I can quit.

Next semester I will continue with another programming class which will be working with Iphone appplications, I hope that this will help me with my hacking career. Also I have a fluff course American studies which should give me some time to mess around with that Iphone app course, (and to keep up with my internship work).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Time after time.

My time is now getting kinda filled up with all kinds of things. With work work, restaurant work, homework, and school it's kinda rough finding time to simply run errands. I kind of look at it as a "welcome to the real world." Managing time is getting more and more difficult as classes get more and more complicated. Because my time in the office is less and I try to do work from home because of that lack of time in the office I need to learn to commit things more often due to the fact that I work on two different work stations. Lesson learned and hopefully my work habits will get better.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

October Events

1) Lacy Veach day

Lacy Veach day was a very interesting and different event for me. I have never really actually tried to teach someone the basics of programming. Of course I have helped my fellow classmates with some of their programming problems, but teaching someone that does not know anything about programming is completely different. Some of the kids were more interested in just making things move, while others actually took to the concepts of general programming structure. Then we had the "l33t" kids that made games. I actually found myself getting a little flustered by the kids that just wanted to fool around and not actually learn programming (even though that is not the right attitude). I am hoping for a new generation that appreciates programming and will enjoy it as much as I do.

2) Career fair at UHM

Again the career fair this year was different for me. I actually shared with my classmates the experience that I had interning for my company. Also having interned for the summer I learned many things about working in the industry that I think was very good to share with my fellow classmates. I wish to learn more about working in the industry which will help progress my professionalism.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Path to AwesomeNess...

My path to "awesomeness" after about half a year of hacking...
1) Learn about real projects
Learning about real projects is something that I greatly need to improve on. Following a set schedule has always been a challenge for me. I think that while interning I have just touched the tip of the iceberg when to comes to meeting deadlines. I hope to be put up to more challenges of finishing "real" projects on time.
2) Learn about research
What is research in hacker terms? If it's what I think it is, I have learned a little bit on how to research. For example being new to java i had to look up javadocs for a lot of things that were unfamiliar to me. I think I need to learn more about researching.
3) Learn about software development processes
Wow this is a big one. When working in school I haven't dealt with projects that take more than a month. With these really big programs and multiple developers, I learned about how the repository keeps track of what everyone is doing. The software development thought process is coming to me to. I also learned the effectiveness of working on teams and having code reviews. A lot was uncovered in my code review which led to better functionality.
4) learn how to learn
Learning how to learn is just something i never did, and now i realize is very important. I was a young boy and I am slowly becoming a man because I am learning how to learn. Effectively using resources (researching) is an important aspect to learning and I still need improvement on. My first day of work I learned "how to ask a question," reading that article just pushed my over the top, pushed me to take on my problems and find a solution on my own.
5) Learn how to increase marketability
Increase marketability of what?
6) Learn about the industry
I have learned a little about the industry, not much. Looking at the big picture I learned that contracts need to be won by fulfilling a customer's needs. On a smaller scale I have seen how a small firm actually operates. Developer's build things that could possibly be a great idea, or start building things on great ideas. In both cases a contract needs to be won.

Gotta get to class... edit it soon

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I am in the middle of a month of midterms that is going fairly well. I am doing well on the midterms, but the graders for the homework are just killing me. Those graders are just really harsh! Managing school and work seems to be doing fine as of the moment. I think that my school work and work work are balancing out quite well.

I am still in training when it comes to hacking. I think that my thought process is getting a little better. Some things that should come easily are taking a little more time than I would like, but soon I will get the flow of things and will start picking up the pace. My ultimate goal is to be able to be given any task and be able to solve it. I believe that there is a solution to every problem, whether the problem have a simple or complicated solution. And I want to be able to see the solutions. Also, I want to start looking for tasks outside of my work tasks so that I can expand my problem solving abilities.

Working at the restaurant is just a drag now. It's the same thing everyday. Sure there is cash in hand everyday that I work, meaning less trips to the bank, but it takes time out of my day which I would rather not give up.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Starting to Blog...

What Time is it???
not game time...